Tavanipupu Island Resort
is located in Marau Sound, Solomon Islands. Only 25 minutes east by plane from the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara; this privately owned 5 star island is the South Pacific’s best kept secret..
Tavanipupu is a dream created by English interior decorator Dennis Bellote and his late partner Keith Paske in the 1970’s.
Bellote tells the story of when he arrived on the island it was overgrown and needed a lot of hard work and elbow grease to reach its current state. Bellote, now in his 80’s, still lives on the island, which has been run by new owners since late 2008.
The island has an interesting history. It was once a coconut plantation in the 19thcentury, owned by Norwegian Traders who bought it off the locals for some ammunition. Some of the traders old gravestones still remain hidden amongst the long grass on the island
Due to the past political tensions in the Solomon Islands and the temporary closure of the Marau airstrip, Tavanipupu was almost forced to close. However due to the hard work of a few passionate people, the resort still remains today .
Today the island is a tropical paradise surrounded by a vast turquoise lagoon.
Manicured lawns studded with lines of coconut palms are the only remaining evidence of Tavanipupu’s colourful past.