We had never been to Fiji before and decided to book in at Matamanoa after extensively going through reviews on Trip Advisor of many other other islands in the Mamanuca's.
We are keen snorkellers and wanted somewhere different than our previous vacations in Rarotonga and Samoa and we weren't disappointed! You are able to snorkel off the beach, just head out about 100 metres or so and you'll reach the edge of the reef where it drops down into the deep. Out here we saw white tip reef sharks, stingray and even a big black tip reef shark which was a big highlight for us. There is ALOT of fish out there and even in the shallows on the way out to the edge.We even found Nemo! YAY. The coral is the best we have seen so far on our trips. You can't snorkel much at low tides but no worries, there is a boat that will take you out to different spots each day. Snorkels and masks and fins are all complimentary as well as beach towels. Oh and cooked breakfasts
We were surprised to see a number of different bird species on the island as well as the winged mammals we all know as bats, big fruit bats to be exact, who come out at dusk.
We stayed in a hotel unit as opposed to the flasher beachfront bure's and we had no complaints there. For such a small island there is always something to do. Walks to the top of the hills, tennis, beach petanque,basket weaving, beach volleyball, touch rugby, table tennis, sports fishing and much more night time activities. Island trips are also available, we did 2 trips. one to Modriki island where tom hanks starred in Castaway and the other was the village of Tavua where most of the staff come from.
The staff were absolutely great. Everyone knows your name and they all get involved when they can in beach activities such as beach volleyball and touch rugby, petanque etc. This made for a very friendly and homely place to be. No kids under 16 allowed here.
Being that the resort only holds about 60 or so guests you get to know the other guests and end up being one big family by the end of your stay.
All in all we highly recommend staying here if you are into snorkelling and relaxing and making new friends. a big hi and thank you to Seko, Tima, Mere, Ala, Ana, Ronnie, Paul and Leah and all the rest who we got to know over the week.BULA!!! we will be back one day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Matamanoa Island is a small, boutique, private Resort located in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji, just 10 minutes by helicopter from Nadi Airport. Catering to couples in either air-conditioned beachfront bures or resort rooms, for a maximum of 66 guests.Pristine waters surround the Island, excellent snorkeling in our marine sanctuary and beautiful white sandy beaches.Loads of complimentary activities both cultural and water based.Total Relaxation is our motto and in an effort to achieve this we have adopted a year round policy of not accepting children under 16 years of age. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Matamanoa Island Hotel Matamanoa Island