Luxurious Mamanuca and Yasawas Islands Packages
If you've ever thought about living out your castaway fantasy, look no further than the Mamanuca and Yasawas Islands—a string of precious green gems set in a bed of turquoise and cobalt. Sun, sand and surf are things these islands have in abundance, with the uninhabited Monuriki of Castaway movie fame giving the world a glimpse of how all three can come together here.
The islands' easy accessibility by air and sea, from Nadi and Port Denarau respectively, further cements their appeal. The islands can be roughly divided into two types and are commonly known by resort names rather than their native names. The Mamanucas' small, flat sand cays like Treasure Island lie just off Port Denarau and are popular day trip destinations, while the group's higher volcanic islands include Maloloi, Castaway, Matamanoa and Tokoriki. Accommodation throughout this group range from private islands, to larger islands which offer adults only resorts, private villas and family-friendly options.
The Yasawas islands are the Mamanucas wilder cousins—there are no golf courses or marinas here. The twenty lofty, grass islands covered islands are home to few villages scattered in sheltered bays. But while the Yasawas are ever-popular with backpackers, discerning travellers should not overlook the unique and luxurious offerings of Yasawa Island Resort & Spa and the easy day trip to the famed 'Blue Lagoon'. The limestone caves at Sawa-i-lau in the northern part of the group should not be missed either.
If you're headed to Fiji for surf, world-class surf breaks like Cloudbreak and Namotu Left (home to the Fiji Pro) at the southern end of the island chain need no introduction. Those looking to explore Fiji underwater will find many resorts equipped with their own dive operations throughout both island groups. A notable recent attraction in the Mamanucas is Cloud 9, anchored on Ro Ro Reef just off Malolo island. The two-tier floating platform has a fully-stocked bar, wood-fire pizza oven and selection of water sport activities.