Ghizo Is, Solomons
Ghizo Island is located west of New Georgia and Kolombangara, in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Western Province contains many small lagoons and has some of thebest dive sites in the world. There are numerous beautiful islands and good fishing options, making it the tourist hot spot of the Solomons.
Ghizo island is named after an infamous local head-hunter. It is relatively small when compared to the surrounding islands. Its main town, Gizo, is the capital of the Western province. The main street runs along the water and offers small stores and an open air market. There are also a number of fresh seafood restaurants. Resorts on the island were damaged during a Tsunami in 2007.
Things to see and do
* Snorkeling & scuba diving
* Island visits
* Water sports
* Mountain biking
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD)
Language – English, Melanesian Pijin
Land Area – 55 km²
Population – 6,200 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus eleven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 677
Port Location – The port is located in the town centre of Gizo.
Transport Links - The International Airport, Henderson, is 7 miles east of the capital 'Honiara'. Regular flights depart from Brisbane, Australia about 3 times a week. There are also flights departing from Vanuatu, Fiji and a handful of other South Pacific neighbours. Air Niugini offers flights from Port Moresby twice a week. Gizo is serviced by multiple daily flights to and from Honiara. The flight takes about one and a half hours (often stopping at Seghe and Munda en route).
It is also possible to travel from Southern Bougainville in Papua New Guinea by boat into the Solomon Islands Western province, as locals routinely travel between the Solomon’s' Shortland Islands and Bougainville.