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Octopus Resort
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Stayed from 03.02. - 09.02.2014. Octopus Resort is a friendly place, and the staff is outstanding! The beach is great, and the "bures" (cottages) have all you need for a pleasant stay. My bure was absolute beachfront, and I had several night-swimming in the moonshine.

The resort has a dive center, and we went for several dives in the crystal clear water. Visibility more than 40 metres!

I will recommend this resort, if you are on a small budget. Very good value for money!

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

I really don't know where to start.....we spent 6 lovely nights at Octopus, loved it so much definately going back in 2015 & hopefully again this August.

The Beach & Pool: stunning beach with lots of sun beds & a few hammocks, lots of sun beds around the pool too. You really could find your own piece of paradise.

The Room: our garden bure (No 12) set in a beautiful garden setting, one back from the beach. It was lovely listening to the ocean roar at night. It consisted of a queen bed & a single bed, nice outdoor shower, very clean & comfortable. There were mosquito nets for nighttime but we didn't use them as it was pretty hot & stopped the airflow from the ceiling fan. No issues with bugs etc. There was a good sized safe in the room.

Massage: Had a lovely Indian head massage & a full body massage, prices really reasonable ($60 FJD for full massage). Do book your massages when you arrive though as they tend to have limited spots & it would be awful to miss out because these massages were fantastic! After massage you sit out on the deck facing the ocean which is so serene & enjoy some coconut water & fresh fruit. I didn't want to move it was so peaceful.

Staff: mainly staff from the village work here & were so great to chat to, they were always smiling. A couple of the older gentleman Taivoli & Tianese (not sure of the spelling) told us a lot of stories so do seek them out for a good yarn or 3!. Ravi & Jim (assistant managers) were so helpful & nothing was a bother to them, Jojo the manager was having a couple of days away but we talked a little to her. The whole staff should be commended.

Food/Drinks: For an island I found the food plentiful & tasty, nothing really flash but service & quality great, no waiting time. The communal dining is an excellent idea, we got to meet people from all over the world - this was lots of fun too! Happy Hour while watching the amazing sunsets is something I will never forget.

Activities: The movie night under the stars eating popcorn & an ice cream was such a treat, the quiz night hilarious (I won't say anymore on this), the hermit crab racing also fun - Ravi you're the master!!! The Meke (Fijian dancers) was another fun night. There are a few things happening throughout the day (jewellery making, basket weaving, tours to the Village to go to Church, another tour of the village & kindergarten. There were snorkelling trips & diving 3 times a day). We visited the school, this was a short trip in the fishing boat to the school. There are 4 villages on the island & the kids come from these villages & board Sunday-Friday. Delightful kids who sang & danced & loved seeing their photos, take some $$ for the small market there, we also did some amazing snorkelling out over the reef here.

Snorkelling: I only got to snorkel once at the resort. It was rough a couple of the days so you couldn't snorkel but what I did see I loved, great variety of fish & colourful coral. $5 for daily snorkel/mask/flipper hire or $20 for your stay.

Tips:
Take a power board for your room
A torch to find your way home (if you don't have one on your phone)
Digicel sim cards & NOT Vodaphone work at the resort but there is free Wifi (very slow at times)
Take your favourite cocktail recipe with you! I wished I had.
To get to the Village it was a bit of a hike, about 164 steps but such beautiful views along the way

There is probably lots more I could say but do yourself a favour & visit paradise, you won't be disappointed other than if you expect a flashy pretentious 5 star resort!
Vinaka to all for a wonderful stay.
We then went onto First Landing for 2 nights which was so hard leaving the island.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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3  Thank luv2travel2009
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

I would highly recommend Octopus Resort. This was our second time to Fiji. Our previous holiday was the Coral Coast which was not enjoyable. Octopus Resort is the real Fiji experience. We are a family of 4 with our two teenagers 17 and 19. We all had an amazing holiday thanks to a wonderful 5 days spent at Octopus Resort. We had two Premium Garden Bures and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. We didn't miss TV or Aircon. Your only in the room to sleep. This island is a piece of paradise!! The staff were lovely. The food was amazing!! The communal dining room made each evening a new adventure with meeting new people and sharing travel adventures. Tom and his son John at the Bar we're wonderful! We did a number of activities, Game Fishing was amazing and our first time, which we thoroughly enjoyed along with eating our catch for lunch. The school visit is well worth it to met the local kids and gain an insight to their way of life. We did the Sunday Church Mass as we heard the Choir is amazing, now we are not religious people, but to hear the wonderful singing, simply beautiful. Definitely would recommend. The snorkelling is just amazing. Everything was perfect and to be honest I don't have anything negative to say, I could not speak highly enough of how wonderful this place is!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank Toni R
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

I stayed here for 8 nights, did most of the activities, got my diving license here as well. The dorm room is great with air-conditioning, easy to meet people, clean and comfy bed. The diving site is awesome, the ocean is a bit too wavy but still good for snorkeling. It was nearly perfect, just in average most of the staff were not happy at all, they seems a bit grumpy and annoyed all the time, especially the ladies. And if you have any food allergic, you better tell them when you check in, otherwise the girl will get really annoyed when they serve you. Except the unhappy staff, everything is perfect!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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2  Thank Cath N
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Can't believe I have left it so long to review! We travelled here in July 2013 so things may have changed but i am sure the natural beauty and relaxed vibe will still be there. We are a family of 6 with a then 5 month old, 9 year old, 15 and 16 year olds and somehow the resort managed to cater for everyone. Margaret ran the kids' club and also baby sat for us each night so we could enjoy dinner. She was great with the 2 younger kids. The 9 year old made friends at the pool with a group of kids and we hardly saw her all day. The 15 year old got to go snorkelling and hiking and the 16 year old read (which is what she would do anywhere!) The physical beauty of the beach has not been imposed on by flashy rooms but that is not to say the resort is not without some style. Our room was recently renovated with a very stylish bathroom done in natural materials and charming, rustic furniture. The kids bure was a bit shabby but they didn't care.
The staff are wonderful - friendly and charming and the visit to the village a real eye opener. The management were also great. They allowed us to have a room after check out for the baby to sleep in until our boat transfer arrived which was very considerate. We came up on the resort boat which was exciting (the baby slept in a pouch the whole way but NOT recommended for older babies or children under 5) but we came back on the Ferry as the weather was pretty rough on our return which was kindly arranged by management once again.
Don't be put off by the communal dining - which I almost was. We met really interesting people this way from all over the world. We had one dud night - but it was educational for our kids to see how if you don't give back to the conversation a night becomes dull very quickly. the events are also really fun, another unexpected plus.
The food was also of a very high standard. I really appreciated the ability to have salads and light vegetarian meals for lunch. I was looking forward to dinner every night - so nice to have dessert.
We also stayed at the Sheraton Denaru Villas on the same trip. It was clean and spacious but totally lacking in the charm of Octopus. It also has virtually NO beach and the tiny thing it does have has black sand.
Tips - if you are a poor sleeper take a book light as there were no bedside lamps to read with. If you have a baby take a sling or pouch - a pram will be useless. They have high chairs in the dining room.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank 199Caz655
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Third time is a charm. This is the third holiday we’ve had here. We soon settled back into the chill that is Octopus. When they greeted us saying “welcome home” you really do feel that you are, and immediately start to embrace the art of doing nothing!
The best thing we can say? Is that we have already booked 2 return trips, we haven’t found anything to equal it , and its sister resorts, which we also visit for this type of holiday.
The food, whilst always been good, fresh and tasty, has gone up a few notches as presentation with more sophisticated flavours, very professional. As an example the BBQ dinner salad bar was much improved using a better system to stop things getting a tad soggy. Everything was very fresh and we wished we could just keep eating but the chocolate balls and ice cream bar called! The fish is a stand-out as well as it really is such a difference when freshly caught.
The new Spa facility and the wonderful Clare and ladies meant my wife was there nearly every day! One day we may make sunrise yoga as sunset means cocktails at the Coconut bar with Tom but we won’t hold our breath.
The Gardens – were amazing, they have never been so lush ( last year after a cyclone) but they were much improved since 2011. We loved walking along in a green tunnel which made the path so much cooler as it could get very hot during the day as we were in the furthest bure from the bar.
And our wonderful hosts, Jojo and Pete. Always around and always keeping an eye out to make sure everyone experiences the magic and has a holiday to rave about.
And of course the amazing staff that make this so different from other places - Ravi, Sheri and the wonderful ladies in the restaurant, Mereroni, Sera, Vessi, and housekeeping Lucy, who let my son help her sweep and all the others too numerous to name. They are all the real stars and stand out making this the unique wonderful place that it is
The test of the staff and management is when there are difficulties and there was a rather large demanding group also there during our stay. It was well handled with assurance and ease and with little disruption to the other guests (one thing should be noted, we were told that they don’t have large groups and it was a one off booked a long time ago).
We had the Point 4 - 210 steps to the bar but after 1 or 2 trips the walk didn’t seem much, and we had two small children. We spent mornings on the beach and then stayed at the main area after lunch until kids club time. Our son – 3 ½ - loved hanging out with Moses and the non structured kids club works well, after all they are on holiday as well! The set-up feels very secure and didn’t really worry about him getting into too much trouble. Besides keeping an occasional eye on him around the pool or beach we knew someone was around if he wandered off which gives some idea of how we feel about the place. You couldn’t have that reassuring feeling at a Sheraton or Hilton.
As well as the staff, we again met some great fellow holiday makers with diverse stories and interests. That’s one of the unique features of Octopus. People will always smile and respond to you whether in the restaurant, bar or anywhere else, from back-packers to families, everyone is relaxed with big smiles and they’re just so glad to be there. We hope this never changes.
Looking forward to next time (June).

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank mobogo
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Coming to Fiji was a very rare treat for my partner and I. We both work stressful, demanding jobs and it's very difficult for us to get time off together. We decided to spend a week at Octopus after recommendations from friends and overall, we're glad we did.

We initially stayed in Poppy's the first night while waiting for our Point Bure to become available for the rest of the week.

Poppy's was pretty good - minibar, air-conditioning (it didn't seem to work, though we forgot to mention it) clean, very close to the bar and restaurant. I didn't expect it to be adjoined to other accommodation, though it was - this was fine. We'd arrived on a Saturday, though quite exhausted from the journey. We couldn't get an early night because of the noise from 'Party Night' at the bar. We weren't too bothered, though it's something to keep in mind if you're a light sleeper and considering Poppy's.

The next day, we went to Point 3 - a lovely, more secluded luxurious Bure about 3 mins walk down a path from the main part of the resort. Point 3 shares a wall with Point 4, though we felt that the space was private enough for us. The Points seem a bit more luxurious than Poppy's - lovely plants in the bathroom area, more floor space, nicer beach area etc.

Other pro's of the resort: Exceptionally tasty food, particularly the fijian dishes and dinners. The pizza was a major let down, but then again, who goes to a tropical paradise for italian food? Communal dining was a fantastic place to meet people and we've got a few new great friends from that. Massages were amazing.

Some of the activities were fantastic, including the school trip which was a fantastic highlight for us despite the storm causing a treacherous boat ride back. The village visit was also nice. Drinking Kava with some of the staff on our last night was a wonderful highlight and we remember our conversations really fondly.

Cooking class was good (though could be much more hands on) Handline fishing was also great, despite us not catching anything. Many of the others we'd wanted (like night snorkelling) seemed to be cancelled for no reason, without any warning or explanation.

We had initially decided to come to Fiji for the purpose of me trying scuba diving for the first time and another factor for us choosing Octopus was the convenience of its own dive shop.

On the Sunday, we arrived at the dive shop and asked if we could book lessons and a dive. The man behind the counter said no diving on Sundays (Sunday is a day off for most of the resort, there are much less activities, though diving is still available according to the board). We asked to book another day, the man said to come back tomorrow.

We came back on Monday, dressed in our swimwear and were told the instructor wasn't ready and to come back 'Tuesday or Wednesday'. We pushed him for a more specific time, he looked in the book and wrote us down for 2pm Wednesday. We were at the dive shop for another reason on the Tuesday and double checked our dive booking for the next day, it was confirmed.

On Wednesday, we once again dressed in our swimwear, put off other activities and arrived at the dive shop. The instructor himself was there and he told us he was too busy to take us (despite the book otherwise empty and we'd seen the instructor in the dive shop almost all morning). We expressed our disappointment, he told us to come back the next day.

The next afternoon, a storm hit and we were told no diving. Friday we returned and the sea was rough, we were told we couldn't even go into the swimming pool for that portion of the learning. Saturday we had to leave the island.

Unfortunately this has really marred our trip. Having the primary reason for travel put off every day was a constant source of disappointment while there and has left a bad taste in our mouths upon leaving the resort.

As some constructive feedback, I would encourage the resort to perhaps ask guests if they have interest in booking diving lessons/trips when they check in and getting them a solid booking with the instructors. Then when conditions are right, take them out. It felt like there was a lack of accountability with the dive shop and that bookings were all over the place and disorganised.

Another more random tip - there are coconut trees all over the island, but nowhere to buy a coconut or some juice! After tasting the beautiful fresh coconut water they give you after the massage, that's all I wanted to purchase, though the bar didn't serve it! It would be great to have this made available.

Overall, Octopus was an amazing resort. It's just a shame we didn't get a closer look at its beautiful reefs.

Room Tip: Points three and four are private and lovely.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Peta W
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Additional Information about Octopus Resort

Address: Likuliku Bay, Fiji
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: $34 - $475 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Octopus Resort 3.5*
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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