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Matava Resort is a genuine eco-hideaway designed to cause minimal impact on the environment and to promote conservation awareness with the local community and visitors to the island. The small and intimate getaway is located on the south side of Kadavu, only a 45-minute boat ride from the main land.
Matava is remote, tucked up in the jungle in an environment with minimal infrastructure. Some bures are set high on the hillside with steps and steep paths and are not suitable for those with mobility problems. Paths are deliberately not lit at night to minimize light pollution and interference with the local wildlife. All this makes Matava a unique and special getaway.
As a PADI certified resort and only a stone's throw away from the Great Astrolabe Reef, Matava offers the perfect environment to scuba dive, snorkel, surf, fish and kayak, with opportunities to trek, visit villages, bird watch or simply relax and unwind.
There are several options for getting to Matava Resort.
Fiji Link flies several times a week Nadi – Kadavu – Nadi (40 minute flight) and once a week Suva – Kadavu – Suva (30 minute flight). Alternatively, Island Hoppers offers a charter plane service from Nadi to Kadavu’s Vunisea Airport.
Upon arrival at Kadavu Airport you will be met by Matava’s boatman who will load you and your luggage into a truck for a 5 minute ride to the guest transfer boat which will be waiting at anchor in a small calm mangrove bay. Depending on the tide, you may have to walk out in ankle deep water to board the boat.
The boat is covered though you may wish to have sunscreen and sunglasses handy. The ride to the resort takes about 45 minutes depending on the tide and weather conditions. It is a wonderful scenic ride, so be sure to have your camera ready.
Another option would be to charter a sea plane from Nadi directly to Matava Resort, delivering you right at the resort’s pristine shoreline quickly and simply.
Dining takes place on the balcony of the ‘bure levu’, which is one of Fiji’s largest traditional structures. The restaurant serves a variety of cuisines while the fully stocked bar has a wide selection of local and imported beers, wine and spirits, soft drinks and juices.
Matava boasts its own organic vegetable farm and fresh filtered spring water. Picnic lunches or private dining on your bure deck can also be arranged. Each week Matava hosts a traditional Fijian “lovo” feast and Kava ceremony.
Limited power and hot water is generated at the resort by solar energy. Solar generated 240V power is available in the main bure during the day until early evening for charging cameras, strobes, laptops etc.
Bring spare rechargeable batteries so you can use one set, whilst recharging the other set. There are no telephones or power sockets in the guest bures.
Paths are not lit at night. Bring a head torch to get around the resort. The resort also supplies a solar LED table light to get you safely from A to B in the dark.
It is possible to get a Vodaphone / Digicel signal at the front of the resort. Wireless internet connectivity is available in the main bure during daylight hours for a fee.
There is a laundry service and Bamboo Spa.
Mad Fish Dive Centre is Matava’s on site PADI 5 Star Dive Centre offering 2 custom built dive boats, PADI courses and a small range of scuba gear hire.
Matava Resort offers a range of accommodation for up to 22 guests in tropical surroundings. The spacious bures (Fijian huts) are all constructed from solid sustainable Fijian wood and local materials by traditional methods and are nestled amongst the rainforest to offer complete privacy. They feature private en-suites with 24 hour solar hot water, timber four poster beds with 5* quality mattress, polished floorboards, 12V solar lighting and personal sun decks with superb ocean views.
The bures are naturally cooled by the Fijian tradewinds flowing through the louvered and screened windows and ceiling fans are powered only during the summer months. As there is limited mains power, the bures do not have telephones, tv’s, air conditioning or fridges. Hairdryers are out!
Bath towels, hand towels and soap are provided. However, guests should bring their own additional toiletries such as shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste etc. Beach towels are available on request.
The higher end king bedded Honeymoon Bures are scattered up the hillside to ensure complete privacy and to maximise the stunning vistas whilst the Oceanview Bures are located across the stream on a slight hill with easy access to the main bure complex and facilities. Oceanview Bures have either a queen bed or queen plus one or two single beds.
Activities at the resort include scuba diving, surfing, sea kayaking, snorkelling, big game fishing and sport fishing and bird watching. Treks to waterfalls, villages and plantations can also be arranged as well as tailored overnight trips to nearby local villages. Dolphin watching and whale watching (seasonal) is also possible. Or if you prefer, just spend your days relaxing at the Bamboo Spa.
The Great Astrolabe Reef is famous for its soft corals, underwater cliffs and the abundance of dolphins, barracuda, whales and sharks. Vertical drop-offs, soft and hard corals, brilliant colours and diverse marine life are all found here. At the Nacomoto dive site, you can sight groups of eagle rays – some spanning up to 3 metres in width. You may also encounter sharks, large schools of barracuda and turtles crossing your path.Matava’s Signature Dive Site is Manta Reef, where guests can dive and sometimes snorkel with Manta Rays all year round. The reef is a feeding station but occasionally mantas stop for a clean above the reef. There is a resident manta population and occasional pelagic mantas also visit.
This passage offers one of the finest dives in Fiji, abounding in pelagic fish including schools of sharks, wrasse and barracuda, and coral gardens exploding with colour.
This passage includes "Eagle Rock" and "Cabbage Patch". Eagle Rock is named after a school of eagle rays, which fly around the bommie at the mouth of this passage. The dive also typically hosts reef sharks, barracuda and turtles. Cabbage Patch is home to one of the biggest cabbage coral patches a diver is ever likely to see. Reef sharks, hump head wrasse and colourful schools of reef fish are commonly seen on this relaxing dive.
Home to "Golden Chimney" and "Coral Wonderland". The Golden Chimney is a large coral structure completely covered in golden soft corals, which when blooming light up the entire area. Gorgonian fans, moray eels, reef sharks, garden eels are other highlights of this dive. Coral Wonderland combines the best of wall, drift and relaxed coral watching. The dive starts deep with some very large fan corals on the edge of a very deep drop off. At the end of the wall, large schools of barracuda often hang out along with a grey reef shark or two. The last part of the dive is spent in shallower coral gardens which go on and on with reef fish schooling in large numbers.
A very special dive and one of the few places in the world where manta rays can be seen regularly. You'll be taken by the size and graze of these beautiful creatures as they circle inquisitively. Though almost within touching distance all you'll do is stand back in awe. Even without these magnificent creatures, the reef itself is outstanding in its quality and diversity of fish life. If you see mantas as well, this dive will always rank amongst the best you will ever do.