Adult-Only Holidays in the Mamanucas
The lapping waves on the soft white sand, the glistening waters and swaying palm trees make the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji one of the most peaceful places in the world. The last thing many of us want when getting our “Fiji time” on is being disturbed by over-enthusiastic children. Luckily, there are plenty of options for an adult-only escape in the islands of the Mamanucas. We’ll guide you through the adventure, relaxation and cultural experiences in this adults-only vacation guide to the Mamanuca Islands.
10 Adult-Only Activities in the Mamanuca Islands
- Indulge in one of the Mamanucas’ adult-only spas
- Cruise out to local sandbars for sensational snorkelling
- Scuba dive in one of the Mamanucas’ 30 dive sites
- Hike to the mountain tops of your resort’s island
- Treat that special someone to a private beach picnic
- Hit epic waves like “Cloudbreak” on a surfing excursion
- Hire a fishing charter to angle the monsters of the deep
- Get competitive with the sports courts of your adult-only resort
- Go on a dolphin safari or an island excursion
- Work out in the gym or fitness centre.
For more information on each activity, either check out our 10 Adult-Only Activities in the Mamanucas or keep on reading!
How to Get to the Mamanuca Islands
As the closest island group to the Nadi International Airport, getting to the Mamanuca Islands is a relatively quick process. Transfers to the Mamanuca Island Resorts either depart from Nadi Airport or Port Denarau, so check out our 5 Ways to Get to Denarau Island. As for your adult-only transfers to the Mamanuca Islands, here are your best options.
Mamanuca Islands via Water Taxi
Get straight to your desired adult-only resort in no time with a 24h water taxi. Most water taxis are best taken from Port Denarau where your pre-booked service will align with your flight arrival time. Find out more about water taxis in How to Catch a Water Taxi in Fiji.
Mamanuca Islands via Helicopter or Seaplane
Treat your loved one or your group to a wonderful scenic experience while getting to your chosen adult-only resort in the Mamanucas. Air operators can transport you from either Port Denarau or Nadi International Airport direct to your resort within 10 minutes. Compare your options in our article, Helicopter Vs. Seaplane for Island Transfers in Fiji.
For more ways to get to the Mamanucas, check out 5 Ways to Get to the Mamanuca Islands.
Spa and Rejuvenation in the Mamanucas
Whatever resort you decide to stay in the Mamanuca Islands, you can be sure that your time during your spa day will be peaceful. All the adult-only resorts listed beside this article have their own spa.
Best Adult-Only Spas in the Mamanucas
All guests at the Matamanoa Island Resort receive a complimentary foot spa ritual to ease you into ultimate relaxation at their Veidomoni Spa. Operated by the award-winning Senikai Spa Fiji, the Veidomoni Spa will pamper you among lush tropical forest with panoramic sea views. As for the Tadrai Island Resort, the Wai Siliva Spa will take you wherever you want to go on the 60-acre (25ha) island. Or how about enjoying a couples’ massage accompanied by 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.
Adult-Only Water Activities in the Mamanucas
It’s without a doubt that the adventure is out on the sparkling waters of the Mamanuca Islands. Choose from snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, fishing and island excursions with your adult-only resort to ensure you’re sharing your trip with either the ones you choose to or with only like-minded adults.
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
The coral reefs are a must-see in Fiji! Adult-only resorts have reefs for snorkelling just off the beaches, as well as offering boat trips to some of the best outer reefs in the Mamanucas. If you’re not into diving, then you will still see an amazing array of tropical fish on guided snorkelling trips, such as Tropica‘s amazing sandbar snorkelling trip or Lomani‘s trips to exotic coral gardens.
Feeling more adventurous? Don’t miss the hard and soft coral reefs in the depths of the Mamanucas. Subsurface Fiji at the Likuliku Resort takes adventure-seekers to the ocean-side barrier reefs where dolphins, manta rays, turtles and large pelagic fish are your companions. Matamanoa Resort works with Deep Blue Diving offering adults a range of PADI dive courses and trips to over 30 dives sites in the area. You can even challenge yourself to a PADI freediver course.
You can bet that the epic waves of the Mamanuca Islands are a kids-free zone. With some of the most challenging and fun waves in the South Pacific just off the coast of the islands, the Mamanucas is the perfect destination for intermediate to experienced surfers. Learn more about it in our 9 Surf Spots in the Mamanuca Islands. The best adult-only resorts for surf trips are the Lomani Island Resort and Tadrai Island Resort. The latter offers surf lessons too.
Charter your own fishing boat, guide and equipment and take on the monsters of the South Pacific. Sports fishing is available with the Tokoriki Island Resort, as well as light tackle reef fishing to catch something up for dinner. The Tropica Island Resort caters to first-time fishermen with handline fishing to the experienced anglers with game and sport fishing charters available. Get on the water and catch the likes of mahimahi, wahoo, giant trevally and much more!
Island Cruises and Excursions
We always recommend getting out of the confines of your resort and checking out the other islands. Popular trips include excursions to Monuriki Island where the movie Cast Away was filmed or to the Cloud 9 floating bar (note that this is not a child-free zone). Both of these trips are available with Matamanoa and Tokoriki Island. You might also want to do some mystery island-hopping with the Likuliku Resort or go on a dolphin safari with the Lomani Island Resort.
Adult-Only Land Activities in the Mamanucas
It isn’t just about the water in Fiji. The islands themselves are packed with natural tropical environments to explore and indigenous culture to discover. Plus, for groups who want to get competitive, resorts have a wealth of free sports equipment so there’s never a dull moment.
Nature and Walks
Delve into the island’s best natural spots on the trails of the Likiliku Lagoon Resort to Jona’s Lookout, the Ridge Track and along Naivaka Beach. Nature-lovers will also not want to miss their Fijian Crested Iguana experience where you’ll tour an iguana sanctuary and their dried forest habitat.
More stunning walking trails await on Matamanoa Island, but for walking with purpose, check out the medicine walk on Tokoriki Island. Or how about capturing some sensational views from the island’s mountain at the Tadrai Resort?
The Fijian culture is fascinating to discover and completely accessible from your adult-only resort. Meet Fijian villagers through a guided village tour to learn about the island customs and traditions. Lomani Island and Likuliku Resort can take you to visit the Solevu Village, while the Tavua Village, home to most of the Matamanoa Resort staff, is just a short boat ride away. Many of the resorts offer cultural classes for some more hands-on experience, such as sarong-tying, weaving, cooking classes and more. Check out 10 Best Ways to Experience the Fijian Culture for more inspiration.
Fitness and Wellness
There’s plenty of space for fitness on Tokoriki Island, whether it’s going for a morning run in paradise or doing your thing at their fitness platform with TRX straps. Alternatively, check out the 24h beachfront bure (bungalow) gym at the Likiliku Resort with a large choice of equipment to keep you in shape.
Sports and Games
The Mamanuca’s adult-only resorts give you plenty of ways to get competitive, with many having complimentary access to tennis courts, beach volleyball, beach cricket and much more. Matamanoa has an incredible range of land sports to get stuck into keeping guests entertained throughout the day. Try beach soccer, petanque, touch rugby, table tennis, board games and “after dinner games”.
Adult-Only Dining in the Mamanucas
No high-chairs, no tantrums… Just fun and sophistication awaits at the adult-only restaurants and bars of the Mamanuca Islands. Whether you want to meet other couples at the social restaurants or treat your loved one to a private dining experience, it’s all possible in the Mamanucas.
Enjoy al fresco dining with views over the ocean at the Fijiana Restaurant of the Likuliku Lagoon serving creative meals made from local seafood, tropical fruits and more. There’s something for all palettes at Lomani‘s The Flame Tree from American breakfasts to traditional Fijian kokoda and Indo-Fijian curries. Share a teppanyaki experience with seating for only four couples at Oishii Teppanyaki, Tokoriki Island. Finally, for more casual dining, check out the Sunset Bar of the Tropica Island Resort with fantastic Fijian tapas and antipasto plates.
Enjoy ultimate serenity with the private dining experiences available in the Mamanuca Islands. Treat that special someone to a private beach picnic lunch and Campagne with Tokoriki Island Resort. The team will transport you to the serene Monu Island for four hours to beachcomb, snorkel and indulge in divine food.
Dine under the stars on one of the Likuliku Resort‘s outdoor beachside decks as you indulge in the resort’s fine dining menu. Or enjoy some in-villa indulgence in your own bure or villa at the Tokoriki Island Resort, complete with a personal butler and serenaders.
Honeymoons and Weddings in the Mamanucas
Finally, many couples choose the “adult-only” experience for a special occasion, like a Fijian wedding or honeymoon. The adult-only resorts in the Mamanucas specialise in romance, with many having breathtaking honeymoon suites and wedding venues.
Because there are so many options and sensational wedding and honeymoon resorts to unpack, check out our Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to the Mamanuca Islands to start planning your special occasion.