The Tetepare Island Ecolodge Accommodation
Accommodation at the Tetepare Island Ecolodge is provided in traditional Melanesian leaf houses with twin or double beds. The leaf-houses are set on the edge of the rainforest, close to the shores of a sparkling lagoon.
At night, you will 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.
Presently, we have five bungalows sleeping between 2 and 6 people and can accommodate up to 16 visitors in leaf house accommodation. Bedding and mosquito-nets are provided. To ensure guests experience the true tranquillity of the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, we endeavour to limit visitor numbers to a maximum of 16 guests at any one time.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are basic and clean. They are situated a short walk (20m) from your bungalow. The water supply is rainwater and we have flush toilets and cold showers. Showers are open air but separate and private, allowing you to enjoy the rainforest whilst cooling off. There is no electricity on Tetepare. In keeping with ecologically-sustainable principals, we do not run a generator on Tetepare. Solar energy is used to provide lighting in the eating area, the field station and the ecolodge.
Meals 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 and vegans.
Respecting local kastom
We would always prefer it if no alcohol comes onto Tetepare, alcohol is the cause of significant social problems amongst local people. If you do bring any with you (there is none available on Tetepare), please be sensitive to local customs and drink it only in your room or on your balcony. Do not offer alcohol to staff whilst on the island.
When visiting the local villages, please wear knee length shorts or skirts. For getting in and out of our boats, female guests may also find it appropriate to wear some shorts beneath their skirts. Boardshorts can be worn over bathers when swimming.
General Housekeeping Information
We are happy to offer a clothes-washing service for guests for a small additional fee. Please be aware that weather conditions mean that clothes may not come back dry for 24 hours or more.
Babysitters can be hired to assist with child-minding on request. If you can, please let us know when making your booking if you are likely to require child-minding services. Arrangements can be made at short notice, of course, but we do prefer to plan this service ahead of time so we can be sure to have the most experienced people ready to look after your children for you.
Unfortunately, there is nowhere on the island where batteries can be charged for cameras etc, so please bear this in mind before coming to Tetepare. We also ask that you take any batteries that you bring with you off the island when you leave.