Travel Guide to the Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Those dreamy islands with soft white sand and swaying coconut palms surrounded by sparkling waters: that’s the Mamanuca Islands. Located just off the coast of Fiji’s main international airport, getting to this stunning archipelago couldn’t be easier. Scattered across the waters of colourful coral reefs and sandbars are islands topped with a wealth of holiday resorts. Choose from five-star accommodation to family-friendly getaways to romantic couples’ excursions and much more. We’ll guide you through it all in this complete travel guide to the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji.

Fast Facts About the Mamanuca Islands

Location: Western Division – just off the west coast of Viti Levu (see map below)

Population: 900

Climate: Daily average temperature – 29°C/84°F, yearly average rainfall – 1,680mm/66.14″
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Time Zone: FJT / GMT+12/+13
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How to get to the Mamanuca Islands: Direct international flights from the South Pacific islands, Australia, New Zealand and Korea land in Nadi International Airport, all of which have many connecting flights. The Mamanuca Islands can be accessed by air via Nadi Airport or sea via Port Denarau. See 5 Ways to Get to the Mamanuca Islands for more information.

Luxury Holidays in the Mamanuca Islands

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(c) Chris McLennan – Tourism Fiji

Stunning island holiday destinations deserve luxury. Stay in five-star resorts, be pampered at five-star island spas, and indulge in divine food on a luxurious getaway to the Mamanuca Islands. Find out more about luxury travel in the Mamanuca Islands in The Luxury Guide to the Mamanuca Islands.

5 Luxury Activities in the Mamanuca Islands

  • Arrive on the island in style by helicopter or seaplane
  • Indulge in a luxurious massage at one of the island spas
  • Scuba dive among the Mamanuca’s stunning coral reefs
  • Treat yourself to Pacific Rim cuisine at one of the luxury restaurants
  • Get adventurous on a private fishing charter.

Like the sound of those? Get more information on luxury tours in our 10 Luxury Activities in the Mamanuca Islands.

Where to Stay in Luxury in the Mamanuca Islands

Treat yourself and your loved ones to one of the luxury five-star resorts on the islands of Fiji – it’s the holiday you’ve always dreamed about. Take a look at the 7 Luxury Resorts in the Mamanuca Islands to start planning your deluxe getaway.

Budget Holidays in the Mamanuca Islands

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While the Mamanuca Islands feel like a five-star location, there are some budget resorts and backpacker resorts to help you shave the cents off your time in paradise. Even when staying at any of the other resorts, you’ll have access to a wide array of free activities with complimentary use of water and land equipment. Start planning your trip with The Guide to the Mamanuca Islands on a Budget.

Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands on a Budget

  • Snorkel around your resort
  • Explore the island by kayak
  • Do some stand-up paddleboarding
  • Hike to the island’s viewpoint
  • Relax with Fijian entertainment in the evenings.

For more inspiration, check out our 12 Free & Cheap Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands.

Where to Stay in the Mamanuca Islands on a Budget

Even on the islands of the Mamanucas, there is a fair selection of budget resorts and even backpacker lodges to keep the costs down. These accommodations usually include dorm rooms and private rooms. Learn more in our 5 Best Budget Accommodation on the Mamanuca Islands.

Family Holidays in the Mamanuca Islands

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(c) Mark Snyder – Tourism Fiji

If you’re looking for a family vacation in paradise, then you’ve certainly found it with the islands of the Mamanucas. Fiji is renowned for its family-friendly holidays and that’s mainly thanks to the famous resorts on the Mamanuca Islands catering to all ages. Get more advice for family travel in the Mamanucas with The Guide to the Mamanuca Islands for Families.

5 Family Activities in the Mamanuca Islands

  • Learn how to scuba dive as a family – kids can start ages 10+ years
  • Get on the water on a family kayaking trip
  • Cruise around the islands on a dolphin or snorkel safari
  • Treat the kids to a fun-filled day at the kids’ club
  • Get competitive in beach volleyball, golf, tennis and more.

And the list goes on! Check it out in our 10 Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands with Kids.

Where to Stay in the Mamanuca Islands

Families are seriously spoiled for choice with the amount of family-friendly resorts in the Mamanuca Islands. All of the resorts listed in our 10 Family Resorts in the Mamanuca Islands offer kids’ clubs, child-friendly activities, babysitting services and more for families.

Adult-Only Holidays in the Mamanuca Islands

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(c) Mark Snyder – Tourism Fiji

While we have just mentioned how “family-friendly” the resorts are in the Mamanuca Group, that doesn’t mean that your Fiji getaway has to be surrounded by over-enthusiastic children. With that in mind, there are some fantastic adult-only resorts in the Mamanucas where you can spend your “Fiji time” just the way you like it. Plan your trip with The Adult Only Guide to the Mamanuca Islands.

5 Adult-Only Activities in the Mamanuca Islands

  • Indulge in one of the Mamanucas’ adult-only spas
  • Cruise out to local sandbars for sensational snorkelling
  • Hit epic waves like “Cloudbreak” on a surfing excursion
  • Get competitive with the sports courts of your adult-only resort
  • Work out in the gym or fitness centre.

For more ideas and information on each activity, check out the 10 Adult-Only Activities in the Mamanuca Islands.

Where to Stay in the Mamanucas for an Adult-Only Holiday

That’s right, there are entire resorts dedicated to an adult-only holiday in Fiji. The only guests allowed to stay in these exclusive resorts must be over the age of 16 years old. Check them out in our 7 Adult-Only Resorts in the Mamanuca Islands.

Foodie Holidays in the Mamanuca Islands

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(c) Chris McLennan – Tourism Fiji

If food is why you travel, then you’re onto a good thing with the Mamanuca Islands. Sure, you have your exceptional dining to try Pacific Rim cuisine, but you also have access to hands-on food-orientated activities to experience the local culture through its cuisine. Find out more about foodie travel with our The Foodie Guide to the Mamanuca Islands.

5 Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands for Foodies

  • Learn how to cook Fijian cuisine in a cooking class
  • Mix your own tropical drinks in a cocktail mixing class
  • Visit a Fijian village and eat with the locals
  • Take a boat trip out to the Cloud 9 floating bar
  • Try Fijian cuisine at the Flame Tree or Black Coral restaurants.

And if that hasn’t made your mouth water enough, then check out our 10 Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands for Foodies.

Where to Stay in the Mamanucas for Foodies

Denarau is blessed with fabulous resorts boasting divine dining options and special foodie experiences. Check out our top picks in our 10 Accommodation in the Mamanuca Islands for Foodies.

Wedding and Honeymoons in the Mamanuca Islands

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(c) Mark Snyder – Tourism Fiji

Start the rest of your lives together in the paradise islands of the Mamanucas. Almost all the resort can organise your dream beach wedding, while others have unique island wedding chapels and stunning venues to celebrate your special day. As for honeymoons, couples will find many romantic activities and private accommodation. Start planning your romantic getaway with Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to the Mamanuca Islands.

5 Things to Do in the Mamanuca Islands for Couples

  • Have a picnic on a private island or beach
  • Enjoy a romantic couples’ massage
  • Do a sunset cruise around the islands
  • Sit down to a private waterfront dinner
  • Pop the question with writing in the sand or a message in a bottle.

So make your special time away together truly special with these 10 Romantic Activities in the Mamanuca Islands for Couples. Plus, check out the 10 Wedding Venues in the Mamanuca Islands.

Where to Stay in the Mamanuca Islands for Couples

Whether you’re seeking romance and luxury in an adult-only resort or the dream venue for your wedding, we list your best options in our 10 Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts in the Mamanuca Islands.

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The Complete Guide to the Mamanuca Islands