Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort

Overview

On the remote and magnificent island of Kadavu, Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort boasts secluded splendor whilst also satisfying your spirit of adventure. Bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef Matava is a small and intimate getaway. Matava is designed to blend with its natural environment. Traditional thatched Fijian bures nestled in the rain forest and set amidst lush tropical surroundings, accommodate up to 22 guests and offer privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.
As a PADI certified resort and only a stone’s throw away from the Great Astrolabe Reef, Matava offers the perfect environment to scuba dive in Fiji, snorkel, surf, fish, kayak with opportunities to trek, visit villages, bird watch or simply relax and unwind.
Matava is a genuine eco-hideaway designed to cause minimal impact on the environment and to promote conservation awareness with our local community and visitors. Ecologically conscious yet adventure driven Matava heralds a new breed in holiday experience.

Activities

Free
- Sea kayaking
- Snorkeling
- Trekking
- Surfing
- Traditional Lovo Feast

Paid
- Spa treatments
- Diving (unless you booked dive package)
- Fishing
- Dedicated boat snorkel trips
- Join the Dive boat snorkeling trips
- Surfing to Soso, Vesi or Naiqoro reef breaks
- Waterfall, Birding or Plant guided treks
- Guided ocean kayaking Day Trips

Unique to this resort

Diving The Great Astrolabe Reef
This is the world’s fourth largest barrier reef and is Fiji’s largest living organism. It extends along the entire southern side of Kadavu and stretches for over 120 km. It is rated as one of the world’s premier diving locations offering a great diversity and spectacle in coral structures and marine life. The reef adopted its name in 1827 following French explorer Dumont d’Urville’s collision with the reef in his vessel “The Astrolabe”.
We dive the reef extensively and escort you through the wonders of this hidden paradise. We cater for all levels of diver from beginner to experienced and take you to sites varying in depths, currents and visibility ranging from 20 – 50 m! You can expect a kaleidoscope of colorful corals and wonderful marine life – we can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.
Spectacular Dive Sites and exclusive diving on virgin reefs awaits those who dive with Mad Fish Dive Centre at Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort. We have over 20 world-class sites offering enormous variety for divers of all levels within a 5-minute to half hour boat ride.
Fishing
Superb blue water sport and big game fishing awaits you from your base at Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort. Kadavu island is volcanic in origin and rises 3,000 meters from the ocean floor. Surrounded by hundreds of miles of fringing coral, the island also has 50 miles of great barrier reef forming sheltered lagoons and steep outer reef drop-offs.
The resort has a Tag & Release policy on all billfish and a Catch & Release on all other species. We do however take home dinner and our cooks will be delighted to prepare your catch for the dinner plate. Sashimi, Kokoda, griller mahi mahi, baked trevally…you catch it, we cook it!

Accommodations

Matava is a genuine eco-adventure-hideaway designed to cause minimal impact on the environment and to promote conservation awareness with our local community and visitors. Matava is designed to blend with its natural environment. With only 9 traditional thatched Fijian bures nestled in the rainforest and only a maximum of 22 guests, Matava offers privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.
Traditional thatched Fijian ‘bures’ with solid mahogany timber polished floors, louvre windows, timber Queen and King sized beds and private decks are nestled in the rainforest to offer privacy, comfort and superb ocean views. Ocean view Bures offer spectacular panoramas of The Great Astrolabe Reef and surrounding offshore islands. Our Premium class Honeymoon Bures are scattered back up on the hill behind Matava to ensure complete privacy and stunning vista from the expansive full length picture windows across the ocean.

Dining

All meals are included at Matava Resort!
Meals at Matava are an imaginative blend of local and international cuisine. Dining takes place on the balcony of the ‘bure levu’, one of Fiji’s largest traditional structures where guests gather from around the world for papaya salad, mango chicken, coconut curries and sashimi while sharing conversation and friendship. Meals are offered as a package; comprising a continental style breakfast, lunch, and a three – course dinner extravaganza. Our friendly Fijian staff will put a smile on your face and make sure you will love the food as much as they love preparing it for you.
Local seasonal delicacies are always found in the menu as well as the days fresh produce, which incorporates locally grown organic tropical fruit and vegetables, home style freshly baked breads and muffins and freshly caught seafood like tuna, trevally, lobster and walu (Spanish mackeral). Scrumptious lovo feasts, a traditional Fijian meal cooked over hot stones in the ground, are held once a week, usually accompanied by a kava session. We cater for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements. Organic garden Matava boasts an extensive organic vegetable garden offering a host of fresh vegetables and fruits used daily in our meals to provide the freshest fare. The garden offers such fruits as coconuts, pineapple, pawpaw, guava, banana, mangos, lemons, melons, avocados and mandarins. We also grow delicious organic vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, lettuces, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, cabbages, pumpkin, capsicum, radishes, and cassava. To complement our vegetable dishes, we also grow a variety of herbs such as coriander, basil, sage and oregano. We have a nursery to start seeds in a controlled environment, which we then transplant to the garden. Since we compost all our organic waste, we have a large compost system to help enrich the already fertile soil.

Weddings & Honeymooners

Matava ‘Barefoot Beach Wedding’
Includes:
Fijian minister, choice of beach locations, flower decorations, brides bouquet, Grooms Salusalu, private lunch on wedding beach for bride & groom, flower headband for bride, wedding cake (single tier), private evening dinner in flower decorated bure, champagne after the wedding ceremony, an island choir plus a kava ceremony

Package Inclusions & Pricing

Package rate below include:
- Round-trip economy air fare from Los Angeles to Nadi and onward to Kadavu with Fiji Airways
- Round-trip transfers between Kadavu and Matava
- 7 Nights accommodation in Oceanview Bure
- All meals (breakfast, lunch & Dinner plus unlimited tea and coffee)
- Traditional Lovo Feast and Kava ceremony
Dive package also includes:
- 5 days of 2 tank diving with Mad Fish Dice Center
- All day access to shore diving at ‘The Critter Junction’

Rate Notes:
The rates below are per person and based on two people traveling together and sharing a room with travel dates until 31 March 2015 (blackouts may apply). They are based on the lowest published airfare and the best low season resort special and are subject to availability. Rates may change at anytime without notice. Please request a quote, for an exact rate on your preferred dates.