There is a new resort which is just being developed on Nacula Island in the Yasawas, on the site of the old Nalova Bay Resort (which closed earlier this year). It will be opening for guests at the end of 2009, and will be a ‘sister’ resort to Octopus on Waya Island. I was lucky to be invited to spend a night there with the people (ex-Octopus managers) who are doing the development. Existing buildings are being completed upgraded, with new bathrooms, and some new bures being built. We were impressed by the setting - the beach is wonderful, crescent shaped, white sand, all-tides swimming, and good snorkelling (great variety of fish & corals) straight off the beach. The resort is being built on a level strip on the beachfront, backed by some bush, and with a hill behind. We enjoyed going for a walk through this bush area with Lavenia, one of the local ladies, to her landcrab traps – with luck the crabs will make it onto the menu!
The website (www.bluelagoonbeachresort.com.fj) is up for bookings but is not able to show many photos of the actual resort - except for that gorgeous beach – as building is not yet completed. The information is correct but the photos in many cases are of buildings at Octopus (the new ones will be very similar) - and they will be replaced with the actual photos as they become available.
I am confident that it will be well run by an experienced management team. As a long-time fan of Octopus Resort (15 years) I have had the opportunity to see them in action and I am sure that this new resort will be run to the same high standards. They will have to start from scratch training local staff who in many cases have not held a job before, but are very keen to learn. There will no doubt be some teething troubles which I am sure will be addressed promptly.
They are building an informal beachfront diningroom/bar - much like the temporary one that was used at Octopus in the past. Those who experienced that will almost certainly, like me, have fond memories of it. There will be a sand volleyball court next to it. We saw the resort as probably being like Octopus was 8 - 9 years ago - the sort of place where you will swim, snorkle, go for walks on the beach & read lots of books. Depends on how active you might want to be!
If travelling by Yasawa Flyer you would leave Denarau at 8.30am, and be at the resort by around 1pm. There will be the possibility of taking a seaplane which will take around 30 minutes from Nadi.