TETEPARE
 
 
The Last Wild Island
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Snorkelling on Tetepare's pristine reefs is one of the many activities on offer for ecotourists visiting the Tetepare Island Ecolodge. Photo by Anthony Plummer  www.anthonyplummer.com
 
ECOTOURISM ON TETEPARE

Imagine a postcard-perfect tropical island in the Pacific, swathed in virgin rainforest and surrounded by sparkling turquoise lagoons and pristine reefs.

A place where ancient, critically endangered leatherback turtles haul up onto the beaches to lay their eggs, where rare dugongs loll in the warm seagrass meadows and green turtles swim and feed, where the forest is filled with the songs of birds and thunder of waves on the fringing reef.

Tetepare is this place.

The Tetepare Island Ecolodge attracts visitors from around the world, who come to enjoy the pristine beauty and wildlife watching opportunities of this very special island. Ecolodge guests stay in traditional Melanesian leaf houses, set on the edge of the rainforest, close to the shores of a sparkling lagoon.

At night, our guests drift off to sleep to the sound of waves crashing on the fringing reef of the lagoon and wake in the morning to the songs of birds.

To ensure guests experience the true tranquillity of the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, visitor numbers are limited to a maximum of 13 guests at any one time. The ecolodge is a small, intimate retreat, with just five guest rooms.

Tetepare is a wilderness-lover’s paradise, with bush walks through lush tropical forests and snorkelling in a marine environment teeming with life. A visit also provides a unique opportunity for the adventurous visitor to participate in on-going conservation activities with the Tetepare Descendants’ Association’s rangers. For more information on ecotourism activities on Tetepare, click here.

Tetepare Island is home to some of Solomon Islands' most unique marine and terrestrial animals. Marine turtles, such as the critically endangered leatherback, nest on its volcanic black sand beaches. Green and hawksbill turtles feed in its sheltered lagoons, while dugongs are often seen grazing in its sea grass beds. Sharks, crocodiles and myriad fish species make the island’s reefs their home, while rare and endemic bird and bat species are found in its forests.

Untouched by logging, Tetepare retains almost all of its primary tropical lowland rainforest, some of the last of its kind in the country.

Meals for ecolodge guests are prepared by our specially-trained local cooks, using fresh organic local ingredients, including vegetables grown in village gardens on nearby Rendova Island, and seafood caught fresh from the waters around Tetepare. We can cater for vegetarians.

All guests have a knowledgeable local guide at their disposal throughout their stay. Your guide will be available to accompany you on bush walks, boat trips, wildlife watching trips and other activities.

All staff at the Tetepare Ecolodge are descendants of the island's original inhabitants, and have intimate knowledge of Tetepare's traditions, history and customs.

Your visit to the Tetepare Ecolodge will raise money that goes directly to conservation efforts on the island, and to support local communities conserving their natural heritage.

 

 
 

VISITING SCIENTISTS

The TDA welcomes researchers to visit Tetepare to conduct field work. In recent years, the TDA has hosted researchers studying fish, bats, turtles, vertebrates, forests and cultural sites. Find out more here.

VISITING YACHTS

The TDA welcomes yachts and sailing boats to visit Tetepare Island. We ask that all people visiting Tetepare Island on sailboats pay the Kastom Fee and observe TDA rules, such as not fishing in the Marine Protected Area, Find out more here.

RECENT VISITOR COMMENTS

"Thank you very much for a wonderful stay in a unique location. It is a glorious unspoilt island and is a treasure for the Solomons. Its pristine environment is a credit to its caretakers.’’
Geraldine and Tim George, Honiara/Australia.

“One of the best conservation and tourism programs in the Solomon Islands. I wish you well.’’
Mark Ligo.

“What a wonderful place with wonderful people. Where in the whole world can you walk through virgin equatorial rainforest and then swim in a lagoon and see turtles, barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, sharks and even dugong, in crystal clear water? Tetepare is unique and will be ever more unique and cherished as much of the world deteriorates environmentally. Congratulations to the TDA for their foresight and commitment and increasingly evident success. The world is indebted to you.’’
Gregory Mackenzie, Sydney Australia,

“Tetepare is a very special place. The snorkelling was out of this world. Had fun watching the turtles and crocodiles. Fantastic food.’’
Debbie Bax, New Zealand.

“Tetepare is a very special and beautiful place. Congratulations to everyone for your hard work to conserve it. Don’t give up the fight.’’
Anne-Marie Byrne, Sydney Australia.

“What an incredible island! Such an amazing history, landscape and fauna/flora. But above all, the stay is made so special by the enthusiasm, interest, humour and attention to detail of the lovely staff. And of course, the food, which is better than anything in Honiara. The Tetepare project should be an important part of the future of tourism in the Solomons and long may the funding and the support of the Tetepare Descendants’ continue."
William Baron, CBSI.


 

 

 

 

 
   
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