My girlfriend and I stayed at the Mana Lagoon Backpackers for a few days around the end of February 2013.
That was the WORST experience of my 4 travels to Fiji in more than 10 different resorts between Mamanucas, Yasawas and Coral Coast.
The Mana Lagoon Backpackers is completely disorganized, rooms are very dirty, roofs are broken with big holes so every time it rains you get wet while you are in bed !!
There’s only ONE shower and TWO toilets for the whole resort and both are incredibly DIRTY !! I should have taken pictures of them cause I swear they look like coming out of the Trainspotting movie.
At the time we were there half of the guests were suffering from food poison and the staff didn’t care at all. After two days, I started to be very sick with diarrhea and painful cramps in my stomach. I really needed to go to a doctor, but they didn’t care. I wanted to leave and go back to Nadi, but their boat was already gone and I’ve been told to don’t take the SSC cruise cause it’s too expensive (160 Fijan dollars), after few more hours I couldn’t resist the pain and I had to leave…they took me and my girlfriend back to Viti Levu for 200 dollars even if we had already paid the transportation for the way back.
When I felt better I wrote an email to David, the guy I paid at the time of booking, to ask him a refund for the 2 nights and the boat we didn’t use. He said he doesn’t handle money so I had to ask directly to staff manager on the island. Well I called him and he said to talk with David…nobody wants to refund us, they still owe us 368 Australian dollars.
Mana Lagoon backpackers shouldn’t be in any travel guide, it’s your worst choice in Fiji, DON’T GO THERE !!!!
OR dont pre book, check out your accomodation first hand and move on if youre not happy?
it’s not that easy to move around different island in Fiji in a short time and could be expensive as well, but you’re right
How did you find the place? In a guidebook?
it’s on the Rough guide and i think on lonely planet as well, i swear it shouldn’t be there at all, i travel 6 months every year and i’ve been in hundreds of backpackers, that one was one of the worst ever
I agree with Mike, it is so easy to book a place once you’ve landed in Fiji. Also pretty easy to get around. I’ve been there 16 times and have never once pre-booked accommodation.
hey, you guys all look very expert travelers !! Lucky you….
that was not the point of my post…i just wrote my experience and try to say to avoid that place, that’s it