We stopped at Mana for lunch while on the Island Hopper day trip from Musket cove. All I can say is, if you do this, eat at the a la carte restaurant, DO NOT bother with the buffet restaurant. Lunch on Mana Island was the low point of our 5-day stay.
We were tempted by the promise of the 'fresh BBQ' buffet, even though it was a relatively expensive $FJ30. The only good thing is you can stuff yourself with as much average food as you can stand. The actual BBQ was not bad but very tiny portions you had to queue up for, the rest of the food we sampled was either average or just plain bad. We ordered a beer and a softdrink and asked for water.
Then the real fun began - after we sat down with our food we were mobbed by a waitress who told us we were meant to pay for the buffet before we got our food. And that we should pay for our drinks after we ate. Fine. We handed over our cash and ate our food, waiting for our water. My husband tried to pay for our other drinks with a $20 note, but we were told they'd have to go looking for change - mind you, only $7 change. By the time we'd finished our dessert, after waving down several staff, we still had no change and no water. Finally they brought us water - turns out water here isn't free, they brought us room temperature bottled water we were expected to pay for. My husband was so tired of dealing with them we took one bottle, bringing our drinks bill to $18, and told them not to worry about the change just so we could get out of there.
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