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Avaliou em 13 de Março de 2017
Tudo aqui é maravilhoso. A ilha, os Chalés muito bem espaçosos e a alegria desse povo é contagiante. Passei 1 semana inesquecível nesse resort. Ótima piscina, comida boa e muita diversão. Vale muito a pena. O lugar é um paraíso!!!
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Lugar para crianças.
Avaliou em 11 de Maio de 2013
Lugar principalmente para crianças e não um lugar romântico.
Recepção alegre, mais check in demorado, principalmente quando você chega de uma viagem muito longa e que ir para seu quarto logo. Demora para entregar suas malas no seu quarto, também foram um ponto desfavorável.
Quarto amplo, limpo e confortável.
Em um restaurante tem a opção de serviço a la carte, servem muito bem.
Precisamos de um álcool de farmácia para uma alergia provocada por contato de um coral, pedimos no centro médico do resort, duvidaram do uso, achando que era para beber. Depois de duas horas, apareceram com um pequeno frasco. Quando fomos fazer o check out, notamos que foi cobrado US$3.00 o pequeno frasco de álcool.
It Was A Pleasure Mana Island Resort
Avaliou em 10 de Março de 2020
The resort was amazing we loved both the north and south beaches. Snorkeling from the south beach is brilliant in that there are huge quantities of small colourful reef fish. North beach is fantastic you can head out from the beach to the drop off and the sea life is there for all to look at.
We would have to say the food was awesome great selection. One of the staff members really stood out at the resort Malcolm Vilivo who if your extra lucky will be on the live cooking egg station as he makes the best omelette I have ever tasted and what a wonderful sense of humor.
Malcolm makes you feel like part of the Mana Island family and is a real asset to the resort. He is the sort of person that the owners should look at promoting with a pay rise.
We will definitely be back for the great weather and full on relaxation oh and of course that delicious omelette.
Exceeded our expectations - you may get exhausted from excessive snorkeling....
Avaliou em 8 de Fevereiro de 2020
6 day trip 30 Jan to 5 Feb 2020.
Couple, 49YO M, 43YO F. Main purpose of trip - swimming/snorkelling, looking around.
Stayed in Island Bure - this was better than we expected and was very comfortable (especially the giant bed). Overall we were pleased with the facilities and upkeep of the resort - yes there are a few things that need some attention (as happens when you build in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and have the odd Cyclone to contend with) but nothing that detracted from our enjoyment of the place.
Snorkeling from South Beach is good in that there are huge quantities of small colourful reef fish, but is very limited in terms of the area you can swim safely in - there is a small area defined by buoys and ropes so that you are kept away from the significant boat traffic in the lagoon. If you were thinking you could snorkel across the large deep lagoon you will be disappointed.
North Beach is fantastic. Head out from the beach to the drop off and sea life is there for the looking. Small to medium reef fish in abundance, the occasional Moray eel and stingray - head another 20m out past the drop off and you may(almost certainly) be rewarded with views of Turtles and Black/White Tip Reef Sharks doing their own thing in their own environment - this was so good (and unexpected that we could see these straight off the beach if we looked in the right place) that we are planning a return in July. For anyone worried about sharks - go with one of the Activities staff to see if you can get a look at one in the distance as it may change your outlook on these beautiful creatures.
For those looking for some moderate/easy adventures, contact the Activities team as soon as you arrive and let them know what you are interested in - this crew is great in pointing you in the right direction and helping out. Two standout people are Walsea Moce (Wise) who can fill you in on Fijian practices and Apimeleki Tupou (Api) who can take you out on snorkelling trips off North Beach (he will find sharks and turtles for those who are looking for them or avoid them for those that aren't). Activities have buoyancy vests in addition to masks/snorkels which means you can spend lots more time in the water without getting tired (consider taking your own snorkelling equipment if you are going to spend a bit of time in the water).
Food was overall good. Lots of choice at breakfast (if you are lucky Malcolm Vilivo will be on the Live Cooking egg station - man can he cook and had a great sense of humour), Lunch buffet has a good selection. and Dinner buffet changes each night. For dinner I would strongly recommend South Sea Restaurant - the food and setting is exceptional. We also ate at the Teppan restaurant - although this attracts additional charges, the food is both excellent and entertaining.
Our personal must-do's while on the island are:
- Get a cellphone SIM card (not a Tourist one) before heading out to the island and buy a Data pack - we got 12GB for FJ$8.00. We used Vodafone Fiji simply because their data plans were simpleand cheap. Make sure the first thing you do is add the App to your phone - this way you can easily recharge if you run out (or, like me, don't have the App and have to buy the comically expensive (FJ$12.00 300Mb/1 Hour) Wifi at the Restort in order to load the App).
- Talk to the resort staff and have a laugh.
- Make time to go to the local village - the people and dogs are great.
- Eat at South Sea Restaurant whenever possible.
- Have the Kokoda (raw fish marinated in lime juice and coconut milk) at lunch A La Carte whenever possible.
- Swim with the fish, Turtles and Reef Sharks off North Beach as much as possible.
- Swim around the head at the eastern end of North Beach to Dream Beach - a natural beach that is frankly stunning on an island containing stunning beaches. Good snorkelling here too.
- Take a night snorkel tour to just outside the reef to swim with (you guessed it) Turtles and Reef Sharks......
- If you have ever thought about trying Scuba diving, try it out here - you won't be disappointed (I wasn't)
- Climb Lookout Track at sunset - not only will you get a great view, you also get to see the bats in full flight at eye level (Fruit, not Vampyre, bats). Head down the track heading West towards the communication towers and down the hill - there is a fantastic tree on this slightly uneven path with a treehut (treehut is great to look at but a little on the "you will probabl die" side if you were to climb onto it).
- End of the wharf gives a great sunset view with much less effort than climbing the Lookout Track (also makes it easier to get to your South Sea Restaurant reservation....).
- Climb the hill above and to the east of the Local Village for a great sunrise view (Depending on the time of year the Lookout Track view is blocked by the hills to the east) . Go straight down the hill track to the eastern end of South Beach for your walk back and be prepared to meet the friendly local dogs who will be out for some early morning fishing.
- Make friends early with the Activities crew.
- Check out Ratu Kini PADI Dive Shop for diving nd snorkelling trips in addition to Aqua Trek.
- Take a boat snorkelling trip to Monuriki Island (the fact that Cast Away was filmed here is incidental - the island and snorkelling are terrific).
- Take a boat snorkelling trip to Sandbar
- Take a walk around to Sunset Beach via Tuilawa Lookout point and the Chapel. Track is a little overgrown but it adds to the adventure. Take somewhere between 200 and 300 litres of insect repellent as there are 1 or 2 sand flies about.
We may have been particularly lucky with our specific stay (3 restaurants open, only one day of rain and wind, good to excellent water visibility) but I would not hesitate to recommend this to someone looking for a Fijian experience with good watersports.
Disappointing stay due ‘Schoolies’ aftermath...
Avaliou em 8 de Janeiro de 2020
My husband and I spent 5 days on Mana Island after the departure of 1,500 ‘Schoolies’. Having stayed the week prior on Matamanoa Island, we were made well aware of the ‘Schoolies’ celebrations from there, hearing the music 5km away into the early hours of the morning. It would have been nice to have been informed on the Mana website that the island was to be closed for this reason prior to our arrival, as if we had have known, we would never have booked.
Prior to arriving, we made contact with the resort who assured us that the resort would be ‘fully operational’ on our arrival. Whilst we were skeptical of this, we had no choice but to arrive for our booking.
Given closure of the resort over the three weeks, it didn’t come as a surprise that the resort was far from “operational” on arrival. Whilst the resort grounds were relatively clean, the condition of the games room was unacceptable, the spa was closed for the first three days of our stay, the swimming pool deck chairs were void of any cushion coverings making it almost impossible to sit around the pool. Umbrellas had been put away and not yet replaced, so shade was beyond scarce. We headed to the adult pool to find many of the wooden deck chairs broken and out of use.
To further add to our disappointment was that due to low occupancy, only the South Beach restaurant opened for dinner and the Mamanuca Restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Whilst the food was great, the service was terrible. On our second day we were requested to reserve a time for dinner, but this didn’t make the service any faster, each night taking us 1.5-2hours to finish our meals.
Whilst I was aware that non-motorised/motorised sports hire was not included when I booked, it further disappointed us that these activities could not be offered free of charge as a consolation for the state of the resort at the time of our stay. The inconsistency of management in dealing with guest complaints during this time was so disappointing! Some guests we spoke to were refunded a portion of their stay, or offered room upgrades, others, including ourselves, were offered nothing. To charge $30FJD an hour for an old kayak is simply crazy! Having visited Fiji 13 times, this was the first island I have stayed at that is charging for use of what I would consider the absolute basics! Furthermore, changing $100FJD for the poolside cabanas is ludicrous (particularly when there were less than 60 guests at the resort during our stay).
Mana Island closes for six months of the year to cater for film crews of American Survivor. When you consider this and the fact the resort closes for 1500 Schoolies (staff mentioning the island would like to take 900 Schoolies a week in lieu of this years 500 per week), I have no doubt the resort is making money too easily and is not concerned with making any much needed improvements to the resort’s tired and rundown facilities. We stayed in an island bure, and while were happy with its simplicity, it was off putting to see a number of these rooms locked up and stacked with furniture and littered with DO NOT ENTER signs.
Despite the above mentioned downfalls, we still tried to embrace our stay! In doing so, we met some lovely staff that deserve to be commended for their hard work! Sim from activities was lovely, always coming to include us in the days events! Ben at the pool bar was also a star!
The north beach is lovely at high tide. We loved that we could visit the nearby village, where we met a beautiful local family. We walked the island at low-tide and checked out the view from the lookout - this was also a highlight!
We made the most of our time at Mana Island, but we will never return (maybe just to the Ratu Kini Backpackers)!