5 out of 5
by Ginni on Wotif
A tropical paradise!
Posted Oct 9, 2017
We are a family of 2 adults and our 7 year old son and 8 year old daughter and we all loved Fat Boys Resort. It is an idyllic holiday destination. We spent our days snorkelling in the 29 degree water, boating to deserted islands, fishing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, swimming and lots of lazing around. We enjoyed walking to the local village and meeting quite a few locals as well as seeing their kindy and primary school. If you go to Fatboys take along some stuff for the school - coloured paper, texters, children's books - anything is gratefully received. It was great for our kids to see another way of living. You can also take a quick boat to Gizo to go to the local markets if you want to stock up on a few food items as the rooms have a fridge. There are lots of day trips you can take with one of the staff and the boat. We did the trip to Skull Island which was a highlight. Also there is great snorkelling of WW2 wrecks including a fighter plane thats easy to see from the waters surface. And a old fishing vessel. Kids loved seeing these. Our kids loved it and enjoyed lots of activity but also just mooching around playing on the pool table, collecting shells etc. We loved the fact that the wifi is patchy so kids are not on screens. Staff are delightful. Everyone is very warm and gentle We would love to go back!
HOTEL REVIEW: Fatboys Resort – Gizo, Solomon Islands
If you have read the book “The Pickwick Papers” by Charles Dickens, then you will know all about the “Fat Boy” and can understand where Fatboys Resort got it’s name.
Derived from the character “Joe” in the book, “fat boy” consumes great quantities of food and constantly falls asleep in any situation at any time of the day. The Fatboys life revolves around drinking, eating, sleeping and making every conceivable effort to avoid work.
That is the very essence of the Fatboys Resort. It is located on Babanga Island about 10 minutes boat ride from the airport and 15 minutes from Gizo, the provincial capital of the Western Solomons.
Arrival at Fatboys brings you to Fatboys Resort, Bar & Restaurant, which is situated 100 metres out atop crystal clear waters and surrounding reef. Whilst at Fatboys Resort, it is hard not to become “Joe the Fatboy”. Enjoy an ice-cold Sol Brew beer, a plate of fresh crayfish pan fried in lime juice and butter, a game of pool, or simply kickback and be mesmerized by the myriad of tropical fish swimming underneath you.
There are five bungalows that offer spectacular views of an early morning sunrise, watched straight from your bungalow. You really feel at home in your bungalow as it is constructed of traditional leaf and local hardwoods, which blend in with the magnificent surroundings. Featuring four private bungalows and one Beach-House each with large veranda’s capturing the seductive views of Solomon Islands famous crystal clear water and stunning natural scenery. All accommodation is situated on the water’s edge with a short stroll to Fatboys Restaurant & Bar located along our private jetty, 100m out over the reef. Guests do have to book a minimum of three nights to stay.
Possible one of the best parts of this place is Fatboys Resort, Bar & Restaurant. It’s location out on the water makes you feel like you are on a floating restaurant. Selections of mouth-watering dishes are prepared daily using only the freshest local produce and just caught seafood. Like literally just caught – they will pull up crayfish from the surrounding ocean. A well-stocked bar includes a modest wine list and the bar has a great Pacific Island atmosphere.
For more information visit www.solomonislandsfatboys.com.au
For more information on the Solomon Islands visit www.visitsolomons.com.sb
Kate Webster was a guest at Fatboys Resort with Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau. This review is a true account and has not approved nor edited with all words by Kate.
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SPECIALS FOR THE PACIFIC EDEN CRUISE
RETURN BOAT TRANSFER
- SINGLE @ AUD 25
- COUPLE @ AUD 50
- FAMILY CONCESSION @ AUD 10 PER PERSON
- CHILDREN BELOW 5 YEARS( FREE OF CHARGE)
LUNCH MENU @ AUD 30 - AUD 40
- FISH & CHIPS WITH SALAD
- CRISPY CALAMARI WITH CHIPS & SALAD
- GRILL CRAYFISH TAIL WITH CHIPS & SALAD
- FATBOYS SUNRISE
- FATBOYS SEA BREEZE
- LONG ISLAND ICED TEA
- SNORKELLING (BRING YOUR GEARS)
- KAYAKING (AUD 6 PER HOUR)
Indulge your senses at fatboys resort solomon island!
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PHONE:+677 60095/+677 7443107
The Solomon islands have a diverse range of water and land based activities. There is something for everyone! Fatboys Resort invites you to indulge in array of fun activities or maybe you would prefer to set a new world standard in relaxation. Take a look at what we have on offer, you're sure to find something that excites. The more you explore the Solomon Islands the more surreal the surroundings become. Dormant volcanoes, dense jungle, pristine coral cays, beautiful sandy beaches and uninhabited islands are just some of the natural features this tropical paradise has on offer.
FATBOYS FISHING PACKAGE
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS AT FATBOYS RESORT
AUD $1004 PER PERSON (BASED ON 3 ANGLERS)
- 6 night’s tripple share accommodation
- Continental breakfast daily
- Meet & greet at Honiara International airport, transfers to domestic terminal for Gizo flight
- Return airport boat transfers
- 4 hrs per day for 4 days fishing including gear, lunch & bottled water. Extra fishing can be arranged if required.
- Fuel used will be charged at cost only
- Lost lures will be charged at SBD 120
Fatboys specialises in trolling, however other types of angling can be arranged.
However, we recommend that keen fisherman bring along their own fishing equipment to ensure that we can cater for their perfected fishing choices.
For bookings, contact us on email: email@example.com or
phone: +677 60095/ +677 7443107
Looking out from Fatboys Resort, the majestic Kolombangara Island awaits! At 5800ft in height the island itself supports a beautiful and diverse ecosystem with approximately 80 rivers and streams flowing down its flanks. If you are fit and adventurous this hikers dream island. Beachcombing is also fun and very relaxing! There are endless stretches of pristine beaches being washed by the tranquil waters of the western province each day.
The Solomon Islands are renowned for having the most diverse and exciting diving to be found anywhere in the world from World War II wrecks to numerous offshore reefs, spectacular coral formations, plummeting walls, manta rays and abundant marine life. All dives are boat dives Water temperature averages 28 degrees Celsius. Visibility is usually upwards of 20 metres. Troublesome currents are rare.
SWIM and SNORKEL
The waters surrounding Fatboys are tropically warm and exceptionally clear with an abundance of corals and colourful reef fish. You can choose to swim and snorkel around the safety of Fatboys or venture a little further each day. If you are more adventurous, charter a banana/long boat and explore the spectacular underwater world the Solomon Islands have on offer. You will be truly amazed. Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards (SUP) and snorkelling gears are freely available for in-house guests. Fatboys Snorkel Tour: Fatboys to Munda/Zipolo Resort/Skull Island- on the way down, you can snorkel WWII Hellcat Fighter Plane in 9 metres of crystal clear water, then onto Zipolo Habu Resort, on return visit Skull Island. Then snorkel one of the fringing reefs on some of the pristine Islands in the lagoon.
The Solomon Islands are a fisherman's paradise with excellent fishing all year round. The waters surrounding Fatboys provide world class game fishing and bottom fishing but some guests prefer to wait for catch of the day to arrive while enjoying an ice cold beer. Fatboys supplies banana/long boat and a driver so you can focus on catching that prize fish.
Surfers have known of this place for many years of its great atmosphere and great surf breaks. Gizo has a number of great surf locations all only accessible by boat from Fatboys, all western province surf breaks, break on coral reef. Such breaks include: Pailongge & Titiana - both can be easily reached with a short paddle from the village on Gizo island, Pailongge - a long right-hander that picks up a lot of swells and breaks in front of a village. It has 2 sections that join and become perfect on large swells, Titiana - 800 metres south and is a strong left-hander, Skull Island - a 2 hour boat ride from Gizo & Zipolo Habu Resort. It's possibly the longest right-hander in the Solomons. Needs a medium to large swell, best at 3-6 foot, the wave starts breaking about 200 metres south of Skull Island.
Kennedy Island is a small uninhabited island in the Solomon Islands that was named after John F Kennedy, following an incident involving Kennedy during his World War II naval career. Kennedy Island lies 5 minutes by boat from Fatboys resort. In August 1943, it was to this island that the crew of the PT 109, commanded by then Lieutenant Kennedy, swam after their boat was rammed and wrecked by the Japanese destroyer, Amagiri. Two American sailors died in the incident. Kennedy later had the crew swim to the larger Olasana Island.