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Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kadavu Island
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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“Beautiful views, great diving, wonderful people”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The diving here is brilliant, fabulous coral, lots of life and Mantas on Manta reef! On the first dive we saw 16 Mantas over the cleaning station and on the second dive they were all still there feeding - it was magic. The second visit was not so amazing but we still saw mantas. The reef dives are very varied and the visibility can be fabulous in the channels. Great dive crew.
Accommodation is well spaced on the hill side - fantastic views, spotless rooms and well maintained grounds. We arrived two days late thanks to Air Pacific but nothing was too much trouble for Maggie to fix to ensure we enjoyed our stay with them and for our onward travel in Fiji, even phoning the next day to make sure we had got there OK. We had a package of activities and we were really glad we did them all - we should have planned the week better as we ended up cramming a few of them in towards the end. The spa was excellent, the beach picnic a delight, dinner on the deck was lovely and the local visits were great. All the staff were really friendly and it's a really well run place that we would love to visit again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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AdrianWatt, Owner at Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Hi,
Thank you for reviewing your stay with us and for your kind comments which I have passd on to our staff. Great to hear you got the full display from the Mantas !
Shame about your delayed arrival but it sounds like we managed to cram everything in and kept you busy :-)
We hope to welcome you back one day and wish you both safe travels.
Best regards,
Adrian
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dillon, co
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We just spent several days at Matava and although we went through a tropical cyclone while there, still had a memorable visit and great dives. The staff is amazing in all aspects from the diving to the food and accommodated all of our needs throughout the visit. Hope to go back sometime in the future and would recommend it to almost anyone, unless you want all the amenities of a five-star major resort. Otherwise, can not be beat...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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AdrianWatt, Owner at Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Hi gwalt,
Thank your for taking the time to post a review of your stay on Tripadvisor.
As with all reviews, we have passed on your comments to our happy staff !
We would welcome you back any time.... hopefully without the added excitement of a Tropical Cyclone next time !
Safe travels,
Adrian
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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We just took the family to Matava for the Christmas and New Years Vacation. The restort is beautiful, the rooms we spacious and clean. The staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. The food was very good and the kitchen went out of it's way ti try and meet special dietary requests.Plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied.

Room Tip: Rooms higher up have better breezes and views- they also require a bit of climbing stairs. Honeymoon...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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AdrianWatt, Owner at Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Hi drbw1,
Thank you for writing a review of your stay here with us at Matava. It was a pleasure you have you and your family as guests and we do appreciate your kind comments on our efforts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Best wishes and safe travels,
Adrian
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

I recently stayed at Matava with my boyfriend and it was heavenly! We disconnected from the world and enjoyed the game fishing (We caught 3 huge tuna thanks to Joe the amazing guide and captain), ocean kayaking, hiking, and stunning food (Sammy, the gardener, is a genius). Go to Matava to reconnect with yourself and your significant other!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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AdrianWatt, Owner at Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, responded to this review, December 1, 2012
Hi Anthronomad,
Thank you for posting a review and a big thank you for the lovely fresh Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi !
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and our little slice of the real Fiji.
Safe travels and we hope to welcome you back one day :)
Adrian
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california
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

If you are looking for the pool, town for shopping or touristy stuff this is not the place. It is quiet, unspoiled and the villages & people are lovely. The food is great and abundant here, I don't know how they do it in such a remote place. The service is warm and wonderful. The bures are clean and big and provide mosquitoe netting, but do bring bug spray just in case. I was bitten up by mosquitoes (as usual) but my husband was not....
The manta diving is unbelievable....we had over 9 Manta's playing all around us and the reefs are in fairly good shape. This side of the island can be windy but Matava is very protected so you may only hear it. Diving is spotty with weather governing it. 3mm-5mm wetsuit is suitable for the water.....I had a 3mm shorty and was warm enough. The water was 79F (26C), a bit cooler than usual. I should be about 82F (27.5C) at this time of year.
The reviews prior to me are accurate. We do much world traveling and diving, each has its ups and downs....this is a good place. It is "off the grid" as one stated.....no contact.
Any jungle is going to have bugs.....it is part of the package. Any remote tropical location is going to have minimal convieniences, especially eco-friendly resorts. Things break and qualified technicians are rarely available so it is a learn as you go to fix things.
In the USA you are expected to do three jobs, take no vacations and stress is high. Here you can learn to stop and take life easier. This is not a place for kids. Bring a book or two.
It is as close to seeing the real Fijian life as you will get. I suspect it will not be long before it is lost due to the discovery of this island.
Most of my photo documentaries are videos, so what I have posted is from a sparse few pictures.

Room Tip: The bures are hillside, so if short walks up hill are a problem ask for a lower bure. Bring the a...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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AdrianWatt, Owner at Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for all your kind comments on our staff, food, diving and accommodation. Sounds like the weather was a bit 'ordinary' during your stay but I am delighted you got to see the mantas !
We thank you for fisiting our litle remote slice of the real Fiji and wish you safe travels.
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you want to still 'connected' with the rest of the world and be around lots of other people, do not go there. But if you want to get off the grid this is the place. The sun is your light during the day and at night you have kerosene lamps to light your dinner table. To get to your Bura you hike the steep paths lighted by your own torch, (english for 'flashlight') or the solar powered small desk light provided by the resort. There is only one small 12v floresent light in the bathroom that lights your bura at night. Power to the bura's is provided by solar planels that store the voltage, during daylight hours, for night use. No vehicles, no roads, just jungle paths to venture around on. Bring your bug spray, or the Mosseys, (english for mosquitos) will dine on you mercilessly. The staff, mostly natives from a village a mile or to walk from the resort are truely warm and friendly. By the second day they know you by your first name and always great you with a warm Bula which is catching and you quickly get into the Bula, Bula and Vinaka mood yourself. Most of the visitors are Aussies and Kiwi's so US citizens and others get a lesson in the queens english. Bura's are airey, literally. Thatched walls and roofs. No A/C, no fans, buring insect coils and your own bug spray, with deets, is your protection from the flying, bitting, critters. No TV, no radio, no internet for general use, you are out of contact from the rest of the world for your stay. Bring you own good book for the afternoons after diving or pick one up at their library in the main Bura if you are not out doing the afternoon dive or hiking the trails. With only 22 buras there are no crowded places, true quiet an peacefulness. The dive operation is well run. We were there in October the water was colder than we expected, 77F, so a full 3mm - 5mm is required. The food was wonderfully. They have their own organic garden that provided much of what you eat. Lunches and dinners were a treat every meal. Maggie made every meal an entertaining and funny experience with off the wall comments and dissertations on what we were eating. The only down side to the resort is getting to it if you live in the northern hemisphere, long plane rides, long layovers, long boat ride to get there. But then you are "off the grid".

Room Tip: Lower rooms are easier to get to, less of a hike.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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AdrianWatt, Owner at Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Bula Captchris !
Thank you for writing a review of your stay and we hope your comments will help other travellers considering a trip to Kadavu Island and a stay with us.
We are in the process of upgrading the resort's communications system and soon will be offering Wi-Fi services to guests.....As sign of the times unfortunately....Nevertheless, we will still recommend guest switch off that iPadGalaxyNote/Smartphone gadget, bury it in your travel bag, forget it exists and unplug from the Matrix for a truly relaxing break from the stressful modern world....Or I guess you can play Halo 4 under the palm trees...
I would rather go diving !
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and thanks again for sharing your experiences.
Bula !
Adrian
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Newmarket, Canada
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

The first week of a two week dive trip to Fiji was spent at Matava. This eco resort was just great. The staff are wonderful, caring people who go out of their way to be helpful. The spacious bures (cabins) have netted, comfy beds, clean bathroom and shower with "on demand" hot water. Bottled Fiji water is provided. Because it is an eco resort the electric lighting is minimal, supplemented by kerosine lamps in the meeting lodge and solar lamps for nighttime walks to the bures.
The diving was fantastic. Our dive guides, Weiss and Tay, are qualified Padi dive masters who knew where to find all the big and little creatures including the manta rays, sharks, and turtles that people expect. Joe took special care of one of our group who had not dived in a long time, ensuring that she was comfortable, safe and able to enjoy her return to diving.
The food was excellent with organic veggies from Sammy's on-site garden, freshly caught fish, scrumptious soups, and thematic dinners. One of our group has a food allergy and the staff accommodated her needs without hesitation.
In addition to the diving we enjoyed a trek to a local village, visiting the school, the chief's house enjoying (?) kava and exploits of the local boys at the waterfall. Our oldest group member was even piggybacked over the rough parts of the trail!
One evening the children from another village entertained us with Fijian songs and dances. It was delightful. One of our group had had the foresight to bring some balls and a pump which he presented to the young group - they were ecstatic!
Hopefully, if you are lucky enough to go to Matava you will have as wonderful a time as we did. Thanks to Maggie, George, Ta, Sita and the rest of the staff as well as Richard (one of the owners) for all the great memories.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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AdrianWatt, Owner at Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Hi Jam2344,
Thank you for writing a review of your stay with us. We are delighted to hear that you and your group made the most of your Kadavu Island experience and had a great time. We have passed on your kind coments to our staff who all really do appreciate your thanks. We all hope to welcome you back some day !
Adrian
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Property: Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort
Address: Vunisea | PO Box 63, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Kadavu Archipelago > Kadavu Island
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kadavu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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Find your adventure as you experience the magnificent beauty of a remote unspoiled tropical Fijian Island. Plunging volcanic rain forest slopes meet azure coral lagoons and the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef, a rare untouched slice of nature unfolds before your eyes. No roads, no noise, no stress and no carbon footprint. Traditional thatched Fijian Bures hug the jungle fringes. Private sun decks gaze over the turquoise lagoon. Dive the reef from the multiple award winning PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, snorkel the marine reserves, explore the jungle trails, or just pamper yourself in the Spa. Relax in the splendor of your private en-suit bure as you contemplate the stunning sunset and anticipate the evening's dinner of fresh fish, fruits and organic vegetables, grown right before your very eyes and served by lantern light on the ocean deck. Far from the maddening crowd, unplug and recharge at Matava, Fiji's premier Eco-Adventure Resort. ... more   less 
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