You might recognize this uninhabited Fijian island as the setting for the 2000 Tom Hanks’ movie, Castaway. The one-kilometre long, 600-metre wide Monuriki is in the beautiful Mamanuca group of islands. It’s often referred to as Castaway Island which is terribly confusing as there is another island nearby (Qalito) where there is a resort called Castaway. Tom Hanks’ character, Chuck Noland, spent four years on the island which in real life is surrounded on all sides by coral reef and is perfect for snorkeling. It was a gorgeous morning when I set off there by boat from the very exclusive Likuliku resort where I’ve been staying these past few days. It’s one of several excursions available from Likuliku; the tour leaves around 7am to avoid the hoards that are delivered by larger boats later in the day. If you’re lucky, you might see a sea turtle, and if you’re luckier still, you might see the extremely rare Fijian crested iguana.
Photo & text © Christine Salins
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