Mantaray Island Resort opened in 2004. The resort was built by the current owners Ryan Irvine and Tina Axelsson.
In their 20s at the time, and having recently completed several years of travel, they had first-hand experience in what budget travellers expectations were and identified a demand for superior backpacker and budget accommodation in the Yasawa's.
The narrow channel between Nanuya Balavu and Drawaqa provides a constant source of nutrient-rich water to feed the pristine coral reef, while at the same time the secluded bay provided sheltered sections of the reef for safe snorkelling and water sports activities.
Located just minutes from the 'manta ray channel' guests would also have a unique opportunity to swim with one of the most majestic creatures in the ocean, for up to six months of the year, providing a unique attraction.
Miles of untouched coral reefs ensured there would be numerous dive sites to be explored with minutes of the resort, and the nutrient rich waters would provide excellent fishing grounds.
A host of activities for budget travellers also means a lot of hungry mouths. In keeping with the commitment to deliver a quality product, Mantaray Island Resort employs an executive chef providing a range of European, Indian and Fijian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients and freshly caught local fish and locally sought produce.