SOLOMON DIVE ADVENTURES / MINADO ECO LODGE INFORMATION
operated in partnership with Johnlee Koli and family
Our Minado Eco Lodge (S=08deg.; 39.972'; eco) sits on lovely, private Turupu Island (2 km in circumference) across the bay from Mbili Village. In less than a minute’s walk, you can be in the sea experiencing rich and colorful marine life in less than 3 m/ 10 feet of water. The lodge features 2 lovely guest rooms, full kitchen, and a large dining relaxing area, with a lower deck for reading, napping, just watching the view. Separate toilet and shower rooms are just down the hall. Our pride and joy is our new jetty extension with its leaf roofed pavilion, where one can dine, relax, play games, visit, do computer work or just enjoy the view and watch the birds that travel back and forth and the bats that zoom in at twilight. Clear nights often find us out on its deck marvelling at the moon and stars. Bookshelves provide ample reading material. As our maximum capacity is 4 guests, you are assured of lots of personal attention to your needs and wants. We are tiny, and choose to stay that way. It enables us to "give our best to our guests" and really get to know the people from all over the world who come to visit us.
We strive to serve delicious, well balanced meals with lots and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, so our guests will feel at their best to enjoy their diving and other activities. Simple snacks and fruits, coffee and tea are always available. We have power (both 110 and 240, solar and generator)- lights and fans and plugs for computers, chargers, etc. AND- best of all- we want you to feel part of our family and make yourselves completely at home.
We have a kayak and have a real dugout canoe available on request. Because of our offshore location, we are almost always blessed with ocean breezes which keep the temperatures cooler and comfortable. Now, a favorite question people ask is "weather??" My answer is, “Yes, we have it." I ask people to check out the predominant color of the islands. Green?? That requires rain. I cannot predict the weather. Rain itself doesn't curtail our diving, but high winds and/or lightning can. The days we have had to stay home and play Rummykin, though, are, thankfully, few and far between. Often, people will choose to dive only 1 on a rainy day. When we do, we come home to our house specialty- Shivering, Starving, Divers' Soup (you must be 1 of the 3 to qualify) and garlic bread. In our new location here at Turupu, we are spared the long, rough rides home we experienced in our previous locations, as our dive sites are much closer, and most travel is in protected waters.
An advantage for most of our guests out here at Turupu is that here you are a part of our little community. You have a much greater opportunity to really meet and become friends with our staff and their families. You are more than welcome to visit the village proper and meet other villagers and their families.
A disadvantage for some is that, because of our location, and the fact that we are a Seventh Day Adventist village with its prohibition on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, I respect and honor that rule out here on our campus. Personally, I have seen too much of the ravages and pain that alcohol has wrought on islanders not equipped to handle it, so I am very comfortable with just not having it around for temptation. If someone needs to smoke, we ask them to walk off “campus” to do so. Most of our guests seem to enjoy having a "drug-free" atmosphere.
It also means no diving on Sabbath (sundown Fri. to sundown Sat.) but snorkelling out here is both fascinating, rich and OK. It also means airstrip pickups and drop offs on Sabbath are frowned upon. Night diving on Sat. is fine.
In addition to the SCUBA diving, which is our specialty, we can offer bush walks, fishing, cultural tours to other villages, snorkelling trips, trips both to view crocodiles in the wild, and frigate birds settling for the evening. etc.
Making your holiday the best that it can possibly be is our top priority. We want our guests to have the kind of vacation we would like to have, and to have such a good time that they will return- and become more than guests, become friends and part of our family.