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Pic courtesy of Paradise Cove Resort.

Quick break, searching for Mantas

6 days/5 nights, August 8-13, 2018

Second time for this oceanswimsafari, and this time we've made it a quick break from the Southern Hemisphere mid-winter for some of the nicest water you'll ever swim in, while we search for Manta rays. It's not quite "search", for we know where they like to hang out.  We'll spend four nights at Paradise Cove, a short boat ride from the channels that the mantas favour when threading their way through Fiji's spectacular Yasawa islands. Note, this is the middle of the Manta season, but we cannot promise, iron clad, that the Mantas will be there to meet us. They're whimsical with these things, coming in on the high tide when they feel like it, to be cleaned of parasites by little fish. We can but try, and we will make a multiple trips to the Manta channel to maximise our opportunities.

This will be an August oceanswimsafari, organised as a quick break with five nights in Fiji -- a first night on Denarau, then four nights in the Yasawas. Returning, we'll fly back to Nadi from the Yasawa so you can continue on home the same day, if you like. This makes this a nice opportunity for a quick, mid-winter break, and an adventure unlike many others.

The Yasawa

The Yasawas are a long, skinny, mountainous island chain that runs along the outer reef to the nor'-west of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. From Mana Island's North Beach, you can see, on the northern horizon, a shadowy mountain, like Michener's Bali Hai (which for Michener actually was off Santo in Vanuatu). That's the bottom of the Yasawas. The journey up there on the Yasawa Flyer, a daily, ocean-going catamaran ferry service, is worth it for the journey alone: the islands are stunning in their craggy, looming presence. The journey on the Flyer stops at tiny resorts all the way up, and all the way back. We go all the way, to the fabled "Blue Lagoon", Tavewa lagoon.

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Paradise Cove Resort is split across a channel between two islands.

Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove is a stunning resort split across a channel between two islands. From Paradise Cove, it's a short boat ride to Manta Ray Channel, where the mantas come to feed and be cleaned by symbiotic cleaner fish, which eat the dead skin, parasites and other coatings that build up on the mantas' skin, around their gills and inside their mouths. We're going in the middle of Manta season, which is April-October, so there should be plenty of Mantas around. This is a stunning experience: not just the individual mantas, but the group behaviour, such as the courting trails when the male mantas fall in line behind the females, hoping to be the lucky one selected...

Note that both resorts used for our oceanswimsafaris in the Yasawas offer well above average accommodation with above average food. That's why we select them. All meals are in the Yasawas are included in the package price.

We've been involved in tours to the Yasawas since 2004. We've been running tours there ourselves since 2010.

Our Yasawas oceanswimsafari to swim with Mantas...

Dates are August 8-13, meeting in Nadi, then travelling to the Yasawas on August 9, by the Yasawa Flyer, returning to Denarau on August 13.

This oceanswimsafari includes -

  • 6 days/5 nights, including -
    • Overnight Denarau, Radisson Blu Resort
    • 4 nights, Paradise Cove Resort, Cove Villas
  • All meals in the Yasawas
  • Return transfers between Port Denarau and the Yasawas (outbound via Awesome Adventures hi-speed ocean-going ferry, the Yasawa Flyer (Captain's Lounge), returning to Nadi International Airport by sea plane)
  • Swim escorts and transfers, three excursions to swim with Manta rays *

Package cost - $A3,990 (Pp twin/double), $A5,885 (single)

* Does not include airport transfers in Nadi, due to varying flight arrival and departure times.

NB: Package prices are under continuing review in view of exchange rate movements and variations by suppliers.

We can also arrange other dates to suit your group, if you'd like to travel at a different time of the year.

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 manta ray ready for cleaning. (NB: This is pic is representational. It's not, as far as we know, taken in Fiji's Yasawas.)

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The Cove Villa: our rooms at Paradise Cove.

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