About Us

Interesting facts about Musket Cove

The resort is family owned and operated by Fiji’s oldest resort company, enjoying 50 years’ in the Fijian hospitality industry. At Musket we are proudly Fijian and embrace our countries rich and diverse culture. We are committed to delivering a true Fiji Island experience. You will be hosted by 150 extremely warm and dedicated staff, who will endeavour to ensure your holiday experience is unique and that you return home with fond memories of our island paradise.

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As owner operators with 40 years experience in Fiji. We are committed to give back to our community, especially those less forunate. In 2012 we jointly established The Western divisions fist Kidney Dialysis Clinic in Nadi. Rather than travelling several hours to clinics in Suva. Western division patients can now be treated with dignity at the Nadi clinic. We maintain an ongoing commitment to this life changing initiative.

Other community initiatives we are proud of are; Buy Fijian made. We are supporters of the “buy Fiji made” initiative and as such you will see items in our Boutique that are made, grown or sewn in Fiji and many that have come from, or support rural craft groups. We encourage you to consider the local crafted products over imported souvenir items.  

Waste Management. All organic waste and papers are composted for use in the resort gardens. We operate a recycling program for tin cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles. With proceeds returned to our island community.

Kuita Trust. We offer our guests the opportunity to give a little to those less fortunate in Fiji. By donating F$5 per room per stay. Kuita is Fijian for octopus, which symbolises far and reaching. This trust operates to assist Fijians less fortunate in remote areas, no matter of race or creed. 100% of all donations is distriubted.


In 1872, Malolo Lailai was sold to John Thomson by Ratu Kini, a Nadroga Chief (Chief of the area). Malolo Lailai being uninhabited, was purchased to plant cotton, which was in scarce supply at the time. Thomson died in 1876 and Malolo Lailai was sold to an American named Louis Armstrong. Armstrong later died bankrupt and the island was transferred to the Mortgage Agency of Australasia Ltd, who sold and transferred the island to James Borron in November 1891. Borron owned and operated several plantations throughout Fiji. Borron leased Malolo Lailai to a Chinese family by the name of Wongket for 70 years to grow copra. However with Wongket’s agreement to cut short the lease it was sold to three owners, Richard Smith, Reg Raffe & Sir Ian MacFarlane. The three then renamed Malolo Lailai as Leeward Island in the late 60’s. In the early 1970’s the three gentlemen decided to part ways and individually manage their portion of the island. By then the airstrip was built which ran as a boundary and divided the now Plantation Island Resort and Musket Cove Resort . In 1969 Plantation Village Resort opened with six rooms, now known as Plantation Island Resort. Richard (Dick) Smith started building Musket Cove, which was then casually known as Dick’s Place and on the 03rd of October 1976, Musket Cove Island Resort was born. The resort opened with twelve Bures and some 40 years later, Musket Cove proudly stand as Fiji’s Oldest Resort Company boasting a diverse range of Accommodation choices with 55 Bures and Villas, Villa residential development, Marina, a day Spa, Bar & restaurant. In the year 2000, Sir Ian MacFarlane sold his share of Malolo Lailai to the remaining two partners. The islands ownership boundary is now defined by the airstrip, with the 400 acres north of the airstrip belonging to Musket Cove island resort. Today it is still an entirely Fijian owned and operated company with over 150 employees.