Mamanuca Islands

Plunge Deep into Endless Shades of Blue

 

Tucked away between the Yasawa Islands and Nadi are the magical Mamanuca Islands.

A volcanic archipelago home to heavenly white sandy beaches and some of Fiji’s most exclusive resorts, the pristine beauty of the Mamanuca Islands beckons travellers worldwide. Painting a perfect backdrop are the famous coral reefs, where visitors can plunge deep into the seas to swim with unique marine life.  Back on dry land, it’s a case of choosing your own version of ‘Fiji time’. From adventure-filled sailing trips, to scenic cruises, pampering spas and fresh coconuts by the pool, there really is a slice of paradise (and island) for everyone at the Mamanucas.

Spoilt for Choice

Made up of a chain of 20 islands, the Mamanucas are one of the most established and popular tourist areas in Fiji. However, not all the islands are inhabited! The most popular ones amongst holidaymakers are Beachcomber, Castaway, Malolo Lailai, Treasure, Bounty and Mana Islands. 

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Highlights of Mamanuca Islands

The Mamanuca Islands boasts some of Fiji’s most renowned beaches and many of South Pacific’s best surfing spots, water sport adventures, sailing and boating experiences. Enjoy endless sunshine, the clearest waters and the friendliest people no matter where you go and what you do.
 

Divers Paradise

Take a deep dive into Fiji’s dreamy aquatic world, made up of splendid turquoise waters and teaming with beautiful corals and colourful tropical fish. Explore the underwater oasis via dive trips or take a scuba diving excursion with the entire family. Relish the chance to marvel at some of the most famous dive sites like Gotham City, Namotu Wall, Barrel Head and Castaway Passage.

 

Surfers’ Best Breaks

Surf clubs and companies have been organising surf tours to the Mamanucas for years based on the exceptional year-round surf breaks in the area. All levels and types of surfers will find thrills at hot spots like Cloudbreak, Wilkes Pass and Namotu Left. Best swells come in March to October (dry season) with both left- and right-hander breaks at different spots. Book through Fiji Surf for chartered trips to Fiji’s best breaks.

 

Heaven on Cloud 9

No visit to the Mamanuca Islands (or Fiji) would be complete without a visit to the exclusive Cloud 9, the only 2-level floating platform in Fiji with an internationally stocked bar, wood fire pizza oven and DJ deck. Cloud 9 is a go-to for those who like to party, swim and sun bake with a 360-degree view of crystal clear waters and surrounding islands. Hovering around the Ro Ro Reef, trips to Cloud 9 run from Port Denarau or via resorts. Book the venue out for a function, wedding or private party for a whole day of pure fun and sunshine.


More Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands

 

Jet Ski Island Adventures

Give your island holiday a boost of adrenaline rush with a jet ski tour of the Mamanuca Islands, guaranteed to provide serious fun for all ages. Offering free pickups from most resorts in the Mamanuca group, Jet Ski Tours will have you zooming around the islands in no time to get a taste of seeing tropical oasis from a different angle.

 

Revitalise with Senikai Spas

There’s no better way to escape the everyday hustle and bustle than with a pampering spa session. Senikai Spas operate at several locations in the Mamanuca Islands and accepts bookings from visitors as well as resort guests. Choose from therapeutic massages or rejuvenating treatments designed to help you relax and unwind. Couple’s retreat packages are also available for lovebirds looking for the ultimate indulgence.

 

Day Trip to South Sea Island

For families with young children, a day trip to the beautiful South Sea Island is a must. Opt in for the Finding Nemo Family Cruise to marvel at the colourful coral and magnificent fish life through large panoramic windows via a semi-submersible vessel. Once that excitement is ticked off, spend the rest of the day relaxing, swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.


Where to Stay in the Mamanuca Islands

From dorm-style lodgings and shared bures for budget travellers, to ultra-exclusive private islands who only cater to a handful of guests at a time, it’s all here on the Mamanuca Islands. No matter what your budget, you’ll get a fine taste of paradise and may never want to leave.
Budget (Cheap)
Beachcomber Island Resort

Beachcomber Island

Treasure Island Resort

Treasure Island

Matamanoa Island Resort

Matamanoa Island

Plantation Island Resort

Malolo Lailai Island

Mid-Range
Castaway Island Resort

Castaway Island

Musket Cove Island Resort

Malolo LaiLai Island

Lomani Island Resort

Malolo Lailai Island


Food & Drink in Mamanuca Islands

There are few stand-alone restaurants and bars on the Mamanuca Islands, with most resorts offering Meal Plans for guests, covering breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, visitors from other islands are also welcome to visit these resorts for a la carte dining – bookings are advised.
 

Hot Spots for Popular Dining

Dicks Place Bar & Bistro – Musket Cove Island Resort

Led by New Zealand chef Peter Becker, indulge in some of the best and freshest local produce at Dicks Place Bar & Bistro. Overlooking the lagoon pool and shimmering beachfront, this is relaxed dining at its finest.

Tokoriki Oishii Teppanyaki – Tokoriki Island Resort

Enjoy the theatrics that comes with an authentic Teppanyaki dining experience at Tokoriki Island Resort. Choose from a variety of set menu options amidst a traditional Fijian outdoor setting, whereby diners are surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

The Flame Tree – Lomani Island Resort

Dine under the stars and savour the delicious flavours of Pacific Rim cuisine and Fijian dishes at The Flame Tree restaurant. With a delightful menu catered to seafood fanatics and an excellent selection of international wines, beers and refreshing mojitos, this eatery will satisfy even the toughest culinary critics.

South Beach Restaurant – Mana Island Resort

For special occasions, look no further than South Beach Restaurant. Boasting a fusion inspired menu that blends Italian cuisine with French, Japanese and Pacific influences, this oceanfront restaurant guarantees a memorable culinary experience. If the formal three-course affair is too much, opt for lighter meals during the day – think burgers and sandwiches.


How to Get to & Around Mamanuca Islands

From Nadi - Port Denarau Marina (20 minutes’ drive from Nadi International Airport) is the main gateway to the Mamanuca Islands. Upon arrival at Nadi, head to the marina via airport shuttles, taxis or by bus. Then take your pick from a wide variety of third party transfers including water taxis, boat charters and seaplanes.
 
Some resorts in the Mamanuca Islands may also offer complimentary resort transfers and connection services, so be sure to check when booking.
Airport Shuttles
& Charters

Airport Shuttle Fiji operate a 24-hour transfer service between Nadi International Airport to Denarau Island. Airport transfer rates start at FJ$ 28 for one way and FJ$ 56 for return trips. From there, take a water taxi or boat charter to your accommodation in the Mamanucas.

Taxi

Yellow Taxis are the official airport taxi fleet and can be found outside the arrivals terminal. The starting rate for any journey out of the Nadi International Airport is FJ $5 and a ride to Port Denarau will fare around FJ $30. From there, take a water taxi or boat charter to your accommodation in the Mamanucas.

Local bus

Local bus services operate outside the International Arrivals terminal into Nadi and Denarau Island - simply flag one down. From there, take a water taxi or boat charter to your accommodation in the Mamanucas.

Water Taxis & Charters 

A number of companies offer water connections and transfers from Nadi or Port Denarau Marina to Mamanuca Island resorts, including South Sea Cruises, Sea Fiji and Mamanuca Express. Rates will vary depending on drop off location with average prices starting from FJ$ 32 for children and FJ$ 64 for adults.

Yasawa Flyer

This bright yellow, high-speed catamaran operates daily from Port Denarau with one way transfers or great value multi-day Bula Pass. It’s an ideal way to get to or island hop around the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. Tickets available on Awesome Adventures.

Seaplanes

Turtle Airways offers seaplane transfers from Nadi to over 30 island resorts in the Mamanuca Islands. Rates start from FJ$ 330 per person for one way trips.

Cruise Lines 

Captain Cook Fiji Cruises offer short or longer holidays around the Mamanuca Islands, all from the comfort of your well-appointed cruise ship.


Practical Travel Tips for Mamanuca Islands

Stock Up On Snacks

If you’re travelling from Nadi or Denarau, stock up on snacks or libations to bring along. Prices are 30 to 40% less and while restrictions may apply to BYO in resort dining areas, it’s wise to haul a hamper of goodies for your beach excursions.

Essentials

Bring a good supply of sunscreen, insect repellent and personal items required. Resorts are happy to provide essentials, but with no shops on the islands, it’s wise to plan well. 

Cultural Experiences

Check your resort’s daily activity timetable to book in any traditional Fijian cultural workshops. Lessons and demonstrations can range from basket weaving, to coconut husking, cooking and other aspects of island life. 



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