Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands
Dive or snorkel with majestic manta rays (seasonal). Picnic on Champagne Beach. Explore Castaway Island, the backdrop to the Tom Hanks blockbuster ‘Cast Away’. Swim through the world-famous Sawa-i-Lau caves. Spend the day in a local village, learn basket weaving, and maybe a few Fijian words! Get that adrenaline fix on a shark dive with some of the biggest shark species on the planet. Surf world-class breaks. Or simply unwind, cocktail in hand, as you watch the sun set over your own secluded beach. The Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands really are the place to enjoy Fiji time and do as much or as little as you like.
The Mamanuca Islands are a stunning volcanic archipelago located just off the coast of Denarau, which is a mere 20 minutes from Nadi International Airport. Their accessibility combined with their exceptional beauty makes the Mamanucas a great option if you only have a few days to spare.
The mix of resorts and deserted islands, crystal clear waters, palm-fringed beaches, and rich coral reefs offer an array of activities. From surfing to spa days, dolphin spotting to diving, the Mamanucas really do have something for everyone. Add to that the warm Fijian hospitality and the fantastic weather – these islands are guaranteed to blow you away.
The rugged and remote Yasawa archipelago consists of six main islands surrounded by numerous smaller islets. Volcanic in origin, these dramatic, mountainous islands are famous for their palm-fringed, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and brightly coloured coral reefs. Sailing through the Yasawas is a breath-taking experience.
Dive or snorkel with majestic manta rays (seasonal). Swim through tunnels and caverns in the world-famous Sawa-i-Lau caves, where ‘The Blue Lagoon’ was filmed. Picnic on Champagne Beach. Spend the day in a local village, learn basket weaving and maybe a few Fijian words! Dive with some of the biggest shark species on the planet. Or simply watch the sun set over your own secluded beach. This really is the place to enjoy Fiji time and do as much or as little as you like.
From pinnacles to wrecks, sharks to eagle rays, the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands offer something for everyone
Dive into an underwater world of soft and hard corals, a myriad of tropical fish, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, and sharks, and experience one of the best bull shark dives in the world.
The ‘fish of a lifetime’
Our Big Blue Fiji experts know these waters like the backs of their hands
The warm tropical waters surrounding the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands are home to some massive big-game species such as GTs, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, mahi mahi, and wahoo. So jump on board and catch the ‘big one’.
Surf the legendary Cloudbreak, Restaurants, and Swimming Pools
We have access to these incredible breaks, and can offer unparalleled surfing charters to the best spots in Fiji.
A backdrop of volcanic islands
Explore the wonders of Fiji on your own private catamaran
From spa days to mountain treks, dolphin spotting to diving, Big Blue Fiji will put you in the right place at the right time for what you want to do.
Diving, Fishing, Surfing, and Sailing Combo Charter
Surf before breakfast, catch a fish for lunch, and explore rich coral reefs all afternoon
Our Diving, Fishing, Surfing, and Sailing Combo charters give you a taste of all that the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands have to offer.
Mamanuca Islands day trips
Fishing, spearing, surfing, and sailing day trips
The Mamanuca Islands are the perfect backdrop for a day out on the water. The stunning volcanic archipelago is located just off the coast of Denarau, a mere 20 minutes from Nadi International Airport, meaning that you can be on the water in no time.
Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands' history
According to legend, the story of Fiji’s Mamanuca islands began around 1500 BC with the arrival of an armada of giant war canoes. These were the ancestors of the Fijian people who had journeyed from their homeland in the west. The double-hull canoe leading the armada, the Kaunitoni, was carrying a very special cargo – Katonimana, the Box of Blessings.
As they reached the Mamanucas, the weather turned and Katonimana slipped off the canoe and into the water. Lutunasobasoba, the warrior chief leading the armada, ordered his crew to let the box go. He believed it was the will of the gods. He gave specific instructions that no one was to ever try to retrieve Katonimana. Lutunasobasoba believed the Box of Blessings would bring great prosperity to the Fijian people in the future. To this day, many believe the box still lies beneath the waters of the Mamanuca Islands.
The British navigator William Bligh was the first European to sight the Yasawas, in 1789, following the infamous mutiny on the HMS Bounty. Captain Barber visited the islands in HMS Arthur in 1794. However, it was not until 1840 that the islands were surveyed and charted by Charles Wilkes, a United States expedition commander.
Up until the 1950s, tourists travelling to these islands on cruise ships were forbidden from setting foot on land. It was only very recently, in 1987, that land-based tourism ventures were finally allowed.