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.
To do just a few examples, there is the small island of Beachcomber, rich in corals and many different species of fish, including numerous sharks that are absolutely not a danger to humans; the islands of Matamanoa and Malolo, which instead are suitable for all couples who want to spend a romantic and peaceful holiday, away from everyday stress; Malolo Lailai is the island suggested to families thanks to its restaurants, shops and the opportunity of doing many water activities like diving, fishing and surfing. Then finally there’s Qalito island which is inhabited, with a tourist resort on its west side. The island’s 174 acres are covered in rich tropical rainforest, surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and azure waters, and exactly in this island there’s the place where to stay during your island hopping excursions through the Mamanuca Islands.
Where to Stay
Castaway Island is a private island property 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 Island 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. All the 66 thatched roof bures are freestanding and they offer privacy thanks to its private gardens.
Dining is really important at Castaway Island. There are 4 restaurants and each one offers a delicious menu option to satisfy any taste, from the Fijian cuisine to pizza and from Chinese/Asian dishes to international. 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. Moreover, they are also available other extra activities like fishing, water skiing, surfing, PADI diving, dolphin safaris, island hopping excursions and parasailing. Castaway Island Resort is your home away from home.