The island of Waya is one of the southernmost islands of the Yasawa archipelago and therefore one of the first that you come across by boat from Port Denarau. The island is located immediately north of Kuata and Wayasewa. Waya is a volcanic island characterized by a coast with some beautiful beaches and a mountainous and wild interior. Here are the highest and most spectacular peaks of the Yasawa which in the central northern part of the island exceed 500 meters in height.
The shape of the island is roughly square with peninsulas extending to the four corners. At the southern tip of the island there is a sandbank that connects Waya to Wayasewa island at low tide. The most beautiful beach on the island, one of the most beautiful of the Yasawa, is located along the north part of the west coast, where the Octopus Resort stands.
FIVE VILLAGES CONNECTED BY FOOTPATHS
On the island there are five villages, all connected by footpaths, as in all the other Yasawa islands even in Waya there are no roads and cars on the island. The most important village is that of Yalobi located in a beautiful bay in the south of the island. The island’s primary school is also located in this village. Another important village, Nalauwaki, is located along the north coast of the island surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Most of those who work at the Octopus Resort live in Nalauwaki. Indeed the resort is located less than 1 km from the village along the northwestern coast of Waya.
Waya is connected to Port Denarau by the fast catamaran Yasawa Flyer which shuttles daily between the Yasawa and Viti Levu. The time taken for the crossing between Port Denarau and Waya is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The ferry stops in front of the Octopus Resort beach.