For background, I have been to a dozen Caribbean islands, Santorini in Greece and lived in Hawaii and I will say the Castaway island in Fiji is one of my favorites! We took our two boys there in July 2012 and had a great time. The island is small enough that the kids can't get lost - and they had a wonderful time playing at the beach, snorkeling, hiking and diving. My kids (13 and 16 year old boys) and wife were all scuba certified by Eric - he was an outstanding dive master. By the way, the snorkeling off the beach is quite good - lots of fish and corals to see and its easy to jump right in.
I have been to resorts in the Caribbean and I enjoyed the food at Castaways more than any of those islands. Breakfast buffets were very good and we enjoyed the meals each night as well.
By the way, the staff is extremely friendly - they made us feel welcome and were always very helpful.
On the downside, the rooms are partitioned, without solid walls between parents and kids - does cut down on the romance a bit. Also, the island is small - so there isn't anywhere 'to go' if you get bored with what the resort offers. We were there for 5 days and it was about the right amount of time for us. Note that this is a 'family' resort and if you want something for a romantic couple or partying single - some of the other very nearby islands are better choices.
Overall we loved it and would definitely like to go back. Highly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castaway Island, Fiji provides a unique South Pacific experience - a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy life's simple pleasures. Fiji's most popular island resort has guests returning year after year to experience the magic that is "Castaway". The island's 174 acres are covered with lush tropical vegetation, and surrounded by white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castaway Island Fiji Hotel Qalito Island
- Castaway Island Fiji Qalito
- Castaway Island Resort
- Fiji Castaway Resort
- Castaway Fiji Hotel Island
- Castaway Island Fiji Castaway Island (Qalito)