Musket Cove Island Resort

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    One of the greatest resorts in Fiji


    I've been here twice now. The first time was for my mums 50th birthday and the second was for my brothers wedding. Both times were amazing, but I'd have to say that the wedding was most definately one of the best holidays ever.
    Staff were very helpful with organising the large group of 60 people we had there from themed BBQ's to stag and hens nights. There are a wide variety of activities to take part in from wind surfing, to kayaking and SCUBA diving.
    There are several options to take to get to the island. The most expensive being a private water taxi, the next is the ferry and lastly by aeroplane. The plane actually worked out cheaper than the ferry and its definately an experience not to miss out on...if you're not too scared of the little ones.
    There is a great little island bar which has very well priced beers and cocktails. It also has BBQ facilities that you can cook your own meat on.
    There are also other resorts located on Malolo Lailai which you can visit and go to their bars and restaurants for dinner. Plantation Island Resort has nice facilities, but the accommodation and overall cleanliness of it rates poorly.

    Unique Quality: * Very well sheltered beach for sun bathing and relaxing with cocktails.
    * Swimming pool is located perfectly and very nice.
    * There are privately owned villas on the island that you can rent out. These are fully equipped houses that have full kitchens, laundreys and some have their own private swimming pools. We hired out 4 of these places over the wedding which was great. The wedding villa was the most amazing place with its swimming pool over looking the entire resort and half the island.
    * The Trader store sells all day to day stuff like a convenient store. You can also buy "meat packs" for your own BBQ's. There is also a cafe here which has great value meals. Beers can also be ordered in bulk (2 doz) at cost price.
    * There is also a yacht club and marina here.

    Directions: Malolo Lailai Island - Mamanuca Group - Fiji

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Magical Musket Cove

by TripAdvisor Member Julianna23

My husband and I travelled to the Musket Cove Resort in early January to get married at the resort. We had done a lot of research into locations in Fiji and had selected Musket Cove Resort as it looked like a beautiful resort within our price range and with all the things that we wanted.

We'd been warned about travelling in January and also about the tide at Musket Cove from people on the forums so we were prepared for the sight of the beach with the tide out and the hot tropical weather. It was lovely and warm, not unbearable, and the water was beautiful. The tide went out at the hottest parts of the day, when we were off doing other things at the resort so the tide going out didn't effect our time on the island at all.

We stayed in a resort villa, which was just perfect. It was lovely to have airconditioning in our bedroom, and the spa on the deck was great. The extra room in the villa really suited us because we had friends who were staying at the hotel room and our place became the meeting spot to have a few pre dinner or after dinner drinks. I checked out their hotel room, and they're really nice, quite spacious and cool with the airconditioning.

We had a meal plan, including dinner and breakfast. I probably wouldn't arrange one if we went back again but it suited our needs this time around. The food was delicious, and themed nights made a nice change from the normal menu. We really enjoyed pig on a spit night and the performance by the meke group afterwards. Indian curry night and carvery night were good too.

The trip to Shell Village was a good chance to pick up some souveniors, and the free activities offered by Musket Cove were great, especially the snorkelling.

Our wedding on Smith Island was beautifully arranged by the wonderful Gloria. Ours was actually the third wedding that week, and the other couples had chosen the chapel and the pier to get married. The flowers that they arranged were gorgeous, and the reception that night was just perfect. The really know how to make your wedding a day to remember.

The staff are amazing at Musket Cove, they really make the effort to remember your name and made our experience one to remember. Overall the resort exceeded our expectations and made our wedding and honeymoon the most magical time of our lives.

Musket Cove Resort.

by worldkiwi about Musket Cove Resort.

An island big enough to have two resorts and a major yachting port of call, but also with places to wander and lie on the sand all by yourself!

I LOVE Musket Cove!!!

by TripAdvisor Member Shelley_in_QLD

Absolutely loved it! We stayed in a beachfront bure for 6 nights in May 2006 - we did book a lagoon bure however upon arrival they announced they had upgraded us. I was disappointed as for 4months prior I had prepared myself for a lagoon bure - however upon seeing the location and view from the beachfront bure all that disappointment slipped away!

There were only 3 couples that departed the Malolo Cat at MCR - 1 couple of which we are still in contact with.

The place is just breathtaking - yes, the tide does go out a fair way, but when it is in, it is just magical. The pool (and view from it) is sensational!

The food was gorgeous! We purchased the meal packages but wouldn't in future - couldn't eat all that we had paid for! Cocktails were to die for, and the island bar, well lets just say we ran up a pretty good tab!

I cannot say enough about the staff - definately the nicest people you will ever have the chance to meet. Constantly smiling and saying "bula" as only they can.

We took advantage of the complimentary snorkelling gear and wandered to the other side of the island - absolute heaven. The array of fish and coral was out of this world. And to top it off we were the only one's there.

We visited other resorts whilst on holiday and definately believe that MCR is the best choice.

The photos posted by others are exactly what MCR is like - the water is the blue, the grass that green, the pool that big, the bures that beautiful!

I would recommended MCR to all! I can't wait to go back!! (our bure neighbours have been going for 20 years - if that doesn't say something...)

Musket Cove Fiji - Living up to Expectation

by TripAdvisor Member SydneySher

From reviews we read on we booked our honeymoon at Musket Cove and we were not disappointed. At the end of October 2006, we stayed for a period of seven nights in an Armstrong Villa which lived up to expectation. Each villa has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully self-contained kitchen. We sat on our balcony overlooking the lagoon each morning for breakfast. There is a supermarket called The Trader on site and we were able to bill groceries to our room. The BBQ package you can buy from The Trader is well worth it. Just remember to bring some matches to light the BBQ which is located near the Armstrong Villas swimming pool. We ate out five of the seven nights mainly at the Musket Cove Restaurant. The Pig on The Spit night was the most memorable and we also enjoyed The Indian Feast and Cocktail Party. The staff at the Musket Cove Restaurant are very friendly and we were impressed with them remembering our names. Our only disappointment was the restaurant at Lomani Resort which is not part of Musket Cove but situated near Plantation. The food was cold and overcooked and very expensive. We realised once we had finished our stay that being able to make our own breakfasts and two dinners in our room cost us about $500 less over the stay than if we went for a meal package. Luckily a friend had told us that wine was rather expensive in Fiji so bringing our own also saved us some dollars. The island bar near the Trader is the place to go for a pre dinner drink and exceptionally cheap - $3.50 for a beer or house spirit and includes an amazing view of the Fijian sunset.
Finally the snorkelling was amazing and we really enjoyed being able to walk off adeserted beach at the back of the Island to see some amazing marine life. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy including snorkelling trips (free), hobicat hire, shell village tour and sunset cruise (bargain) - the island hopping day tour to other islands is a must. Overall we had an amazing time and will be back again next year. Thanks to all those people who told us about Musket Cove through Sheryl and Mal, Sydney Australia.

Perfect one day better the next

by TripAdvisor Member NoogieMelbourne

Our family of nine people ranging in age from 18 to 80 plus have just spent the most memorable ten days at Musket Cove. From the time we arrived until the time we left we were treated like royalty. Nothing was too much effort for the staff, from transporting the “grannies” around the resort to bringing us our daily cocktails to the beach. Their smiles and greetings by first name became infectious and we found ourselves following their lead.

The accommodation at the Armstrong Villas was first class. The food was also of a very high standard. It suited us to purchase the meal plan (breakfast and dinner only) and this was a decision we did not regret.

The activities for our age group were more than adequate – (not recommended for children between 5 and 15) which are all included in the cost.

The pools and beach are great however one needs to be aware that during low tide it may not be possible to swim in the sea.

Overall this was a most memorable experience and we will be returning in the future.

The venue is highly recommended for any person wishing to have a relaxing holiday to recharge the batteries.

Thanks to all at Musket Cove for a wonderful holiday.

Perfect Honeymoon

by TripAdvisor Member Rose72

We stayed at Musket Cove for our honeymoon in Oct 2005. We stayed in the Armstrong Villas - gorgous villas with a balcony over the lagoon - perfect for breakfast or late drinks. From memory there are only 10 Armstrong villas which are set in beautiful landscaped gardens around a pool. The villa was 2 bedroom, 2 ensuites, full kitchen facilities, TV and air-con.
Our package included a meal plan (breakfast and dinner) - we probably would've spent less on food than what the meal plan was actually worth. If you're a big eater definately go the meal plan. There is a store (mini-supermarket) on the island so you can buy plenty of supplies if you prefer to prepare your own meals. Restaurant food was nice. They do have themed nights or you can order off the menu.
Staff were just amazing - they actually remembered your name.
THere were quite a few kids on the island when we went but most of the time didn't even notice them.
There is another pool area near the restaurant which overlooks the beach - just gorgeous in the evening.
We did walk over to Plantation Island - seemed a bit more family orientated and much much bigger than Musket Cove.
Plenty of free activities and organised tours/activities (costed) also.
Oh and if you remember Tempatation Island (reality TV show) - they taped it at the Armstrong Villas on Musket Cove.
Definately recommend for honeymoon or holiday.

Gotta love the McGrath House!

by TripAdvisor Member camchan

I have just had a holiday at the McGrath House with my husband and 2 kids, and had the most fabulous time. The house is privately owned and sits on top of a hill with the most gorgeous views of surrounding islands and reefs. The gardens are lovely and filled with frangipani and hibiscus - lots of colour. A large pool is right at the edge of the hill, and we spent many hours each day in there, soaking up the sun and enjoying the view.

Every now and then we would venture into the actual Musket Cove resort, mainly just to top up on food supplies, or to have a drink at the sunset bar (a favourite spot of my husband's!). These expeditions were few and far between though, as it was just so relaxing and private at the house - it was like we were in another world.
The house itself is traditional in design, and is made up of 3 bures with thatched roofs - two of which contain the bedrooms and ensuites, and the third is the kitchen with living and dining. Extremely roomy and comfortable.

Our kids are aged 8 and 10, and were never bored - walks on the private beach, snorkelling, exploring the neighbouring island - plenty to do!

Such a relaxing holiday!

by TripAdvisor Member Zoz

I booked the stay with my boyfriend for a week in February based on previous reviews on the site. I found that Musket Cove lived up to the expectations.
Firstly, the staff on the island are really lovely. Its very personalised service with the staff remembering your name from the first time they ask it.
We chose a lagoon bure as the beachfront ones were all booked out and once we got there we realised the lagoon bures seemed to be the best ones anway as they are newly built and spacious.
We fellt that we never lacked for privacy on the island as it didn't feel overcrowded, if anything it was undercrowded. Often we had the huge pool to ourselves. By contrast, neighbouring plantation island seemed to be full of people (and lots of kids!)
The menu at Dick's Place isn't huge but it didn't bother us too much as the food was pretty good and there are a few theme nights (especially 'pig on the spit night') so you always have a few options to chose from. For lunch and breakfast you can eat out or self cater as there is also a cafe and a supermarket with sells fresh bread etc on the island or you can BBQ. The night we decided to BBQ there was torrential rain, quite an experience, but to be expected in the wet season and fun all the same.
The location is beautiful and we found that we enjoyed the freedom to be able to move around as the island is larger than most resort islands. There are beautiful views for the hill behind the resort. While the tide does go out a long way in the afternoons so you can't always swim there is the pool which definately compensates. There are also two free snorkelling trips per day out to different reefs which were fantastic, as well as various other trips organised by the resort.
We can't wait to go back, probably in the dry season though, although Feb does have advantages as it is quiet at that time and much cheaper.
Make sure you have some 3.00FJD Fiji Bitters or some cocktails at the island bar which has great views of the sunset!

Musket Cove, Fiji

by Dodo22

"Musket Cove from the air"

If you are into sailing, this is the place to go. Out from the western part of Viti Levu, on MaloloLaiLai Island is Musket Cove as well as Plantation Island resorts. Musket Cove is well known as one of Fiji's prime yachting harbours and is well set up for sailors.


This is a picture taken from the Musket Cove resort at low tide. Fortunately they have a pool so all is not lost, but if you want to take the catamaran's out, you just have to wait.


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A view over "Musket Cove".A view over "Musket Cove".

Forum Posts


by murphyS

We are going to Plantation Island Fiji next week and I was wondering if anyone knows if you must have any vacination?

Re: Vacinations

by worldkiwi

No vaccinations needed!
I hear the weather is fantastic up there at the moment. Enjoy your trip. The title photo on my Fiji page is a view of "Plantation" Island's other resort - Musket Cove. Make sure you take a walk around the island!

Happy travels

Re: Vacinations

by murphyS

Thanks Glenn,
I am looking forward to the trip very much.


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