Splendid start to the day
For Chuck Noland (the character played by Tom Hanks in the 2000 film, Cast Away), solitude was a daunting and ultimately transformative experience.
As we stare at his coconut-crafted “Help Me” sign, still in place on Fiji’s Modriki Island 15 years after filming, solitude is something else entirely. This former movie set and idyllic island is uninhabited, but day-trippers can follow in Chuck’s footsteps, albeit by a zippy motorboat rather than storm-ravaged plane crash. This morning we are a party of five — my family plus new friends, Zac and Jess, who are key members of Malolo Island Resort’s fabulous team.
As Zac lays out our breakfast, Jess shows us around, pausing at the spot where Chuck prepared his food and beneath the cliff he climbed with a plan to end his life. Back on the beach, we hoe into fresh tropical fruit, pastries and coffee. While there’s no guarantee that other small tour groups might not arrive at the same time (secluded picnics can be arranged on nearby Honeymoon Island), we’ve hit the jackpot with a deserted island and the most atmospheric breakfast imaginable.
Chuck may well have had a hard time here but on a glorious Sunday morning in November, this is little short of blissful.