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.