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The Best Islands for Nature in Fiji: Mamanuca & Yasawa Islands

© Brocken Inaglory on Wikipedia

Where to Experience Nature in Fiji

There’s more to Fiji than lazy days on the beach and sipping cocktails. Put on your snorkel mask and don your fins because there’s a whole ocean out there teeming with life! What’s more, you can get a lot closer than you think to Fiji’s breathtaking wildlife by staying at eco-resorts. Check out the video below to see how resorts in the Mamanuca Island group and the Yasawa Island group are helping the local environment while helping YOU have some incredible wildlife encounters!

Nature Experiences in Fiji

While snorkelling or diving in Fiji is an incredible way to see a colourful array of corals and tropical fish, joining one of the Mamanuca or Yasawa Islands’ eco-resorts takes things one step further – allowing you to join in on the local conservation efforts. Here are some ways you can experience nature in Fiji in a sustainable way.

Wildlife Activities on the Mamanuca Islands

One of the easiest island paradises to get to in Fiji, the Mamanuca Islands are just a quick boat ride from the western side of Fiji’s mainland. The islands are characteristically small, topped with lush palm forests and lined with white-sand beaches. Snorkelling and scuba diving are offered by almost every resort in the Mamanuca Islands, taking you to incredible soft coral reefs. Resorts like Castaway Island Resort offer guests the opportunity to replant coral reef systems around the island.

For more ways to enjoy the Mamanucas, check out our 10 Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands.

Yasawa Islands

Further north from the Mamanuca Islands is the Yasawa Islands. Although more remote than the Mamanucas, the Yasawa Islands are well worth venturing to in order to experience some unique wildlife activities. Head to Mantaray Island Resort and swim with giant Manta Rays during the May to October season. Alternatively, feed bull sharks as part of the tourism conservation effort with Barefoot Kuata Resort.

On top of all that, spend your time doing these 15 Incredible Things to Do in the Yasawa Islands.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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