Fiji Family Holiday – Where to Stay

She found a Catseye shell on Monurki Island - ensue daydreams of being a Island Princess
Daydreaming on a Monurki's almost perfect beach ;)

Over 300 tropical islands make up beautiful Fiji, even if we minus the 110 that are uninhabited, there’s a bucket load of family accommodation options for a Fiji family holiday. Unfamiliar with Fiji’s family holiday hotspots, it was a tough task to narrow down where to stay.

Should we head back to popular Coral Coast, explore Denarau or stay on one of the Fijian islands. After exploring it all, we discovered the pros and cons and unique vibe of each of these Fiji regions.

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Fiji’s Coral Coast, Denarau or Mamanuca Islands, which is best?

Here’s our guide to the Coral Coast, Mamanuca Islands and Denarau and what to expect in each of Fiji’s popular places to stay including our pick of Fiji’s most family friendly resorts by area and a suggested itinerary of how to do Fiji with kids.

Postcard perfect Castaway. Image courtesy: Matt Bauer
Postcard perfect Castaway. Image courtesy: Matt Bauer

Coral Coast

Most families opt for the kid friendly Coral Coast located on the south-western side of Viti Levu, Fiji’s Main Island. A wide and shallow fringing coral reef stretches for 80 kilometres along a shoreline of jungle-clad hills giving the region its namesake.

Sprawling ocean facing resorts pepper the dramatic coastline between local villages, picturesque coves and sugar cane fields.

Fiji's Coral Coast - beach views from beachfront Outrigger Fiji Resort
Fiji’s Coral Coast – beach views from beachfront Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Coral Coast Vibe

Staying on the Coral Coast often polarises families who either love it or return disappointed and it’s about setting realistic expectations.

The beaches here are not the soft squeaky white sand and calm turquoise waters kind. Instead the focus is on inland activities such as river rafting; zip lining, jungle walks, local villages and markets. The Coral Coast offers heavenly beach sunsets, snorkelling off the beach and great wall dives on the outer reef.

Sigatoka Valley from Tuvuni Hill Fort on the Coral Coast
Sigatoka Valley from Tuvuni Hill Fort on the Coral Coast

Families should choose the Coral Coast for an easy, relaxed and value for money family resort holiday. Ideal for parents who want nothing more than to lounge under a palm tree by the ocean whilst their kids are in kids club or in the care of a personal nanny. Drinks and meals are primarily at the resort, where meal plans are offered.

Spend lazy days by the pool or fill them up utilising resort facilities or participating in organised activities run by the resort including beach yoga, cultural performances or indulging in the day spa.

Lazy days by the pool - Outrigger Fiji's Adult pool sanctuary
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s adult pool sanctuary

Pros of Fiji’s Coral Coast

There’s allot going for the Coral Coast, a sanctuary for families where resorts cater for kids.

Spacious resorts

What we really love about the Coral Coast resorts is the amount of open space, with large lush tropical grounds without the overcrowded feeling.

Most Coral Coast resorts keep a good distance from each other with a local village or two nearby and perhaps a few small resident shops. For a popular tourist area, there’s a real sense that we had escaped to a remote and natural tropical haven on the mainland.

Outrigger's beachfront bures with enticing hammocks and ocean views for days
Outrigger’s beachfront bures with enticing hammocks and ocean views for days

Ocean views & sublime sunsets

Most Coral Coast resorts front the South Pacific Ocean and feature a private beach with elevated sea views. As a bonus, families staying on the Coral Coast can end each day with a magnificent beach sunset.

Coral Coast beach sunset. Image courtesy: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
Coral Coast beach sunset. Image courtesy: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Packaged Fiji family holidays

There are loads of discounted family holiday packages for Fiji resorts on the Coral Coast. Fiji deals provide superb value for money, sometimes they entice with extras including free resort transfers, room upgrades, all inclusive meal deals or buffet breakfasts and complimentary spa services. Family Fiji packages can come with flights included or score cheap direct flights with Virgin, Jetstar of Fiji Airways.

Fiji Castaway Island, Mamanuca Islands, girl with sunglasses and coconuts
Fiji Family Holidays feels

Easy Fiji Family Holiday

With the exception of our West coast neighbours, direct flights to Nadi take 3-4 hours, with a further 1-2 hours transfer to the Coral Coast.

It’s all easily manageable with young kids. The last little bit of journey time may unravel some parents with bubs and toddlers, however caring MeiMei’s (nannies) can be arranged on arrival to lend a helping hand – all at a very minimal fee.

Meimei's waving from Coral Coast beach
Meimei’s  (nannies) waving from Coral Coast beach

An authentic Fijian feel

Although the Coral Coast is the most visited region in Fiji, there’s still an authentic feel about it. Nearby are local villages and bustling Sigatoka (Sing-a-toka) town, the largest commercial hub on the Coral Coast sits pretty by the river where visitors can experience a slice of the real Fiji.

Stroll the vibrant produce market, visit a nearby village, pop into the local shops or enjoy a local meal with plenty of opportunities to immerse in the local Fijian community.

The Sigatoka Markets. Fiji with kids.
The Sigatoka Markets, Coral Coast

Cons of Fiji’s Coral Coast

Families who return from Fiji disappointed may have set unrealistic expectations of what a Fiji family holiday on the Coral Coast is all about. Misled by brochures with enticing crystal clear tropical beaches and assumption that the discounted packages meant food, drink and tours are equally as cheap.

Here are some cons to Fiji’s Coral Coast:

Beaches

Blessed with divine beaches at home, the main downer are the Coral Coast beaches. The sand is gritty, made up of coral and shell pieces rather than fine white sand and in some places reef shoes are needed.

Low tide at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort where the beach recedes
Low tide at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort where the beach recedes

In some parts of the Coral Coast, the ocean recedes far out to sea during low tide, exposing the wide fringing coral reef for large period of time. This rules out snorkelling and water sports, though some resorts have lagoons to swim in during low tide.

Most beaches like pretty Natadola on the Coral Coast also have strong undertows, dangerous for swimming. The resort pools however make up for it, there’s often multiple pools to take a dip, sprawling waterholes and even ones for the exclusive use of grown ups complete with swim up bar and delicious cocktails.

Natadola Beach View - beware strong currents not suitable for swimming
Natadola Beach is one of the prettiest on the Coral Coast – beware strong currents not suitable for swimming

For picture perfect tropical beaches, consider extending a family Fiji holiday on the Coral Coast with a detour to one of the islands.

Food Costs

Food in Fiji has come along way since we visited over a decade ago. We found the diversity of flavours and quality is good with some great fine dining offered. The only drawback is the cost of food and options outside a resort.

The high price charged for resort meals is typical throughout Fiji and not specifically on the Coral Coast alone. There are resorts that offer Kids Eat Free deals with a dining adult, the main meals a-la-carte are often pricey.

High food costs is not often factored in when scoring a bargain Fiji package, with a big assumptions meals will come easily and cheaply. Families can opt for all-inclusive resorts or meal plans that are available at most Coral Coast resorts to save some money, although not all resorts offer meal plans.

Coral Coast Vs Denarau

Both Coral Coast and Denarau are popular family friendly resort areas, each with a distinctive feel.

Trade the beachfront, open space and taste of local culture of the Coral Coast for the more contemporary surroundings, conveniences of restaurants and shops as well as access to the islands and nearby Nadi airport.

Verdant green valleys and wide open spaces - Coral Coast
Verdant green valleys and wide open spaces – Coral Coast

Which area to choose ultimately comes down to budget and family preferences. The concentration of family resorts on the Coral Coast make it the more affordable option with emphasis on Fijian culture and surrounding natural beauty.

Experience river, waterfalls, sand dunes, hill top peaks and picturesque beaches and coves.

Denarau's fine dining - Sheraton's Flying Fish Restaurant
Denarau’s fine dining a delish tuna starter at Sheraton’s Flying Fish Restaurant

See our recommendation for a perfect Fiji family itinerary.

The best place to stay on the Coral Coast with kids

Here’s our top pick for the very best family friendly accommodation on the Coral Coast:

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Address: Sydney Drive, Off The Queens Highway, Sigatoka, Fiji, Website: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.  Read TripAdvisor Reviews and Best Price.

Image Courtesy: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. Best place to stay Coral Coast Fiji. Family Holidays Where to stay.
Image Courtesy: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Google hotel reviews, private and public forums and the award winning Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is the one most raved and recommended by families with a devoted list of fans who return time and again.

Fiji Family Holiday. Best place to stay. Beautiful lagoon pool. Image Courtesy: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
Beautiful lagoon pool. Image Courtesy: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

There are over 40 acres of manicured lawns and all the lux facilities a family needs for a fun family friendly resort holiday including:

  • an alluring lagoon pool with fountains and lazy river,
  • a private adults only infinity pool with swim up bar,
  • the splendid Bebe Spa where indulgent treatment rooms takes full advantage of the sweeping ocean views,
  • a variety of places to eat from casual to luxury fine dining
  • and excellent family friendly accommodation.
Elevated couples treatment room at Bebe Spa with ocean views. Image courtesy: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
Elevated couples treatment room at Bebe Spa with ocean views. Image courtesy: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Always welcomed

Guests are made to feel welcome from the moment they enter the resort with a bellowed Bula and warm serenade reception to the day they leave – there’s no holding back tears during a heartfelt Isa Lei tribute.

Best place to stay Fiji with kids: Families arriving or departing Outrigger Fiji receives a bellowed Bula! Image: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
Families arriving or departing Outrigger Fiji receives a bellowed Bula! Image: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Little extra touches

In a sprawling resort which accommodates guests in 207 spacious rooms and 40 lavish garden and beachfront bures, there’s still an intimate connection and it’s all in the little touches.

Families staying in Deluxe Ocean View, suites and bures have access to the Talai Butler Service where a complimentary glass of champagne and canapés is delivered every evening.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Talai Butler Service - families receive champagne and canapes every evening
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Talai Butler Service – families receive champagne and canapes every evening

Meimei nanny service

For parents with bubs there’s the extraordinary Meimei’s, the dedicated nanny service where big-hearted local Fijians offer an extra set of hands to care for the kids. Parents are able to relax and truly enjoy the resort facilities without the worry of naps, meals and nappy changes.

For the minimal fee of 350 FJD ($218 AUD) for 4 days, which equates to approximately $55 AUD each day for supervised care from 9am – 11pm, it’s worth every cent.

Fiji Family Holiday. Where to stay. Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. Dedicated Meimei's (nannies) at the ready. Image: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.
Dedicated Meimei’s (nannies) at the ready. Image: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.

Kids & Teens Club

The complimentary kids club offers a lively program of supervised activities including pool games, beach activities, arts and crafts and competitions. Organised into two age groups of 3-7 years and 8 – 12 years.

Playground at the Kids Club - though children spend most of their time out and about. Image: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. Fiji Family Holiday. Where to stay.
Playground at the Kids Club – though children spend most of their time out and about. Image: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

The teens group lead kids aged 13 years and older for activities that includes an exchange program to the local community high school as well as exploring sand dunes and hiking trails.

Kids Club activities. Image: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.
Kids Club activities. Image: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.

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Mamanuca Islands

The sublime chain of islands that lie west of Fiji’s Viti Levu make up the Mamanuca’s and are unapologetically cliché’ with overhanging palm trees and pristine beaches. These tropical gems are perfect for lazy hammock swings and coconut sipping.

Fiji Mamanuca Islands Castaway Resort Speedboat tour
Stuffed kitty, sunnies, speedboat – check! Ready for the Mamanuca’s

The proximity from Nadi to the Mamanuca’s adds further to the appeal, a scenic ferry ride depending on the island location take 1-2 hours or arrive in style via sea plane or helicopter transfer in 10 short minutes.

Mamanuca Islands Vibe

A series of lush green volcanic mountains rises from the tranquil blue ocean, each island surrounded by electric blue lagoons.

Gentle waves lap deserted island shores and palms sway in the soft breeze. Below the waterline are vibrant schools of fish and rich marine life, thriving in the warm tropical water.

Stunning Monuriki in Fiji's Mamanuca Islands. Best place to stay in Fiji.
Stunning Monuriki in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands

Choose the Mamanuca Islands for the sheer beauty, that private island intimate feel, luxury resort facilities and warm hospitality.

It’s all about being happily stranded on the island as a family in the Mamanucas and spending the days dining on the island, chilling by the beach or pool, occasionally participating in organised resort activities and making good use of the facilities on island whilst kids are at the kids club.

Happily stranded - Castaway Fiji Resort Mamanuca Islands
Happily stranded – Castaway Fiji Resort Mamanuca Islands

Pros of Mamanuca Islands

I could talk all day about why your next Fiji family holiday should be to the Mamanuca Islands, here are but a few features:

Tropical paradise

A hammock swaying between palm trees and a backdrop of shimmering turquoise sea and brilliant white sand – this is Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands.

Willingly stranded on a tropical island isn’t our usual style, we thought the onset of island fever may occur – we were wrong.

Castaway Island Fiji best place to stay Mamanucas. Family Fiji Holiday
Straight to the lagoon pool for a sunset swim – easy to get use to

A blissfully care free experience where no hard decisions had to be made as to where to go, what to eat, how much money to exchange, hot to tackle local transport or schedules of any kid. Something that was very easy to get use to.

Island hopping magic

Twenty palm fringed tropical islands sit relatively close together, making it ideal to hop from one island to the next.

Catching some morning rays with Carrera Kids sunnies
Ready to cruise the Mamanucas – Castaway Island

Rather than schlep an hour from Denarau, staying on an island means that we could have a leisurely buffet breakfast, jump on a jet boat to explore the nearby islands and be back in time for an afternoon snooze.

Best place to stay Mamanuca Islands Fiji with kids
Best day ever! Island hopping the Mamanucas

Popular day trips include a visit to uninhabited Monurki (Modriki) Island where Tom Hanks filmed the Oscar winning movie Castaway.

A tropical oasis with tranquil lagoon painted baby blue, a palm fringed beach recognisable as where Tom created fire and a dramatic volcanic peak blanketed with tropical vegetation.

Straight to the lagoon pool for a sunset swim - easy to get use to
Our friend Wilson on Monuriki (Modriki) Island, Mamanuca Island, Fiji

Just like Tom’s character, we had the glorious deserted island all to ourselves for a little while. Our Castaway Fiji crew even brought along a bloodstain hand printed Wilson volleyball for few choice snaps by the ‘Help Me!’ signed spelled out in coconuts.

Cloud Break

Nearby is Cloud Break a famous left hand barrel which surfers make a pilgrimage to ride its long, uniform waves. The annual Fiji Pro is held here and we were lucky enough to take a jet boat out to watch the competition.

Lucky to catch the annual Fiji Pro at Cloudbreak
Lucky to catch the annual Fiji Pro at Cloudbreak

Cloud 9

When thirsty and in need of a break from alluring deserted islands, refreshing cold drinks are offered at Cloud 9. The superb floating pontoon sits in the middle of a coral atoll, surrounded by turquoise water.

Sublime Cloud 9 in the Mamanuca Islands. Credit Luke Thompson, Cloud 9
Sublime Cloud 9 in the Mamanuca Islands. Credit Luke Thompson, Cloud 9

Furnished with a floating pizzeria, a fully stocked bar and loads of comfy sun lounges, a day can be spent splashing in the sea and basking in the Fijian sun.

Easy to get to

Direct flights from Brisbane to Nadi is a mere 3.5 hours. From Nadi International Airport and Fiji’s main transit hub the most economical option is a 1-1.5 hour ferry ride with South Sea Cruises, which makes quick stops at each resort on the chain of resort islands in the Mamanucas.

Arriving Castaway Island via South Sea Cruises
Arriving Castaway Island via South Sea Cruises

Fares costs from $65 per adult and $33 per child, more expensive the further the island is from Denarau. Ferry trips costs a fraction more departing from an island and returning to Denarau. See South Sea timetable here.

South Sea Cruises ferry transfer to the Mamanuca Islands - easy
South Sea Cruises ferry transfer to the Mamanuca Islands – easy

For a super quick journey to the Mamanuca Islands, take a scenic helicopter or seaplane ride from the airport and arrive in 10-15 minutes. It is a pricier alternative where a family of four costs aproximately $877 AUD this includes the kids discount. Enquire about air transfers here.

There is also an option of a private water taxi service that takes half the time but also comes at a cost. A family of four would be set back $650 AUD, with the convenience of running 24 hours. For more information see Mamanuca Express.

Helicopter transfer with Pacific Island Air
Excited kids in a helicopter to Castaway Island

All prices as of August 2017, please check with operator for latest fares.

Direct flight times from Australia

Sydney to Nadi – 4.5 hours

Melbourne to Nadi – 5 hours

Adelaide to Nadi – 5.5 hours

Non-direct flight times from Australia

Hobart to Nadi – 7.5 hours (aprox) with one stop via Melbourne

Perth to Nadi – 9.5 hours (aprox) with one stop via Brisbane or Sydney

Marine life and coral reef

There’s superb snorkelling found at many secret coral reefs in the Mamanuca’s and the activities desk are more than happy to zip over to a few of their personal favourites. Like floating in a mid-air the visibility was so clear we could make out the giant purple-lipped clams six metres below. We were transported to a vibrant underwater kingdom filled with hypercolour coral and schools of tropical fish.

My son snorkelling in the Mamanuca's
My son snorkelling in the Mamanuca’s

What we loved about snorkelling the Fijian islands was the ability to swim in the sheltered lagoon and play on shore bare feet, with the option of decent snorkelling with a variety of fish to chase a few metres from the beach.

We spotted huge sea eels, lobsters hiding under coral crevices and the iconic blue sea star found in the Mamanucas.

Coral Planting at Castaway Island Fiji
Coral Planting at Castaway Island Fiji

Although the reef around the Mamanuca’s was damaged during Cyclone Ivan, it’s bouncing back with the help of the no-fishing policy (Tabu) allowing plenty of fish species to thrive. To encourage the reef to grow back, resorsts are participating in coral reef planting.

Cons of Mamanuca Islands

There’s allot going for the Mamanuca Islands but even paradise has a few shortcomings:

Sand Quality

Splitting hairs here, but as a self proclaimed beach snob we’ll take a few points away from perfection for the sand quality. The sand on the Mamanuca Islands are a mix of soft granules and tiny pieces of broken coral. Absolutely fine for barefoot walking but not quite the dreamy soft powder white sand we find back home – almost though!

Fiji with kids. Fiji Mamanuca Islands. Modriki. Monuriki
Sand is slightly gritty in magical Monuriki

This type of sand does have it’s benefits, we found some very cool seashells, my girl fascinated by Disney’s Moana felt right at home on her very own imaginary Motunui , even finding a rare catseye shell which featured a spiral ‘just like the Heart of Tafiti’.

Pricey

There are reasons why families opt for Denarau or the Coral Coast, the awesome Fiji package deals compared with similar stays in the Mamanuca Fiji Islands are hard to beat.

You do pay for paradise, the luxe accommodation and resort facilities on a gorgeous private island do come with a higher price tag.

There's a price to pay for perfection. Castaway Island Fiji. Credit: Matt Bauer
There’s a price to pay for perfection. Castaway Island Fiji. Credit: Matt Bauer

It’s not just the accommodation that is expensive, costs for extras like a-la-carte meals, drinks, tours and emergency supplies are inflated. Then there are the added extras to get to and from the resort island.

The good thing is that some resorts offer meal plans and kids stay and eat free or discounted deals. Occasionally package deals can be found where room upgrades and some specials are included like a free massage and welcome drink.

Not for the intrepid adventurers

Staying on a tropical island in Fiji may not suit families who like to explore and be on the go. Adventure seekers may get bored with water sports and watered down cultural activities.

A different mindset is needed, a Fijian island holiday only touches on the cultural aspect, where the only locals to meet are the resort staff catering to your every whim. The focus is on relaxing, unwinding and exploring the nearby islands.

Drop and flop by the Adult Pool at Castaway Island
Drop and flop by the Adult Pool at Castaway Island

This is not to say there isn’t something for those that want to go beyond the resort island for some exploration. Manna Island is one of a few that is inhabited by locals with a working village and cultural tours. There are excellent day and night dives around the coral atolls and along the wall on the outer reef.

Jet ski’s can be hired to explore the islands and great surfing can be found at Wilkes Passage and Cloud Break. There is also plenty of opportunities to get lost around the Mamanuca islands.

Sea lice & Sea Snakes

Beware the sea lice and cover up with full rash guards or stinger suit. We were unprepared as the beach swimming was safe and assumed the ocean was as well and swum into a school of them. Try as they might, microscopic jellyfish bites could not dampen a most magical day out in the islands, although they do sting!

Beware sea lice when snorkelling the Mamanuca Islands - wear the right gear
Beware sea lice when snorkelling the Mamanuca Islands – wear the right gear

Fiji has a species of Black and Yellow Banded Sea Snake (Laticauda colubrin) that is highly venomous, they are sighted around coral and rocks by the sea.

A couple of the sea snakes washed up on the shore as the kids were playing by the beach. Fortunately, they have a teeny mouth and cannot puncture through human skin – not that they attack unless provoked.

We were assured that no tourist has died from a sea snake bite in Fiji. The ones we found were more scared of the little people and slithered back into the sea.

Coral Coast Vs Mamanuca Islands

Both the Coral Coast and the Mamanuca Islands are great family friendly Fiji destinations each with different personalities. Whilst both holiday hotspots have luxury resort facilities, the Mamanuca islands entices with heavenly tropical surroundings, it’s certainly the prettier of the two.

If budget is tight the Coral Coast offers a good alternative to the Fijian Islands, though the beaches are less idyllic the inland adventures and local experiences, make up for the lack of brochure worthy good looks.

Not to say the Coral Coasts jungle interior are unattractive, combined with exciting adventures and peaceful resort surroundings and it’s a super value for money family holiday.

Sundowners and sunset at Castaway Island Fiji with kids. Mamanuca Islands.
Sundowners and sunset at Castaway Island Fiji

Why not visit both Coral Coast and Mamanuca Islands?

I would highly recommend experiencing both sides of Fiji, stretch the holiday with a stay at both the Coral Coast and the Mamanuca’s.

This is a great itinerary to mix it up and a good solution for those who can’t afford a lengthy stay in the Mamanuca islands or those that can s splurge a little to get a feel for what the islands are all about.

See our recommendation for a perfect Fiji family itinerary

The best places to stay in the Mamanuca Islands with kids

Here’s our top pick of the very best family friendly accommodation in the Mamanuca Islands:

Castaway Fiji Resort

Address: Castaway Island Fiji Resort (Qualito), Website: CastwayFiji.com.  Read TripAdvisor Reviews and best price.

The family friendly option in the Mamanuca Islands, this little island gem is 174 acres in size, however the resort occupies a smaller part of the North West tip, where the North and South Beaches’ converge to provide diners at Waters Eger restaurant with panoramic beach views.

Perfect Castaway Island. Image: Matt Bauer
Perfect Castaway Island. Image courtesy: Matt Bauer

Castaway Fiji Resort’s island location was originally picked because of the two beaches, providing a majority of the standalone bures ocean views.

Whilst it’s ‘family friendly’ it’s not a crazy kids free for all. The 4 star resort offers casual refinement and an air of private island sophistication where families want for nothing.

Wonderfully intimate

What we loved over the little luxuries and the beautiful surroundings is the intimacy Castaway’s provided. The small numbers made it easy to make friends with other like-minded families where kids played together.

Fiji with kids. Uncrowded Castaway Island. Beach. Daytime.
Uncrowded Castaway Island

In the morning, the kids would run out onto the safe sheltered lagoon beach right by our bure doorstep. They’d join other early risers building sand castles or climbing trees. Parents were able to chat over a cuppa on the balcony or beach lounge whilst keeping an eye on the kids.

Swim from sunrise to sunset at Castaway Island's lagoon beach. Mamanuca Islands. Castaway Island. Beach. Monkey Rock
Swim from sunrise to sunset at Castaway Island’s lagoon beach

When we wanted quality family time it was easy to find a quiet spot to enjoy a holiday with the kids. The resort is big enough so families don’t feel overcrowded even in the popular pools and beaches, whilst still small enough that the kids couldn’t get very far.

Pretty as a picture

In the heart of the Mamanuca’s where you can see neighbouring island oasis’s peaking out of the calm blue sea, the small yet perfectly formed Castaway Island Fiji Resort is paradise perfection.

Castaway Island main deck and waters edge restaurant over the beach.
Enjoy meals from the Waters Edge Restaurant overlooking the beach

Coconut palms line the calm lagoon, ask nicely and staff will expertly crack one open for a drink. Hammocks fastened between palm trees invite guests for a swing and beachfront bures call you in for an afternoon nap.

Castaway Island Fiji Resort's main beach with watersports freely available
Castaway Island Fiji Resort’s main beach with watersports freely available

There’s a serene adult’s only pool surrounded by tropical gardens with trickling fountains and mandatory swim up bar. The dining areas all offer ocean vistas, with the sunset bar and grill on the top deck providing the best lookout for stunning ocean sunsets.

As we strolled the resort grounds, there was always a strum of a guitar or a warm ‘Bula!’.

Tranquil adults only pool with swim up bar. Castaway Island Fiji. Best place to stay for families.
Tranquil adults only pool with swim up bar

Island life is indeed blissful and families check out of the stresses of reality as soon as they arrive on Castaway’s pretty shores.

Beautiful Refurbished Bures

Dotted around the island are newly refurbished air-conditioned bures, the biggest addition are large folding French doors that pour light into the room, particularly advantageous for beachfront bures where families can watch the kids play on the beach.

When curtains are drawn open, the pretty ocean or tropical garden views can be seen from the king size bed.

Outrigger Fiji Island Resort, beachfront bure. Family friendly place to stay
Searching for sand crabs outside our beachfront bure

A modern take on a traditional Fijian bure, we loved the hand painted paper bark ceiling, polished dark timbers and woven mat furnishings combined with contemporary accents including chic new light fixtures, lampshades and a sleek ceiling fan all finished nicely with elegant soft fabrics.

There’s plenty of storage space for a family of four, take note of the clever sliding vanity and ottoman built into the cupboards. Each bure offers a spacious modern bathroom, with large walk-in shower complete with rain showerhead and granite vanity.

Interior of beachfront bure with sliding partition. Image: Castaway Island Fiji
Interior of beachfront bure with sliding partition. Image: Castaway Island Fiji

A family can spread out in roomy bures, there’s a sliding partition, which separated the two single kids beds from the parents retreat. A handy addition where we could still stay up after the kids went to bed.

The beach bures that line the safe and sheltered lagoon beach
The beach bures that line the safe and sheltered lagoon beach

The sliding partition is genius for parents with bubs and toddlers who could place the cot or have the toddie sleep in the main room, shutting out the light and still have the opportunity to read a book from the day bed or have call up some room service to be enjoyed on the private balcony.

Great kids club

The Castaway Fiji Island Kids Club is the key to relaxed parents and happy kids. A winning combination as our kids were more than willing to join the excellent outdoor focused kids club program and we were happy to seem them go! It gives the parents some free time to enjoy the resort facilities.

Kids Club headquarters. Meeting point only, days are spent around the resort outdoors.
Kids Club headquarters. Meeting point only, days are spent around the resort outdoors.

We snorkelled the length of the house reef, enjoyed a long and leisurely meal together, hand a try of Stand Up Paddle boarding and took sea kayaks around the island – which takes an hour.

It’s a breath of fresh air that the kids club is run by genuinely caring men and women with a variety of activities that include basket weaving and traditional Fijian song and dance.

Planting Palm Trees, Castaway Island Fiji
Kids Club planting palm trees, Castaway Island Fiji

There was fun activities on the beach, where kids played tug of war, built sand sculptures, went crab hunting or explored the volcanic rock pools around Monkey Rock. At night there were jungle walks, dance competitions, beach bonfires, cane toad collecting and movie night at the clubhouse.

Castaway Island Kids Club enjoys the great outdoors
Castaway Island Kids Club enjoys the great outdoors

The complimentary kids club welcomes kids aged 3 years and over and runs two sessions from 9am – 4pm and 5:30pm – 10pm daily.

Kids can come and go during these set times and not required to attend the full sitting. Bure babysitting is available for an additional fee.

Meke Cultural Performance

A Meke (cultural performance) where Fijians in traditional clothing perform dances and sung songs was arranged on one of the evenings during our stay.

The kids from the Kids Club have a chance to practice and perform in front of their doting parents. Dressed in traditional sulu’s and face paint they cutely stumble over new dance moves and tunes, it’s the most endearing thing and wonderful introduction into the Fijian culture.

The cutest Meke (culturual performance) with the kids!
The cutest Meke (culturual performance) with the kids!

Great food

We were very impressed by the food on the island even though most produce is shipped in daily from he mainland, there was always fresh papaya, soft rolls and home baked pastries for breakfast.

Meals were mainly at the Water’s Edge Restaurant, with tables under shady umbrellas offering panoramic views of the ocean.

Dining by the sea, Waters Edge Restaurant - Castaway Island Fiji with kids
Dining by the sea, Waters Edge Restaurant – Castaway Island

Lunch and dinners menus had loads of variety from fresh seafood, zesty kokoda, leafy green salads, tasty soups, curries and pastas as well as a hot grill area serving something different each day from sausages, teriyaki, burgers to lamb steaks.

On occasions there would be a hot roast carvery or traditional Fijian lovo. Kids menus are also available offering the usual chicken nuggets and chips, burgers, pastas and hot dogs.

A light lunch at Water's Edge Restaurant. Castaway Island Fiji with Kids
A light lunch at Water’s Edge Restaurant

The kids favourite was the Nuku Marau Pool Bar and Grill, opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As well as an ice-cream bar, there were fresh fruit smoothies, made to order sushi, sashimi and bento boxes as well as sandwiches, wraps, burgers and fries.

Castaway Fiji Family Holiday Sushi Bento Box at Noko Muru Kids Pool
Sushi Bento Box at Nuk Marau Kids Pool

Delish wood fired pizzas could be found at Sundowners Bar and Grill, most popular during Happy Hour from 5 – 7pm a welcomed combination of live music, pizza, cocktails and a lovely beach sunset.

Fiji Family Holiday. Best place to stay Castaway Island and the kids pool
The fun kids pool at Castaway Island Fiji

Takeaway pizzas can be ordered to enjoy back at the bure by the beach, a more casual option where they can have fun with their other little friends and parents can kick back on a sun lounge.

Value for money Meal Plans

Guests can choose to pay a-la-carte however with Fiji and being on an island, a meal plan is the way to go. The Castaway Meal Plans includes all food, all day across all restaurants including 1808 Restaurant. Whilst the prices may seem high, it’s expected of a remote island and better value for families than pay as you go.

This for us was definitely something we’d do again, not having to worry about settling a surprising sum at the end of the holiday and able to eat as much as we want whenever we felt like it, gave us a sense of freedom.

Buffet breakfast at Castaway Island Fiji
Alfresco Buffet breakfast at Castaway Island Fiji

Meal plans cost $135 (aprox $84 AUD) per adult per day and $69 (aprox $43 AUD) for kids 3 and up. Kids under 3 dine for free. Check Castaway Island Fiji resort meal plans for up to date prices.

Current Meal Plan package offer – All adult meals $199 per adult per stay!

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Kokoda, Fiji's iconic dish and must try. Castaway Island Fiji with kids.
Kokoda, Fiji’s iconic dish and must try

The all inclusive meal plan, provides all food at all of the restaurants on the island for the entire duration of stay. There are conditions, including minimum 5 night stay, see Castaway meal plans for more information. There is no maximum duration, Therefore those that stay longer get a better deal.

Traditional Fijian Lovo at Castaway Island
Castaway Island prepares a traditional Fijian Lovo

Adults pay the one payment of $199 FJD (aprox $124 AUD) per adult and $99 FJD (aprox $62 AUD) per child ages 3 to 12 years. Kids under 3 eat free.

This a considerable savings and make the Mamanuca Islands as a Fiji family holiday more affordable.

Restaurant 1808

Aptly named after the year the first Chinese arrived in Fiji, the Asian Fusion restaurant encourages barefoot dining under the stars, where guests enjoy a mix of Fijian, Chinese and Indian flavours. Try the Peking Duck Kokoda an excellent dish showcasing the blend of traditional and oriental flavours.

Asian fusion at Castaway Island's Restaurant 1808
Asian fusion at Castaway Island’s Restaurant 1808

Stepping up the food game in Fiji, Castaways spearheaded the food movement winning multiple awards by championing new ways of dining beyond the conventional Fijian Lovo or standard ‘western’ style meals.

It’s a game changer for Fiji where food is often a deal breaker for contemporary Australian families expecting the standard back home.

Stir fry pepper beef and green beans on sizzling platter at Restaurant 1808. Fiji with kids. Castaway Island Resort. Fiji.
Stir fry pepper beef and green beans on sizzling platter at Restaurant 1808

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Denarau

A 15-20 minute transfer from Nadi International Terminal and families can be chilling out at this luxury resort enclave in Fiji, the proximity is a major appeal for choosing to stay in Denarau, Fiji’s man-made island.

Luxury resorts at Denarau - Hilton's beachfront
Luxury resorts at Denarau – Hilton’s beachfront

Others pick Denarau to extend their holiday either at the start or end of holiday to be closer to the airport, particularly useful when flight times to and from Nadi do not coincide. Families may arrive too late for the last ferry from the islands or the flight out is too early.

Denarau Vibe

There’s a small narrow road bridge, which connects the main island to Denarau. Once over the bridge, there’s an instant transformation where the gritty Nadi streets become clean sealed roads flanked by palm trees.

Sheraton's beachfront on Denarau Island, Fiji
Sheraton’s beachfront on Denarau Island, Fiji

There are flat walkways that run alongside beautiful manicured hedges and lawns. Apart from a few canal front deluxe mansions, there are no local Fijian villages on Denarua, primarily made up of luxury resorts.

Some Denarau resorts are wide with apartments and villas that stretch the length of the property, each with sea views. Other resorts are long and lean, where rooms surround a central pool that leads out to a private beach.

Still catch those dreamy beach sunsets in Denarau (if you stay on the right side)
Still catch those dreamy beach sunsets in Denarau – this is from Radisson Blu Fiji’s deck

The reclaimed resort island is ideal for a drop and flop Fiji family holiday. For a reasonable price, spend a stress-free holiday splashing in the pool and lounging in the sun. Some lucky resort guests can catch the the dreamy ocean sunsets on their private resort beach.

Pros of Denarau

Fiji with kids in Denarau is super easy

Denarau offers an easy holiday with kids, with modern creature comforts, access to shops and supermarkets, a superb kids clubs, fine dining and day spas.

Easy to get around

The Bula Bus provides easy access to the Port Denarau Marina, the island’s commercial hub with bakery, supermarket, bottle shop, tours desk, day spas and boutique shops.

The Denarau shuttle regularly circling the island and stops at each resort as well as the golf club and costs 8 FJD for unlimited rides a day and kids aged 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at W-Express stores or at the resorts.

It’s also easy to circumnavigate the relative small (2.5 square kms) island by foot. Step onto the beach from any resort and follow the waters edge in one direction, taking a nosy at what each swanky resort offers, all featuring shiny pools, spas and their own signature restaurants. Allow a leisurely hour.

Great package deals

With a high concentration of resorts on Denarau, there’s some great value for money package deals to be found. Some packages have inclusions like flights, transfers, food and drink.

Kids at the Radisson Blu pool - look out for Fiji Family Holiday package deals
Kids at the Radisson Blu pool – look out for Fiji Family Holiday package deals

It’s not unusual when a Fiji Denarau holiday deal works out much more economical than a holiday back in Australia or you get more bang for you buck for your family in Fiji.

Good Food

There’s a growing food scene and Denarau is at the heart of the food movement offering variety and fine dining suitable for western palates. Even the typical breakfast buffet has stepped it up a notch offering gluten free, vegetarian and healthy light options. A good smashed avocado on rye can be found in Denarau Island.

Denarau with kids. Fiji. Scallop and chorizo goodness at Flying Fish degustation menu
Scallop and chorizo goodness at Flying Fish degustation menu

Each luxury resort has their own signature restaurant; Radisson Blu has Masima an intimate Italian inspired restaurant, the Hilton Fiji’s Thai inspired Maravu restaurant overlooks the beach, cocktails and tapas can be found at exclusive Watui Beach Club and there’s the award winning Flying Fish Restaurant at the Sheraton championed by celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita Sheraton.

Hilton's asian inspired Maravu restaurant
Hilton’s asian inspired Maravu restaurant

The Denarau Port Marina also offers food from casual to fine dining.

Popular choices include Bonefish with fresh tasty seafood options, dine alfresco at Lulu Bar Restaurant Café, tasty woodfired pizzas at Mama’s Pizza and Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant for modern Fijian cuisine.

Mama's Pizza at Port Denarau Marina
Mama’s Pizza at Port Denarau Marina

Denarau Golf & Racquet Club

A world-class 18 hole Golf Course with a par 72 sits in the middle of the island. Hugely popular for company conferences as well as families with keen golf enthusiasts.

Entrance of Denarau Golf Club
Entrance of Denarau Golf Club

There’s a practice green, putting green and chipping green as well as golf lessons and clinics available. Clubs, trolley and golf buggys can be hired from the club. For the kids there’s a mini golf course and playground with the water park next door.

Self Contained Apartments – cook and save money

Several Denarau resorts include self-contained apartment style rooms, where families can save money on food.

A full kitchen with fridge, dishwasher and essentials as well as laundry facilities and separate living quarters give Denarau resorts an edge for holiday families to Fiji.

One bedroom self contained apartment at Radisson Blu. Credit: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji
One bedroom self contained apartment at Radisson Blu. Credit: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

Denarau Resorts with self catering facilities

Resorts that offer self catered rooms including Radission Blu, Sheraton Denarau Villas and Hilton Hotel Beach Resort & Spa and Worldmark South Pacific Club by Wyndham (Timeshare).

Main bedroom with king size bed (fits a cot). Image: Radisson Blue Resort Fiji
Main bedroom with king size bed (fits a cot). Image: Radisson Blue Resort Fiji

Access to the Fijian Islands

Families choosing Denarau are a few minutes to the Port Denarau Marina for day cruises to the islands.

Spend a day stranded on Monuriki (Modriki) - easy access from Denarau
Spend a day stranded on Monuriki (Modriki) – easy access from Denarau

Denarau Day Trips to Fiji Islands

South Sea Cruises is the major cruise tour operator for day trips from Denarau. Families can have a taste of island life without dropping cash on a stay there.

South Sea Cruises take families on day trips to the Mamanucas from Denarau
South Sea Cruises take families on day trips to the Mamanucas from Denarau

Full Day Cruise to Beachcomber Island

Families can spend a full day exploring the islands. South Sea Cruises Full Day tour explores Mamanuca Islands.

A 9am start, it’s a 45 minute transfer to Beachcomber Island, where families have a day to spend on the island, swimming, snorkelling, swinging from a hammock or enjoying the water sports.

Port Denarau Marina is minutes away from the luxury resorts.
Port Denarau Marina is minutes away from the luxury resorts.

Drink and lunch is provided and guests depart Beachcomber around sunset for a cruise past Malolo, Castaway, Mana and Likuliku island to Denarau, returning by 6pm.

Half Day Cruises

There are half day cruises that zip families to South Sea Island, the nearest uninhabited island in the Mamanuca’s, 30 minutes away.

Families can experience a taste of island life with beaches to laze by, swimming pool to swim in or paddle kayaks, sail a catamaran or take a semi-submersible. Lunch is enjoyed on the island and includes a traditional Meke Performance and Kava Ceremony as well as a small crafts market (excludes Sunday’s).

Yasawa Flyer at Castaway Island
Yasawa Flyer at Castaway Island

Finding Nemo Family Cruises

Designed specifically for families with babies and toddlers, the morning cruise to South Sea Island allows family to have a quick play on the beach and enjoy some of the island activities before making the 30 minute trip back to Port Denarau Marina. Lunch is not provided and families enjoy 2 hours on the island.

Close to Nadi

The bustling Fijian transport hub of Nad (Nan-di) is not much to look at but it‘s Fiji at its most real and raw. In a country where Fijian, Fijian-Indians and the smaller subset of Chinese communities live in separate villages and remain divided, Nadi is the great equaliser where shop owners of each ethnicity sit side by side in harmony.

The Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, on of the most historical can be found on the outskirts of Nadi. The vibrant Hinu Temple is worth an inexpensive guided tour providing some interesting commentary and highlighting deities and details easily missed without.

Fiji with kids - Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, Nadi
Fiji with kids – Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, Nadi

Most visitors skip Nadi, heading straight to their resort destinations, it’s a worth a quick stop for changing foreign currency with the best rates in town, the great variety of authentic souvenirs, large local supermarkets with low prices and a wonderful local market that provides a glimpse into the day to day life of Fijians.

A good Nadi curry
A good Nadi curry

Nadi also offers an opportunity to dine outside of the resorts where a good local Fijian meal, a curry or some Chinese cuisine can be found, some offer views of Nadi Rivers muddy riverbank.

Beautiful luxury resorts

Each luxury resort on Denarau have different personalities from the regal Sheraton and its more contemporary cousin the Westin next door which share resort facilities, the sophisticated and stylish Sofitel, relaxed modern contemporary Hilton and super family friendly Radisson Blu.

Super family friendly Radisson Blu Resort Fiji
Super family friendly Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

 

Cons of Denarau

We enjoyed Denarau for what it’s worth – a safe and easy resort style Fijian family holiday filled to the brim with western conveniences. As easy and relaxed as it is, there are some disadvantages of staying in Fiji’s Denarau with kids including:

Hilton's huge private villa with pool
Hilton’s huge private villa with pool – not the real Fiji (but does it matter?)

Mudflats rather than beach

Denarau Island has been built from reclaimed mangrove mudflats. There’s no coral reef and the murky brown sea is not ideal for snorkelling. When we looked out to the horizon line, the water is actually clear and blue. Just the beach and shore several metres surrounding the island which is brown.

Not the shimmering turquoise ocean, rather reclaimed mangrove mudflats
Not the shimmering turquoise ocean, rather reclaimed mangrove mudflats

Unlike the glistening beaches in the Mamanuca Islands or the beautiful oceanfront on the Coral Coast, there were hardly any people swimming or lounging on the beach.

The Western side of the island tends to be the windy side, guests staying at these resorts tend to lounge by the pool, or on the grass lawns above the narrow beach.

Luxe Sofitel Denarau
Luxe Sofitel Denarau

We were scratching out heads as to why this is so popular despite the less than perfect views. As we settled into the sparkly clean and super safe Denarua resort with palm fringed gardens, luxury resort facilities, water views, gorgeous tropical weather and knowing that home is a cheap and direct 3.5 hours away, we quickly understood the appeal. It’s not that bad!

Removed from the real Fiji

The man-made luxury resort lacks the local culture and character of other parts of Fiji. A resort holiday to Denarau cannot be called a visit to Fiji unless you explore outside of the manufactured island.

Hilton's huge private villa with pool
Hilton’s huge private villa with pool – not the real Fiji (but does it matter?)

Resorts sit side by side

Whilst it was nice that we could duck across to the Sheraton next door to dine at acclaimed Flying Fish Restaurant, the close proximity of each resort has that feeling we could’ve been anywhere.

Sheraton resort next to Radisson Blu Resort Fiji in Denarau
Sheraton resort next to Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Denarau

Luxury resorts sit shoulder to should around the 2.55 square kilometre artificial island. A tad claustrophobic, a little unreal and void of that secluded tropical island feel. Still if families are going to Fiji’s Denarau purely to enjoy the sun and resort, it’s everything a drop and flop holiday needs.

Expensive food with 25% government tax

Most Denarau resorts may include buffet breakfast however meal plans or meal packages are not usually offered. Resorts and mains are $30-40 AUD and snacks $15-20 AUD. There is also a whopping 25% surcharge on all food and drinks at resorts.

Whilst some meals are advertised with the taxes included others have that added on top. Check bill carefully.

Even cheap eats at the resort (2 x medium pizzas) cost $70 FJD
Even cheap eats at the resort (2 x medium pizzas) cost $70 FJD

Some resorts may offer specials from time to time i.e Radisson Blu had a kids dine for $5 FJD accompanied by an adult.

There are discounts with Sheraton and Westin where members receive 50% discount if there are two or more dining at select restaurants and 15% of beverages. The membership fee is $339 per annum and worth it in savings if dining at the Sheraton and Westin resort. There are conditions. Click here for more.

The best place to stay in the Denarau with kids

Here’s our top pick of the very best family friendly Denarau resort for families:

Radisson Blu Fiji Resort and Spa Denarau

Address: Raddison Blu Fiji Resort and Spar, Resort Dr, Denarau Island, Fiji. Website: www.raddissonblu.com. Book a Fiji family holiday with TripAdvisor here.

The first thing we noticed when checking into the four star Radisson Blu Fiji Resort were happy kids laughing, squealing and splashing about near the pool or running around the resort lawns. It’s the only Denarau resort with such a relaxed family friendly atmosphere.

The best place to stay in Denarau for families. Image: Radisson Blu Fiji Resort
The best place to stay in Denarau for families. Image: Radisson Blu Fiji Resort

The Radisson Blu Fiji Resort and Spa caters to kids in Fiji with a wonderful kids club, large open lagoon pool with waterslide and fountains, beach activities and spacious modern apartments, all designed for a fun family Fiji holiday.

Affordable Fiji Family Holiday

There’s more bang for you buck with at stay at Radisson Blu, one of the more affordable on Denarau Island. There are often discounted holiday package deals where flights and added extras including return transfers, free kids club and buffet breakfasts.

Fun kids club staff
Fun kids club staff at Radisson Blu Fiji Resort

Modern One Bedroom Apartment Suites

We loved our one bed apartment suite, which featured a full kitchen with fridge, dishwasher, cutlery and utensils to feed a family. The kitchen opened out to a spacious living room with large table and chairs for eating meals at, spacious balcony overlooking the lagoon pool and a sofa bed where the kids slept.

Roomy 1-bedroom suite's living area. Image courtesy: Radisson Blu Fiji Resort Denarau Island
Roomy 1-bedroom suite’s living area. Image courtesy: Radisson Blu Fiji Resort Denarau Island

A large flat screen TV and DVD occupied both the living room and the king size bedroom and free WIFI available resort wide which could carry multiple devices.

We loved the kitchen in our 1 bedroom suite. Radisson Blu Fiji Resort Denarau Island
We loved the kitchen in our 1 bedroom suite

Off the main was our a large bathroom that included a deep bath tub, separate shower, toilet, double vanity and a laundry nook with washing machine, dryer and ironing board. What was great was the washing powder was provided so we could do a quick wash on arrival and another before we left so we always had suitcases packed with clean clothes.

Exciting Blu Banana Kids Club

The Blu Banana Kids Club welcomes kids aged 4 to 12 years of age, divided into two age groups depending number of enrolled kids.

Blu Banana's Kids Club playground
Blu Banana’s Kids Club playground

For a nominal fee of $10 FJD ($6.30) per three-hour session per child, the kids were thoroughly entertained by both male and female staff and keen to go. The big difference was that kids were mainly out and about away from the actual Blu Banana Kids Club area that features a playground.

Stumbling across your child playing crocodile with Blu Bananas Kids Club friends
Stumbling across your child playing crocodile with Blu Bananas Kids Club friends

Every now and then we’d catch our crazy kids on the lawn in a three-legged race, throwing eggs on the beach or playing crocodile in the lazy river. Sessions run from 9am – 9pm with breaks for lunch and dinner.

Torch Lighting Ceremony

For a little extra, join in on the night time torch lighting ceremony. A special kids activity where they get dressed up in grass skirts and have their face painted like warriors, taking turns to hold a flaming torch as they bellowed out “Bula!” whilst lighting several torches around the resort.

Torch Lighting Ceremonies cost $16 FJD per child ($10 AUD).

Radisson Blu Fiji Resort, Denarau Island torch lighting ceremony with kids
Bula! Blu Banana’s Kids Club Torch Lighting Ceremony

Good food and drink for families

The restaurants at Radisson Blu Fiji Resort and Spa have an emphasis on family, all except the adult only Masima offer kid menus. A membership to the Blu Banana Club gives kids 50% off food and drinks.

Blu Brasserie. Image: Radisson Blu Fiji Resort, Denarau Island
Blu Brasserie. Image: Radisson Blu Fiji Resort, Denarau Island

The Blu Bar and Grill is the casual buffet area, where breakfasts are filled with an array of fresh baked bread and pastries, tropical fruits, cereals, toasts, deli meats and cheeses as well as the popular egg station and hot options of bacon and sausages.

Radisson Blu Fiji. No Fiji time for the busy staff at the breakfast buffet
Friendly and efficient buffet breakfast staff

At night the Blu Bar and Grill serves up seafood platters, crispy pork belly, burgers, pastas or a selection from the grill.

Another casual option is Neptunes where families can dine in on cheeseburgers, hotdogs, fish and chips or grab a wood fired pizza to go.

Denarau Vs Mamanuca Islands

For budget conscious families who can’t afford to pay the hefty price of a stay in the Mamanuca Island’s, Denarau is the next best thing. From the Port of Denarau Marina, day cruises depart for adventures to the Fijian Islands, returning families safely to their comfortable Denarau resort in time for dinner.

Who needs the islands when you can get a ocean sunset from Radisson Blu Fiji's Deck
Who needs the islands when you can get a ocean sunset from Radisson Blu Fiji’s Deck

Day tours can be crowded and rushed, families day tripping to the islands miss the relaxed vibe of a Fijian island family holiday and the sublime island sunsets – all this comes at a price.

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Suggested Itinerary for Fiji family holiday

Here is a suggested itinerary for a family holiday to Fiji:

8 Day Itinerary for Fiji with kids

Day 1 – Fly into Fiji into Nadi and transfer directly to the Coral Coast

Day 2 – Chill out at the resort

Day 3 – Explore Coral Coast either volunteering a day at Conua Primary School with a visit to Tuvuni Hill Fort. Or private driver for day trip to Sigatoka Markets, Sigatoka Sand Dune and horse riding on Natadola Beach.

Day 4 – Chill out at Coral Coast resort with a side trip to Kula Wildlife Park.

Day 5 – Morning transfer to Denarau Port for Mamanuca Islands. Arrive islands and enjoy resort facilities

Day 6 – Enjoy resort

Day 7 – Go island hopping Monuriki, Cloud 9 and snorkelling trip for morning. Chill at resort in the afternoon

Day 8 – Late check out and transfer back to Port Denarau with free transfer to Nadi Airport

10 Day Itinerary for Fiji with kids

Day 1 – Fly into Fiji into Nadi and transfer directly to the Coral Coast

Day 2 – Chill out at the resort

Day 3 – Explore Coral Coast either volunteering a day at Conua Primary School with a visit to Tuvuni Hill Fort. Or private driver for day trip to Sigatoka Markets, Sigatoka Sand Dune and horse riding on Natadola Beach.

Day 4 – Chill out at Coral Coast resort with a side trip to Kula Wildlife Park.

Day 5 – Morning transfer to Denarau Port for Mamanuca Islands. Arrive islands and enjoy resort facilities

Day 6 – Enjoy resort

Day 7 – Go island hopping Monuriki, Cloud 9 and snorkelling trip for morning. Chill at resort in the afternoon

Day 8 – Late check out and transfer back to Port Denarau with free transfer to Denarau Resort

Day 9 – Enjoy Denarau resort facilities and go for a meal at one of the many fine dining restaurants.

Day 10 – Enjoy resort, late check out and transfer to airport.

Have you had an amazing Fiji Family Holiday? Experienced an awesome place to stay in Fiji with kids? What place is your favourite family friendly Fiji accommodation, Denarau, Fiji Islands, Coral Coast or elsewhere? Please leave a reply below:

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