Welcome to Tetepare Island
This large rainforest island is one of the Solomons’ conservation jewels and a dream come true for ecotourists. The Tetepare Descendants’ Association, which manages the island, welcomes visitors in its simple yet genuinely ecofriendly leafhouses (no air-con, solar power, shared facilities). There are plans to build another two bungalows with private facilities. What makes this place extra special is the host of environmentally friendly activities available, including snorkelling with dugongs, spotting crocodiles, birdwatching and turtle-tagging. They’re free (except the ones that involve boat rides), and you’ll be accompanied by trained guides. Food is fresh and organic. No alcohol is available, but it’s BYO. Minuses: the cost and duration of transfers (S$1900 per boatload one-way, two hours from Munda), but there are plans to arrange cheaper transfers with Go West Transport – ask when you book.