The multi-award winning Matava Adventure Dive Resort & Spa is set amidst lush tropical surroundings of Kadavu Island south of Nadi, offering easy access to the most spectacular dive sites on the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef and the chance to experience the culture and hospitality of the real Fiji.
Getting to Matava
Your international flight into Fiji will take you into Nadi on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu. From there, daily domestic flights take you to Kadavu's airport in the small town of Vunisea. For those already in Fiji daily flights also operate between Suva & Kadavu. From Vunisea it is 5 minutes by road then approximately 45 minutes boat transfer to the resort.
Matava Resort is a true eco resort. You leave only a small ecological footprint. Solar power and hot water, responsible & ecological waste management are implemented. They have an extensive Organic Farm and the vegies and fruits are accordingly top quality. Matava Resort is a small and intimate getaway, designed to blend into its natural environment, where there are no roads, no noise and no pollution, just the rainforest covered slopes, coral lagoons and Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef.
The main building is the gathering place for guests to have meals and just relax. There are power sockets where guests can recharge camera and laptop batteries.
Traditional thatched bures are nestled in the rainforest offer privacy and some superb ocean views. Drift into sleep to the soothing roars of the waves breaking over the Barrier Reef and awake to the sounds of the exotic native wildlife.
Matava currently offers two different levels of ensuite bure accommodation. Total capacity is 26 guests in 10 bures. All bures are powered by solar panels. There is NO air-conditioning or fans; the evening breeze is all you need to cool the traditionally built bures. Personal mosquito nets are provided for all beds. You will NOT find in your bure a TV, fridge, phone, iron or hairdryer, 240V lighting or power sockets. You have officially arrived in Paradise!
Honeymoon/Family Bures - can take 2-4 guests and are very spacious in a beautifully elevated location with sweeping views of the ocean and nearby islands. They are equipped with large ensuite bathrooms, king size bed, single bed, sofa and large terraces.
Ocean view Bures - can take up to 3 guests and have ensuite bathrooms, queen bed and a single bed and spacious terraces.
Facilities in all bures are 5* mattress, fine cotton sheets, extra blankets for warmth, ensuite bathroom with 24hrs solar hot water, 12V solar lighting, private deck and amazing views!
To highlight breathtaking views, some accommodation bures are high up with steps and steep paths so guests need a reasonable degree of agility and fitness.
Dining at Matava is a casual and very social experience which takes place on the terrace of the 'bure levu', the main house, or on the spacious waterfront deck. Meals at Matava are a blend of local and international cuisine. The menu takes advantage of local seasonal delicacies and the day’s fresh produce. Bread is baked daily and the resort boasts its own organic vegetable farm. Generally all guests sit together for meals. Dining together is fun and helps guests meet each other. Private dining on your own bure deck can be arranged for special occasions. Freshly brewed coffee and teas are available complimentary from early morning until late evening. The resort caters for vegetarians, vegans, lactose / gluten intolerant.
For non-divers, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy at Matava:
Snorkelling, sea kayaking, rainforest- trekking to waterfalls, guided nature walks, fishing, bird watching, spa treatments in the Bamboo Spa and village visits & performances.
Please note that Matava does not cater for young children.
The resort offers WiFi access through the purchase of a credit card. Wireless service covers the main bure and is available 24 hours. Connection speeds are good and data is unlimited. The system is provided by Digicel Fiji who are responsible for pricing. You can buy 1 hour / 1 day / 3 day or 1 week bundles at the resort's reception. There is an internet etiquette policy which you should follow when staying at Matava: Please separate internet time and social time! There are plenty of places to take yourself away, be on the internet then leave it behind. Matava is trying very hard not to let the 21st century take the art of conversation with new people and existing friends away.
There are no banks on Kadavu. It is preferred that guests settle their bill (or part of it) in Fiji Dollars cash. Please obtain any cash you require at the ANZ Bank in Nadi International Airport. The resort also happily accepts Euros and US Dollars. Should you wish to settle via credit card, they do accept Visa & Mastercard with a 5% surcharge.
Matava is ideal if you want to relax in a pristine and natural environment so far off the beaten tourist track that genuine encounters with Fiji's amazing culture is still possible. Matava is not recommended for those expecting 5 star facilities, but for those who like to experience a true eco resort. Astrolabe Reef is one of the best dive spots in Fiji; the seascape consists of less soft corals than the reefs further north, but the caverns and canyons of Astrolabe attract more pelagics. There are several manta cleaning stations just a short boat ride from the resort.