The Mantaray Dive shop caters for divers of all capabilities, from those wishing to learn or discover scuba diving, up to well qualified divers wishing to experience what the local reefs have to offer. The house reef is one of the best in Fiji and you can snorkel it all day, or dive it during the night. It’s a great place to learn to dive, with newbies learning to dive practically every day, as well as groups of divers going out in Regulator – the dive boat – to do double dives at sites just 10 minutes away.
During manta season (May to September) you can go for a morning snorkel with manta rays from Barefoot Manta, Botaira and Mantaray Island Resorts. When mantas are sighted the drums are sounded and guests assemble rapidly with masks, snorkels and fins. The guides will enter the water and indicate when they have a manta nearby by a raised arm.
The resort continues to upgrade all its accommodations and offers a good variety of exceptional quality bures. There is a compulsory meal plan, with generous buffets and a wide selection of meals to suit all tastes.
The family oriented Beachfront Villas feature an outdoor shower with hot water, ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets, a private patio complete with outdoor furniture and views to the beach which is only metres away. The Villas also include a sitting room with lounge, TV with movie box (not TV), bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and large ceiling fan as well as air-conditioning. Note the Villa has one queen size bed and two rollaways.
The Reef Bures are brand new versions of what were previously Jungle Bures. They feature a landscaped outdoor shower and ensuite bathroom with flush toilets, TV with movie box (not TV), bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and large ceiling fan as well as air-conditioning. The Bure has one queen size bed.
Slightly larger than the standard Reef Bure are the Family Reef Bures, which additionally are able to cater for 1 rollaway bed. The Family Reef Bure can also be configured as a twin.
The very sustainable Jungle Bures are built on stilts for air flow, and feature large ceiling fan, and odorless self-composting toilets. They are ensuite, feature tinted sliding doors opening on to private balcony and beach, screened louvered windows, have tea and coffee making facilities and a large comfy king size bed.
The Treehouse Bure is a shared facilities Bure, with a large ceiling fan, screened louvered windows, and is also built on stilts for air flow.
The fully air-conditioned Paradise Dorm is perfect for single budget travellers and features 32 beds, in 4 bed cubicles for privacy, with oscillating fans, large open windows, and under bunk storage.
Here’s a taste of what lies below.
Pricing for Mantaray Resort
|Valid 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021||AUD||FJD|
|Beachfront Villa, double-share with 10 dives||4192||FJD|||||4192
|Family Reef Bure, Twin share with 10 dives||4051||FJD|||||4051|
|Treehouse Bure double-share and 10 dives||3002||FJD|||||3002|
|Paradise Dorm per bed, with 10 dives||2648||FJD|||||2648|
|This resort's prices are in FJD and inclusive of all Fijian Taxes (totalling 25%). The AUD prices shown are based on the current exchange rate. The price paid in AUD will be based on the actual exchange rate at the time any payments are made.|
|Pricing is inclusive of the Mantaray Resort Package: 3 meals per day per person; non-motorised water sports; one free night dive; return transfers from Denarau Port.
Excluded: all soft and alcoholic drinks, and WiFi can be purchased locally and paid for in FJD; or via Visa, M/c and Amex (3.5% surcharge applies to cards)
|The per person pricing above is indicative only: we show 7 night with 10 dive packages at high-end and lower-end rooms (singles & doubles) for the purposes of comparison. We can give you a price (and availability) for any combination of nights/dives you wish to undertake, which will include any discounts due to you as part of that package, and any exclusions, or items payable at the resort. Use the [Enquiry Form] button to give us your exact requirements and we'll give you the best deal we can.|
|Training School Type:||SSI||Nitrox Fill:|
|Air Fill||Number of Guides||5|
|Gear Hire||Number of Boats||2|
|Gear Sales||Number of Dive Sites||30|
The Mantaray Dive Shop is at the northern end of the resort.
What to expect
Though it looks small from the outside, inside the dive shop there’s enough hire gear to support a couple of dozen divers. Typically, there is a morning double dive, and an afternoon single or double on request. Night dives are also easy to arrange as they are on the house reef, which also allows for an ultra lazy drift dive: depending on which way the current is going, hop in at one end of the resort, and hop out at the other end.
Diving starts at 8.45 daily. The tanks and regs are already on the boat, it’s just a matter of carrying the weights and basics out when everyone is ready. Regulator is a no frills dive boat: tanks down the middle, benches to seat about 8 – 10 divers, fin bin down the back, chilly bin upfront. There is dry storage under the bow with the life vests – which is also a good place to keep a camera safe and dry. Most of the dive sites are literally a 10 minute trip across calm water, so a bareboat is all you really need.
Entry is a backward roll over the side, and exit is via the ladder at the rear. The surface interval is taken in the nearest bay – which also allows for a snorkel if like some – you can’t get enough of the underwater world. Onboard, there are plenty of cookies and cold water. Even after two generous dives, and a surface interval, you will be back at the resort in time to catch lunch.