Daydream. Dive. Discover.
As you meander from the shore into the forest on Barefoot Manta Island, you'll discover a wealth of natural beauty on land as well. A variety of bird species - including, the Vanikoro Flycatcher, Collared Kingfisher, Fiji Goshawk, Banded Rail, Orange Breasted Honey Eater, Fiji White Eye, Great Frigate Bird and the Fiji Parrot Finch - can be found on the Island.
A well marked trail will guide you up the hills behind the bures, meandering past our organic vegetable garden before opening up and taking you along the side of the mountain where you'll be greeted with unsurpassed views of the open ocean and surrounding islands. Here you'll have the chance to spot manta rays, sharks, and other large fish from panoramic heights.
Into the Blue
The waters immediately off Barefoot Island, and surrounding the neighbouring islands, offer some truly spectacular snorkeling and SCUBA diving.
If you stroll out of your bure into the water at Sunrise beach you'll find delightful reef within five metres of the waters edge, which continues around the neighbouring point to Manta Ray Beach. You can easily spend hours snorkeling these waters spotting a vast variety of spectacularly coloured coral, fish and marine invertebrates.
Manta Ray beach provides us with an ideal location for first time SCUBA divers to get a taste for the wonders of diving. Waist deep water at the edge of the reef is a perfect place to take your first ever breaths through a SCUBA set. Once you're comfortable with the equipment while standing on your own two feet we can guide you along the reef, gradually exploring deeper as you settle into your comfort zone and enjoy the view around you!
Much of the reef off Manta Ray beach is within 1 to 5 metres of water, making it both a perfect snorkeling spot and a great place for first time divers.
For those wanting to explore further - either by snorkel or SCUBA - there are a tremendous number of spectacular dive sites around the island accessible by a short boat ride. Coral caves, spectacular drop-offs, clusters of tall narrow coral bommies - it's all here!
Experience Something Extraordinary
In the waters just off the aptly-named Manta Ray Beach, a deep natural channel is formed between Barefoot Manta Island and neighbouring Naviti Island. Here, between May and October, Manta rays will come in regularly to feed.
Mantas are friendly, curious, intelligent creatures that will allow people to approach closely. During Manta Ray "season" we regularly enjoy the privilege of supervising groups of snorkelers into the channel to meet the Mantas.
Learn about the Reef
The staff at Barefoot love the reef and are always happy to share their knowledge with you. Our dive instructors and biologists are ready to answer your questions about what you saw on or around the reef and our guided snorkel safaris are a great way to gain a deeper appreciation for the many amazing things you'll encounter in the water.
The marine biologists provides a regular, free talks about the reef, corals and our many conservation programmes. You'll learn all about what corals are, how they feed, breed and - over thousands of years - form the amazing reef structures you see around the island.