Fatboys Resort, Bar and Restaurant is located on Mbabanga Island, a 15 minute boat ride from Gizo. The name Fatboys comes from the character of Joe in Charles Dickens’ novel, "The Pickwick Papers". The Fatboys life revolves around eating, sleeping and making every attempt to avoid work. Whilst at Fatboys, guests can become "Joe the Fatboy".
With magnificent views across to Kennedy Island and the majestic Mt Kolombangara volcano, the rustic island charm of Fatboys offers 4 bungalows tastefully appointed bungalows and one self contained unit sitting on the water’s edge surrounded by lush greenery, along with the recent addition of a new overwater bungalow.
All accommodation is situated within a short stroll to Fatboys Bar and Restaurant located along the private jetty, 100 metres out over the reef. With a tropical climate and an average daily temperature of 29˚C, Fatboys Resort offers the ultimate tropical beachside reef experience and is the perfect hideaway that can be visited anytime of the year.
The flight from Honiara to Gizo takes approximately one hour. The scenery viewed from the plane enroute is absolutely stunning. On arrival at Gizo Airport, the Fatboys boat will be waiting to transfer you to the resort, just a short 8 minute boat ride away.
A 100 metre jetty connects the island to the popular Fatboys Bar and Restaurant where both locals and tourists frequently stop for a meal and a drink. The overwater restaurant specialises in fresh seafood and is open for lunch and dinner everyday.
The bar is stocked with both local and imported produce including a modest wine list and is also equipped with a pool table, couches and sun lounges.
Tours can be arranged at the front desk. Hammocks, kayaks,stand up paddleboards, snorkelling gear and a laundry service is available for use, as is limited wifi reception.
Fatboys Resort has four (4) waterfront bungalows that have been constructed using a blend of traditional leaf and tropical hardwoods consisting of 2 x Family Bungalows in a duplex, each with 1 queen bed master bedroom and 3 single beds, private verandas with hammock and a shared veranda leading to the beach plus 2 x Honeymoon Bungalows with 1 queen bed.
A new Overwater Deluxe bungalow has direct access to the water from a private platform leading off the veranda for swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters below.
Each bungalow features quality imported bedding and furniture, 24 hour ceiling fans and lighting, tea and coffee making facilities, large verandas with stunning water views, hot water in private bathrooms, mosquito screened bedrooms, laundry service and daily housekeeping, complimentary tuck down service.
The two storey, self-contained Beach House located on a private section of beach has 2 separate bedrooms with a queen bed in the upstairs master bedroom and a queen and single bed or 3 single beds in the second bedroom. There is a family room, downstairs kitchen, bathroom and a big open veranda and decking with lounge chairs and hammock.
The waters surrounding Fatboys are tropically warm and exceptionally clear with an abundance of corals and colourful reef fish. You can swim and snorkel on the reef right off the resort or take a kayak or stand up paddle board and some snorkelling gear and venture out a little further each day. Banana/long boats or poly-craft boats can be hired to explore the spectacular underwater world further afield.
Scuba diving is organised with the local dive operator who offers either 2 or 3 boat dives a day to different dive sites with a relaxed surface interval and picnic lunch on one of Gizo’s remote islands in between dives.
Gizo has a number of great coral reef breaks for surfers all accessible by boat from Fatboys.
Other activities from Fatboys Resort include sport fishing, island tours to Kennedy Island, Kolombangara Island or as far afield as Skull Island in Vonavona Lagoon near Munda, WWII tours, romantic picnics on deserted islands, nature hikes and guided village walks.
Scuba diving is organised with Dive Gizo who offers either 2 or 3 boat dives a day to different dive sites with a relaxed surface interval and picnic lunch on one of Gizo’s remote islands in between dives. Dive Gizo offers scuba gear rental, Discover Scuba and Open Water dive courses and ongoing certification courses.
The waters around Gizo are protected and generally calm. A dive on the WWII wreck, Tao Maru, sitting between 7 – 37 metres is a highlight. There are also several plane wrecks from WWII to explore in the area.
Another highlight is Grand Central Station, located at the most north western tip of the Gizo Islands. Here the currents are strong, bringing in fishlife both big and small. The waters are patrolled by sharks, trevally and batfish and is a hive of underwater action.