Where Tom Hanks shot Cast Away

Where Tom Hanks shot Cast Away

Monuriki Island was a place where a character from Cast Away movie ended up stranded after FedEx plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean.

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I watched this movie many times, and was always curious about how does it look like in real life, and finally - I've been there!

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One hour cruising from Denarau terminal, and a small island which looks like a car from 1930s is seen in background.

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Surrounded by amazing coral reef, Monuriki is a great place for a snorkelling. I was enjoying swimming so much, that sunburned my back until it got completely fried :)

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And now, here is a movie vs reality breakdown:

Island is completely uninhabited

Yes, this one is correct. There are no resorts or people living on the island permanently, and it is also a place for turtle and endemic bird species nesting. There are tourists like us coming on yachts, however always temporary.

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There is no land nearby

Unfortunately there are many islands which are close to Monuriki. Including an island where Survival has been shot! It would take a very small effort for main character of Cast Away to reach inhabited spot. And storms as well as showers was a computer graphics and artificial water pumps + huge fans.

Pilot was still buried on spot

I tried to dig on that spot, however no pilot remains were found... As well as any traces of numerous FedEx packages. The only place which is still there - a sharp-edged stone where main character was crushing coconuts.

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There is a long branch on top of the "mountain" where main character almost died

First of all, Tom Hanks reached the peak using a helicopter. Secondly, it is really hard to reach a top without equipment. I haven't had a chance to climb there, however I haven't seen any branch which would suit for that purpose.

Overall, Monuriki is an amazing spot and I highly recommend visiting it!

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