Malolo (Malololailai) Island

Soft Landing on Malolo Island
Photo by: Rudolf Stricker, Creative Commons

Malolo Island is a good 25 kilometres away from the Nadi International Airport and 20 kilometres west of Denarau Island. Measuring 2.4 square kilometres, Malolo Island is the second biggest island within the Mamanuca Group of Islands.

To get to Malolo Island, you can either go by boat or plane. There are cruises that leave the Denarau Harbour thrice a day, specifically 9:00 a.m., 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. Travel time by boat is about one hour, if your trip is going direct to Malolo Island. If you want to get there by plane, on the other hand, you can catch one either at the Nadi Airport, Nadi Bay or Denarau Island and you will find yourself touching down on Malolo Island in as fast as 10 minutes.

Malolo Island is referred to by the natives as Malololailai. It distance to the busier towns of Fiji makes Malolo Island a peaceful sanctuary that provides tourists an opportunity to be alone with its dazzling white-sand beaches, blue seas, and majestic views of the local scenery. There are also world-class resorts along the coast of Malolo Island so tourists can have the best of both worlds: nature at its finest, and the conveniences of the modern world. If you want some chilling out, you can head off to the marina and have a beer or two in the bar. There is also a grocery where you can buy your supplies from, and a cafe that you can have snacks in. One of the reasons why tourists go to Malolo Island is its dive sites. To cater to the diving community, Malolo Island set up a dive shop that is highly accessible from the airport. Local gift items, on the other hand, are available in a quaint shop near Musket Cove.

All in all, Malolo Island is a place for the ultimate relaxation. The resorts have in-house professional massage for their guests. They also offer restaurant choices that visitors can go to if they want a taste of local culture and cuisine. Of course, you haven’t been to Malolo Island if you haven’t tried any of its water activities. From scuba diving to snorkelling, from game fishing to sailing, you will always find ways to spend your days in Malolo Island. Finally, if you feel like getting off the island, you can take a cruise ship to the neighbouring islands, while the dramatic Fijian sunset plays before your eyes.

2 responses to “Malolo (Malololailai) Island”

  1. Bula,
    Just wanted to correct you on one point. Malolo Island is actually a separate island to Malolo Lailai. Malolo Lailai (lailai meaning small in Fijian), is the island next to the big island of Malolo. Malolo Lailai is home to Musket Cove, Plantation Island Resort and Lomani Island Resort. Malolo Island is home to 4 resorts including Malolo Island Fiji and Likuliku Lagoon Resort.

    Hope this clarifies.

  2. Leanne says:

    Is it easy to get from Malolo to Malolo Lailai?

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