Fiji – Mamanuca (Kandavu & Tai Islands)

Our second week in Fiji saw us in the Mamanuca island chain where we spent some time on Kandavu Island, home of the popular Bounty Island Resort. The island is petite and you can walk around it in less than 30 minutes. We took advantage of the free paddle boards, kayaks and snorkel gear and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer for turtle cleaning duties (baby hawksbill turtles)! From Bounty Island, we hopped over to Tai Island, more commonly known as Beachcomber Island Resort. Famous for their legendary party scene, we arrived expecting to get zero sleep but the island was surprisingly tame over the weekend. We were upgraded from a budget dorm to a private bure, so we loved Beachcombers! The Saturday night “Polynesian Dance & Fire” show was quite entertaining, and the daily free snorkel trips were better than expected (tons of reef fish). Alas, our time in the Mamanucas came to an end too quickly and before we knew it, we were headed back to the mainland for a dose of reality. Chances are good that we’ll be back in this corner of the world – next time will be to snorkel with manta rays at either Barefoot Manta or Mantaray Island Resort – we’ve heard rave reviews about both!

Robby enjoying the view on South Sea Cruises as we make our way from Yasawa to Mamanuca Gorgeous scenery as we cruise the Yasawas Water school bus (in the foreground) near the Mamanuca Island Chain Man dressed in tribal dress greeting us on Warrior Rock; Barefoot Kuata Island Fijian school boys wearing a sulu (long skirt) as part of their uniform; South Sea Cruises Disembarking South Sea Cruises onto the transfer boat to Bounty Island Resort Orientation briefing; Bounty Island Resort - the staff here is unforgettably friendly! We loved the nightly singing entertainment Mean pose; Bounty Island Resort Enjoying a Fijian "lovo" (feast cooked in the earth) Getting ready for crab racing; Bounty Island Resort A bed bug free night in our "new" dorm; Bounty Island Resort Pretty flowers; Bounty Island Resort It takes less than 30 minutes to walk around the entire island of Kandavu Robby spots a black tip reef shark swimming by the shoreline Hibiscus in bloom at Bounty Island Resort Robby swarmed by fish while snorkeling around Bounty Island Checking out the coral farm at Bounty Island Cocktail of the day; Bounty Island Resort Lovo shed (where delicious dishes of chicken, fish or pork are cooked); Bounty Island Resort Baby hawksbill turtles, part of the marine conservation program of Bounty Island A storm moves in; Kandavu Island Coconut bure markers; Bounty Island Sunset over Kandavu Island Becky taking advantage of Bounty Island's free paddle boards Sea view of Bounty Island Resort Stingray under our kayak An easy kayak ride around the island Robby and El Kie holding up their toothbrushes for turtle cleaning time; Bounty Island Resort Becky carefully brushes algae off a baby hawksbill turtle Placing clean turtles back into the turtle pond; Bounty Island Resort Passing a jelly fish around the boat (to be fed to the turtles afterwards) Snorkeling in front of Bounty Island Resort Lots of shady spots to lounge the day away; Bounty Island Hanging out with the friendly Bounty Island staff Freshwater pool; Bounty Island Resort Yasawa Flyer transport linking Bounty Island to Beachcomber Yasawa Flyer luggage tags Beachcomber Island Our first glimpse of Tai Island, home to the famous Beachcomber Resort Beachcomber's inviting swimming pool Wooden church; Beachcomber Island Bici bird; Beachcomber restaurant Pretty shell; Beachcomber Island Bluespotted sting ray; Beachcomber Island After sunset at Beachcomber Island Bula  - Fijian greeting at Beachcomber Island Resort Polynesian floor show at Beachcomber Resort Talented dancers perform for us during the Polynesian show Fire dance; Beachcomber Resort How low can you go; limbo competition at Beachcomber Island Resort Another perfect day on Beachcomber Island Loads of fish at the snorkel spot near Beachcomber Island Becky sits in the Beachcomber picture frame Pretty sunset at Beachcomber Resort The Sand Bar - lots of happy hour specials at this bar on Beachcomber Island Jetty at Mana Island The welcoming committee at Mana Island Bula bikes at Port Denarau foto gallery lightboxby v6.1

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