Matava is for those of you that want to get away from the large, expensive resorts yet still sample some of the best scuba diving in the Fiji Islands. Located on the island of Kadavu, a stone's throw from The Great Astrolabe Reef, Matava is The Astrolabe Hideaway. The Great Astrolabe Reef is one of the most under-hyped dive destinations - pristine hard corals, plenty of fish dramatic walls patrolled by large pelagics.
Rooms: 9 Diving in: Kadavu south Dive type: Boat and beach dives Divers: Max. 18 Customer Reviews
The dive resort is a genuine eco-hideaway - reef conservation and awareness programmes, recycling and organic farming are all a priority. Many are surprised by the simplicity of the Matava Resort (you make your way back to your room by lantern light) and even more surprised by how much they fall in love with the place, regardless of the absence of modern conveniences.
Matava is not a deluxe holiday resort but is a simple, piece of paradise run by a friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team, and so exclusive that there is no road access. Guests are treated to the real Fiji both above land and underwater.
In 2012, Matava Resort received the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" accolade for the 3rd year in a row! This award is only given to establishments that achieve consistently outstanding guest reviews.
Kadavu: all southern sites on the Great Astrolabe Reef - Eagle Rock, Naiqoro Passage and Manta Point. No diving on days of arrival and departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 8 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, diving tax, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 28 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Optional extras:
Extra dives (approx. US$ 63 each, payable in advance), night dives (approx. US$ 74 each, payable in advance), dive computer, diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, return resort transfers from Kadavu airport, snorkeling gear hire (mask, fins & snorkel), unlimited use of kayaks, taxes. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Single supplement on single travellers only, payable in advance. Single Supplement:
This is a compulsory additional charge on single travellers for the sole occupancy of double/twin accommodation. Optional extras:
Alcoholic drinks, internet access. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Matava is located about one hour boat ride away from Vunisea and Kadavu Airport, along the southern coastline of Kadavu. You can take the short daily flight to the island from either Suva or Nadi Airport on Viti Levu. For more information see our Kadavu travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Pay for 6 guests and 1 extra person can join free of charge.
If this is your only planned visit to Fiji then we strongly recommend that you consider a 2 night add-on stay at Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu, to allow you to witness the not-to-be-missed shark feed diving. This option is also convenient as it is located close to both the international gateway airports in Fiji - Nadi and Suva.
There are 9 traditional thatched bures (Fijian-style bungalows), each with en-suite bathroom facilities. There are 4 secluded Honeymoon bures on the hill with private deck ocean views and full length windows. Each has a king-size 4 poster bed. There are 5 Oceanview bures on the lower hill side with queen-size beds and private decks.
The Great Astrolabe Reef in Kadavu is the world's third largest barrier reef and is the Fijian Islands largest living organism. It extends along the entire southern side of Kadavu and stretches for over 100 km. With 1 instructor and 3 divemasters, there is plenty of attention even if all guests are diving.
Matava has an 8 metre speedboat with steel ladders, taking up to 12 divers on trips to this spectacular and colourful hard coral reef. 2 tank dive trips around Kadavu depart at 08:30 hrs from the resort's water front. Hot water showers and rinse tanks are available on return at the resort.
Scuba trips include a qualified divemaster, drinking water, tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Go for a paddle in one of the resort's complimentary sea kayaks, trek to one of Kadavu's many waterfalls, or take in a little culture on a meke visit to one of the nearby villages.
Matava has a large communal bure, or Burelevu, which is comfortably furnished with cushions and sofas and also houses the bar. Here you can relax and browse the collection of reference books or paperbacks in the library.
Matava Resort facilities include: Restaurant & bar - Dive centre - International telephone & fax - Laundry service - Sea kayaks (free of charge usage) - Deep sea fishing trips - Overnight village stays on treks and kayaks - Village visits for Mekes
Location: Kadavu Island south coast, southern Fiji
The nearest re-compression chamber to The Great Astrolabe Hideaway is in Suva on the island of Viti Levu - approximately 100 km north of Kadavu. Scuba emergencies will be handled by a Medivac 30 minute helicopter ride. You should have your own diving insurance that covers emergency evacuation.
The dive boat carries emergency oxygen and Matava also has oxygen and first aid. A large supply of additional oxygen is available back at the resort. 1 divemaster is provided for every 8 divers.
For non-diving accidents there is a medical facility in Vunisea at Kadavu Airport. It takes 1 hour to get there by boat.
Matava Resort provides a safety box in reception, and the nearest police station is 15 km away by boat.