Fiji - Mana SwimFest

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It's back!

The Pacific's best swim festival

Mana Fiji Swim Fest

September 13-18, 2022
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At last! after a break of two years due to the covid pandemic, the Mana Fiji SwimFest resumes in 2022, this year in September – a month earlier than it has been in previous years. This event is a go-to event for swimmers wanting to achieve a personal milestone – a marathon, 10km swim – combined with a tropical island break with some of the most beautiful swimming water in the world. (10km qualifies you for membership of the Marathon Swimmers Federation.) It's also important to those needing a 10km Solo event as a qualifier for Rottnest Island in February 2023. 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. Or you need not swim at all. Just come along for the fun.

In 2022, the high tide is mid-morning, which means the swim day programs can be more relaxed than in other years (no need to start early).

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.

Lucky draw: Win back the value of your room!

If you pay for your Mana Fiji SwimFest package with us by July 31, 2022, you will go into a draw to win back the value of your room. We'll conduct the draw in the week following (week beginning August 1). The only condition is that you must finalise your payment for your package by July 31.

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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. Mana's North Beach is dubbed Ocean Swimming Stadium because it is such a terrific venue to swim, and to watch a swim. Swim courses generally follow the reef drop-off, so you always have something to watch in safe water.

This year, the Mana Fiji SwimFest offers its 10km (solo or 3 x 3.3km relay) swim on Thursday, September 15, and swims of 5km, 2.5km, 1km, and a 500m Fun Swim on Saturday, September 17 (the 500m is intended for absolute novices and kids). Core travel dates are Tuesday, September 13, through Sunday, September 18. You can book for other periods, shorter or longer, or slightly different dates, provided you're there for the core swim days. 10km swimmers also must be on the island to attend the compulsory briefing on Wednesday evening, September 14. And 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 from the Mana 10km, 2019.

Timetable...


  • Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022 – Arrive Mana Island

  • Wednesday, Sep 14 – Morning swim, Get to know Mana and its water. In the evening – Traditional Fijian ceremonial welcome - kava and cocktails

  • Thursday, Sep 15 – 10km Mana Swim - solos or 3-swimmer relay (each swimmer approximately 3.3km)

  • Friday, Sep 16 – 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 maybe a twin massage, if you're with a friend.

  • Saturday, Sep 17 – Three distances off Mana Island's North Beach – 5km, 2.5km, 1km, and 500m.

  • Sunday, Sep 18 – Depart, unless you've arranged to stay on.

NB: oceanswimsafaris.com guide informal morning swims on each non-race day. These are available only to those who book their Mana Island Resort packages through oceanswimsafaris.com.

Race timetable

Wednesday, September 14

10km swim registration, briefing, and traditional welcome

Registration opens - Lali Lawn - 16:30

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, September 15

High tide - 9:59 (1.82m)

10km - Registration from 08:15, race day briefing 08:45, start 09:00am (solos), 09:05 (relay teams)

Friday, September 16

Laze Around Mana Day – day at leisure after early morning swim (non-compulsory). High tide - 11:46 (1.61m)

Saturday, September 17
  • 1km – Open registrations at 9:45, briefing at 10:20, race start 10:30
  • 5km – Open registrations at 10:30, briefing at 10:50, race starts 11:00
  • 2.5km – Open registrations at 11:00, briefing at 11:20, Race starts 11:30
  • 500m – Time TBA

Awards ceremony - 13:30

Swim age qualifications
  • 10km Solo – 16
  • 10km Relay, 5km, 2.5km – 14
  • 1km – 10
  • 500m – 8

* NB this timetable may vary slightly

Morning swims

Early morning casual swims on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (swimmers who take oceanswimsafaris.com packages only). Meet at North Beach steps 07:20. Tide and conditions dependent.

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Note the water clarity in Ocean Swimming Stadium, Mana Island, Fiji 

Base packages 2022 – our deal – includes 55% off rack rates.
Mana Fiji SwimFest
September 13-18, 2022 (5 nts)
These are base packages pp, including accommodation, all meals*, airport transfers
by South Sea Cruises,
Swimmer package (2 swim days), 
c. 35% discount from rack rates.
Mana Island Resort Per Person twin/double share
Island Bure $A1,727
Ocean View Room $A1,816
Deluxe Ocean View Bure $A2,024
Oceanfront Suite $A2,172
Beachfront Bure $A2,321
Premium Beachfront $A2,588
  Single
 Island Bure $A2,469
 Ocean View Room $A2,647
 Deluxe Ocean View Bure $A3,063
 Oceanfront Suite $A3,359
 Beachfront Bure $A3,656
 Premium Beachfront $A4,191

Longer or shorter stays, child (4-14), non-swimmers' options available.
* Meal Plan includes buffets, or credits at other restaurants.
(NB: Rates above are indicative and are kept under constant review
in light of exchange rate movements, etc.)
NB: Bookings with flights that don't meet scheduled ferry services will require
separate transfers which may cost different amounts than included in above packages.
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 includes –

  • 5 nights Mana Island Resort
  • All meals on Mana (including meal plan*)
  • Swim entry (both swim days)
  • Swim caps (different per event), event t-shirt,
  • Welcome cocktails, Awards ceremony
  • Return transfers, Nadi Airport-Mana Island-return, South Sea Cruises

*Meal plan

Mana has a range of restaurants offering different styles of meals. Included meals in Meal Plans are buffets in Mamanuca Restaurant, but meals in other restaurants can use credit from your Meal Plan.

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 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. 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 $A25-35), 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. We can advise on speedboat transfers.

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, which depart Nadi after 14:30.

Base package transfers included in your package price are by scheduled ferry (including connecting bus as necessary).

Flights

Note that oceanswimsafaris.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, then your swim entry package will be included with your accommodation package with one swim on each of Thursday or Saturday.

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 who book their accommodation separately, entry packages will be -

  • 1 day swims - $A200
  • 2 days' swims - $A275

Note that all swimmers in the 10km swim on Thursday, September 15, must attend the compulsory swim briefing on Mana Island on Wednesday evening, September 14.

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 (eg goo).

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Enquiries and bookings


oceanswimsafaris.com are your tour operators handling all your bookings on Mana Island.

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

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