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Maravagi Resort
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

We arrived from Honiara on a boat with no lifejackets or oars, and several holes in the bottom of the boat! On arrival we were shown to our "rooms" away from the other bungalows, it appeared to be staff quarters, tiny rooms with no bathroom or fans. When we pointed out we had paid for bungalows (one of them beachfront) we had to wait while they made up our rooms and we were then moved. We were 2 couples, one couple got a beachfront and the other got the back "swamp" bungalow. The beachfront bungalow adjoins another room, with paper thin walls and very little privacy from noise. Rooms are basic, with fans (power cuts out at midnight), mozzie nets, beds comfortable enough. "Cleaned" daily. Bathroom very basic and not clean. "Beachfront" is not pretty....no actual beach, just broken coral and rocks and RUBBISH. There seems to be no waste management practices here...cleaners were seen emptying our bins into the bushes. High tide swamps all of the back bungalows, have to almost swim to the dining room for breakfast. Strong smell of septic at certain times of the day. The food was plentiful and ok and the dining room is a nice area overlooking the water. Supplies are an issue here, they ran out of things on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. Toilet paper, soft drink, beer, bottled water! And we discovered they were selling us water bottles re-filled with tap water....a big no-no! A couple of really nice, friendly staff members but most aren't very friendly at all, one of our party was verbally abused one day for asking about the bottled water supplies! Very intimidating. The snorkelling is nice right outside the restaurant and further out into the bay. We ended up leaving after 3 days (supposed to be there for 7), our travel company assisted us to leave and have now stopped promoting Maravagi as a destination, until they get themselves better organised. Has the potential to be a really great place, just mismanaged at present and badly in need of some maintenance.

Room Tip: For a quieter time choose a back bungalow, but only if you want to wade through swampy water every time you leave your room!
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Cazoe
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John B, Manager at Maravagi Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Hi Cazeo,

Thanks for your review. I just want to afford you an update of what we have been doing so far at the property.

At the moment we have taken into consideration all reviews and feedback including yours and are working on it.

As a new management, we are addressing all issues one at a time due to financial constraints. Currently, we are in a repair and renavation process so hopefully we may meet our guests expectation once we've completed in the future.

Many Thanks!

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Reviewed 26 February 2012

We stayed at Maravagi for a long weekend. We had been living in Malaita, and it was an easy trip over to Tulagi on the 360 Discovery where we were met by staff from Maravagi and taken in the OBM the rest of the way.
On arrival to Maravagi we were met with yummy cool drinks and beautiful flowers, and our bags were taken to our room, which was right at the front of the resort, less than 10m from the water. We had a room with 3 single beds, all with mosquito nets. The room and bathroom was pretty basic, but comfortable. Like other reviews, I'd recommend staying in the front bungalows if you can, as the back of the resort is underwater a bit at high tide.
The island is beautiful and the staff while we were there were fine. We didn't run out of anything, and our towels were replaced every day. The snorkelling is amazing, and we spent most of the time in the water. The food was fantastic while we were there, almost the best we had while we were in the Solomons.
We were warned early about where not to swim, snorkel or walk if we wanted to avoid being asked to pay a kustom fee.
We walked to the other side of the island into the village there, and were accompanied by two local guys who we gave 10 sol each for their time. It was great having them, as they helped us up the muddy bits, and could speak pidgin way better than us, so it was a lot easier to chat to people in the village. Definately worth the tiny extra price.

I would definately recommend Maravagi for anyone who is happy to stay in basic accommodation and who cares more about what they do and experience during their stay than what the room is like :)

Room Tip: Ask for a bungalow at the front of the resort
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Emma B
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John B, General Manager at Maravagi Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Hi Emma,

Thanks for taking the time to give us a review of the property.

Thanks Again.

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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Alright, this review is predominantly for surfers but there are pertinent points that can apply to anyone seeking to stay at this resort. Firstly, although this resort is promoted as a surfing destination, it does not receive any consistent or quality swell to support this claim. Have a look at its location in relation to the islands of Santa Isabel and Malaita, and you will immediately release that the breaks in this area are blocked from most of the swell. We left the resort after 3 days and travelled to Malaita, where we surfed perfect 6ft turquoise barrels all day. The also resort wanted to charge us $50/hr for the boat to scope the breaks, which is more expensive than surfing anywhere else in the south pacific. When we tried to bargain down the price, we were abused by a racist European bloke claiming to be a brother of the owner and there to put "systems" in place.
Now for a some points about the resort itself. As a surfer, I am perfectly happy to "rough" it, sleeping in a board regularly. When you are paying good coin to stay in a resort, however, there are few things you expect. Firstly, some degree of customer service. When we arrived we were not pointed to our rooms, and kinda figured it out for ourselves. We enquired to the staff about the surf breaks, but no one really knew or gave the impression of caring.
Secondly, is the location of the resort itself on the island. The rear of the resort is actually a swamp, and is under a foot of briny dirty water during every high tide. Guests in the rear bungalows have to walk through this water when leaving/returning to their huts... unacceptable and a health hazard.
Third, is a level of professionalism. Drunken staff members boozing on Solbrew, yelling, and carrying on till 4am outside our hut is uncool. Staff members sleeping hangovers off on the dining room tables at 7am when we are arriving for breakfast is also uncool.
Fourth, is what happens when you walk 100m outside the resort. We were accosted by other locals who charged us $20 each to "walk on their beach", "surf their break", or snorkel on their reef.... this all happened within sight of the resort! The island and the surrounding reef is indeed gorgeous, but to get stung extra money every day to enjoy it is ridiculous.
Fifth, I believe that the resort is incredibly poorly managed or have a sneaky suspicion that goods intended for guests are being ripped off by the staff. Every day the resort ran out of the bare essentials, despite the boats going on "ressuply runs to Honiara every morning, and there only being 10 guests in the resort. The resort ran out of milk on 2 mornings, soft drink each day we were there (they only bought a single case despite 10 people staying there), toilet paper, and SolBrew. To run out of perishable items is occasionally understandable, but to run out of long live goods that can be stored in a cupboard is unacceptable.
Lastly, I was disgusted by the attempts of the resort manager to back pedal when we informed him we were leaving. He started to provide the service he should have given when we arrived, and when he found out we were going to Malaita he angrily exclaimed, "There are no waves in Malaita, I lived there 7 years and there are no waves". He also offered to show us some nearby surf breaks that he had previously not bothered to mention. It was a pathetic last minute attempt to recover some lost ground and by then we had had enough.
Needless to say, we left, and got perfect, insane waves in Malaita, and stayed in a local village for a fraction of the cost and with far superior hospitality. To anyone intending to stay here, DON'T.

Room Tip: Don't stay at the rear of the resort due to the high tide swamp flooding.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Andy S
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John B, General Manager at Maravagi Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Hi Andy,

First of all, I'd like to apologise for your bad expereince during stay at Maravagi. I am only responding to let people know who may come across your review that as a new Management Team leader of the Resort, I have taken note of your concerns and slowly address them.

We may not be able to meet your expectation but we are hoping that by 2018, the property will put on improved facilities and quality standard service delivery.

Many Thanks,

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Reviewed 9 July 2011

Maravagi is a great place to unwind and chill out. A banana boat trip from the Honiara yacht club makes you feel like you're a world away. The rooms are basic, but comfortable. The room I stayed in had 3 single beds all with mosquito nets (no holes unlike other places) and the bathroom is again, basic but more then suitable with a cold water only shower (you don't need hot water), toilet and basin.

The main dining and common room is built over th water, with awesome views of the bay and reef outside. The food is very basic and a bit expensive, but has the home cooked feel and still very tasty. In terms of the location and the remoteness of the resort the food is excellent.

The surrounding areas of island are great to explore, and will keep you entertained for hours. The beach around is full of wildlife, including an abundance of hermit crabs. Make sure you see a sunset and sunrise over the water. Makes the whole trip worthwhile and one of the most beautiful I've seen.

If you like scuba or snorkelling is your vice, the reefs and surrounding are freat to venture around. I went snorkeling in the early mooring and saw more wildlife then the afternoon before, so that'd be my suggestion.

Overall, a great little resort and definitely worth the trip and sometimes bumpy (very very rarely) boat ride over.

The

  • Stayed: September 2010
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3  Thank Dusky007
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Reviewed 16 February 2011

maravagi resort is one of the best vargin islands in the pacific...the islands is very beatiful and colourful-.close to the main city center.....if you not try it yet,,then now this is the perfect time to discover the true paradise of solomon islands...

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank sodu
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