If you have read the book “The Pickwick Papers” by Charles Dickens, then you will know all about the “Fat Boy” and can understand where Fatboys Resort got its name.

Derived from the character “Joe” in the book, “fat boy” consumes great quantities of food and constantly falls asleep in any situation at any time of the day. The Fatboys life revolves around drinking, eating, sleeping and making every conceivable effort to avoid work.

That is the very essence of the Fatboys Resort, which is located on Babanga Island about 10 minutes boat ride from the airport and 15 minutes from Gizo, the provincial capital of the Western Solomons.

Arrival at Fatboys brings you to Fatboys Resort, Bar & Restaurant, which is situated 100 metres out atop crystal clear waters and surrounding reef. Whilst at Fatboys Resort, it is hard not to become “Joe the Fatboy”. Enjoy an ice-cold Sol Brew beer, a plate of fresh crayfish pan-fried in lime juice and butter, a game of pool, or simply kick back and be mesmerized by the myriad of tropical fish swimming underneath you.


Fatboys Resort – Overwater Bungalow Room. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

The beachy bungalows offer spectacular views of an early morning sunrise, evening sunset and gorgeous ocean surroundings. You really feel at home in your bungalow as it is constructed of traditional leaf and local hardwoods, which blend in with the magnificent surroundings. Featuring private bungalows, a Beach-House and overwater bungalows, each room comes with large verandas capturing the seductive views of the Solomon Islands’ famous crystal clear water and stunning natural scenery.

This newer overwater bungalow is certainly the pick of the options. With a modern bathroom and a balcony with a view to die for, this is everything you are looking for. This bungalow is fitted with mosquito nets and your own personal jetty. Set away from the other accommodations along a sandy beach path, it is like staying in your own remote slice of paradise.

All accommodation is situated on the water’s edge with a short stroll to Fatboys Restaurant & Bar located along our private jetty, 100m out over the reef.


The food is fresh and amazing at Fatboys Resort. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Possibly one of the best parts of this place is Fatboys Resort, Bar & Restaurant. Its location out on the water makes you feel like you are in a floating restaurant. Selections of mouth-watering dishes are prepared daily using only the freshest local produce and just-caught seafood. Like literally just caught – they will pull up crayfish from the surrounding ocean. A well-stocked bar includes a modest wine list and the bar has a great Pacific Island atmosphere.

Hot Tip

Kennedy Islands is a short boat ride from Fatboys Resort. Photo Credit – Kate Webster
  • Make sure you catch the shark feeding at night when the underdeck lighting comes on. There are a few friendly reef sharks that drop in for a visit and loads of fish.
  • Take a day trip across to Kennedy Island and learn about the history of why this island is linked to a famous President of the United States of America. You can see the island from the resort and it won’t take long to get across in a banana boat.
  • If you are a strong swimmer and free diver then head to the wreck of Hellcat for a free dive. The Hellcat Wreck isn’t far from Fatboys and is one of the most accessible airplane wrecks in the Solomons. Upright, intact and in just 9m of clear water.


Solomon Islands, Gizo. Fatboys Resort. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Address: VVHV+CXM, Gizo, Solomon Islands

Phone Number: +677 60095

Website: visitsolomons.com.sb/tour/fatboys-resort/

For more information on the Solomon Islands visit visitsolomons.com.sb

Disclosure: The writer Kate Webster was a guest at Fatboys Resort with Tourism Solomons. 

Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.