More about Octopus Resort
We stayed at this resort for four nights of our Fijian honeymoon and loved it. Warm welcome...flowers everywhere...large golden beach with plenty of lounge chairs and hammocks for unwinding and if you run out of reading material the office has a "library" of books that can be checked out during your stay. My husband did his scuba certification at the resort dive shop and we did some great dives (many kinds of coral) just minutes away by boat. The snorkeling just off the beach is quite good too, but you've got to go out when the tide is high or risk beaching yourself on the reef. The locals who work there were really friendly and helpful. Breakfast is continental, but you can order hot foods for a little extra (the toasted coconut crepes with fruit and yogurt from the buffet was great) and overall I felt the food selection was good and satisfying, but we usually eat a lot of fish and vegetables anyway which is what they serve. The communal dinners were more family style and it was a good way to get to know the other guests. Crowd was pretty mellow and mostly couples or families when we were there, although the mix changes daily as the boats drop new people in. There're optional activities planned by the resort each day, but otherwise not a lot of do, which is why it's a great place to really relax catch up on your reading and enjoy your company in a great environment without feeling like you're missing anything. The massage by Mere in the open air bure is a deal at $30 fd. We stayed in an oceanside garden bure, which were more private than the ones behind the main bar area. We didn't have a patio though which would've been nice. It is pretty rustic and we had to remove a spider that was the size of my hand from the open air bathroom, but comfortable and made in the traditional style. We did the trek across the island to another village. It's worth the trip but wear good hiking shoes, it takes a couple hours and is steep in sections. The new managers were very personable and chatted with us several times giving an inside scoop on the workings of the resort and realationship with the local villages. Seemed to genuinely want you to have the best stay possible. Overall very well run, relaxing and great value for the money. We'll be back.
White Sandy Beaches and Great Food.
I stayed here 2 nights over the weekend. I had a wonderful time snorkelling just off the coral reefs right in front of the resort. The waters were crystal clear. i saw many fishes, octopus, cuttlefish, angel fishes, etc and great colourful coral tables. The coral reefs here are much better kept then the islands off Gili Islands in Lombok where i was in April 07.
Did i mention to FOOD!!. wow. they served really good fresh and healthy food and they keep feeding and feeding you. Do try out the local dish Kokoda and the cassava chunky chips. Wow, speaking of them now just makes me hungry.
Accomodation is definately more than basic, although there are no airconditioning, the mosquito nets and the breezy nights did help us sleep soundly throughout the night. The bathrooms were white and clean with a open shower where you can star gaze whilst you are lathering up. they even serve you Pure Fiji tolietries which is really a plus.
Do try out their massages (though i strongly reccomend you being the Pure Fiji massage oil provided in your rooms) unless of course you dont mind them using the local coconut oil and you smelling like a coconut. =p
The people here are really friendly with a Bula smile and warm hearts.
I will most definately be back.
100% perfect. Paradise in every way.
Paradise in every way. Location is beautiful and you feel you're on the island all alone. There are various sleeping arrangements: huts that sleep families or couples, modern apartments, dorms and tents.
We stayed in a little hut with a double bed and single bed. The room did not have air conditioning but had a fan which was enough for the evenings. The room service staff came by every evening to put down our mosquito net. The room was very basicly furnished with wardrobe, beds and table. What more do you need in a room anyway!? The bathroom was the amazing part with an open top shower! So you shower under the sun in the morning or under the stars in the evening. Unique and beautiful.
The hut was right on the beach with a few palm trees in front so that you felt you had your own private area with your own hammock in the front.
The food was to die for. Breakfast was a bit basic with fruit and cereal but good coffee. The lunch was from a menu with burgers, sandwiches, salads, snacks that all came with fresh fruit. Dinner was served at 7pm and there were different themes each night from Fijian curries to fish to barbeque. Delicious. You ate sat next to other guests which made the whole atmosphere so much more relaxing and comfortable. There is a vegetable patch on the hotel grounds so you know that the fruit and veg are fresh and locally produced...
The snorkelling is amazing and just a few swimming strokes from entering the sea.
The staff were all so friendly and smiley and polite that you felt like you were part of a very large community/family of the resort. There were so many different kinds of people from backpackers to seniors to honeymooners.
Being on our honeymoon we had a lobster dinner on the beach one night which was so beautiful and romantic- and far too much food to eat!
Every Wednesday they had a movie night, where you'd lie down on the sofas by the pool and watch the movie under the stars. Amazingly beautiful.
There even was a barbeque party one night with silly games where you can win bottles of champagne.
We took a boat trip to see the sunset from the sea with 2 staff playing Fijian music, sipping on fresh local beer.
Don't expect mobiles or internet access, but that's the beauty of it- you're out of reach and that's what you should be when on holiday!
When we left by boat, we were waved and sung off by the staff. So touching.
I would go back there every day of the year and would suggest anyone to go there as it is a truely magical, paradise experience. The value for money is amazing and you feel so relaxed, comfortable and also deserted on this beautiful island amongst the clean and crisp Fijian sea.
This was our 2nd visit to Octopus. It had moved up a level since our visit 3 years ago.
The snorkeling is just off the beach. One of our party went diving and she thought she saw just as much snorkeling.
We stayed in a Premium Bure which is right on the beach and has its own hammock and sun loungers. The sea can be quite dumpy so you might want ear plugs for sleeping.
Don't have ANY food in the Bure..we ignored that and had sweets and nuts..and we paid the price. My favourite GAP top was eaten, plus one suitcase had a hole nibbled and a tupperware container was nibbled. We never saw what ate them..luckily I think.
You won't starve as portion sizes are large although we felt dinner was too late at 7.30pm. However they do baking each day so you can get afternoon tea to tide you over until tea time.
The Bure's have 2 energy saver lights but these are not good to read with so BRING TORCHES. You also need to torches to get round the facility at night. It is lit with solar lighting but paths can be a bit dark.
It has a great atmosphere with a wide range of ages. Sitting at the large tables for the meals allows you to meet people from all around the world.
There is a free library for you to borrow books.
The staff are friendly and very helpful and the Dive team excellent.
We took the Flyer out and back. If you are not a good sailor I would recommend this as the boat from Octopus is basically like a fishing boat. It is more expensive $90 (NZ) compared to $65 (NZ) and takes an hour longer as it stops at other resorts to collect and drop other passengers. But at least you can walk around , go to the bathroom and get something to eat.
affordable luxury, relaxed atmosphere, loved Poppy;s Lodge!
John and I loved our stay at Octopus - just the right mix of activities and down time, food was great, staff wonderful - especially Daniel the driver who went beyond the call of duty to see us safely to our next destination. Very good hands on managers, and good rapport with the local villagers who make up most of the staff. Beach was just what we wanted, and the outdoor shower the best...... we will be back.
John and Cheryl
Wonderful for all budgets
We are backpacking around the world and treated ourselves to a few days all-inclusive at Octopus.
We stayed in a garden view bure and then moved to a beachfront one. Superb value for money attested to by the fact that it was full while
a lot of Fiji resorts are half-empty as a result of the "coup".
The bures are very comfortable, clean. Taking a shower looking up at the stars in the private outside shower was fun. There is also dorm accommodation for those on a tighter budget.
Beautiful beach. Food is excellent. Reasonable booze prices (except the wine). Evening entertainment varies...crab-racing, quiz nights, movies by the pool. Or if you want some peace and quiet you can relax
in your hammock and watch the stars.
They have a diving operation. We did 3 dives each (cost FJD 235 per person). Nice dives but here is better diving in Fiji. There is a small reef just off the beach which offers wonderful snorkelling at high tide.
The staff were great. The Australian managers were attentive and the local staff were very friendly (apart from the surly dive manager).
Hi de Hi campers
Lovely beach but a bit "Hi De Hi campers" which some people love with the manager and wife acting as camp coordinators,he needs to chill abit - "we will enjoy ourselves now"
Food nice but really small portions,the pizza for a table to share would have done me alone.
Bar stuff were rude - maybe bored with the job as was Daniel the driver who was very impatient with us.
Noisy generator so ask to be in a bure way from it.
Dirty public toilets and terrible insect problem.
Beware of villagers asking for money for lei - bad vibe.
Think its a case of so many awful places in the Yasawas that Octopus standout against sub standard competition.
Aussie's on Waya
Great location, great food, good value for money, no soft corals and not many fish but the water was great. Resort really clean and well run, staff friendly and helpful Clean pool good for kids and adults.
Resort is great for all ages.
Shhhh... dont tell too many people
Octopus Resort is one of the best kept secrets in Fiji. I've stayed at a four popular resorts that have ranged from 3 to 4 star, and Octopus is by far the best!
It’s total value for money – you get amazing snorkeling right on the beach so there’s no need to go out on boat trips (cheaper on the pocket), it’s a beautiful beach with amazing white sand, lovely accommodation with a huge king bed and mosquito net which is very romantic, open shower that you can look up to the stars in (you do get the odd insect visiting during the night), and the restaurant is great too – it has open sides and sand on the floor. The meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and its good value (there’s even a cooked breakfast included if you want it).
At meals you’re sat at tables of 8 so it’s quite social, and the food is pretty good. There's a good choice of meals that should be able to satisfy everyone, the portions are just right, and if you still get a bit hungry you can get some snacks at the bar for extra. The price of drinks if basically equivalent to NZ prices so it wasn’t a huge hit to the pocket.
We were lucky enough to stay in Poppy's Lodge which was amazing, about 8 meters to the ocean so you can hear the waves crashing on the shore when your sleeping at night, we even had a plasma TV, DVD and fridge. I think Poppy's are the only rooms with fridges and air conditioning. The deck was shaded so we could get out of the sun and out the front of the room were dedicated sun loungers and hammocks which are like gold at any resort!
If you’re on a budget and want to experience a beach front room on an incredible beach then you need to consider taking a look at Octopus Resort. We are definitely going to stay there again!!!