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Wilderness Lodge

Located on the edge of a tropical lagoon on Gatokae Island, the Wilderness Lodge is an idyllic destination to escape from everyday life. 

Situated near Peava village, the lodge features traditional construction using sago palm leaf, wild bitalnat palm and village-sawn hardwood with exotic timber and pandanus mat interior.

Catering for a maximum of 12 guests, the lodge has been designed to meld the atmosphere of the Gatokae rainforest and ocean with the lifestyle of the neighbouring small village whilst retaining Western comforts and convenience.

Oceanfront bungalows feature traditional sago palm leaf roofs and polished hardwood interiors for the ultimate in cool tropical living. 

The lodge has primce access to the three wild and uninhabited islands of Bulo, MaleMale, and Kicha, the 2900 foot jungle-clad peak of Mt Mariu, and ancient fortified villages and ceremonial sites. Explore the incredibly diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems and the fascinating old culture of ritual headhunting which persisted into the twentieth century.

People of all ages, walks of life, levels of fitness, and interests will find a week relaxing and exploring at Wilderness a rich, cleansing, and memorable experienc

Below feedback from one of the guests that stayed at Wilderness Lodge in September 2015

"We had an amazing time in the Solomons! We have travelled to a lot of different places around the world and we both decided that this was up there with one of the best holidays we have had. The accommodation at the wilderness lodge was AMAZING. The people running the lodge and the guides was the best part of the holiday. They were all so friendly and welcoming. 
We had the most relaxing, peaceful, fun, beautiful holiday. We have already been recommending The Wilderness Lodge & Dive Adventures to all our friends, and will continue to.
Thanks so much for everything, We will be back for more! "

Phoebe & Christopher Burnham, September 2015

 

 

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  • Getting to Gatokae / Wilderness Lodge

    Wilderness Seghe transfer mapLocated on the edge of a tropical lagoon on Gatokae Island, the Wilderness Lodge is an idyllic destination to escape from everyday life.

    Wilderness is accessed by boat transfer from Seghe [EGM] Airfield in Marovo Lagoon - transfer is by 23 foot 40HP Yamaha longboat and typically takes approx 2 hours through the incredible scenery of Marovo Lagoon. Please note transfers are not available Friday & Saturday in respect of village rest day. Transfers are also available to connect with Uepi Island Resort.

    For divers a special Wilderness-Uepi dive transfer is available which provides a unique daytrip transfer with two dives on the marovo barrier islands and picnic enroute.

    Please contact us for an itinerary that will make the most of your Solomons holiday

  • Amenities

    LodgePower:The lodge has a solar power system with 240V/110V inverter for charging cameras etc. Australian style power points.

    Meals: Tariff is inclusive of all meals which feature local organic produce and seafood, and traditional and Pacific themes with an accent on health. 

    Phones: Satellite telephone available should need or emergency arise.

    Credit Card Facilities: Visa and MasterCard facility available for payment of Lodge tariff, tours and drinks. 

    Limited Solomon currency is usually available for exchange at the Lodge.

  • Accommodation at Wilderness Loge

    LodgeRoomThe lodge has sleeping quarters comprising of two rooms.
    Each room has two double and one single bank - allowing flexibility for 6 to 8 guests. Perfect for scientific and student groups, fishing, free-diving/spearfisihing groups and families

    New 2 Ocean Front Bungalows - each offer two extremely comfortable queen beds with privacy curtains for two couples and a foldout sofabed for families or a third single guest.

    BungalowLocally handcrafted traditional sago palm leaf roofs and hardwood floors combine with timber and glass louvered walls, sliding glass doors and stunning timber finishings to provide the ultimate in cool tropical living.

    Exotic hardwood interiors feature an ensuite vanity and toilet and a kitchenette, while solar arrays power the lighting, personal fans and any charging of cameras or other devices you just can't live without.

    Private, outdoor, stonework showers provide an unforgettable way to cool down after long days in the sun, sea and rainforest.

    Comfortable timber deck chairs and handmade mayan hammocks enjoy epic ocean views from the wide open beachfront verandah and decking. Simply step off your deck and into the crystal clear lagoon.

  • Diving Wilderness Lodge

    Some of the more popular dive sites:

    Kicha West Point

    Diving Marovo LagoonHear the underwater sound show of distant Kavachi submarine volcano as curious grey reef sharks, schools of surgeonfish and midnight snapper drift along this coral covered vertical point. Sit in the edge of the current and watch huge resident schools of bigeye  trevally, a procession of spanish mackerel, dogtooth tuna, barracuda, batfish, turtles (all the big stuff) - occasionally silvertip sharks, hammerheads, even sailfish and a lot of nervous fusileers. Depth 5m - 40m. 

    Kicha White Wall

    A vast overhanging rockface completely covered with shade-loving pure white soft corals, combined with the sounds of distant Kavachi submarine volcano, makes for an hallucinatory spectacle and an exciting, unique dive. Facing straight out into the deep ocean, keep an eye out for grey reef and silvertip sharks, dogtooth tuna and spanish mackerel. Ascend along the bluffs and canyons to a dip in the reef edge, home a large school of barracuda interspersed with hundreds of equally curious surgeonfish, midnight snapper and trevally in only 5 metres. On the exposed southern side of Kicha island, this dive requires fine weather. Often inaccessible during the June thru September tradewind season. Depth 5m - 35m.

    Malemale West Point

    An epic, long drift dive with several corners allowing you to tuck in out of the current and check out the deep clefts and overhangs full of life - massive fans and the richest soft corals. Lots of pelagic action - sharks, barracuda, spanish mackerel, GTs, trevally, and some of the biggest dogtooth tuna. Only 5 minutes from the Lodge. 

    Charapae

    A reef and rainforest point dive off Bulo Island. Descend along a series of overhangs and caves packed with life. Drift around the deep, vertical point covered in fans, corals and invertebrates. Hanging off the point are large schools of fish. Silvertips and hammerheads may come in to check you out. A deep cleft cuts back into the rainforest. End the dive on a rich coral wall with overhanging rainforest canopy. Depth 40+ metres.

  • Wilderness Lodge Activities

    Visitors have the world's best coral reefs and most prolific and varied fish life, lush tropical rainforest, and spectacular scenery right on their doorstep. Snorkelling around the waters is suitable for all levels. Enjoy a self-guided coastal walk with endless natural and cultural photograph  opportunities. Take in the opportunity to learn about the unique culture and history from the village people. The lodge has prime access to the three wild and uninhabited islands of Bulo, MaleMale, and Kicha, the 2900 foot jungle-clad peak of Mt Mariu, and ancient fortified villages and ceremonial sites. Enjoy a motor canoe trip up the wild Gevala River, explore ancient fortified villages deep in the rainforest, visit the village gardens  or even a boat trip to the incredible scenery of Gatokae and Marovo Lagoon.

    Freediving - Experience freediving and spearing as it is meant to be in clear, warm 27.5C to 31C [81F to 88F] year-round oceanic water. No thick wetsuits and heavy weights to slow you down. Absolutely pristine reefs and the greatest marine biodiversity on Earth.

    Snorkelling, Self guided coastal walks, expeditions to local villages, flora and fauna and island day trips

    Diving - The Wilderness Lodge has a small, fully equipped dive centre (with a limited amount of gear hire) offering daily dives (except on Saturday’s - the Sabbath) and Try Dive and Open Water dive courses. There are over 50 dive sites waiting to be explored around Gatokae and with a maximum of 8 divers as of June 2013, the diving is guaranteed to be uncrowded! 

    Bluwater hunting and Spearfishing - it's all about warm blue ocean and endless marine life

    Sportfishing Adventures - it's all about wild fish and new frontiers

     

  • Wilderness Lodge Rates

    Wilderness Lodge “Stay 7 nights Pay 6 Special" - valid year round except the school holidays

    Includes: accommodation and all meals daily
    Valid for new bookings only and subject to availability

    Accommodation Rates valid from 12 October 2016 (All rates in AUD per person/night)
    All rates and specials are subject to change and can be withdrawn at any time.

    Includes accommodation and all meals

    Single

    Twin

    Triple

    Quad Share/ Child

    Lodge Accommodation incl. meals

    $155

    $125

    $90

    N/A / $70

    Ocean Front Bungalow incl. meals

    $356

    $200

    $180

    $160 / $85

    NOTE: Transfers and flights not included in the above costing
    We highly recommend for visitors to have flights and transfers booked at the same time as accommodation.

    For packages including, transfers, flights and Activities please contact Ewa @ Dive Adventures

    Email: ewa@diveadventures.com.au

    The Wilderness Lodge - Boat Transfers and Tour Cost
    Please note that due to constant changes with domestic flights and repairs to various airstrips, getting to Wilderness Lodge can change from week to week.

    At present Gatakae airstrip is closed and most of the transfers will have to be done from Seghe.

    "At the present most of the transfers will have to be done from Seghe or Uepi Island Resort. Please note airport transfers are not available Friday & Saturday in respect of village rest day. Boat activities including diving are not available on Saturday"

     
    BOAT TRANSFERS - all costs are per boat in AUD (max of 6 adults per boat)
    Uepi Resort - per boat / one way AUD 290.00
    Seghe (EGM) Airfield - per boat / one way AUD 290.00
    TOURS - (child 5-12 yrs - 50% off adult rates) (child 0-4yrs free)
    Island snorkelling trip incl. snorkelling gear - per Adult AUD 30.00
    Biche Village Cultural Tour - per Adult AUD 80.00
    Varea & Kumabusi Rivers Tour - per Adult AUD 60.00
    Crocodile Tour (night-time) - per Adult AUD 70.00
    Kitcha Island Island Coconut Crabbing - per Adult AUD 49.00
    SCUBA DIVING
     
    Single Dive including tanks, weights and dive guide services AUD 75.00
    10 Dive (pay 9) Package AUD 675.00
    Gear Rental per day (mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, regs and dive comp AUD 45.00

     

     

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