Castaway Island Resort sits on Qalito, a small reef-ringed island in the Mamanuca Group just 20 miles due west of Nadi.
It is a 174-acre private resort surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and lush tropical vegetation perfect for romantic couples with or without children. The resort has stylish spacious bures, creative Island cuisine and
much more. Guests return year after year to enjoy the famous Castaway hospitality and exceptional facilities.
At Castaway Island, scuba diving is an activity for the whole family. There is something for everyone no matter what level of experience you have. For those that have never tried scuba diving there are introductory courses – a great way to discover the underwater world. Even children as young as age eight can try diving under the supervision of PADI accredited instructors in the PADI Bubblemakers program.
Many guests make their way to Castaway with South Sea Cruises’ fast 150 seater, split deck, air-conditioned catamarans. The catamaran departs both Denarau Marina and Castaway Island three times daily. The journey takes 1.5 hours.
Alternatively, ride in style and comfort on your personal cruise with Mamanuca Express from Port Denarau Marina direct to Castaway Island Resort. This private, fast and clean water taxi service caters to individuals, couples and groups of up to 30 people.
Amphibious floatplanes, helicopters and airplanes can be arranged with Pacific Island Air. Helicopter transfers seating a maximum of 6 persons can also be arranged with Island Hoppers. Transfers by air depart fromNadi International Airport and from other locations by prior reservation arrangement. Flight time to Castaway is approximately 10 minutes from Nadi.
Castaway has two pool areas - one designated as a “quiet” pool area with Jacuzzu and swim up bar and the other is a family pool area. The resort serves gourmet island cuisine at the main restaurant and bar, Asian and Polynesian inspired fare at the Pool Bar and Grill and wood-fired pizza at the Sundowner bar. Your stay includes complimentary use of snorkelling equipment, all non motorised water sports equipment including catamarans, kayaks, windsurfers, glass bottom boat, stand up paddleboards and spy boards and use of the championship sized tennis court including racquets and balls. There is a weekly poolside cocktail party, supervised Kids Club, private baby
sitting service and therapeutic massage treatments.
The Resort offers 65 spacious, traditionally thatched Fijian style bures with a choice of 26 Beach bures, 12 Ocean View Bures or 27 Island bures. All bures feature one king size bed and most include two additional single beds with a sliding privacy screen door separating the two areas. The three bedroom Family Beach bure sleeps up to 10 people with two king beds, six single beds and two bathrooms. The bures feature high vaulted “tapa” lined ceilings with overhead fans and air-conditioning, refrigerator, tea/ coffee making facilities and large ensuite bathroom with hairdryer and Fijian toiletries.
The beauty of a stay at Castaway Island is the large range of activities to choose from. The list includes: Banana boat rides*, Barefoot Boxing on the Beach, Bush walking, Catamaran sailing, Coral viewing in glass bottom boat, Dolphin safari excursion*, Fishing – hand line; sport fishing*, Island hopping excursion *, Jet skiing *, Kayaks, Knee boarding*, Marine and Environment presentations, Paddle boards, Parasailing*, Snorkeling – night*, Inner reef*; Outer reef**, Snorkeling – beach, Surfing *, Table tennis, Tennis, Tours – shell market; back of house; Traditional and Cultural Activities – Fijian story telling, medicinal plant tour, Kava tasting; Volleyball – beach, Wake boarding*, Water skiing*, Windsurfing, Wood carver demonstrations.
* Denotes charges apply.
Castaway’s own PADI 5 Star Gold Palm dive centre ensures you are in capable hands. The Dive Centre offers courses from Bubble Maker and Discover Scuba diving up to to full certification courses to Dive Master level. The surrounding reefs offer some of the best diving in the Mamanuca group no matter what level of experience you have. Diving ranges from easy coral gardens to drift, pinnacle and deep dives all within 20 minutes from the resort by Fiji’s fastest purpose built dive boat accommodating up to 16 fully equipped divers. This includes the famous Supermarket shark encounter, Gotham city and a number of other famous dive sites.
(Intermediate Dive) Descend down mooring line and weave amongst pinnacles at 20 m, Beware that in lower visibility the last pinnacle is difficult to see from the fourth pinnacle unless you swim off into mid water. Take your time, as there is only a small area to cover, but plenty to see. This dive site is definitely best known for its amazing array of Gorgonian fans, which litter the pinnacles everywhere. Also the pinnacles are teaming with tropical fish life of all kinds, and many species of coral.
Located on the outer barrier reef, on the inside of a passage way with quite strong current in this passage. You will return in shallows with bommies heading back to the mooring line. You will find large variety and density of reef fish everywhere. Many resident Lion fish in & amongst the bommies, and watch for the very territorial big Titan Trigger fish. Also look for sleeping nurse sharks in sandy areas off the bottom of the wall, and cruising grey reef sharks.
This must be dived at slack water due to strong current. Navigate around the two Coral Heads avoiding the current by hiding behind the pinnacles. Batfish and Moray eels await your arrival near the mooring line and very eager to be fed. Look out for Turtles, Maori Wrasse and Rock Cods. You will see an abundance of fish life everywhere. And don't forget the soft corals in and amongst the bommies and hanging from the walls.