Octopus Resort

Likuliku Bay, Waya Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji | 3 star resort
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsOctopus Resort Waya Island

    Reviewed by onkyc

    Heaven

    Reviewed Jun 25, 2013
    by (4 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Fantastic welcome, great spa and wonderful snorkelling and to top it all - a pretty good piña colada

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    Reviewed by cindy.thompson

    wonderful resort

    Reviewed May 23, 2013
    by (29 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    had a wonderful wonderful time at octopus. the food was amazing, white sand beaches, hammocks between the palms, a lovely authentic room in an idyllic little thatched cottage and the staff and owners were so friendly. this place is pure paradise. take me back now!

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    Reviewed by obrobr

    Just perfect

    Reviewed Nov 17, 2011
    by (3 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    We can highly recommend Octopus resort. Very friendly people, great snorkeling just off the beach and beautiful set out!

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    Reviewed by oconnor27

    Fiji at it's best

    Reviewed Sep 14, 2011
    by (1 review) OC but I love my SD hood , United States Flag of United States

    I had the most incredible time at octopus resort in Fiji. I went in expecting a lot and it blew me away. The Bure's were perfectly quaint and the roofless shower was like a dream. The beach and bay are postcard perfect. The snorkeling and diving are world class. But what made it so special was the amazing staff and the vibe they create. Their warm friendly Fijian smiles switch you on to "Fiji Time", and you slip into total relaxation. I have been traveling for two years straight now and Octopus Resort is on a short list of places I must go back to, Thanks for the amazing time Octopus!

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    Reviewed by janeski

    Fabulous!

    Reviewed Dec 7, 2010
    by (8 reviews) Reigate , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    This was my last stop with Awesome Adventures before going back to Nadi. I thought this was a wonderful resort, everybody was extremely welcoming and couldn't do enough for you. The food was simply delicious and you could choose from the menu (unlike my previous stops)
    The organised activities made the evenings really fun and didn't feel like they were organised. The rooms were the best for me, gorgeous huts to sleep 4 with ensuite outdoor bathrooms.
    I would definitely recommend!

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Octopus Resort Waya Island

    Snorkeling & Room

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    I'm putting "above average" because it's that - for a back-pack resort. If you are looking for luxury this really isn't it, but it was good for the price.

    Met some great people at Octopus - those 2 San Diago guys and the girl from Brazil were so nice to sit with us every meal - enjoyed the conversations! Meals are at big tables with everyone (and a bird that likes to eat the bread at the breakfast bar so get there first!) We liked the food - got the meal plan, but the drinks are VERY high - BYOB!!!

    Our room was very fun - loved the open air shower and thatched roof, beautiful view of the beach! Since it was a beach front we had our own lounge chairs and hammock. Beachfront is the way to go if you can splurge.

    There were bugs in the room but they couldn't get in the netting around the bed and no skeeters when we lit up the coil. Luckily we didn't see any big crawlies.

    We didn't do any of the other things to do except snorkel while there - and that was pretty nice off to the right when looking at the beach. We saw an awsome neon purple lipped big clam and a nice line of cuttle fish (squid?) hanging out in the deeper water over the sand. Plenty of reef fish - nice big queen angel and an awesome stingray that had big neon colored dots on it!

    Stayed 2 nights and that was enough for us - had to move on to another island. I was with my pre-teen daughter and felt safe (as 2 women alone traveling) so I didn't partake in the party aspect but it looked like it was sort of mellow.

    Thought the couple who ran the show there were a bit short & rude, strictly business -- but that's ok - we were only looking for good snorkeling on our vacation anyway. The phones were down almost the whole time we were there.

    NOTE ON SUNSET RESORT: We had reservations the next night to meet up with my cousin at this other resort on the Waya - The Sunset Resort - but my cousin left there and called me from the Yasawa Flyer telling me NOT to go there - that it was uninhabitable and awful - even for a seasoned worldwide backpacker like her. She said that they didn't have fresh water (nasty linens washed with ??) and that the bugs were so bad in the hot room (big bugs) that she slept the whole night out on the hammock outside the room - and that we would hate it. We canceled and went on to Treasure Island - see my review on that coming soon...

    Hope this helps - Just DO IT!!!!!

    Paradise

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    We stayed for 5 nights at Octopus after seeing the bay when we stopped a couple of years ago on a captain cook cruise.

    Stayed 1 night prior at the Waterfront hotel in Lautoka- was fine for an overnight stay. Only deterant was when I had to race a cockroach to my toast at brekky and the girl on staff who just didnt want to know when we told her it was in the breakfast area!!

    However, the island is special- we have been to Fiji a number of times and visited most resorts, but Octopus has a special vibe and it is picure perfect. Many guests commented on the feel on the resort.

    It has been voted the editors choice in the lonely planet guide and even though none of the travel agents seem to know about it, the resort is always full. Speaks for itself.

    Accom. range from the dorm, which people told us was the best they had ever stayed in; tents that come fully equipped with innersprung mattresses and front door mats! to the bures and poppys lodge. All are cleaned daily. There is always an amazing mix of guests - from backpackers to retiree's, it seems to work for all ages and stages.

    We opted for Poppys, but mis-understood that it was a stand alone room, however it is 1 of 4 all joined. This did mean you heard other peoples doors regularly slamming in the wind and we heard snoring thru our inter connected door one night and the same couple arguing the next! Was not great but not over whelming.

    Best option would be to ask for poppys 4 as it is at the far end and only has 1 room next door, with no-one walking to and fro, past your verandah.

    People are great, food was great, everything was superb. We enjoyed the mix of people there. There is enough room to not be crowded at all too.

    Do as much or as little as you want, the pool is well set up for comfortable lounging or swimming, or swim in the sea. However, we found we got dumped alot in the shallows so look out for the 'sand castle' in your togs when you get out!!!

    Polly the manager was great and we were impressed that she and her partner came out and sang each day on the beach for any welcomes or departures on the boats with the islanders.

    Also nice is that the village over the hill staffs the resort so it is a win-win situation for everyone living there.

    Choice of the island boat the amberly or you can get the big yasawa flyer catamaran if you prefer for the transfer. We were taken back to the mainland on a very inferior boat when the amberly broke down, it was awful, but the managers have said this boat will never be used again for this, so you are pretty safe!

    It is 2 hours or so each way on the boat, so probably not a place for anyone with unstable health, otherwise you cant beat it! We will definitely be going back again.

    If you want more info or photos, you can email me at deliverygirl@hotmail.com

    Pros and Cons of Poppy's Lodge at Octopus

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    We LOVED our vacation at Octopus Resort, we stayed 5 nights which was way too brief. My husband and I booked there only about 6 weeks in advance after really getting our hearts set on this resort: we were really enthusiastic about the resort's commitment to minimizing environmental impact and their commitment to the local village.

    When we booked, they only had Poppy's Lodge, the "premium" accomodation available...we wanted a Garden Bure. But since we really liked everything we'd heard and read about Octopus, we decided to go for it.

    We had the 5 day package day but were in Fiji for 6 days, so Octopus arranged a slightly discounted room for us at Beachside Resort in Nadi. I would highly recommend using all of your nights for the package deal actually at Octopus Resort as we did.

    We took the Octopus boat to the resort. On the way out, it was smooth and totally fine. On the way back, it was choppy, we popped some sealegs and we were fine as was everyone else. I'd probably take the Yasawa Flyer if we were to return simply to have a restroom on board. It was just fine though, and you can always see an island or the main island to keep you're eyes focused on.

    We arrived at the resort and it was just beautiful. The people who work there were great, we got to know some of them and really enjoyed them. The Scottish managers are great! The atmosphere of the resort is laid back and sociable, we met a lot of our fellow travellers at meals and during activities.

    The Poppy's Lodge rooms are absolutely beautiful. The king size bed has nice sheets, the decor is lovely, the bathroom is huge. The showers are open to the air in case you thought you'd miss out on that feature in Poppy's...not to worry! We did NOT have many bugs at all, 1 cockroach total which is pretty amazingly low in the tropics. Our friends in the bures reported on more close encounters with bug life and rain than we experienced. It was really nice having the AC as well at night.

    The best part of Poppy's is the multiple opportunites for lounging throughout your day. Each room has a deep porch with two wicker chairs and a day bed. Off the porch we had a hammock and two loungers. My husband and I basically rotated around our various seats throughout the day, wandering into the ocean for snorkelling or over to the dining room for drinks and meals.

    There was something that disappointed me about Poppy's Lodge, though. We could hear our neighbors. We only heard one set of the three sets we had over our stay, so they may have been especially noisy, but we could indeed hear them through the connecting doors. Also, the bathroom doors slammed loudly sometimes (from wind coming through the open air showers). It was disappointing to pay so much money and be able to hear one set of neighbors.

    The food was excellent, especially lunch. I loved the foccaia, we loved all the fruit. At breakfast, the coffee situation was a little stressful, and I'd suggest that the resort try to fix this for the caffiene addict guests...the coffee (the free stuff, you can buy espresso drinks at the bar) comes in french presses, and their just are not enough to meet demand. So you have to wait and there's sometimes quite a scramble.

    We did a couple activities, the village visit and the church service. We had planned to do much more but got really into sitting on our things to sit on, as you can probably tell. My husband said the church service was like "church, only worse" because the minister yelled quite a bit and we had no idea what he was saying. The singing was nice, however.

    The reef right off the resort was awesome!

    We really loved our stay!

    Loved the Octopus!

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    Octopus is an environmentally friendly resort. This places limitations that some people might find difficult: no way of making a hot drink, fan cooling in the room, solar water heating, and no cell phone links. (Medical help is a long way off, so think carefully before taking children there.)

    For us, it was great. The staff were friendly and sincere. They were the heart of the resort. The resort has a good dive centre, lots of activities, a pool (small) and lots of sun and sand. Snorkelling is great, but reef swimming can be limited somewhat by the tides.

    There is a good library (mainly novels), but no television (except by the bar on special occasions). Bar service is good, and snacks are available for the hungry. There is a choice of food at breakfast and lunch, but dinner is the same for everyone. We are a middle aged couple with particular diet needs. Staff were willing to meet our needs, but the food suited us just fine. We found the friendly atmosphere created by staff spread to the guests. All ages mixed together, especially for activities like quiz nights and crab racing.

    In such a pristine environment, it would be sad to have a resort create major changes, but we were thrilled to see the care taken to preserve as much as possible. Local people were employed, water was heated by the sun, buildings were wooden or woven from palm leaves, and a scholarship fund helped support education - the impact of Western Tourism was minimised as much as possible.

    The Dive Shop was a great resource, and minor activities such as hand line fishing, basket weaving and bula dancing were most enjoyable. We liked Octopus so much we extended our stay. Would we go back? You bet!

    Avoid the 'Private Beach' picnic!

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    My wife and I recently stayed at Octopus Resort, and for the most part had a great time. However, we chose the Picnic optional excursion and regretted it. First of all, Octopus sells this as a romantic getaway by boat to a private beach, but it's not private at all. It belongs to a local village, and as such people started showing up, coming out of the forest and across the beach from adjacent fishing areas. We were supposed to be picked up again at 2:30, but that time came and went with no sign of any boat. At 3:00 we started to get worried (that's a bit much, even for "Fiji Time"), since we had no way of communicating with the resort and were entirely dependent upon them being responsible. At 3:30 I had had enough and flagged down a passing boat which turned out to be the dive boat for Octopus. They rescued us and took us back to the resort, where we learned our pickup "wasn't written on the board" - meaning they had no plan to retrieve us. I spoke to management, who gave an apology and explained it wasn't a private beach, it's just a beach they use, despite that the resort literature sells it as such, even using the term "private beach". I was sick of arguing at this point and he didn't seem interested in making things right. Sure enough, they had the nerve to charge us for the excursion. It seems they're laid back and relaxed when it comes to schedules and guest safety, but downright meticulous when it comes to billing you.

    Fantastic place

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    Octopus resort was great. Upon arrival you get a kava welcome ceremony. I stayed in the dorm room and it was a really nice clean dorm room with even a flower on my bed upon arrival. The shared facilities are good and clean too. The common place also dining room is very nice and the food is just delicious. The beach is really nice too although there is lots of coral in front of the beach. There is a dive and snorkeling shop. Snorkelling gear is free !

    And Octopus Resorts offers a lot of daytours. One of them was snorkeling with Manta Rays which was fantastic and an unforgetable memory ! Also one night the organised a movie night with free popcorn. Octopus is great value for your money !

    All I can say is, Wow!!!

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    It was our first time at the Octopus resort, and we met about 8 of our friends there. Once we arrived, we were greeted by the beautiful native people, who were on the beach waiting for us. I never felt that this was a tourist type thing, but a real heartfelt greeting. Although the beaches were incredible and teaming with wildlife, I must say that the people are what made this vacation so fantastic. We stayed in a beach front "bure" and had an incredible view (just steps from the water). Of course, there are bugs to contend with at night, but the beds have a mesh netting that covers the whole bed. This is not a 5 star resort, and you should know that before you go, but I do give the staff a 5 star rating. Not to say that the accomodations aren't good, they were. They were always clean and they always placed flowers on the beds in the morning. Now remember!! Don't go there if you're expecting everything ASAP. It's just not that type of place. When the maid comes to make up your room, it may take a couple hours. As they say, "relax, you're on Fiji time". Remeber that, and you'll have a wonderfull time. The food was good and the bar drinks were made to specification. You want more Tequila in that margarita? Just ask. The drinks, like everthing else in Fiji are cheap. Anyway, I would go back in a heartbeat. You'll love it.

    Excellent Value

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    Stayed at the Octopus in Feb 2003 and had a fantastic time. I went with a bunch of friends and we were able to negotiate a great deal for the 8 of us to stay for 5 nights that included 3 meals a day (email them directly from their website).

    The accomodation is simple but always clean and the open-air bathrooms are cool. You won't be spending much time inside your bure though as there is too much to enjoy outside. The setting is beautiful and everything feels very authentic, unlike some of the resorts I've seen with big hotel-style concrete blocks of rooms.

    Within 15 minutes of arriving we were in the beautiful clear blue water and soaking up the sun on the pristine white sand. The beach really is picture-perfect, and although I had never previously been interested in underwater activities, snorkelling amongst the amazing sea life and beautiful coral almost got me into SCUBA. But that cost extra...

    The food was excellent and authentic, eaten with everyone together on the big long tables. It is strictly one portion each though. Beware that if you're not at the table the second breakfast is served, there is a strong chance you'll miss out on some part of it!

    Looking at the pictures now (3 years later) I've realised how basic it all looks. I see that Octopus has now installed a pool, so I imagine they've tarted up the bures and the bar area too. Even if they haven't, don't be put off by the tumbledown appearance, you will still have great memories from a stay at Octopus, and for a fantastic price.

    Amazing!!

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    We travelled to Octopus Resort for a wedding. My partner, myself and our 3 year old. We had the most amazing time there!! The food was amazing and they catered well to our daughter. The bures were lovely and they were cleaned daily! The staff were so helpful and were all having fun too, which was great to see. The resort was very tidy and there were so many activities available...but I chose to spend as much of my time as possible by the pool!! We had an amazing babysitter in the evenings, supplied at a very small cost by the resort. Couldn't really fault the place!! Had the most amazing time!! We will return!

    Good value

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    Background: My fiance and I were coming from New Zealand, where I had been living/studying for the past 6 months. We chose Fiji as a stopover on the way home, and wanted an authentic experience for little cash...

    The good:

    The beach was beautiful! Likuliku Bay is really gorgeous. A crescent shaped beach with golden sand surrounds teal colored water. The bure are so cool. Each room is actually a "bure" or hut. They are of the traditional Fijian style, which we felt really added to the feel of being in the South Pacific (rather than staying in a big sterile Marriott-type deal on Denarau, for instance). The staff was sooooo sweet, especially the house mothers. They offer a "Fijian Massage"...it's $15 for an hour, and I would highly recommend getting one. Even if you don't like massages, you get to spend an hour talking to the housemother and learning lots about Waya and Fiji. Fijian cookout night was great! they had some sort of Indo-Fijian curried meat that was TO DIE FOR. Oh, and the resort itself was really pretty...lots and lots of tropical plants and flowers everywhere. Like one big garden...mmm Frangipani...

    The bad:

    Fijians are pretty relaxed, which is good most of the time. Our reservations got all mixed up and so we ended up moving 4 times in 10 days, but it turned out ok, because we got to sample pretty much every part of the resort and every type of bure (garden, oceanview, oceanfront). One night we were in a bure that had to be tarped due to heavy rains...it was pretty funny actually, except for when the tarp fell down and blocked the only entrance...Seqa Naleqah...no worries. The thing we hated the most was the food situation. There were three pretty much set meal times (breakfast was a little more flexible, as it was buffet). You sit down and two long tables and eat whatever they decided to make that day (lunch you had a few choices, but not dinner!). Most of the time it was good,b ut a few times we found ourselves leaving the table hungry. One night they had put really hot asian chili peppers in a chickpea cake they gave us and they didn't say anything. I am allergic to these, so the whole lower right side of my face blew up. At least they were prompt in bringing the milk I asked for to cool it down (albeit, goat's milk..).

    The beach:

    Beautiful as it may be, buyer beware. If you want to spend all day in the water, don't stay here. Only at high tide can you get into the water because at low tide the coral is uncovered and it stretches to about 50 feet from the shore...great for snorkelling at high tide, but makes the beach useless for 12 hours of the day...At high tide, the waves are big and strong and will smash you to the shore if you aren't careful. It's fun for us adults, but dangerous for kiddies.

    All in all, if you want a really cool place to stay in Fiji without spending a ton of money, stay here. You get private bure, maid service, and decent food for a price not much above what you could spend at a backpackers. The Fijians that work at Octopus are very proud of their culture and want to share it with everyone, so if you love culture, this is the place. They invite you to their village (over the hill on the north side of the island) a few times a week.

    PS--the showers in the bure bathrooms don't have a roof of any sort, so keep the door to your room closed and beware tarantulas! Seek out "Fijian Arnold" if you get any creepy crawlies...

    feel free to contact me. It's been a while since I was there, but I can share more pictures and/or advice.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Octopus Resort Waya Island

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