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The Last Wild Islands

Tetepare Island, in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, is one of the largest uninhabited islands in the South Pacific. Blessed with lush forestry, bordered by metallic black sands and fringed by magnificent turquoise lagoons, this remote island houses many hidden treasures.

Tetepare is a wilderness-lovers paradise with lush virgin rainforests and inviting temperate waters, teeming with wildlife. For dive enthusiasts Tetepare’s coral gardens support one of the highest diversities of marine life in the world, second to Raja Ampat.

Frequently visited by docile dugongs who graze along the grassy seabed, large schools of barracuda as well as a wealth of colourful reef fish. Other marinelife regularly encountered on dives include hornbills, pygmy parrots, coconut crabs, bump-headed parrot fish and pods of playful dolphins.

Visiting Tetepare during the months from October through to January provides visitors with a rare opportunity to witness turtles, including the rare and endangered leatherback turtle, nesting along the Island’s volcanic black sand beaches. Camp on the beaches at night as you wait in anticipation for the turtles to reveal themselves from the depths of the ocean as they slowly pull their weight along the beach and begin digging in preparation for laying their eggs. From January through to March visitors can look forward to the hatching of the eggs as they begin their fight for survival, frantically making a dash for the shoreline.

Daytime forest walks offer visitors an opportunity to explore the remnants of abandoned villages. Learn about Tetepare’s past as you explore these villages, attempting to piece together the mystery surrounding Tetepare’s lost civilisation.

Under the cover of darkness visitors can enjoy the thrill of a night-time walk through the rainforest when unusual nocturnal creatures come out from hiding after sunset. Night-time brings with it the opportunity to see cuscuses, a nocturnal relative of the monkey, giant coconut crabs and huge colonies of bats, for which the Solomon Islands are famed.

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