I was travelling by myself and wanted a snorkelling holiday in Fiji. I chose Mantaray Island Resort after reading numerous reviews here on Tripadvisor, out of which many commented on its excellent snorkelling right off the beach. I stayed here for 4 nights and snorkelled for a couple of hours every day and I can honestly say that the snorkelling here is amazing. I saw a great variety of fish, lots and lots of fish, found moral eels and a few octopus. It was also fairly easy to spot the Nemos! They are so many Nemos to be found! The coral reef here is very healthy. I snorkelled by myself most of the time and I felt very safe. On the day of arrival you are briefed on where to snorkel – there is an area sectioned by a few floating balls and it’s safe to snorkelling within this area as outside boat traffic doesn’t come through here. The staff on the beach seem to keep an eye out for people who are snorkelling on the reef so I always felt safe. There is a current, which is stronger in the afternoon. But it’s not dangerous. All you have to do is know which way the current is flowing, walk to the end of the beach, and the water gently takes you. Unlike some other places in fiji, you can snorkel in both high tides and low tides here. There is a sign out there says ‘avoid snorkelling in low tide’ – but it is generally ok to snorkel in low tide unless the tide is extremely low. I was able to snorkel in the low tide in the morning and you just have to be careful to maneuver your way around the coral so that you do not come in contact with them. On another day I also kayaked with a couple of other guests across to the to the other beach and it was also quite safe to do that - took only about 5-10 minutes.
I stayed in the dorm. Sleeping on the bottom of the bunk bed I did feel that it was a bit crammed. There was not a lot of space to put your luggage so when there were a lot of guests staying in the dorm, the floor of the dorm looked a bit messy because there was stuff everywhere. However, after the guests checked out the next day at 10am and the staff cleaned the room, it looked quite ok for a little while (until it gets messy again when people checked in!). I read here on Tripadvisor that some people experienced bed bugs here so I took a chance of being bitten by bed bugs but still decided to stay here because of the house reef. There were no bed bugs when I stayed here and I did not hear of any guests who had bed bugs during the time when I stayed, so it was all good! There is a mosquito net on ever bed but I did not use it. I just used insect repellent and I didn’t really get bitten and slept quite well. There is a resident cat called ‘Fluffy’ and she came over to sleep on my dorm bed in the middle of the night at around 5am. It was such a pleasant surprise!
A few negative about the dorm: there is really no power points to available to charge your electronics except for one powerpoint that is used for the wall fan - it is shared amongst four beds. So if no one else is charging their electronic device using the fan powerpoint, you can use that to charge your items. However, it was so awkard to have to climb up to the upper bunk bed to unplug the cord from the fan and plug my plug in...also also had to let the cord hanging on the wall... To charge your electronic items, you can bring your electronics to the ‘Main bure/restaurant’ to charge. There are a couple of charge points available and during my stay I was always able to charge my items. The toilet is about 1-2 minutes walk away from the dorm which is not very convenient in the middle of the night. The shower is also always cold. But I was able to put up as I always showered during the day. At night it can be a bit cold using the cold shower.
The food is pretty good except for the breakfast. Breakfast is very basic. The juice at breakfast is so diluted it tasted like water. Lunch and dinner was pretty good.
Overall I had a good experience here at the Mantaray Island Resort. Most of the staff here are friendly except for a female staff working in the ‘Main bure/restaurant’ -she never smiled and had some attitude issues. She can look kind of rude and appeared like she really didn't want to be there.
If you are after excellent snorkelling and can put up with a bit of roughing up staying in the dorm, I can recommend choosing to stay in the Mantaray Island Resort. The bure would be nicer to stay in if you are travelling with partners or friends. The dorm, however, is still acceptable as long as you know what to expect. The Mantaray Island Resort is also a great place to meet people when you are a solo traveller. I have met many cool people during my stay!
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- Also Known As:
- Mantaray Island Hotel Nanuya