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!

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