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Gizo, Western Province

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Gizo, Western Province

Location

Gizo is the capital of the Western Province and is the second largest town in the Solomon Islands. Gizo has a small landing strip on the nearby island of Nusatupe to the north east of the town, making it relatively developed compared to other settlements in the general area.

Gizo is situated on Ghizo Island approximately 380 kilometres west-northwest of the capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, and is just southwest of the larger island of Kolombangara. Gizo is located beside Ghizo Island's only sea port and is only a five minute boat ride away from Solomon Airline's domestic airport which offers daily flights connecting to Solomon Islands capital, Honiara. The flight from the capital takes about one and a half hours.

Airport Name:

Nusatupe Airport (GZO)

Province:

Western

Aircraft:

Dash 8 (DH8-102), Twin otter (DH6)

Aircraft Transfer:

Transfers from Gizo Airport are available by boat at $100 per person (subject to change), and Gizo Hotel guests have complimentary transfers.

Population:

Western province: 81,214 (2010 census estimates)

Main Industry:

The main industries for Gizo are tourism, and the local produce market.

Health Care:

Gizo Hospital - Phone: +677 60 224

Police:

Royal Solomon Islands Police - Phone: (+677) 60966

Main Transport:

Main transport options include a boat or by vehicle on Gizo itself. There are also a number of taxi services in Gizo.

Taxis:

There are taxis available in Gizo.

Internet:

Broadband and dial-up services are available in Gizo.

Mobile phones:

Mobile phones and SIM cards are available from the Telekom office in Gizo.

ATMs:

ANZ Bank and BSP Bank in Gizo has an ATM with Cirrus and Maestro.

Tours and Activities

WWII Tours in Gizo

WWII Tours in Gizo
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For those interested in history and the legacy of World War II in the heart of the Solomons, from Gizo you can visit an American tank, a Japanese Gun Fort and partially submerged shipwrecks.

Ghizo Island Tour

Ghizo Island Tour
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Explore the scenic Gizo coastline. Visit Saeraghi Village and Gizo's most famous beach. Stop at various villages along the way and see firsthand the traditional lifestyle that many still lead.

Birdwatching in Gizo

Birdwatching in Gizo
www.divegizo.com

For those twitchers wanting to find species of birds only seen in the Solomon Island arrangements can be made. You will visit Ghizo Island and its surrounding areas and discover its endemic species.

Diving in Gizo

Diving in Gizo
www.divegizo.com

There are over 15 world class dive sites around the Gizo area ranging from manta ray dives, coral dives, and famous World War II relics including the renowned Toa Maru No. 2 Dive plus a host of Japanese and American fighter planes dive sites.

Surfing in Gizo

Surfing in Gizo
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Great breaks can be found off Gizo. The best time for surf in Gizo is between November and April. There are two areas which are Titiana Village which is a left hander for goofy footers and Paeloge which has barrelling waves grest for right handers.

Fishing in Gizo

Fishing in Gizo
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Some of the best fishing grounds in the Pacific are no more than 30 minutes by outboard motor from Gizo. With excellent fishing year round you will not be disappointed organising a day out on the water.

Attractions

Njari Island

Njari Island
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One of the Solomons most significant ecological sites, discover Njari Island and enjoy a swim, snorkel or relax surrounded by stunning natural beauty and a chef-prepared BBQ lunch.

Kennedy Island

Kennedy Island
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Explore this small Island where US president John F Kennedy and the crew of PT109 were ship wrecked during WWII. There is great snorkelling, hammocks to relax on and an area for a BBQ if you want to take a picnic.

Kolombangara Hiking

Kolombangara Hiking
www.kolombangara.org

Kolombangara is a dormant or semi-extinct volcano last active around 10,000 years ago. Climb one of Kolombangara Island’s mountains to experience panoramic views across Gizo and the Vona Vona lagoon. There are various hikes to take which accommodate people at all levels.

Accommodation

Fatboys Resort

Fatboys Resort
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A stay at Fatboys is island living at its finest where traditional meets western style convenience. The bar, restaurant and public lounge area is 100 meters out from the island over crystal clear waters. There are bungalows for couples and accommodation that offers more versatility for families.The property is only 10 minutes boat ride from Gizo Airport.

Imagination Island

Imagination Island
www.imaginationisland.com

The owners of the property visited Gizo and had been told that the beautiful Island in the middle of the lagoon was being taken over by the sea. They created an oasis of eco-bungalows, rooms and water activities with a fun bar and restaurant area, where you can relax in hammocks or swing in chairs. The property is only 5 minutes boat ride from Gizo Airport.

Oravae Cottage

Oravae Cottage
www.oravaecottage.com

Escaping to your own private island has never been easier and the team at Oravae are there to ensure that all distractions from home are forgotten. There is a main cottage and two separate bungalows that can be used for a family, close group or couple if they just want to indulge in the experience of having an island home to themselves. The island is only 10 minutes boat ride from Gizo Airport.

Simbo Island Lodge

Simbo Island Lodge
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This is great for those with an adventurous spirit. Walk and climb your way to the craters edge and have the privilege of watching locals cook megadpode eggs in thermal ponds. The views of the volcanic cliffs and the lush jungle are breathtaking. Simbo Lodge offers private double and single shared accommodation options.

Rekona Lodge

Rekona Lodge
www.rekonalodge.com

This family-owned business is conveniently positioned near the main shops in a quiet and elevated position. The accommodation is clean and comfortable, offering shared facilities, rooms with fans or air-conditioning and views over the lagoon. The friendly staff will help you feel at home and can organise transfers, diving, fishing, rainforest walks, island and village visits.

Gizo Hotel

Gizo Hotel
www.gizohotel.com

The Gizo Hotel is a 5-minute boat ride from the airport and conveniently located directly opposite the boat docking ramp in Gizo town. It’s also very close to shops, the main market and ATM facilities. All rooms are spacious and air-conditioned. The property features a small centralised pool and a great bar and restaurant that looks out towards the lagoon.

Urilolo Lodge

Urilolo Lodge
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Located on Saeraghi beach, on the Western side of Gizo. Urilolo Eco Lodge offers a clean and comfortable bungalow made in the traditional style including basic kitchen facilities, with crystal clear water, sunset views and many activities on your doorstep. It is safe for swimming and trips for fishing, hiking, diving and island hopping can be organised. The village is very welcoming and will ensure you have a great stay.

Sanbis Resort

Sanbis Resort
www.sanbisresort.com

After just a 7 minute boat ride from Gizo Airport you will arrive to warm smiles on the dock and a feeling you have landed somewhere special. Welcome to paradise. Each traditional style bungalow has its own private beach with stunning views across the lagoon. Whether you try the numerous water sports on offer or just relax there will be no escaping the beauty of Sanbis.

Imbu Rano Lodge

Imbu Rano Lodge
www.kolombangara.org

The amazing biodiverstity surrounding Imbu Rano Lodge guarantees a unique and relaxing experience. Located inland, overlooking the valleys leading to Mt Rano's crater on Kolombangara Island, Imbu Rano Lodge provides birdwatchers and nature devotees easy access to upland forests and its amazing flora and fauna.