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Octopus Resort
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

Visited end of March/start April 2013. Took the resort boat which was very exciting and great fun but not for those with a nervous disposition or very small children! The views were amazing en route and arriving at the resort was brilliant as it really is a spectacular spot. We had booked a bure for 4 and I have to be frank and say that my first impression was a bit of disappointment with the bure. It was tiny in comparison with the other places we had stayed in Fiji, the beds were pretty ancient and the sheets and mosquito nets, although clean were worn. This is not a fluffy towel resort, but what you do get is an amazing experience. I have to emphasise how much we all loved this place within a really short time: the bathroom with open air shower, amazing snorkelling right off the beautiful empty beach, wonderful food, lovely lovely staff and after a few hours I was wondering how on earth I could have been disappointed with the bure!. I had chosen Octopus for the great snokelling, the fact that you could visit and support the villages with the church and school and these were all excellent. If you go, you must do these 2 trips; they were so welcoming and wonderful to experience and so make sure you take plenty of money to buy shells etc to support the village. The food at Octopus is terrific, especially the breakfasts and also lots of lovely Fijian food which was great. Our bure was behind the beach ones ; it was a garden bure. it didn't have air con but had a large fan which was perfect. We were invited into one of the luxury rooms which did look lovely but in the end I think I preferred our little bure! This is a wonderful place to stay and I would thoroughly recommend it. We were so sad to leave and would definitely go back. The things I'll remember most are the fish frenzies right up on the beach so you can watch the fish jumping out of the water almost all day, the wonderful snorkelling, the Chuch singing and THAT dance by the kids at the school. wonderful. Hope we will be back one day.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed 5 nights in a Poppy's Lodge room, right on the beach in early April. We have two teenage boys that were on a school tour elsewhere, so it felt like a second honeymoon. The Poppy's Lodge rooms have airconditioning and a fridge - both of which are useful as it stays pretty warm at night. The fridge amply held all our bottles of Champagne (Fiji has generous duty free allowances) which we enjoyed sitting on our private deck enjoying the view each afternoon. The one tiny downside was that the advertised wifi in the Poppy's room was not available - you need to arrange a 1 day (free) access card, and its only available from near the main bar. In the end, that meant we didn't worry about the internet, so that's probably a good thing.

The bay has some of the best hard coral we've seen snorkelling. There are enough fish to keep you interested, but its really the coral that's the star. Having said that, we saw Lion fish, a sting ray, a massive moray eel - just 25 metres from shore! - and even a dolphin while out kayaking. The diving didn't yield anything more interesting than you could see snorkelling, particularly if you are happy to go out to edge and end of the bay and then let the current bring you back in slowly. The snorkel hire gear is pretty good quality, and super cheap (FJD 20 for as long as you like)

Must do activities: The sunset yoga is a great way to relax yourself down into the evening. The mountain hike is a fantastic challenge - it should be called a scramble as you need hands and feet to get up the mountain. I have never sweated so much over the 3 hours it took to get up and down the mountain (and I'm a fitness instructor) but the swim in the water hole at the end of the climb is fantastic way to end it. If you're there on a Friday evening, join in the Meke. The singing is just lovely and the dancing at the end was terrific fun.

Like the other reviewers suggest, the meal times are a great way to meet people from around the world, of all different ages and backgrounds. And the staff are just brilliant at looking after you. I can't eat meat or dairy, and there was plenty for me to eat at every meal, and the staff always ensured I got the right food. I am certain we will be back. As others told us, who had been to other resorts in the Wasayas, there are resorts with more stars, but this one feels truly authentic.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Visited Octopus Mid-March and absolutely loved it. We were looking for something that was not a big fancy resort but would rather capture the true spirit of Fiji. We found it at Octopus. We took the resort boat from Vuda Marina in Latouka since it left a bit later in the morning than the big South Seas cat and they seem to arrive close to the same time. Rainy day on arrival and the water was pretty rough. The crew was very good in making sure everyone was comfortable during the trip and tried to keep us as dry as possible. You should know that when you arrive at Octopus, you transfer from the resort boat to a smaller boat. That boat takes you to shore and you will need to jump out into the water---so wear water shoes or take your shoes off! Such a warm welcome when we arrived and we were immediatedly shown to our room. We had Point 1 and 2---just gorgeous and as close to the water as you could get. We had a mini-fridge that was stocked every day with beer, soda, and water. Don't drink the water from the faucet. the restaurant and bar area supply free drinkable water that is safe. the room was spacious and had air conditioning. It wasn't that warm in the evening but it was very humid so it was nice to have the AC as an option. We had a nice breeze being right up front but I would think the bures in the rear garden areas would be lacking air and a breeze.

Meals are served 3 times a day. Breakfast is a buffet with plenty of choices. you won't go hungry. Fresh fruit, breads and pastries, juice, coffee, tea, and made to order eggs. Lunch is a fixed menu every day---order what yo uwant. Plenty of local fijian food and fresh fish as well as good old American comfort food---hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, or pizza. Be adventurous---try something different---its worth it! Dinner is served at a set time with a set menu that changes each night. It was all delicious and plentiful. The evenings afterwards are filled with activities. You can participate if you want, or do your own thing. The crab races were a hoot. So much fun. Pick your crab, bet on it, hope it wins, bribe the judge to keep it in---your small donation goes towards the school in the village. We also did the romantic dinner for two on the beach---candlelight, champagne, and lobster---lots of lobster and a varieity of shellfish. YUMMY!!!!
Friday night is the local talend show by the village people who also work at the resort. This was the highlight of the whole week. they are so special. they are the ones that make the vacation. Everyone is always smiling and as soon as they meet you, they ask your name. then they remember it and call you by name everytime they see you.

The trip to the village was amazing. Although for the two of us old folks (only mid-50s) and a bit out of shape, it was a personal challenge. But it was so worth it to see the kindergarten kids. they were so happy to entertain us. And be sure to take a few $$$ to spend in the village. The women sell their crafts after your visit.

We experienced the spa a few different times. the "Twice As Nice" massage that uses 2 ladies was such a unique experience. It was unbelieable and very affordable. Pedicure and manicure equally nice. Clair is doing a great job.

Snorkeling right off the beach is so convenient. Lots to see---fish and coral. We did 2 dives, both wonderful. The dive shop is highly skilled and they really take good care of you when you go out. One family was there for a week and took advantage of the unlimited dive package---they did over 14 dives. Very affordable for just 2 dives too.

OK---the highlight of being at Octopus Resort---not having to EVER put on shoes the entire time we were there, other than to walk to the village. there is sand everywhere---no need for shoes, sandals, flip flops. You also don't need to worry about carrying any money around with you. If you want to purchase anything along the way, it is just billed to your room and you pay when you check out. We only used some local Fijian $$$ when we went to the village to purchase crafts. the women also come to the resort on Friday with their crafts if you don't make it to the village.

I would like to also point out that the local managers, JoJo and Pete, are fantastic. They just took over the beginning of December and are working so hard to make Octopus the best it can be. They are very hands-on and involved every day with everything. It is a unique partnership between the resort and the village--one cannot exist without the other. The resort owners are very generous and supportive of the village people and children.

My only regret is that this bit of paradise is so far away and not easy to get to----but definitely worth it. It is the perfect place for any age, young or old, and you can do as much or as little as you want to do. But whatever it is, you will enjoy it and you will have memories for life.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled 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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4 Thank WIAnnabanana
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

This place is beautiful the staff are lovely the food is great the beach amazing. visit the little chruch on sunday the sing is just fantastic still gives makes us smile to even think how amazing it was. we stayed in the big dorm for one night then in a little house both really clean this place is amazing fiji in general is out of this world but this place and blue lagoon (sister resort) are really special. love to go back... dont even think twice just book it and enjoy!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled 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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Alaska
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

We decided to do a return visit to Octopus, mainly because we couldn't really believe what a fabulous place it was last year. We are so glad we did! We were met at the beach by staff singing the Fijian welcome song, and half way up the beach were greeted by "were you here last year - you look familiar". From that moment on, it was like being among old friends again. We had a beachfront bure - absolute beachfront with nothing to obscure the view. The bure was kept immaculately clean, fresh linens and towels as needed. Food was served family style in the dining room, so we got to meet lots of new people and hear of their experiences. The food is fabulous, with many choices and high quality ingredients. The Coconut Bar had been expanded since our last trip, and we enjoyed the best cocktails with a view! The staff really go a long way in making Octopus such a wonderful place, of course, the crystal waters and great snorkelling, not to mention the lovely island of Waya itself really turn Octopus into a world class resort.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled 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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3 Thank MingoAlaska
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Level Contributor
21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We went on a south seas day trip, there were five of us.

The trip is 2.5 hrs each way

Everything was amazing, staff singing on the beach as we arrived, the general manager briefing us, lunch service - food was excellent

The snorkeling was awesome, the gear was in great condition

Only regret is that we didn't book for a longer stay, we will be coming back for sure :)

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Col E
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

This was our first time to Fiji. Employees are great. Very helpful, friendly, wholesome wonderful people. Gorgeous resort and beach. The boat ride took just over 1 hour to get to the resort and later about 1-1/2 hours to return to the mainland because the waves were larger. Did the hand line fishing, kayaked in the bay, hiked to kindergarten class, snorkeled, sunset yoga, lots of time in the pool. Food was excellent. Buffet breakfast is perfect. Good lunch selections. Everyone eats the same dinner at the same time at 7:30pm and it was varied and always good. Enjoyed talking to Tai Volte about the history of the island. Enjoyed the worldwide trivia one evening.

Went in mid-March. Coming from 2 feet of snow at home, we were in shock with the heat and humidity. It might have been unusually warm for this time of the year. My wife is not heat tolerant so we went into survival mode. Stayed in the ocean or the pool. Sitting in the shade in a wet swimming suit also worked.

We stayed in the premium garden bure which was large and reasonably priced. It was a short but great walk through the tropical foliage to our bure. There is a mosquito netting that they put down over the bed for us every evening but we always put it back up. Only saw a couple of mosquitoes during the week and bugs were no problem. The ceiling fan in the bure helped but being sheltered from the beach, no breeze reached us. I would have upgraded to an air conditioned room if one had been available. It was hot for my wife to sleep and way too hot for my wife to walk to the kindergarten class or hike to the summit. We asked for a portable fan to help sleep at night but the only fan they had was in the kitchen and we did not feel right borrowing their one and only fan. I hope they buy a few in the future to help other guests.

We brought in our luggage sealed packaged granola bars for snacks during the day. There was a safe in our bure so we could lock up our wallets and passports.

Bring school supplies for the kindergarteners. It was great to see the joy on their faces as we handed out the items to the children.

Lots of young couples, honeymooners, and young families were guests. All so friendly. We are social people so for every meal, we sat at different tables to meet other guests from around the world. We are 60 years old and were surprised that not many people our age were there. There might have been 6-8 guests around our age but most were in their 20's. Spring break from colleges seemed to be a factor in seeing so many young people.

When snorkeling, go during high tide. If the tide is low, it is too dangerous to go directly over the coral. You would have to stay along the sides of the coral and be careful that waves don't push you on top of the coral. Cuts and scrapes from coral is dangerous and you certainly don't need that on vacation. There is a rope between the beach and a buoy. Use that rope to pull yourself out or pull yourself back in if the waves are high. When you get out to that first buoy, turn left and swim parallel to the beach. The coral is best there. Overall the water was pretty calm but the rope helped a couple of times.

We stayed at Raffles Gateway Hotel on the mainland of Fiji because we could not coordinate the boat times with the airline times. A lot of people had to stay one night on the mainland either coming or going because of the times. Raffles Gateway is so beautiful, we should have stayed there a couple of nights.

Overall we were very pleased with our vacation to Octopus Resort, bringing back hundreds of beautiful pictures and so many memories of friends we made.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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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4 Thank Mike S
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Property: Octopus Resort
Address: Likuliku Bay, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Yasawa Islands > Waya Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty 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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