Ocean View Lodge sits in the hills overlooking Gizo town with panoramic views of the harbour, Loga Island and onto Kolombangara Island, and Nusatupe airport. This simple appointed accommodation consists of four bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities and likewise shared kitchen and living areas. Your host are living down stairs so they are always on site to assist.
The Jagilly family are a blend of two cultures from the western regions of the Solomon Islands. Reuben comes from Simbo Island which is SW of Ghizo Island and his wife, Henrietta comes from Vurango Village in North Choiseul. Henrietta currently works as a Registered Midwife with Gizo Hospital. Their children are 16 yrs old Rachel Tote (Jnr), and 15yr old son Weigant Tibaene both attending Form 3 in Gizo CHS. Adopted son,Breden who is14yrs is now at Form 2 in KG6 NSS, Honiara. Last born son, Anthony just turned 3 yrs old and attends Emmanuel Kindy School in Gizo.
The Jagilly family originally lived in Honiara, with Rueben working for the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) for 5 and half years as a senior finance officer, Henrietta, working at the National Referral Hospital ( known as No 9) , as a Registered Nurse. In October 2000, Rueben was made redundant by SIBC due to the ethnic tension, so they returned to Gizo.
Their land on Jah Mountain was registered in 1998 so in November to December 2000, they started cleaning the area and hired a bulldozer ready to build.
In 2001, Henrietta was posted to Pienuna Rural Health Centre on Ranongga Island as Nurse in Charge. Rueben did not secure any job so he decided to become self employed and build the house. They bought trees at the village to mill timbers and transported them to Gizo to save some money. Construction was limited over the next few years to when cash flow allowed.
In 2006 to 2007, Rueben was given an offer to study full time at the School of Finance & Administration (SICHE) and managed to complete the studies.
In 2008, the wiring and electrical fittings were installed so the family could move into the house. To take advantage of additional income for the family and continued house improvements, Rueben started developing downstairs so they could eventually offer their upper floor for visitors to stay.