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Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort
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Reviewed March 28, 2008

This was a truely wonderful place to stay. We were not divers, we are eco junkies, and we found plenty to do. The hiking in the rainforest to the waterfall; to see the Fijian Children scaling cliffs and jumping into the cold freshwater was a blast. The medicine man tour. Talking to the locals about their culture. Kava nights with the Fijians. Canoeing around the resort. Some people did a night in the local village, others hung out and relaxed. We also experienced a Lovo (Fijian underground cooking)

Matava did not have a beach, but it was a short snorkel over the beautiful house reef, or canoe to the Island Waya to spend the day on the white sand beach. While on Waya, climb the Island peek to get amazing views of Kadavu, Matava Resort and the most beautiful Astrolabe reef.

Snorkling trips for 25 dollars for 2-3 hours.....WOW, I can not tell you how beautiful the corals are. The staff made sure you were safe, and kept a keen eye on you. The coral is undescribable. I think it may put the Great Barrier to shame. So Divers...this is the place for you! (Manta Rays, Sharks, corals, etc)

The staff and food is acceptional. The staff took time for us, and made sure we were taken care of. If you go; you will enjoy wonderful cooking from the kitchen ladies, and I challenge anyone to shave some coconuts. Maggie is an amazing host, and will make your stay that much better.

Accommodations are state of the Art. They are clean, well taken care of. The sheets are changed every 3 days. Oh and there is hot showers...a plus for the tropics.

Please remember before you go, that Kadavu Island is not very developed and you are in the middle of no where with limited power. It takes 45 min by boat from the airport to get you to the resort. (No Roads) Pack mosquito spray, and a flashlight. Bring extra batteries for your camera, and huge memory card. Participate and ask questions to the locals as they love to share their culture. We met many people from all over the world, and we will never forgot this place and the people that have touched our lives. You soon understand what is means to be on "Fiji Time."

Ian Faye
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank ianmfaye
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Reviewed January 10, 2008

My husband and I recently got married at Matava, with a perfect wedding and honeymoon. We were looking for something relaxed & off the
beaten track, with a real Fijian feel to it, a chance of fun times with interesting people and to try diving...and we found it all.

First up, the diving was amazing. Neither of us had been before, so we
took the open water course option (which includes 4 dives) and ended up doing another 4 before we had to leave. Incredible reef, coral, fish of all kinds - and very professional staff. Matava take their diving seriously.

Food is also up there - fantastic 5-star meals every day, and a weekly
cycling menu with a wide range. The staff are also extremely accommodating, and can happily cope with any allergies or preferences.

Accommodation - the honeymoon Bure - was beautiful, with amazing views
to wake up to every morning, beautiful hot showers, and top-class mattresses (anyone with back problems will understand me...)

But the real highlight of our stay was the people. The Matava staff are all incredibly friendly, relaxed and fun, and pride themselves on making their guests happy. The staff also include some interesting people - if passing the night away with conversation and a bottle of good red (or cold Fijian bitter) is your thing, then Matava is the right place for you. Mealtimes are shared, and a great option to get to know other guests and swap funny diving stories or travel trips.

All in all, I highly recommend Matava to honeymooners, divers, and anyone wanting to get off the beaten track and see some of the relaxed
unspoiled beauty of Fiji.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Ziki_7
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Reviewed December 16, 2007

Our dive trip to Matava Eco-Resort exceeded our expectations. We felt like we were living in harmony with nature in our private bure while still having modern conveniences. The beauty of the island flora and fauna and the Astrolabe Reef was what we came for and we were not disappointed. We book 2-3 dive trips a year and our reason for choosing Kadavu was because of Astrolabe Reefs reputation for diversity and Manta Rays. We booked Matava based on trip advisor reviews, good value for the money, and the likelihood that we’d get to dive with Manta Rays (they take their boats to Manta Reef 1-2 times/week and see Manta’s about 80% of the time).

Getting There. All of our gear transferred without a hitch on flights arriving from Nadi and returning to Suva . Our baggage was overweight so we owed about $20 FJ in fees. There are few roads on Kadavu and the only way to Matava is by boat and they pick you up. It was a pretty day both coming and going so we enjoyed the ride.

Diving. Our first day of diving, we went to Manta Reef and within 5 minutes we were viewing the majestic beauty of graceful gliding and feeding Manta Rays. Never to be forgotten was the mother/baby pair that performed a barrel roll at the surface! We hung below the reef and watched several different Mantas feeding overhead. Other days of diving we spent completing our PADI Advanced Open Water Certification which we needed to be dive volunteers at our local aquarium. Our Dive Instructor, Simon Parry, was both fun and on task! He picked the dive sites where we could complete our required skills but also made sure there was plenty of reef life to view along the way. There were 3 dive masters at Matava (Simon, Joe and Tae) who knew the reefs well and would help you find what you were looking for. Our Fiji underwater photos are located at [--]. We did two days of diving Viti Levu which included the shark feeding dive at Beqa Adventure Divers (Pacific Harbor, Beqa Lagoon) so many of the shark pictures were taken there.

Flora and Fauna and Other Activities: When we weren’t diving, we enjoyed the incredible views of the ocean and neighboring little island from our bure deck. There were sea kayaks which you could use to investigate the beaches of neighboring islands and coves. We spent most of our time being entertained by the various sightings, calls and songs of the birds that live and feed at Matava. Our bird photos are located at [--]

Meals. All meals were served at set times (announced by lali drumming) on the main bure covered deck with a beautiful ocean view. Although meal times are set, they are happy to work with your special circumstances. A couple days we were not back from diving at lunchtime so they just served our lunch when we returned. The breakfasts were mainly cereal or granola, toast and fresh fruit plates with an occasional special add on to make it interesting. Dinners were the best meal of the day. Usually some type of fresh fish.

Guests: The resort guests greatly added to the experience with nightly chats over dinner and drinks. How lucky we were to have been there at the same time as professional underwater photographer Terry Arpino and his son, Alex (uwpgallery.com), Fiji Reef Check National Coordinator Helen Sykes and her partner, Stuart Gow (resortsupportfiji.com) and Tania de Hoon and her husband Jimmy. Tania used to own Aquaventure Dive Resort on Tavenui and is now Operations Manager for the Fiji Adventure Cruise Tui Tai. On the last night of our stay, we also enjoyed the company of Bill Goodwin, author of Frommer’s South Pacific Guidebook.

We enjoyed sharing dinner and conversation with the owners (Richard, Jeanie and Adrian). Adrian’s passion is fishing and he is the Captain of Matava’s game fishing boat, Bite Me, which has 21 Fiji National Records.

We highly recommend Matava Eco-Resort.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank LindaA99
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Reviewed July 23, 2007

It has been a few months since I have been back from my trip to Matava... and not a day or nearly an hour has passed without recalling my stay. I knew I wanted to really get away from civilization but I didn't expect to be fed and looked after so well not to mention stay in a lovely burre with an ocean view.

The diving was incredible but you can read several other reviews on that topic. The extra activities were equally remarkable. The overnight kayak trip to a neighboring village was a great adventure and my guide, George, was fantastic. I mentioned I wanted to see a sea snake and within a half hour into our kayak trip we found one slithering up the rocks. I also spent a couple of days fishing which were amazing. There is nothing like freshly filleted Yellow fin tuna on your plate that you caught a few hours earlier. I booked a 22' yacht for a half day cruise with a fellow traveler. We had a lovely day with fantastic snacks while sailing around the reef.

I would recommend this resort to travelers that really want to get to know the Fijian lifestyle and people. Although Matava has no electricity the staff can recharge your camera batteries, and the kerosene lamps at night create a wonderful atmosphere. The Matava staff were funny, helpful and what my grandma used to call "good folk". I extended my stay to a full two weeks and I could have stayed longer... I am definitely planning on going back.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled solo
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3  Thank carmenrae
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Reviewed July 17, 2007

From the flight to Kadavu to the flight out, our Matava experience was delightful in every way. The plane could not hold all the luggage with a plethora of divers and their equipment, so, what did the airline do... used one aircraft for people and the other for luggage.
We were met by the Matava staff at the airport and whisked away to the resort. The boat trip wended its way through aquamarine water flecked with silver fish, dotted with reef in a rainbow of hues, blue stars, and a myriad of fish.
Greeting us at the resort were Maggie and Ta who explained the protocol - the conservation aspects, the layout, the loli (sp?) meal call and then off to meet the dive masters.
Our bures were freshened by the tropic breezes and surrounded by lush vegetation. One even had ripe papayas that could be picked from the deck! The views from the bures were through the coconuts with waves pounding on the distant reef and the blue Pacific ocean in the background.
We quickly became family and were welcomed with a kava ceremony and incredibly harmonious Fijian songs. The meals fed our hunger after hours of diving the great Astrolabe reef, meeting giant mantas, delighting in delicate soft corals, hard corals in every shape and size, and being chased by clowns when we invaded their territory.
A delightful vacation, one that we will never forget and that we plan on duplicating in the near future.
Vinaka and Mahalo ... for fulfilling our dream vacation!

Stayed: June 2007
3  Thank WahineHanapepe
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