Dolphin Island

Fiji’s private island hideaway

Robinson Crusoe gets a luxurious upgrade at Dolphin Island, a 14-acre Fijian escape large enough for just eight lucky castaways. There are no strangers here — the resort’s exclusive-use policy means that you get the run of the property when reserving a tropical adventure.

But you won’t feel abandoned in this South Pacific paradise. Manager Dawn Simpson welcomes you with Fiji’s beloved brand of hospitality; a private chef cooks your meals, which more often than not feature the day’s fresh catch; and local guides offer everything from tapa-making (traditional material made from mulberry bark) classes to diving in the crystal-clear waters.

If you prefer to just sit back and relax, you’ll be spoiled for choice, too, with a freshwater infinity pool, ensuite spa services and, of course, seemingly endless stretches of white sand for lounging, walking or soaking up gorgeous Fijian sunsets.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Dolphin Island isn’t just about leisure pursuits. Thanks to the staff, you’ll enjoy a taste of Fijian culture through kava ceremonies, storytelling sessions and authentic cuisine (like the delicious fish curry) crafted nightly by local cooks.
  • For the ultimate romantic retreat, head for the Hilltop Sleep-Out Bure, the private island hotel’s answer to a traditional honeymoon suite. More chic treehouse than stuffy hotel room, the open-air bedroom faces the sea for sensational sunrise views.
  • Each afternoon, a local fisherman swings by Dolphin Island on his way back to Viti Levu, allowing you to choose from the day’s freshest catch. No matter which fish you select, rest assured that the staff will create a spice-filled (or not, the menu is entirely up to you) Fijian feast that’s best enjoyed by candlelight.
  • Fill your days with gratis water sports like kayaking, snorkeling or Hobie Cat sailing. For a heart-pumping adventure, splurge on excursions like wind surfing around Nananu-i-Ra (another small island off the coast of Viit Levu) or sport fishing out in the deep blue Pacific.
  • Thanks to Dolphin Island’s intimate nature, staff can arrange any number of tours or itineraries to suit your mood. Offerings might include an excursion to Fiji’s Suncoast (northern Viti Levu) to see the Church of the Black Christ and the tomb of the nation’s last cannibal chief, or a guided horseback ride to a waterfall that careens 20 feet into a naturally heart-shaped pool.

Things to Know

  • Dolphin Island may seem isolated, but it’s just a 20-minute boat ride from the coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island.
  • Private airport transfers by car are included in your room rate, but those who can’t wait to get to paradise can charter a seaplane or helicopter directly to their tropical destination.
  • There is no official dress code on Dolphin Island. You are free to be as formal or laid-back as you choose, though staff recommends a lightweight, cotton wardrobe to help you stay cool.

The Rooms

  • Four thatched-roof bures (Fijian cabins) immerse you in island life — these open-air accommodations were built for indoor-outdoor living.
  • The Main Bure occupies a picturesque perch over the resort’s infinity pool, your own private swimming hole. The central structure serves as a communal living and dining space, where you’re free to enjoy your nightly meals either indoors or alfresco under the stars.
  • Flanking the Main Bure, four Guest Bure Suites put a contemporary twist on island décor with dark heartwood floors and paneling, wooden shutters and high ceilings. Luxe bathrooms come with a freestanding tub complemented by an outdoor shower in a secluded garden courtyard.

The Look

  • Auckland-based interior designer Virginia Fisher — the same creative mind behind New Zealand sister property Huka Lodge — imagined the Fiji hotel’s gorgeous indoor/outdoor aesthetic, putting a contemporary spin on classic Polynesian design elements.
  • Locally inspired touches include dark matte wood finishes, Polynesian patterns and tapa cloth lining in the ceiling of the Main Bure. Contemporary furnishings (think plush couches and low wooden furniture) add an air of homestyle comfort to the otherwise exotic design.
  • Even the property’s grounds were thoughtfully curated. New Zealand landscape designer Suzanne Turley enhanced the island’s tropical flora by showcasing mature palm trees and fragrant blooms like frangipani and hibiscus.

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Getting There
Ellington Wharf, Rakiraki, Fiji
NAN (2 hr 30 min)  
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