The best in a tight string of hostels sharing the gorgeous beaches of Mana Island is Ratukini, the first one to the right as you come off the pier. Young budget-oriented travelers snorkel, dive, fish, play volleyball, and laze in the sand between hearty buffet-style meals in the open-air dining room overlooking the water. Every Thursday there's a lovo (traditional feast cooked in an underground oven) and traditional performance. You can sleep in basic bunk-bed dorms,
twin rooms with shared facilities, double rooms, or a family bure, or you can camp. Staying here is a cheap way for social creatures to enjoy one of the Mamanucas' best beaches. Bring enough cash unless you don't mind paying a fee for credit cards.