Wilderness Lodge

 

Situated on a coral lagoon on Gatokae Island at the south-eastern tip of the Solomon’s' Western Province, the Wilderness Lodge offers unique access to the rich natural and cultural world of Marovo Lagoon.

Catering for a maximum of 12 guests the private Wilderness Lodge has been designed to meld the atmosphere of the Gatokae rainforest, ocean, and neighbouring small village with Western comforts and convenience. Oceanfront bungalows feature traditional sago palm leaf roofs and polished hardwood interiors for the ultimate in cool tropical living.

Enjoy real Melanesian hospitality with your Marovo hosts Waelinah and Vaelathy and unique local experiences and genuine adventure with the Wilderness guides. Their all Solomon Island staff has been trained here in Peava, and years of experience and integration have created a unique example of culturally- and environmentally-sensitive tourism.

Meals feature local organic produce from the village gardens, fresh hand-caught seafood, and traditional and Pacific themes with an accent on health. Satellite telephone on hand should you need to stay in touch. Deepwater jetty provides walk-in boat access, easy swimming and snorkelling access with large, safe swim steps.

The lodge has prime access to the three wild and uninhabited islands of Bulo, MaleMale, and Kicha, the 2900 foot jungle-clad peak of Mt Mariu, and ancient fortified villages and ceremonial sites. Explore the incredibly diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems and the fascinating old culture of ritual headhunting which persisted into the twentieth century.

People of all ages, walks of life, levels of fitness, and interests will find a week relaxing and exploring at Wilderness a rich, cleansing, and memorable experience.

 

Accommodation

 

The Lodge Rooms

The lodge accommodation comprises two sleeping rooms, each with two double beds and single bunk, perfect for scientific and student groups, fishing/spear fishing groups and families.

Rooms open on to main lodge living area with large table and benches, 240V AC power from solar sinewave inverter, and walk-in, walk-out to the lodge jetty and decking.

All packages include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. A selection of beer, wine and soft drinks are also available for purchase.

 

Oceanfront Bungalows

Two private oceanfront bungalows each offer two extremely comfortable queen beds with privacy curtains for two couples and a foldout sofa bed for families or a third single guest.

Locally handcrafted traditional sago palm leaf roofs and hardwood floors combine with timber and glass louvered walls, sliding glass doors and stunning timber finishings to provide the ultimate in cool tropical living.

Exotic hardwood interiors feature an ensuite vanity and toilet and a kitchenette, while solar arrays power the lighting, personal fans and any charging of cameras or other devices you just can't live without.

Private, outdoor, stonework showers are heated by wood-fire and provide an unforgettable way to cool down after long days in the sun, sea and rainforest.

Comfortable timber deck chairs and handmade mayan hammocks enjoy epic ocean views from the wide open beachfront veranda and decking. Simply step off your deck and into the crystal clear lagoon.

All packages include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, that can be served either at the lodge or in the privacy of your bungalow. A selection of beer, wine and soft drinks are also available for purchase.

 

Fishing

 

Where

Deep blue ocean water starts just 200 metres from the Lodge, with free-jumping sailfish and marlin a regular sight from the Lodge deck. Three uninhabited offshore islands produce spectacular upwellings with pelagic and bottom ooglies always in attendance.

Two inshore FADs in 450 metres of water lie just 1 n.m from the Lodge, and another seven offshore FADs, and Matikai seamount, within 15 nm. Just to our north are the 700 sq km of unexplored sand and coral flats of Marovo Lagoon, and the epic Gevala River.

When

This is an all year round fishery. Pelagics and GT casting action is generally hottest April through November. Mid-April to mid-June and early-October to late-November are generally the best weather windows (this close to the equator climate is highly variable) within that period for offshore action, and white-water GT work,

The recent deployment of two inshore FADs in 450 metres of water just off the lodge provides solid blue-water action even when the trade winds are up. For fly and light spin action the daytime low tides and cooler weather of May through October may present the best opportunities on the endless sand and reef flats of Marovo Lagoon. River spot-tail bass and mangrove jack action is year round.

 

The Action

Your indigenous Marovo skipper Captain John Lave has many years experience trolling these waters for pelagics, is an experienced stand-up angler himself, and brings his traditional Marovo knowledge of fish behaviour to ensure you are where the action is.

Troll for Yellowfin, Skipjack, and Bigeye Tuna, Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, a range of Trevally (jack) species, 3 Barracuda species, Rainbow Runner, Red Bass, Green Jobfish, sharks, Sailfish, Dogtooth tuna, many Coral Trout (grouper) species, Blue, Black and Striped Marlin and many other species around the islands just offshore.

Hot GT action on oversized poppers and stickbaits at Malemale Island just five minutes from the Lodge - 5X trebles and rings, 80lb or 100lb braid and a big Stella or Saltiga are essential to stop the bigger GTs. Bone-crunching strikes as XL GTs crash lures over metre-deep coral heads.

Troll the seven bluewater FADs, Matikai ocean reef, and Kavachi submarine volcano for Wahoo, Mahimahi, big Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish and Blue Marlin. The Solomon’s has the most intact tuna stocks on Earth and gamefish numbers are commensurate with this food supply.

Tease up Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahimahi and tuna for SaltWaterFly action. Hunt Spot-tail Bass, Mangrove Jack and other species on the Gevala River and tributaries bottom fishing for all kinds of reef fish.

Deep drop bait fish for longtail snapper and unique deepwater species. Cast lures for Blue, Papuan, and Bigeye trevally, queenfish, and coral trout. Explore the thousands of acres of sand and coral flats of Marovo Lagoon on fly. And who knows what else is out there!

 

The Boats

6 metre Yamaha longboat reconfigured and repowered for 2011 with 50 EFI Honda four-stroke outboard. Suits two people trolling & casting, 4 people social trolling and sightseeing and reaching the offshore FADs and Matikai seamount in good weather.

7 metre Yamaha longboat with 40hp Yamaha outboard. suits three people trolling & casting, 4 people social trolling and sightseeing and reaching the offshore FADs and Matikai seamount in good weather.

Staying at the Wilderness lodge, we got onto some nice fish!

 

Other Activities

When you're not relaxing by the crystal clear waters in a hammock, there are countless activities that can be arranged during your stay.

  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Free Diving
  • Spear Fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walks
  • Hiking

Tours

There are also a number of organised tours available if you are feeling a bit more adventures.

  • Island Snorkelling Trip
  • Biche Village Cultural and Photographic Trip
  • Coconut Crabbing and Bat Caves of Bulo Island
  • Kavachi Submarine Volcano
  • Kavolavata Cultural and Art Demonstration
  • Varea and Kumabusi River Tour
  • Varea River Crocodile Tour (night-time)
  • Frigate Bird Island Visit – Marovo Lagoon Double Barrier

Island Snorkelling TripBiche Village Cultural and Photographic TripCoconut Crabbing and Bat Caves of Bulo IslandKavachi Submarine VolcanoKavolavata Cultural and Art DemonstrationVarea and Kumabusi River TourVarea River Crocodile Tour (night-time)Frigate Bird Island Visit – Marovo Lagoon Double Barrier