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Fatboys Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Fatboys Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We have just finished a 5 night stay at Fatboys and the place is nothing short of amazing. After having several flight time changes from Honiara we had Fatboys staff waiting for us with a huge smile at Gizo airport. We never got a chance to pick up our bags, they were onto them as soon as we pointed them out. Then it’s into the banana boat and away for the 10 minute boat ride to the resort. We new we were in for something special on the way as we passed over coral outcrops in amazingly clear water. When we arrived we were greeted with more warm smiles and a cold drink. We then had a simple breakfast that included some of the most wonderful tasting tropical fruit. Once checked in we were taken to our over water bungalow only to see our bags had already made it to the room. The view out the front doors is nothing short of breathtaking as we peer out over glistening tropical water to Kennedy Island. An hour after we arrive we decided to have a quick snorkel around the restaurant. You have to see it yourself to believe it. Our days were filled with amazingly helpful staff and wonderful scenery. We snorkel, fish and generally relax. The food at the resort was great. Fresh seafood every day, who needs chicken or beef? Our 5 night stay passed so quickly it is hard to believe. This place is not 5 star but is all the better for it. I think they only have 6 bungalows and this is part of its charm. It’s never crowded and you can mix with others or not. I can’t say enough about the staff. Always friendly and there to help. If you are interested in the Solomon Islands you have to go to Fatboys.

I was looking for a relaxing trip filled with water activities and sun bathing while sipping on drinks by the water. Fatboys exceeded my expectations! It was absolutely beautiful! The crew made me feel at home and catered to my every need. I visited the nearby islands, went snorkeling, kayaking, toured the local towns, watched the sun go down, and soaked in the sun in the most relaxing atmosphere. I met a group of divers who inspired me to learn to dive and return for another trip. Came back to wonderful dinners and drinks in the evening while meeting new friends. Bonds that will stay with me forever. Such an amazing experience with truly amazing people! Thank you Manoj and Ash for making my trip one I’ll never forget!

We are from Brisbane so we caught the direct Brisbane - Munda flight (Saturday's only) As there were 5 in our group the resort arranged for a boat from Munda direct to the resort rather than flying first to Ghizo. We stayed in the Family bungalow. The back bedroom can be a bit crowded and hot for 3 adults but there aren't many resorts which accept 5. A wonderful surprise was the quality of the house reef straight off the jetty. A huge selection of different types of fish and corals. The visibility and warmth of the water was incredible. We especially enjoyed the feeding of the reef sharks at night time. We also made great use of the stand up paddle boards, kayaks and hired the poly craft tender. The food is expensive for the quality but the ladies in the kitchen do try. Island prices so budget on AUD$25 -$30 a meal. The resort works closely with Dive Gizo who will pick you up for diving. We stayed six nights which was a great amount of time to explore the area. We had a wonderful stay.

We stayed for 8 nights at Fatboys and I can’t rate it highly enough. The location is perfect with great snorkelling and healthy hard corals right off the jetty. The rooms were lovely, spacious and clean and the staff could not have been more friendly. We work on plastic pollution in the UK and were interested to learn about the local impacts. Currently it is minimal but obviously potential to increase. I was pleased to see how aware the staff are and they were very interested in learning more about the issue. Diving was arranged through Dive Gizo and was outstanding both in terms of organisation and quality of the diving. Big thank you to Mano, Tiro, Ashley, Brian,Lea, Kallisa, Mary, Sharon and all the staff who made our stay so memorable. See you soon!!!!!

We had trawled long and hard before choosing this property - getting their from Tasmania was a challenge and took us 2 days but fair to say we had our breathe taken away by the flight from Honiara to the amazing airstrip which services Gizo and the surrounding resort islands. Collected by our boatman we were quickly whisked off to the resort to our waiting hosts welcoming drinks in hand. Our bungalow Was the newest addition to the resort and boasted air conditioning and direct water access while being a bit of a walk from the main resort building. Days at the resort revolved around early breakfasts snorkeling fishing reading sleeping village walks visiting other islands and generally absorbing all that was on offer. Our hosts worked hard to ensure we were well looked after with a varied selection of locally sourced seafood and fruit the mainstays. Leah and her team, including Benson, Susie & Kalissa always presented with a smile delivering what ever Peter and Tiro had prepared for us. We had a great time in the polycraft and an amazing days fishing with new fishing boatman Watson. Our only real disappointment the rubbish around the foreshore which was so sad to see.

My wife and I really enjoyed a weekend stay here at Fatboys as a break out of Honiara. Shout out to Lydia, Sharon, Susie and Ashley amongst others for their hospitality. The flight from Honiara had some amazing views of all the islands and then a fun quick boat trip from Gizo airport to resort. The water and islands were just what you'd hope for going to a tropical island resort. Snorkelling, kayaking and swimming in blue,blue water so good. Nice to see no charge for the kayaks etc too. Lots of fish around the restaurant too for fun snorkelling. Food ranged from great to ok. Hard to beat crayfish and big serves for lunch and dinner. Breakfast a little more sedate. Take the three island,three hour boat out. Amazing snorkelling and swimming in deserted island atolls. Sandy island the best of them. Bungalow over the ocean was great and the air con at night a bonus. Kettle and fridge could do with upgrade but minor quibbles. Reef shark feeding at night something different too. Highly recommended, do as little or as much as you want and just chill with amazing water views, a beer or two and a crayfish meal. Hard to beat.

My boyfriend Steve and I, both 37 year olds, had the absolute pleasure of staying at Fatboys Resort on Babanga Island near Gizo for 11 amazing nights. We had been researching holiday destinations for several months and we always came back to Fatboys Resort as our no. 1 preference. The over the water bungalow had us hooked; and for such a reasonable price compared to every other over the water bungalow we could find in a tropical location not too far from Queensland, Australia. I mean, where else can you put your snorkling gear on and launch from the platform 5 metres from your bed into sensational coral to see colourful fish, eels, seahorses, and even the regular family of 7 squid which hang around our bungalow day in day out. The occasional turtle, pods of dolphins, and spotted stingrays would surface every now and then. Watching the local villagers paddle out in their wooden canoes hand carved to fish every day made you appreciate that you were not in a manufactured oasis. This place truly was and is paradise. The accommodation, the people, the experience and the food did not disappoint. We are already looking forward to our next trip to Fatboys. Our days were filled with beautiful weather, amazing views, sensation snorkling and trips in the poly boat or banana boats visiting islands to fish the reefs or off the beach; and plenty of time perched in the Fatboys Restaurant with a Solbrew and a glass of wine; and Steve challenging the staff (I think they all play!) at games of snooker. After we booked we saw the review from Yamba_Nanna. Each to your own but you have to remember that Solomon Islands have to import everything they don’t produce; and they can’t grow the same produce as other locations/countries; so you can expect to pay more for some things; but you have to take the experience in as a whole. We couldn’t fault the cooking by Chef Peter and Tiro and our meals were always delivered on time and the portion sizes were large. The crayfish in white wine sauce was amazing. The battered fish was succulent and so fresh. Their potatoes are different to the Australian ones however quite tasty; the salads had a nice mixture of vegetables including capsicums. Solbrew, the local beer is very reasonably priced. As a wine drinker I knew I would be paying approx. the same price as Australia as it is imported; but I was more than happy to for a nice Sauvignon Blanc or Rose and they poor a very generous glass or have a Fatboys Seabreeze cocktail. We did buy duty free liquor when flying and non alcoholic drinks from a shop in Gizo town to use in our accommodation for drinks during our stay. We also took quite a few snacks, cheeses, biscuits and other items of food from Australia so that we didn’t need to buy lunch each day. As longs as the food is commercially packaged; customs didn’t mind it being brought in. As our over the water bungalow was supplied by tank water, we could drink the water and didn’t need to rely on bottled water. Little rain showers come through almost daily so there is ample clean water. The bungalow had a bar fridge and a gas cooker to boil the stove top kettle. The wifi is limited bandwidth however we had enough to send and receive emails and send facebook messages to family and friends; and post the occasional photo to Instagram of our travels. Mosquitos weren’t any worse than Australia at Fatboys however they did provide mosquito repellent, and they put mosquito coils in our room each night. We did however commence anti-malaria tablets prior to departing Qld as a recommendation from our doctor. Our top list of what to do when here: Kennedy Island - Hire a poly boat (self drive) and go to Kennedy Island and visit Joel who will introduce you to Kennedy, he red parrot, and Lucy, the hornbill; and ready the story of how JFK swan ashore when his boat was hit by a Japanese Distroyer in the 1940s; and look at the old machine gun and other war memorabilia laying here. Snorkling here is lovely. Snorkel or Dive – both are great however you don’t need to dive to experience the colours of the ocean. Many guests we met at Fatboys were diving with Dive Gizo and loved it. Fish, Fish and Fish – weather you get one of the staff members to take you on a fishing trip out further or you fish from the beach of a nearby island or in a poly boat, the fish are sensational! Hand your catch to peter and he will clean and prepare your fish how you like it. Walk the Village – walk the local village with one of the staff members to appreciate how the locals live and visit the kindergarden/primary school. Gizo Markets – go to the Gizo Markets by boat with one of the staff members and buy some fresh fruit and nuts to enjoy during your stay. A big bunch of delicious bananas cost us $15 solomon dollar. We didn’t spend too much time exploring other islands as we were very content with our surrounds and all that was to be seen from Babanga Island and those close by. Thanks to Manu, Dan, Leah, Roderick, Ashley, Peter, Tiro, Suzi, Calisha, Sharon and all those staff I haven’t named for such an enjoyable experience and making us feel like we were part of the family. See you all soon! Getting there: We flew with Solomon Airlines from Brisbane to Honiara (3 hours), then from Honiara to Gizo (under 2 ours). The domestic flights change departure times without notice so ensure you check with staff the departure flight time when landing in Honiara, and have the resort confirm your departing flight from Gizo to Honiara the day prior. Leah and Roderick met us at the Gizo Airstrip on it’s own little island, Nusatupe, and loaded us into a banana boat for a ride to Fatboys Resort. What a holiday!

My husband and I spent 9 nights at this resort, primarily to dive. This was our third trip to the Solomons and our most disappointing. All the staff that we met were fantastic, friendly and tried their very best. We did not meet any owners or managers that we were aware of during our stay. We stayed in the overwater bungalow which was the best accommodation on offer. The deck area, easy access to the water, air con and bar fridge were appreciated. There is very little storage area in the bungalow, especially for divers with camera gear like us. Beware the bathroom is positively dangerous as without any shower screen the water floods the floor making it very slippery (I believe that this is common in all rooms) Snorkelling as easy and interesting, but not a primary reason to stay there. The little polycraft boats are fun to use, but fuel is expensive. There was NO phone reception (Telstra roaming) and NO wifi (it was available but never worked) Make sure to take a trip into Gizo town early in your stay to stock up on snacks, fruit and drinks, because the worst thing was THE FOOD. IT WAS EXPENSIVE AND TERRIBLE. Reading other reviews I wonder if we were at the same resort!! There is nowhere else to eat, so there is no choice but to pay in excess of AUD$30 per meal for food that was generally overcooked and inedible. Salad every night was raw shredded cabbage. We splashed out one night and ordered a $40 crayfish which was tough and inedible. Even the fish was overcooked. We ordered dinner every night at 6.30pm and it was often 7.50pm before our meal was served. There were only stale chips and small bags of peanuts available at the bar for between meal snacks. Breakfast was good and included in our package (but you can’t go wrong with Weetbix, fruit and toast). At the end of our stay we paid an additional food and drink bill of over AUD$700 – this was for dinner and drinks (non alcoholic) only. The resort overall just seemed tired and rundown. Chairs in the restaurant are rickety and hard. A large container of fresh water provided at the end of the jetty to rinse snorkelling gear was never changed the whole time we were there. As a dive destination it is hard to recommend, and the poor quality of the restaurant spoilt it for us as a relaxing holiday destination.

This resort is fantastic and also isolated far away from noisy Gizo town and also where you can find happiness and enjoyment. Easy and fast boat ride from Gizo to get there for a drink, I recommend it. Mano, front of house and Barman, is very professional.

We have stayed at Fatboys resort a couple of times, it’s our preferred place when travelling to the Solomon Islands. Flights can now go directly to Munda now, so we will be back for sure soon. My partner and I stayed in room B4 and another one further on the hill. Each room is located with ocean views and heaps of privacy. They offer two litres of water a day, tea and coffee. Beds are super comfy with mosquito nets to stop any mozies. It’s the perfect place of you want to lounge around the island or restaurant thats located on the end of a long pier. They do however offer plenty of tours. The fishing tours are all time as is a visit to skull island. We hired kayaks and visited Kennedy. Both at Kennedy and straight off the restaurant is beautiful reef and perfect for a snorkel. You can also hire stand up paddle boards and little self driven boats. Both times we have stayed have been for around a week. Each time we come home it feels like we have been away so much longer. It’s the perfect backdrop to relax, read a good book and just enjoy the simple life. The staff are lovely with the resort being ran by a man named Mano. He has so much knowledge and can tell you the best fishing spots. All the staff are super lovely and accommodating. The food they make is such a small kitchen is absolutely delish, the seafood of course is insanely good. Most days local fisherman will be selling the days catch straight to the restaurant. I can not recommend this place highly enough. The perfect getaway with so much soul.

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Hotel highlights

  • Onsite dining
  • WiFi in public areas (fees apply)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Airport shuttle (fees apply)

Fatboys Resort places you next to Pacific Islands. This 2-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, coffee/tea in a common area, and a library.


Dining

You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 9 AM.


Rooms

All 2 rooms feature balconies, coffee makers, and ceiling fans.


Property features

Fatboys Resort features WiFi in public areas, conference space, and coffee in a common area. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available on request) for AUD 28 per person roundtrip. Friendly staff can provide front-desk service during limited hours, and also offer advice about sightseeing. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a library, free newspapers, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Honeymoon Bungalow

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Bungalow, 1 Queen Bed, Overwater

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Bungalow (1)

Full 1 | Sleeps 5

House, Beachside (Whole House)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 153 reviews