I didn't have a lot of time to look up every resort or which island I wanted to explore further but the key criteria are I don't want to be stuck in any island that is gearing towards romantic couples or too family orientated, it needs to be budget friendly and I am too old for party islands (not that I am ever into partying).
A quick check indicates that it would be in Yasawa Islands. I was in between Blue Lagoon Beach Resort or Octopus Resort and checked with the nice, experience people on tripadviser. I was told that the beach in BLBR is a sheltered beach, so it would be calmer for a noob, poor swimmer like me. The other reason was that I wanted to go to Sawa-i-Lau. So BLBR it was.
Going straight in one will find the dorms. There are 2 separate rooms, each room has 8 single beds with a bedside table. On the bedside table is a lamp and a locker drawer at the bottom. The drawer is not big, just the size of an office agile type locker.
|Room on the left, clothes line on the right|
This is the resort restaurant, the half closer to swimming pool is on board floor, the other half is a sandy floor.
Next to the restaurant, the other side of it has a giant chess board.
There are 3 wi-fi hotspot - dive shop, swimming pool and restaurant. So no wi-fi from my bed. Haha.
I paid NZD $25 a night for my bed, and there is a mandatory food plan of breakfast/lunch/dinner of NZD $75 a day. Before having my first meal in resort, I imagined would be the usual buffet spread so I was pleasantly surprised of the 3-course-meal set up.
There are both paid and free activities, for paid activities, I just need to quote my bed number (given upon checked in) and billed upon checked out. One can pay by card or cash.
Side note: Why I have so many things needing to wait? :( not fun at all...