Tetepare, Munda

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Tetepare Island is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, located at. It is a part of Western Province of the Solomon Islands. It covers approximately 118km2. Tetepare supports pristine lowland rainforest and a rich inshore marine area. The meaning of the name is uncertain; it most probably means "wild pig" or "fighting boar" because the island was (and to some degree still is) famous for these animals among inhabitants of the region.
The local residents were apparently once a distinct ethnic group; a Tetepare language and unique traditions are attested, but information is fragmentary. Like their neighbors on Rendova Island and New Georgia, they appear to have been swidden agriculturalist, and to have occasionally practiced headhunting. But the island was abandoned in the mid-19th century, with the locals dispersing to New Georgia, Roviana Lagoon, Vona Vona Lagoon, Nggatokae and Ranongga.
At the western tip, a 3.75km2 coconut plantation was established in 1907-1918, but this declined since World War II and all maintenance ceased after 1990. Secondary forest is now reclaiming this area.
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  • I would highly recommend staying overnight at Tetepare. The food was delicious! I really loved their fern dish and the snorkelling was just fantastic. The best that I have seen so far. This is a great...  more »
  • Coming from PNG, just to be having again showers and flushing toilets seemed a royal comfort. Tetepare descendants really understood that the key to a great future is conservation. And as their slogan...  more »
  • Really amazing place. The wildlife and food is amazing!
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