Mana Island Snorkeling
The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in Fiji.
Friday 17 March 2017 06:41 GMT
West of Viti Levu and Nadi in the Mamanuca Island group, the snorkeling off Mana Island is known for its beautiful coral reefs just offshore. South of the South Beach Wharf, the South Mana Reef is known as habitat for eagle rays. Both the South Beach and North Beach offer good snorkeling opportunties.
To reach the Mana Island snorkeling, you'll need to fly into the only international airport in Fiji, Nadi International Airport (NAN), which is served by Fiji Airways, Qantas, and Air New Zealand. There are flights also coming from nearby Pacific islands including Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Hawaii. Many of the flights arrive very late at night, so plan accordingly. When arriving in Fiji from the US, keep in mind that most flights arrive very early in the morning and Fiji is just across the international date line, so you’ll effectively land two days after departing the US. It is not recommended to arrive or travel within Fiji on Sundays due to limited services available. There are daily flights from Nadi to Mana Island. Also, there is a cat ferry from Port Denarau to Mana Island's South Beach Wharf, which takes about one hour. There are several high-speed catamaran ferries out of the Port Denarau marina including the Yasawa Flyer, SeaFiji and South Sea Cruises. Port Denarau Marina is about 20 minutes from the Nadi International Airport. When you land in Nadi, keep in mind that there are not really any good beaches here or around Denarau Island since the coastal mangrove forest makes the sand gray and the lagoon water murky.
TIP: The Fijian cyclone/typhoon rainy season starts in November and ends in late March. There have been periodic cyclones that have caused damage to both the reefs and to the resorts, including those in 2012 and 2016. It may be worth contacting a local dive shop or resort about cyclone impacts before booking. The best Fiji snorkeling is typically from May through October during the dry winter season, but be aware that the water becomes cooler as the winter season progresses.
Overall, Mana Island is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 22 snorkeling dives in Fiji.