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“Fantastic Family Holiday at Mana” 4 of 5 stars
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Mana Island Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   P. O. Box 610, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Fantastic Family Holiday at Mana”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Like other recent TripAdvisor reviewers, I left for Mana a little bit nervous about the reviews I had read here, however we neeedn't have worried. Yes, the cyclone did some damage, parts of the resort need updating, the food is not fine dining, but none of these issues are bad anough to detract from a fantastic Fiji Island holiday.

Accommodation: We stayed in an Island Bure. We have three children 12 and under, so there was really not much room to do anything apart from sleep. The only time that was a problem was when it rained for two days in a row, but luckily we were with extended family so we could make use of more than one bure. We had a few maintenance issues, such as a towel rail that kept falling off, and a broken clothes line, but apart from that I thought the room was very nice and exceptionally clean. The decor is probably a bit dated but there is nothing wrong with it. It suits the island style. Housekeeping did arrive quite late in the day sometimes, but they were very accommodating if we were in there and they did a very thorough job.

Food: We bought the breakfast and dinner package before we left home, because we didn't want to be continually thinking about where we were going to eat and how much it was costing us. It worked very well, and our children were able to have lunch for free each day as well, which was great because it was the only way to get them out of the pool for a few minutes! The adults had a drink or a coffee and some of the snacks that we brought with us - cheese, crackers, chips etc. We all enjoyed having our eggs cooked fresh at the egg nest for breakfast, and seeing what food each theme would bring for dinner. I'd say the dinner buffet was a mixture - there were a few things I wouldn't eat but a lot that I did and really enjoyed (BBQ night, coconut pannacotta, fresh pineapple, the little bread rolls). We never went hungry!

We had a special occasion dinner at the South Beach restaurant (which was in the conference room at that time) and the food was lovely. We ordered a cake for my parents' wedding anniversary and the staff served it to them complete with singing and guitar playing which was wonderful. We used credit from the buffet restaurant to partly pay for this dinner.

We didn't have any issues with our plates not being cleared, in fact, the staff were very attentive. We did find that you had to book early in the day, or even the day before, if you wanted to eat outside on the deck, or at the South Beach restaurant.

Activities: We enjoyed a number of activities, including volleyball, cooking, coconut icecream, kava, Bingo and crab racing (highlights for our competitive family!), and the Bula Bus. We did have a few experiences of "Fiji time" here, but you have to get used to the relaxed way of life and just go with the flow. If something is really important and needs to be done, talk to a manager and you can usually get a result just by having a friendly conversation.

The kids loved the pool and there were no issues with maintenance here. The adult infinity pool is lovely too. We enjoyed snorkelling on both beaches and loved the fact that when one beach is a bit windy the other always seems to be perfectly calm! It is a great place to introduce children to snorkelling as you just walk out off the beach and the fish are right there - you hardly need to swim.

The children joined up to Kids Club, then each day we would have a look at the activities and see which sessions they wanted to go to. It is great that there a three separate sessions each day, so you can pick and choose to suit each child. The staff there were lovely and our children warmed to them very quickly.

People: It is the people of Mana who make the holiday so special. We never got tired of giving and receiving a warm "Bula!' as we walked around the resort, and built a rapport with some of the staff while we were there. They were always willing to help us out when we needed it and we had a lot of fun with them. We enjoyed a visit to the village where my girls got their hair braided and we were all were able to experience a bit of life in Fiji, and we also visited the Mana Island SDA school which was a highlight of our trip. The children sang for us and we played sport with them which my son loved, and if we go back we would probably do a lot more of that .

This was my first trip to Fiji and I can't wait to go back! Mana Island was a bit more expensive for us than the mainland would have been, especially when you add in ferry transfers etc, but our family loves beaches and the Mana Island ones are just beautiful. It was the most relaxing holiday I can remember having. Often when we go away we are either sightseeing, planning our next meal, emailing people at home etc. At Mana our toughest decision was deciding which cocktail to have each evening - we didn't have any worries at all, but spent our days relaxing and enjoying time together.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Not much else to do but if this is your itinerary then Mana is a good choice. Although one of the older island resorts in Fiji, Mana has been well maintained over the years. Located only about a 1.5 hour ferry ride from Port Denarau, the island is a good compromise between expense, travel time and experiencing the smaller islands. The resort spans the north and south shores so people are spread out, you never feel crowded. Lots of beach front but some areas are rocky at low tide. Snorkeling off the north shore is excellent once you get out 100 yards (highly recommended) but limited to 2 hours either side of high tide, too shallow otherwise. South shore is OK and can be snorkeled all day. Non motorized water sports are free. Dive shop seems well run. Staff are all very friendly and helpful but service could be better at times, not bad but often slow at mealtime.

Bring snacks and booze as both are expensive on the island. Buy liquor at duty free when you arrive at the airport, much cheaper than the shop at Port Denarau. Buffet breakfast/dinner are FJD $35/$65 (I don't think the meal plan saves you anything) with a good selection of eats. No other choice for breakfast but if you are not a big eater go for dinner at the ala carte restaurant where you can eat for about $20-$30/plate. Food at both was ok but overpriced for what it was. Soft drinks are about $5, beer $8, glass of wine $12. Go through the gate to the backpackers for large beers priced the same as small in the resort. Although snorkeling on the north coast is excellent, we did a snorkel trip from the dive shop where they took us to an offshore sand bar with a different environment and a few other fish.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

What can I say about Mana island... it was amazing. Before me and my partner left to Mana, we read the reviews and we were a bit worried but i have to say this place doesn't deserve a bad review. Me and my Partner stayed in an ocean View bure and i have to say pay that bit extra and its truly worth it, We had the best view from our room and it was wonderful waking up to the ocean just outside our window. The room was always cleaned on time, and had great air condition. The snorkeling was excellent, one of the best. The food at Mana was good, we ate at the buffet and it was great atmosphere and they had different themes on each night, i would recommend to eat at the buffet. The people at Mana island were the most friendly, helpful people i have ever met, always willing to go that extra mile to help you. In the evenings there was lots of music and a Fijian night and the crab racing was a load of fun.. your never get board here. Yes the place needs some updating but this didn't ruin our holiday at all!! broken tiles, and shatters here and there, but this is an island, getaway after all. We recommend to have a walk up to the look out.. an amazing view. We loved our stay at mana so much, and are thinking of going back there later in the year.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Let me be humble by saying that any holiday opportunity is a privilege and it's a first world problem to complain about anything as luxurious as the ability to afford a holiday.

I'm not a 'resort' style person and would never actually choose to go somewhere like Fiji. We were there for a family event.

The good aspects: delightful, gentle and kindly staff who were a joy to engage with. Lovely snorkeling and natural beauty. Family friendly.

What's left to be desired: let's be honest here; I detest being a captive market to minimal choice which is below what I'd choose in my own suburb and double the price at half the quality. Food options are expensive, limited and nothing special.

Lack of any kitchen facility makes it hard to even gave the ability to prepare simple things yourself.

Found the fittings and general feel of the place to be tired in comparison to other facilities I've stayed at. Fine if you are honest and say you're 3 star but don't charge 5 star prices.

I understand we are in a developing country, but I've been in India, parts of Asia and beyond that are equally 'developing' yet offer higher standards at better value prices.

I cringed everyday at the portly, scruffy westerners (mainly loud, tattooed Aussies) scoffing plates of food down at the buffet breakfast and being rude to the server staff. Horrible.

The pool area is sometimes like a 'redneck yacht club' with boorish drinkers hanging out in groups. I don't like the Gold Coast for the same reason.

Just generally found the resort experience bland and repetitive; little culture or intellectual stimulation, but ideal if you are looking to gain a few kilos by draining the pancake counter at breakfast, lying around drinking sickly, expensive cocktails and frying your skin in the sun.

No gym or active facilities beyond watercraft and swimming.

I'm sure this sort of holiday appeals to some people, just not me.

Just felt uncomfortable being in a place that charged lots for the simplest drinks and food, while relative poverty and hardship exists outside the resort. Doesn't sit well with me

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We have just returned from a 8 night stay at Mana Island resort in Fiji. We attended as part of a group to attend a wedding while there. We had a really fantastic time and loved the time there. Some tips for you though, take food with you to this island. We took cheese, crakers, cereal, snack bars for the children, small tins of tuna, and other items. This really helped as it meant that I could have a simple breakfast in my room rather then paying for three meals a day. From room service you only get Pizza or chips and that is fine for a while but you do start to want something different. The food is not that cheap but is is perfectly fine. As an indication only it is approximately $30 Fijian for a smogasboard breakfast, $65Fijian for a smogasboard dinner and there is and alacarte restaurant as well but you need to book early in the day to get into this. If you get a kids eat for free deal it is a big help to the bill at the end of the trip. As for the island the staff are just fantastic and so friendly. The island is lovely and you have a beach on each side of it to swim at depending on the weather. We had our son 3 year old with us and we took him to the kids club quit a bit and he loved it. He probably saw more more of the island then us as they were always out doing different activities or doing a Bula Bus trip around the island. The Accommodation was great and just as we had expected. We stayed in an island Bure. These are good as it gives you quick access to either side of the island and everything is handy. The rooms were clean, tidy and serviced daily. Keep in mind that you are going to an island so if your expecting something fantastic and elegant then maybe this is not the place for you. We have stayed on several island and been to several resorts in the Pacific and I was very satisfied with this location and the accommodation. Its very popular for weddings as there was almost one ever day that we were there. I recommend this as a great family or couples place to go for a break. Just remember go with an open mind to just have fun and relax and you will love it...plus take in a bit of food and drink with you. Plus we had a great time at the wedding that we went for.

Room Tip: The Island Bures have these great outside stone showers (accessed from inside your room) that are a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This place gets 4 star primarily because of location and accommodation. The beaches are really stunning, especially on a still day and the snorkelling is fantastic off north beach. We were In a deluxe ocean view bungalow, very spacious and a few steps to beautiful north beach. Safe swimming for kids. I recommend staying in the 400 bungalows. We stayed in 513 which is a fair walk to the main area, and the 500 bures are duplex which is ok except there is no screen on the deck between the 2. If you don't know your neighbours it is a bit awkward to share a deck, such an easy and cheap thing to fix. I am surprised no one has raised this before on trip adviser as it was the main gripe for me an my wife.
The food was ok but nothing special. Ditto the pool area, although did not get to use the horizon pool as we were with kids all the time.
a special thanks to reception staff who coordinated finding our 7 year old who went missing for an hour one evening.
We also enjoyed the Bula bus trip to sunset beach as well as the meke. Kids club seemed well run.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I can honestly say I really enjoyed this place and my kids 11 and 5 loved it. It's not the Hilton but its that old saying " you pay for what you get". I think it's great value for money. We stayed in a island bure ...it was clean and met all our needs including great air con. We only used the room for sleeping.

I actually think I'm pretty fussy but I do realise people are only human .... And you just kinda go with the flow when your there. When this place gets bad reviews I think the people writing those reviews had gone to wrong place and should have stayed at one of the more expensive western resorts.

I'd recommend travelling with another family ....like we did.....its nice to have company whist the kids are in kids club. My kids loved the kids club.

If you get time....I'd recommend visiting the school .... and making a donation of $$$, school stuff or sporting equipment.

Room Tip: Island bure.... Loved the open air showers
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P. O. Box 610, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Mana Island
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:4 star — Mana Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 160
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