Castaway Island Fiji
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We were only there for 3 nights but I would have loved to have stayed longer but the next time I plan to go I would definately return to this resort. The Fijian people are so friendly as always, the food was great and so was the service. I can't understand why people expect the resort to resemble a first class New York suite?Winge winge winge! Being unmaterialistic myself I prefer the simpler things in life. People have become too spoilt and demanding these days. A visit to the Yanuya village should make people grateful for what they have as these villagers live so basically and still always have a positive outlook, forever happy and smiling.
Castaway was an escape from the noisy bustling, unforgiving world we are accustomed to. I'd love to return to simplicity. There is too much confusion, hate and noise in the world. A tropical island is my elixir. I am grateful to having had this experience. All the best to everyone who travel to this resort, its wonderful!
This place has an unfortunate name that almost made me not consider it
for a vacation, but it is located near the island where the Castaways
movie was filmed, so there is some legitimacy to the name. It is a
small resort for families - not honeymooners. The individual bures are
great; the food is great, plentiful, and fresh. The dining area is
romantic in the evening - dining under the stars at the water's edge.
There is an early seating for young children. The hotel swimming pool
is surrounded by tropical landscape and trees and feels isolated, not
like a cement wasteland with a pool in the middle. The beach area is
lovely for swimming or playing.
Although the resort appears small on paper, it is set up in such a
fashion that privacy prevails. We were traveling with adult children,
and even though there were several families with young (some infants)
children, we did not feel overwhelmed or aggravated by misbehaving
children. There is a welcoming family atmosphere with the staff and the
guests. The dive staff and equipment are top-notch; and the service is
personal and fun.
The guests are mostly from Australia and New Zealand. It is a long way
to travel for an American, but we will definitely go back. We explored
other resorts and the mainland of Fiji, and found that there was little
differentiation between Fiji and some places in the Caribbean. The
Castaways Resort was definitely a South Pacific destination - and the
people made all the difference.
Flights from the west coast of the United States arrive around 5:00 am at Nadi International Airport. The airport is a modern, full-service airport that is totally operational (including coffee shops, taxi service, porters, etc.) at that time of day. Then wait until 7:00 am to take a small 4-passenger float plane from Nadi Airport to Castaway island - about a 15-minute flight. There are no docks at this island - the float plane taxis to shallow water and the pilot opens the front windshield to throw out an anchor. Then everyone takes off their shoes and rolls up their trouser legs to wade to shore to welcoming staff and a great breakfast.
The people are great; the amenities are great; the flora and fauna are
well-preserved and well-conserved; the activities are personal; and the
price is good. What is not to like!
There is a very good web site that is not an exaggeration. You can believe these photos! castawayisland
Castaway no more
I can't help but read the glowing reviews for Castaway and wonder if this is the only island these people have been to in Fiji. Yes the resort itself is in a nice location and the beach is nice and sandy and it's cleaned of seaweed every morning for the guests, but, the resort itself is tired and the rooms are in serious need of an upgrade. The facilities are alright - the pool is pretty and so is the resturant, however on all three occasions when we stayed the dining room tables and chairs were plastic, which kind of cheapens the place up a bit. The food is good and the meal plan is excellent value, however the pizzas in the sundowner bar aren't that flash and I would not have them again. The snorkeling gear has always leaked and needed about five different changes to get it right and much of the coral has died thanks to overuse by zealous tourists. The walks in the hill behind the resort are cool and worth braving the tropical heat and the staff are very friendly, as are all Fijians, if not a little slack. The bills are always made out wrong, but that's ok because it usually ballances out, the extra they've charged us for and what they've missed off, but it's not very professional. Of course this is a family resort and is full of children, which again is cool, but just be aware of it if you're planning a romantic get away. The gardens that surround the reort are lovely and every morning the maid brings lots of fresh flowers to scatter everywhere (which unfortunatley do die by mid afternoon)
Castaway had once a reputation as the best family resort island in Fiji and perhaps it still is, however it is in serious need for an upgrade and until that time I will not be returning. If you can afford it, go to another island, it may be more expenisve but you'll certainly notice the difference.
Castaway is heaven
I arrived back from Castaway Island yesterday after 5 absolutely wonderful days there with my daughter and can't wait to share the joy. Every moment was a highlight that started with the Castaway family singing a welcoming greeting on the beach and check-in in the Sundowner Bar over a cocktail set the tone for a relaxing holiday. In under 5 minutes we were a part of the family and in love with the magic of Castaway. Although the resort was fully booked, at no time did we ever feel like we were sharing this amazing paradise with 150+ people. The staff were wonderfully friendly and always helpful; the food was exceptional-varied menus using the freshest and best ingredients; the location a stunning beach ringed by reefs to explore and magnificent gardens and our newly refurbised bure was as stylish as any world class hotel. Many of our fellow guests were return visitors and this is no surprise, we'll be back just as fast as we can. Vinaka Castaway family
A disappointing experience at Castaway Island
We stayed at Castaway Island, Fiji for a week in late June 2005. We found the experience to be quite disappointing - mainly because the staff appeared tired and the service was poor.
In addition, many children (including ours) suffered from severe food poisoning during the week that we were there.
Our children (aged 9 and 7) enjoyed the kids club but we would not stay at this resort again.
The holiday was very 3-star - accommodation was average (as we had expected), service was lacking (eg, we always had to ask for coffee at breakfast - it was not offered, pizzas took well over an hour to be made on two occasions, the bill contained many errors, etc) and some staff were off-hand and plain rude.
I have told many of my friends to try a different resort if visiting Fiji.
What a wonderful place!! We booked this 6 night break as our relaxation after a tour around Australia and we weren't disappointed.
We had our 7 month old baby with us and were made so welcome.
I personally wouldn't recommend travelling via the speed boat (the most frightening trip of my life (holding my baby in my arms praying we would arrive safely!)), and if you arrive in the evening the only two choices of travel are the speed boat and a large slow ferry. Personally I would recommend staying at a sister hotel on the mainland and travelling out first thing the next morning. We booked the sea plane for the return journey and that was amazing (be prepared for wet feet!)
The speed boat transferred us on to a little boat owned by the hotel and were slowly guided across the coral. It was pitch black and after the trip on the speed boat I was a little jaded but the welcome we received pushed it all aside. Music and singing greeted us personally as we stepped off the boat and the other guests arrived to watch us, this became a regular activity for us, it was the best welcome anyone could get.
We stayed in a beach front bure and I would strongly recommend it. We had a hammock and sunbeds directly outside our door. They are very basic inside but everything you are provided with is everything you need. There is a fridge, ideal for my baby's bottles and a few snacks. Although it states it is suitable for four people, the additional two beds are just like benches. It would be a squeeze and only really suitable for children.
The 2 restaurants were adequate for the 6 nights, although any more time and I would have started needing something different. The shop sold everything, and if they didn't have it in they would order it for the next day. Nothing was too much trouble.
Each day we booked a massage which was very reasonable in price and very relaxing.
Staff were fantastic. Our baby was scooped up and whisked away from us at breakfast and lunch time, and if we didn't have a babysitter booked for supper we were always asked why not. It was the first time we had left him and I was very nervous, but didn't need to be, they were wonderful with him. We booked up the babysitting service during the day (it was so cheap) and although a little stunned to have left us for the first time he was fine.
Such a shame it is the other side of the world as I would love to go back time and again.
They love children, are incredibly welcoming and it feels like paradise!
Stayed here in January of this year, 2005. Spent 5 blissful days, relaxing, soaking up the sun, the atmosphere, the stunning scenery! I am pleased to say that I cannot find fault with anything connected to this wonderful resort.
Stay in a beachfront bure, they are simply furnished BUT are comfortable and you do not need TV, video, telephones when the crystal blue pacific sea is only 30 feet from your doorstep, the beach is soft white sand.
The staff are extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble, they want you to enjoy your stay and to come back! Food is delicious and drinks very reasonably priced. I would be back there like a shot given the chance!
I shall never forget the welcome that we received upon our arrival!
Castaway is an island treat!
My wife and I enjoyed a relaxing week at Castaway from Feb 12th to Feb 18th, 2005. I must say that I had high hopes given the 14 hour flight from Vancouver to Nadi - but I was not disappointed. The weather was great when we got there and was even better during the week we stayed - it was almost too hot!!!!
Like the other reviews posted on this site, I must say that the Bures are not luxurious (we stayed at the recently renovated Shangri-La the following week and it was a much more modern resort) but they fit the bill. You don'tspend much time in them anyways. There are no clocks, TV's, radios or telephones in the Bure - so you truly are away from reality. I recommend an Ocean View or Beachfront Bure, as some of the the Island Bures are in much less desirable spots. We had an ocean view Bure and it was perfect for our tastes, less than 30 feet to the sandy beach!
The staff at Castway are fantastic. Every one is extremely and very friendly. The beach team keeps things fun in the afternoon with beach volleyball, sailing lessons and many other activities. You can also get the diving package if you wish. There is some good snorkelling spots and a great hiking trail with a spectacular view at the peak. The water is crystal blue and the sand is very nice. One of the best beaches I have seen. There is also a tennis court (they have complimentary rackets and balls if you do not wish to bring your own).
The food is good with a nice selection and nightly specials. I recommend the meal plan as it is a much better deal than paying for individual meals. At night a band plays and they try to vary the seating so you get a different feeling each night, despite the fact that you are in the same place.
Overall I highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for a great place to get away from it all!
Paradise found, Great value, Back in a flash!
Our family of four traveled to Fiji from June 19th through July 2nd, 2004. Our kids, 12 and 10 yr, had gone through SSI Jr. Scuba certification and we wanted to have them complete their referral program in a warm environment.
We took a ferry to our destination which was CASTAWAY ISLAND RESORT.
It was a 45 minute ride with stops at various smaller resort islands on the way. It proved to be a welcoming and spectacular introduction to paradise for these four exhausted travelers.
When we pulled up to Castaway we were greeted by the official resort greeters singing and swaying on the beach. After a quick welcome drink we went to see our new 'home'. The bure (hut) was basic, clean and had a true homey feeling. It was not small and not large'just right. The sleeping arrangements included a separate area for both adults and kids. The bathroom was large and had strong water flow and no shortage of hot water. (All water on the island is from their own desalination plant) The bure had a ceiling fan and stand alone fan which we made use of only in the evening.
Our bure was 25 feet from the beach on the north side. The air and water were a puuurfect 80 degrees. I would rank the beach as a 7 out of 10. No comparison to the beaches in Eleuthera or the Turks and Caicos but very usable. Water entry was thru some greenery and coral. The views from the bure in the morning and during sunset were jaw dropping. The bure had a small porch and two hammocks directly in from. The weather was the same everyday. Sunny during the day and starry at night.
We purchased a meal package which turned out to be the right thing to do'thank you Arlene. The individual a la carte prices are almost comical but understandable since everything has to be brought in. The food is plentiful and excellent. The choices offered easily permit a new daily taste for a 10 day stay. Drinks other then water are charged separately and at resort prices. Since there is a mini-bar in your bure it would have been smart to have picked up a few canned juices or sodas while we were running around in Nadi.
The activities are varied and there is something for everyone. The pool is a center for activity during the whole day. The staff were incredible and made you feel like part of a concerned family. They watch out instinctively for each and every child and it is not uncommon to see 15 kids totally enjoying themselves with only ONE staff member present. We saw our kids only during meals and when we went to bed. We felt incredibly at ease and confident there. The kids have separate meal opportunities if that is the parents desire. There is also a kids club available for younger kids. Ours are more self-directed.
The dive shop is run PROFESSIONALLY. Our kids finished their open water certification under the watchful and supportive eyes and instruction of Trudy and Geof Loe. (Both have operated live-aboards as well) The facilities, equipment, and operation of this dive center is easily a 10 in my book. My wife and I have all sorts of experiences including a 'left at sea' incident so we feel confident in rating places. The dive sites and sea life are to numerous for this report. If you want more contact them at email@example.com As internet connections are notoriously bad it might be a while before you hear back,
Lastly, one must acknowledge that no place operates at this level unless the manager is extremely capable. The current manager, Damien Keenan, makes the place tick like a Swiss watch. He is constantly around and has a kind approach with the staff. He brought out the best of the Fijian spirit from his staff. Most of the guests were Australian or New Zealanders. There were a few Southern Californians as well. It was such an amiable crowd that they had me drinking beer and shouting my head off during the major rugby match.
Our departure was made buy helicopter. The flight to Nadi took 30 minutes with one stop at another resort. It was smooth and a fun way to travel among the islands. There is a float plane that is also available as an alternative for travel.
Not a care in the world.....
Stayed at Castaway about 12 months ago and am going back in October. To me and my family (wife and 2 kids 7 & 10) it represents the perfect holiday.
It is relaxing for us and fun for the kids. The resort is not 5 star or palatial but it is tastefully done and the bures are comfortable and quite spacious. Trust me you spend little time in them anyway. In my opinion it has the best beach of any of the Island Resorts and some great snorkelling close by. One big tip though is book the meal package as you can eat anything off the menu and you will save yourself a fortune.
In fact thats all I did was eat, rest, drink and sleep in no particular order..The perfect holiday and I can't wait to get back there in a couple of months.
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Simply amazing!!! That is all we can say about Fiji, simply amazing!!!! Over the past five days we have definitely grown accustomed to "island life". From the moment we set foot on our small island, the resort staff greeted us with a loud and smiling "Bula" (Hello, but more like Aloha in that it has many meanings and uses) and reminded us to "take …
... it) I couldn’t even pick up the Wi-Fi at the bar full stop. With any luck, we will be able to sort out our money issues before heading to our next resort on Sunday! On the main island, they are always reminding you to get cash-out before setting off to the smaller islands as there aren’t any banks or ATMs out there. We did this back in NZ, so we had no problems on that front. However, we soon learnt that the smaller islands don’t ...
... the small islands are supported primarily by the resorts and there's no sense that the resorts and the villages are being cordoned off from each other.
Tuesday the 15th:
-This was our last day at Octopus, and Jill and I ended our time there with a special snorkeling trip with manta rays! We took a 40 minute boat ride out to an area where the rays normally are, though we were warned we may not see any because it's getting close ...
... I were reluctant thinking he would never lift us...not realising at the time he had carried several much bigger ladies from the island to catch the ferry. It is the first time I have been carried over the shoulder of a big beefy man who made it look so easy....we did not realise we were being watched by the residents on the island....what a sight it must have been. The welcome we received was fantastic, they made us feel we were already part of their family. The meal in ...
... village fund (about £3). Spent half an hour there and could have stayed longer to learn about the islands history and culture. Over 90% of Fijians are Methodists (mum would have been impressed) yet fascinating to learn how they combine ancient tribal traditions with Christianity. They came to Fiji from East Africa in 1500 BC. The Indian population adhere to their own traditions. A quick stop at the ...