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Our Resort Report

OUR thoughts on Castaway Island,
Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
With only 66 individual thatched Bures, Castaway Island is an ideal size for an Island Resort; small enough for guests to receive individual attention and big enough to be able to provide a whole range of services and facilities at a reasonable price for the quality it offers. Castaway Island is well known for great staff, high service standards and perfect surroundings, but it's the way Castaway handles the mingling of families and all the other guests that make it so special. The secret to this success lies in the complimentary Kids' Club which is open 9.00am to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.00pm, the very accessible and reasonably priced babysitting services and the early supervised evening dining for children. The kids love it because they play and interact with other children, their parents love it because their children are so obviously enjoying themselves and are in safe hands and all other guests love it too!

In recent times, Castaway Island has added and upgraded many facilities. In the Bures, the bathrooms have been replaced with lovely modern, fresh bathrooms and all bures have been progressively refurbished and improved (see “Accommodation Options” section below for details). A new “live” cooking station has been added to the breakfast buffet – don't you just love those island-style omelettes and eggs cooked every which way? There is now a 20-metre graduated-depth fresh water family swimming pool complete with cascading water features known as Nuku Marau (the kids adore it) and, the existing 25-metre pool has been totally refreshed, deepened and improved. The Lilly Pond Bar has been landscaped to provide a “quiet pool” mainly for adult use. We’ll state it again – Castaway Island handles the holiday and privacy needs not only of families but of couples and singles travelling without kids SO well.

The food at Castaway is also a feature on which guests positively comment. The Water's Edge Restaurant and the Sundowner Pizza Bar are both spectacular locations for dining, both day and night, and you’ll love the Nuku Marau Bar & Grill (which does lovely lunches and snacks throughout the day) and the exquisite Restaurant 1808 with an inspired Asian/Pacific fusion menu.

And then there's the traditional Fiji massage which may be enjoyed either in the Lomani and Demeni Bures, on the beach or in the privacy of your own Bure. Our advice is to book your massage as soon as you arrive because to delay is to miss out.  Keeping fit is a pleasure at Castaway Island, Fiji. While enjoying the natural surroundings, keep fit with a walk or run to the top of the mountain or a walk around the island at low tide.

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Bullet Honeymooners Special Bonus
Couples honeymooning on Castaway Island will receive the following Honeymoon bonus:
 A bottle of sparkling wine
 Two celebration Castaway “Sulus‟ (sarongs)
 Sun-ripened tropical fruit platter
30-minute Dolphin Safari island hop excursion for two persons, (subject to prevailing weather conditions).
1. Honeymoon Bonus may be combined with all other special offers
2. Honeymoon status to be established at time of booking accommodation.
3. Valid for honeymooners staying at Castaway Island Fiji no later than 12 months after their wedding date.
4. Valid for stays year-round in all accommodation types.

Your Accommodation Options
With the exception of the Family Beach Bure and the Grand Bure, (both of which feature more than 1 bedroom), all Castaway Bures have the same layout and facilities; it's their position in the resort which gives them their various categories. At this resort, no bure is very far away from the beach or the restaurants etc. Air-conditioning is a standard feature. In all rooms the King bed is screened off by a sliding floor-to-wall-top divider. This sliding divider is open at the top (where the sloping ceiling joins the walls) to aid air movement throughout the bure.  

All bures at Castaway Island have been refurbished and improved over the past 2 or 3 years with each bure being fitted with more windows and wide-opening doors on the front giving a lighter and brighter feel. A floating wall/headboard has been installed in the main bedroom area and the bed has been turned to face the ocean (rather than side on). The bathroom is accessed behind the floating wall) allowing for wardrobe and cupboard space to be built down each side of the bedroom area.

The partition between the bedroom and lounge areas is still in place and this can be closed for sight privacy between the bedroom and lounge area which is a welcome feature when there are guests sleeping in the lounge area.  The lounge beds have also been turned to face the ocean, so when being used as Day Beds by couples they are facing outwards rather than sideways.  The bathroom has been modernised and new soft furnishings have brightened the bures. Previous guests of Castaway Island will be pleased to know that the traditional tapa look on walls & ceilings has been retained.

Note re "Castaway 5" Bures:
Castaway 5 Bures are configured with an additional single bed bed or cot in addition so larger families may be accommodated..
1. The additional "Castaway 5" bed or cot is available for stays in all categories of bures
2. There are no minimum stay requirements
3. Castaway 5 bookings are subject to availability at the time a booking is requested
4. To maintain the integrity of the resort guest experience, there is a strictly limited availability.

Room Categories (in ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Island Bures:
45m2 Either located beside the Ocean View Bures but without an ocean view, or set a little further back from the beach, scattered throughout the tropical gardens.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Rollaway Bed or a cot may be added in most bures.

Bullet Ocean View Bures:
45m2 Located on the next row back from the Beach Bures and each has a framed view of the ocean between the Beach Bures.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Rollaway Bed or a cot may be added in a limited number of bures.

Beach Bures:
Bullet South Beach Bures:
Bullet North Beach Bures:
45m2 Located right on the beachfront. Many are only a few metres away from the water.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Rollaway Bed or a cot may be added in a limited number of bures.

Bullet The Grand Bure
224m2 The Grand Bure features 2 large bedrooms, each with an oversize bathroom, an extensive living area and nice big verandas. Formerly the island home of the resort owners, The Grand Bure is in a private spot amidst  the other bures (see Bure 1000 on the Resort Map).  Guests enjoy quiet seclusion and a tranquil leafy tropical view from the verandas of the Grand Bure. 
There is only 1 Grand Bure at Castaway Island, Fiji.
Maximum Occupancy: 6 guests
Existing Bedding: 2 King Beds and 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  A cot may be added (subject to availability).

Bullet The Family Beach Bure
120m2 The Family Beach Bure is made up of two Beach Bures which are joined by means of an interconnecting room to form 3 separate rooms. (Total 2 bathrooms). The Family Beach Bure faces North Beach. Please note there is only 1 Family Beach Bure at Castaway Island, Fiji and it’s highly in demand so book very early!
Maximum Occupancy: 10 guests
Existing Bedding: 2 King Beds and 6 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting to and from Castaway Island, Fiji
Transfer from Nadi International Airport to Port Denarau Marina or Vuda Point Marina by coach or private vehicle to connect to your boat transfer.
South Sea Cruises “Resort Connections” high-speed catamaran from Port Denarau Marina
This service operates 3 times daily. Passengers travelling to and from Castaway Island on Resort Connections will be able to enter the air-conditioned Captains Lounge area on a first-come-first-served basis. Food and beverages can be purchased from the lower deck. The crossing to Castaway Island takes approximately 90 minutes.
Water Taxi speedboat transfers 
Operate 24 hours a day and subject to weather conditions the crossing Port Denarau and Castaway Island takes around 30 minutes.
Amphibious float planes 
Between Nadi International Airport or other island locations and Castaway Island take approximately 10 minutes from the Airport, landing on the sea at Castaway Island, Fiji before pulling up to the beach.
Transfers may be arranged to and from Nadi International Airport as well as between Castaway Island and selected other resorts.

Families & Kids 
Children under 3 years of age eat all meals free of charge from specific menus.
BulletWhen parents take the meal plan option, children aged 3 to 12 years are included at 50% of the adult meal plan rate. Children dine from the Kids’ a la carte and buffet menus.
BulletCastaway Island Resort has one of the best Kids’ Clubs in Fiji, the use of which is complimentary for resort guests aged 3 to12 years.
The Club operates daily from 9:00am to 4:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:00pm.

Check-in/Check Out
Hotel standard check-in and check-out times are:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 10:00am
Early Check-in
To guarantee immediate access to your bure when arriving prior to midday, the bure should be booked and paid from the preceding night.
Late Check-out
Complimentary use of the hospitality bure with bathroom and changing facilities is offered on request and is subject to availability.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 28 March 2023 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2024.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities
Family Fresh Water Swimming Pool
Bullet Adults Quiet Fresh Water Swimming Pool with swim up bar
Bullet Jacuzzi
Bullet Restaurants
Bullet Bars
Bullet Use of non-motorised water sports equipment
Bullet catamarans,
Bullet kayaks,
Bullet windsurfers,
Bullet glass bottom boat,
Bullet stand up paddleboards
Bullet spy boards

Bullet Tennis Court
Bullet Volleyball
Bullet Bush walks
Bullet Cmplimentary Wi-Fi at 3 Bars
Bullet Weekly Cocktail Party

Other Resort Facilities (charges apply)
Bullet Scuba Diving - PADI Five Star Gold Palm awar winning dive centre
Bullet Fishing - ranging from hand line to sport fishing
Bullet Island safaris
Bullet Parasailing and jet skiing
Bullet Banana Boat, "Double Trouble" and Donut rides, Water Skiing
Bullet Outer reef snorkelling
Bullet Night snorkel over house reef
Bullet Surfing
Bullet Island Massage

Kids Facilities
Bullet Cots and high chairs available
Bullet Private babysitting (at additional cost)
Bullet Free Supervised Kids Club between 9:00am and 10:00pm daily
Bullet Supervised children's meals
Bullet Children's wading pool

All guests identified as honeymooners at the time of booking will be
provided with a bottle of sparkling wine, two celebration Castaway
sulus (sarongs), sun ripened tropical fruit, PLUS a Dolphin safari island
hop excursion for two persons (subject to weather conditions).*
*Conditions may apply.