Activities at Malolo
We offer a daily-changing schedule of activities, including complimentary non-motorised watersports such as stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and wind surfing, plus complimentary snorkelling equipment.
In addition, there is a myriad of land and sea tours and activities available in and around the surrounding Mamanuca Islands.
Kids are not forgotten with a free kids club (4-12yrs) with plenty of fun and games to keep them busy and entertained.
Or why not just sit back and relax around the pools. Choose from either the family pool or the adults-only pool with a swim-up bar and al fresco pool deck lounge with daybed cabanas.
The islands of the Mamanucas are rich with coral reefs and a vast variety of amazing tropical fish. Malolo Island is surrounded by a protected, fringing coral reef brimming with marine life, making snorkelling ideal.
If you want to venture further afield and explore other snorkel sites, we offer daily trips to various sites nearby and sometimes you may even end up in an undiscovered part of the islands, seeing amazing marine life for the first time.
Within the immediate area surrounding Malolo Island, there is a marine reserve and fishing is strictly forbidden. However, we do offer a variety of fishing excursions to areas where keen anglers can troll for Tuna or perhaps a Giant Trevally. Also, Dog Tooth Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Rainbow Runner, Barracuda, Coral Trout, Scad and Billfish are just some of the fish that swim our waters.
In line with our Sustainable Tourism Policy we do not actively fish for Marlin or Sail Fish. In the event that one is caught it is our Policy to “catch and release”.
Close to the Resort are some of the world’s most famous surf breaks found along the southern part of the Malolo Barrier Reef. We offer surf tours to internationally acclaimed Cloudbreak, Wilkes Passage, Desperation and Restaurants. Daily trips can be taken from Malolo – talk to our Activities team for more information.
There are several walking trails varying in length and difficulty from the resort. Our walks currently include Jona’s Lookout with magnificent views over the resort and island waters, the Ridge Track to Naroba Point and also Mangrove Walk, and the highlight is the trek to the top of Malolo Island – Mt Uluisilo – the site of an old WWII American Fort.
Here you will experience how our indigenous land owners live at the local chiefly village of Yaro. Your trip begins authentically as the local villagers travel – in a long-boat from the resort in a short 15 minute trip to around the other side of the island. You will meet the locals – some of them will be the family of many of our resort staff – and learn the history of the area, island and the village. Dress code: In the village modesty is important, there is a dress code – no short dresses, swimwear or shorts and all guests must wear a sulu/sarong. No hats are allowed to be worn when walking around the village.
Often the best time to be on the water is in the early morning before the wind picks up and it is certainly the best time for an early morning island hopping trip. We take you past Castaway Island, Mana Island, Matamanoa Island and finally MonuRiki Island where we stop for a swim, snorkel and walk along the beach. MonuRiki Island is one of the most stunningly beautiful islands in the Mamanucas and is where the famous “Cast Away” movie with Tom Hanks was filmed. The trip then heads north around Monu Island, west round the top of Yanuya Island, past Tokoriki Island before turning south for the return trip past Tavua Island and finally stopping at Mana Sand Bank for another swim and snorkel, before heading back for a late breakfast at the resort.
Malolo is referred to by the local Fijians as “Na Siga e dromu I Malolo”. Translated this means “That place where the sun comes to rest.” The sunsets in and around Malolo can be quite magnificent and what better way to enjoy the scene than from one of our sunset cruises whilst sipping a glass of sparkling wine, enjoying Chef’s canapés and listening to the sounds of one of our Malolo serenaders as you sail around the island.
Mociu Private Island (Honeymoon Island)
In 2018 we secured the lease of Mociu Island (pronounced “Moor-thiew”). A private, tiny, uninhabited island only 15 minutes boat ride from the resort, Mociu is a protected nature reserve and the waters and reef around it have been declared a marine “na tabu” by the Paramount Chief of the Mamanucas – meaning no form of fishing or shell fish collecting is allowed. Mociu Island is for the enjoyment of Ahura Resorts’ guests only and will also be used to further develop and expand our environmental initiatives including: dry forest restoration, coral/clam and other marine transplanting and preservation and other bio-diversity protection. Access to the land is by invitation only. More information.
For the more adventurous, we also offer water skiing and wake boarding.
Wet Weather Program
We do occasionally get rainy days in Fiji. But this won’t stop you from enjoying a walk in the rain or even a swim or a snorkel. We also run a wet weather program and here you can join the activities team as they demonstrate the many ways to tie a Sulu/Sarong, learn to weave baskets and hats from palm fronds, learn some Fijian and hear about the Fijian culture and some of the famous island legends while sampling a bowl of Kava (Yaqona).
Meke and Lovo
The Meke (traditional dance) is performed every Saturday night by members of our staff. Here you will see and learn about local traditions and stories through dance and song. This is followed by dinner which is a combination of the traditional Lovo food (earth oven cooking) and South Pacific BBQ buffet.
The drinking of Kava is an important Fijian tradition. The activities team will perform a traditional Kava ceremony where guests can learn about the origins of Kava, the plant and its attributes and the protocols surrounding the ceremony itself.
Our Dive Centre is operated by Subsurface Fiji, a PADI 5 Star IDC.
A short boat ride away and just below the surface is another world. A world of vivid turquoise waters, abundant with beautiful hard and soft corals, teeming with an amazing variety of colourful reef fish. Choose a relaxing dive in the calm inner reef waters or explore the deeper ocean side Mamanuca barrier reef where dolphins, manta rays, turtles and large pelagic fish are your dive companions.
For certified divers, we will take you to a choice of 44 dive sites in the Mamanuca Islands. Expect to see caves, pinnacles, walls, a crashed B26 Bomber from WW2, a ship wreck and experience the shark encounter dive at the world- famous ‘Supermarket’dive site. Add in an abundance of tropical fish, large pelagic fish, and the colourful soft corals that Fiji is famous for and you will want to keep exploring these magnificent reefs. Dive trips depart daily.
Please note: Subsurface has a strict cancellation policy – see here for further information.
Learn to Dive
PADI DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING. Half-day introduction to scuba diving. Learn the scuba basics in the pool and then it’s off to dive the world famous reefs with the guidance of your dive instructor.
PADI OPEN WATER DIVE COURSE Learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. In just two and a half days you can get the certification for a lifetime of diving adventures
ADVANCED OPEN WATER. Expand your skills, confidence and experience. Over two and a half days you will complete five open water diving specialties, under the guidance of your instructor. There are numerous specialties to choose from.
RESCUE DIVER COURSE. Rewarding and fun. This two- day course teaches you hands- on, life- like situations – how to prevent and manage potential dive accidents. These skills will make you a better dive buddy
PADI SPECIALTY PROGRAMMES. Extend your skill and knowledge with a PADI specialty course, and work your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Numerous courses to choose from.
And remember, if you wish to become certified during your stay with us, you can start your course theory online prior to arrival.