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Tiliva Resort(Kadavu Island)
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

This place is the most misrepresented destination I've ever had the misfortune to visit. The Eco part of their claim to fame is just a way of saying we're too cheap to spend money on our facilities. there's nothing Eco about it. But boy do they know how to charge. For everything! The quaint little village you pay to see is a dump. The diving sucks compared to the north of Fiji. there's no useable dock so you trudge a hundred meeters over the mud flats to get to the boats most days. they constantly move your gear around resulting in a game of hide and go see each day. The boat captains never once dropped us off at the site without a 50 yard swim to get there. The boat doesn't stop to allow you entry so you're group always spends the first 5 minutes getting together. That is if you find them. Poor tank fills. Every tank o-ring leaked. The food was awful and over cooked when it wasn't. Battery charging was a pain because of solar power. They have a gen set but don't run it for the guests. The Bures were extremely hot and humid due to no A/C or even a simple fan sosleeping is misery. No reading light so when the sun goes down there's nothing to do. There's spiders the size of baseballs that roam around in your Bure. Cockroaches in your clothes and anything else you leave out. We were there 2 days before we met the owner who had been walking around without introducing himself and this place is very small. Once you meet him you understand how a place could be this bad. He could care less about the guests. Its all about the money and once you're there you're a captive. Instead of travelling 2/3rds the way around the world to be totally disappointed save the travel time and go stand under a cold shower and tear up a couple dozen $100 bills. you'll have a better experience. Fiji itself is beatiful and so are the Fijians.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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22  Thank Kevin P
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Amazing. We felt more like honored guests in a village than paying customers at a resort. You are treated like family and you felt the same genuine fondness. Bure’s were very nice; comfortable bed, effective mosquito netting. Nicely furnished; feeling modern and updated. Bathroom and shower were great with lots of hot water. Felt closer to a stay at the Hilton than camping (minus the air conditioning). Fresh flowers decorating everything daily.
The food was fabulous; exceeding expectations for such a remote place; a great balance of western cuisine with local ingredients and flair; much of it picked from the garden moments before the meal.
The reefs are unbelievably healthy, and untouched. We dove on reefs that were teaming with fish. The coral is intact and perfect; table coral the size of a king sized bed, fields of stag horn coral, more colors and textures than we thought possible. We dove with Mantas, 4-5 at a time, doing backward barrel rolls, and flying low over the top of the reef to be cleaned, curious and coming to check us out. Schools of fusiliers and slack-jaw mackerel swimming in their artistic magical way, turning as one. How do they do it? This coral is the most pristine we’ve seen, compared to the Philippines, Tahiti and all over the Caribbean.
The dive staff assessed each diver’s level of skill and supported you at the level you needed. They worked to maximize bottom time, and matched dive sites to our requests. There were lots of walls. We brought our own gear, and had some trouble with a couple regs and a wetsuit. Joe fixed our equipment, no charge. Matava is the only operator diving that side of the island. The trip to the Manta dive was a 45 minute boat ride along miles of unspoiled coastline, an occasional small boat from a village the only other boat in the water. Nice dive boats, giant stride and two ladders to come up. Hot tea and snacks between dives.
We had a guide take us to the nearby village and waterfall. The waterfall was beautiful and pristine. The village kids came out so that we could watch them scamper up the steep cliffs and make daring dives from the heights. The guides and locals helped us safely up the cliffs so that we could make jumps from less daring heights.
Some of the other magical moments included the visit from the local school children and villagers to dance and sing, sharing their traditions. They shared Kava and ended the evening playing their idyllic island music for hours. The epitome of the south Pacific.
Maggie, their flamboyant, entertaining and very funny manager took super care of us from the moment we arrived to Kadava on the puddle jumper until he saw us safely off the Island. Pacific Air was having trouble with their aircraft, and did not have a plane to get us to Nadi in time to make our International connections. Maggie very effectively negotiated to have Pacific Air charter a private 8 seat plane which delivered us safely to Nadi in plenty of time to make our connection and to enjoy the day room at Raffles in preparation for the long flight. No other resort has made the effort to intervene regarding transportation over which they have no control. And it was greatly appreciated.
A couple travel notes; be prepared to walk in knee high water to get on and off the boat, including the boat that takes you to the resort from the airport. The visit from the local school is a fundraiser, as the government does not support the school. While financial contributions are greatly appreciated, actual school supplies (pens, paper) and supplies suggested on the “pack for a purpose” link on Matava’s website are key so that they don’t have to pay for the shipping costs. It was very gratifying to give something tangible. A pen that costs us 10 cents costs them $2.50.
Plan your trip! The staff are super helpful via email and will insure an amazing time in paradise.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Matt-Joyce
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

Last month I spent 10 day at Matava;the staff was a lot of fun,the food was great,diving was the best,hugh mantas,lots of sharks,I didnt want to leave,hope I can go back again.Fred A

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Fred A
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

We stayed 5nights at Matava, going home on Nov. 17. I have nothing but praise. Matava was perfect for us, but do your homework to see if it's for you. If you want blowdryers, boutiques, pools and fancy, skip this. Kadavu is gorgeous, and Matava provided us with everything we needed. The setting is stunning, and our bure felt very private. The showers were nice and warm, good pressure and I had enough water. Food was absolutely amazing. Bed was comfy and a mosquito net was provided. There was no a/c, but we didn't miss it. The breezes were more than fine to cool us off. We had an oceanview bure (bulubulu) and it was perfect. I didn't see the inside of a honeymoon bure, but was glad I didn't have to trek up all those steps every time I wanted something, though the views are spectacular from there. If you're on the fence over which bure to get, please be assured that the oceanview is very nice. The wonderful folks at Matava take excellent care of you. My brother called them and told them I was celebrating my 50th birthday, and they surprised me with a beautifully decorated birthday cake and singing. If you've read any other reviews, you know Maggie is an absolute hoot. George is too. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Loved, loved the meke!! (fyi a spa is in the works)
We don't dive, but love to snorkle and kayak. There was tons for us to do, and we had the place to ourselves in the day. We signed up for the adventure package incldg 1 day kayak. Loved all of it! Waya Island is a very short kayak away, with gorgeous beaches, some of the best snorkeling I have ever done, and privacy. I could go there every day of my life and be an extremely happy woman! If this is your style, for God's sakes go! Do not miss it!

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank TravelMom002
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

I have just returned from a 10 day trip to Matava. It was WONDERFUL. The best diving that I have experienced. The 45 minute dive that I had with the Manta rays is one that I will never forget - It was truly a dream come true. The staff was superb - The food was excellent - The ambiance was beautiful. I highly recommend this wonderful resort for anyone who loves to dive and relax away "from the rat race."
Kay K
South Dakota, USA

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Kay K
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