Matamanoa Island Resort
Travel Blogs from Matamanoa Island
23rd to 26th May 2013
We are up at 6am, who gets up this early I feel like a zombie, still nothing 30 cups of coffee won't sort out. After breakfast we head down to the port to board a boat that will take us over to Matamanoa island, Fiji is made up of hundreds of islands so we thought we had better go and spend some time on one, we board …
Om half negen worden we opgehaald met een bus om naar de haven te gaan. Onze bestemming is het eiland matamanoa. In de haven aangekomen na een ritje van amper 5 minuten wordt onze bagage ingecheckt. Wij zelf moeten in een andere rij om onze voucher om te zetten naar een ticket. Alles moet heel snel en je wordt een beetje gestuurd zonder dat je zelf …
Alweer een mooie dag. Het waait iets harder en dat geeft een beetje verkoeling. Best lekker. We zoeken onze ligstoelen weer op. Freek onrustig als hij kan zijn, gaat al snel met nieuwe flippers en een snorkel op pad. Ik heb er even geen zin in en verdiep me in mijn e-reader. Zo doen we allebei wat we willen. Freek komt steeds enthousiaster uit het …
... all to the other team to try and even up the odds a bit. After the game, we watch some of the younger teams play. Quite surprised to see a white-skinned red-headed lad playing for Fiji, he stands out! One of the Australian lads is quite the showman and scores twice while we're watching, both times with a big dive and somersault over the line for the crowd! Very entertaining. Happy to leave the ground we trudge around in search of food, a ...
... basically. When we asked him how he goes getting it into the country he said he never has a problem coming home from Fiji! But back to the markets, the kava here is the raw stuff, I don't know how they extract the kava from the roots, but what they sell is basically the raw material. It looks pretty much like a tree root and how they tell a quality product from an inferior one I have no idea; it all looks the same to me! All the produce in Fiji we are told, is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Matamanoa Island Resort
From the moment my husband and I arrived at Matamanoa in December 2004, we felt like we were in heaven. This resort was everything we had hoped for. Don't get me wrong, if you want 5 star luxury, this is not the place for you. You won't get fancy bedding, and luxurious table settings. However, if you are interested in having a relaxing vacation in a tropical paradise where serenity is the mainstay, then this is it! We stayed 6 nights here, and found that to be a good amount of time to make friends, enjoy the many activities available and bask in the warmth of the Fijian sun! The staff were lovely - very hospitable and approachable, and the beachfront bure we stayed in was very clean and comfortable. I am particularly fussy about cleanliness and insects. I didn't see many insects at all, considering we were in the tropics.
I stayed at Matamanoa for a week in July, and absolutely loved it. I'm already thinking when can I go back. We were blessed with fabulous weather which of course does make it that much better.
I just recently spent three nights at Matamanoa Island Resort for the beginning of my honeymoon, and it was absolutely wonderful! The resort was just as picturesque (if not more) as their website shows, there were plenty of activities, and the snorkelling was better than I've ever imagined!
I've never come away from a holiday so relaxed in my life. From the moment I stepped onto the island, with tropical drink in hand and led to my bure, I felt completely rested. We were offered breakfast on our day of arrival as our room was not quite ready, we arrived by helicopter at 9am. Our room was divine, although not airconditioned but because of the sea breeze we never felt hot. There is a fridge in the room and each day it was cleaned, the floor mopped to get rid of the sand and fresh hibiscus put into each room - I will never in my life forget the fresh air smell - not a car fume anywhere! Snorkelling straight off the beach was absolutely amazing. Kayaking out over the coral in a glass bottomed canoe was great. The staff are forever keen to help out if you are unsure of something. The food was a delight and I looked forward to each meal even if i wasn't really hungry. The Crepes Suzette were the best i've ever had. You must try a blue lagoon cocktail at the bar - made with icecream and a taste sensation! The trip to the Staffs island was great, with a shell market to buy all your souveneirs - although the souveneirs are cheaper in Nadi, but at least you are supporting a community by buying them here. The trip onboard the yacht Seaspray to Mondriki island where Castaway was filmed was a terrific day out, with snacks, lunch and pick up and drop off at the island. Having travelled extensively through Europe, UK, Asia and Australia I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this holiday was the best I've ever had. Although if you're coming here for a party atmosphere this is the wrong island for you - honeymooners you won't regret paying that little bit extra to stay on this island
Absolute Paradise-Matamanoa Island Resort
Matamanoa Island Resort is fantastic. Great food, great people, great activities, just great!
Everything was well presented and clean. The bure was wonderful and so close to the ocean.
We would go back in an instant. Perfect honeymoon destination!
Matamanoa Island was our last stop on our honeymoon - we stayed here for 5 nights from 21st - 26th May and wish we could have stayed much longer.
My husband and I went to Matamanoa for our honeymoon and fell in love with Fiji. The island is small but intimate, with a limited number of guests on the island. September was a little overcast but we still got really tan and relaxed. The beach was gorgeous, and the water was stunning. I have never seen water so clear. The activites were fun, and we never had to wait for a kayak or wind surfer. The daily snorkeling trips were the best activity, try not to miss an outing. If the water is calm they will take you out by the large rock where the best snorkeling is found. The food was great, and the fresh fruits are must. The island drinks are great and the hibiscus flowers were an added treat. Sunrise and Sunset were always beautiful. For an extra special treat get a bottle of wine, some of the plastic glasses from your room and climb to the top of "Mount Matamanoa" right before the sun sets and you will have the most breathtaking view of the ocean! (and nobody is ever up there!) Ping pong became a daily ritual; as did lying on the beach reading a book, listening to our ipod, and playing in the water.
I just stayed here and loved it! The water is so incredibly blue and the snorkeling is great right off the beach. The staff was incredibly friendly and the resort was beautiful. The resort is not a 5 star but it was very, very nice. The beachfront bures were clean and the grounds were clean. I did not have any problems with the cleanliness of the rooms or problems with anybody being rude. They were overfriendly if anything! The beachfront bures have a hammock where I spent many hours watching the ocean and the gorgeous sunsets. The food was just fine. Not great, not bad. If you are interested in trying Kava, ask one of the staff! They don't have an actual Kava ceremony, but the staff will make sure you get to try Kava! I also highly recommend doing the day trip to see the pottery being made. Mostly, the trip is about visiting the village and its people, and at the end you watch them make the pottery and they setup a little market where you can buy pottery and other assorted touristy stuff. I highly recommend Matamanoa, unless you are used to staying in super luxury hotels. And I wasn't bothered by the blue lounge chairs!
My wife and I have stayed at over 9 resorts in our many trips to Fiji, and Matamanoa is terrific!!! The resorts in Fiji are varied, and after staying at places in Fiji in excess of US$400 a day, plus food, we were excited to try this resort.
Please consider these words when looking at Matamanoa resort. My husband and I went to the resort in 2001 and had a good time. However, we have since returned (Oct 2004) and were very disappointed. It seems that the resort has recently been purchased by a new individual who appears to be riding off the coat tails of its old reputation.