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.
- 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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