Uepi Island Resort
Lonely Planet review
This extremely well-run resort is very popular with Australian divers, who stay here to get thrilled by the sensational dive sites right on their doorstep. Snorkellers will also get a buzz on the house reef that spreads from the end of the short jetty where the island falls away 30m to a deep tidal channel. The best thing is that it also appeals to honeymooners and families. The key to its success: a laid-back, uncomplicated yet well-organised approach.
A series of spacious bungalows is scattered amid lovely bush gardens, spider orchids and coconut palms. They are more functional than luxurious (no air-con, ordinary furnishings). Meals are served in a breezy dining room with superb views. Perks include a bar, a library-cum-book-swap facility, and a DVD player in the common area. The resort has a full dive shop and there's a good activity programme, with traditional dance, overnight kayak trips, snorkelling excursions and village tours. Compared to the other places in Marovo, it feels much more Westernised, despite the fact that staff are local (apart from the Australian owners).