We enjoyed 5 nights at Octopus (Waya Island) in mid-April staying in a Point Bure (3) on the southern end of the great sandy beach. Having previously stayed at sister resort Paradise Cove (Naukacuvu, Sept 2013), the look, feel and vibe of Octopus was familiar and welcoming (as was Blue Lagoon – Nacula Island - the other sister resort we travelled to after our stay at Octopus). Jim, Ravi, Tima and the team are really friendly, helpful and relaxed which sets the tone for your holiday. The setting is stunning with the hills and bluffs behind, long curving sandy beach and sun sets over the ocean. We caught the Yasawa Flyer ferry up from Denarau Marina to Octopus Resort which takes about 2.5 hrs with great views of the reefs and islands of the Mamanuca Group.
Octopus has a variety of accommodation options from budget backpacker dorm to beach front bures and a nice mix of couples, families and travellers. The Point 3 bure is quiet and well appointed, with a roomy outdoor shower and bathroom and views over the beach from the deck. There is a great long sandy beach with access for swimming and snorkelling at all tides. Meals were of good quality and variety and we thought fairly priced under the compulsory meal plan.
The dining is semi-communal so you have the choice to sit as a couple or join a larger table for the opportunity to chat with folks from all over the world, we chose to alternate most evenings and met some really interesting and friendly people. The dining area and the bars (yes there are two) are adjacent to the pool deck overlooking the beach – plenty of lounging space. The pool looked good but we didn’t wet a toe in the pool as the ocean water was so good (and warm).
There are all the usual island resort activities but there weren’t any boat snorkel tours available (something we really enjoy is to check out nearby reefs) however they do offer night snorkelling right off the beach.
The reef off the beach is one of the better one’s we’ve experienced in Fiji over the last ten years. It’s very clean and colourful with a great variety of corals and reef structure to explore and fish to follow. If you are up for longer distance snorkelling then you can follow the reef south and north and explore some great spots, well worth the effort.
All in all we really enjoyed our time at Octopus and it deserves its positive reputation and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a quality resort with a great sandy beach, excellent real reef and a good vibe. All the staff are very welcoming and proud of their resort and we’d like to say a special vinaka veka levu to the Octopus team for looking after us.
Room tip – get a beach front bure, can’t beat the views and private beach lounges. The point bures are duplexes so you share an internal wall with your neighbour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The minute you step onto the beautiful mile long, golden sand beach at Likuliku Bay, you will be on ‘Fiji Time’. You will find some of the best snorkeling and diving in Fiji, just step outside your front door. Our beautiful reef is only a few meters from the shore, and is a protected marine reserve. Octopus boasts some of the warmest, friendliest smiling faces anywhere in the world, come and meet the “real Fiji”. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Octopus Hotel Waya Island
- Octopus Resort Waya Island
- Hotel Octopus
- Octopus Resort Fiji/Waya Island