Wayalailai Resort is one of the only resorts in the Yasawari Islands that is owned and run by the local people of the villages on the island and it showed. We arrived to the staff singing and welcoming us, we were taken to be checked in before going to the dinning area for afternoon tea.
The resort was beautiful and there the locals were pottering around and always had a "Bula" ready when they saw you. The resort was made up of several little huts made in the traditional Fijian way with thatched roofs, wooden beams and banana leaves as a layer between the thatching and the beams. The bedrooms were very simple with slats for windows and mosquito nets over the bed to protect us from the nasties. We stayed in a room of 4 people, there was a shower and separate toilet off to one side and a basin in the room for us all to share.
As we arrived at the resort mid afternoon there was not to much we could do except lie in a hammock until it was dinner time (Trust me we weren't complaining)
Dinner was a lovely buffet that catered for everyone and we spent the evening dancing and playing relay games, I loved learning the Bula dance, I think, this was my faveourite pat of the evening.
Day 2 at Wayalailai Resort and we went swimming with sharks!! It was an early start, on the beach and off by 8:30am. We had about a 30 minute boat ride, it was so rough it was like a rollercoaster! The boat was going over some big waves and just flying before coming back to the water with a bump. I have a sneaky suspicion that they were going over the big waves on purpose.
We made it to the reef despite our rollercoaster of a rider. The reef we had stopped at made almost a perfect circular area which is where we planned to snorkel and see the sharks.
Once in the water, within minutes we saw our first shark! Our guides were amazing, they swam down to the sea bed and knocked a couple of rocks together, the noise drew in the sharks and several sharks came swimming up. The guides kept diving down and making noises, more and more sharks appeared and soon there were 7 or 8 sharks swimming around. As the Sharks became more comfortable they came closer and closer.
It was amazing to see the sharks so close and the guides did the crazy thing, they were grabbing the tails of the sharks!! They brought them closer and we got the chance to to touch them!! As the swam past we held put our hands and the sharks swam past and brushed our hands. Unbelieveable!!
We got back to the resort to only find that it was 10:30am and had the whole day left. We spent the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, sunbathing, reading, chatting to some lovely girls we had met on the boat to Wayalialia. the sun was so beautiful and hot , taking a dip in the sea when we go too hot and switching between lying on the beach or getting a little bit of shade chilling in a hammock.
The evening was a beautiful dinner followed by more bula dancing and star gazing, it was lovely, a mat was put on the grass and we all lay there, including the staff and looked up at all the stars, there were so many and it was lovely just chatting and laughing with the staff before bed.
Our final day in Wayalialia had a slow relaxed start. We checked out our room before grabbing our towels and heading to the the beach. After a day in the sun the day before I was ready for a bit of shade and so spent the majority of the morning in a hammock under a shady pergalore; with a view of the sea I was set.
After lunch we relaxed on the beach one last time before getting too hot and spending the last couple of hours in the shade of the open air dinning area, playing cards, chatting and enjoying the last few hours at this beautiful resort.
It was a sad moment leaving Wayalialia, the staff were so friendly and were always keen to talk to you and we met some lovely girls, we will definitely keep in contact with.
As we moved on to our next island we were reunited with a couple of friends we had met on Korovou, it was lovely to catch up with them and what they had been up to, we were also spending the following few days together and were really looking forward to having some fun together.
3 islands down 3 to go and I have fallen in love with Fiji!!