We spent 5 nights on Mana Island in May. We had a wonderful time!! The staff were wonderful!! It started out great because our garden bure was upgraded to an ocean view room! The garden bures are quite nice, smaller than i initially though but all new, with AC and outdoor shower. They are about 3 minutes walk to the northern beach. After staying in an ocean view room, the extra price may be worth it though, quite spacious with great views. We spent all our time on the Northern beach which was just breathtaking. We went to fiji to lie on a beautiful beach and thats exactly what we did. Despite it being the NZ school holidays, most days we had the beach to ourselves. The snorkling is amazing (in terms of fish, not for coral though) you only have to swim out about 10-15m to the coral drop off and you see a tonne of fish! (in saying that even at knee depth you can have 10 fish swimming around you). Great visibility as well. Snorkels are free to hire for your entire stay which is great. We did some diving with the dive shop - whose intructors are all professional and don't leave you stranded. Again though, if you are after beautiful coral then Fiji doesn't really rank (only in some spots far out is it okay). The only issue is the food, now a lot of reviews here and for other island hotels go on and on about the food. But from our point of view its about expectations - its not easy to get the freshest produce out there and with a limited market, menu options become tough as well. The food seriously though is not great! we didn't go for a meal option and not very big eaters anyway and the price isn't really worth it. Breakfast is included and is quite nice. Dinner from the menu at the main buffet restaurant is disastrous but again edible! The south beach restaurant (which is fancier and nicer) is better, but not compared to anything in the mainland - esp. when you compare price. So, for those people looking to get to an island resort and not pay through the teeth in meals - then you can definetly do it at Mana - we didn't end up paying much at all. The best thing about Mana is that it has space, your not crowded onto a very small island (like many of the others). You can walk up to the peak, walk around to the sunset beach (which is great) or have an entire beach to yourselves! We are a couple and never felt suffocated by large crowrds or lots of children.
We also got massages at the old massage bure (Mana now would have opened a new more expensive fancier one), my GF got her gold necklace "misplaced" whilst having one and to be honest there wasn't much doubt as to what happened to it. We searched for hours and even opened up the floor boards! the next day we told the duty manager who promised to look into it. We left the island that day, but sure enough a few days after we get a call saying after "extensive investigation and searching" they found it! Great customer service, we would definetly return
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