Mana Fiji SwimFest
September 10-14, 2014
Do the Mana Fiji SwimFest... see below... then come with us on an oceanswimsafari to the Yasawas, up north... click here
- Mana Fiji SwimFest, including swim entry,
- Mana Fiji SwimFest and our Yasawas oceanswimsafari extension
- Yasawas oceanswimsafari only
Our base travel package for the Mana Fiji SwimFest is -
- Return Airfares Sydney to Nadi with Air Pacific
- Meet & greet in Nadi
- All ground transfers to hotel/resorts & back to airport
- 4 nights Mana (Ocean View rooms - exclusive to oceanswims.com and oceanswimsafaris.com)
- 4 buffet breakfasts at Mana
- 1 day’s/1 swim entry fee, Mana SwimFest welcome pack (caps etc) (Extra swims can be arranged at the time of booking.)
- 1 night at the Mercure hotel in Nadi on return
Package cost for share twin or double - TBA
(Note that prices include swim entry and non-swimmer packages, which include event functions, commemorative t-shirts and swim entry where applicable).
(NB: Rates are always under review in light of $A/$F exchange rate movements.)
Package can be varied to meet your travel needs, times and departure points.
Swim entry package is included in the base travel package (above). It includes --
- Welcome ceremony and cocktails
- Swim entry
- Event t-shirt
- Swim cap
- Awards lunch
About Mana Island, Fiji
We reckon Mana Island, in Fiji's Mamanuca island group, is the best place in Fiji for an ocean swim event. Why? Because the position and orientation of Mana Island means there's pretty well always somewhere on the island, in pretty well any weather, where you can swim over beautiful reef sheltered from the weather. Mana's swim events are run on the island's north side, where there's a 130 metre reef before a drop-off, which means it's only a short swim out over very pretty reef before you're in clear water. But should the wind blow unseasonally, Mana's south side offers a broad, shallow reef -- still over two metres deep on a good tide -- with equally lovely swimming conditions.
The Mana Fiji SwimFest offers two days of swims, this year, 10km on Friday, October 25, and 3km, 1km, and 500m on Saturday, October 26. This year, the 10km swim is open both to solos and to 3x3km relay swimmers, opening this glorious swim to pretty well to everyone who wants to have a go.
The 10km Mana swim runs through perhaps the most diverse conditions of any swim in the South Pacific - starting on Mana's South Beach, it rounds the western end of the island over pristine reef, then turns east along Mana's North Beach, just out from the coastal reef drop-off, heading through deeper water to the Nusa Mana sandbar, then returning to North Beach.
oceanswims.com is running our Yasawas oceanswimsafari immediately after the Mana Fiji SwimFest, so why not combine the two... For more info on our Yasawas oceanswimsafari... yasawas
Early morning social swim from Mana's North Beach.
Sixth outing for the reborn Mana Fiji SwimFest, better than ever now run by Mana Island Resort assisted by oceanswims.com. This year, Mana Island Resort have rejigged the Saturday swims on September 13 to include 5km, 3km and 1km, as well as the 10km swim (both solo and 3 x relay) this year taking place on Thursday, September 11.
Core dates of the Mana Fiji SwimFest are Wednesday, September 10, 2014, through Sunday, September 14. We can arrange your travel any time around these dates, but we suggeest arriving on Mana Island on Tuesday, September 9, to allow time to settle in prior to the formal swims. Sunday, September 14, is the day on which those of us heading north to the Yasawas on our oceanswimsafari leave to catch the Yasawa Flyer. Some people stay longer on Mana; some go just for the weekend. Some come with us to the Yasawa (you can see the bottom of the Yasawa on the northern horizon from Mana's North Beach, beckoning through the tropical haze like the mythical Xanadu). It's all up to you.
A few extra days also gives you the opportunity for morning swims along Mana's North Beach, say west towards the end reef, which really is a special part of Mana's reef, or east, around the point to the Survivor Beach, where the village was located for Fiji Survivor a few years back. It's a beautiful place, is Mana. One of its strengths is that, whichever way the wind is blowing, there always will be one side of the island that will be just right for swimming.
Swim events are held off Mana's North Beach, where the reef is about 70m wide before the drop-off. They're timed for the tide, so there's plenty of water over the reef. One of the beauties of Mana as a swim venue is that it's a long, east-west island, so whatever the weather (unless it's really extreme) there is always one side of the island or the other which is just right for ocean swimming.
- Wednesday, September 10 - Evening - Traditional Fijian ceremonial welcome - kava and cocktails
- Thursday, September 11 - 10km 'round Mana Swim - South Beach around Sunset Beach, along North Beach and across the lagoon to Nukumana sand island, then back to North Beach, either solos or 3-swimmer relay (each swimmer approximately 3km).
- Friday, September 12 - Laze around Mana day - Exolore the island, visit the lookouts, walk over to Sunset Beach, swim around to the Survivor village, visit the Mana spa for a double massage...
- Saturday, September 13 - Three distances off Mana Island's North Beach -- 5km, 3km, and 1km (if conditions require, swim venue can be switched to Mana's South Beach, although this has happened only once since Mana Island Resort has been running ocean swims, after the first iteration in 2004.)
If you make separate travel and accommodation arrangements, you must use the online entry portal to enter the swim events either as a swimmer or a non-swimming accompanist. oceanswims.com/oceanswimsafaris.com are the only entities authorised to accept entries to these swims, and overseas swimmers must enter online on oceanswims.com prior to arrival in Fiji. If you make your accommodation arrangements through us, you'll also receive a slightly better rate for swim entry... click here to enter online
Check out our report from the Mana Fiji SwimFest and Yasawas oceanswimsafari in September, 2011... click here
The Mana 10km course... South Beach, around Sunset Beach, to Nusa Mana sand bar, and back to North Beach.