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A Postcard From Castaway Island Resort. Fiji

By Stephen Ward Posted 15 Apr 2014

The melodious voices of four smiling Fijians gently float over the clear turquoise waters as our boat glides into shore. They are the staff of one of Fiji’s best loved resorts and as we step on to the brilliant white sand, they release an exuberant - “Bula and welcome to Castaway Island!”


It was the warmest of welcomes, something that is so synonymous with the hospitality and friendly people of Fiji and something we discovered to be ever present during our stay at Castaway Island.

Located on a private island, the multi-award winning Castaway Island Resort is one of the premier stays on Fiji’s beautiful Mamanuca Islands. Surrounded by white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs and azure South Pacific waters, it wasn’t not hard to see why the stunning resort recently scooped a swag of accolades last year, including “Best Overseas Family Resort 2013” by Luxury Travel Magazine, Hotels Combined “2013 Stellar Stays” winner as well as a TripAdvisor 2013 Travelers’ Choice Award.

Before our arrival, we chatted casually to of the some fellow guests on the boat and found that many of the guests are ‘returnees’ to the island resort.

“This is our third stay at Castaway Island,” said Amanda, a 48 year old store manager from Melbourne, Australia. “We first came to Castaway Island four years ago and have made the trip a few times since.”

When asked why Amanda and her partner kept coming to Fiji, she replied that the weather was so much better than in Melbourne. “I love the sun and it’s always great to get away. We flew on Fiji Airways with cheap flights and the people here have always treated us like family.”

Indeed, upon arriving at Castaway Island, I noticed that Amanda and her partner were greeted like old friends with a warm hug by the Castaway Island staff; while for us, first timers, we were embraced with a kind smile.  


As we were escorted to our traditional Fijian bure (bungalow), we were greeted the sounds of local songbirds and the gentle crashing of the waves. Sporting a traditional thatched roof in the style of a traditional Fijian style home, the humble exterior of our bungalow blends perfectly with the tropical settings. However, the interior of our bure is quite a different story.  

Spacious and stylish with modern, well-appointed rooms, there is a king bed, two single beds and a sliding privacy screen that pulls across to separate the two areas. It was a perfect little home away from home for a week, with sand at the front door and just a few steps down to the water.


Now, you may think that being marooned on a stunning South Pacific island you would struggle to find things to do. Not true. Castaway Island has a vast range of free and paid activities for their guests to enjoy themselves.

Water sports equipment such as snorkels, masks and fins, stand up paddle boards, windsurfers, hobie cats and kayaks are all free to resort guests to use.  There are also a great range motorised activities, including Dolphin Safaris, Island Hop speedboat trips, fishing, water skiing, banana boat rides and more.  

Yet, if you prefer a holiday at a slower pace, I would recommend you try the Fijian Island Massage at the newly renovated Castaway Massage Bure. Using a combination of traditional techniques and aromatherapy, I emerged relaxed and calm after a tranquil full body massage amongst the palm fronds and tropical flowers.

For The family

Families will also have an amazing time at Castaway Island with so much to do. A Top 10 finalist in Holiday With Kids Magazine’s “Top 10 Family Resorts for 2013”, the legendary Castaway Kids Club has a great range of fun free activities for kids from just three years of age.  Open from 9am to 10pm and completely free of charge, the Kids Club focuses on fun activities with a distinct Fijian flavour – from fish feeding to watermelon smashing and crab catching to beach bonfires.

The kids are in safe hands with Castaway Island’s qualified Activities Co-ordinators and by the end of the stay, the kids won’t want to leave. Indeed, during our stay, we saw a hilarious exchange between one little boy and his parents as they were about to depart the Island. The young chap hid himself under the Watersports Activity sandwich board, in the hope his parents wouldn’t discover him and would leave him at the tropical island paradise.

For the family looking for a sun soaked holiday, Castaway Island has plenty of rooms available in the first and last week of April 2014. Likewise, take advantage of their great May Munchies Deal, which includes all meals for the entire stay at just one payment of F$399 + taxes per adult and F$199 + per child – the longer you stay, the greater the value.


Speaking of food, Castaway Island has a great choice of superior dining outlets including the famous Sundowner Bar that serves wood fired pizzas by the beach; and the Waters Edge Restaurant with sweeping ocean views.

However, we were especially keen to try ‘1808’ run by renowned Chinese chef, Lance Seeto. With freshly sourced produce, 1808’s herbal menu embraces Fijian and Chinese artisan cooking techniques; combining the age old philosophy of eating and enjoying food as a source of life enrichment for good health. The food was delicious and fresh.

If you are looking to escape to the sun, sand and surf, then there is no better destination than Fiji and Castaway Island. Fiji is just a short flight with Fiji Airways from Australia, New Zealand and LA and for the month of April 2014, an Island Bure at Castaway Island Resort for 4 people is just F$950 + Fiji Govt taxes per night.

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About the Author:
This article was written by Sydney-based rocket scientist and Fiji aficionado, Stephen Ward. He and his wife, Jenny, are regular guests to Fiji, flying Fiji Airways and staying at Outrigger’s chain of hotels, including Castaway Island.

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