Family Activities in the Mamanuca Islands
Don’t believe that the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji are not the best place in the world for a family holiday? Let’s see what you think after reading this list of things to do in the Mamanuca Islands with kids!
The Mamanuca Islands, just off the west coast of Fiji’s mainland, consists of around 30 islands. Many of them boast fun and fabulous family resorts where the balance of family time and separate holiday time is spot on. The resorts present a fun selection of family activities – more than any family can ever achieve in one holiday. So take a look at the list below and start planning your dream holiday vacation to the Mamanuca Islands.
While you’re here, don’t miss our Guide to the Mamanuca Islands for Families.
1. Learn to Scuba Dive
They don’t call Fiji the “soft coral capital of the world” for nothing, so don’t miss the opportunity to scuba dive in the Mamanucas! It can be an adventure for the whole family with introductory scuba diving trips or learn-to-scuba courses available for ages 10+. Trips are available from Subsurface Fiji at the Malolo Island Resort and Musket Cove, Deep Blue Diving at the Sheraton Resort, Ocean Play at Vomo Island and many other dive centres.
2. Get on the Water
Family resorts in the Mamanuca Islands have an abundance of watersport equipment for families to enjoy. Non-motorised equipment like stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, Hobie cat sailboats and sometimes windsurfing equipment are free for guests to use. They make a fun inexpensive way to spend the day exploring the coast and watching the fish in the clear waters below. Check out 12 Free & Cheap Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands for more activities you can do from the resort.
3. Capture Amazing Views on an Island Walk
Sometimes, simply going for a stroll is the best way for the whole family to see the island you are staying on. Walk among stunning tropical forests, up to stunning viewpoints, and along the beaches from resorts such as Castaway Island, Six Senses Fiji and Mana Island Resort – their staff can show you where to go,
4. Immerse in the Fijian Culture
Many resorts share islands with Fijian villages where the culture is alive and clear to see. Visitors can experience everyday village life being played out with a guided village visit organised by your resort. For instance, Malolo Island Resort offers the Shell Village Tour to visit the villages of Solevu and Yalo. Alternatively, resorts host Fijian culture nights with “meke” dancing, “lovo” feasts and traditional kava ceremonies. Check out these experiences at resorts like Malolo Island Resort, Six Senses and Ratu Kini. Learn more in our 10 Best Ways to Experience the Fijian Culture.
5. Treat the Kids (and Yourself) to a Day at the Kids’ Club
The kids get a day of fun and the parents get a break: it’s a win-win at the kids’ clubs of the Mamanuca Islands! The Mamanuca Islands’ kids’ clubs are a fantastic way for kids to socialise and learn more about Fiji nature and culture. The Plantation Island Resort‘s Coconut Kids’ Club has a jam-packed itinerary of coconut boat making, T-shirt tie-dye and much more, while at the Treasure Island Resort kids get the unique opportunity to be involved in turtle conservation programs. Find out more about each kids’ club in our 7 Best Kids’ Clubs on the Mamanuca Islands.
6. Let the Teens Hang Out at the Teens’ Club
With most kids’ clubs only being suitable for up to 12 years, the Mamanuca teens’ clubs give them the opportunity for young adults to mingle with others their own age. The Lairo Club at the Plantation Island Resort is for 12-16 years has an itinerary of kayaking, beach games, crafts and walks – just to name a few. Khail’s Club at Malolo Island Resort is a lounge for 13-18-year-olds with bean bags, table tennis, free WiFi and more.
7. Get Competitive on Land
Every family resort in the Mamanucas has sports equipment for families to get competitive and create stronger bonds. What’s more, they are free to use, making it an amazing way to kill a couple of hours. Check out the tennis courts on Castaway Island or Mana Island, play beach volleyball at the Sheraton Resort, or go on a family cycling trip at Six Senses Fiji. Vomo Island even has its own 9-hole golf course meandering through the coconut groves!
8. Treat Yourself (and Even the Little Ones) to a Spa and Wellness Day
That’s right, you don’t have to sacrifice your spa time just because there’s nothing suitable for the kids. Resorts like the Six Senses Resort and Vomo Island offer special children’s spa treatments and massages, making a family spa day completely possible! Kids can even give a go to kids yoga getting on board with your R&R time in Fiji.
9. Cruise Around the Islands
There are around 30 islands in the Mamanuca Islands, so we fully recommend getting out of the confines of your resort and start exploring! Island cruising is a fantastic way to spend the day in the Mamanucas, whether it’s on the Musket Cove dolphin safari, a snorkelling cruise or visiting the floating Cloud 9 pizza bar which is available to do from most resorts! For excursions ideas, check out The Best Day Trips from the Mamanuca Islands.
10. Bond Over a Fishing Trip
It’s the classic father and son bonding scenario: a family fishing trip. Tackle some of the ocean’s feistiest monsters on a game fishing charter with resorts like Beachcomber Island, Malolo Island Resort and Musket Cove Resort. It’s always an impressive sight for the kids. Plus, they’ll get to have a go themselves with the abundance of reef fishing available on every trip!