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Uepi Island Resort is perched on the edge of the largest lagoon in the world. This area of the Western Province, offers opportunities for visitors to experience the culture of local people whilst relaxing in a tranquil environment.
Uepi Island is approximately 2.5 km long and up to 600 metres wide, and the whole area, aside from the resort's cultivated tropical gardens, is covered with tropical rainforest interspersed with walking tracks.
Guests can participate in a variety of activities or simply relax. The lagoon side of the island has a sandy beach, with clear shallow water suitable for swimming, paddle and sail boarding, and canoeing. Uepi Resort is the only operation on this remote island.
There are no villages on the island. Guests can book at the Resort for trips to the nearby villages and rivers to enjoy the local culture and natural beauty.
There are 5 direct flights from Brisbane per week to Honiara (the capital of the Solomon Islands). Flights are also available from Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
From Honiara, visitors to Uepi travel by light plane (60 minute flight) to Seghe on the south east tip of New Georgia. Visitors should be prepared for the fact that Seghe is a small crushed coral airstrip with only a few private houses on the edge of the strip.
On arrival at Seghe, visitors will be transported approximately 12 km across the lagoon in open 22 foot outboard engine powered canoes - standard transport in the area. Be prepared for the chance of getting a little wet from spray on the way to the island!
The lagoon side of Uepi Island has a sandy beach, with clear shallow water suitable for swimming, paddle and sail boarding, and canoeing. The resorts Dive shop offers packages and courses to suit all levels, while the restaurants food is based around fresh local seafood, fruits and vegetables prepared by talented local chefs. A compulsory meal package is required on Uepi. There is also a library for guests use.
Uepi Island Resort offers clean comfortable, fan cooled accommodation. One of the attractions of Uepi is the small number of guests sharing this beautiful island. Although there are 26 beds, approximately 20 guests is considered to be a full house. There are 6 individual and private bungalows, 2 units and 2 guest rooms. Each room has private amenities with ambient temperature showers, tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, and private balcony overlooking the magnificent New Georgia Mountains. Bathrooms are supplied with a range of natural plant/mineral based toiletries; hand wash, body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
Beach towels are provided in all rooms.
POWER: 24 hour power is provided by way of 240v generator. All rooms are equipped with Australian style power points.
MEALS: Breakfast and the evening meal are served in the main dining room, while lunches are delivered to your accommodation.
All meals are based on fresh locally grown organic produce and seafood, sourced from nearby villages. Uepi has a kitchen garden on site, growing most of the resort's salad vegetables and a variety of other fruits and vegetables used in the kitchen. Chickens, eggs and pork is also produced locally for the resort. Meals are prepared by our talented local chefs and are a highlight of your stay. Special dietary requirements can be catered for with notice.
Uepi has magnificent reef diving. Dive sites vary from coral gardens with magnificent drop-offs, ledges and gutters featuring an enormous diversity of reef fish. Turtles, mantas and eagle rays are fairly common sights, as well as the (friendly) Uepi hammerheads (usually between May and July / August).
Many of Uepi's dives are conveniently located within a 5 to 10 minute boat ride from the resort. Uepi also has some wreck diving. There are three wrecks lying in Wickham Harbour, all are Japanese freighters sunk by the US during World War 2. All are upright, relatively intact and display varying degrees of artefacts and marine life. All wreck dives are excursion dives and they are approximately one hour from Uepi by boat.
Uepi Island sits on the meeting place of several major currents, making it an excellent place for both drift dives and stationary dives, allowing you to watch the activity of the reef play out before you
An incredibly steep drop-off. The sheer wall drops to depths in excess of 600m and is covered with colourful hard and soft corals. Keep an eye seawards as you are bound to see a variety of creatures swim by, including eagle rays, tuna, barracuda, king trevally, darts and of course sharks - particularly the seasonal hammerheads.
This dive takes the underwater explorer along a wall crammed with gorgonians, soft and hard corals and profusely growing Amphora sponges. A range of colourful marine life includes, schools of trevally, mackerel, sharks, rainbow runners, tuna, barracuda and smaller reef fish.
A varied dive, which takes in a drop-off and a tour through coral gardens. It is thought to be the largest range of soft and hard corals to be seen on one dive. A truly spectacular tour, with lots of smaller invertebrates, bull nose, stingrays and the occasional hammerhead.
Charapoana Passage meets the ‘Slot’ at Uepi Point. A near vertical slope coated profusely with corals - especially gorgonian fans and colourful spiky soft corals. At 30m a peninsular juts out before the wall steeply drops off. This provides the stage for a spectacular procession of pelagic’s including schooling barracuda and sharks. Two bodies of water (from Charapoana Passage and The Slot) meet at this point and at various times (change of tide, high tide etc) the area becomes a hunting/feeding ground. As a result the underwater action can be very exciting. Overhead, large schools of trevally, jacks and fusiliers feed. Families of garden eels, an array of colourful gobies and a diverse collection of invertebrate life inhabit the sand patches of the shallows.
Guests can participate in a variety of activities or simply relax.
Guests can book at the resort for trips to the nearby villages and rivers to enjoy the local culture and natural beauty. For the more adventurous Uepi offers scuba diving, swimming, snorkelling, great sea kayaking day and overnight tours, wakeboarding/tubing, hobie cat sailing, paddleboards, kiteboarding, fishing, volleyball and bush walking.
Accommodation Rates valid 1 January to 31 December 2017 (All rates in AUD per person/night)
1-Jan-2017 to 31-Dec-2017
GARDEN BUNGALOW OR UNIT
|Single supplement for X-mas, Easter & Australian School Hoildays - 17 Dec 2016 to 20 Jan 2017; 1 Apr to 24 Apr 2017; 23 Jun to 17 Jul 2017; 15 Sep to 9 Oct 2017; 15 Dec 2017 to 22 Jan 2018||$66.00||$85.00|
Includes: accommodation, meals, Government taxes and admin fees.
BOAT TRANSFERS (per person): Return Seghe/Uepi/Seghe
PLUS: MEET & GREET & INTER TERMINAL TRANSFERS IN HONIARA (per person return)
DIVING: Per Dive $75.00 // Pay for 9 dives and get 1 extra dive free.
Optional Dive Trips (up to full-day) are offered to adjacent islands and areas and are subject to trip fees. Custom fees apply to dives not on Uepi Island.
UEPI ISLAND SPECIAL - 2017
Stay for 6 nights / Pay for 5.5 nights (1 day at 1/2 rate)
Diving Package : Buy 5 dives and get 1 free
In addition, single guests pay twin share rates between these dates with a minimum 6 night stay.