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Our Thoughts on Mantaray Island Resort, Nanuya Balavu Island, Naviti Group, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
This resort offers an interesting cost-effective way to enjoy the famous Yasawa Islands for singles, couples, groups of friends, honeymooners and families, in fact it is an ideal holiday destination for anyone seeking a laid-back beach vacation.  The site is superb – a powder-white beach overlooking a channel dotted with off-shore islands in the Yasawa Islands group, far away from traffic and the noise of the city, with clear skies and clear waters for remarkable snorkelling and diving.  The resort itself has a wide range of accommodation options from a modern block of beachfront villas to natural-chic stand-alone beachfront bures and a 32-bed dormitory.     

Each year between May and October the waters around the resort attract Pacific Manta Rays and as many as 20 Manta Rays have been recorded at times in front of the resort at one time. Snorkelling trips are organised each day during the Manta Ray season (when the rays are present) and on these trips guests can enjoy swimming near the rays. They beat a drum at the resort on the days the rays are around!

There is a very pleasant casual vibe about this place, but there is nothing casual about the professional dive operation or the attention to food production in the remarkable resort restaurant.  As there is no other food outlet available anywhere near Manta Ray Island Resort, the resort has a compulsory Meal Plan which all guests purchase directly from the resort for each day of their stay.  The meal plan consists of breakfast, lunch and dinner and costs F$119 per day for adults and F$59.50 per day for children aged up to 12 years.  

Wifi and mobile phone coverage is not always available on such remote islands, but at Mantaray Island Resort, guests wishing to keep in touch with the outside world have wifi (charged) access available as well as mobile phone coverage.  The main bure has cable TV reception, so it is easy to keep abreast of major sporting events etc. while holidaying here. 

Activities available at Mantaray are many and varied.  The snorkelling as amazing and the house reef which teems with tropical fish living around the colourful corals is very close to the beach. There is a very good activities team who constantly circulate with guests advising what is happening at different times during the day.  For those into walking, there are a couple of good walks available either along the coast or up over the hill to a normally deserted beach on the other side of the island. There is also a little exercise involved getting to and from the restaurant which is located on a rise above the beach and from which there are lovely views of the surrounding waters and islands. There is plenty of relaxing to be done too – enjoy the hammocks outside your bure, read a book while lazing in the sun loungers on the big beachfront deck, enjoy a massage by a trained masseuse under the palms or, for something quite special, take in a session at the regularly held cooking classes.   

Evenings can be lively with entertainment most nights with staff and guests involved in island dancing and music.

There are quite a few little resorts dotted around the Yasawa Islands which we recommend and book and all are good in their own way.  Mantaray Island Resort is a great choice for a holiday in the sun for people seeking well-priced friendly informality, superb surroundings, diverse and interesting fellow travellers, a wide range of activities and the ability to totally relax in your own company as the mood takes you.

What Mantaray Island Resort Say About Themselves
“Located in the Fiji Islands premier destination, the Yasawa Islands, Mantaray Island Resort epitomizes the perfect Fiji holiday. Boasting idyllic white sand tropical beaches, vibrant coral reefs, a marine reserve teeming with life, fantastic cuisine, refreshing cocktails, chilled out tunes and a close affiliation with the local village, Mantaray Island Resort offers the complete Fiji experience.

Whether you want to unwind in a hammock with a refreshing tropical drink, explore the marine reserve located directly off the beach, participate in our cooking classes or visit the local village, our Fijian resort offers the perfect combination. We boast some of the best swimming with the manta rays, snorkeling in Fiji and diving Fiji has to offer. With over 40 dives sites within 20 minutes of the resort, the Mantaray Dive Team will guide you through one of the world’s most pristine tropical marine environments. Learn to scuba dive at our in house dive school or take the plunge and learn to freedive at Fiji’s only accredited free dive school.

After a tough day unwinding or exploring our pristine natural habitat, relax with an exotic happy hour cocktail before indulging in a sumptuous dinner prepared by our Executive Chef. We only use the freshest ingredients and include a wide range of European, Fijian and Indian dishes. We feature fresh fish, caught daily in local waters, fresh tropical fruit and a wide range of sumptuous vegetarian specialties.

The evening is rounded off with our nightly entertainment. Enjoy a laugh with new friends as you try out some local Fijian dance moves, put a bet on your favourite crab in the crab races or enjoy a specially arranged romantic dinner for two.  Whatever your style is, Mantaray Island Resort is the perfect place to mix it up.

Your Accommodation Options
Air-conditioned accommodation types:
● Beachfront Villas
● Reef Bures
● Family Reef Bures
● Paradise Dormitory
Beachfront Villas, Reef Bures and Family Reef Bures all have the same tariff.
Non-Air-conditioned accommodation types:
● Jungle Bures
● Treehouse Bures

Room Categories (In descending order of tariff)
Bullet Beachfront Villas:
Recently added, the Beachfront Villas are only metres away from the beach. Located in a ground floor block of 6 units, each villa is air-conditioned as well as having a nice high ceiling with ceiling fan and fully-screened louvre windows to aid air flow. The wood-plank floored sleeping area is raised up 2 steps from the lounge area and each has a furnished private patio out front.  Facilities include a bar fridge, tea and coffee making and TV monitor with movie box. (TV is not available on the island). The modern ensuite bathroom has hot water and features a high-walled courtyard with outdoor shower opening off the modern bathroom.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed.
Additional Bedding: up to 2 Rollaway Beds may be added in the lounge area

Bullet Reef Bures:
Newer versions of the Jungle Bures and steps from the beach, Reef Bures have a bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, large ceiling fan, air-conditioning and TV with movie box (not TV).  The bathrooms are a masterpiece; combining a contemporary indoor bathroom with vanity and toilet under cover and one side opening to a high, block-walled private landscaped courtyard featuring a private outdoor shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Family Reef Bures:
The 2 Family Reef Bures are the same layout and have the same facilities as the Reef Bures but are a little bigger so can support the inclusion of a Rollaway Bed for a third occupant. This bure type is ideal for 2 guests requiring twin (separate beds) accommodation.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed.
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed may be added.

Bullet Jungle Bures:
Great value for money, Jungle Bures are not air-conditioned but are raised ten-to-twelve steps up off the sand to allow cooling sea breezes to circulate beneath.  Banks of louvres and a large ceiling fan also aid air circulation. Only steps away from the beach, each fully screened Jungle Bure is surrounded on two sides by palm trees and tropical foliage. With sliding doors opening on to a private balcony and beach, tea and coffee making facility, two adjoining sun lounges, handmade Fijian shelter for shade and most with a beachfront location away from the Main Bure and Paradise Dormitory, Jungle Bures are an ideal couples’ escape. The ensuite bathroom has a shower and an odourless self-composting toilet.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed.
Additional Bedding: A Single Rollaway Bed may be added for the third guest.

Bullet Treehouse Bures:
Well-priced, budget, stand-alone accommodation units set amongst the trees just a short walk from the beach, each Tree House Bure is built to let in the cool sea breezes and is fitted with large louvered windows to let as much sunlight in as you choose. Fan-cooled. The 10 Treehouse Bures share a well-maintained communal toilet and shower block.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Double Bed or 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Paradise Dormitory:
The 32-bed air-conditioned dormitory is a separate building and features 2 sets of bunks (4 beds) to a cubicle room.  The walls on the individual rooms do not go right up to the ceiling – this aids air circulation. Guests staying in dormitory accommodation are also required to purchase the resort’s compulsory meal plan. Guests in the Paradise Dorm share communal bathroom facilities.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests to a dormitory room.
Existing Bedding: 2 sets of bunks per room.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting to and from Mantaray Island Resort
Bullet High-Speed Catamaran

“Yasawa Flyer” daily service stops off Mantaray Resort and guests are ferried to and from the resort by resort boat.
Port Denarau to Mantaray Island Resort
Departs Port Denarau 8:45am
Arrives Mantaray Island Resort 11:45am
Pickup available at Beachcomber/Treasure Islands
Mantaray Island Resort to Port Denarau
Depart Mantaray Island Resort 3:00pm
Arrive Port Denarau 6:00pm
Drop-off available at Beachcomber/Treasure, Octopus and VOMO Islands.
Bullet Floatplane and Helicopter Services
One-way and return Floatplane and helicopter services are available between both Nadi Airport and Denarau Island and Mantaray Island Resort and may be pre-booked in package arrangements through Our Specialists. Services from other resorts in Fiji can also be arranged.

Kids Policy
Children are welcome year-round at Mantaray Island Resort. 
Bullet Little Kids Stay Free
An infant aged up to 3 years stays free when sharing accommodation with parents/adults (subject to room maximum occupancy policies)
Children Aged 4 to 12 Years
The resort charges a small daily accommodation fee and compulsory meal plan for children aged 4 to 12 years for children sharing accommodation with parents/2 adults.
Child-minding/babysitting services are available at the resort.

Check-in/Check Out
Official check-in and checkout times are organised around the arrival and departure times of the “Yasawa Flyer” which departs Port Denarau at 8:45am arriving at Mantaray Island Resort at 11:45am.  On departure, “Yasawa Flyer” departs Mantaray at approximately 3:00pm and arrives back at Port Denarau at 6:00pm. Departing guests are required to vacate their accommodation by 10:00am to accommodate the arriving guests.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations made between 14 and 30 days prior to scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the cost of the full stay booked.
Bullet Cancellations made between 7 and 14 days prior to scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the full stay booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 7 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the full stay booked.
Bullet No Shows or days not used due to delayed arrival or premature departure: No refund will be given for unused arrangements. 

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All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities:

Bullet Bar
Bullet Activities Bure
Bullet In-house Dive Operation
Bullet Scuba Diving
Bullet Free Diving
Bullet Snorkelling Gear
Bullet Swim with Manta Rays (in season)
Bullet Sunset Tube Cruise
Bullet Stand-Up Paddle Boards
Bullet Game & Sport Fishing
Bullet Handline Fishing
Bullet Massage
Bullet Cooking Classes
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Island Walks
Bullet Handicrafts
Bullet Sports competitions/Volleyball
Bullet Village visits
Bullet Sunday church visit
Bullet Mobile phone coverage
Bullet Cable TV in Main Bure
Bullet Wifi coverage

Room Facilities:
Please see individual room

descriptions for details.