TETEPARE
 
 
The Last Wild Island
 
 
 
 
 
 
 A pod of dolphins accompanying visitors on their way to the Tetepare Island Ecolodge. Photo by Anthony Plummer  www.anthonyplummer.com
 
GETTING TO TETEPARE

Tetepare Island is in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Overseas visitors will need to fly to the capital Honiara and catch a domestic Solomon Airlines flight to the town of Munda.  From Munda, private boat transfers to Tetepare Island are available.

Getting to the SOLOMON ISLANDS
Solomon Airlines and Pacific Blue (Virgin) offer regular flights from Brisbane to Honiara (the capital of the Solomon Islands). The flight takes about three hours. There are also flights to Honiara from Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu.

Getting to TETEPARE, WESTERN PROVINCE
Once you are in Honiara, the easiest way to get to Tetepare is to take a domestic flight from Honiara to Munda (a town in the Western Province). Our guides will meet you at the Munda airport (sealed airstrip) and accompany you on the 1.5-2-hour trip to Tetepare in a small motorised boat. Please note, for safety reasons this trip should be made during daylight hours, and so if your flight arrives in Munda after 4pm, you will need to spend the night in Munda and travel to Tetepare the next morning. There is accommodation available at Agnes Lodge in Munda..
The boat trip to Tetepare from Munda takes about 1.5-2 hours, and is a scenic journey along the coast of Rendova Island. Life jackets are provided. We recommend you bring sunscreen, a sunhat, sunglasses, a raincoat and a bottle of drinking water for the trip. Please note, the journey to Tetepare takes us outside the lagoon and on occasions we do encounter wind, swell, chop and waves on the trip, however all our boat drivers have many years of experience driving the routes to and from Tetepare in all conditions. The current cost of the trip, per boat, covers the cost of a driver and the petrol for the boat to come to Munda to collect you and then return to Tetepare with you on board. We endeavour to keep the price of trip as low as possible for guests, however, the price is dictated by the cost of fuel and Tetepare’s remoteness.

Budget Options
If you are on a tight budget, one of the cheapest ways to get to Tetepare from Honiara is to catch the Bikoi passenger boat from Honiara to the town of Ughele on Rendova Island and arrange for the Tetepare boat to pick you up from there. It is a long trip, taking about 24 hours, however, is cheaper than the flight, and drops you at a town closer to Tetepare than Munda, thus saving you money on the transfer. The cost of the transfer from Ughele to Tetepare is just over half the cost of the transfer from Munda..
There are also passenger ferries which run from Honiara to Noro (a town near Munda). The Pelican Express and the Solomon Express both run between Honiara and Noro, the journey taking about one day. The ferry fare is cheaper than the flight. Once you arrive in Noro, you can catch a bus to Munda. Buses run intermittently between Nora and Munda. Please be aware that local transport, such as ferries and buses, often runs on what is affectionately known as Solomon Time. Be prepared for delays. The Tetepare boat can also collect guests from Noro for transfer to Tetepare.
If travelling from Gizo, Agnes Lodge runs a transit boat between Gizo and Munda on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please contact Agnes Lodge or Go West Tours to book this service.  Travel can also be arranged from Marovo lagoon, including Uepi Resort, Wilderness Resort or Matikuri resthouse.

 

 
 

WESTERN PROVINCE TOURISM LINKS

The Western Province is the jewel in the Solomons' tourism crown. Renowned for its breath-taking beauty, superb diving and snorkelling, and fascinating cultural and natural attractions, the Western Province offers travellers an idyllic tropical setting of sparkling lagoons, tiny coral islands and a host of not-to-be missed attractions. If you are planning a trip to Tetepare, we recommend you make time to explore the province.

Agnes Lodge - Accommodation in the heart of Munda, on the shores of the Roviana Lagoon. There is a good bar and restaurant at Agnes, and a range of day-trips available to local attractions such as Skull Island. Munda is the jumping-off point for Tetepare Island, and a great place to visit on your way to or from Tetepare.

Dive Munda - Phenomenal diving with reefs, wrecks and spectacular walls dropping off to over 600 meters teeming with real big fish action. Dive Munda is run by ever-genial British couple Graeme Sanson and Jen Will, and is based in the grounds of Agnes Lodge.

Dive Gizo - Danny and Kerrie Kennedy have been introducing divers to the beauty of Gizo's wrecks and reefs since they started their dive business in 1985. The couple are heavily involved in the local community, and Danny is the member for Gizo in the provincial government. You'll find their dive shop at the western end of town.

Matikuri - A peaceful eco-haven set in the beautiful Marovo Lagoon. Matikuri was the first ecolodge established in the Marovo Lagoon, and is owned and run by descendants' of Tetepare. Contact Matikuri

Uepi Resort A relaxed and intimate resort in the Marovo Lagoon with superb diving, providing the chance to experience the natural wonder and culture of this authentic and exciting part of the Pacific.

Wilderness Lodge - Located on Gatokae Island, in the Marovo Lagoon, Wilderness Lodge is an ecologically and socially conscious establishment which has been introducing visitors to the naturual beauty and rich reefs and rainforests of the region since 2002, while providing local communities with sustainable income alternatives and developing conservation initiatives.

Zipolo Habu Resort (Lola Island) - Located on the idyllic Lola Island in Vona Vona Lagoon, about 20 mintues by boat from Munda, this resort is designed for the traveller or fisherman who is keen to enjoy the experience of life in a true island style bungalow.

Find out more about tourist attractions and activities in the Solomon Islands at the Solomon Islands Visitor's Bureau website.

 

 

 
   
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