Just 10 minutes boat ride from the island's airport lies Dive Kadavu Matana, an authentic Fiji island resort, catering mainly to scuba divers. Probably the first thing to strike you as you approach the resort's palm fringed beach, is the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
On an island rightly famed for its rugged, untamed natural beauty, Kadavu Matana is like a cut diamond in the rough where you won't need to compromise on comfort or convenience.
The beach serves as a convenient launch point for the dive boats. The beach and the resort's central location mean that access to the northern Kadavu diving sites couldn't be any simpler. You can enjoy all the great sites and snorkeling opportunities that lie not far from the shore's golden sands.
Kadavu Matana Resort is a modern, comfortable and clean property and, above all else, is very good value for money. If you are looking for a holiday spot just a quick flight from the main island where Fijian island charm and exciting diving are waiting for you then Kadavu Matana may well be the answer.
Destinations:North and west Kadavu (Diving environment: wall diving, drift diving, healthy reefs, beginner & advanced divers, off the beaten track; Highlights: schooling fish/big pelagics) - Seafan Alley, Yellow Wall, Manta reef (surcharges and minimum numbers applies), Evil Trench, Moray Reef, Canyons (all on Namalata Reef) or the dive sites in the Motu Marine Protected Area (30 minutes from the resort).
No diving on days of arrival and departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), unlimited shore diving, boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 10 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, diving tax, drinking water, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Optional extras:
Extra dives (1st to 8th dive days - approx US$ 120 per 2 tanks; from 9th dive day onwards - approx US$ 90 per 2 tanks, payable in advance), soft drinks, diving computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, snacks, return resort transfers from Kadavu airport, unlimited use of kayaks, taxes. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Single supplement on single travellers only, payable in advance. Christmas day surcharge (approx. US$50 per person, payable in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Single Supplement:
This is a compulsory additional charge on single travellers for the sole occupancy of double/twin accommodation. Optional extras:
Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, non-alcoholic bar drinks, internet access. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Dive Kadavu Matana Beach Resort is ideally located only 15 minutes boat ride away from Vunisea and Kadavu Airport, so they can collect you from the airport any time of day. You can take the short daily flight into Kadavu 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, pay for 10 guests and 2 extra persons can join for free.
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 10 private beachfront bures at Kadavu Matana Resort, set in lush tropical gardens and fronted by a beautiful, palm fringed sandy beach. 8 bures are twin or double, and 2 bures are twin-bedroom units. There are options for 2, 3 and 4 sharing bures.
All the bures have:
Private bathroom with hot water shower and towels
Beachfront seaview balcony with furniture
Wicker sofa, table and chairs
Each bure also has a dry cage locker for diving gear, rinse bucket and external shower for after dives.
Located on the central, northern coastline of Kadavu, this authentic dive resort is ideally placed for fast and easy access to the whole of the northern soft coral boulder and pinnacle dive sites such as Yellow Wall, as well Seafan Alley down the west coast, and Broken Stone in the north east. The most popular sites are on Namalata Reef. These 27 sites are only 5 to 20 minutes east from Matana Beach Resort and offer an excellent variety of dive and snorkelling close-by on the inner and outer reefs. In the other direction towards the west, there is the Motu Marine Protected Area (20-30 minutes boat ride).
Some sites can be visited on special trips. Another 30 minutes further are the "Kong dive" sites, at the foot of the extinct volcano Nabukelevu-i-ra - approx. 1 hour boat trip. The other day trip from the resort is Manta Reef on the southern side of the Great Astrolabe Reef near Galoa. This is the only site visited on the Great Astrolabe Reef, due to the long distances from the resort.
There are 2 x 200 HP triple-engine, purpose built dive boats, with steel ladders, rinse tanks and radio. A diving guide, lunch and refreshments (coffee, tea, cake, biscuits and drinking water) are provided on all trips.
Meet on the resort's beachfront at 08:30 hrs, from where the boat departs for 2-tank dive trips. Afternoon and night dives are possible, and unlimited unguided beach dives are free of charge.
Waterfall treks - directly behind the resort, the staff will provide directions.
Swimming - beautiful, crystal clear water suitable for swimming at all tides.
Community visits - to the adjoining village primary school to watch the children sing and perform mekes (traditional Fiji dance), and sharing some kava with the locals.
Lovo - (Fijian feast) on occasions, chicken, seafood and vegetables are cooked on hot rocks in the ground by the local villagers.
Facilities: Restaurant - Beach and lounge bar - Dive centre - Massage - Babysitting - Internet available (charge applies) - International telephone - Foreign exchange - Sea kayaks (free of charge) - Live music twice per week - Gift shop
Because of the damage that detergent does to the marine ecosystem, the Kadavu Matana Resort does not offer a laundry service for guests. Please attempt to minimise your need for laundry.
Location: Kadavu Island north coast, southern Fiji
The nearest re-compression chamber is in Suva on the main island of Viti Levu - approximately 100 km north of Kadavu. We recommend you have your own diving insurance that covers emergency evacuation.
All the dive boats carry full-feature first aid kits and oxygen. They are also equipped with evacuation procedures and local band radios. Additional oxygen is available back at the dive resort. 1 divemaster is provided for every boat, which carry a maximum of 10 passengers each.
For general holiday emergencies there is a medical facility at Vunisea, Kadavu Airport. It takes 15 minutes by boat to get there.
Each bure has a personal safe and security patrol the premises. The nearest police station is 3 km away.
"We had an excellent time. The staff were great. Friendly and helpful and keen to make sure we were enjoying our stay. In particular our DM Saula made our time on the island really wonderful. He really went out of his way to show us the things (under and above) water that he is proud of on his home island." - Hillary Holt, Australia, 27 July 2017 ...
"The setting is like paradise. The service, restaurant, atmosphere and organisation are excellent." - Bich-Tien Rouse, USA, 7 July 2006 ...
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