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Mamanuca Islands Holidays, Fiji Islands

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In this Article by South Pacific travel expert Ian Osborn:
Mamanuca Islands Holidays —  Day Cruises  —  Watersports  —  The Coral Islands  — Malolo Group & Mana Island —  The Outer Mamanucas


Clearly visible from Nadi Airport, the Mamanuca Islands is a stunning collection of 23 small islands with stunning beaches. Situated in the lee of the main island of Viti Levu, the Mamanuca Islands boasts the finest holiday weather in Fiji - year-round sunshine, calm seas and gentle breezes. This is Fiji's tourism gem. With a choice of a dozen resorts, several of which are on uninhabited islands, and as many day cruises from Nadi, a visit to the Mamanuca Islands is a must on any travel itinerary.



Nowhere else in the South Pacific will you find such easy access to so many beautiful islands, all with perfect white sandy beaches and lots of water activities. And although commercial tourism thrives, the physical make-up of the Mamanuca Islands has enabled it to retain its laid-back unspoiled atmosphere. Most of the island resorts are just that - one island, one resort with no neighbours nor overcrowding.



Reasons to Visit Mamanucas
  • Romantic Beach Holiday
  • Family Holiday on Island Resort
  • Snorkelling & Sea Kayaking
  • Day Cruise & Island Hopping
  • Staying on an Uninhabited Island
Best Mamanuca Island Resorts

Mamanuca Islands Holiday Overview

Small island resorts with glorious beaches and fantastic watersports drive the Mamanuca Islands popularity. There are resorts aimed at families, for budget travellers or for couples only. Some are tiny coral islands where you can walk around in less than five minutes. Others are rugged volcanic islands with just one resort tucked into a secluded bay whilst a couple are larger islands with excellent hill walks and hosting several large holiday resorts. Communally, all island resorts share the same massive lagoon where you can go on dolphin spotting cruises, whizz around on a jet ski adventure, dive a great variety of coral reefs, surf the big waves of Cloudbreak et al or seek out a small sand caye for a quick picnic. The only downside is that holidaying at a small island resort means you're restricted to the resort restaurant and facilities.

Day Cruises to the Mamanucas Islands

Staying on a small island is the stuff of dreams - sitting back with a cocktail watching the sunset or taking an early morning dip in the ocean. However, island resorts come at a premium - for those looking to save money and sacrifice a few of its pleasures, consider staying in Nadi where rooms are far more competitively priced and dining out at independent restaurants can save a lot, and instead take day cruises to the various islands. There are many day trip options available in Nadi, from spending the day at an island resort starting at F$ 80 per person including hotel pick-up, transfers and lunch, or taking a sightseeing trip by sail boat with dolphin watching and snorkelling along the way starting at F$ 130. Aerial sightseeing by either helicopter or sea plane is a spectacular way to see the islands.

view of mana island

Watersports

Scuba diving and game-fishing are excellent along the many outer reef passages, notably the 12km Malolo Barrier Reef, with all major resorts having their own dive operators base and game-fishing charters. The modern marina at Musket Cove offers skippered and bareback sailing charters and hosts several International Regattas during the sailing season between May and October. Activities are mostly organised by the resorts activities centres although scuba diving is generally provided by specialist scuba diving companies which are available at all island resorts. Watersports on offer include para-sailing, jet-ski adventures, banana boat rides, wind-surfing, knee-boarding and kite-surfing, with most resorts providing complementary sea kayaks, snorkelling trips to nearby reefs and Hobie cats for sailing.

The Coral Islands

treasure and beachcomber island

The inner Mamanucas are made up of tiny flat coral islands, often taking just ten minutes to walk around and include several island resorts as well as day trip destinations from Nadi for snorkelling and beach BBQ's. These are the quickest islands to reach from the mainland but the snorkelling lagoons are not as good as the outer islands due to bleaching caused from pollutants / soil erosion from the mainland rivers.

Treasure Island Resort
F$ 780 - 960 per couple
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This small coral island resort lies just 17-km off the coast of Nadi and offers comfortable accommodation for both couples and families. Good snorkelling, a decent beach and a small offshore sand cay make Treasure a great choice to experience an uninhabited island paradise.
Bounty Island Resort
F$ 165 - 225 per couple / $ 70 dorm
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Bounty Island is a small intimate coral island resort aimed at budget travellers and backpackers. The island offers 48-acres of untouched light forest surrounded by golden sandy beaches and a lagoon that provides good snorkelling. There's a lively bar and swimming pool, with accommodation in air-conditioned huts or dormitories.
Beachcomber Island Resort
F$ 230 - 420 per couple / $ 40 dorm
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Beachcomber Island Resort is an all night party style island aimed at backpackers and the young at heart. The island is tiny taking just 5 minutes to walk around but with plenty of water sports and beach activities to keep guests occupied during the day. Large dorm rooms plus private en-suite rooms.
South Sea Island, Mamanuca Islands
Day-trip island close to Nadi with dorm rooms.
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Malolo Group and Mana Island

the marina at musket cove

The middle islands are the most popular to visit in the Mamanucas and include Malolo Lailai and Mana, both of which have large resorts and an airport runway for the short 10-minute flight from Nadi Airport (stunning views en-route). This area also includes the group's largest island, Malolo, at just over 2400 acres with the delightful Malolo Barrier Reef off its southern coast with exceptional diving and surfing. These middle islands offer gentle hills with some lovely walking tracks offering stunning views over the lagoon and islands and are a better choice for those who like the freedom to explore, trekking to summits for sunset views and finding secluded beaches with no-one on them.

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Tadrai Island Resort offers modern luxury villas in a couples-only intimate resort ambience. With fine dining, a therapeutic spa and serene views from the private plunge pool of each villa, Tadrai is a stylish getaway to really unwind in the beautiful Mamanuca Islands.
Likuliku Lagon Resort, Mamanuca Islands
F$ 980 - 1,570 per couple
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Likuliku Lagoon Resort offers Fiji's only overwater bungalows although the actual bungalows are a kilometre walk from the main beach resort area. The beach is tidal and not great from swimming or snorkelling but otherwise this is a stunning resort ambience with great service.

Castaway Island Resort, Qalito
F$ 1,145 - 1,455 per couple
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Castaway Island Resort Fiji is a 174-acre island in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands with a truly relaxing holiday atmosphere. Spacious traditional thatch bures with high ceilings are spread along the beachfront and amongst tropical gardens. Castaway is ideal for couples or those looking for quality time with children
Lomani Resort, Malolo Lailai
F$ 740 - 990 per couple
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Lomani Resort offers a contemporary Mediterranean style setting with an intimate child-free atmosphere. A large swimming and exceptional restaurant, this beach front resort offers access to neighbouring Plantation Island Resort facilities including 9-hole golf course plus the marina at Musket Cove.

Malolo Island Resort, Mamanucas
F$ 695 - 8720 per couple
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Malolo Island Resort is a family orientated hotel fronting a picturesque but coarse sandy beach backed by steep hills. The resort offers decent rooms in single, duplex and quad cottages and there are two swimming pools, restaurant, beachside cafe and a spa centre.

Musket Cove Resort, Malolo Lailai
F$ 685 - 950 per couple
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Musket Cove Resort is set on 600-acres on the island of Malolo Lailai, adjacent to the Musket Cove Marina and overlooking a sandy beach. Musket Cove offers a spacious relaxing environment ideal for older families or couples looking to participate in water activities, exploring the island and relaxation.

Tropica Island Resort, Malolo
F$ 600 - 1,050 per couple
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Tropica Island Resort is one of the most affordable fully serviced budget resorts in the Mamanucas - a mix between a small family resort and a backpackers retreat. Located on a coarse sand beach with good offshore snorkelling, the resort offers a range of rooms from a dorm lodge to family beach bungalows.

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Plantation Island Resort is the second largest of the Mamanuca Island resorts and is set along a picturesque beach with excellent swimming lagoon. Its focus is on activities, especially on the water, and along with its wide price range and accommodation styles, this is Fiji's most popular family resort.

Mana Island Resort, Mamanucas
F$ 475 - 995 per couple
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Mana Island Resort is a large resort surrounded by white sandy beaches and snorkelling lagoons. There's lots of water activities, great walks around the island with stunning views from its gentle hilltops. The resort offers a wide range of accommodation for families and couples.

Funky Fish Resort, Malolo
F$ 110 - 275 per couple / $ 30 dorm
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Funky Fish Resort is a small property on Malolo Island with fabulous ocean views from the hillside restaurant. The beach is tidal and the lagoon too shallow for swimming but a pool makes up for this and there are daily surfing trips and pleasant walks in the hills.

Ratu Kini Backpackers, Mamanucas
F$ 220 - 345 per couple / $ 45 dorm
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Ratu Kini's is a budget backpackers on the beautiful whiter sandy south beach of Mana Island. With easy access from the backpacker hostels along Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi, this is a beach lovers paradise where there's little more to do than lounge in the sun and swim or snorkel.


Outer Mamanuca Islands

matamanoa island resort

The outer Mamanuca Islands are rugged volcanic islands with secluded bays and interesting rock formations. They are less commercial and offer smaller more intimate beach resorts as well as several traditional fishing villages. The outer Mamanuca Islands take one and a half hours to reach by fast catamaran, or its a 20-minute hop on a helicopter.

Vomo Island Resort
F$ 1,850 - 2,450 per couple
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Vomo Island Resort is an exclusive private island with luxuriously appointed villas along a stunning beach and built into the hillside offering tranquil ocean views. This stylish resort offers exceptional service and is one of the few upmarket resorts that allow children all year round.

Tokoriki Island Resort, Tokoriki
F$ 1,170 - 1,695 per couple
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Tokoriki Island Resort is a delightful secluded Beach Front resort in the quiet outer Mamanuca Islands with stunning sunsets and romantic ambience. Just 34 comfortable beach-front bungalows alongside a sweeping beach ensures privacy. Extensive water sports, fishing and diving amongst the pristine reefs.
Matamanoa Island Resort, Mamanucas
F$ 510 - 820 per couple
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Matamanoa Island is a small, intimate and secluded boutique resort for romantic couples. The island boasts excellent snorkelling in a turquoise lagoon littered with coral reefs. Created for those who dream of peace and tranquillity, the resort has adopted a year round policy of not permitting children under the age of 12-years.

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Amunuca Resort offers accommodation suitable for families or couples on a budget.The resort sits overlooking a picturesque white sandy beach, and there's excellent offshore snorkelling, lots of activities, hiking trails and above all else, a secluded holiday feel.


Other Accommodation in the Mamanuca Islands

Reef House, Malolo Lailai
Tivua Island, Coral Island




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