About the Mamanuca Islands
The Mamanuca Islands (pronounced mama-nutha) are located just offshore from the west coast of Viti Levu. Volcanic in origin, the Mamanuca Islands are home to many of Fiji’s more traditional resorts, such as Mana, Beachcomber, Castaway, and Plantation Island. The islands are characterized by exceptionally good weather and, their proximity to Nadi International Airport (which is ten minutes away by plane or approximately an hour by boat) makes them very popular with tourists.
In addition to the numerous mid-range (and upscale) properties there are also very basic backpacker accommodations on Mana and several of the other islands. All of the resort islands have fine beaches—some of the best in Fiji. Diving in the area is also excellent. Those interested in learning how to dive might consider taking a course at any of the resorts. The generally good weather makes it a good venue for beginners. You also don’t have the strong currents found in Taveuni and the outer islands, which can be problematic for novices.
Additional Mamanuca Islands Info
The Mamanuca Islands offer convenience, almost guaranteed sunshine, and great beaches. Most are essentially private, resort islands and was the first venue in Fiji for mass tourism. What they don’t offer is a lot of Fijian culture. If your goal is to get a taste of local culture then don’t plan on spending all of your time here. The islands are also a good idea for day trippers, who can easily catch a boat from Port Denarau or take an air shuttle.
Bottom line: If you have a tight agenda and you’re in the Nadi/Denarau area, a day trip to one of the Mamanumca Island resorts is a good option.