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With an international reputation for excellence, Uepi Island Resort in the Western Province is the ultimate getaway in the Solomons. World class diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking is complemented by beachfront bungalow accommodation, friendly personalized service and meals based on fresh local produce.
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Marovo Lagoon, Uepi Solomon Islands
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jamesmayhar wrote a review Jan 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I enjoyed my stay at Uepi. For the first five days, I was the only guest, and the resort did not mind, providing full quality scuba, meals (I ate with the owners and enjoyed some very good conversation), and maid service. Take a positive, upbeat attitude, and they will reflect it back, with interest!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Juzzy McKee wrote a review Aug 2023
Brisbane Region, Australia78 contributions16 helpful votes
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Traveling to the Solomon Islands is always an adventure, at times it feels like you are on an exciting expedition rather than a tourist on holiday. It’s beautiful, wild, untamed and at times unpredictable. The ocean is full of colour and life. The jungle is dense and lush.

Having visited Munda several times on previous trips (prior to covid), we decided to try somewhere different and had high expectations. Uepi Island Resort did not disappoint and lived up to its excellent reputation. I honestly cannot recommend the resort enough. The location, beachfront accommodation, housekeeping and service is perfect. The food was healthy, varied, delicious and plentiful (not often the case for vegetarians).

Owners Jill and Grant are great hosts and are to be admired for their sustainable, respectful, genuinely passionate attitude towards the environment, local community, sea life and resort.

Although we visited in unseasonably wet and windy weather and could not get to many of the places we would have like to visit, the diving is fantastic. We dived with sharks, mobular rays, eagle rays, barracuda and schools of every kind of reef fish. Watched spinner dolphins jumping in the channel. Swam with Manta rays and were surrounded by 60+ playful dolphins on a boat trip for over 20mins. Heaven.

Thanks to Jill, Grant, Zilla, Corey, Joe, John, Silas, Moses, Zeo, Deliver, Christopher and the team, we will absolutely be back!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mark T wrote a review Jan 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
When heading to such a small resort, you never quite know what you are going to get. We had heard good things about the marine life, diving and snorkelling but less about the resort itself.

We came away from our week at Uepi totally blown away. The diving really is world-class, and with the snorkelling equally as good, straight off the resort jetty, I might add, kids just spend their day in and out of the water emersed in the amazing marine life that surrounds this incredible place.

But beyond the diving, swimming, snorkelling and Manta Ray adventures the thing that set Uepi apart is the welcoming atmosphere. You will get to know the owners and whole family and learn how much they care about their small part of the world and the people living there.

Oh and I almost forgot... the food. You are in for a real treat. Healthy, fresh and beautiful.

It's a tiny island with an equally small resort. So if you are lucky enough to get a slot to visit, jump on it, because it's a truly unique experience like nothing else. We'll be back soon, 100%
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Best to let the resort team help you with transport to and from the island as it requires a local...
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chris h wrote a review Dec 2023
Sydney, Australia11 contributions1 helpful vote
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My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful time diving in exotic Uepi. Not only was the diving great, our hosts were great, the beautiful little waterfront bungalows were great - a little piece of paradise….and the slightly off the beaten track trip there made it all the more special …. “An adventure” we’d be happy to repeat and won’t ever forget!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: It’s an adventure in itself to get there, but well worth the effort!
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Ron wrote a review Feb 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands18 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A good and nice resort for diving and snorkling. Friendly resort and diving staff. Excellent food in nice restaurant with bar, beautiful garden with diferent trees, and island tracking possible. Calm resort.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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PT H wrote a review Jan 2015
14 contributions76 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
After reading all of the glowing reports about Uepi on Trip Advisor and investing $8000 to travel there from Melbourne with the plan to spend seven nights, we obviously wanted to love this vacation. Everyone writes their reports from their own experience and unfortunately ours just wasn’t great. The reality is that we have had MUCH better dive holidays for half the price in places including Fiji, Vanuatu and the Philippines, for reasons to be outlined in this review, some of which are beyond the control of the resort, but certainly not all.

OUR EXPERIENCE: Our first mistake was to book in the rainy season (January 9-16). After presenting at Brisbane airport at 5:30 am and arriving at Honiara on schedule, our small plane flight to Seghe was cancelled. We found ourselves trapped in Honiara for the first night (our wedding anniversary) and uncertain of whether we would be able to proceed to Uepi at all, which had already experienced some damage to their generator room due to the start of a cyclonic wind pattern (which thankfully passed over). We are eternally grateful to Wilson from the private ‘meet and greet’ company Honiara Terminal Services for arranging and paying for our stay at Mendana Hotel when Solomon Airlines refused to. The next morning we woke at 4am to present at the airport for another flight to Seghe which was also cancelled, so we returned to the hotel, hoping to possibly fly out the next morning. However Wilson called us at lunchtime and advised us to get to the airport immediately as a flight was finally taking off for Seghe - all part of the adventure, but by the time we arrived by boat across the lagoon at Uepi in the late afternoon, we were exhausted by the early mornings and the constant to and from from the airports and had already lost two precious dive days from our vacation.

When we arrived, we discovered the next disadvantage of going to Uepi in the off season. There was only one other family of guests, while everyone else were long-term friends and family members of the managers, leaving us to feel a bit like intruders. One example is when we arrived for dinner one night to discover that dinner would be later than usual almost everyone else in the resort was out on 2 fishing charters which we had not been made aware of, despite it being known that my husband is a keen fisherman and would love to have gone along (one fishing board was nowhere near full). No fuss was made at all of our wedding anniversary or my 300th dive which we had mentioned in advance, but a party was thrown for one of the long term friends who found out that day that he’d landed a new job. This in part may have been due to us arriving a day later than expected but was still a bit disappointing compared to other dive resorts we have stayed at who enjoy making some sort of effort for special occasions. (Jill did say when we arrived ‘We were going to make you a cake but then your plane didn’t come in, so we’ll do it tomorrow.’ I replied ‘No worries, we’re just happy to finally be here!’ and that was the last we heard about any cake …)

MANAGEMENT: Management’s attitude towards guests was also revealed when another set of guests did not show up as expected after the arrival of 3 planes. A couple of days later, I asked the manager Grant if any more had been heard about the missing guests, to which he responded ‘We’ve got their money. That’s all that matters.’ And I was very surprised by his reluctance to write a short letter to support our travel insurance claim for missing part of our vacation due to flight cancellations, being told with characteristic lack of eye contact ‘It won’t make any difference. Your hotel was paid for in Honiara’. I was told the same thing when I asked for our surname and my christian name to be reprinted with correct spelling - ’ no apology, all too much of a hassle, just ‘It doesn’t matter’ to which I replied ‘It’s our name, it matters to me’. (My husband's surname begins with a D, not an H - big difference when it comes to filing an insurance claim, which is why we took out the mandated travel insurance …) Sorry Grant, but a cheap night holed up in a hotel heavy rains in Honiara does not compensate for about $1000 a day of our total vacation cost lost due to repeatedly cancelled flights. It might not matter whatsoever to you, but it sure matters to us.

There was a distinct lack of hospitality and we weren’t surprised when Grant hinted repeatedly that he was planning a change to his role at Uepi. His son Wes and his wife Pauline were on the island when we were there, and if they ever decided to take over the management of Uepi, we feel that guests would have a much better experience as they demonstrated a much greater level of hospitality and enthusiasm for the diving available at Uepi. When Grant suggested that he’d better get in the water tomorrow because he hadn’t today, I said ‘One of the perks of living here!’ and he moaned ‘No, it’s work’, that’s a fair clue that the necessary passion to manage this resort just might now be missing. Having read so many Trip Advisor reports about how amazing and what a highlight the resort managers Grant and Jill were, I could only feel as though our presence on the island in the off-season was little more than an inconvenience and our treatment as guests was certainly not commensurate with the significant dollars we invested to visit their island. It would have been nice to feel that they had any interest in us as guests at all as we have always experienced elsewhere, but apparently that was just too much to expect.

We were also horrified upon checking out to see a $195 bar charge against our account. When we asked to see the bar tab, we were able to confirm a total of $19.50 was owing, not ten times that amount! The office staff member laughed, apologised and said she was just too excited to be going home (a feeling we could unfortunately identify with …) as her reason for not getting our bill right (the staff teams work one week on, one week off). BIG TIP: check your bill VERY carefully before you pay it at the end of your trip or you may find a nasty surprise on your credit card bill.

DIVING: The dive shop is more spacious than what we’ve experienced at previous resorts which a fair sized open locker area for your gear. There is no nitrox, so you may find that you tire more easily doing the maximum number of dives than you would elsewhere. The dive boats are quite good to backroll from, though at least one is in need of some fairly obvious repairs. As we were there in the off-season, we often had the boat and DM to ourselves or with just one other dive pair. As far as diving goes, we were surprised to be told that it they didn’t like their dive masters to do more than 2 dives a day (usually 9am and 2pm) and that ‘most guests are satisfied with that’, though we could add a night dive if needed. (I had mentioned that I was a very keen diver and would like to do the maximum number of dives available.) Hence, quantity of diving during your Uepi vacation is likely to be pretty limited, compared to other resorts elsewhere that often offer 3-5 dives a day.

In our experience, dive briefings were exceptionally brief and usually offered little more than ‘Coral wall. Very beautiful.’ When we asked what we would be likely to see at this site, the answer was usually very vague (‘Everything. Corals. Fish’) without being particularly insightful. We had to persist with asking probing but important questions about maximum depth of the dives, and found that nearly every dive went to around 30 metres (though we were sometimes not advised of this in the briefing), with one wreck dive that went to 40 mtrs. The DMs on every dive offered site navigation and tried hard to find critters such as pygmy seahorses and were generally quite good, though not what I would describe as outstanding.

Our very first dive of the trip was at the Elbow, followed by a dive at Uepi Point. I was disappointed when our third dive (1st dive, Day 2) was also announced as Uepi Point (not a great start to the trip for divers who value variety over repetition). This suggests that in the absence of your specific site requests, you will probably be defaulted to a good but fairly limited range of site offerings. My greatest tip here is to study the available dive sites BEFORE any trip you make to Uepi (or at the very least, study the dive site descriptions in the bungalow information folder) in order to tailor your diving to your preferences. There IS some brilliant diving to be had. We did one trip out to a stunning cave system, followed by a full day 4 dive/ 2 tank expedition to dive a shipwreck, sinkhole, 2 plane wrecks and a beautiful coral reef, which was literally one of the best days of diving we have ever done. However, if you don’t request it, it won’t be offered and you’ll miss out. TIP: be proactive in working out what you want to dive and in communicating this to the dive coordinator.

The one thing I can say about Uepi is that I have not experienced hard and soft corals as magnificent anywhere I’ve dived before, even in Fiji. If you love corals more than anything else in the ocean, this is a must dive destination, despite all other short comings. As far critters go, despite managing to squeeze in 12 dives (including one pretty good night dive), we didn’t see a whole lot. Sure there were a few sharks and turtles around here and there and you can probably find a pygmy seahorse if you look hard enough, we didn’t see some of the bigger creatures we craved such as mantas and hammerheads. We certainly saw nothing that resembled the dozens of sharks gathered around the Welcome Jetty that enticed us to this island from one YouTube clip, though a huge school of several hundred barracuda at Penguin Reef was a wonderful experience. That’s just part and parcel of the dive game - no critter guarantees - but our failure to see much variety of marine life wasn’t for lack of trying and there are places in the world that probably offer a much greater chance of crossing particular critters off your bucket list than Uepi. This was true of small critters such as nudibranchs as well as large (perhaps once again it was just the time of year?)

FOOD: The resort is generally good at catering for special dietary requirements and are very attentive to cater appropriately for allergies, gluten free and vegetarian. Each day, lunches are brought to the bungalows and while the food was generally tasty and sufficient, there were a few mix-ups. My husband eats meat while I am vegetarian. One day we got the vegetarian meal but not the meat meal; another day vice versa, both both days the missing food showed up a little later on in the afternoon. On a third day, the vegetarian component was missing altogether, followed by an unsolicited apology about the missing food from someone in the kitchen the next morning. TIP: Other than the set three meals, there is no food provided or available for purchase as snacks whatsoever, so you absolutely must BYO snacks if you think you might ever like anything to eat between meals. That said, the resort tradition of a kitchen staffer reading out the night’s menu and choosing who gets to visit the buffet first is quite charming and was one of the rare moments of positive staff/guest interaction we experienced during the week.

ACCOMMODATION: Despite our booking agent telling us we would be in Bungalow 3, on arrival we were relegated to Bungalow 6. This is known as ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ because it is sooooo far away from everything else and a solid brisk 4.5-5 minute walk back to the communal dining area where breakfast and dinner are served. (TIP: If you have any problems with long walks, request a different bungalow!) The privacy of Bungalow 6 is nice, but the walk is an absolute killer if you need to do it several times in extremely hot and humid weather. We often needed multiple showers a day to remove the sweat that poured off us like a waterfall after trekking back and forward for various reasons such as meals, naps, dives and checking internet on the slow but usually adequate wi-fi at the main house throughout the day. The showers are cold water only which is tolerable to cool down with, but some days the weather was actually very wet and quite cold; showering with hot water from the kettle is doable, but yet again made me question the $8000 we paid in transport costs and our vacation package to stay at Uepi. On the plus side, Bungalow 6 was spacious and just a few steps away from the complimentary single and tandem kayaks and stand up paddle boards. The bed was not particularly uncomfortable, but neither my husband nor I slept well as we normally would on vacation, and for the first time ever we looked forward to returning home from about half way through the trip.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, while some of the Uepi Island dive sites are truly spectacular, the cost of travelling to and diving at this remote island is very overpriced compared other places we have dived in roughly the same part of the world. We were genuinely disappointed by the lack of enthusiasm and hospitality we experienced on what should and potentially could have been a highlight of our dive lives. We wanted to love Uepi. We wanted to love the resort managers praised so warmly by so many other Trip Advisors. We invested more money in this dive vacation than any we had done before, and we wanted to come home and write the most glowing Trip Advisor report we have ever written. While there were a few genuine dive highlights, in the end, we were honestly just more disappointed than thrilled. Uepi is a remote island and takes a lot of effort to get to (our boat ride and three plane flights home to Melbourne on the last day took a total of 16 hours. The trek would definitely have been less miserable had we not both caught the cold that was going around the village that the resort staff came from). Frankly, if we knew then what we knew now, we would have made a very different choice and crossed Uepi off our Bucket List without bothering to actually go there. If you do choose to visit Uepi, we trust you have a much more welcoming, satisfying and rewarding time than we did. We truly wish that we could have offered a more positive review on this occasion.
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Date of stay: January 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bungalow 6 is a solid, brisk 4.5 min walk from where you get breakfast, dinner, diving, wi-fi and...
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vanc0uver2010 wrote a review Feb 2018
vancouver55 contributions118 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Please let me preface my review with a bit of perspective. I am an avid snorkeler, who has had the good fortune to visit and snorkel many excellent locations over the years, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Belize Barrier Reef, the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, Hawaii, the east coast of Bali, and over 10 locations in the Caribbean. But, I continue in my quest to locate and visit some of the best and healthiest remaining coral reef ecosystems in the world. Without a doubt, Uepi Island Resort is the best of the best that I have had the joy of experiencing so far in my life!

As other reviewers have noted, Uepi is not the easiest resort to get to, but this only makes the adventure more meaningful. The resort makes things more convenient by arranging for a rep to meet you upon arrival at Honiara international terminal, and take you to the domestic terminal for your connecting flight to Seghe. At Seghe, you are met by a resort staff member who will take you by boat to Uepi Island. This is a small resort that typically accommodates fewer than 30 guests at a time. All guest accommodations have great views of the water and surrounding islands. My partner, Cathy, and I stayed in a beach front bungalow overlooking the beautiful Morovo Lagoon. In our opinion, the beach front bungalows are worth the extra fee, but all accommodation options are very close to the water. The bungalows are older, but very clean, spacious, have a small fridge and all windows are well screened to help keep the bugs out. No air conditioner, but the island breeze and fans keep things comfortable. Large, covered outdoor decks with table, chairs, and most have a hammock.

Food is varied, tasty and nutritious, with lots of fresh fruit. Three great meals a day, with breakfast and dinner served in a group setting, and a very generous lunch delivered to your bungalow. Although you may wish to bring some duty free alcohol with you, there is little reason to bring additional food items (unless you have special dietary needs). Trust us, you will not go hungry!

The resort is managed by a wonderful Australian couple, Grant and Jill, along with their son Jason and his wife Katie. They oversee a dedicated staff group from surrounding island villages. Operating a relatively isolated resort like this isn't easy, with lots of logistical challenges to get food staples, equipment and supplies via delivery barges from larger centres. Everyone is helpful, and willing to do their best to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Grant and Jill are special individuals, who, with a little encouragement, will share many wonderful stories about life on this island, and the many things they do behind the scenes (e.g. hydroponic gardening, recycling, etc.) to enhance sustainability and environmental preservation of this special place.

As beautiful as this small tropical island setting is, the primary attraction is the magic that awaits guests underwater. Never, ever, have I witnessed so many different species of fish, coral, and assorted other tropical water living organisms. When you stand on the welcome dock or the diver's dock and look into the warm, clear water you can see large schools of fish below the surface. Enter the water, and you are treated to an absolutely amazing and breathtaking variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Even experienced underwater adventurers will be duly impressed with the health and diversity of what they see. Although we snorkel, the majority of guests are divers, and during meal conversations we learned that many of the guests are repeat visitors based on the quality and quality of what lives below the water surface.

During our 11 night stay, we would spend at least 4 hours a day snorkeling, and never be bored. Most of our time was spent in the channel right off the docks. Depending on the tide, we could easily snorkel up and down the channel. If you're not overly comfortable in the water, or the current is strong, the resort has a boat that will take you to the point (no extra charge) and let you drift snorkel down the channel back to the dock. Short boat trips are available (for a reasonable fee) to snorkel or dive at nearby sites. Depending on the time of year, one trip that is not to be missed, if available, is an early morning snorkel with resident Manta Rays. The boat takes small groups to a 'cleaning station' where large mantas (3 to 5 metres wide from tip to tip) slowly, and ever so gracefully, swim back and forth allowing small fish to clean their bodies. Without a doubt, this ranks as one of the most amazing experiences of our lives!

You may be fortunate to visit the resort during a 'carver' day, where some wood carvers from nearby island villages visit Uepi to display their work. There is a wide variety of reasonably priced artwork to choose from. There is a formal protocol that the carvers must follow in order to display and sell their work at the resort, and they are polite, respectful, and not pushy. Grant and Jill have prepared a very helpful fact sheet on how to best purchase artwork which makes the process easier, and they can pay the carvers directly on your behalf (added to your final bill), so that you don't have to worry about having local Solomon Island currency at Uepi.

In closing, Uepi is a very special place on earth, but it isn't for everyone. If you want big city, 5 star hotel quality amenities, look elsewhere. If you consider yourself to be an underwater experience seeker, moment hunter or freedom finder, then you will surely enjoy the true privilege of spending time at Uepi Island resort. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, wrote that the chief good in life is "happiness". When it comes to underwater wonders, you will definitely find happiness at Uepi!

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Date of stay: October 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lynda L wrote a review May 2018
Surfers Paradise, Australia4 contributions22 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The resort did not meet us at the airport for transfers as arranged, the staff lost a part of my dive gear, and I discovered a metal top for a large pepper grinder in my evening meal. That’s not the worst , the owners of the resort did not give a continental when these things were reported to them ,they seem to be more focused on telling you how wonderfully they treat the local people. Will definitely not be going back, incidentally the dive guide was rude and had no dive plan and the diving was average
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Date of stay: June 2017
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DownunderSugarglider wrote a review Jan 2007
Canberra, Australia741 contributions272 helpful votes
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we had a fantstic stay at Uepi and the resort deserves every accolade! It is not a western 5 star place transported into SI. It is a beautiful place that works with the surroundings and the culture of the solomons to provide a delightful tropical island experience.

Uepi specialises in scuba diving and my partner and I did our certification course there - much better than sitting on the bottom of a hotel swimming pool! We dived twice a day and enjoyed the wonderful corals and sea life - so much variety and beauty - go research it.

We stayed for Christmas and our Aussie hosts put on a semi-trad chrissie dinner - Roast Turkey! All other meals were great - fresh fish, crabs, stir fries, fresh fruits. always a lovely dessert. Uepi had gone to great lengths to procure local, fresh produce and then devise recipes and menus of high quality. Wonderful eating.

Uepi was also the only place in SI were we found western sprung mattresses - YAY! (SI is the land that upholstery forgot - be ready to spend a lot of time sitting and sleeping on hard surfaces). Rooms were little bungalows with fridges, tea and coffee, desk, ceiling fans, spotlessly clean, deck with full sized hammock. Some have views of the lagoon and others are in among the well maintained jungle garden. The gardens are beautiful - full of orchids.

No a/c and no hot water - but it's not needed and not missed. And that keeps away the [-] expecting a Four Seasons. Lots of mixing with the other guests who are from around the world and looking for the same relaxed island life and enjoying getting close to the pristine nature.
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Date of stay: December 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dingbat15 wrote a review Nov 2013
Sydney, Australia4 contributions23 helpful votes
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Been to Uepi lots of times in the past 12 or so years, twice in 2013. We are a small family with two pre-school age children and for us, Uepi is never less than fabulous. The most relaxing and yet engaging holiday we can ever hope to find. The simplicity of the resort is absolutely perfect for the location, with truly wonderful local style gardens, thousands of tropical flowers, and lots of wildlife. The rainforest is a magical place to explore, and the kids love playing in the lagoon under the shady trees, building sand castles, chasing mudskippers, watching baby sharks practice herding up the teeny fish schools, and hand feeding the schools of the 'cheeky fish'. Then there's paddling and kayaking out on the lagoon, spotting big turtles and elegant tawny sharks and always hopeful for the dugong. No toys needed!

Food and service lovely. It's impossible to eat seafood anywhere else now after being spoilt by two-hour-old sashimi, lobster straight from the reefs and mud crabs, fish and tropical fruit with flavour that simply doesn't exist at home. My four year old will eat more coral trout than any adult at the table! And important to mention the most unbelievable creme caramels I have found anywhere in the world (thanks Juki).

Then there's the underwater scene which - by all reports from the seriously serious and travelled divers who frequent Uepi - is among the best in the world. The more we go, the more we see. And you don't need to dive, you'll see plenty on snorkel. It's addictive, and the kids will stay in the water for hours watching - lion fish, pipefish, nemos, sharks, even darting trevally, octopus, and sea horses (and that's just at the dive jetty!). Kudos to Jill, Grant, and the Uepi team who actively protect what is effectively a private marine reserve around the island. They work hard to ensure that the reefs are healthy and pristine and the size, volume and variety of the fish life is testament to this. We even heard of Jill once leading a very successful rescue mission during a coral bleaching event years ago, and saving (by hand) thousands of corals!

Highly recommended, so wonderful on so many levels. We'll keep on heading back so long as Team Uepi will have us!
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Date of stay: August 2013
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from sportscene
Hamilton, Australia246 contributions36 helpful votes
I thought the pricing was good, all inclusive and very reasonable bar prices, lot of quality Australian wine here too, meal are great too..!
Answer from Amstraveler
Amsterdam, The Netherlands437 contributions332 helpful votes
Air Solomons domestic flights change schedule within day at short notice but don't randomly cancel flights - and Uepi Resort are up to speed on timetable changes, so there's no real reason to fly back before the 12th. However, very occasionally flights are 'full' from previous airports and don't have a place for extra passengers and very occasionally there are technical problems or weather problems (which if really serious aren't limited to just one day). If you like to play it safe there's no harm in planning a spare day in Honiara and/or take out travel insurance to cover the problem (well at least the financial consequences). Depends a bit on how you handle risks in other areas of your life ...
Answer from Jackie M
Sydney, Australia7,993 contributions507 helpful votes
I booked through a company called Dive Adventures who are Australian. They're really easy to deal with and all flights, transfers and accommodation was exactly as described.
Answer from Degirls
Lake Munmorah,61 contributions40 helpful votes
I am sorry to have taken so long to answer and I hope it is not too late, all I dived in was a stinger. We had 30 deg water.
Answer from bubbleblowernz
nz61 contributions34 helpful votes
Unless things have changed in the last 6 months there is NO hot water. You have to boil up water using the kettle provided and mix it in the water tub provided. The water in the showers is tepid.
Mark T wrote a tip Jan 2024
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best to let the resort team help you with transport to and from the island as it requires a local boat ride. "
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chris h wrote a tip Dec 2023
Sydney, Australia11 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s an adventure in itself to get there, but well worth the effort!"
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Stephen T wrote a tip Feb 2023
Cutchogue, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Come here if you enjoy nature, diving and getting away from the rat race. Turn off your cell phone. Book well in advance. "
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Skc13 wrote a tip Oct 2019
Portland, Oregon71 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Waterfront rooms are worth the minimum price difference"
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breaks26 wrote a tip Oct 2019
Rye, Australia54 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The garden bungalow backing onto the rainforest is lovely"
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LOCATION
Solomon IslandsUepi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Uepi Island Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Uepi Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, airport transportation, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Uepi Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Does Uepi Island Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Uepi Island Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Uepi Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.