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Uepi Island Resort

Uepi Island Resort is located on a small tropical island, perched on the edge of Marovo Lagoon – the longest lagoon in the world. The accommodation at Uepi is generously spaced amongst colourful tropical gardens ensuring that all guests can enjoy privacy and intimacy, complimented by easy social interaction with a small group of people. The resort has a range of room types and we recommend the Beachfront Bungalows. Uepi Island itself is a classic raised barrier reef island, covered in impressive rainforest, outlined by fringing reef and sandy beach, flanked by the warm lagoon waters on one side, and the oceanic depths (6000ft/2000m) of “The Slot”, a deep marine abyss, on the other. Uepi Island is approximately 2.5km long and 300m wide, and the whole area, aside from the resort’s cultivated tropical gardens, is covered with tropical rainforest interspersed with walking tracks. Uepi Resort is the only occupier of this remote island.

Breakfast and the evening meal are served in the “leaf haus” dining deck at the main house. Lunches are delivered to your accommodation. All meals are based on fresh locally grown organic produce sourced from nearby villages and the freshest premium seafood. Uepi has a kitchen garden on site, growing most of the resort’s salad vegetables and fruit. Excellent chickens and eggs are also produced locally for the resort. Meals are prepared by the resort’s talented local chefs and are often a highlight of a stay at Uepi Island Resort. The resort’s comfortable “leaf haus” bar adjoins the dining area and offers selected imported wines, the well regarded local “Solbrew’ beer plus limited imported beer, a variety of spirits and mixers. Green drinking coconuts are also available. Cool breezes and cold drinks make this a most popular meeting place.

Uepi Island Resort offers daily diving around Morovo Lagoon and also excursions to dive sites further afield including WWII ship and plane wrecks.

Marovo Lagoon
Marovo Lagoon is the longest saltwater lagoon in the world. The two major volcanic islands of Vangunu and New Georgia bound it on its southern and western sides. The northern boundary consists of 130km of raised barrier reef with about 100 individual islands along its length. A smaller third volcanic island, Gatakae Island, occupies the southeastern corner. The inner lagoon also has numerous islands. With its many and complex terrestrial and marine habitats, the natural beauty and environment of Marovo Lagoon is outstanding.

Diving with Uepi Island Resort
Uepi offers the unique opportunity to dive first-class sites that are only minutes away from the resort, conveniently located either off the edge of the island or just a short boat trip away. Rarely will you view such diverse concentrations of marine-life in such a varied environment, ranging from lagoon coral gardens to vertical drop-offs into 2000m of ocean (The Slot), mostly within the confines of a 3km stretch of reef. Tidal current interchanging to and from Marovo Lagoon and The Slot makes the deep water passage immediately adjacent to the resort a prime habitat for a colourful population of filter feeders such as corals & sponges as well as for reef fish, sedentary animals and of course pelagics!

Uepi Point
One of Uepi’s most famous local dives is Uepi Point. The passage meets The Slot at Uepi Point, where a near vertical reef corner is coated profusely with corals – especially gorgonian fans and colourful spiky soft corals. At 30m a coral peninsula juts out into the deep blue, and the walls plunge into the abyss. This provides the stage for a spectacular procession of pelagics including schooling barracuda, jacks, rainbow runner, rays and sharks. At various times and tides the point area becomes a hunting/feeding ground. As a result the underwater action can be very exciting. Many varied and large schools of feeding fish swarm across the reef-face of the deep point and into the shallows. The predators, giant trevally, mackerel, wahoo, rainbow runner, big-eye jacks, dogtooth tuna, sharks, barracuda and others cruise relentlessly back and forth waiting for pre-occupied inattentive fish to become their next meal. The explosive sounds and sights of large number of fish all taking evasive action at the same time fill the water. Families of garden eels, arrays of colourful gobies and a diverse collection of invertebrate life inhabit the sand patches of the shallows. The coral garden stretching from Uepi Point back to Uepi pier is festooned with anemones, mantis shrimps, coral shrimps, hard and soft corals and of course a myriad of associated reef-fish of all colours and sizes.