Activities in the Mamanuca Islands You Can’t Miss!
Your dream Fiji getaway is about to start, but what are the things you can’t miss before your time in the Mamanucas comes to an end? Fiji’s most popular island group is packed with water and land-based activities where you’ll never have a dull moment. You can do just as little or as much as you want from your Mamanuca Island resort, but when it comes to choosing your big activities, these are the must-dos in the Mamanuca Islands.
While you’re here, don’t miss our Complete Guide to the Mamanuca Islands.
1. Arrive at Your Resort in Style by Helicopter or Seaplane
Out of all the ways to get to the Mamanuca Islands, nothing beats the breathtaking views from a scenic flight. Fly by helicopter or seaplane to your chosen resort while indulging on exceptional views of the islands, coral reefs and sparkling waters. Air operators like Pacific Island Air and Turtle Airways offer air transfers between Port Denarau/Nadi International Airport and the Mamanuca Islands’ resorts.
2. Scuba Dive Among the Mamanuca’s Coral Reefs
If you’re only in Fiji once, then scuba diving in the “soft coral capital of the world” is a must do! With more than 30 dive sites to explore, the Mamanucas is a great place to do it. A Mamanucas diving trip is filled with vibrant corals and a fabulous array of tropical fish. Head out to the ocean-side reefs and you could be sharing the waters with manta rays, dolphins and large pelagic fish! Almost all the resorts in the Mamanucas have access to PADI-associated dive centres with scuba diving lessons, dives for beginners, and trips for qualified divers.
3. Hike to the Island’s Viewpoint
Some stunning views can be captured atop the islands of the Mamanucas. Many of the island resorts, such as Likuliku Lagoon, Malolo Island, Tokoriki Island, Plantation Island… to name a few, have access to walking trails where you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views across the ocean and surrounding islands.
4. Go on an Island-Hopping Cruise
There are around 20 islands in the Mamanuca Islands, so we fully recommend getting out of the confines of your resort to explore! Island cruising is a fantastic way to spend the day in the Mamanucas, whether it’s on a dolphin safari, a snorkelling cruise or visiting the floating Cloud 9 pizza bar which is available to do from most resorts!
5. Hit Epic Waves like “Cloudbreak” on a Surfing Excursion
Sure the Mamanucas are famous for scuba diving, lazy days by the pool and sipping cocktails, but for surfers, you’re in for a treat. Intermediate to experienced surfers will find some of the most challenging waves in the South Pacific only a short boat ride from their Mamanuca resort. Check out our 8 Surf Resorts in the Mamanuca Islands.
6. Visit a Fijian Village
While all the action seems to be on the water in the Mamanucas, it’s always worth spending the time to discover the local culture on the islands. Many resorts offer guided village visits where you’ll get to meet local villagers and see their way of life. Join Six Senses Fiji on a trip to Solevu including a lunch with the villagers or how about seeing where the staff are from with the Tokoriki Island Resort village visit including a traditional welcoming ceremony?
7. Have a Picnic on a Private Island or Beach
Visiting the Mamanuca Islands on a romantic getaway or honeymoon? Take resorts up on the offer to indulge in a private island or private beach picnic with your loved one. A gourmet picnic, Champagne and time to snorkel and explore the island is usually what is included in this exclusive activity in the Mamanuca Islands. Private picnics are available with resorts such as Treasure Island Resort, VOMO Island Resort, Tadrai Island Resort and much more. Check out more activities like this in our 10 Romantic Activities in the Mamanuca Islands for Couples.
8. Learn How to Cook Fijian Cuisine in a Cooking Class
Learn how to cook your own island-style meals at one of the Mamanuca resorts’ cooking classes. At the Plantation Island Resort, learn how to cook traditional Fijian dishes using tropical ingredients. Another option is at the Six Senses Resort in their very own dedicated cooking school within their herb and vegetable garden. For more foodie experiences like this, take a look at our 10 Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands for Foodies.
9. Indulge in One of the Mamanucas’ Island Spas
Whether you are staying in an adult-only resort or not, one of the best places to get some time out is at your resort’s spa. For a bit of spa inspiration, try the Tadrai Island Resort’s 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 spa options in our 10 Best Spas in the Mamanuca Islands.
10. Relax with Fijian Entertainment in the Evenings
One of the major highlights of any stay in the Mamanuca Islands is the fun and fascinating Fijian nights! Many resorts treat guests to complimentary Fijian entertainment, whether it’s a kava ceremony – a welcoming ceremony that has been a tradition on the islands for hundreds of years – or a captivating “meke” cultural dance performance. Find out more about the cultural experiences you’re likely to have on the islands in our 10 Best Ways to Experience the Fijian Culture.