Just got back from beautiful Mana Island to wet and windy 11 degrees...
We were 2 families with 5 children 9,9,7,5,3.
Booked an Island Bure and was put into an Ocean View Bure which is the 500 series, the furtherest away from everything down the North Beach. Quiet, but older and too far away for us with a 3 year old. Tended to pack the bag with everything for the day and not return much. After 3 nights asked for a change and was put into the 300 series Ocean View Room which is like a hotel room upstairs/downstairs in 2 blocks of 18. Much closer, on the North Beach by the Mamanuca Restaurant. Good rooms except doors stick and get slammed shut and some neighbours are noisier than others! I have attached photos of all the different types of accomm. Friends were in 600 series Ocean Front Suite, right on South Beach. Really nice 2 story 2 bathroom hotel room type accomm.
Breakfast is great, buffet lunch and dinner average which we expected by the reviews. Would book the Mamanuca a la carte option (no extra cost on the meal plan) much more often next time, very nice. The South Beach restaurant has free lunch on the meal plan but not for kids! Dinner is beautiful but no kids allowed. Just fed them at the buffet and dropped them at the kids club.. You will pay extra for dinner there, $25-$50 extra pp depending on which of 3 options you choose. Well worth it.
Takes kids from 3-12 although not many above 10 went it seemed. Kids go from 10-12, 2-4 and 7-9pm. Costs $20 pp (entire stay) for cap and water daily. Lots of activities, crab/frog catching and racing, Fijian language/culture, sports, crafts etc. Kids loved it, my boys especially liked Cinderella, Lai and Bill.
Swimming in 2 beautiful warm pools, snorkelling on South Beach especially good slightly further out, also good further up North Beach. Plenty of snorkelling gear. Kayaking, hobby cats, parasailing, diving, jet ski etc. 5-6pm happy hour and bingo, always a laugh. Plenty of places to walk as the island is 300 acres with the resort 100 acres. Action at night started at 9pm. Meke show brilliant, crab racing fun. Tennis courts.
Small boutique with tshirts, sarongs, crafts etc also some basics like sunblock (didn't take enough...) Expensive but handy.
Nurse on the island was great, has alot of medicines and was very helpful. Some of us got 'Fiji flu' aches and coughs and fevers.
We took things like Pamol, Demazin, cold and flu tablets, mosquito spray (they do provide this and bug spray in the rooms), Dimetapp, Panadol. Used it all...
It really is warm, we lived in shorts and singlets. You don't need to dress up for dinner.
Took some wine but brought it home as we drank alot of cocktails. The kids loved the slushies. Spent approx $600 on drinks alone over 8 days for 2a/2c.
Good sized island, never seemed crowded. Mostly Kiwis, Aussies and Japanese (island is owned by Japanese).
Mana Spa very expensive, very professional and extremely well worth it for work weary people!
3 washing machines of various ages, 2 old but very effective dryers. Can buy washing powder but we took our own.
We heard the honeymoon suites are amazing. At least 4 weddings while we were there.
A most amazing place with beautiful friendly people. I researched alot on Trip Advisor looking for the right place, and we found it!
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