After exploring Fiji’s mainland and enjoying a day trip to a private island, it was time for the most relaxing part of our Fiji trip. We had booked three nights at Robinson Crusoe Island Resort. What would this castaway experience be like?
Like most island resorts in Fiji, Robinson Crusoe Island Resort promises a “get away from it all” experience.
The island itself, traditionally known as Likuri, is located on the Coral Coast, just west of Viti Levu (Fiji’s main island). It’s small, only about 170m wide and 743m long. The resort is concentrated on the east side of the island, and the interior is left mostly wild.
Again like most island resorts, staying at Robinson Crusoe includes accommodations, meals, and transportation from Nadi. Everything is pretty much brought there by boat. As such, there’s a bit of a premium to pay on food items. In general though, the prices for the resort were better than many we considered.
Once you get there, you probably won’t leave until your stay is over. You could take the boat back to the main land, but it’s a time consuming process, since the boat launch is about an hour drive from Nadi town.
This isn’t a walk-up type of stay; you must book in advance so they know to pick you up. We met up with the resort’s van near the temple in Nadi. At the dock there were quite a few people, but Robinson Crusoe also hosts day trippers–they visit a traditional Fijian village, come to the island for activities during the day, and either leave or stay for dinner and a show. Since we were actually staying at the island, we skipped the Fijian village visit and were taken straight to the island.
As our boat was approaching, we heard singing–the staff were on the beach welcoming us. It really set the tone for the rest of the trip! Check-in was a breeze and we were taken to our home on the island.
There are a variety of options for staying at Robinson Crusoe.
- The lowest-cost option is the dorm, a 13-bed building with shared showers and toilets.
- For those not wanting to share sleeping space, you can rent a 52 sq ft Bure Lailai–a single-occupancy hut, though you will still have to share the shower and toilet.
- If there are two of you, an Island Bure offers 110 sq ft, though again you’ll use shared facilities.
- For couples wanting more privacy, the Bure Levu is 154 sq ft and includes your own bath and shower.
- Finally, for those traveling as a family, the Island Lodges are 297 sq ft bungalows that can sleep up to 4 (5 if you’ve got a small child sleeping in the same bed as 2 adults).
We stayed in a Bure Levu, and it was absolutely adorable. It is a small hut, with just enough room for a full bed in the middle, a couple side tables, and some room to move around. Every day we had a bottle of water (I believe this is only provided with Bure Levu and up). We also had a coffee maker, not that we ever used it–at temperatures averaging 80 degrees daily, the last thing we wanted was a warm drink!
Our toilet and shower were actually outside the bure. The toilet and sink were covered, but the shower was open air, with a single thick pipe running overhead. On an island surrounded by water, freshwater must actually be carefully conserved, and they had to bring huge drums of it by boat every day.
We actually had the island mostly to ourselves during our entire stay. Besides ourselves and the staff, there were 4 other guests who left the day after we arrived, Mike and Martha, a British couple who were on a 6-month travel sabbatical, and Sue, an Australian lady who had been there a month. The day we were leaving though, about a dozen people were checking in for various lengths of stay.
Our experience was probably quite different than theirs, given that we definitely had a deserted feel to our stay. What did we do on this tiny island for three days? More on that in other posts!