Introducing Ghizo Island
Mother Nature was profoundly unkind to Ghizo. The island was close enough to the epicentre of an underwater earthquake to have suffered a severe punch from the April 2007 tsunami. The southwest coast was worst hit, leaving Gilbertese villagers between Titiana and Saeraghi homeless. Unfortunately this sad event brought negative media attention to the area, affecting the local businesses including those geared towards tourism. However, Ghizo Island is on the mend. Enough aid workers have arrived to kick-start an economy catering to NGOs, and travellers, especially divers, are trickling in. Sure, rebuilding of homes has been slow but, all things considered, the destruction was fairly limited – nothing to be compared to the 2004 disaster in Asia.
Little Ghizo Island is a dwarf next to its neighbours, but it has the Solomons’ second-biggest ‘city’, Gizo (pronounced the same, spelt differently), the most developed area outside the capital.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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