Walks and Hikes in the Mamanuca Islands
Fiji’s idyllic islands not only offer a relaxing getaway but a number of walking trails for the holidaymakers who would rather be out and about. Dirt trails and beaches make up many of the islands in the Mamanuca Group, such as on Mana, Malolo and Malolo Leilei islands, where it’s easy enough to get out and explore on foot. Other islands, such as Vomo Island and Qalito Island have well-formed trails made especially for guests to explore these private islands. Check out some of our top recommendations for hiking in this list of the best walks in the Mamanuca Islands.
Note that many other resorts around the Mamanuca Islands offer guided hikes with locals, so check out the 10 Best Resorts in the Mamanuca Islands for more resorts with walks. Plus, while you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Things To Do in the Mamanuca Islands.
1. Mt Vomo Trail
A stunning mountaintop climb on Vomo Island, the Mt Vomo Trail is a must for anyone staying at the VOMO Island Resort. Get up early to catch the sunrise from the top by taking the well-formed trail starting from near the resort’s helipad. It’s a steep but short climb, taking approximately 30 minutes to hike up and a little longer for taking your time coming back down. Those who are feeling adventurous can continue walking down the other side of the mountain down the rough Mt Vomo Backside Trail then the Road to Eastern Beach all the way to the island’s secluded Yoga Deck.
2. Jona’s Lookout
Accessible from Likiliku Lagoon Resort and Malolo Island Resort, Jona’s Lookout is a must! The short by steep climb offers glorious views over the resorts and the surrounding waters with their different shades of turquoise. Alternatively from these resorts, you can walk the Ridge Track to Naroba Point and to the nearby Naivaka Beach. See more free activities around the islands in 12 Free & Cheap Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands.
3. Sunset Beach Walk
Those staying at one of the resorts on Mana Island should tie up their walking shoes and hit one of the trails to Sunset Beach. The beach is often rated the most beautiful beach in Fiji, so go rate it for yourself by walking to its soft sands. For example, from the Ratu Kini Dive Resort, there’s a trail taking a mere 20 minutes to complete one way. Alternatively, the Mana Island Resort offers guided bush walks, where a local guide will point out native flora and fauna.
4. Hill Fort Trail
Another fantastic short walk on Malolo Island is available on a guided hike with the Funky Fish Resort. Join their guided hike to a World War Two hill fort, where you’ll learn about the history of the area, as well as revel in the stunning panoramic views! See more resorts like Funky Fish in 5 Best Budget Accommodation on the Mamanuca Islands.
5. Castaway Island Trail
For those staying on Qalito Island at the Castaway Island Resort, you’ll be able to walk right around the island in an hour or two. There are two walking trails available on this tiny island, one to the top of a mountain and one all way around the perimeter. Both feature tropical forest, while the latter incorporated bush, sand and rocky shores. Walking around the perimeter can only be done at low tide. Ask at reception, who will point you in the right direction.
6. Malolo Lailai Island Trails
Malolo Lailai Island is one of the easiest islands to explore on foot in the Mamanuca Islands. Enjoy kilometres and kilometres of trails made up of sand and dirt pathways, either through resorts, over hilltops or along the coast. Walks feature a variety of landscapes, such as unspoiled beaches, coconut plantations and tropical jungle. Access these trails from Musket Cove Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Plantation Island Resort.