Activities where charges apply
Our programme is displayed daily on the Activities Board by the Boutique.
Watersports equipment including snorkels, masks and fins, windsurfers, catamarans and paddle boards are all available for your use, free of charge from the Boat Shed.
We encourage you to take advantage of our daily escorted snorkel trip. Check the Activities Board for times and meet at the Boat Shed for a guided tour of our house reef and snorkelling “best practice” guidelines which will enable you to enjoy the underwater splendour whilst preserving this fragile environment.
Tennis and volleyball, “Fiji vs. the World” beach rugby, along with board games for those who prefer something less energetic, are available.
Plan to join our Activities team in front of the Castaway Island, Fiji sign on the beach on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:00am for Shadow Boxing – a great way to keep in shape.
Hike to the top of the island via the Bush Walk trail, discover natural rainforest and enjoy the vista with breathtaking views to neighbouring islands over the clear waters surrounding Castaway*.
Explore the island at low tide with a round island walk and discover deserted small beaches, rocky outcrops and tidal pools*.
*Please ensure that you notify Reception before you depart, take water, sun protection and suitable footwear
Enquire about tennis court booking times and complimentary use of quality rackets and balls through the Boutique.
ACTIVITIES WHERE CHARGES APPLY*
*All sporting activities listed may be booked through the Dive Shop or Boat Shed.
BANANA BOAT RIDES, “DOUBLE TROUBLE” & KNEE BOARD
Fun for everyone and the selection of equipment will appeal to all ages and skill levels. Most rides circle the island.
Waterskiing for beginners through to intermediate level behind the 150hp “Qalito Dua” or for the experienced thrill seekers, circumnavigate Castaway in just five minutes behind “Teivovo” – Fiji’s fastest speedboat.
PARAFLYING AND JETSKIING
Try the exhilaration of paraflying over the sparkling waters surrounding the island or jump on a jetski and experience the rush of 50 kph on water.
HAND LINE FISHING
Join our hand line fishing expedition – Monday through Saturday 5:00pm to 7:00pm. All anglers welcome. Please note: a Tabu which is a defined traditional marine protection area, encircles Castaway Island – no beach fishing is permitted.
Our award winning PADI Five Star Gold Palm Dive Centre will be pleased to assist you with all diving enquiries. For those who have never tried scuba diving try our Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) – a great introduction to the underwater world. Qualified divers must experience Gotham City, Magic Island, Seven Sisters or the exhilaration of the Supermarket shark encounter. We offer over thirty dive sites within twenty minutes of the resort on board Sokia, our 400hp dedicated dive boat.
Enquire about our Bubblemaker experience for children over 8 years or half day Discover Scuba Diving and two day Scuba Diver certification for children over 10 years of age. Please refer to the detailed dive information enclosed or come and meet the team at the Dive Shop adjacent to the Boat Shed.
We organise daily guided inner and outer reef snorkelling adventures. Experience fantastic under-water sites only minutes from the resort.
Enquire at the Dive Shop about a night snorkel adventure over our house reef.
“TEIVOVO” – MODRIKI ISLAND CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH
Twin four stroke engines deliver 400hp, enabling this boat to attain speeds of more than fifty miles per hour! Enjoy cruising the waters around our island group and passing neighbouring resorts, complete with a champagne brunch on exquisite Modriki island, where the movie Cast Away starring Tom Hanks was filmed.
Lali Bar – in the main dining complex opens at 8:00am and closes when the last guest leaves!
Sundowner Bar – opens from 9:00am to 10:00pm
Nuku Marau Bar – from 9:00am to 7:00pm
Malua Pool – swim up bar is the perfect place to enjoy your favourite cocktails and other beverages from 10:00am daily.
Bula Happy Hour is from 5:00pm – 7:00pm daily from all bars.
Coloured beach towels are supplied under the vanity in your bure. Additional towels are available from the laundry on a complimentary return basis. These may be exchanged at your convenience. Please do not take bure bath towels to the beach or pools.
Castaway is blessed with a north and south facing white sand beaches. There are adequate sun lounges for all to relax and enjoy the surroundings. As a courtesy to others, please do not reserve or claim a particular lounge in advance of your usage.
A small library of books is available to borrow from the office next to reception. If you have finished a book and are happy to leave it behind, we would greatly appreciate you adding it to our library.
BOUTIQUE AND GENERAL STORE
The Castaway Island Boutique is located adjacent to the main dining area and reception. Resortwear fashions, swimwear, island jewellery, gifts, books and souvenirs together with general store pharmaceutical and toiletry items are available from 8:00am to 10:00pm daily.
For your added convenience, there is no need to carry cash whilst on island. We encourage you to simply sign and charge your purchases back to your bure. This includes all chargeable watersports activities, food and beverage, boutique purchases, woodcarving and massages – your account details are available for inspection at any time at reception. Babysitting is the only time you will be asked to pay cash, direct to the sitter.
CASTAWAY KIDS CLUB
The Fijians’ love of children is legendary and you can be assured your children will be well cared for by your Castaway family. The children will enjoy a mixture of games and experiences with a definite Fiji flavour – loads of fun and entertainment. Please refer to the Castaway Kids Club activities brochure enclosed. We provide a complimentary access for all children three years of age and over from 9:00am to 4:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:00pm with a separate, supervised children’s dinner hour from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
Individual babysitting is also available at all hours for a nominal charge per hour. Please contact reception for bookings at least three hours prior and pay the hourly rate to the babysitter directly.
CLINIC / FIRST AID
We have a registered nurse on the island for any minor medical attention including sunburn and coral cuts. The clinic, adjacent to the Malua pool, opens from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
As a precaution, particularly for children, please try to dry ears after swimming in the pool or the ocean as the humid tropical environment may increase the risk of ear infection. Ear plugs are recommended.
DINING ON CASTAWAY
We offer a choice of dining venues and menus – the Water’s Edge Terrace, the Lali Sand Bar & Grill, the Sundowner Bar and the Nuku Marau Bar & Grill.
Water’s Edge Restaurant: Breakfast buffet 7:00am to 10:00am; All Day dining menu 10:00am to 5:00pm; Children’s daily buffet dinner selection from 5:30pm to 6:30pm; Adults a la carte dining from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Wednesday night dinner, Fijian Lovo Buffet and Saturday night dinner, BBQ & Carvery Buffet both from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
Lali Sand Bar & Grill: Asian inspired stir fry lunch 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. Our unique ‘1808’ Chinese/Fijian fusion menu is available from 6:30pm to 9:30pm (other than Wednesday night Lovo and Saturday BBQ & Carvery night)
Sundowner Bar: Breakfast 9:00am to 12:00 noon featuring tropical fruits and yoghurts, fresh juice extracts, gourmet wood fired breakfast pizzas, fresh baked breads. All Day Menu: 12:00 noon to 9:00pm; gourmet wood fired pizzas and salad bar selection from 12:00 noon.
Nuku Marau Bar & Grill: All day dining from 9:00am to 6:30pm featuring a la carte breakfast 9:00am to 12:00 noon and a la carte selections from 12:00 noon onwards.
We recommend that you make reservations for dinner. Should you plan to dine with four or more in your party, a dinner reservation is essential. Please book at the main restaurant well in advance to ensure the table of your choice.
WEDNESDAY COCKTAIL PARTY, MEKE & FIJIAN FEAST
Come and meet our resort management team every Wednesday night from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm under the Vutu tree adjacent to the Water’s Edge Terrace. Enjoy a glass or two of our ‘Liquid Sunshine’ whilst taking in the setting sun and enjoying the company of new friends. During the cocktail party, your Castaway family will perform a traditional ‘Meke’ of Fijian songs and action dances followed by our Fijian Feast at 6:30 pm.
The preparation for our traditional Fijian Feast starts early morning. You should witness the lighting of the fire, built over dry river stones in the ‘Lovo’ fire pit near the tennis court. When the stones are white hot this traditional earth oven, or ‘Lovo’, is ready to receive seafood, meats and root crop vegetables. Once wrapped in banana leaves and palm fronds, the food parcels are then placed on those stones and covered whilst cooking. This unique method delivers truly delicious food for our buffet feast with a sensational island flavour. We encourage you to wear a traditional Fijian ‘sulu’ (sarong) for dinner.
‘TASTE OF FIJI’ BARBECUE & SPIT ROAST
Saturday from 6:30pm enjoy a succulent spit roast together with char grilled seafood, chicken, crisp salads, homemade pastas, local Fijian vegetables and more. Join in the party with the Castaway Band Boys.
MENUS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
For a truly unique experience, try our ‘feet in the sand’ dining on the beach front. Your private dining experience will be set with tiki torch flares and private waiter service. Consult our Food & Beverage Manager for premium menus and pricing. Special menus include seafood platters, Asian banquet and fresh mud crab. These menus are at additional cost to the meal plan. Selections of special occasion cakes are available for order
Whilst we feature a range of vegetarian menu options, additionally we offer a full vegetarian menu on request. Please discuss and place your order with our Chef prior to 4:00pm on the night of dining.
1808 FIJIAN – ASIAN FUSION MENU
Celebrating the arrival year of the first Chinese immigrants to Fiji, everyone who enjoys a bit of spice in their life should indulge in the world’s first ‘1808 Fijian – Asian fusion’ menu at the Lali Sand Bar & Grill. Dine under the stars from 6:30pm – 9:30pm nightly – other than Wednesday and Saturday – limited seating, so reservations are essential.
There are a number of gluten free (GF) options on our range of standard menus.
For guests with special dietary preferences and food intolerances, please speak to our Executive Chef, Lance Seeto, and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.
Castaway is an informal beachside resort where bare feet and sulus are the norm. Feel free to dress casually but don’t forget a hat and sunscreen as the Fiji sun is intense!
Castaway is committed to environmental responsibility – a key value of our operation – in preserving and protecting the island’s lush tropical vegetation, white sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs, by minimizing pollution and managing our human impact. In this regard Castaway has adopted the goals and objectives of the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES), raising awareness of our fragile environment by providing education for our guests, staff and local communities. We are benchmarked to internationally recognised standards and we constantly monitor and improve the resort’s operation using relevant internationally accepted performance indicators of best practice techniques.
Castaway produces pure drinking water from our state of the art reverse osmosis desalination plant. This provides the resort with pure water for all uses. However, as water is the most precious commodity on any island, your conservation is appreciated, as is your cooperation in reporting any leaking taps to reception.
Behind the scenes: for those interested in the mechanics of island living, speak to reception about a tour of our kitchen, power generation and water desalination plant.
FRESH WATER POOLS – TWO POOLS – TWO ENVIRONMENTS!
Our two fresh water swimming pools provide two distinct pool environments – one for families and one for adult enjoyment.
- The ‘Nuku Marau‘ pool near the Kids Club with the adjoining Bar & Grill provides a fun and relaxing family environment. We hope you and your family will enjoy the ‘Nuku’ as it is affectionately known. Please refrain from allowing children wearing diapers or nappies in the pool.
The Nuku Bar & Grill is open from 9:00am.
- Our central ‘Malua’ fresh water pool and surrounds are designed to provide a quiet adult friendly environment for reading, relaxing and swimming enjoyment.
Please note: No children wearing diapers or nappies are allowed in this pool. No floatation devices are allowed in this pool.
The ‘Malua’ swim up bar offers cool cocktails and other refreshing beverages from 10:00am.
For the enjoyment of all guests, your cooperation and understanding is appreciated in communicating this information to children and young adults in your party.
We provide a bag wash and fold service daily for a minimal charge. Simply deliver your bag of washing (maximum fifteen items) to the ladies at our laundry, adjacent to the Kids Club, by 6:00 pm. Your clothes will be washed, folded and ready for pick up the following day by mid afternoon.
MASSAGE RELAXATION – THERAPEUTIC TREATMENTS – CASTAWAY STYLE
Bure Lomani & Bure Demeni – book at Reception
The Fijian words “Lomani” and “Demeni” mean to care for, to be pampered or cherished and we invite you to experience true relaxation and rejuvenation as we spoil you with our island style treatments.
A relaxing 30 minute massage using cold pressed coconut oil infused with tropical fragrances. This treatment concentrates on the neck, scalp, shoulders and back to relieve tense and tired muscles
Our signature tropical full body, 60 minute massage. Enjoy our unique blend of three massage styles (acupressure, reflexology and traditional Fijian ‘bobo’) using cold pressed coconut oil infused with tropical fragrances.
Revitalise yourself with this deep tissue massage using soothing essential aromatherapy oils.
Manicure & Pedicure
Try our ‘Ligakeina Yava’ island style manicure and pedicure treatments to rejuvenate and care for your hands and feet.
SAFETY DEPOSIT – IN ROOM SAFE
You will find your personal electronic safe in the wardrobe closet of your bure and we suggest you secure all your valuables accordingly. Instructions for setting your personal code for the safe are listed on the tent card located on the top of your safe – please take note our liability statement.
Cash is not required on the island and we recommend that you charge all purchases to your account – your account details are available for inspection at any time at reception.
All the Castaway Island family are free to mix socially with you during your stay. However our policy is that staff may not consume alcohol whilst on island and this policy is strictly enforced. Please avoid embarrassment to yourselves and our staff members by upholding this policy.
TELEPHONE, FAX AND EMAIL
Our reception is open daily from 6:30am to midnight. During these hours international and local calls or facsimile and internet facilities are available. Emergency calls and use of facilities outside these times may be arranged. Please consult with reception for use of these facilities and charge rates.
Whilst direct tipping is not encouraged, a staff fund exists which is shared by all Castaway family members at Christmas time. Donations may be made at the reception. A note or card sent from overseas is the nicest gift of all.
TRANSFER AND CHECKOUT TIME
Our checkout time is 10:00am. The porters will collect your luggage for your convenience from outside your bure. The Tiger IV departs Castaway Island for Denarau Marina at 10:50am; 1:50pm and 4:20pm daily. We suggest you meet at the front of the Dive Shop at least 20 minutes prior to departure. Seaplane and helicopter departure times may be reconfirmed with reception the day prior to your departure.
For your convenience Castaway provides complimentary Wi-Fi for internet access at the Lali Bar in the main dining complex, the Nuku Marau Bar and the Sundowner Bar.