Castaway Island, Fiji

  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji
  • Castaway Island, Fiji

Set your watch to island time and escape to one of Fiji’s most renowned private island resorts, Castaway Island Fiji. It is a private island with lovely sandy beaches and stunning coral reefs that can be enjoyed by snorkeling or diving. It is really popular destination for friends, families or couples who would like to enjoy the beauties of Fiji. An amazing island where every guest feels confident and relaxed.

The accommodation of Castaway Resort are in traditional style and they are called bures. They have thatched roofs and high vaulted ceilings lined with beautiful hand painted tapa cloth. All the bures are elegant and their décor are refined and definitely in combination with the style of resort. There are 6 bure categories to choose from, like the Island Bures situated throughout the gardens, Ocean View Bures or South Beach and North Beach Bures that are situated along the stunning sandy beaches. However all the 65 thatched roof bures are freestanding and they offer privacy thanks to its private gardens. The bures are ideal even for family thanks to its generous size, however, there is also only one family beach bure, which consists in two interconnecting bures, that it can accommodate up to 10 people. Please note that there are no TV in the bures, so that you would dedicate your time exclusivitely to your loved one or your family.

Dining is really important at Castaway Resort. It offers delicious menu options which combine the international cuisine with a clear Fijian influence with the use of local and organic products. There are 4 restaurants on the resort and the 1808, named after the year the first Chinese arrived in Fiji is definitely the best and where you can taste a fusion cuisine with Fijian, Chinese and Indian recipes. The Nuku Marau is open for breakfast and lunch and it offers fresh rolled sushi, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. If you are looking for a special place where to dine with the best view of sunset, you can’t miss the Sundowner Bar where it is possible to order a delicious thin pizza, with all your favorite toppings. Last but not least, for very romantic couples, you can have takeaways for sunset beach picnics.

There are two pools, one for adults with a swim-up bar and jacuzzi and one for families with pool toys, a bar and several sun bed and umbrella. The resort also has a tennis court, a running track, beach volleyball and also spa treatments available using Fijian oils, to satisfy every needs of its active guests.

Every age will keep occupied thanks to the big range of water activities like kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, windsurfing and catamaran sailing. All water sports for free thanks to the complimentary use of equipment. Moreover, they are also available other extra activities like fishing, water skiing, surfing, PADI diving, dolphin safaris, island hopping excursions and parasailing. Last but not least, if you are travelling with your family, the Castaway Kids Club offers daily activities for your child totally for free, from 3 yo.

Castaway Island Resort is your home away from home. The perfect tropical island vacation which embrace laid-back island life in white sand beaches, surrounded by palm trees and turquoise calm waters rich of corals and amazing tropical fishes. In few words it is what you will enjoy during a stay at Castaway Resort, surely one of best place in the world, for your relaxing and wellbeing.

Location

Calm turquoise waters and coral reef surround Castaway Island, one of the Mamanuca Island group 30 kilometres off Fiji‘s main island, Vitu Levu. The resort sits on the tip of 70 hectares of tropical rainforest. Because of the name, many assume this is where the Tom Hanks/Wilson movie Cast Away was filmed 15 years ago. Not true. It was made a couple of islands over at the uninhabited Monuriki, also known as Modriki.

Contacts

Qalito Island
Fiji
+679 666 1233

enquiries@castawayfiji.com.fj | outrigger.com/castaway-island-fiji

Value for Money

Double rooms are from just Euro 370,00 in low season; and from Euro 400,00 in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Their goal is to make every guest’s stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Specific room features and services for guests with disabilities vary at the resort. If you require special accommodations, please contact the hotel for more information and assistance with your travel plans.

Family-friendly?

The Castaway Kids Club makes holiday travel easy and worry-free for parents and fun for children 3+ years. Supervised adventures, entertainment, Fijian crafts and games are offered during day and evening hours. Kids can participate in a myriad of activities that change daily: sandcastle competitions, treasure hunts, coconut toffee making, Fijian dance, shell collecting and shell jewelry making, coconut bowling, night time nature walks and bonfires.

The resort also offers a daily program designed especially for teens: snorkeling lessons and guided reef snorkeling, glass bottom boat exploration over the island’s fringing reef, Fijian basket weaving, touch footy on the beach, scavenger hunts, underwater treasure hunts, beach volleyball, and family bush walks.

When to go?

A wonderful place to visit year-round, the best time to visit Fiji is largely a personal preference. Depending on the kind of holiday you want to have and what you’ll want to do while here, the best time to visit Fiji may differ. Consider influences like weather, pricing and crowds when deciding the best time to visit Fiji for your holiday. Peak and off-peak seasons may be one of the biggest factors affecting your decision on when to travel to Fiji as the most popular times are not only more expensive but are also the busiest.

July to August is usually one of the busiest periods as many families choose to travel during the Australian and new Zealand winter school holidays. Over the Christmas/New Year period, the resorts are also often filled with families taking a break during the Southern Hemisphere summer holidays. If you’re travelling with the whole family, you might not have much choice however if you’re visiting with a group of friends, we recommend taking advantage of the off-peak deals and quieter islands in the low seasons (February, March, June, October & November). This is usually the best time for couples to visit, particularly if they wish to have peaceful, relaxing and romantic holiday.

Being a tropical destination, Fiji weather is generally pleasant and fairly mild through the year, however you may notice the the wet and dry seasonal variations. Like most tropical climates, the wet season occurs during summer where high temperatures and increased humidity lead to higher levels of precipitation and in Fiji, an increased risk of cyclones. The summer wet season runs from November to March with temperatures in the low 30’s and only dropping to a balmy 27 degrees Celsius overnight. Situated in the Southern Hemisphere, Fiji’s dry season occurs during the cooler months from May to September when temperatures remain warm enough to enjoy swimming, sunbathing and a range of Fiji’s most popular tours and activities.

Overall, the best time to visit Fiji is from late October to early November when the cost of getting and staying here has not yet reached its peak. During this period, the weather is dry, settled and warm and the beaches and resorts are far less crowded as school is still in.


The history of Castaway Island

Castaway Island resort is located on Qalito Island although the island is commonly referred to after the resort. While the resort is fully owned and operated by the island resort brand Outrigger Hotels & Resorts since 2014, its history dates back several generations. Castaway Island was the first resort to open in the popular Mamanuca Islands although its origins started as a humble day trip destination where Dick Smith, an Australian, used to take visitors on his WWII torpedo boat in the 60s.

After a few trips, in 1966, he decided to get a lease on the island and built four accommodations adjacent to each other. In 1972 he sold the property to a Canadian who decided to expand it to the current 66 bures and kept it for 15 years until he sold it to a New Zealand company in 1987 right before the coup. After two receiverships, Mr. Geoffrey Shaw bought the resort off the banks in 1992 and worked to rebuild it from scratch.

Castaway Island was redeveloped with its thatched bure appeal in mind targeting the family market with a rustic casual feel, the same one that remains today. Mr. Shaw wanted to ensure high returnee rate, something which is unique and enviable at Castaway Island where guests return year after year. And he managed. He also built strong ties with the staff who very openly work together as a family. As you can see, Castaway’s history goes back many generations and if you read their reviews on TripAdvisor you will notice that some guests have been coming back for years, even decades, with their children and their grandchildren. This is quite unique in a destination where new hotels and resorts open every year. So let’s see what it is all about.

Our Special Readings

Mamanuca Islands: the most popular destination in Fiji

The island of Monuriki is part of the complex of atolls and islets related to an archipelago of the Fiji Islands of volcanic origin, namely the Mamanuca Islands, located west of the main island of Viti Levu. This island is also known as “the island of Cast Away”, in the meaning of that a large part of the famous Hollywood movie was shot on this island, where we remember the main character  Chuck Noland, alias Tom Hanks, who following a breakdown of the plane on which he was traveling, he saved himself in a desert island, where for four years he lived as a shipwrecked man, a story that closely recalls the adventure of Robinson Crusoe, described in the famous novel by Daniel Defoe.

Monuriki is an island completely uninhabited and thanks to that film, the Mamanuca Islands have attracted the interest of tourists so much that today they are the most popular destination in Fiji. Clear turquoise sea, pristine beaches, tropical palms and colorful corals, form a mosaic of enchanting beauty in which the visitor will be fascinated.

To reach this archipelago, you have to depart from Nadi, where the largest international airport of all Fiji is located and from where all the boats depart for trips to the resorts and for daily cruises. Each island in the archipelago has its own characteristics that are worth a visit.

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Special City Guide: Fiji

More than just a source of pristine bottled water and an idyllic honeymoon destination in the South Pacific, Fiji is a friendly place whose residents welcome travelers with a heartfelt “bula!” (health). Its cultural mix shows up in its traditional fire walking ceremonies, Indian restaurants, Chinese supermarkets and the European influence of Christianity. More than 100 of Fiji’s 300-plus islands are inhabited. Seek out Robinson Crusoe-like isolation on tiny Monuriki or pampered indulgences in resort-heavy Nadi or Denarau.

Fiji has a lot to offer in terms of raw material for building the region’s largest tourism industry. In the most-visited areas and especially on Fiji’s marvelous offshore islets, you’ll find gorgeous white-sand beaches bordered by curving coconut palms, azure lagoons, and colorful reefs offering world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, green mountains sweeping to the sea, and a tropical climate in which to enjoy it all.

Suva, the capital city on the largest island (Viti Levu) is home to half of Fiji’s population and the Fiji Museum, which tells the country’s story through musical instruments, cooking tools, and war clubs. It’s miles and miles of windswept, undulating sand, some dunes as high as 60 feet, at the island’s Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Hop over to Nadi on the west coast for the colorful Hindu Sri Siva Subrahmaniya Swami Temple, the largest in the southern hemisphere.

If asked, say yes to a drink of pungent yaqona, a relaxing traditional drink made from kava root. For a no-frills lunch in Nadi tuck into a filling pumpkin curry. Fijians love their lashings of coconut milk, served with ota miti, the tender young shoots of the wood fern, or in palusami to steam fresh fish wrapped in taro leaves. Juicy pineapples and mangos from Suva Municipal Market will satisfy any sweet cravings.

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