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Qalito Island, Fiji

Qalito is a 174 acres/704.153m² private island in the Mamanuca archipelago, owned by Hawaii-based hospitality group Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. The island’s 174 acres are covered in rich tropical rainforest and surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and azure South Pacific waters.

Qalito is the first private island resort of the Fiji, and it all started when in November 1966 Aussie entrepreneur and world aviation records holder Richard “Dick” Smith opened the Castaway Island Resort, starting an unstoppable trend in the island nation.

Qalito Island, Fiji.

Where is Qalito - Castaway Island?

Qalito is 25km/15mi West of Denarau, on the West coast of Viti Levu.

How do you get to Qalito - Castaway Island?

The resort is easily accessed from Nadi International Airport (NAN) on Viti Levu Island. South Sea Cruises operates daily air-conditioned catamaran service between Port Denarau Marina and Castaway Island. Crusing time is approximately 90 minutes.

Seaplane Fiji
Seaplane Fiji.

In what island was shot the Cast Away movie starring Tom Hanks?

The film was shot in Monuriki (sometimes called Modriki), an uninhabited island 15km/10mi to the Northwest of Qalito, from January to March 1999.

Can you visit Monuriki?

Yes. Many day tours go there, expect to pay around 130 usd.

What is the best time to visit Qalito?

The best time to visit Qalito is during the dry season, May to November, and off school holidays periods, as it get crowded.

Fiji, Beautiful Beach.
Fiji, Beach.

Which Fiji Island has the best beach?

Well, it’s a matter of taste and sensibility but Qalito Island (or Castaway Island, whatever you choose to call it) always appears on the top lists. Tell us what beach you think is the best in Fiji in the comments below.

FiJi, Stunning wild beach with palms trees
Beautiful Beach in Fiji.

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