We stayed in a room overlooking the water with a mosquito net for four nights. The magic of this place is the family that we stayed with and the incredible day trips that we did to various different snorkling spots which was amazing. We grew to love our hosts Joshua, Wendy, Teddy, Judy and the kids and we miss them. Someone left a review saying that the food was bad in 2017, our experience was the exact opposite - the food was amazingly tasty!! Incredible fresh fruit and catered to our sometimes difficult vegetarian/vegan dietary needs. We miss and think about this place often and would love to come back. It gives you such a beautiful Solomons experience to stay here!
Nice place in an isolated island. Great snorkel even we did not have luck with the weather. Food is optional and I highly recommend , bring your own food for lunch and dinner. We paid 100S$ for a dinner the first day we could not even eat. We had to cancel the following dates and eat our biscuits instead Breakfast with pancakes and fruits was more than Ok.
Not for us. Very very basic. Toilet and shower quite a walk from room which was very basic. One light powered by motorcycle battery to which you attach an alligator clip. No mossie coils are supplied. No torch is supplied for the walk to the toilet/shower in the dark. Small double bed. Dinner and breakfast were acceptable. Most concerning was when we asked about crocodiles we were told one swims by on a daily basis close to the "resort". This is extremely dangerous and guests should be told this before entering the water. Very disappointed.
We stayed 5 nights at Matikuri and it felt like the world slowed down. Benji & Jilly welcomed us like family which made the experience even more magical. We ate great food, made new friends, snorkelled the Matikuri reef as well as many memorable trips with Benji and Charles on the boat. We were lucky enough to stay when Benjis family were celebrating the end of new year and we had a blast. Its a seriously beautiful area and the laid back, warm and loving atmosphere Benji & Jilly have created is really special. Would highly recommend and we stayed in three other places over a month. Hope to return one day.
Great food (great fish), very welcoming and hospitable. They found me waiting at Seghe airport and offered me a place to stay and I loved the place. There is an awesome reef for snorkelling around the point with a junction between currents where all sorts of fish meet, and there are lots of docile reef sharks. My bungalow over the water was clean and insect free, and the view at sunset was dreamy.
We stayed 6 nights at Matikuri Lodge. It is a great base with wonderful hosts (Benjamin and Jilly). Benjamin collected us at the Seghe airstrip and delivered to another guest lodge at the end of our stay. The main lodge area is a spacious area overlooking the lagoon with comfy chairs and normally a cooling breeze. We had some very nice meals there. It is a great place to sit back and relax. The Matikuri attracts a number of local visitors, so you can take it all in from the comfort of a couch. Our bungalow was large and quite separate from the lodge. The bed was comfortable, though we had a couple of sultry nights that made sleep a little difficult. It was a bit of a walk to the nice shared toilet and shower facilities. We made a number of worthwhile excursions to Penguin Reef and to Babata passage for snorkeling. Benjamin also arranged a one night kayak excursion. We used the kayaks to look around the nearby islands too. The house reef is interesting and worth a few sessions; visibility and fish life is less than on the outer edges of the lagoon. However, we did see turtles, a shark, octopus and there are plenty of interesting anemone fish, sponges, feather stars, etc We also participated in activities in the village of Seghe (which happened to be on while we were there), so not only did we see the natural side of Marovo but we gained plenty of cultural insight. All in all, a most excellent visit!…
The oldest tourist lodge in the lagoon does not feel old. Bungalows provide comfortable netted accommodation with beautiful water views and a cooling breeze, particularly at night. The surrounding corals are well worth a snorkel. Provides great access to the spectacular Hele Islands - known surfing destination, amazing snorkelling and diving, wreck included. Kayaks available for paddling to nearby islands and more reefs. Fishing for Tuna, Barracoota, Spanish .... provides the table. Squid are plentiful and make the best bait for Reef Fish. The welcome is very special. Benjamin and Jilly, daughter Wendy prepare traditional meals and make sure your stay is all you could need. Value for money? Definitely!
Matikuri is this little piece of heaven far far away from the stress of everyday life. Once you set foot in Matikuri, you’ll be welcomed by Benjamin who will lay down the rules of the house for you : Make yourself at home! And it is so easy to do, to simply ease into island life. Grab a kayak to explore the nearby islands, snorkel where you want, watch the sunset then admire the incredible star studded sky above your water bungalow. Throughout the day, enjoy all of Jilly’s delicious meals as she is a very talented cook and very creative too. Best muffins I ever had were hers. Benjamin can also organize all kind of day excursions: snorkeling wrecks, village visits, snorkeling with MANTA RAYS (that was definitely a major highlight). This is just day to day stuff. I was also lucky enough to spend my 40th birthday there and to have mentioned it online when booking. Benjamin and Jilly had a whole surprise birthday organized for me! I won’t even say what was involved as it might be someone else’s surprise one day and I wouldn’t want to ruin a surprise. I can only say that a good 30 to 40 people were involved in the preparations and the party itself. I was so touched I didn’t even know what to say – for someone to go through so much effort for a complete stranger is a pure manifestation of the kindness of our fantastic hosts. Benjamin and Jilly are bright and lovely individuals who will make your stay extra special, just by being themselves. I wish them all the best in continuing to run the first ever eco lodge in the Solomons…
Benjamin and his wife Jill are very experienced. The bush material bungalow was basic, but fine, with agreat sunrise view from the teraace. Shared toilets/shower also. The meals were great, and the snorkeling (gear free of chage)and manta ray excursions excellent. The free of charge kayaks are in top condition.
Ok so I was hesitant to stay at Matikuri after reading some of the reviews but I am so happy my friends and I decided to go for it. Our stay began with Ben picking us up in his canoe from the airport and we had an amazing ride into the sunset to the lodge. This is an eco lodge and you will be sleeping in a traditional thatch hut under a bug net but let me tell ya, this was the best sleep I got in my 35 days of traveling the South Pacific. The water from the lagoon breaking on shore directly underneath your bed will send you into a deep sleep every night. Ben and Jillie are impeccable hosts and they truly invite you right into their home and will do anything to make your stay amazing. The food here was out of this world. Jillie cooks family style meals and I guarantee you that you won't be able to eat everything she cooks. Ben will take you anywhere you want to go in his canoe. Fuel is extremely expensive in the Solomons so don't be shocked by the bill. We highly recommend a trip to Uepi island to go snorkeling with the sharks. And bring some money because they have a lot of carvings to purchase. My friends and I can't say enough good things about this place. Ben is an excellent human being and his island is very safe and a very special place. It was personally my favorite stop on this trip and I will go back to stay here on my next visit to Marovo. …