Located off the coast of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, Modriki Island is a tiny uninhabited island in the Mamanuca group. Although known for its beauty, Modriki Island is most famous for its starring role in the 2001 film Cast Away, alongside leading man Tom Hanks. Not to be confused with Castaway Island (a completely different island in Fiji), Modriki Island is a small island of volcanic origins.
At approximately 600m wide, 1km long and with a land area of just 100 acres, Modriki Island is ideal for exploring on foot which, as you can imagine, doesn’t take very long. Surrounded by coral reef on all sides, the volcanic islet is part of a group of atoll islands and is related to the Mamanuca Islands, a larger group of Fiji islands. Modriki Island features volcanic rocks, lagoons and a number of small beaches, including some lovely white sand beaches.
Made famous in 2001 as the filming location for the Robert Zemeckis' film Cast Away starring Tom Hanks, Modriki Island became the home of not only Hanks’ plane wrecked character Chuck Noland (and his spherical friend Wilson) but also served as the base of the film team. Despite its status as an ‘uninhabited’ island, over 100 members of the film crew lived on the island during production of the movie.
Almost every resort on the nearby islands offer day trips to the island which include a variety of departure options and lunch inclusions. The Seaspray schooner sails daily from Denarau and a number of other island resorts. Offering the ideal daytrip, beautiful Modriki Island is perfect for relaxing, working on your tan, swimming and snorkelling the beautiful wide lagoon. BYO volleyball for ‘Wilson’ selfies.
The locals have been maintaining an ongoing program to eradicate pests on the island, seeing numbers of native wedge-tailed shearwaters and crested iguanas being successfully reintroduced so be sure to keep your eye out for wildlife spotting while you’re there.