My family and friends were cruising in the Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands on our private yacht, when we decided to anchor in a protected bay just across passage from where this resort is located.
We first went to shore to visit the locals to do the customs and make sure that we were not trespassing and that they were OK with us anchoring in their bay, which they accepted with open arms and great smile.
We then decided to go to the resort to say hello, have a drink at the bar, maybe go there one night for a meal, and even go scuba diving when we were approached by the owner, a fat singlet wearing sweaty bare foot man, even before we could tie the tender to the pontoon who told us that we were NOT welcome, and that we best be on our way.
Bedazzled by such an unfriendly welcome, we then went back to the boat to digest such a disappointment.
The next day we went past the resort on our way to a snorkeling site, and noticed that there were lots of sharks in front of it so we decided to slow down to take pictures, when a lady, most likely the owners wife or sister, screamed at us and told us to *** OFF, even though we were not even on shore. Not looking for any trouble we decided to keep going, and still couldn't believe what we had just heard.
After a couple of days, the locals approached the boat to sell us some wood or stone carvings, or even freshly caught seafoods. After speaking with them for a while they all said that this man, an Australian from Melbourne, was one of the unfriendliest man they had ever encountered. Our suspicions had now been confirmed.
We then talked to the chief of the tribe in front of which we were anchored, who told us the owner of the resort was so stingy that he got in a fight with him because he wanted to charge the resort diver 10 Solomon Dollars ($1.5US) to dive on the tribe's Manta Ray site. That was the day they stopped diving on the site.
And the unfriendliness doesn't end here.
We later spoke to a customer of the resort (a professional photographer) who had spent some nights there, that told us other horror stories from this place, and was basically asked to leave because he was taking too many pictures in and around the resort. The owner even asked for a fee on each of the pictures taken... can you believe that? I couldn't, and yet it was true, and this is why that person left with a bitter taste of the Solomon Islands.
Would I recommend this resort? NO WAY IN HELL, unless you like being treated like dirt.
Why would you go half way around the globe to have such a poor experience.
I hope I have help you in making an informed decision on this particular resort, and I thank you for having taken the time to read this far.
The resort itself is spread out nicely on Uepi Island. Individual bungalows dot the landscape and your drinking water, shower water, toilet water is all directly from the roof of your bungalow in the form of rain (flowing to a storage tank). My bungalow had a nice deck with a hammock on it, comfortable bed, ocean views. Great for relaxing. The food was also great.
Uepi Island Resort is literally an island. Its own island. When you arrive at the lagoon via Solomon Air, a Uepi Resort staff member will pick you up. The only way to get to the island is by boat, but if you're here, that's probably fine for you as you've probably come for the diving.
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