Getting to and around the Mamanuca Islands
With the distinct turquoise water, mild, gentle breezes, coconut palm trees hugging the coastline, and all-year-round sunshine, some of the islands are significantly enveloped with dense forest, home to many unique flora and fauna only found in Fiji. Explore the beauty of the Mamanuca islands, skim through the crystal clear waters via ferry, or experience a breathtaking low-flying scenic transfer via helicopter or seaplane. We have created a shortlist of the different transports available to and from the Mamanuca Islands to start your Fijian adventure in style.
Ferries and Water Taxis
AWESOME ADVENTURES | DEPARTS FROM PORT DENARAU – Explore the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji at your own pace. Awesome Adventures offer a range of Passes and Packages. Be it a spur-of-the-moment flexible trip or something a bit more organized, they have the right travel options for you.
TAVEWA SEABUS | DEPARTS LAUTOKA DAILY – provide transfers between the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. The vessel is a fully licensed passenger catamaran taking a maximum of 60 passengers at any one time.
SEAFIJI | DEPARTS FROM PORT DENARAU – Sea Fiji offers a fast boat transfer service from Port Denarau to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands They have been in operating for 16 years.
Helicopter Island-Hoppers Transfer
ISLAND HOPPERS | DEPARTS FROM NADI AIRPORT – Island Hoppers is simply the fastest way to and from your Resort Holiday. Experience the thrill of flying in one of our helicopters over the shimmering waters of the inner reef. Our own air-conditioned courtesy transport operating on Denarau & Nadi Airport ensures fast, seamless transfers between Island Resorts.
Scenic Seaplane Transfer
TURTLE AIRWAYS | DEPARTS FROM WAILOLOA BEACH, NADI – Our mission is to offer our passengers a breathtaking low-flying scenic transfer that is safe, reliable, convenient, fast, and affordable. With limited holiday time in Fiji, our passengers are looking to get more out of their stay. We deliver on this, with flights departing every other hour to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.
Definitely Do Not Miss
The Mamanuca Islands are a world-class destination for surfing and diving, and with internationally recognized instructors available at several resorts, this is the perfect time to learn several different watersports, opening up a world of adventure.
Spending a half-day at either Cloud 9 or Seventh Heaven Fiji is a must when navigating across the islands; the two-level floating platforms, each surrounded by turquoise blue water and Instagrammable views, have internationally stocked bars and an Italian wood-fired pizzeria.
Malamala Beach Club, the world’s first beach club, and Rocks Beach Club Event on Vomo Island throughout the week provide individuals with the opportunity to experience 5-star resort facilities, including infinity pools, delicious cuisine, an array of local and international beverages, a mix of upbeat tunes, and occasional live acts from local talents.
Star Rating Mamanuca Islands Accommodation
Mamanuca Group of Islands | Location of the Resorts
|BEACHCOMBER||Beachcomber Island Resort|
|MALAMALA||Malamala Beach Club|
|MALOLO||Malolo Island Resort, Tropica Island Resort, Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Six Senses Fiji, Funky Fish Beach Resort|
|MALOLOLAILAI||Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina, Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort|
|MANA||Tadrai Island Resort, Mana Island Resort & Spa|
|MATAMANOA||Matamanoa Island Resort|
|NAMOTU||Namotu Island Resort|
|NAVINI||Navini Island Resort|
|CASTAWAY||Castaway Island Resort|
|TAVARUA||Tavarua Island Resort|
|TOKORIKI||Tokoriki Island Resort|
|TREASURE||Treasure Island Resort|
|VOMO||Vomo Island Resort|
|WADIGI||Wadigi Island Resort|
|Other Islands | EORI, BOUNTY) ISLAND, KADOMO, MANU, MODRIKI, MONU, MONURIKI, YADUA. NAVADRA, SOUTH SEA, TAVUA, TIVUA, VOMOLAILAI|
Historical Snapshot – Likuliku Island Resort
Fiji Islands Beginnings:
The history of Fiji and her islands, according to mythology, begins about 1500 BC with a voyage of giant war canoes from Taganika north of Egypt. Leading the armada on the giant double hull canoe “Kaunitoni” was warrior Chief Lutunasobasoba assisted by his General Degei. Legend has it that the armada was carrying some special cargo – treasures from the Temple of King Solomon in Judah including a special box called the Katonimana (“Kato” meaning case and “Mana” being magic), which in Fijian literally means the “Box of Blessings”.
The armada carried rations, families, warriors, and skilled craftsmen including Lapita Potterers.
The armada traveled via the Yasawas and as the reefs were treacherous around Vita Levu, they had to keep traveling South West to find a passage to enter the Fiji Waters. This passage was the Momi passage. It was here around Matamanoa, Mana and Likuliku, that the giant outrigger canoe “Kaunitoni” met inclement weather and the “Box of Blessings” slipped off the outrigger canoe. Lutunasobasoba gave orders to let it go, believing it was the will of the gods.
Lutunasobasoba then named the 3 Islands Mata-manoa (“Mata” means eye, “Manoa” means wind), which literally means “eye of the strong wind”, the other island “Mana ” means magic, to mark the area where the Box of Blessings fell and Likuliku because it was here the armada experienced calm waters again.
The convoy landed at Vuda Point a beach 13km (8 miles) from Nadi airport on the big Island Viti Levu. Lutunasobasoba gave specific instructions that no one was to ever try and retrieve the “Katonimana” that was in the Mamanuca seas. The Gods made their decision clear that it was to remain in the Mamanucas, and anyone who tried to tamper with the box would be cursed. Lutunasobasoba also predicted that this group of islands would be a great source of prosperity for the Fijian people in the future.
Degei returned to the Mamanucas to retrieve the box of blessings but only retrieved a big diamond outside the box. Immediately he was cursed and transformed into a snake with the diamond marked on his head for eternity. For the rest of his life he would crawl on his stomach, and be trapped in an ocean cave in Sawa-i-lau in the Yasawas (visitors can visit this cave today).
The Fijians believe that this box is still buried today in the oceans between Likuliku and Mana guarded by two giant clams. It is this box that they believe has brought great blessings to all the villages in the area and the people who visit the islands. So if you enter the waters around Likuliku, keep an eye out for this special box.