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Gizo Hotel Solomon Islands
PO Box 30, Gizo, Solomon Islands
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The premier hotel in Gizo is the Gizo Hotel which is located near the harbour and has its own private jetty. The small island of Ghizo in the Western Province is only 1½ hours flying time from Honiara. Gizo is a quiet little town surrounded by hundreds of palm tree studded islands ringed by coral reef and clear blue seas. This is a great base to explore the Solomon Islands on active adventure trips, scuba diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking, mountain biking, trekking and more.
Gizo Hotel Solomon Islands

ACCOMMODATION: There are fifteen standard rooms for two to four people, fourteen poolside double rooms and sixteen seaview double rooms. All rooms in the Gizo Hotel have private bathrooms, ceiling fans, refrigerators, tea and coffee-making facilities, and IDD telephones. The newer poolside and seaview rooms also have balconies and air-conditioning.

The seaview rooms have a splendid view of the harbour, Logha Island close by, the airport island of Nusatupe, and the 5,800 ft (1770 m) extinct volcano of Kolombangara Island looming in the distance.

Gizo Hotel Solomon Islands - Accommodation
Gizo Hotel Solomon Islands - Accommodation

HOTEL FACILITIES: The Gizo Hotel has a popular restaurant, bar, dive shop, tour desk, gift shop, and saltwater swimming pool. For families, there are interconnecting poolside and seaview rooms, also children's luncheons and babysitting are available. It is a fast 2km boat ride from the airport on Nusatupe Island to the hotel’s private jetty.

RESTAURANT: Gizo Hotel's 'Leaf Haus' restaurant and bar offer views over the bay and delicious food in a relaxed setting. The restaurant specialises in fresh local seafood and produce which are presented in a western-style menu. Local Gilbertese villagers entertain quests by performing custom and tamure dances.

The restaurant is open for all meals and the menu is varied. Breakfast can be chosen from a light, continental, or full hot breakfast including local fresh fruits. Dinner can include such dishes as calamari, seafood stirfry, pepper steak and chicken parmigiana.

Scuba Diving

ACTIVITIES: Scuba diving is the main activity in Gizo and is available through Dive Solomon Charters, which is located on the premises, or Adventure Sports Gizo nearby. These dive shops offer a variety of dive courses and have equipment for rent. There are numerous dive sites including shallow lagoons and fringing reefs, dramatic vertical walls and drop-offs, to intriguing sunken war wrecks such as the 450 ft (140m) Japanese transport Toa Maru.

Various other activities can be arranged from the hotel tour desk including sport fishing, island tours, romantic picnics on deserted islets, nature hikes, cultural tours, or rent a sea kayak and explore the beautiful tropical surroundings. An interesting trip is the 7km boat ride to Kennedy Island for a day of snorkelling and a barbeque lunch on this tiny deserted islet. This is where the young Lieutenant John F. (Jack) Kennedy and the surviving crewmembers swam ashore after their boat PT109 was run down at night by a Japanese destroyer.

There are several small islands nearby that can be quickly reached by motor canoe where visitors can experience the local culture. The more adventurous can travel the 30 km to Simbo Island where there are archaeological sites, skull houses, petroglyphs, tuna-worship shrines, megapode bird hatcheries, thermal areas and a sulphur lake. The arduous 5,800 ft (1770 m) climb to Mt Rano on Kolombangara Island was reported in Issue 36 of our Inflight Magazine as an exhilarating experience.
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