Matava - Fiji...Untouched

Want to get away from it all? Go to Matava…

Matava is an unusual resort, unlike any other far from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Here you will have the rare opportunity to enjoy a real adventure on a remote undeveloped jungle covered island and explore one of the last remaining pristine coral barrier reefs on the planet. The resort’s eco policies are winning global awards as they are always balancing guest’s convenience with the environment. Matava is deliberately situated so as to maximize your experience and spirit of adventure. The resort is well away from population centers and the inevitable damage they cause to the environment. There are no roads, honking traffic or pollution, just the sounds of wildlife and waves breaking out on the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef. When booking your stay at Matava you are embarking on an exciting adventure that we are sure will be remembered for the rest of your life.

Matava's dedication to “Responsible Tourism” is the driving force behind the resort’s eco policy. Far from being an abstract ideal for the resort, “Responsible Tourism” shapes all major decisions, from the concept that 'Small Groups Leave Fewer Footprints' to the choice of the resort’s contractors and suppliers. Matava is committed to a style of travel that is environmentally, culturally and socially responsible and with your participation in resort they aim to operate in a way that conserves the areas visited bringing positive benefits to the local community.

The resort’s 10 traditional “Bures” (Fijian for cottages) only cater to a maximum of 22 guests. Be sure that at Matava you will drift to sleep to the soothing movement of the waves every night. Guestrooms are built in traditional thatched Fijian style offering you space and simplicity in elegance. To highlight the island’s breath-taking views, some bures are high up with steps and steep paths so a reasonable degree of agility and fitness is essential, especially as paths are deliberately not lit at night to avoid light pollution and interference with the local wildlife.

Matava uses renewable energy resources wherever possible and the resort’s limited power is developed using solar technology. Lighting to the bures is all solar powered. Your lights will not work during daylight hours as the system is charging. When dusk falls, the system will switch from generation to supply and your lighting system will start up. For those that love the sound of Matava but still want to keep in touch with the rest of the world, the resort offers WIFI service in the main Bure but only available from 9.00am to 5.00pm during solar power activation times.

Meals at Matava are a unique blend of local and international cuisine. The menu takes advantage of local seasonal delicacies and the day’s fresh produce. Matava boasts its own organic vegetable farm and bakes bread on a daily basis to ensure you get the best flavours from the island. Meals in Fiji usually begin with the beating of the “lali”, a traditional Fijian drum and at Matava this tradition lives on.

Mad Fish is Matava’s onsite PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. From here you will have the opportunity to dive the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef extensively. The dive center caters for all diver levels including beginners and experienced divers. Mad Fish Dive Centre will take you to sites varying in depths, currents and visibility ranging from 20 to 100 metres where you can expect a display of colourful corals and wonderful marine life.

Board Basis :

  • Packages are based on a full board basis with breakfast starting at 7.30am, lunch at 1.00pm and dinner usually commences around 7.00pm.

Transfer Times
The island-hopper flight from Nadi to Kadavo takes approximately 40 minutes. Upon arrival you will be met by one of Matava’s boatmen who will load your luggage into a truck for a 5 minute ride to the guest transfer boat. The truck may stop for a few minutes along the way to collect some resort supplies. The boat 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 ride to the resort takes about 45 minutes depending on the tide and weather conditions.

Board Basis

Beachfront Bure

Ocean View Bure

The Ocean View Bures are built in traditional thatched Fijian style and finely finished with polished mahogany timber floors, queen size four poster beds and private decks with views across the ocean. Bures are surrounded in beautiful tropical gardens giving you a true heaven of privacy within the beauty of Fiji’s natural environment.

  • Shower and W.C
  • Mosquito Net
  • Private Balcony
Honeymoon Bure

Honeymoon Bure

The top-end Honeymoon Bures are scattered widely on the hill behind Matava. Also built in traditional Fijian style, the Honeymoon Bures are each nestled in their own nook in the rainforest to offer privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.

  • Shower and W.C
  • Mosquito Net
  • Private Balcony



Friday, 06 December 2013

Fabulous Fiji by Marcelina Jesus on Sport Diver Magazine

Lured by the promise of world-class reefs and adrenaline-fueled shark encounters Marcelina Jesus ventures to the wild islands of Fiji.

Fabulous Fiji by Marcelina Jesus on Sport Diver Magazine

Available Experiences

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What Our Customers Have To Say

Reviews from our Clients, Journalists, Photo Pro's and our own Experts

Our reviews and blogs are an additional guide to evaluate if the holiday is exactly what you are looking for or not. Some love an Eco-Resort, some love air-con and a flat screen TV, we aim to ensure you get what you are looking for, at great value for money.

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Mad Fish Dive Centre

Matava Resort

Mad Fish Dive Centre is a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre based out of Matava Eco-Adventure Resort on Kadavu Island. From here you will dive the world famous Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef with a range of dives from coral lagoons to passage way drift dives and outer barrier reef slopes.

The crew at Mad Fish Dive Centre are a dedicated team of professionals who look forward to guiding you to some of the best dive sites in the world. The crew will take you to sites varying in depths, currents and visibility ranging from 20 to 100 metres where you can see colourful corals and wonderful marine life.

The dive centre is combined with simple access to “The Manta Dive”, Fiji’s only year round manta dive site, Mad Fish Dive Centre truly offers divers easy and comfortable access to some of the best diving Fiji can offer.

Mad Fish Dive Centre has a fully stocked dive centre and the latest dive equipment including Mares BCDs, regulators and wetsuits as well as masks, fins and dive computers are all available to rent so you can travel light. Dive Centre opening times: Dive centre opens daily from 8am to around 5pm.

Equipment Rental

  • Full set per day: FJ$50 (£17)
  • Full set for 5 days: FJ$220 (£75)

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you're short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

PADI Open Water Referral

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

From the beginning to end of the course, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including areas such as dive equipment and techniques that will give you the confidence and skill to become a responsible diver.

You attain this rating by completing five pool dives and a number of knowledge development sessions with a final exam (which is not rocket science its just diving) and by completing four open water dives.

PADI Open Water Diver (Inc Equipment)

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

The Advanced Open Water Diver program gives you the opportunity to take your diving skill to the next level through three new areas of diving.
You complete your Deep Dive, Underwater Navigation Dive, Night Dive and two other dives for a total of five to attain your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

This certification includes five dives, including the Deep Diver, the Underwater Navigation Diver and three of the following: You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

PADI Rescue Diver

Become a Rescue Diver. A great level to be. You will have the skills to aid your fellow divers in an emergency.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include: