If you’re looking for the best Fiji day trips from Denarau you absolutely can’t go wrong with Malamala Beach Club! A private island situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by crystal clear blue waters, Malamala is the perfect place to go for a day trip when in Fiji.
Imagine a tiny round island covered with white sand, an infinity pool and great tunes, secluded romantic spots, and plenty water activities to keep you busy – that’s Malamala.
Let’s see why Malamala Beach Club is one of the best Fiji day trips!
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What Is Malamala Beach Club?
Malamala is an island in Fiji that is home to just a beach club! It’s not a resort: the whole island is a beach club and it is the first Island Beach Club in the world!
Malamala Island is located in the Mamanuca Island group and is very accessible from Fiji’s main island. Malamala Beach Club is only a short 25 minute ferry ride from Port Denarau and is often called Fiji’s best located island, so it should definitely be at the top of your list when planning your Fiji day trips!
Why Should You Visit Malamala Beach Club?
Malamala Beach Club honestly feels like a dream and you won’t want to leave!
As soon as you get off the ferry you are welcomed by lovely friendly staff and to the sound of great tunes. When you’re walking down the jetty towards the sandy island make sure to look down into the crystal clear water and you’ll see lots of bright blue starfish and fish underneath – it’s magical!
You can choose to reserve a poolside bed beforehand for $50FJD or you can find sunloungers on the sand a little further from the pool at no extra cost. There is so much space around the island for people to spread out on sunloungers and deckchairs that you don’t need to worry about rushing off the boat to find a good spot.
Alternatively, if you want a romantic or quiet day away from the crowds and music, reserve one of the exclusive Beachside Cabana on the other side of the island for $85FJD. The Beachside Cabanas come with a phone for you to contact your own private butler for food and drinks, and you can enjoy views of the beautiful white sand beach.
Around the infinity pool is where most people spend the majority of their time on the island as this is where the music and the action is. Around the pool there is a really nice Beach Club atmosphere with great music and and plenty of space to get your Instagrammable photos in the pool overlooking the ocean and surrounding islands with your cocktail in your hand.
You’ll find lots of yummy cocktails on the menu! The Drunken Coconut is the signature cocktail here at Malamala and it tastes delicious! To get the most value for money when it comes to drinks, you’re best to do the ‘Fiji Five’ Cocktail Deal – order any 5 cocktails for $99FJD!
Whilst the vibe is great around the pool, make sure to spend some time checking out the rest of the island and all it has to offer as it is so beautiful!
A stroll around the whole island will take less than 20 minutes, and make sure to go for a swim in the crystal clear sea! Snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand up paddleboards are free to use here, so make sure to fit that in to your day too! It only takes around 5-10 minutes to kayak around the whole island!
If you’re feeling brave you can even jump off the end of the jetty into the sea! Near the jetty is where you’ll find lots of coral and coloured fish which is great for snorkelling!
What Is There To Do At Malamala Beach Club?
Sip a cocktail in the pool and enjoy Fiji time, go stand up paddle boarding, go kayaking, have a massage, lie in a hamock under the shade of a palm tree, jump off the end of the jetty and go snorkeling, there is so much to do (or not – whichever you prefer!).
If you plan to do paddle boarding, take note of the tide times. To ensure you don’t hit the rocks and coral, at low tide you aren’t able to paddle board so just check with the staff what time you can paddle board so you don’t miss out!
Malamala has free wifi so you can upload all your photos in real time. There is also a small souvenir shop with Malamala t-shirts and caps, and there are also showers so you can get freshened up before the ferry back.
Malamala is a Beach Club, not a resort so there is no option to stay overnight on the island sadly, as waking up there would just be incredible!
How Do You Get To Malamala Beach Club?
Boat transfers to Malamala Beach Club are from Denarau Marina (on Fiji’s main island – Viti Levu). Denarau Marina is close to lots of the hotels on the main island and is about a 30 minute drive from Nadi International Airport.
Ferries to Malamala depart from Denarau Marina at 10am and midday. The ferry takes around 25 minutes and the views on the ride are great so try to get on the top or front deck to enjoy the views!
How Long Do You Spend At Malamala Beach Club?
If you purchase the full-day pass you will get the 10am ferry from Denarau Marina and arrive to Malamala at around 10.30am.
For the half-day pass, the ferry departs from Denarau Marina at 12.00 noon and gets you to Malamala at around 12.30.
Ferry transfers back to Denarau are at 4.15pm and 5.15pm.
Whichever ferries you decide to get, you still get to enjoy a good few hours at Malamala.
What Are Malamala Beach Club Prices?
It costs $165 FJD for the Malamala full day pass and $145 for the half day Malamala pass. The full day pass gives you 2 extra hours on the island, so for an extra $20 it’s well worth booking on the full day trip!
If you want to reserve a poolside day bed it costs $50 FJD, and to reserve a beachside cabana that comes with a personal butler service it costs $85FJD. Both the poolside bed and beachside cabana can fit 2 people comfortably.
You do not need to reserve any seating – there are plenty of beachfront deck chairs and sun loungers available free of charge!
What Is Included In The Cost At Malamala Beach Club?
Included in the price of your day pass for Malamala Beach Club is the return coach transfer, return ferry transfers and entrance to Malamala Beach Club Island.
You can also enjoy complimentary use of their paddle boards, kayaks and snorkelling equipment.
Coach Transfers to Denarau Marina
The price of your Malamala ticket includes return coach transfers to and from certain resorts in Denarau, Nadi, Wailoaloa, Momi Bay, Natadola and The Coral Coast (located a 2 hour drive from Denarau Marina).
Many other companies will charge extra for pickups outside of the Denarau/Nadi/Wailoaloa area, so it is really good Malamala offers complmentary pickups from The Coral Coast.
As the transfer time takes longer, note that if you’re staying on The Coral Coast or Natadola or Momi Bay, you must return back to Denarau on the 4.15pm ferry from Malamala to ensure you get your coach transfer at 5pm. The 5pm coach is the only transfer back to these locations that is provided. If you miss it you will need to cover your own cost of transport back to your accommodation.
Can Children Visit Malamala Beach Club?
Malamala Beach Club is not a family focused resort and there isn’t a children’s area or children’s menu. However children are allowed and are welcomed. Malamala Beach Club primarily caters to adults – couples and groups of friends.
What Food Is Available On The Malamala Beach Club Menu?
Light bites include things like wraps, tacos, fries, fruit platter and cheese and dips. Lunch specials include the likes of fish and chips, seafood baskets, Kokoda (Fijian ceviche), Fijian curry and a selection of salads. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available and there is also a selection of sliders as some desserts!
There a couple of large al-fresco dining areas that have plenty of space for when you want to sit down to enjoy some food. These areas are located close to the pool so you’ll still feel like you’re close to the action!
Drinks-wise, you’ll find a selection of imported and local beers, ciders, international wines, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks and hot drinks. The 5 cocktails for $99FJD is a popular option – our favourites were the Tai Malamala and the Naked Lady!
You are not permitted to bring your own food or drinks to Malamala.
Is Malamala Beach Club Worth The Price?
For most visitors to Fiji, us included, Malamala Beach Club is one of the best experiences in Fiji! We had such a fun day and would definitely recommend it to anyone, so go on, add it to your Fiji bucket list!