Papageno is an eco-resort and organic farm set in 350 acres of lush gardens and orchards. There are just 16 rooms at the resort, providing a personal, intimate atmosphere. This is the ideal place for nature lovers and those seeking a quieter experience of this Fijian island paradise.
There is very much a community spirit at Papageno Resort. The management support and have pioneered many local community projects, and only employ people from the neighbouring village. They are aware of the area's ecological sensitivity and are careful not to cause any type of pollution. Solar panels provide most of their electricity.
Preserving traditional Fijian life, organic vegetables are grown on the resort, they have an extensive fruit orchard and raise their own pigs and chickens. All the meals served are freshly prepared and they make delicious home-made bread and baked goods. The architecture is very traditional on the outside but inside the decor is elegant and stylish.
The reef in front of the resort is a protected marine reserve therefore no one else is allowed to dive there. Papageno also has a parrot sanctuary for the island's threatened endemic shining parrots which are only found on Kadavu. The resort cares for sick and abandoned parrots and, where possible, releases them back into the wild.
For an intimate, eco-type atmosphere in a tranquil, beautiful location with some of Fiji's best dive sites just a short hop away then Papageno is a great option for a Fiji scuba diving trip.
Note: **Papageno Resort is currently closed until May 2023.**
Note: Single travelers must be divers, otherwise non divers need to be part of a group with at least one diver.
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) - including Seafan Alley, Pacific Voyager, Yellow Wall, Manta Reef and Broken Stone.
No scuba diving on day of arrival and the last 2 days of the package.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, mask/snorkel and fins, scuba tax, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (BCD and regulator, approx. US$ 16 per day), . Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Optional extras:
Extra day and night dives, diving computer, dive 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, internet access, 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. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Papageno is located in Malawai Bay, on the north coast of Kadavu near Gasele. It is about 45 minutes ride away from Vunisea and Kadavu Airport, along the southern coastline of the island. You can take the short daily flight from either Suva or Nadi Airport on Viti Levu. For more information see our Kadavu travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Please check with us for more details.
If this is your only planned holiday in 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 is a range of accommodation available at Papageno Resort. All rooms blend traditional Fiji style with modern comfort and are tastefully decorated. There are 4 Jungle Rooms just a short stroll from the seafront. They all have queen-sized beds along with a double bed and spacious en-suite bathrooms with hot water. The 5 Oceanfront Bures are similar but are just a few steps from the white sandy beach. The 3 Deluxe Oceanfront Bures are individual, private buildings while the remaining 2 Oceanfront Bures are semi-detached rooms.
There is 1 Organic Garden Villa which has a large living room and separate bedroom. There is also 1 Royal Oceanfront Bure with a kitchen, living and dining room, 3 double bedrooms and 1 single bed room - ideal for large families or groups.
All the rooms have:
Private bathroom with hot water shower, towels and toiletries
From Papageno you can experience some of the best scuba diving in Kadavu with 2-3 boat dives per day. A local PADI Master Instructor is on staff along with experienced PADI Divemasters. Night dives are also on offer.
The boat can take you quickly and safely to over 40 amazing diving spots at some of Fiji's best sites. Alacrity Rocks at the Great Astrolabe Reef, the 3rd largest reef in the world, is nearby. The wreck of the Pacific Voyager, the only wreck on the whole of Kadavu Island, is sunk just beyond the reef. Other dive sites include Rooper Reef and Namalata Reef, and snorkelling with manta rays nesr Bulia.
The dive day generally starts around 9:00 am with the first dive and the second following after a surface interval with tea and snacks.
A dive guide is provided for every 4 divers. All your scuba gear is carried and washed by the staff so you can just relax and enjoy the experience.
Papageno has 4 twin 140 HP engine speedboats with ladders, oxygen, kit up and shaded areas, taking up to 8 divers. All trips include a qualified divemaster, tea & snacks, tanks, weights and weightbelts.
The dive resort facilities include brand-new Scubapro equipment, rinse tanks, camera rinse tank, 12 litre tanks and first aid room with emergency oxygen.
The main plantation house at Papageno offers several screened sitting rooms along with a bright, airy dining room with a sea view. There is also a small library and a bar with a cozy lounge for drinks and sunset gatherings. There is no pool but the beach is clean and the water shallow and very safe.
Massages are available as well as daily yoga classes. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day and internet between 8 am and 8 pm.
Resort facilities include: Restaurant and bar - Dive centre - Private beach - Lounge with music and free internet - Book library and games - International telephone and facsimile - Massage - Yoga class - Babysitting service - Drinks dispenser - Hiking trails - Birdwatching - Weekly 'kava' drinking - Souvenir shop
Location: Kadavu Island north coast, southern Fiji
The dining experience at Papageno Resort doesn't disappoint with delicious and plentiful food. Only the freshest ingredients are used and many of the fruits and vegetables are organically home-grown. They offer farm-raised pork, eggs from free range chickens, and seafood caught fresh daily. A native drum, known as a 'lali', calls you to the sunny dining room overlooking the water where all meals and afternoon tea are served.
Dishes include local Fijian specialties, international main courses, curries, Italian food, fresh seafood and delicious desserts.
Hot lunches are served accompanied by a fresh salad from the garden. At around 4 pm daily you can enjoy complimentary freshly baked cakes and biscuits washed down with a cup of tea or coffee. Dinner is a hearty meal of specially prepared dishes served on fine china.
Cold drinking water and juices are available all day. Most dietary requirements can be catered.
Sample meals: salad, spaghetti with 2 choices (Bolognese or pesto) and garlic bread on the side; fish curry, black rice, chicken, grilled potatoes and mango ice cream.
The large complimentary breakfast at Papageno consists of fresh fruit, freshly baked bread, pancakes, pastries and eggs, tea and brewed coffee.
The nearest re-compression chamber to Papageno Resort is in Suva on Viti Levu island, approximately 100 km north of Kadavu. Dive emergencies will be handled by a Medivac 30 minute helicopter ride. You should have your own scuba insurance that covers emergency evacuation.
The dive boat carries emergency oxygen and also has a DAN oxygen unit and first aid. 1 divemaster is provided for every 4 divers. The resort's first aid room has over 8,000 litres of emergency oxygen.
For non-diving accidents there is a medical facility in Vunisea at Kadavu Airport. It takes 30 minutes to get there from Papageno by boat. The nearest police station is at Vunisea too.