If you like:
The sound of construction works outside your Bure
The smell of raw sewerage at the dinner table
The songs 'I'm a Barbie Girl' and 'Everybody was Kung Foo Fighting'
Doing the 'Limbo'
Cockroaches the size of mice(!) in your bedroom
Huge portions of cold, poor quality food
Constant reminders that if you are caught with duty free drinks they will be confiscated(!)
Western owned, money spinner type resorts
then you will love this place!
We stayed in a jungle Bure which was decorated to a high standard. They looked lovely and were well equipped with soaps etc in the bathroom. This however was the only nice thing about Manta ray Island other than of course snorkelling with the Manta Rays.
Some of the staff were exceptionally friendly, others were rude. It is compulsory to sign the disclaimer on arrival which basically says the resort is not responsible for anything at all. If you choose not to agree to the terms there is no boat back until the next day!
Construction works went on for the entire 3 day stay despite being told that it was only the day we arrived. The beach is stony and you can only snorkel/swim at high tide. There is another beach over the back of the Island which takes less than 5 minutes to walk to, this is a great spot for watching the sunset and would recommend heading there for some peace. The beach bar on the main resort pumps out cheesy 90's pop music all day, annoyingly the bar staff seem to like the song Barbie Girl and choose to repeat it over and over again.
The food menu looks great with plenty of variety, however it is mostly large, cold portions of poor quality food. Other people have commented on how good the food was here so maybe we were just unlucky with it being cold at every meal. The composting toilets are close to the dining area resulting in an overwhelming smell of raw sewerage at times whilst eating.
We were reminded every day that if we were caught with duty free drinks they would be confiscated, this felt patronising and got annoying.
Our plan had been to dive whilst there, however when we saw the equipment which looked shabby and worn we were not sure. Our minds were made up when we realised there was just one girl taking out as many people that they could cram on the boat. We are fairly new to diving and did not feel comfortable being taken out in large groups with just one leader. They don't seem to care about your safety with diving as there is a sign outside the dive centre saying 'Can't swim?? Doesn't matter - come and learn to dive today'. They have waived themselves of all responsibility in the disclaimer by stating that if there is any sickness or injury through diving they basically don't have to help and may not get you to the main land until the following day.
To summarise, this place is not as relaxing or nearly as beautiful as some of the other islands. If you're a couple looking for a romantic experience this is definitely not the place for you. It's probably great for singles who want to party and meet other people and don't care so much for peace or relaxation.
Snorkelling with the Manta Rays was a great experience, but there are other places that do the trips for free. I would definitely not stay here for more than one night if that's your sole intention for visiting Manta Ray Island resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Mantaray Island Hotel Nanuya