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“A Perfect Way to End our Holiday”

Castaway Island Day Trip
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Castaway Island Day Cruise
New South Wales, Australia
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“A Perfect Way to End our Holiday”
Reviewed June 10, 2011

Following our cruise on the Yasawa Flyer through the beautiful Manamuca Islands, we alighted from the flyer to the transfer punt and were warmly greeted on our arrival at Castaway even though we were only daytrippers. We were then given clear instructions on the resort facilities and sent off to enjoy our visit to Castaway. On a stroll around the grounds we were talking to our son a little sternly about his behaviour when one of the staff stolled over and told him to cheer up - he was on Castaway. The next time we walked past reception - the staff called him by name!

After a drink at the pool bar and a quick swim, we set off to obtain snorkelling gear from water activities. Not all the staff here were quite as friendly but we managed to get our gear and head out over the reef for a bit of snorkelling before lunch. Buffet lunch in the restaurant was OK but if this is a showcase of Castaway food - I wasn't impressed but at least they did have the option for just a sandwich and suitable kids selections which we had found lacking in other resorts.

Time for a rest and another quick swim in the pool after lunch followed by some boutique shopping (well stocked for an island stay) but then the lure of the sea dragged us back for some last snorkelling before we left. I must say, the fish life, coral and starfish straight off the resort were amazing and going along the drop off at low tide was a real treat for the whole family.

We mainly came to Castaway to see if we could justify the higher prices for staying here in comparison to some other island resorts. Could we? No - probably not. It is a very beautiful and pristine setting but overall it seems a bit too slick and sterile for our liking.

Visited June 2011
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“Fun Day Trip to See the Island”
Reviewed December 27, 2010

We did this day trip in October 2010, as we are interested in staying at this hotel in the future and wanted to check it out first.

We travelled over in the Captains Lounge, which is the most comfortable option, given you are in an airconditioned lounge with reserved seating and all refreshments are included. On arrival at the island, the 'daytrippers' are separated and given a run-down off how the island and day trip works. We didn't snorkel as we were travelling with 3 young kids, but we swam off the protected beach and the kids built sandcastles under the shady trees. There was no hope of getting any chairs on the beach, as they all seemed to be taken up by the people staying at the island. This was a little annoying, as we basically had to set up and leave our stuff at the watersports counter area. Our kids enjoyed the smalll pool and we ended up setting up in a quiet, shady area of the garden, next to the pool. We had a buffet lunch included - a nice selection of simple and healthy food, which we all enjoyed. The tour leader who accompanied us onto the island made herself available to us all day and was eay to find, if you needed her. The resort day manager was kind enough to show us through some of the rooms and resort, as we told them we wanted to stay there in the future. We thoroughly enjoyed the day trip and would recommend the trip if you want to explore a resort on a beautiful white sandy tropical island.

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“Do not waste your time - felt more like an unwelcome guests”
Reviewed May 19, 2010

Our group of 13 travelled inlate April 2010 with South Sea Cruises (fantastic ride and vibe), arrived at the island with the typical singing and friendly welcome from the employees. We were told that if there where any problems to contact our guide who then disapperared until the end of the day.

Unexpectedly we had to place a significant deposit on our prepaid snorkelling hire, which we were left to ourselves to fit. We spent half an hour sorting out problem gear. A bit of help would be nice.

The snorkelling off the beach was disappointing in terms of vibrant coral, it was mainly brown. Lots of fish, some large clams (cool) but not any bright colour. Not what the website suggests. The kids spent more time in the pool which was OK but nothing in comparison to resort pools on Denarau.

Lunch was OK, basic buffet, sausages, rissoles, salad etc ... 6/10.

Where it became annoying was when we went to use the catamarans and were told to pay $25 per hour. My reading of the website suggests its free, but they where not, and at one point they wanted to charge me again for a half hour I was owed. Basically, the answers to questions changed whenever you spoke to some one new behing the dive bar.

By the end of the day I was glad to be off the island, and having been afterwards on South Seas Island can honestly tell people to go there, where day travellers are appreciated and welcomed, not made to feel as if they are an inconvenience.

Castaway looks good but fails to deliver a warm Fijian day trip experience,

To make my point, from the website:

"Snorkel straight off the beach in the crystal clear waters and over vibrant coral reefs. Other non-motorised water sports activities include Kayaks, catamarans, windsurfers and spyboards."

It would be nice to tell people they need to pay for these things.

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