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ZIPOLO HABU RESORT
Lola Island, Vona Vona Lagoon, Western Province, Solomon Islands

" Located on Lola Island in Vona Vona Lagoon in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, Zipolo Habu Resort is the lost paradise of our childhood dreams.

Nestled within a perfect blue lagoon and fringed by white sands and tall green palms, Lola truly reflects a quintessential island paradise.

The resort is the result of many years of hard work by owners Joe and Lisa Entrikin who, along with their children, designed a place for those keen to enjoy a true island living experience. Whilst we are known for our specialty in sportsfishing in the lagoon or beyond the reef, we can also arrange diving, surfing or tours to many outstanding sites all close by.

We offer a wide range of accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets and group sizes.

Our bar is known for serving the coldest beer in the Western Province and our restaurant prides itself on our fresh seafood and unique use of local produce.

It is for many reasons that we are referred to as the premier fishing resort in the Solomon Islands.

Zipolo Habu Resort is unique in the diversity of fishing, accessible either from the island itself or only minutes away, ranging from salt water fly & ultralight spinning for Trevallies, Bonefish, Milkfish & Coral Trout to casting poppers on the outer reefs for Giant Trevally & light/medium tackle trolling for Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Wahoo Yellowfin / Skipjack /Dogtooth Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Blue or Black Marlin. Jungle river fishing catches include Perch, Archerfish, Trevally, Sleepy Cod, Mangrove Jack and Spottail Bass.

We offer lagoon, deep sea, river, estuaries and outer reef fishing. We regularly catch marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi, giant trevally, wahoo, spanish mackerel, coral trout, red sea bass and plenty more.

Leana Hola! See you in the West.

Our Thoughts on Zipolo Habu Resort
The first impression you gain when arriving at Zipolo Habu is one of relaxed informality and that impression is enhanced the longer you stay at this remarkable place.  The property is located on the north-western point of Lola Island facing into Vona Vona Lagoon and along a stretch of sandy beach.  During the day the lagoon, which is surrounded by encircling islands in the middle distance, sparkles in the sun and in the evenings the scectacular sunsets are viewable from every part of the resort. 

All 6 bungalows are well spaced to give privacy and all have a view of the lagoon and although only the 2 Deluxe Bungalows are right on the beach frontage, all provide occupants with a lagoon view.

The heart of Zipolo Habu is undoubtedly the restaurant and waterfront bar and café and the boat moorings out front.  Like the bungalows, every building is in the local rustic eco style which fits the relaxed nature of the place so well.  Even though every bungalow has an individual veranda facing the lagoon for guests to relax on and enjoy, somehow, it just seems like the right thing to do to wander down to the waterfront bar in the evenings and enjoy the sunset spectacle in the company of the owner family and the other guests.

Fishing is the main passion of Zipolo Habu people, so a wide range of the freshest possible seafood is a feature of the menu, although seafood is not the only item offered.  A meal plan is available for purchase at the resort and for those wishing to self-cater, every bungalow has a kitchenette which includes a one burner gas hob on which you may like to cook fish you have caught.  Any other food for self-catering will need to be brought in from either Honiara or Gizo.

Apart from the amazing fishing, there is a whole range of activities and experiences on offer including:
  • Scuba Diving
    Scuba Diving with Dive Munda
  • Historic Skull Island
    A trip to nearby Skull Island to visit the shrine of the local warrior chiefs
    and experience something of the unique history of the area.
  • Deserted Island Picnic Trips.
   
Picnic trips to deserted islands with a picnic lunch.  Enjoy world-class
    snorkelling and swimming.
  • WW11 Remnants: 
   
Close to Lola Island there are still many remnants of WW11 and an
    interesting half day can be spent visiting a fully intact US Tank, Japanese
    bunker systems and an underground clinic, shore battery guns and
    a sunken freighter, to name but a few.
  • Rainforest River Trip
    Take a boat ride to one of the nearby tidal rivers that run through lowland
    rainforest and experience, firsthand, this unique environment – home to
    rare freshwater fish, exotic tropical birds and saltwater crocodiles.
  • Vona Vona Excursion.
    A 3 hour boat ride through the stunning Vona Vona Lagoon to
    the Blackett Straits and return via Noro and the Diamond Narrows.  
    Includes a visit to the carving village of Boiboi.
  • Surfing & Snorkelling Adventures
    Be adventurous – find your own wave - explore a new reef.  

Choose Zipolo Habu for its family-run laid-back informality, its rustic charm, the interesting activities on offer and the spectacular location.  Give this place a few days – it grows on you the longer you stay.

Your Accommodation Options
All Zipolo Habu Resort’s accommodation options deliver a “real” Solomon Island experience.  All bungalows are built from natural materials found growing on the island and guests can enjoy living for a few days in the true island style and comfort.  Guests staying in the Traditional Leaf Bungalows and the Semi-Deluxe Bungalows share a separate communal bathroom block which is scrupulously maintained and cleaned.  Guests in the 2 Deluxe Bungalows enjoy private ensuite bathrooms.

240 volt electricity is supplied to every bungalow and while the mains power supply is restricted to 11:00am to 11:00pm daily, battery power drives the fans and lighting 24 hours a day in all but the Traditional Leaf Bungalows.

All accommodation comes with a kitchenette equipped with single-burner gas stove, small refrigerator and cooking utensils although some of the utensils, especially those in the Traditional Leaf Bungalows, are fairly basic. Fresh rain water is provided, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Mosquito nets are provided for every bed.

The accommodation at Zipolo Habu is not air-conditioned.  However, being very traditionally constructed and designed, results in bungalows enjoying maximum natural cooling.  All the bungalows are raised up a metre-or-so above the ground to facilitate air circulation and open spaces between the top of the walls and the roof under the eaves, also allow air to circulate.  Roofs are authentically thatched which also keeps out much of the heat of the sun. 

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Traditional Leaf Bungalows:

The 2 Traditional Leaf Bungalows are located in the garden area and each has a nice wide veranda from which guests enjoy a view through the tropical garden to the peaceful lagoon.  These are really authentic Solomon Islands bungalows constructed of natural materials.  Entry is gained off the veranda to a central living room which houses the modest kitchenette and there is a bedroom off each side of this area.  To facilitate flow-through ventilation, woven-leaf interior walls do not reach the roof line and window and door openings are provided with colourful cotton prints to be pulled over for privacy. Natural timber floors complete the picture. External window coverings are woven leaf sago palm screens which are rolled down when required.  Fans are provided and work 11:00am to 11:00pm while the electricity is operating.  Share communal shower and toilet facilities.  For the person seeking to experience something of the traditional Solomon Islands way of life, these bungalows are terrific option.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests of any age
Existing Bedding: A Double Bed or 2 Single Beds in both bedrooms.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Semi-Deluxe Bungalows:
The two bedroom Semi-Deluxe Bungalows are a step up from the Traditional Leaf Bungalows in that rooms are more defined with wooden joinery and doors, more elaborately woven walls and glass louvered exterior windows.  Battery power is provided when the main power is turned off at around 11:00pm and this gives 24 hour reading lights and fans. Guests staying in both Semi-Deluxe Bungalows share the central communal bathrooms.
Bullet Cosy Semi-Deluxe Bungalow:
The smaller of the 2 Semi-Deluxe Bungalows is located closest to the restaurant.  The veranda is not as big as those on other bungalows, but still very pleasant with a nice outlook through the gardens to the lagoon.
Maximum Occupancy Cosy Semi-Deluxe Bungalow: 4 guests of any age
Existing Bedding: 1 Double Bed in both (smallish) bedrooms.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated
Bullet Roomy Semi-Deluxe Bungalow:
The Roomy Semi-Deluxe Bungalow is bigger than its “Cosy” counterpart with a bigger veranda and bigger main bedroom. There is also a second small veranda off the second bedroom.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests of any age
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed in one bedroom and 1 Double Bed in the other bedroom.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Beachfront Deluxe Bungalows:
The 2 Deluxe Bungalows both have a private absolute beachfront location, 24 hour power and a private ensuite bathroom. Glass louvered exterior windows and amazing views.
Bullet Deluxe Bungalow:
Two bedrooms, each with ceiling fans.  The Deluxe Bungalow has an ensuite bathroom and a veranda which runs down the entire length of the building.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests of any age
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in one bedroom, 1 Double Bed in the other bedroom.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated
Bullet Large Deluxe Bungalow:
The Large Deluxe Bungalow is around twice the size of the other bungalows and has a huge beachfront veranda deck out front which is big enough to contain an outdoor setting and a hammock.  There are 2 big bedrooms, one off each side of the central area which contains the kitchenette.  There is an ensuite bathroom and 24 hour power.
Maximum Occupancy: 7 guests of any age
Existing Bedding: 1 Double Bed and 2 Single Beds in both bedrooms.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Getting to and from Zipolo Habu Resort
Zipolo Habu is accessed via Munda in Solomon Islands’ Western Province. Munda has an airport adjacent to the township and enjoys daily flights to and from Honiara as well as flights which connect Munda to both Gizo and Seghe.  A short transfer (or walk if you prefer) brings you to Munda Town and the jetty where the boat to Zipolo Habu will be waiting to transfer you on the 20 minute traverse of the Vona Vona Lagoon to Lola Island – the home of Zipolo Habu.

There are no roads s such on Lola Island, so getting around is on foot through the tropical woodland via walking tracks to the far end of the island or by canoe, paddleboard, kayak or motor boat to neighbouring islands and local sights.    

Kids Policy
Children are welcome at Zipolo Habu.  As accommodation tariffs are set on a per room basis, irrespective of the number of guests occupying the bungalow (subject to individual bungalow maximum occupancy policy), there is no differentiation made whether occupants are adults or children.

Meals at discounted prices are available for children aged 6 years and under.

Check-in/Check Out
Hotel check-in and check-out times are regulated by the Munda flight schedules of arriving and departing guests.  It is a rare occurrence for bungalows not to be available for you to check straight into or straight out of your bungalow.
Official check-in and checkout times are:
Check-in: 11:00am
Check-out: 10:00am

Cancellation Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Any cancellation will incur a cancellation service fee of A$100 plus bank fees.
Bullet Cancellations made within 8 days of scheduled arrival will be charged a
     fee equal to 50% of the cost of accommodation and services booked.
Bullet Guests failing to arrive will be charged 100% of the cost of accommodation
     and services booked.

The information on this page is correct as at 14 September 2015 and is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities:
Bullet 
Waterfront Dining
Bullet Fully-stocked Bar
Bullet Satellite TV in Bar
Bullet Fishing Charters
Bullet Fishing from Private Pier
Bullet Scuba Diving
Bullet Surfing (Hire boards available)
Bullet Visit Skull Island Warrior Chiefs Shrine
Bullet Bush Walks
Bullet Beach Volleyball
Bullet Complimentary use of Resort Kayaks
Bullet Board Games
Bullet Book Swap
Bullet Deserted Island Picnic
Bullet Explore WW11 Relics
Bullet Village Visits
Bullet Lagoon Cruise
Bullet Rainforest River Trip
Bullet Babysitting

Room Facilities:
Bullet 
Traditional wood and leaf construction
Bullet All have 2 bedrooms
Bullet Fan and flow-through cooled
Bullet Bar Fridge
Bullet Single Burner Gas Cooking Hob
Bullet Tea/Coffee Facility
Bullet Crockery and cutlery
Bullet Mosquito Nets
Bullet Shaded Veranda
Bullet Deluxe Bungalows have ensuite bathroom
   Others share communal bathroom.