Fiji's Mamanuca Islands form a majestic arc, a short distance from the mainland of Viti Levu. They curve north-west, almost touching the Yasawa chain.
There are 13 islands, not counting those covered by the Pacific at high tide, and all have pristine white sandy beaches, waving palms, crystal clear waters and welcome cooling trade winds at night in common.
The Mamanucas are volcanic outcrops, pushed from the ocean floor during a gigantic earthquake thousands of years ago.
At Beachcomber Island Resort you choose accommodation to suit your style and budget, including private bures (thatched cottage) on the beach, twin rooms with private facilities and a dormitory.
All 22 bures and 16 twin rooms have sundecks with lounges, refrigerators and ceiling fans. Staying in a traditional bure is a fantastic experience cool in warm temperatures, filled with decorative charm and wonderful for relaxing.
The Barefoot Bar is right on the golden sand and serves everything to quench a big thirst fresh fruit juice, wine, spirits and icy Fiji draught beer. Exotic cocktails are made to order.
There are Fijian cultural and Polynesian floor shows four nights a week, and nightly entertainment from The Beachcomber Boyz band. Nightly dancing and beach parties are the norm on Beachcomber.
Island drums mean it's kana time time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Fijian and international dishes are served buffet style and there's plenty of time to linger.
A professional dive operation offers introductory scuba lessons, and once you're hooked, make sure you dive with their PADI instructors in the marine sanctuary surrounding the island. There's also water and jet skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, snorkelling and game and reef fishing. Warm waters, the deep ocean and labyrinth of reefs and passages present an exciting place to fish.
Out of the water there's plenty to do: island hopping, mainland shopping, mini-golf, coconut tree climbing, weaving, cocktail mixing, island-style cooking lessons, turtle feeding and coral viewing.
Fiji's Mamanuca Islands, 30 minutes from Nadi by jet catamaran.
Beachcomber Island Resort accommodation starts at about $70 per person a night in a dorm room and around $225 a double a night in a lodge room. Bures are around $295 a double a night. All meals are included.
Parasailing and wakeboarding each cost around $60 per person.
Pacific Blue has flights to Nadi.
One-way fares from:
- Brisbane $269
- Sydney $289
- Melbourne $339
- Perth $399
- Darwin $375
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at July 17, 2008 and are subject to change.
Prices correct at July 17, 2008.
For further information
Beachcomber Island Resort & Cruises
1 Walu Street
Ph: +679 666 2600
Fax: +679 666 4496
Ph: 136 789
It is recommended travellers to Fiji see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended for Fiji. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information visit www.welltogo.com.au.
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