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215 miles from Honiara

GIZO. 8°6.076S, 156°50.519E

Gizo (Ghizo) is the capital of the western provinces of Solomon Islands. The main port of Gizo is an official port of entry, has several good anchorages, docks and is relatively easy to navigate.

It’s actually a tiny archipelago with many great anchorages. One of the more noteworthy is just off of Mbambanga and south of Kennedy Island 8°7.556S, 156°54.356E. Kennedy Island is named after US President John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy was stationed in the Solomons during WWII as captain of PT109 torpedo boat. On a dark night Kennedy’s boat was struck by a Japanese destroyer and sunk. He swam to the tiny island (Kasolo Is) towing an injured shipmate with him. Today there’s a small bar surrounded by memorabilia from the war.

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