I stayed at Octopus in July 08 with my husband and our two children (6 and 3yrs) We stayed in a premium beachfront bure for 5 nights and had a great time.
The resort is situated in a beautiful spot with a wonderful beach and great snorkeling for the whole family. The food was great, the best we had while in Fiji.
The resort caters well for families traveling with children. They have early meals for the children and movies at night around the pool so parents can have a drink at the bar before dinner. You can also arrange babysitters for about $4? Fijian per hour
There were a couple of things which weren't great, but still didn't spoil our trip.
Firstly, we were disappointed with the rats in our bure, which resulted in several sleepless nights. When we told the manager he arranged for a glue trap to be left in the bure overnight. The trap consisted a a plate of glue which was left under the wardrobe at night. The rat came down in the middle of the night and got stuck in the glue and we then we had to listen to it slowly dying, by wearing itself out trying to escape.!!! Eventually my husband got up and killed it.
The resort staff obviously knew that there were rats in the bures. You could clearly see the trail left where they were coming and going up the side of the internal wall. I think they could have tried catching them more regularly or while the bures were unoccupied. I suggested that there may be better ways to get rid of rats in the rooms, not sure if the manager listened.
Also, Octopus charges out it's rooms in American $, yet everything you purchase at the resort is in Fijian $ . At the time we visited the New Zealand $ was quite strong against the US, but it was still really expensive compared to other resorts in Fiji. (We also stayed at The Sheraton Denarau Villas and the Westin - which worked out cheaper for us, but not as nice as Octopus).
Apart from the few sleepless nights, we did have a great time and I would recommend you visit Octopus Resort. The staff were lovely and I really enjoyed the visit to the village on Sunday to listen to the Church Choir.
- 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