Where to Go in Gizo, Solomon Islands?


During March 2017, I traveled for my first visit to the Solomon Islands to learn about the World War II history and take part in the spectacular SCUBA diving. This article is one of a series from my adventures and focuses on where to go in Gizo! Of the 2000 Americans that visit each year, most of them have plans to get underwater!

How do you get to Gizo?
I flew from Honiara to Munda on Solomon Airlines and then it is another 10 minute hop to Gizo. In between the flights, I was able to speak to the pilot in the cockpit and take photos. After we landed in Gizo, I got to use the sticks that bring in the planes (those orange things!) You can see my adventures in all of the following videos.

VIDEOFly Solomon Airlines Honiara to Gizo

Where did you stay?

From the airport terminal, we traveled by boat to FatBoys Resort. My open air overwater bungalow had stunning views and palm frond shutters. I loved watching sunrise here. Each day, I had lovely flower arrangements of petals on my bed. FatBoys Resort is literally across the water from Kennedy island and has been open for nine years. You can also stay nearby at Sanbis Resort.

VIDEO: Join me at Fatboys Resort in Gizo, Solomon Islands

Where did you dive?

I loved spending the day with Dive Gizo. I did two dives and had an incredible lunch! Our first dive site was Toa Maru which is about a twenty minute boat road and is one of the top World War II shipwrecks to explore in the South Pacific. It was a Japanese transport ship and the dive goes from about 20 feet to 120 feet. I got to speak on the phone and see medical supplies.

VIDEOCome underwater with Dive Gizo and me to the Tao Maru

For lunch, we were treated to an amazing BBQ on the beach. The eggplant and fresh fish cooked with hot stones and steamed with banana leaves was better than any restaurant with four walls. For my dives, I had a private guide and private boat but I ate lunch with five divers from Australia who are also staying at FatBoys Resort. After lunch, we dove at Njari Islands-Grand Central Station and saw several sharks, 2 large barracuda, a school of smaller barracuda and 3 or 4 giant green and blue giant sweet lips. This site gets its name because there are so many fish it is like being at Grand Central Station in New York City. On one single tank dive, 270 different species of fish were identified which makes this site the second highest fish count in the world.

VIDEOAre you ready for the best lunch ever? Motu Lunch with Dive Gizo

After my dives on the way back to Fatboys resort, I visited “Kennedy Island.” During World War II, John F. Kennedy was stationed in the Solomon Islands. His patrol boat (PT 109) was struck by a Japanese ship and sunk. Kennedy and 11 men swam to safety on Kasolo Island which is now called “Kennedy Island.” When you visit you can see artifacts from the war and have a drink in the new Kennedy restaurant and bar.

VIDEO:  Join me to visit Kennedy Island in the Solomon Islands

Kennedy Memorial on Lubaria IslandThere is a brand new monument on Kennedy Island which was installed August 2, 2017. The photo above is the Minister of Culture & Tourism The Honorable Bartholomew Parapolo and Commander Dan Balsinger, United States Senior Defense Official, Defense Attache unveiling the Kennedy monument on Kennedy island in Gizo, the Western Province.

Memorial on Kennedy Island
Kennedy Island Photo by Susan K. Bejeckian

I highly recommend you wake up to enjoy Sunrise while you are in Gizo.

VIDEOWake up for stunning Sunrise in Gizo, Solomon Islands

YES! I do travel with a Hula-Hoop! Everyone asks me about it so I made a video to tell you more….

VIDEOHula Hoop with me in Paradise at Fatboys Resort

Before we left Gizo, Helen and I went to explore the market. Come join us…

VIDEOTime to go to the Market in Gizo Town, Solomon Islands


Thank you to the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau for arranging my trip and helping me learn about the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Thank you for watching all my videos! Learn more about my adventures in the Solomon Islands:

Read my articles:

Saturday Evening Post: A World War II Hero Remembers Guadalcanal

What Famous History Happened in Honiara, Solomon Islands?

Discovering Marvelous Munda in the Solomon Islands

See my segment for The Jet Set TV on the Solomon Islands.

Lisa Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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