Fans of the Sea
Uepi Island, in the Solomon Islands, is perhaps the best diving destination I've visited to date – and I've had the fortune to visit a few.
Uepi is resplendent in corals, sharks, rays, sinkholes, caves, sheer walls, tropical fish life and even a 'vertical wreck', but for me the stand out thing about diving around Uepi is quantity, variety and size of the Gorgonian sea fans.
I remember diving in the Coral Sea off Far North Queensland and being told that a particular site was home to the largest Gorgonian in the world, but I don't recall as being anywhere near as impressed with that fan as the ones at and around Uepi.
Getting to Uepi is an adventure in itself, but once there you are certainly greeted with unbelievably great diving, while staying at a beautiful little resort that feels like it is situated at the end of the world.
I'm certainly a fan of Uepi and its wonderful sea life.