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Dive Review of Uepi Resort in
Solomon Islands/Western Providence

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Kent Roorda, CO, USA
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Report Number 4005
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribbean, Bahamas, Central America, Mexico, Fiji, Indonesia, Many Islands
in South Pacific
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
A dive master generally goes in the water with you, but rarely enforces any
rules - since they generally chew Beetle Nut before dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
There is no room, or tables in the dive shop to set up camera gear. It must
be done in your room; previous to going diving.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
2 stars    
We went to Uepi Resort for a few days after have been on the liveaboard
Bilikiki for a couple of weeks. Getting to Uepi Resort requires a one hour
flight from Honaira, and a one+ hour boat right from the grass strip
airport to the resort. The trip on the water is generally very smooth as it
is within the protected lagoon.
    Uepi Resort, in my opinion, is a nice place to go to rest and relax. 
It is often sold as a diving destination, but it's diving leaves a lot to
be desired.  Reefs and fish life are only so-so. The dive guides do not
help you set up or care for your gear. There's hardly a place on the dive
boats for a bottle of defog, so one should be forewarned if they are taking
camera gear that they are concerned about.   There are a lot of begging
sharks off the pier at Uepi.   It's a great opportunity to literally swim
with Black Tips and Reef Sharks.  Even little kids were swimming and
snorkeling with the sharks.  The private cottages are spread out on a small
penisula and give the guests nice privacy. There is no hot water, but it's
really no big deal since the outside temp is normally in the high 80's -
which gives you a semi-warm shower.   Rooms are not air-conditioned, but
have fans. Nevertheless, if it's hot and muggy,(which is nearly always is!)
you'll be hot and muggy as well.  The owners/operators, Grant and Jill, are
very nice and hospitable.  Meals were 'okay' but there were many times when
there was not enough food for everyone.  For instance, salad for 24 guests
was served on a standard dinner plate. Meals were also often late, thus
forcing guests to wait as late as 9pm for dinner.  Uepi is quite popular
with some Australians, but, I couldn't imagine traveling all the way there
from North America when there are much better operations and resorts within
the North American region and Carribbean.  As for diving conditions in the
Solomon's, it appears to be on quite a quick decline.  Overfishing and lack
of concern for the reefs is very evident.  While on the Bilikiki
liveaboard, as well as while we were at Uepi, there was fishing line draped
all over the reefs nearly everywhere we went....very evident and obvious
that the people were fishing right on the best of the reefs.
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