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The Luxury Travel Guide to the Mamanuca Islands

© Mark Snyder – Tourism Fiji

The Complete Guide to Luxury Holidays in the Mamanuca Islands

Spending time on some of the most stunning islands in the South Pacific deserves to be combined with some of the most stunning resorts. The Mamanuca Islands are some of Fiji’s most prestigious islands holding luxury resorts for the ultimate escape to paradise. With fine dining, stylish retreats in your private bure (bungalow), deluxe spas and an array of spectacular water and land activities, there’s enough to do as much or as little as you like on a luxury holiday in the Mamanuca Islands. So take a look at the luxury travel guide to the Mamanuca Islands below and let us guide you through some of the best luxury experiences for all types of traveller.

Before we begin this luxury guide to the Mamanuca Islands, take a moment to bookmark The Complete Luxury Travel Guide to Fiji. Trust us, there’s a lot of essential tips there.

10 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
  • Travelling with kids? Treat them (and yourselves) to a day at the fantastic kids’ club
  • Scuba dive among the Mamanuca’s stunning coral reefs
  • Discover the islands on a sunset cruise
  • Enjoy a romantic picnic on a secluded beach
  • Get adventurous on a private fishing charter
  • Experience the real Fiji with a village visit or a cooking class
  • Treat yourself to Pacific Rim cuisine at one of the luxury restaurants
  • Find the right resort for your unique holiday experience: family resorts, adult-only resorts and wedding/honeymoon resorts (learn more below).

Find out more about each of these activities in our 10 Luxury Activities in the Mamanuca Islands or continue reading.

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How to Get to the Mamanuca Islands

Getting to the islands of the Mamanuca Group is quick and easy once you land at Nadi International Airport. Your most luxurious options to get to your chosen Mamanuca resort is to either take a private water taxi or to fly by helicopter or seaplane.

Mamanuca Islands via Water Taxi

Cruise straight to your luxury resort with one of the 24h water taxis leaving Port Denarau. Most water taxis align with your flight arrival time, so there’s no waiting around to arrive in paradise. Learn more about water taxis in How to Catch a Water Taxi in Fiji.

Mamanuca Islands via Helicopter or Seaplane

Enjoy a scenic flight as you fly by helicopter or seaplane to your chosen luxury resort. Air operators transport holidaymakers from Port Denarau and Nadi International Airport. Check out your helicopter and seaplane options in the Helicopter Vs. Seaplane for Island Transfers in Fiji.

For alternative ways to get to the Mamanucas, check out 5 Ways to Get to the Mamanuca Islands.

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Luxury Services in the Mamanuca Islands’ Resorts

All your needs are catered to in the five-star luxury resorts of the Mamanuca Islands. Nestled in private coves, standing on the edge of azure lagoons or located on a secluded private island, the Mamanuca’s luxury resorts have stunning locations for a breathtaking family holiday, couples’ getaway or friends’ Fiji escape.

Luxury Spas in the Mamanuca Islands

Every luxury escape to the Mamanuca Islands needs a bit of R&R. Each luxury resort in the Mamanuca Islands has its very own five-star spa service, whether it’s in the Mamanuca’s largest day spa at the Sheraton Tokoriki Retreat Spa or nestled among volcanic rock in the treatment rooms of the Tokoriki Island Resort. There are even spa treatments for the little ones at the VOMO Island Resort. Take a look at our 10 Best Spas in the Mamanuca Islands for your best options.

Luxury Resorts’ Kids’ Clubs

Everyone deserves a real break on a holiday in Fiji, even if that means the little ones from mum and dad! Treat your kids to one of the fantastic kids’ clubs the luxury resorts have to offer. Kids’ clubs at the Sheraton Tokoriki and VOMO Island have a jam-packed itinerary of fun and educational programs getting your kids engaged in the local culture. Six Senses Fiji even has activities specially catered to children, such as kids yoga, tie-dye T-shirt making and bracelet weaving. Check out some of our top recommendations in our 7 Kids’ Clubs in the Mamanuca Islands.

Adult-Only Luxury Resorts

If you prefer your “Fiji time” to be in complete serenity, perhaps on a  romantic getaway or for a solo timeout, then consider one of the adult-only luxury resorts in the Mamanuca Islands. The five-star adult-only resorts in the Mamanucas are all boutique resorts, such as the Tadrai Island Resort with only five oceanfront bures, so you know all your needs will be catered to as one of the exclusive guests. Without the disturbance of day-trippers or guests under 16 years old, you will only be sharing paradise with like-minded people.

Weddings and Honeymoons

Start the rest of your lives together in style at some of the most prestigious addresses and romantic islands in the South Pacific. The Mamanuca’s luxury resorts have breathtaking wedding venues, such as the beach, the edge of an ocean lagoon, or on the deck of an overwater bure at the Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Alternatively, experience a traditional chapel ceremony of a Fijian style wedding at the Tokoriki Island Resort. Luxury resorts also offer a number of ways to help you create a unique proposal and offer a wealth of romantic activities for honeymooning couples. Check out our Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to the Mamanuca Islands for more information.

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Luxury Activities and Excursions in the Mamanuca Islands

While many days on a luxury island of the Mamanucas consists of simply sipping cocktails on the beach or by a calm and quiet infinity pool, there are many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities awaiting on the islands. Experience Fiji on the water, in the water and on the land of these beautiful paradise islands.

Luxury Water Activities

Scuba diving is the ultimate treat-yourself adventure in the Mamanucas. With more than 30 dive sites to explore, your scuba diving trip in Fiji is filled with vibrant corals and tropical fish. Head to the ocean-side reefs and you could be sharing the waters with dolphins, manta rays and large pelagic fish. All the resorts mentioned in this article have access to PADI-associated dive centres with scuba diving lessons, beginner dives and trips for the experienced.

Get out on the water and catch some of the mightiest fish in the sea on a private fishing charter. Experienced anglers will be treated to potential catches of giant trevally, mahimahi, Pacific sailfish, yellowfin tuna and much more! Alternatively, reef fishing for smaller fish is always a great day out for any experience level. Get more advice in The Complete Guide to Fishing in Fiji.

Luxury Island Excursions and Cruises

Get out on the water and discover more of the Mamanuca Islands. All resorts offer the opportunity to do some island hopping, but some special trips include a sunset sailing cruise at the Six Senses Resort or a romantic private beach picnic with Likuliku Lagoon Resort. All resorts give guests complimentary watersports equipment, such as kayaks, Hobie Cats and snorkelling equipment so you can go on your own private adventure.

Luxury Land Activities

While all the action seems to be on the water in Fiji, it’s always worth spending time discovering the breathtaking landscape and local culture on the islands. Enjoy exclusive guided village visits where you’ll get to meet local villagers and see their way of life. Join in on a kava ceremony and feast around a lovo – an underground oven. Watch Fijian performers tell their stories through traditional song and dance or get more hands-on experience with a Fijian cooking class.

For guests wanting to experience nature, see local wildlife at resorts like Likuliku Lagoon with their iguana sanctuary, or go on a “medicine” walk through the tropical forests of Tokoriki Island.

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Luxury Dining in the Mamanuca Islands

Experiencing the textures and flavours of the Pacific Rim combined with spectacular views is what luxury dining is all about in the Mamanuca Islands. Each resort boasts several dining options, from oceanfront restaurants to a private dining experience, keeping things constantly fresh on your excursion in paradise.

Luxury Restaurants in the Mamanuca Islands

For impeccably presented plates of mouthwatering cuisine, consider the Fijiana Restaurant of Likuliku Lagoon or the Tokoriki Menu at the Tokoriki Island Resort. Dishes are influenced by South Pacific cuisine made with local ingredients. You’ll also find some exceptional international dishes on the menus of Waitui House Restaurant at the Sheraton Tokoriki, as well as at Tovolea at the Six Senses Resort.

Private Dining in the Mamanuca Islands

Celebrate a special occasion or just treat your other half to a romantic meal with a private dining experience. Dine under the stars at the Likuliku Lagoon‘s beachside decks as you are served by a personal butler and serenaded by Fijian musicians. The Tadrai Island Resort offers private in-room dining and organises private picnics in several secluded locations around the island.

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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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