The Mamanuca Islands are the most popular group of islands in Fiji being the closest islands to Nadi
International Airport. The archipelago consists of about 20 stunning islands forming a majestic arc of
volcanic outcrops. White sandy beaches with coconut palms, turquoise waters and vibrant coral
reefs distinguish this group of island resorts. The picture-perfect islands have provided the backdrop
to classic films such as Cast Away featuring Tom Hanks and more recently, the filming of the reality
TV series, Survivor.
The Mamanucas offer plenty of fun and water sports for visitors of all ages with a variety of accommodation options available to cater for singles, couples, families, adults-only and groups - from budget conscious travellers to high-end romantic escapes.
The Mamanuca Islands are a volcanic archipelago located off Viti Levu’s west coast, to the west of
Nadi and south of the Yasawa Islands. About seven of the 20 islands become covered by the Pacific
Ocean at high tide.
Islands in the archipelago include: Beachcomber. Kadavulailai (Bounty), Malolo, Malololailai, Mana, Matamanoa, Monuriki, Namotu, Nautanivono (Yadua), Qalito (Castaway), South Sea, Tavarua, Tavua, Tivua, Tokoriki, Treasure, Vomo, Yanuya
Port Denarau is the gateway to the Mamanucas. The islands are easily accessible from the mainland by catamaran transfer, seaplane or helicopter. Day trips are also possible from Denarau to the Mamanuca Islands.
Activities in the Mamanucas include sailing, swimming, snorkelling, semi-submersible coral viewing, scuba diving, surfing world famous Cloudbreak, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, sky diving over coral reefs, game fishing, spa treatments, island hopping and discovering secluded beaches.
The Mamanuca Islands has a tropical climate with two seasons. The dry season, or Fiji winter,
extends from May to October when there is low rainfall, low humidity and less chance of cyclones.
Temperatures in the dry season hover around 25˚C during the day, dropping to a pleasant 19˚C -
20˚C at night. Southerly trade winds bring a cool breeze off the sea. Water temperature is between 24˚C - 27˚C.
The wet season, or Fiji summer, is between November to April when rainfall and humidity is substantially higher. Most rain falls in sudden tropical downpours, normally during the mid- afternoon. The seas are generally calm, however tropical cyclones can develop between December and April. Temperatures range between 22˚C at night and a constant 31˚C during the day. Water temperature is between 27˚C - 29˚C.
High season is during Australian and New Zealand school holidays particularly December and January and June and July.
1.5 hours by catamaran from Port Denarau
Onsite Shop: Yes
Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
The Mamanuca group of islands has two very distinctive types of marine environments. Dive sites within the large Mamanuca Lagoon are suitable for novice divers and have shallow, calm waters and lots of coral bommies to explore. On the outer edges of the lagoon on the Pacific Ocean side is the Barrier Reef and it's numerous passages where visibility can exceed 35 metres and where dolphins, sharks, turtles and pelagics are frequently encountered cruising around the vibrant reefs. Water temperature ranges from 26-29 C. Diving is conducted year round. Best time of year is between April to November.
The stunning Namotu coral cay sits on the edge of a 1,000 metre drop into the Pacific Ocean. Abundant fish life with reef sharks, schools of barracuda and turtles combined with fantastic visibility (nomrally 25-50 metres) makes diving on this outer reef slope truly spectacular.
A large gap in the outer Barrier Reef allows mass volumes of ocean water to enter the lagoon. Diving in this passage almost always produces visibility in excess of 30 metres. Manta Rays, Sharks, Marlin, and other pelagics are possibilities at Castaway Passage.
This exciting shark encounter dive is just 10 kilometres away from the Mamanuca resorts. Watch grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and black tip reef sharks swim around you. Some of the sharks are over 2 metres long.
Excellent hard corals and sea fans are observed on this pinnacle rising up from depths of over 60 metres. Reef sharks and turtles have made the pinnacle their home. This site can produce the unexpected - large sharks, schools of Yellow Fin tuna and other pelagic species.
|MV Reef Endeavour
3, 4, 7 and 11 night cruises ex Port Denarau
Length: 73 metres
Max. No. Guests: 130
No. Cabins: 64
|Approx dives per day: up to 3 dives (extra cost)
Tech Dive: No