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“Beach, reef and sunsets - what more do you need!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Octopus Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane
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23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beach, reef and sunsets – what more do you need!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

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.

Room Tip: Room tip – get a beach front bure, can’t beat the views and private beach lounges. The point bures a...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Octopus is a lovely resort, set on a beautiful beach with fantastic snorkelling right off the beach. the staff go to great lengths to look after it which was nice to see. We are both quite picky with food, and have very high standards, but we both found the food here excellent, especially the a la cart menu nights. The Fijian night on Friday was brilliant, with all the staff singing and dancing, it really made our stay. We stayed at Octopus for 4 nights and Mantaray for 2. Octopus was in a completely different league from Mantaray - despite being about the same price Octopus is better in all respects.

That said, there are quite a few improvements that could be made; when we were staying there there were a LOT of families with young children. With only one pool it meant that it was constantly full of screaming kids, and unfortunately the resort had supplied water pistols. The kids were pretty much playing with these all day, squirting everyone and anyone in the vicinity, which meant you couldn't peacefully read a book on a sun lounger as we wanted to. Many of these kids were the Fijian staff's kids who were left unsupervised most of the time. At one point one of these kids (who couldn't swim properly) removed his life jacket that he had been wearing, and jumped in the pool, and instantly got into trouble. Luckily one of the teenage girl tourists lifted him out and made him put on the life jacket, but his parents were completely unaware anything had happened, and it got to the point tourists round the pool were basically babysitting these kids. There were just so many young kids around it sometimes we felt we were in a creche rather than at an expensive resort, as we witnessed one kid have a rather disgusting accident in the pool as he wasn't wearing a nappy, and another mother washing out a nappy in the communal pool shower. That pretty much put us off going back in the pool. Whilst this is more a problem with the parents than the resort itself, we felt that a kids club, or even better a separate kids pool would revolutionize the place - as people like us without kids would be free to use the pool without being deafened by screaming, or getting smacked in the face by a water pistol. Whilst I like kids and enjoy seeing them have a good time, there didn't seem anywhere for them to go except the pool during the day. As you can't really swim in the sea at low tide (middle of the day) everyone is reliant on spending their day round one small pool, and it was just taken over by kids.

Another piece of advice I would give future guests would be to check your bill carefully when you leave. Both times we stayed we had incorrect bills, with drinks bills being overcharged; mainly because drinks were bought in happy hour, yet charged normal rate. It is because they ask you to sign the bill without an amount written on it. We started writing the amount in ourselves, but some of the staff got quite annoyed at this. A ''scholarship fund' is also added to the bill, though this appeared as $2, with $2 tax - we thought it was a bit odd to have 100% tax on what was meant to be a donation to the village, and didn't really appreciate this being added to the bill automatically, though they did happily remove it if asked.

Lastly I would ask to be in a room away from the restaurant/kitchen. We stayed in a few different rooms, the first night in a bungalow, which was great, and another night in a more expensive ensuite room. Whilst the ensuite was much nicer and bigger, it was next to the kitchen, and the staff were very noisy in the morning waking us up, and also at night when we were trying to sleep.

Despite all these potential improvements it is a nice resort, with great staff; Jimmy especially stood out for bending over backwards to help us with anything we needed, and made a point of remembering our names, even though there were 70 other guests here - a small gesture which makes a very big impression. I would highly recommend this resort for families, just for us it was a little bit spoilt by the huge volumes of toddlers surrounding us all day, as we felt that we couldn't properly relax and enjoy the facilities.

Room Tip: Ask for a room well away from the restaurant. Ensuite rooms are much bigger.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tucson, Arizona
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

I live in Fiji at the moment and have been to quite a few resorts for a weekend excursion. Octopus blows everything else away. For a 20 something to 30 something looking for a fun environment that is also very relaxing this is the place for you. The staff is very fun and the resort does a great job of creating a welcoming atmosphere where you can meet other travelers or stay with your love and enjoy their wonderful beach. The food is amazing and it is nice to have the meal plan so you don't always have to check to make sure you are staying in budget.

Room Tip: Beach Front Bures for couples are farther away from the activities and offer a quitter experience.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Max S
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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60 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

We had a lovely time at Octopus Resort. My husband, 2-year old son and I stayed for 7 nights: 3 nights in a beachfront bure and 4 nights in the air-conditioned Poppy's Lodge. Being beachfront was lovely, though it is amazing how loud he waves come in to shore when you are that close to the beach - and there weren't even any storms! We did get used it for sleeping and our son had no problem with it. The best thing about Octopus Resort are the staff, followed by the more relaxed/ community feel of the resort. Guests are encouraged to eat meals together an everyone is open for a chat or breakfast/ lunch/ dinner/ while relaxing around or in the pool! There was a great mix of ages at he resorts - singles, families with different aged kids to retirees; and everyone got on well.
The staff are amazing - such warm smiles, even to our somewhat cranky just turned 2-year old (that is the age when kids are not happy to interact with people they don't know or look a bit different). By about day 3, our son was high-fiving the staff, waving and saying "Ba" (his version of Bula). So, the staff did extremely well with him, for which I was extremely appreciative.
The food is also amazing - don't worry about being locked into a meal plan as there is choice at each meal. For lunch there is even about 6-8 vegetarian options.
My Husband did live on Gastro-stop tablets while we were there after drinking some water from the bure's bathroom. This water is filtered to 10 microns and it does say not to drink this water provided in the printed information in the room, but he didn't read it. He was then sensitive to the 1 micron-filtered water available free from the bar. So, he had to drink the bottled water only. He has hopefully learnt to read the printed information provide by hotels/ resorts from now on!

Room Tip: If you feel the heat, go for a Poppy's Lodge room which is air-conditioned, has a bar fridge and...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sue K
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Hampshire
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We were in one of the point burees right on the beach and it was fantastic. This is not a super chic six star resort but it does have a wonderful location with wonderful staff and is precisely what my family were after - being myself, my wife and our two boys under 10. We loved it and when we get back to Fiji this is where we will head. The childcare/crèche facility was excellent and unexpected as we had not picked this service up in the promotional information.

The house reef just off the beach is amazing and makes this place a category killer in our view. Amazing child care, lovely uncomplicated food, great fishing, fantastic friendly staff. And we saw a manta ray! Perfect end to our recent trip to the Southern Hemisphere.

Room Tip: The point beach front burees were great with access straight onto the beach and air con. We all stay...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Fridger
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Idaho Springs, Colorado
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51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

We stayed at Octopus Resort last week and really enjoyed it. The staff was welcoming and helpful. Everything was explained fully. We spent one night in a Garden Bure and one night in a Beachfront Bure. Both were traditional style and very nice, however the beachfront is best if available. Food was very good. The snorkeling was excellent right off the beach with abundant, colorful corals and fish. If we come back to Fiji this is where we would go. Alan B.

Room Tip: Beachfront Bures are great and have a bigger bed and bathroom than Garden Bure.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Alan B
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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

This is a 90 maximum guest resort on a beautiful long beach with amazing coral and fish 10 metres from the sand which is perfect for snorkelling at mid tide. No sea lice. It's protected from the easterly wind and has great sunsets. The resort area is just right with 2 bars and a restaurant with a sand floor. Drink prices are reasonable and the wine selection is good. The beach bures with outside shower are wonderful. The sound of the waves at night is great and not too loud but get a garden bure if that's a problem but then you miss walking straight onto the sand beach. The food was first class and extraordinary for a remote location. We took the seaplane there and the 2.5 hour Yasawa Flyer back was scenic and not boring. The range of ages of the guests was really good - not dominated by any group and there was certainly no annoying partying with everyone behaving superbly. It was terrific talking to other guests at dinner. The value was outstanding. The staff are genuinely friendly and happy because of the resort owners' supportive action for the locals.

Room Tip: Beach bure
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DanSydneyAustralia
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Property: Octopus Resort
Address: Likuliku Bay, Fiji
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Region: Fiji > Yasawa Islands > Waya Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Waya Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Octopus Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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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