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Mana or Musket help I can't decide

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Mana or Musket help I can't decide

The bad beach at Musket concerns me. One Adult going early March. Looking for a nice experience with prety beach, nice pool, clean Bure and decent food. Not to expensive and maybe some fishing.

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Tom

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1. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

Hi Thomas

The tide goes in and out at all beaches. There are some all tides beaches on Malolo Lailai Island, like around Ratu Nemani Island where the island bar is located

MC is a smaller resort which has white sand beaches and clear blue water, additionally it has 3 separate swimming pools, the main one is a huge saltwater pool. Around the time you want to visit the tides are high mid to late morning, which is good. Tide times are on the link below

bom.gov.au/ntc/IDO60010/IDO60010.201202.pdf

Not many kids at MC, good food, and good dining or self catering options. including BBQ's at the island bar - not too expensive! We find everyone is very friendly and love chatting to the local Fijian staff.

enjoy your planning LTB

Edited: 16 February 2012, 08:55
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2. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

We love Mana because of its choice of beautiful stunning beaches. My personal favourite is Sunset Beach on the island. Great snorkelling too - straight off the beach at Nth and Sth beach. Swimming is at all tides. Mana resort can organise fishing for you but you also have the village next door and also the couple of sml backpacker resorts so you could also organise cheaper fishing options through them. Food was great at Sth Beach resturant. Staff were awesome at the resort. Such a great relaxed and friendly vibe.

I have been to Muscat Cove a few times although I havent stayed there. It seems nice and very quiet..Although I didnt like the beach there as I like to be able to snorkel and enjoy the coral straight off the beach. To snorkel at Muscat you have to get the free daily boat to a local snorkelling spot close by.I didnt think the beach at Muscat was as nice as Manas beaches. Hope you are closer to making a decision!

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3. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

tricky as you are on your own.

Mana definately better beaches. Food is ok and pools are ok. All tide swimming and fishing easy to orhanise.

Musket on the other hand might be a bit livelier with a good bar scene etc .

good luck

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4. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

Darn, still torn. Are the beaches at Musket that bad ?

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Tom

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5. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

No, they are not. As I mentioned, there are other beaches at Musket, it appears some visitors to the island have seen one at low tide only in the lagoon!

There is a special roped off area at Ratu Nemi island, near the marina, especially for snorkelling straight off the island at all tides.

Also off Plantation Resort there's all tides snorkelling too.

If you walk along in front of the timeshare at Musket Cove the beach there is beautiful, much nicer than the main lagoon.

But guess some people don't want to walk 300 metres or so, or couldn't be bothered.

LTB

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6. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

The beach at Musket is white sand and you can always walk around to Pantation island and swim from the beach there at all tides. Mana is very large but yes does have the good beaches but we found the number go guests too much for us we prefer more personal smaller islands so am somewhat biased. Having said Musket has a great pool, lovely grounds and is much smaller than Mana and really good food. it would be my choice.

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7. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

Tom nothing is wrong with the beaches at Musket. Just depends on what you like. You could always do both!

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8. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

Hi Tom,

We are heading back to Musket for our 2nd time. We stayed last May and absolutely loved it. We stay in a beach front bure which is right on the beach. The beach itself is beautiful, you can't swim there at low tide, but we were so close to the beautiful pool that we managed fine between lazing at the beach and the pool. The island bar is the place to go to socialise at night. People come from all three resorts to have a drink there, it's awesome, and reminds me of the movie "Cocktail" where they used to gather at the beach bars. It is a quiet resort, if you want to "party" I would suggest going somewhere else, but we loved it. You couldn't stress there if you tried. The beach is picture perfect, with white sand and beautiful palm trees right on the beach. We also had our own lounges on the beach as well as the grounds between our bure and the beach. We had a hammock hanging between two trees in front of our bure as well, although not all bure's had these. There is also "the trader" which is a small supermarket, we found it fantastic for purchasing daily essentials and only ate at the restaurant for dinner. Good luck, what a tough decision. We will be back at Musket in two weeks time.............ahhhhhhhh lucky us

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9. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

Hi Tom, we just returned last week from an awesome 2 weeks at Plantation :) We also took a trip to Mana & stayed there for a day, plus went around to Musket Cove. I would personally suggest that you stay at Musket, as you have the added bonus of walking around to Plantation, the beach there is great, plus you have good options of dining choices. Musket is quiet & pretty & relaxing. We all have different opinions, but we were choosing between Mana & Plantation before we left, but after seeing both, we're glad we chose Plantation. We found Mana very big & not as personal, but thats just our taste. I know many ppl love Mana & keep returning there for great holidays! It also depends on what you want to do, whether you arent fussed about numbers & what activities you're interested in.

As aussie-wendy said about Musket Cove, "The island bar is the place to go to socialise at night".

It is hard to decide where to stay, when you've never been, PLUS everyone will advise you according to their preferences, but I hope you have a great time when you get there! Fiji is beautiful & the Fijians truly make the holiday :)

All the best,

Christina

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10. Re: Mana or Musket help I can't decide

I've been to both (Musket for honeymoon - Mana with family). I prefer Mana for the beaches/snorkelling but as a single adult, I think Musket would be a bit more social for you.

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