Just wondering what your best advice is or if you have any tips about Mana Island Resort?
happy to help. can you tell us who is travelling, ages etc of children if any and the sort of stuff you like to do on holidays.
will reply once you have posted
Thanks ziggy - sorry just so excited!
There are 3 of us - me, husband and son (aged 3).
We really want to relax - but enjoy some of the culture as well.
I have only been snorkling once before, so would like to give that a go. Wouldn't mind doing a little bit of fishing too.
Don't mind a cold one on a hot day either!
If you want to see a bit more other than Mana go on the Seaspray trip to Modriki Island it is a lot of fun an you will get to go to a village , see the school and how they live as well as have the opportunity to pick up some souveniers. You pass some of the other island resorts along the way and have time to explore the island or snorkel. Modriki is where the Tom Hanks movie Castaway was filmed. Morining tea,afternoon tea and lunch and all drinks wine, beer and soft are included in the cost.
We did the Seaspray trip with our 3 year old and he had a ball. Thought it was great to be on a sailing ship. Also the snorkelling at Modriki is excellent. As is the snorkelling on Mana.
You can also do a island hopping tour that takes you to Castaway, Malolo, Musket Cove and Plantation Island resort. Would really recommend doing this trip as well.
Your 3 year old should really enjoy the kids club, mine did. They have a different theme each day and the kids get to do fun things like fish feeding, crab hunting, kite making and face painting.
Not sure when you are travelling (as you may have gone already) but take a buggy for your 3 year old. It will save a lot of carrying if he's not a big walker. The island shop sells snacks etc but we brought our own supply for Ella (4yrs) including marmite, cheddar cheese, crackers, ribena etc...Your family will love the holiday. The cleaners also double as nannies (and are fantastic and only $5 hr)will give you a break!
oops, imissed your reply hence i didnt come back. Not sure if you have gone yet.
take some drinks ad snacks with you. bure has a fridge so take some beer , you can buy it from supermarket in nadi.
Seaspray is good, you can also do your island hop tour from the backpackers. Its a lot cheaper. Ditto for any fishing trips you may do.
backpackers is good for a change of scenery in the food department.their lovu is good and only $10.
try and get to the shows at night particularly the meke and polynesian dancing nights.
If you like good wine you wont get it at the resort . itsexpensive ( heavy tax in fiji) and ordinary quality. take your own and just offerto pay $10 a bottle corkage and they are happy in the restaurant.
Dont miss the bingo, always good for a laugh.
take sunscreen and water, its expensive there
The hamburgers are expensive as well.
We did an island hop from Plantation & decided to get lunch at Mana (our 1st stop) it took 1 hr to get the 4 burgers & they cost $17 each. It took us that long to get lunch that we missed going to 1 island & only had 20 min on Castaway & only 20 min for our outer reef snorkeling.
To make matters worse we only saw the inside of the resturant at Mana & then had to leave.
"Not happy Jan" & wont make the mistake again.
Unfortunately that is 'Fiji Time'.........nothing happens quickly. We did a day trip from Mana, stopping at Castaway, Malolo, Musket Cove and Plantation Island and had the same problem at both Castaway and Malolo. All we wanted was 4 drinks and it took 15 mintues, with only 20 mintues at Castaway and Malolo, it didn't leave much time to look around.
In saying this, the laid back lifestyle is the reason we all visit Fiji and you just have to learn to go with the flow.
We head there in March - can't wait!!
Thanks for the tips everyone.
Just wondering, does the "Fiji Time" apply to transfers out to the island and back etc? Don't want to miss the flight.
I think boats, flights and transfers are about the only time you arent really kept waiting :)