Fiji - Mana SwimFest

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

Longer distance in Pacific's best water


Tuesday, October 15-Sunday, October 20, 2019
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The 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 2020. If you want, you could rack up 15km over the two days of swims, or you could just do 500m. It's up to you.

oceanswimsafaris.com has an exclusive relationship with Mana Island Resort: We act as consultants to Mana Island on this event (we help them to run their swims), and we handle all overseas bookings for them.

Mana Island Resort has come up with a special offer to swimmers who book through us - 30 per cent off wholesale rates until July 31 (after which the discount drops to 20 per cent). Rates are a bit different from earlier years because, in 2018, Mana Island Resort adopted a new pricing system that includes all meals (see below for more details). That means, you need not pay any more for your meals above these room rates. (There are some premium restaurants on Mana that you may like to visit that may involve credit towards your bill rather than covering the cost completely.)

Swim with the world's best

The Grimsey brothers, Trent and Ridge, will be attending the Mana Fiji SwimFest in 2019. Trent holds the record for the English Channel: in 2012, he swam the 36.2km (as the crow flies, not actual swimming distance) in 6 hrs 55 minutes. Trent, Ridge, and their brother, Codie, run Grimseys' Adult SwimFit in Brisbane, where they run swim squads and trainning programs for ocean swimmers. Since setting up their business, Trent has coached 31 solo and 7 relay teams across the channel. Trent is coach of Brianna Thompson, who, in July this year, at age 17, became the second youngest female to do a double-crossing of the channel. At Mana Island, Trent and Ridge will run a coaching session (for swimmers who book through oceanswimsafaris.com) on the Friday morning, between race days.

(Codie Grimsey can't be on Mana Island this year because he will be on his honeymnoon. All the best, Codie!)

Booking through oceanswimsafaris.com also brings you other benefits not available to other swimmers. See below.

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 (solo or 3 x 3.3km relay) swim on Thursday, October 17, and swims of 5km, 2.5km, and 1km on Saturday, October 19. Core travel dates are Tuesday, October 15, through Sunday, October 20. If you'd like to swim in the 10km relay but don't have a team, don't worry: we can place you in a team when you arrive on Mana Island.

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Punters line up for the Mana 10km, giving the customary oceanswimmers' salute to inspire them on their way.

Timetable...


  • Tuesday, October 15 - Arrive Mana Island (either by regular ferry, speedboat (depending on arrival time and numbers) or sea plane)
  • Wednesday, October 16 - Morning swim, Get to know Mana and its water. In the evening - Traditional Fijian ceremonial welcome - kava and cocktails
  • Thursday, October 17 - 10km Mana Swim - solos or 3-swimmer relay (each swimmer approximately 3km)
  • Friday, October 18 - Coaching session with Trent and Ridge Grimsey. 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.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Three distances off Mana Island's North Beach -- 5km, 2.5km, and 1km

NB: oceanswimsafaris.com/oceanswims.com guide informal morning swims on each non-race day, except Sunday, and the Grimsey brothers will run a coaching session on the Friday. These are available only to those who book their Mana Island Resort packages through oceanswimsafaris.com/oceanswims.com.

Race timetable*

Wednesday, October 16

10km swim registration, briefing, and traditional welcome

Registration opens - Lali Lawn - 17:00

Sevu Sevu Ceremony - Traditional welcome and kava ceremony - Fijian Bure - 17:30

Official welcome and briefing (compulsory for all 10km swimmers, solo and relay) - Lali Lawn - 18:00

Welcome cocktails - Lali Lawn - 18:30

Thursday, October 17

High tide - 08:06 (1.88m)

10km - Registration from 6:45am, race day briefing 7:00, start 7:15am (solos), 07:20 (relay teams)

Saturday, October 19

High tide - 09:48 (1.73m)

  • 5km - Open registrations at 08:00, Briefing at 8:20, race starts 8:30
  • 1km - Open registrations at 08:30, Briefing at 08:50, race start 09:00
  • 2.5km - Open registrations at 09:00, Briefing at 09:20, Race starts 09:30
  • 500m - Open registrations at 09:30, Briefing at 09:50, Race starts 10:15

Awards lunch - 13:30

Presentation - 14:00

Swim age qualifications

  • 10km Solo - 16
  • 10km Relay, 5km, 2.5km - 14
  • 1km - 10

* NB this timetable may vary slightly depending on actual tides, which can vary from forecasts

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Packages 2018 - oceanswimsafaris deal

Mana Fiji SwimFest
October 15-20, 2019 (5 nts)
Package includes accommodation + All meals *
Airport transfers by South Sea Cruises
Swimmer package (2 swim days),
30% discount from net rates.
Mana Island Resort Per Person twin/double share
Island Bure $A1,819
Ocean View Room $A1,974
Deluxe Ocean View Bure $A2,147
Oceanfront Suite $A2,319
Beachfront Bure $A2,514
 Premium Beachfront $A3,161
  Single
 Island Bure $A2,772
 Ocean View Room $A2,902
 Deluxe Ocean View Bure $A3,185
 Oceanfront Suite $A3,592
 Beachfront Bure $A4,456
 Premium Beachfront $A5,750

Longer or shorter stays, transfer options, swim events, U17 and non-swimmers' options available.
Included meals at Mamanuca Buffet, Mamanuca Bistro (Café), South Beach Restaurant,
Kura Spa Cuisine. Credit at Nasu Teppan-yaki, Latitude.
(NB: Rates above are indicative and are kept under constant 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 oceanswimsafaris.com.

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

  • 5 nights Mana Island Resort
  • All meals on Mana*
  • Swim entry (both swim days), including swim cap, event t-shirt, Welcome cocktails, Awards ceremony
  • Coaching session with Trent and Codie Grimsey
  • Return transfers, Nadi Airport-Mana Island- return by South Sea Cruises

Meals

Mana has a range of restaurants offering different styles of meals. In 2018, Mana Island Resort adopted a new pricing policy that includes all meals during your stay at most of its restaurants. Included meals can be taken at Mamanuca Buffet, Mamanuca Bistro (Café), South Beach Restaurant, and Kura Spa Cuisine. Credit for dining at Nasu Teppan-yaki and Latitude.

Land/Sea Transfers

Mana Island is 1 hour 25 minutes by ferry from Port Denarau. Port Denarau is a 20-minute bus ride from Nadi International Airport. The operators of the regular transfers run three ferry services each day, at 09:00, 12:15 and 3:15. To get the most cost-effective transfer between the airport and Mana Island Resort, on the scheduled ferry, you need to use flights into and out of Nadi that meet this schedule. The ferry operators will transfer you on a bus between the airport and Port Denarau, but they require a minimum of 2.5 hours between flight arrival/departure and arrival/departure at Port Denarau, to allow time for baggage collection/check-in and time slippage. They will not budge on that requirement even by a few minutes, because that would place them in jeopardy. If your flight does not meet this criterion, you can try catching a taxi between the port and the airport, at your own risk (taxi costs $A30-35), to meet a scheduled ferry. You also could overnight in Nadi, or you could use a special, potentially much more expensive transfer by speedboat or by seaplane. Speedboat cost depends on the number of passengers on the boat. The seaplane costs c. $A280pp each way, with a minimum of two passengers charged (ie one passenger is charged as for two).

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 12:45 and, on return, that depart Nadi after 14:30.

Base package transfers included in your package price are by bus/scheduled ferry. We will arrange transfers by other modes as necessary. Please enquire.

Flights

Note that oceanswimsafaris.com/oceanswims.com 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.

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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 oceanswimsafaris.com/oceanswims.com, then your swim entry package will be included with your accommodation package with one swim on either Thursday or Saturday, at a discount to separate online entry fees.

Note: If you choose to stay with other accommodation providers on Mana Island, it will not be possible to take part in these swims. Swim entry packages for swimmers who make their arrangements through providers other than oceanswimsafaris.com will include a premium. For those swimmers, entry packages will be -

  • 1 day swims - $A275
  • 2 days' swims - $A325

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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Enquiries and bookings


oceanswimsafaris.com/oceanswims.com are your tour operators handling all your bookings on both Mana Island and in the Yasawas.

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