i ended up at Waya Lai Lai as i couldn't book any nights at Octopus Resort (the Bula Pass is a bit of a nightmare on this front, but thats another issue). I picked Waya as i was told it was one of the better budget resorts on the islands, but in general i wasn't overly impressed. To be honest, i had ome from Blue Lagoon which had pretty high standards, and i was expecting to rough it, but three days here was far too long for me for numerous reasons.
the location of the resort is prety amazing, and the area is stunning to look at. check in was easy, and the main staff were very friendly, but from here on in i just got more and more disapointed.
My room (i had a lodge room) was pretty tatty and basic. But the fact that the dorms had been emptied out for bedbugs on my arrival meant i didn't sleep inside the bed. On the three nights/fours days i was here, the dorms were emptied every day, and this made me very paranoid!
As i said the staff were all great, but there was an over presence of villiagers throughout the week who did nothing but hang around. I guess you can't complain when you go on village trips to see where they live, but they made me feel a little uncomfortable. they spoke constantly in Fijian and it felt a bit random as to why they were there. One day i tried to wtch the rugby in the bar and one old dude constantly hugged me - at one point he had me in a bear hug for over 10 minutes. I don't mind hugging, but this was just weird!
the food i guess is the best they can do, but the portions were small and not varied. Picky eaters will have problems here!
on our last day, there was problems with the yasawa flyer, but noone told us. Everyone was very vague, especially when the guys started taking the outboard motors apart on the boats when we were meant to be leaving. Noone was informed what was going on, and you ended up just hanging around for ages.
Luckily i'd made some good friends here, so the company was great and we had a good laugh. But three nights was far too long. If i'd have known i'd have only done 1 night and gone somewhere else. the worst thing was on the last day finding bedbugs on the floor of my room. I checked my bag and couldn't find anything, and i hadn't been bitten so was lucky. But that was it for me.
i'm sure there are better places to stay around this area of islands. i just found it too basic and rough around the edges for me.
- Also Known As:
- Wayalailai Ecohaven Hotel Waya Lailai
- Wayalailai Ecohaven Resort Fiji/Waya Lailai