Psst, let me let you in on a little secret. Skip the scuba gear and simply grab a mask and snorkel. The shallow coral reefs around Uepi island are best seen from the surface.
Uepi Island is located in the Morovo Lagoon at the south end of New Georgia Islands. Morovo Lagoon is the largest saltwater lagoon in the world and has an impressive 130 kilometers of barrier coral reef. There are around 100 individual islands along its length and covers an area of 700 square kilometers.
Alongside this complex lagoon system is a deep wall, dropping past 2000m or 6000ft! This deep wall brings nutrient-rich upwelling currents which feed the many tropical fish and healthy corals reefs fringing the islands.
While visiting Uepi island we explored the reefs on scuba and snorkeling, both with their own advantages. However, we were truly impressed with the quality of snorkeling options available within a short distance from the resort.