Islands in the Mamanuca chain, not all of which are inhabited, include:
The Mamanuca Islands of Fiji are a volcanic archipelago lying to the west of Nadi and to the south of the Yasawa Islands. It is made up of 20 different islands. The Mamanuca Islands are a popular tourist destination.
The Mamanuca Islands are easy to access, just off the coast of Denarau. The islands offer crystal clear waters, palm fringed sandy beaches and live coral reefs. There are villages, great resorts to visit, snorkelling, swimming and diving available.
From Nadi International Airport
From Denarau Marina
The marina is a 20 minutes drive from Nadi Airport. One can generally catch a free bus from any of the major resorts near Nadi or from the airport to Denarau Marina. If you aren't sure, ask the front desk, they can probably call the bus for pick up. If you book a day cruise to the Mamanuca's with South Sea Cruises, you will receive a complimentary pick up from your accommodation. Port Denerau is also the location of some of the largest and most expensive resorts on the main island, including the Sheraton, Hilton, Westin, and Radisson hotels.
South Sea Cruises have a resort connections service. There are two modern vessels providing transfers to your Fiji Island resorts in the Mamanuca Islands. Each vessel has a ‘Captain’s Lounge’ where you can book reserved seating and travel in greater comfort. These lounges are air conditioned and include refreshments enroute. South Sea Cruises ferries depart Denarau Marina several times a day and are very efficient.
Port Denarau is the gateway to the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. South Sea Cruises offer a number of day trips from Denarau to the beautiful Mamanuca Islands. Some top places to explore when you are in the Mamanucas are:
SOUTH SEA ISLAND - South Sea Island is just 30 minutes from Denarau so you can either go for the whole day or take a quick trip in the morning and be back on the mainland by mid-day. South Sea Island has a swimming pool, snorkelling gear, and kayaks, stand up paddleboards and a semi-submersible coral viewer.
SEASPRAY SAILING - Explore beautiful beaches, lagoons and the crystal clear waters of the Mamanuca Islands onboard ‘Seaspray’. Seaspray is an 83 foot classic sailing schooner. Explore the uninhabited island of Modriki, snorkel and visit a traditional Fijian island village on Yanuya. All food and drink is included and Seaspray departs daily from Mana Island.
BEACHCOMBER ISLAND - Beachcomber Island has a lot to do from Fijian craft lessons to coral viewing in a glass bottom boat. There is a huge range of watersports available and a great bar for cocktails situated on the beach with white sand stretching up under your bar stool. Snorkeling and scuba around Beachcomber island is a treat not to be missed. The coral is surprisingly healthy and there is an abundance of fish species considering its proximity to busy resort and the many people visiting the small island. Blacktip reef sharks are in the area, but are not considered dangerous. Most only grow to around a metre in length. There is a dive shop on Beachcomber island.
MANA ISLAND RESORT - Mana has three separate beach areas, crystal clear waters, and lots of shady palm trees, poolside bars and loungers. Enjoy snorkelling and a range of water sports on the lagoon side or laze on the quieter North Beach. Here you have beautiful views out over uninhabited islands and Sunset Beach. Snorkeling off the North and the South beach of Mana island is excellent too. For divers one of the best spots is The Supermarket, very close to Mana, where you are guaranteed to see many sharks.
CASTAWAY ISLAND - Snorkel straight off the beach in the crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs or enjoy other non-motorised watersports such as kayaks, catamarans, windsurfers and spyboards.
TREASURE ISLAND - Treasure Island is surrounded by a marine reserve and offers great swimming and snorkelling in crystal clear waters. Choose a spot on the palm-fringed sandy beach to relax and enjoy. The hidden treasures of the resort make it a great destination for families with a pool, tennis courts and mini-golf course. They also have a turtle restoration program.
BOUNTY ISLAND - Just 30 minutes from Denarau Marina, is Bounty Island. It is largely untouched and has 48 acres of natural wilderness encircled by beautiful white sandy beaches. There is a small resort with all facilities including a fresh water swimming pool. Being a marine reserve it is perfect for snorkelling.
MALOLO ISLAND - Malolo Island also offers fantastic scenic walks with magnificent views out over the Mamanuca Islands. A delicious two course lunch of your choice from the a la carte menu is included if you travel with South Sea Cruises.
It won't surprise anybody that Fiji's cuisine features a lot of seafood. However, it may surprise those not familiar with Fiji's history that it also includes numerous Indian dishes introduced by Indian laborers brought over in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
A Lovo is the traditional feat meal and it is cooked in the earth, similar to a hangi in New Zealand. The taste is like a barbeque, but more smokey and it’s a very efficient way to cook large quantities of food. Chicken, fish and pork are tightly wrapped in a weave of banana leaves before going into the bottom of the lovo pit lined with hot rocks. On top goes various root crops including dalo (the potato like root of the taro plant), cassava (the root of the tapioca plant) and Uvi (wild yam). Palusami is also a popular addition which is made from Fijian spinach, corned beef and coconut.
Rourou soup is a smooth and creamy soup made from blended taro leaves and coconut milk.
Fresh tropical fruit is also popular on the islands, including plantains, papaya, mango and pawpaw.
Coconut water, Kava, and local beer; Vonu and Fiji Bitter/Fiji Gold.
The Mamanuca Islands are small and secluded, isolating them from much of the theft or other crimes committed in Fiji. The most prevalent dangers come from the environment. Wear plenty of sunblock, do not walk on or touch the coral reef or sea creatures inhabiting it, and be cautious of when and where you swim as large waves or undertows are possible.
Head to the Yasawa Islands, one of Fiji's most stunning regions in Fiji. The remote Yasawa Islands group consists of a chain of 20 ancient volcanic islands. Four of these islands have dramatic elevations with summits just short of 600 metres above sea level. The pristine white sandy beaches and dramatic monoliths surrounded by crystal-clear lagoons provide a beautiful environment in which to relax or enjoy the many activities on offer. Approximately 30 resorts are spread through the islands and most resorts provide basic accommodation and meals with access to natural and cultural sites. To access this group of islands, you will need to take the Yasawa Flyer which departs Denarau at 8:30am daily.