Hidden among the turquoise waters and peaceful lagoons in the western provinces of the Solomon Islands is the stunning Uepi Island, accessed by boat from the airfield on Seghe Island. The province has as its centerpiece the largest double barrier lagoon in the world, Marovo Lagoon, nominated for World Heritage Listing. Literally thousands of islands scatter the lagoon, from tiny coral islets on the fringing reef to massive 1600m volcanic islands (some are still active and can be visited such as Simbo and the undersea volcanoes near Ngattokae such as Kavachi ). Inside the lagoon, the islands are surrounded by spectacular coral formations and white sand beach, the lagoon waters shimmering in every shade of blue, turquoise and jade green.
The people of Marovo Lagoon live in many small villages dotted throughout the lagoon. Most of the Marovo People live a traditional subsistence lifestyle. Uepi visitors are welcomed to experience some of the cultural activities which have been arranged with a few of the local villages.
Uepi provides a rarely presented opportunity for divers and non-divers alike who are looking to get away from more conventional resorts in the Pacific. Uepi has an ambience other resorts can only hope to mimic. For those willing to go just that bit further and pay just a little more for the finer things in life, we assure you, you will be amply rewarded.
Uepi is a raised coral island covered with colourful tropical foliage and lowland rain forest and has more than its share of natural splendour. The island is 2.5 km long. On one side the gentle waters of the lagoon lap on picture postcard sandy shores and offers guests safe casual swimming in front of their accommodation. On the other side, the marine ecosystems are extraordinarily diverse and unique.
Like the island, the marine environment is very much in its undisturbed state. It’s fringing reefs, steep drop-offs and lagoonal coral bommies are all teeming with colourful tropical fish and invertebrate life.