The islands offer crystal clear waters, palm fringed sandy beaches and live coral reefs. There are islands, villages, resorts to visit, snorkel and swim.
The coastal/marine ecosystem and recreation value of the archipelago contribute to its national significance as outlined in Fiji's Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.
One of the islands, Monuriki, was made famous as the anonymous island that featured in the 2000 Robert Zemeckis film, Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks.
Resorts in the Mamanucas are varied with the high-end travelers accommodations to the backpacker/budget conscious travelers
Port Denarau is the gateway to the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. You can take day trips from Denarau to the Mamanuca Islands or find a resort to stay overnight.
Activities in the Mamanucas include sailing, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, semi-submersible coral viewing, diving, swimming with reef sharks, windsurfing, hiking, visiting villages, mini golf and discovering secluded beaches.
The American edition of Survivor used the islands as the location for the filming of its 33rd season (Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X), as well as its 34th season, (Survivor: Game Changers), over a course of 4 months between March and July 2016. The show then returned the following year during the same time period to film the 35th season of the show (Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers), and for the 36th season (Survivor: Ghost Island) set to air early 2018.
Before the airing of the 35th season, host Jeff Probst said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the Mamanuca Islands is the optimal location for the show and he would like to stay there permanently.