Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

Mana Island Resort And Spa Fiji Review

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Last Updated on March 4, 2020 by Travels with Kids

Mana Island Resort Fiji is a great accommodation on Mana Island Fiji for families and adults alike.

Mana Island is a little slice of paradise.  White sand beaches fringed by coconut palms, plenty of turquoise blue water, and lots of smiling Fijians greeting us with the traditional,  “Bula”!  Several Mana Island reviews suggest a stay at Mana Island Resort Fiji, and we do too!

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Mana Island Resort Fiji Review

Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

After nearly a week on Fiji’s mainland, our arrival at Mana Island Resort Fiji was a highlight.  We felt as we had encountered the Pacific Island paradise that we were seeking (and had seen in the brochures).


Getting To And From Mana Island

Located 1.45 hours from the port in Denarau, the trip to Mana Island Resort and Spa was a nice length, with views of a couple of other islands.  South Seas Cruises offers several transfers each day.  Taking South Sea Cruises inter-island ferries are the most economical way to get to Mana Island.

Other options to get to the Mana Island Fiji include a 24-hour water taxi.  This is the most direct way to travel from Port Denarau Marina to Mana Island.  You can also get to Mana Island and Mana Island Resort by seaplane or helicopter.

Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

Mana Island Resort Fiji Food Options

The food itself struck us as “resort-style” – somewhat American influenced, and a tad bland.  However, the morning buffet was not overcrowded.  We never got that claustrophobic zoo-like feeling that we’ve had at other resorts.

Mana Island Resort and Spa is one of the most economical options in the whole of Fiji.  Part of the attraction of Mana Island Resort Fiji was that it did not have an obligatory or compulsory food program, which many other of the island resorts offer.  Remember that Fiji tourism largely caters to the travel agents.  As such, do get in contact with a travel agent to see what deals they offer.

Thanks to Anita Burgess of Burgess Travel Company we ended up with a complimentary kids’ meals program.  This “saved the day” in terms of our budget.  Also, make sure you read the fine print.  We also got $50 daily resort credit which covered our meals in the Bistro.  There was also the option of an evening buffet for $75 FJ ($34 USD) per adult (and the kids would have eaten free).


Mana Island Resort Fiji Activities

On Mana Island itself, there are two beaches from where you can swim: the south beach and the north beach.  The South Beach is the “jetty side” where the South Seas Cruises boats arrive.  It is simply stunning with turquoise waters and white sands.

On the south beach, there was a dedicated kid’s snorkeling area which meant the kids could easily access some coral reef and get to see brightly colored reef fish.   Free equipment hire for snorkels and kayaks meant we also had plenty of time on the kayaks which were a hit with our 7-year-old.

We’ve not stayed at a lot of resorts, but at Mana Island Resort Fiji we learned that planning is essential to getting the most out of your stay.  You must check the tides and winds early so that you plan your activities appropriately.  Also, the snorkeling was easy but not as spectacular as we might have hoped.

Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review


Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

Mana Island Resort Fiji and Spa has recently refurbished their well thought out pools.  There are 3 linked pools with a swim-up bar in the middle; ranging from a kid’s depth pool to a deeper infinity pool at the other end.  There is also a little kid wading pool in the middle.  We ended up not spending so much time in the pools because the ocean was so incredibly warm and fun to swim in.


Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

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Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

There are plenty of organized activities.  Activities like dancing and singing at night and fire walkers from the Fijian island of Banga.  Our little girl even did a kids club activity on Fijian culture day ending with a performance of Fijian singing and dancing in front of the other guests.

Mana Island Accommodation Options

There is a range of different accommodation options at Mana Island Resort and Spa.  We stayed in a Deluxe Beachfront accommodation which was an older style.  There are also similar (more economic) options back from the beach.  Plus, one option called the “Premium Beachfront “ which appeared new.  Finally, there were also cheaper hotel rooms meaning that if you needed to economize there were other options.

Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

Mana Island Resort and Spa Fiji Review

Contact With The Local Community

One of the things we love about Mana Island is that the island is shared with a local village.  There is a backpackers lodge in that part of the island.   For a break in resort life, you can head over to the village for cheaper water!  You can even have your hair braided by the local ladies.  Or you can walk to the top of the hill like our Papa traveler did, with a local guide who also showed him around the village.  Lots of resort guests were spotted at the backpacker’s restaurant, not because of the prices but the fun, relaxed, island vibe and good food.

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Mana Island Resort Fiji – The Verdict

Mana Island Resort Fiji was truly an island paradise.  It totally delivered on our expectations and it must be amongst the best Fiji Island resorts.  With warm, easily swimmable waters,  palm-fringed beaches, and a laid back island feel, there was so much to love about our stay on Mana Island with kids.  Mana Island Fiji accommodation is affordably priced and there is a good variation in different options (ranging from typical bures to motel style accommodation).  Our kids had a lovely time at the kids club, which was laid back and lots of fun.  Overall our Mana Island Resort Fiji Review is overwhelmingly positive.  We absolutely loved it.

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