Fiji - Mana SwimFest

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Peloton heads out over the reef in Ocean Swims Stadium, Mana Island, Fiji

Tackle that longer distance at last

Tuesday, Oct 23-Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Mana Fiji box 02The Mana Fiji SwimFest is fast becoming the go-to event for swimmers wanting to combine a tropical island break with some of the most beautiful swimming water in the world, and for those wanting to have a go at a longer distance. You can use the 10km Solo event as a qualifier for Rottnest Island in February 2019. If you want, you could rack up 16km over the two days of swims, or you could just do 1km. It's up to you. has an exclusive relationship with Mana Island Resort: We act as consultants to Mana Island on this event, and we handle all overseas bookings for them.

Mana Island Resort has come up with a special offer to swimmers who book through us - Stay 5 nights, pay only for 4 nights, and receive a 30-minute Spa Treatment at the Mana Spa (Swimmers only). Or stay 10 nights, pay for 8, also with the Spa offer. Booking through also brings you other benefits, not available to other swimmers.

The best place to swim

Of all the resort islands in the Mamanuca group, Mana Island is the best for ocean swimming. It's closer to the outer reef, so the water is that much clearer, the reef that much more stunning. And the island's shape and orientation -- long, stretching east-west -- means that, whatever the weather, there is pretty well always at least one side of the island that's just right for swimming.

This year, the Mana Fiji SwimFest offers its 10km swim on Thursday, October 26, and swims of 5km, 2.5km, and 1km on Saturday, October 28. Core dates are Tuesday, October 23, through Sunday, October 28.

You could combine the Mana Fiji SwimFest with our oceanswimsafari to the beautiful Yasawas, the island chain up north, for our Yasawas oceanswimsafari. In 2017, we're offering Yasawas oceanswimsafaris before the Mana Fiji SwimFest, from October 13-21.

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Early arrival peloton on Mana Island's North Beach, ready for their morning swim.

Event timetable...

  • Tuesday, October 23 - Arrive Mana Island (either by regular ferry, speedboat (depending on arrival time and numbers) or sea plane)
  • Wednesday, October 24 - Get to know Mana and its water. In the evening - Traditional Fijian ceremonial welcome - kava and cocktails
  • Thursday, October 25 - 10km Mana Swim - solos or 3-swimmer relay (each swimmer approximately 3km)
  • Friday, October 26 - Laze around Mana day - Explore the island, visit the lookouts, walk over to Sunset Beach, swim around to the Survivor village, visit the Mana spa for a treatment... or a double massage, if you're with a friend. Our 5/4 Packages and upwards come with a 30-minute Spa Treatment included, so this is a good time to book it (Spa Treatments must be booked in advance.)
  • Saturday, October 27 - Three distances off Mana Island's North Beach -- 5km, 2.5km, and 1km

Race day timetable

Thursday, October 25

10km - Registration from 9:45am, race start 10:30am

Saturday, October 27

1km - open registrations at 10:15, Briefing at 10:50, race start 11am
5km - Open registrations at 11:15, Briefing at 11:50, race starts 12 noon
3km - Open registrations at 11:45, Briefing at 12:05, Race starts 12:15

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Base accommodation packages - not updated yet for 2018

Mana Fiji SwimFest
October 24-29, 2017 (5 nts)
Accommodation + B/fast + Airport transfers
by South Sea Cruises, Swimmer package,
Stay 5 nights/ Pay 4 nights
Mana Island Resort Per Person twin/double share
Island Bure $A1,365
Ocean View Room


Deluxe Ocean View Bure $A1,783
Oceanfront Suite $A1,932
Beachfront Bure


 Island Bure $A2,058
 Ocean View Room $A2,366
 Deluxe Ocean View Bure  $A2,963
 Oceanfront Suite $A3,247
 Beachfront Bure  $A3,583

Longer or shorter stays, transfer options, swim options, U17, singles, options available.
5/4 packages and upwards include complimentary 30 min Spa Treatment for swimmers.
Stay 10/Pay 8 also available.
Non-swimmer (spectator) packages available.
(NB: These rates are indicative. We keep package rates under review in light of exchange rate movements, etc.)

Contact us with enquiries... Click here

Click on the room standard options above for more information about each. Be aware, to gain access to the Ocean Swimmers' Deal, you must make your bookings through

Our base travel package per person for the Mana Fiji SwimFest is -

  • 5 nights Mana Island Resort (pay for 4 nights) - Stay 10/Pay 8, also available as well as corresponding discounts in between, eg Stay 6/Pay 5.
  • Buffet breakfast daily on Mana
  • Swim entry (1 swim), including swim cap, event t-shirt, Welcome cocktails, awards lunch
  • 30-minute spa treatment at the Mana Day Spa (Swim entrants only)
  • Return transfers, Nadi Airport-Mana Island by South Sea Cruises


Mana has a range of restaurants offering different styles of meals. We suggest you consider taking the full meal plan at an extra c. $A80 per day. Ask us for more info.

Land/Sea Transfers

Base package transfers are by bus and scheduled ferry. Transfers can also be arranged by speedboat or sea plane at different costs. Please enquire.

To avoid an overnight stop in Nadi and to secure the cheapest transfer option (regular ferry) to and from Mana Island, you should choose flights that get you into Nadi before 1pm and, on return, that depart Nadi after 2:30pm. If you travel outside these times on peak travel days (Tuesday, October 24 and Sunday, October 29), we may be able to arrange special transfers at comparable cost (depending on numbers).


Note that are tour operators and we handle all your land arrangements. We do not book airfares for you. We are happy to advise on flights, however. See advice on airfares immediately below.


Entry packages

Swim entry includes -

  • Welcome ceremony and cocktails
  • Swim entry
  • Event t-shirt
  • Swim cap (Swim entrants only)
  • 30-minute treatment, Mana Spa (Swim entrants only)
  • Awards lunch
  • Non-swimmers receive all the benefits of the entry package, except for swims, race cap and Spa treatment.

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A start on Mana's North Beach. The atmosphere on Mana inspires swimmers to start with verve.

If you book your Mana Fiji accommodation through, then your swim entry package will be included with your accommodation package with one swim on either Thursday or Saturday, at a significant discount to separate online entry fees.

If you make your own accommodation arrangements, you still need to take the swim entry online through Click here

Be aware, if you choose to stay with other accommodation providers on Mana Island, it will not be possible to take part in these swims.

10km - Swim Escorts & Feeds

Mana Island Resort provides a swimmer escort crew that patrols the course on kayaks and in motorised craft and escorts swimmers as necessary. Note that it is not possible to have private escorts accompany individual swimmers. No craft are allowed on the swim course apart from official crew. There is a feeding station provided offering fruit and water, but it will not be possible to have private feeds left on this station. Swimmers who wish to take their own feeds should carry them with them.

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Separate online entry

If you arrange your travel package through, you do not need to enter these events separately. Your entry is included in your package. If you choose to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements, it is possible to enter these events separately through Click here, but note that entry fees will be higher than those included in the packages offered here.

Enquiries and bookings are your tour operators handling all your bookings on both Mana Island and in the Yasawas.

When you wish to make enquiries, please first lodge an Enquiry Form to give us basic information to allow us to advise you accurately... Click here

When you're ready to book, please first check terms and conditions... Click here

When you've checked our Terms and Conditions, you will be ready to lodge your Booking Form... Click here

With enquiries... Click here

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