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Mana Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
Reviewed August 13, 2008

We planned a Mana trip after consistently good reviews and wasn't dissapointed. Arriving from a very cold and wintery Melbourne shortly after visiting Mt Buller with heavy snowfalls, coming to Mana in the warm pacific was always going to be welcoming for 5 nights. We arrived via a small plane interconnect which was well worth it as it was only 10 min and you bypassed the long trip via the catamaran. A very well spaced island with accomodation spread out so you didn't see many people. We booked the ocean view rooms which had great views from the balcony. The room was adequate, spacious and rustic. (had a bar fridge and plenty of cupboards). We were located close to the main restaurant which was handy as we had a toddler. Place mainly filled with Aussies, Kiwis and Japanese tourists. Staff were very friendly and they greet you with 'Bula'. Beaches were fantastic, esp at low tide. Great for swimming, snorkelling. Kids have a lot of fun. Fish a plenty. Babysitting very handy at $5 fiji/hour. We used this to good effect when we took the Seaspray trip (very recommended) or wanted to do some extended snorkelling, esp on the sandbank where the coral is better than the great barrier reef. Make sure you get enough drinking water to bring along and your own beer/wine/snacks etc as resort prices quite high and there is no real general store. Though I would recommend that the resort had a proper one, they would do well from it. The only thing they have is a boutique which sells very basic items. Everything operates on Fiji time, except some of the Japanese tourists who always seem to be hurrying somewhere. No problems for us from Oz or the Kiwis as Fiji time really equates mostly to our own laid back time. So don't expect anything instantly unless its a life or death emergency, like running out of beer etc. Just great! I loved the relaxed atmosphere. Food was more than adequate, We didn't take the meal plan as we didnt want to be locked in and normally have light lunches anyway. The theme nights at the buffet are fine, can probably do with more themed varieties. Maybe replace the repeated Mongolian night with Italian? There is a good spread of food inc lots of salad and fruits. The Lovo night was our favourite and a standout where the food was cooked in the ground bbq style and so tender. Otherwise you can do a la carte as well, we tried the lobster one night and it was huge, well worth the money. If your here for a shortish stay as we did then one can put up with the resort style food. But over time can be a bit tedious im sure. But I managed to surprise my wife one night and took her to the backpackers cafe (no resort tourists in sight!)where we had a nice crumbed chicken meal and she really enjoyed it as it was a change from the usual crowd. Our young 'un loved every minute doing her first overseas trip, made no complaints and got to play in lots of sun, sea and sand. We as a couple found just being on a remote south pacific island just very very enchanting. Vinaka!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2008

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.
Rooms:
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.
Food:
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.
Kids Club:
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.
Activities:
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.
Shop:
Small boutique with tshirts, sarongs, crafts etc also some basics like sunblock (didn't take enough...) Expensive but handy.
Misc:
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!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

Mana was great for our honeymoon. After staying 2 nights in Denarau, we knew we had made the right decision to travel out to Mana. The waters are SOOO blue and clear. We love swimming and snorkelling, so once we reached Mana we had no need for daytrips to other islands as the snorkelling, straight off South Beach was fantastic.
The people were generally lovely. The accomodation - we stayed in an Oceanfront Bure- was magic. Simple but lovely. We are glad we upgraded from the Island Bure's and Hotel rooms.
As we expected, the food and drinks were a little pricey, so we ate a good buffet breakfast, then most days chose a late lunch at South beach restaurant, where from 12 - 4 pm you could buy a hamburger, or fish and chips type meal to last you through dinner if you were not up to the buffet every night. The only buffet we had was the Lovo, which was great. Otherwise we ate in the afternoon. The happy hour cocktails were good value, as was the bingo by the pool.
The resort in general is a little older style- but this made it all the more authentic. The gardens are lovely, and we saw a lot of work being done in this area. The staff were gentle and lovely.
We were blessed with 5 days of beautiful weather. If one side of the island was windy,the other was perfect.
We snorkelled only on the South beach, as the North beach near our Bure was a little rough.
You will do a lot of walking as the resort is spread out.
Overall we had a lovely stay. 5 days was perfect as we began to run out of things to do. I look forward to returning in a few years - hopefully with my children.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2008

oh whot a wonderfull stay we got to mana by boat its a good trip my kids went to the kid's club everyday they just enjoyed it to bits the most funnist one woud have to be the night one it's realy good also the food oh just butifull if u like tropical food's yum yum and the starf fabulos everyone allways say's BULA i allways say that now it's so cool to tell that to people and they don't know what im saying any way such a good resort and in so jellouse to the people who Are going any way try to make it the best by

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2008

Just returned from 4 days in Mana. Booked an Island Bure but got upgraded to an Oceanview Deluxe which is probably an older room, but bigger and closer to the beach.

Staff and people -
So not everything runs like a 5 star hotel, but staff do really make an effort with everyone welcomed Fiji style and a good orientation at the start. Resort does have a client focus on Japanese but it wasn't overwhelming, with an overall mix of mainly Aussies, Kiwis and Japanese.

Things to do -
Lots of activities to choose from. Meke show is a real highlight. Plenty of beach area to satisfy anyone. North Beach is a lot quieter. View from the lookout around sunset is great. What a beautiful part of the world! Sunset Beach is a bit further but also worth checking out. For snorkelling, make sure you check the tides and avoid going in when its low.

Food -
Enough food choice for the 4 days. Lovo buffet recommended and Mamanuca restaurant (book in advance) was fine and very reasonable. Nice fresh omelettes at breakfast buffet. Lunches are either BBQ buffet at Mamanucas or mid-price dishes at South Beach restaurant.

Overall a fantastic time in Mana!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2008

Hi there,
My family, (2 children aged 9 & 13) stayed 4 nights at Mana Island. It's a beautiful island, staff are very helpful and friendly. Cleanliness of the rooms was great. There is a laundry with free facilities which is a major plus! Great activities etc. The kids had a wonderful time. The only let down was the food for us. The buffet meals were very average and sometimes below average.
There is a restaurant on South beach which had nice food, a good option for lunch. They also have a dinner menu but it is a 3 course set menu with 3 choices of menus. Beautiful food but not suitable for children. Very expensive, okay if it's just adults but alot of wastage for children. They do not do a childrens menu at night. So apart from the food our stay was wonderful. I would recommend though if you are booking the seaview motel accomodation, they also have duplex seaview bures for the same price. These are far superior to the motel units and can't believe they are the same price. We had specifically asked for the bure and had it confirmed in an e-mail however on arrival we were put into a unit. Were very disappointed with the unit condisdering the cost but luckily I had my e-mail confirmation and we were moved the following day to a bure. I do recommend
Mana Island, nothing is perfect and there may be things that are not what you were expecting but there is no escaping the serenity and the lovliness of the island and it's staff.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2008

Our Family Travelled to Mana for eight nights air pacific fly from
Melbourne at midnight so expect the clan to be grumpy until they
get into holiday mode. we arrived at Nadi airport at 6.30 we missed the meet and greet at the airport so when told to go out of the airport and wait at the bus stop I thought that to be a bit different. Anyway the bus came along and off we went it was about 8.30 at this time once at port denaru it was all good out to the island. My advice is get cauffered

We had a ocean view room which we found great except the sewerage leaked on the first night so we had to change room which was no problem they were very helpful and apologised
we moved next door where the view was even better.
beds were comfortable and room was a good size the air cond was excellent but we didn't use it much. We found the snokelling unreal and on high tide did this just out the front of our room, the best spot for the kids is south beach and you can just leave your gear on the lounges and go for lunch when ready the resturant there is the place to go for lunch there other lunch buffet is pretty average.

Pools were good to relax at the end of the day but you can't see the kids if they decide to go to the spa pool it needs clearing .
Bars are great and happy hour bingo is a hoot they are a bit slow on the service but thats fiji time. Try the pina caladas they are great. Only $9 bucks fiji at happy hour. The fiji gold beer is not a bad drop either. There drinks were alway's cold

Buffey dinner's were good they cook too many lovo's though they need more imagination with the buffet's and one night ran out of
pork.

At night the entertainment is good the polyneasian night is cool
and the band good Crab races are fun but get in early as the bids go high toward the end .one crab went for $140 fiji.
Games room needs some serious money spent on it a coffee lounge there would be great and a pay T.V that works and a good comfy lounge for the parents.

The boat hire is hopeless they are more on holiday than you so don't expect much from getting help with hobie cats and thing's like that also they wern't very friendly there almost rude and arrogant.

The kids club is very well run and a bargain for $20 per child fiji for your stay they are great with the kids and good to speak too.
The shop was great and had most thing's there ice creams were
great but expensive.

Make sure you go and check out the lookout and sunset beach the snokelling there is A1 we seen a heap of nemo's there.

We also went out on the "Seaspray" to modiriki where Casterway was filmed which was a great. If they catch a fish eat that before the chicken plenty of drinks with trip and well worth it.

in sum up its an old resort that needs some T.L.C and some money spent on it but there is signs of improvement. The suites look great if you've got the extra cash. sea's are quieter on south beach.

For the Accomadation, if I could stay in the same room and the snokelling I would return, oh yes I forgot its owned by the Japanese so expect to see alot . May be important to learn the lingo too. A good family friendly island.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Address: P. O. Box 610, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Mana Island
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Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
Price Range: $169 - $451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mana Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 160
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