March 30, 2018

Fiji: turning 50 on Malamala island!

I’ve just had a monstrous birthday and to celebrate I had quite possibly the best day ever…

This post is how to turn 50 in style!

Turning 50 in Fiji

Cheers to FIFTY!!

I was in Fiji staying at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort (read my post here) as we’d booked a great deal for five nights and then added a sixth when meant we got an hour spa treatment each (but I digress) and for the big day itself, we went on a day trip to Malamala Beach Club. It’s a fabulous concept, just half an hour by fast ferry from Denarau.

A private island which is edged in cabanas with your own butler service from the restaurant and all day access to the infinity pool and paddle boards and kayaks.

Transfers are arranged (we were an hour and fifteen minutes drive away down the Coral Coast from Nadi so our pick up time was 8am for the 10am ferry) and we stopped a couple more times to pick up more couples and groups of friends excited about spending the day on this teeny tiny private island.

The ferry also dropped off others at another island nearby, but those for Malamala descended the ramp after 35 minutes and were greeted in the booming and welcoming Fijian way we had become accustomed to. We’d booked a cabana and there are two sizes, some for couples and a two larger ones for families or bigger groups. These are dotted around the perimeter of the island and secluded by shrubs and coconut palms with the beach in front just waiting to be flopped into.

Malamala beach club

The tiny Malamala Beach Club on this tuft of an island in the pure waters of Fiji

The cabanas have butler service and Pauliasi looked after us bringing us delicious lunch and snacks and drinks over the next five hours. The kokoda (Fijian raw fish salad, pronounced kokonda) here at Malamala is the best I tasted in Fiji and that was at four different restaurants. They gave me the recipe which is in this post…

But it was out with the latest Michael Connelly book and a few minutes reclining on our triangular pillows on our day bed before the first dip in the sea followed by that kokoda and fish and chips with a cocktail served in a coconut shell. This is the life!

The main part of the island, just two minutes walk away, is an open veranda restaurant and large double day beds edging an infinity pool which we swam in at the end of the day to wash the salt water away.

I honestly had the best ever day. I hadn’t been looking forward to turning 50. I still feel like my mother is 50! But to come out here with a book, my husband and my togs with nothing to do but eat, sleep, swim and read, it was absolute bliss.

*Update: From June 2018 you can now enjoy sunsets and a barbecue dinner on Malamala. More details by clicking the link at the top of the post.

Lunch on Malamala Island

Delicious fish tacos and prawn salad with my coconut and melon cocktail

Malamala cabana

I risked my phone in the sea for this pic! Our cabana is the one in the middle.

Kokoda on Malamala Island

Time for kokoda (raw fish salad) and battered fish and chips in our cabana

In the cabana malamala island

Reading cabana side

Malamala cabana

Book this cabana for FJ$75 for the whole day

What does it cost to visit Malamala Beach Club?

There are several options to choose from for your day at Malamala Beach Club. If you’re staying on the Coral Coast your transfers are included in the cost, plus if you want the cabana like I did, the total will be FJ$490 for two people. Food and drink are on top. This includes the use of paddle boards and kayaks.

If you just want to come out for the day and hang out around the pool with no pre-booked loungers and you’re only coming from one of the Denarau resorts, your cost will be more like FJ$350 for two people. Food and drink on top.


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Watch and read how to make the amazing Fijian kokoda, raw fish salad, here…

(Malamala’s is complicated but the best you’ll EVER taste. Outrigger’s is easy and delicious. You could make it every day – and I possibly will.)

About Megan Singleton


Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio every week and a few newspapers and mags from time to time. I set off on this travel writing journey 18 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!)I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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  1. Charlie Chandra on

    Fiji is really awesome! I’ve been in “Fiji” last year and had really a fun time! Nature is beautiful, diving is absolutely stunning and the people are friendly! We came from London with stops in Bangkok and Taipeh! It really took a long time but really was worth it! Just the prices for hotels are quite expensive and you have to book early to get a good price for a decent room. I’m definitely going back to “Fiji” soon!

  2. Ruma Dey Baidya on

    Hi Megan

    Just finished your beautifully written article and what stunning photos! Thanks for sharing.

    Travel blogger from India


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