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Our Resort Report

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.

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.

Room Categories (In descending order of tariff)
Bullet Beachfront Villas:
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:
Reef Bures are not air-conditioned but are raised ten-to-twelve steps up off the sand to allow cooling sea breezes to circulate beneath. They 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 Seaside Bures:
Seaside Bures have sliding doors opening on to a private balcony and beach. built on stilts for air flow. Large ceiling fan, comfy king size bed and tea & coffee making facilities.
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.

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.

Travel Insurance is Recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 18 May 2023 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2024.  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.