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“Good times, great people, and incredible diving”

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Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kadavu Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 February 2010

Staying at Matava was an experience like no other. I traveled to Fiji as part of a large group (18 people) for a dive holiday. We spent 3 weeks at this quiet, peaceful resort, nestled in 'the bush' of Kadavu. The rooms were excellent ( I lucked out in being in the highest bure on a cliff, overlooking the water ), the main bure was a very relaxing place to hang out, the food was incredible, and the staff went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable.
The diving was incredible. While I have logged some dives in the South Pacific before, the diving from Matava stood out. The guides were both helpful and extremely knowledgeable - in the pre-dive briefing, they would tell us the types of things we might see at these particular sites and we would always see whatever they said. Granted, that comes with experience, but in all my diving, I have never been on trips where we see everything we are supposed to. Nowhere was this more true than Manta Reef, where 4 of the 5 dives at the site had groups of mantas cruising and feeding, and Eagle Rock, where we encountered numerous sharks as if on cue. They allowed us to dive on our own pace, and I was able to see countless nudibranchs, pipefish, cowries, shrimp gobies, etc, in addition to your typical anemonefish, angels, damsels, and the rest. The coral was especially pristine with little macroalgal growth, a welcome sign for an Atlantic diver. And those were just the boat dives - we were allowed unlimited shore dives.
It wasn't just the diving, however, that made this trip an incredible experience. It was the kayaking, the hiking, the exploring. The waterfall and the village, church in native Fijian, climbing mountain trails for panoramic views of the reef, kava ceremonies, and everything else. It was the relationships forged with the amazing staff, interactions with guests from other parts of the world, and the bonding even within our own group with new and familiar faces. It was the youthful exuberance of the natives, an amazing New Year's celebration, and traditional food. It was orange Fanta and Fiji Bitter (although not together, of course).
All in all, Matava is an incredible resort, with an incredible staff of characters, on a beautiful, remote part of Kadavu Island that I would highly recommend to anyone who asks.

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Reviewed 22 January 2010

This was the absolute dream holiday. The team at the Matava Resort on Kadavu are outstanding in how they ensure their practices are environmentally and socially responsible and - that their customer service is amazing. Thank you team Matava for all you do.
As very avid divers, we can report too that the diving here is sensational and again, you know it is be doing in the most environmentally responsible (and safe) way with Matava.
For our videos - see the following links.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D564Zv4sPJ8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pshqJoeTBc

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2010

Spent a week fishing at Matava with some friends. Although in some respects 'basic' I found the facilities to be more modern/adequate than their website indicated, which meant I was pleasantly surprised.

The real magic of the place is the location and service. All of the staff couldn't have been more welcoming, helpful or friendly. Add to this a pristine and amazing location, great food and a nice atmosphere and you have the ingredients for a perfect holiday destination.

We had great weather and Adrian and Joe (the fishing crew) really know their trade and are a great pleasure to fish with. Each of the 3 of us caught new personal bests, some of us in multiple species. I still can't wipe the smile off my face.

We were sharing the resort at the time with a group of 18 divers, and they were absolutely loving it as well.

If you are into diving, fishing, other water activities like snorkeling and kayaking, or just in to relaxing without the need to be pampered in a 5 star resort, this is a place you should visit. I am already planning my return.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 January 2010

Two friends and I stayed here for a week whilst fishing with Adrian, one of the owners of the resort. The fishing was world class, and we all agreed it was the best fishing trip we have done.

Besides the fishing, the resort itself was fantastic. Don't expect five star luxuries and spa treatment, this is an eco resort and the facilities are what I would describe as basic. However, the major amentities are there, hot water, lighting, clean rooms etc. While there was no air conditioning, the nights were not uncomfortable, as the rooms were open and breezy.

Definite highlights would be the friendly and helpful staff, and the dishes for the 3 course dinner every night. Everyone, including the owners, made it a point of knowing every guest by name. Maggie is a definite character.

Talking to the other twenty five or so diving guests that were there at the time (most were returning customers), they all agreed Matava contained world class diving.

Being dedicated fishermen, we are willing to put up with sub par conditions if the fishing was fantastic. However, at no stage did we feel we were roughing it. I would not hesitate to recommend Matava to friends as a fishing or diving resort.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 January 2010

Matava resort is a fantastic place to visit. Dont go there with preconcieved ideas of spa treatments or cocktails served to you by the pool, if your looking for that go else where. However if your looking for a lifetime of memories and experiences and a trip you wont forget then stop here and book immediately.

The resort is fantastically present for either diving, fishing or just pure relaxation with everything you need readily available. You are treated to a wonderful three course meal every night with fresh locally grown or caught food, cold drinks and the most friendly local people you could ever imagine. Instant friends.

The accomodation is a wonderful and extremely clean Bure's with ensuites, hot water for extra comfort and views from a deck people pay millions for. Everyone at the resort including Directors make you feel most welcome and help with every need, and enjoy a cold drink with guest in the evening which is always nice.

For Diving, its world class
For Fishing well World class
For pure relaxation world class and plenty of activites to keep you occupied

Visit Matava resort if your going to Fiji, dont waste your time anywhere else, seriously a great place.

When your there make sure you say hello to Maggie and remind him of Uncle Doug everyones friend.

Oh if you read this far then only negitives would be not a kid friendly place, which may not be a negitive after all and I could see it getting alittle sticky at night with no wind as there isnt any fans in the Bure's.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank luckydip80
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Reviewed 26 November 2009

This place is a little slice of heaven. However, if you are the type that likes to be entertained or have schedules then this isn't the place for you. We spent 5 days here and didn't dive or fish but we were busy. We went kayaking, hiking, exploring the mud flats, snorkling (it's quite good right out front of the resort) and just relaxed and slept. A much needed rest.
The food was great and all staff were friendly and helpful. Oh, we did take the kayak trip to the remote village and although our guide didn't seem super pumped to be out there with us, we had a fantastic adventure with him. he was knowledgeable. The village was a highlight and the voices of the children singing to us while we hiked to the waterfall is one of my favorite memories. It was hard to leave this place.

It's rustic and wonderful, our type of place.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank stompinaround
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Reviewed 24 November 2009

I visited this resort with a group of friends for a week of diving, and found it a really neat experience. We had some great dives out on the Astrolabe reef, where we saw and photographed some wonderful sea-life. The staff were a really helpful, fun-loving lot, and Richard made us feel at home, and ensured we had plenty of time to recharge our camera batteries, and laptops etc. The food was fantastic, and the whole place clean and tidy.
I had read in a review that at night it could get a bit cold, but we found there were blankets if you needed them, as well as a mosquito net over the bed, so we had lovely snug, pest free sleeps and were able to recharge ourselves ready for the next days activities. I loved the remoteness of Matava, the wonderful bush walks, seeing a nearby village, and their way of life. Some of the staff came from there. I thoroughly recommend the place to anyone with a sense of adventure, and a positive attitude.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: Vunisea | PO Box 63, Fiji
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Region: Fiji > Kadavu Archipelago > Kadavu Island
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kadavu Island
Price Range: £137 - £232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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