Mantaray Island Resort
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Mantaray Island Resort

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Located in the Yasawa Islands of Fiji, 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 become certified to freedive.
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Wifi
Bar / lounge
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Canoeing
Massage
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Express check-in / check-out
Paid wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Diving
Hiking
Snorkelling
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Private beach
Private balcony
Safe
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English

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Nanuya Balavu Island Fiji
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Jjkelley1008 wrote a review Jan 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota11 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time during our 4 night stay at Mantaray Island Resort. The staff is incredibly welcoming and truly goes out of their way to be sure they know you by name and that you are enjoying yourselves. Ima, Mili, Save, Mesu, and the entire team exemplify hospitality in every way! Our villa was perfect, quiet and had amazing beachfront access. I especially loved the quiet, jungle like feeling of the resort. The snorkeling right off the beach was incredible and a short 2 minute kayak trip across the bay to the private beach was amazing! And the food! The food was fantastic every night (and day), with well thought out options and high quality ingredients. The only thing preventing me from a perfect rating is that with the low and high tide the beach is not swimable. This was not at all a problem because the activities and lunch are well planned to give you options during the tide. I will be back and absolutely recommend this resort to anybody considering it!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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smbtw wrote a review Nov 2022
Australia6 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 2 nights during our island hop of the Yasawa’s exclusively to try and swim with the Mantarays. While advertised as between May to October - the period to avoid disappointment is between June and mid-August. Unfortunately for us a manta hadn’t been spotted since mid-late September.

Both Mantaray Island Resort and nearby Barefoot Kuata were near capacity when we booked and the only available room (outside a Dorm) was a Treehouse Bure. These bures are best suited to a backpacker looking for some privacy away from the dorms. While we expected to have shared bathroom facilities – we were still surprised by how incredibly small these Bures were and that there were zero amenities (incl beach towels although available for hire). If you are traveling as a couple – avoid this room type and pick a Jungle Bure or higher category. Also be aware that rooms near the beach bar are subject to noise at night from other guests. It is voted one of the best backpackers in the Yasawa’s for a reason!

Despite many of the reviews, we found the food at Mantaray the best we had in the Yasawa’s. Rox, Rosa and Mere were wonderful hosts at every meal. While the selection was not diverse there is still a choice of 4 mains at lunch and dinner and we were rarely disappointed. Mind you, sometimes after a whole morning snorkeling a tasty Beef Slider is exactly what your belly was looking for.

While the bar is the place to be for most of the day and evening, a nice departure from this is to visit Mary and Elijah on the other side of the island for a coconut (spiked if you wish) to watch the majestic sunsets.

For activities (excluding Mantarays) we spent an afternoon fishing with Sava and Api which we found very relaxing despite only a single fish caught! Unfortunately, due to tropical downpour we were unable to do the Sunrise walk on Nakeke. The snorkeling right off the beach was great and we were lucky to see a Marble Ray.

A special mention to Liti and Sava who helped organise the delivery of a mobile phone we accidentally left at our previous resort. Despite needing to pass through numerous hands it was returned to us in 24 hours when the SSC Flyer arrived the next day. A testament to the wonderful people in Fiji and the pride they all take in making sure your trip to Fiji is memorable.
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Date of stay: October 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There is no shade on the beach and no umbrellas.
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Rose Taylor wrote a review Aug 2022
23 contributions4 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff and sea life are the best attractions at Mantaray Island Resort. We stayed in a beach villa and it was clean and comfortable. The mantarays and house reef are awesome.
The only downside is that the food package of $119 FJD pp/per day is expensive for what is provided. Breakfast is a basic buffet and was nice enough. But lunch and dinner the food quality was really average and some portions were quite small, my husband could have eaten 3 portions in one sitting if he had the chance! There also isn’t the option to purchase any additional snacks except for pizzas between 4-6pm. Strongly recommend buying your own snacks and alcohol on the mainland and bringing them with you. The resort is nice, secluded, beachy and basic. Wouldn’t recommend for families with kids but I think it’s great for adults and those that are looking for the island experience.
The staff are the best we have come across and felt like friends by the time we left (strongly disagree with the recent review that said the staff didn’t interact with guests and also inaccurately called the Australian owner American…?) lol
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Definitely buy your own snacks and alcohol on the Mainland and bring them over with you.
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Alih wrote a review Mar 2023
Vancouver, Canada18 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was just here for one night as I had planned to relax in Nadi for a day after my flight, but last minute decided to come to this resort instead. The resort is stunning. I had a Reef Bure and it was lovely and immaculate. Comfortable bed with nice linen. Gorgeous outdoor bathroom with a spa vibe. With the exception of the dive shop team, the staff here are all excellent. Special shout out to Knox, Rosa, Mere and the ladies in the dining room as well as the bar staff, lovely people. Food was a la carte from about 4 options with exception of breakfast buffet with made to order eggs. Food choices were good and tasty but if you are a really big eater you might not be happy with amount. More than enough for me though. Nice snorkelling right in front of resort, but tide is too low most of the day and snorkelling is not allowed. There are kayaks and paddle boards you can take to across the channel to a deeper area to snorkel. I was given probably the worst pair of fins ever by the dive team here so recommend taking your own, I had my own snorkel and mask. Regarding the Manta Ray…. They blow a conch shell when they are spotted and you grab your gear and run to the boat. They blew it right when I arrived while I was taking my luggage to my room so I skipped it as I had bad jet lag having just arrived and hadn’t even gotten to my room and unpacked yet. The couple in the room next to me went and told me about the experience. This couple was extremely fit and active and very experienced snorkelers who had travelled a lot doing snorkel trips in different parts of the world, including other Manta Ray experiences. They said that they found it very difficult and did not enjoy it, as they were dropped in the water and told to swim against the current through the channel, they skipped it in the morning. So be advised. I also skipped the opportunity to go in the morning because the other resort I was going to offered it (and it was a wonderful experience there). A few other things worth mentioning, the generator is near the dorms but I found it to be not bad as far as generators go, just a medium steady hum, I have heard worse and don’t think it would have bothered me one iota but if you are a light sleeper and easily disturbed, avoid the dorms maybe as well as the family rooms next to the bar. Also, the beach across the channel that you can use during low tide can sometimes have a lot of people. The first day I was there a large cruise ship came to the channel and dropped everyone off there for the afternoon and they would constantly run back and forth with a tender.
Overall, I loved my time here and would absolutely return, but stay a few days and take my own fins next time. Also should mention that there was no internet the night I was there and If you just want to swim, this beach is very shallow. The dining area is a the top of a steep hill and also has many stairs once you get there.
For the resort- please change your beach lounge chairs, the orange and white ones. They are dreadfully uncomfortable.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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islandpt wrote a review Oct 2023
Malaga, Spain177 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful getaway at a marine park in the Yasawa Islands. Incredible Staff. They need to update their underwater and accommodation photos. The food was perfect. All islands have to be cautious with what they serve and not waste food. They let you order off menu and you can order more than one dish if you’re hungry. This is very nice instead of a Buffet every meal. Breakfast is a buffet but they have made to order omelettes. You bill everything to your room and pay by card or cash at check out.
The underwater life and beach is beautiful. I’ve dove all over the world and the only other snorkeling and diving that compares is Coral Gardens in Taha’a French Polynesia and Blue Corner in Palau. Aruba and Belize and even the Great Barrier are not as good for snorkeling and diving.
The tree house bure was worth it to have some privacy. The dorm seemed to be acceptable to others, but I wanted my own quiet and space. It has open windows and a fan but not air con.
There is a walk to another beach for sunset. The blowing of the conch shell when a Manta ray is spotted is beautiful and exciting. The channel is around the corner.
The life here is worth the trip.
A tree house bure for $100 usd a night HERE is MUCH MUCH better for water activities and reef life than $300++ on the islands of Beachcomber, Treasure Island or those closer to Nadi.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: You pay full board for breakfast lunch and dinner. You may want to get some duty free alcohol and...
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Cheryl R wrote a review Jun 2022
Whangarei, New Zealand104 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived to friendly song to welcome us to the island.
The room was great with outdoor bathroom and aircon to keep us cool
The food was very good and fairly well priced.
The staff were all helpful and happy.
We were to see mantaray two days in a row. Hint... If you go on the morning snorkeling trip then they go to check if there are Mantas before going back and that is when we got to see them.
The snorkeling is amazing both straight off the beach (not accessible at low tide) and on the guided tours.
Overall a very good place to stay and play
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Date of stay: June 2022
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lambkin21 wrote a review Feb 2020
Redditch, United Kingdom188 contributions65 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
the staff were very good and tried to be as helpful as possible
the beach villa was almost on the ocean and was comfy with good air con and nice beds.
we had booked into a dorm room which would have been fine but the toilet block was far to far away, especially if it was late at night, luckilly we arranfged to be in a villa which made it a lot better. . The house reef is excellent but you can only snorkel at high tide and that is late in the afternoon, lots to see and I was told there were large fish and sharks to be seen but I could not go as I was on my own., the Resort should not allow lone snorkelling. the restaurant was a very steep climb and the steps and stairs were poorly lit at night. I felt unable to go there for dinner and they did kindly accomodate bringing me dinner to the villa but I had to eat on my own.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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adam staple wrote a review Sept 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The place is definitely not a 5 star resort but the facilities are still excellent and the staff are what truly makes this place memorable. They always bend over backwards to help you with anything you need. They make sure you’re comfortable and happy.

The snorkeling in the reef right out front of the resort is outstanding however we always chose to snorkel at more remote locations on excursions that were offered. But that was just a personal preference.

The food is good although nothing special but the staff always does their best to make sure you’re happy and satisfied.

The main issue to be prepared for is the charges for excursions and for renting snorkeling equipment, etc. it does feel a little nit-picky but overall we were very satisfied with our stay and the facilities.

Be aware that only the beachfront bures have air conditioning but most people didn’t complain. Also those that were there for diving were very satisfied and felt the value was fantastic. The staff all know what they’re doing and nobody ever felt unsafe.

For good value and lots of fun interacting with a great staff and very interesting travelers from all over the world I can’t recommend Manataray Island Resort enough.
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Date of stay: September 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If WiFi is important to you it’s very hit and miss there but they actually can get a 4G signal so...
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Linde R wrote a review Aug 2023
Auckland113 contributions45 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The snorkeling , right off the beach, was very good, but I wish the website mentioned the considerable hike up to restaurant 3 times a day. Its not for people with mobility issues. We had a Beach villa, which was a good size with lovely bathroom and quality mattress, tho I dont know why it wasn't a queen bed, as a double is quite small. Also it was few doors away from the beach bar which played relatively loud music most of the time (sometimes Fijian and sometime young music) which didn't create the peace I was looking for. The wifi was down 3/4 of the time and one has to use cell data, when that was working. The food was pretty good and the menu was quite varied.
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Date of stay: July 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The bar is quite noisy and the restaurant is quite a hike up a hill.
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John D wrote a review Jun 2022
Denver, Colorado14 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous weeklong visit at Mantaray. We stayed at one of the family burres and it is good sized, comfortable with a great outdoor shower. There is a mixture of free and fee based activities but the overall vibe is pretty chill. There is a dive shop and it seemed pretty busy. The swimming right outside the resort is amazing with plenty of fish and corals to view. Food is fine with large portions and of course includes lots of fish. I think this is a resort best for adults because there isn’t a lot to do for kids. The typical stay is more like 4 to 5 nights with stays at other resorts in the Yasawa group The ferry picks up most days so it is easy to visit the other islands. The staff is fantastic all around such Food and beverage, housekeeping, activities and dive shop. Recommend visiting this resort!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sheila asked a question Jan 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Has anyone done the guided island treks? Where do they go/how long are they?
Answer from Jonny_8iron
Christchurch, New Zealand45 contributions14 helpful votes
We did the dawn walk. It started at a semi-deserted resort (Botaira) on Naviti Island and climbs the nearest peak to the south, then down the other side to be picked up by boat. Can't recall exactly how long it is I'm afraid, but left about 60-90mins before dawn and were back before breakfast finished. Highly recommend, one of our highlights.
Answer from Cynthia
San Diego, California43 contributions20 helpful votes
You need taxi to take you to the port denarau and a ferry ride to the resort. If I remember there is no additional resort fee but you have to purchase the meal plans at the island when you arrive. They take credit card.
islandpt wrote a tip Oct 2023
Malaga, Spain177 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"You pay full board for breakfast lunch and dinner. You may want to get some duty free alcohol and miscers to save some money. Wine was $30/b"
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adam staple wrote a tip Sept 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If WiFi is important to you it’s very hit and miss there but they actually can get a 4G signal so a good international plan will be ok."
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T_Daly wrote a tip Sept 2023
Grenada94 contributions106 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is not always hot water and sporadic wifi. There is a spa"
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Linde R wrote a tip Aug 2023
Auckland113 contributions45 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The bar is quite noisy and the restaurant is quite a hike up a hill. "
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Simon wrote a tip Jul 2023
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam11 contributions10 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try South Sea or Blue Lagoon instead..."
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$148 - $360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
mantaray island hotel nanuya
LOCATION
FijiYasawa IslandsYasawa IslandNanuya Balavu Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mantaray Island Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Mantaray Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Mantaray Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Does Mantaray Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.