Mana Island Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMana Island Resort
A picture-perfect sandy island with adorable private bures and friendly and helpful staff. The internet deal we got made it a fantastic price. Only cons were very overpriced internet and cocktails and not many vegetarian options on the menu. Transfers to and from the island can be tricky and expensive too - worthwhile looking into prior to booking.
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Very friendly island... service was good, food good, activities varied, great snorkling and diving. All in all a very enjoyable place to get away from it all. Prices for water and liquor is high so hit the store in Nadi before you board the boat.
I would recommend this as a place for couples and for families.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mana Island Resort
I love this place!!!
We have stayed on Mana three times (the first being 24 years ago for our honeymoon) and love it. We even visit when we are staying on the mainland.
All the staff (especially the Activities staff) are of high standard. They are so friendly and some have been working there since the resort opened over thirty years ago.
The food is excellent, although a few more choices would be good especially if you stay for a long period. The buffet breakfast is to die for....you don't need to eat again until dinner!!!!!
The accommodation is good, the garden bures (when we were last there) needed a bit of maintenance but I think that had started. We last stayed in an Ocean View room overlooking North Beach and it was great (not that we were in our rooms very much!!!)
Activities are always good, from the fish feeds with Sam, to the buzz of riding a Jetski.
The welcome you receive when you arrive, whether it be by boat or plane is great. When the staff sing to you when you leave is quite a moving experience.
When we stay it is like visiting family.
Mana Island - Perfect Wedding
Recently spent five nights at Mana Island and got married at the Seaside Chapel.
Pools (2) Clean, one with a spa.
Beach. Excellent. Both sides of the island, plenty of Lounges and good snorkelling
Rooms. Expensive, however good sizes with air conditioning.
I stayed in an Ocean View Room, (had a few insects as guests (ants, spiders) but it is to be expected on an island.)
Staff. Excellent, Friendly always willing to help and nothing was to hard.
Wedding- Perfect, well organised, setting in the Seaside chapel - spectacular.Choir great! (Highly Recommonded)
Food, Two Restaurants, Breakfast is a buffet and plentiful. I would Recommend the Meal packages for Lunch and dinner. Food was good. (No problems with the meals.) I didn't hear of any food poisioning.
Normal Bar prices for the drinks.
The Motorised Water activities are expensive.
Weather- Absolutely Perfect ! All five days , hot and sunny.
Overall a good holiday, our wedding was fantastic and obviously the highlight of our trip.
Be very carefull when you eat anything at mana island i ended up with very bad food poisoning and spent three days in bed and the island refused to offer any compansation not even 2 or 3 extra nights. My friend i travelled with also had problems with the food we ended up eating pks of chips from the shop for the last two days. Never again. I went to castaway island after and ate myself silly it was great.
Paradise for adults and kids alike!
Just returned from what was one of the best family holidays we have ever had. Beautiful beaches, good facilities, wonderful staff ; activities laid out for adults and children alike! Our 5yr old son thoroughly enjoyed the Kids Club especially the opportunity to participate in more traditional Fijian activities - a nice change from the 'high-tech' world. Staff were wonderful and ensured that all the children were well entertained.
Accommodation was good. We stayed in a delux ocean view room. Clean, good ocean views - a little noisy depending on your nieghbours but we were rarely in our room. Activities were great. Supervision of non motorised water actiivities a little poor particularly hoby-craft. Only other concern was seeing some patrons suffering gastro. Take pharmacy items as shop has very limited range.
Dont expect the Sheraton - just enjoy a great resort with Fijian fun and hospitality
This island is breathtaking. We stayed in a garden view room, the cheapest available in the brochure and it turned out to have a lovely garden and ocean view. The beaches were lovely and the free snorkeling was amazing, you could lose yourself in their world for hours on end. There were prickly weeds towards the back of the beach but this didn't impact on the white sand and crystal water beauty. The island is arranged so that most of the time you feel totaly alone on the unspoilt stretch of sand. The resort is run by the islanders who live in the staff village over the hill and its this that makes the resort truely special. They are so friendly and the evening polynesian entertainment is fantastic, not comercialised and gimmicky. the food was lovey. OUr room had 2 double beds and was very clean. little touches like free insect repellent (which wasnt needed) and fresh flowers daily were lovely. yes, if you looked closely you could find things in need of a coat of paint etc but on a magical island such as this with fantastic staff you shouldnt have the need to care. I cannot recommend this resort enough.
I spent 5 nights in one of the cheaper "garden view" bures, which our travel agent had recommended we avoid. Contrary to their advice, we found the bure to be brilliant. It was large, clean, well maintained and well situated to both of the main beaches and restaurants.
The beaches were great, with good snorkelling in both low and high tides The pools looked nice, but were surprisingly cold, so we only swam in the ocean. We found the food to be very nice, and reasonably priced.
We stayed on Mana Island for the final part of our honeymoon for 3 nights. We had previously loved every second of our trip, staying on the Coral Coast and also a 4 night cruise.
We were quite disappointed when we got to the resort. The staff had none of that certain something that makes the Fijians so lovely. Only one of the scheduled activities actually went ahead which we were quite disappointed about.
The resort was quite poorly maintained with tiles falling off the main pool and it was just not inviting at all. The new pool was lovely though. We couldn't go bare feet from all the prickly weeds.
I think that we may have had a different opinion if we had stayed there first rather than last as we had such a perfect time leading to it, thus had high expectations.
Great location but pricey
Mana Island Resort is in a great setting - a large island to the west of Vitu Levu surrounded by blue water and coral reefs. It provides a fantastic opportunity for snorkelling both on its south and north beaches.
The resort itself is adequate however it has not been particularly well maintained - the north beach had rubble on it, some of the gardens were overgrown, the room facilities were not all totally functional and the pool was out of order for "maintenance" (although it didn't look like much had been maintained!).
The food was mostly average and inconsistent. We had some great meals, but a large majority were of a lower standard.
The resort people were also somewhat inconsistent. Some were extremely friendly and personable, while others were disengaged.
Overall, the experience was pleasant, however we were quite disappointed with the experience when we compared it to what we had paid and what we would expect for that amount of money. An ocean front bure (which was actually set back in a garden and away from the oceanfront) was around $400 AUD a night and nowhere near as good as what we would expect for that amount. The food was also pricey and again, not up to the expected quality.
P.S. Would definitely recommend taking the Sea Spray day trip... you get to visit the island where Castaway was filmed, visit a small island village, drink kava, have a great BBQ lunch and drink all the alcohol you want! And a great crew on board!
We visited Mana Island in September of 2004, and it was exactly what we wanted for our honeymoon. The weather was perfect, the water was warm, and the staff was very friendly. It was such a relaxing setting that it was hard to leave. I would recommend staying in one of the Honeymoon Bures.
The snorkling on the island isn't that good and most of the activities such as waterskiing and wind surfing were a little expensive. But if you just want a gorgeous place to relax, then Mana Island is wonderful for that.
The food on the island was a little bland, but the buffet breakfasts were always worth getting up for. The drinks were good, not watered down like on other islands.
I would also recommend taking the day trip abord the Sea Swirl ship that departs from Mana Island daily and travels to the island where they filmed 'The Castaway' with Tom Hanks. That was a wonderful experience and found much better snorkling there.
we visited Mana Island last December.
Contrary to popular belief it wasnt over hot and didnt rain once!!!!!!!
we loved it as soon as we arrived to the sound of the staff singing on the wharf
the room was good, shower huge, we loved how close it was to the beach.
the snorkelling was out of this world, we saw sharks, cuttlefish, beautiful clown fish etc , all only 20m from the beach
the staff were so friendly, we went to watch the rugby in one of the staff members flat, which was great to meet his family
the restaurant was good, the buffets yummy, you certainly wont go hungry.
we went fishing and caught a few fish which was fun.
also went on two dives, saw lion fish and heaps of sharks, amazing
would really reccomend Mana Island, cant wait to go back, in fact we are going to Matamanoa Island which is nearby in October, will write a review about that when we get back
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Travel Blogs from Mana Island
... shown to our room which is a ‘Garden View Bure’ – A little hut with a bed and adjoined bathroom with an open roof. It’s going to be odd odd using the toilet or having a shower and being able to look up at the sky! What if I get sun burnt in the shower? We walked down to the beach not long after, where we relaxed for a while before lunch at 12.30pm. Some workers are really friendly, while others don’t say a word. ...
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Monday the 14th:
-Visit to Nalauwaki Village. We had a 15-20 minute walk along a winding dirt path to get there, the same path that most of the staff uses to get back and forth if they don't catch one of the boats that goes around the island. On the way we saw wild pigs running up and down the hills!
-We visited the school for 3-6 year olds and had a performance from some of ...
... we get wifi again. It was Father's Day on the islands so to celebrate we had a typical Fijian meal cooked in a pit. They dig a hole in the ground placing Palm leaves and wood at the bottom then a huge stone. When this is hot they place the food on top ( we had fish, chicken and cassava ) they then covered this with cloths and lastly the earth on top. This is left for several hours to cook. We watched as they uncovered it layer ...
... chairs but with a stick. It was hilarious. Just so competitive and ridiculous, especially when the people that work there get involved as they are serious experts at every single game! We have met such a lovely group of people here, staff and guest, it's going to be so sad to get on the boat tomorrow but Barefoot Manta is waiting. Elle, Sophie and Lauren have 2 nights there as well so it will be nice to spend some more time with them there. So far Fiji is an absolute ...
... leopard print bus to some body's back garden, and then a small speed boat the hour or so to the island. Joining us was an English girl called Kate from the Wirral (we had lots in common!) and a German guy called Julian. The arrival was particularly amazing - after a very quiet time in the rain in Nadia the weather cleared and the bay looked stunning as we approached the beach where a string of locals from the hostel were singing to us and offering us flowers and juice ...