Manta Ray Resort – Yasawa Islands, Fiji
This will be my last Fiji blog until I go back again one day, but until then, enjoy.
When we were visiting Fiji, we decided to head to the Yasawa Islands that run up the north west coast of the country from Nadi. The main access to the islands is out of Port Denaru, near Nadi and the international airport. For a couple of days we stayed at the Manta-Ray Resort and it was stunning. Our little beach house was located right on the ocean. It was clean, comfortable and the views were stunning. Included in our stay were all of our meals and the restaurant offered an all you can eat style of menu. It was a la carte, but we could order as much as we wanted.
In speaking with the other travellers we were informed that the Manta Ray offered some of the best food available from the resorts in that area so we were excited to try it first hand. The menu stayed consistent from day to day, but there was a range of items that catered to most, including both western and local Fijian dishes. There were fish curries, grilled miso fish and rice, clubhouse sandwiches, kokoda, burgers and fries, nachos and even fish and chips. Breakfast was usually continental style with pastries and tropical fruit and dinners were similar to lunch.
The abundance of food was nice so we were never hungry and the option to order from a range of items to be made fresh was appealing, but after a couple of days the food did get repetitive. Once I had tried all the interesting items on the menu I was ready for a change.
When travelling I try to eat local dishes and avoid western food, but I did dip into the western side of the menu in addition to trying the local fish and Fijian dishes. Locals make traditional food right and often struggle with foreign dishes, so it’s important to indulge in local cuisine when abroad, but the majority of people staying at this resort just ate western dishes – the same stuff as they eat at home only not as good.
The food at Manta Ray was abundant and always made to order. The tropical fruit was ripe, fresh and sweet. The food however was made for the masses and lacked individual attention or passion. It did the job it intended to do – fed hungry travellers, but wasn’t prepared for people who really care about food. By the end of our stay I was excited to move on to something a little more exciting and tasty. Food and trying new dishes is one of my main reasons for travelling and Manta Ray wasn’t stimulating enough in that department for me. It was a beautiful island with lots to do, but the food was not their strong point. It was probably the best in that part of the world, but it was also developed to feed, not really to impress.
Yasawa Islands, Fiji
Food Quality 5/10
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