Our Mission

Our mission is to honor the original Chief of Wakaya’s wishes for the protection of the natural resources and the prosperity of the Fijian culture. In doing so, we seek to provide our guests with a unique and unforgettable experience of our caring and joyful community, the delicious flavors of the local resources, the rich culture of Fiji and the stunning beauty both above and below the ocean.

We seek to balance the ways of the past with a path towards the future for our community. Through Fijian elders we hope to preserve the indigenous ways of the Fijian people, including artisanal, culinary, botanical, musical  and medicinal traditions. Through education by scientists and professors, we hope to uphold and inspire environmental protection of both the land and ocean. Combining these tools as well as those provided by the FIjian education in the Island school, we hope to provide the children of the Island with everything necessary to empower their future and protect their past.

The Wakaya History

The history of Wakaya dives deep into the past, and is even unfamiliar to many Fijians. Wakaya was inhabited by a village called Korolevu, and they were blessed with the spoils of the island. Unfortunately, they did not live in peace as the land on which they occupied was claimed by villagers on the neighboring island of Ovalau. War was declared on Wakaya as the women were kidnapped and men were wiped out. Avoiding death by the Ovalau villagers, the Wakayan Chief jumped off a cliff in order to keep Wakaya free. In his honor, the cliff was named Chieftain’s Leap, to commemorate his sacrifice for the land and his people.

In 1862, Wakaya was Fiji’s first island which attempted to make sugar, however, it led to financial failure. After over a century, Wakaya island was bought and sold by David Gilmour, who was responsible for the island’s development, employing hundreds of Fijians to create the infrastructure enjoyed on the island today till date. In 2016, Wakaya was faced with one of its greatest challenges; Tropical cyclone Winston. It was one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the world, and it passed directly over the Island leaving much of the Island in complete disarray. It was at this point which ACK Wakaya Holdings saw an opportunity to bring back the once thriving nature, community and resort.

In late 2016 Wakaya reclaimed its roots with a solemn vow to honor the original Chief’s wishes to protect the natural beauty of the Island and embrace the heritage of the original islanders, ensuring their freedom and prosperity. Wakaya has seen many Fijian families grow, and it is always an honor to witness this first hand.

Our Team

As one of Fiji’s most stunning examples of a luxurious retreat in the Southern Hemisphere, Wakaya Club & Spa is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Monika Pal as the resort’s new General Manager as of April 2023. Born in Suva and raised in Nadi, Fiji—a country known as home to the world’s friendliest people—a career in hospitality was a natural fit for Monika who kicked off her venerable 23-year career working at a collection of Fiji’s top resorts ,before joining the Wakaya team in 2016 as a Resort Manager.
As the resort’s first female General Manager, Monika is excited to bring a new perspective to managing the day-to-day operations of Wakaya, while shepherding in a collaborative environment for her staff comprised of over 95% native Fijians who share the common goal of consistency & excellence. Her main focus in this new role is to create memorable world-class experiences for guests around the world, ensuring excellent customer service with a genuine Fijian touch. Dedicated to ensuring the prosperity of her native country, she is dedicated to shepherding authentic cultural experiences on property, while implementing new programs that seek to protect &  preserve the ocean’s natural resources through a robust sustainability program; including the property’s Giant Clam Farm located in the Marina Reserve.

You will be greeted by laughter and singing the minute you arrive at the resort, and throughout your stay, you will be warmly and uniquely cared for by our team.