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Monuriki Island, Mamanuca, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
Monuriki Island, Mamanuca, Fiji. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The Mamanuca islands: islands along the coast of Viti Levu

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Almost all tourists arriving in Fiji do so from Nadi international airport. This airport is located along the west coast of the large island of Viti Levu. Right in front of the coast where Nadi stands is the archipelago of the Mamanuca islands: a chain of exotic islands that are located only a short boat ride from Nadi international airport.

The archipelago is made up of twenty small volcanic sandy islands and several sandbanks, some of which are covered by the Pacific ocean at high tide. Some of the islands are small sandbanks with little or no vegetation. While others, such as Malolo, Monuriki, Monu, Yanuya and Tavua, are larger hilly islands.


These islands are the most popular tourist destination in Fiji. The islands offer crystal clear waters, beaches of fine sand bordered by coconut palms and very rich coral reefs. Here are some of the most exclusive resorts in Fiji where you can relax in the wellness centers or practice water sports, surfing, diving, boating and other activities. In the islands you will find beautiful white sand beaches and spectacular coral gardens full of marine life.

One of the Mamanuca islands, the island of Monuriki, has become famous for being the island where the famous film “Cast Away” was shot produced by Robert Zemeckis in 2000 and starring Tom Hanks. Between the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands are the Norokorokoyawa – Sacred Islands (Vanua Levu, Eori, Nai raviravi ni ui, Musumusu ni karikari (Camel Rock) and Navadra) which are celebrated as the birthplace of Fiji. Here, according to tradition, it seems that the first inhabitants of the islands have landed.


The Mamanuca are easily accessible due to their proximity to the coast of the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. The starting point for the Mamanuca islands (as well as for the wildest and most isolated Yasawa islands) is the marina of Port Denarau. From here the boats that connect the main resorts scattered around the islands leave. Even the most distant of the islands can be reached with about 2 hours of navigation. There are also flights of small seaplanes that in less than 15 minutes of flight from Nadi reach the most exclusive resorts.

The island of Malolo Lailai, where the resorts of Plantation Island Resort, Musket Cove Island Resort and Lomani Island Resort are located, is served by the high-speed catamaran “Malolo Cat”. This fast catamaran in less than an hour connects the island of Malolo Lailai with Port Denarau four times a day.

While “South Sea Cruises” has other catamarans that connect all the other Mamanuca resorts. Including the islands of Malolo (where the Malolo Island Resort, Tropica Island Resort, Funky Fish Beach Resort and others are located), of Qalito (Castaway Island Resort). And of Mana (Mana Island Resort and Tadrai Island Resort). But also those of Beachcomber island (Beachcomber Island Resort), Treasure island (Treasure Island Resort) and Bounty island (Bounty Island Resort). And finally of South Sea island (South Sea Island Resort), Matamanoa (Matamanoa Island Resort) and Tokoriki (Tokoriki Island Resort and Sheraton Tokoriki).



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