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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.

Published on Captured Travel