Top Things To Do In The Mamanuca Islands
When you’re craving an exotic island retreat, the stunning Mamanucas Islands’ powdery beaches and warm, coral fringed lagoons really hit the spot. Make the most of your time in this mesmerising archipelago with our list of must-dos.
Day Trip to A Private IslandIn Fiji, an Island trip is an absolute must. It’s the easiest way to get your tropical island fix of beach lounging, reef snorkeling and watersports while being plied with a delicious buffet and cold drinks. Get there fast on a high-speed catamaran or soak up the scenery on a leisurely sailboat from Port Denarau and Vuda Marina. If you’re already in the region, just get your resort’s tour desk to arrange a pickup. Warning…you might have only one regret; with 20 spellbinding islands to explore, it might be hard just picking one.
Learn to DiveBest known for flawless beaches and showstopping sunsets, the Mamanuca islands can add its calm, clear lagoon to its long list of charms. Thanks to the protection of an extensive barrier reef and numerous bommies and patch reefs within, snorkeling from the surface is spectacular but when you take the plunge to dive in, the experience is breathtaking and it’s an ideal spot for novice divers to take their first breath underwater. Even with a bit more bottom time under your belt, the reef’s enchanting soft corals, rich fish life and diverse dives (walls, caves, drifts and wrecks) still has plenty to keep you engrossed.
Brimming with places to stay and a well-established dive scene, we bet you’ll find diving here as pleasing as the scenery.
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Surf Some Epic WavesDuring the Fiji winter (April – October), big wave surfers from across the world haul their boards to the southern Mamanuca islands to surf Cloudbreak’s legendary 20ft (6m) swells. A championship wave that’s on the Top Ten list of every serious surfer, this notorious left-hander is not for the fainthearted. But there’s heaps of other fun waves like Wilkes, Namotu Lefts and Tavarua Rights to play out your surf fantasies on. The area is a watersports paradise so when you’re done with surfing, grab a SUP, foil or kiteboard and hone your other board skills.
Tiny Tavurua and Namotu island resorts are touted as some of the best surf resorts on the planet and mere minutes from this wave playground. Book one of their popular rooms or head there on a boat charter from the mainland.
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Chill Out on Cloud 9Hovering above dazzling RoRo reef near Malolo island, Cloud 9’s floating two-tier bar is one the dreamiest spots to spend a lazy afternoon. In just under 15 minutes from Port Denarau you could be sunbathing on one of their loungers or doing somersaults off the top deck. Serving wood-fired pizzas, cool cocktails and laid-back tunes all day long, it’s the perfect mid-ocean party or chill out spot. Book some snorkels to explore the surrounding reef or pre-arrange more watersports for even more fun on the water.
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High Speed Island Hopping.Add a dash of high-speed adventure to your holiday with a jetski safari sprint through the Mamanuca Islands. There are several tour options that depart daily from Denarau Island to tempt you but the ride to the uninhabited Monuriki Island is something truly special. You’ll spend a few hours lazing on the beach, exploring caves and snorkelling the island’s colourful coral garden before heading back home.
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Visit Malamala Beach ClubThe world’s first island beach club is a tiny drop of sandy perfection just 25-minutes from Port Denarau. A popular daytrip option, it has everything you love about beach clubs; from an eyepopping pool and chilled playlist right down to private cabanas and attentive butler service. But you’ll really want to go for is the gorgeous vistas and mouth-watering menu.
Malamala’s Pacific-infused a la carte menu bursts with tempting light bites and shared platters that’ll have your tastebuds doing flips. Paired with a delicious curated cocktail by the pool, it’s one of the most heavenly way to unwind. When you’re ready to leave your daybed, grab a set of complimentary snorkels, kayaks or paddleboards and explore the warm shallows that wrap around the island. Day passes will get you discounts on the trip if you return within 7 days.
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