Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands for Adults
The Mamanuca Islands of Fiji have a bit of a reputation for being a bit too family-friendly. That’s not ideal when you’re looking for rest and rejuvenation. Nevertheless, there have been a few exceptional adult-only retreats developed over the last few years that provide adults with an escape from splashing kids in the pool. Check out all those adult-only accommodations right here. From these resorts, you’ll be treated to a wealth of amazing activities, both on land and on the water, where you’ll either be sharing the experience with who you choose or with like-minded adults. Take a look at the list below for all the amazing adult-only activities in the Mamanuca Islands. Additionally, there are some ideas for adult-only escapes even if you’re staying in one of the family resorts.
While you’re here, don’t miss our Adult-Only Guide to the Mamanuca Islands.
1. Indulge in One of the Mamanucas’ Adult-Only Spas
Whether you stay in an adult-only resort or not, one place you know you can escape to for some peace and quiet is at your resort’s spa. For a bit of spa inspiration, try the Tadrai Island Resort’s Wai Siliva Spa where you get to choose your treatment setting on this 60-acre (25ha) island. Or how about a couples’ massage mixed with natural Fijian spa products at the Tropica Day Spa of the Tropica Island Resort? Check out all your options in our 10 Best Spas in the Mamanuca Islands.
2. Cruise Out to Local Sandbars for Sensational Snorkelling
The underwater world among the coral reefs is a must-see in Fiji! While snorkelling is available for all types of holidaymakers, adult-only resorts have reefs for snorkelling just off the beaches, as well as boat trips to some of the best outer reefs in the Mamanucas. Guided snorkelling trips are always a great option with resorts such as Tropica Island Resort’s amazing sandbar snorkelling trip or Lomani Island Resort‘s trips to exotic coral gardens. For more excursion ideas, check out The Best Day Trips from the Mamanuca Islands.
3. Scuba Dive in One of the Mamanucas’ 30 Dive Sites
Feeling adventurous? Don’t miss the stunning tropical underwater world in the depths of the Mamanucas. While all resorts offer diving experiences, children can only start diving if they are over 10 years old. Even with that being the case, older kids are usually the ones going for it making for a more adult-only environment. If you’re looking for diving with adult-only resorts, Subsurface Fiji at the Likuliku Lagoon Resort takes adventure-seekers to the ocean-side barrier reefs to swim with dolphins, manta rays, turtles and large pelagic fish. Alternatively, Matamanoa Resort works with Deep Blue Diving offering adults a range of PADI dive courses, including freediving, and trips to over 30 dives sites in the Mamanucas.
4. Hike to the Mountain Tops of Your Resort’s Island
Many of the island resorts in the Mamanuca Islands can point you in the direction of exceptional hiking trails. Delve into the island’s best natural spots on the trails of the adult-only Likiliku Lagoon Resort to Jona’s Lookout, the Ridge Track and along Naivaka Beach. More stunning walking trails await on the private island of Matamanoa Island. For walking with purpose, check out the medicine walk on the adult-only Tokoriki Island.
5. Treat That Special Someone to a Private Beach Picnic
Dine with only the person/people you choose with private dining experiences in the Mamanuca Islands. A popular option is a private beach picnic lunch and Campagne with the Tokoriki Island Resort. You’ll be transported to the serene Monu Island for four hours of beachcombing, snorkelling and indulging in divine food.
6. Hit Epic Waves like “Cloudbreak” on a Surf Excursion
The incredible reef breaks of the Mamanuca Islands are no place for a kid. Intermediate to experienced surfers will find some of the most challenging waves in the South Pacific only a short boat ride from their resort – learn more about it in our 9 Surf Spots in the Mamanuca Islands. The best adult-only resorts for surf excursions are the Lomani Island Resort and Tadrai Island Resort. The latter also offers surf lessons.
7. Hire a Fishing Charter to Tackle the Monsters of the Deep
There’s no need to share the boat with excitable families. Charter your own fishing vessel, guide and equipment and enjoy your own fishing trip as relaxing or as challenging as you like. The Tropica Island Resort caters to first-timers with fun handline fishing, as well as giving experienced anglers their next challenge with game and sports fishing. Check out what kind of fish you could be caught in our What Types of Fish Can You Fish For in Fiji?
8. Get Competitive with the Sports Courts of Your Adult-Only Resort
The Mamanuca’s adult-only resorts give you a ton of fun ways to get competitive, with many having complimentary access to tennis courts, beach volleyball, beach cricket, 9-hole golf courses and much more. The Matamanoa Island Resort has an incredible range of land sports to get stuck into, including beach soccer, petanque, touch rugby, table tennis, board games and “after dinner games”.
9. Go on a Dolphin Safari or an Island Excursion
There’s so much to discover beyond the confines of your resort, so get out on the water and start exploring! Popular trips include excursions to Monuriki Island where the movie Cast Away was filmed, to the Cloud 9 floating bar – note that this is not a child-free zone, and on mystery island-hopping tours. We also like the dolphin safaris available with the Lomani Island Resort.
10. Work Out in the Gym or Fitness Centre
Another facility to escape the kids in any type of resort is usually within the resort’s fitness centre. But if you want to ensure your workout is exclusively adult-only then there’s plenty of space for fitness on Tokoriki Island, especially at their fitness platform with TRX straps. Alternatively, check out the 24h beachfront bure (bungalow) gym at the Likiliku Resort.