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Dive Review of Dive Kadavu/Matana Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Cindy Edgerton, WA, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5664
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Bonaire and elsewhere in Fiji.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on boat with 500 PSI or 50 bar.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Water bucket on boat for cameras. No camera facilities on land.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We were delayed getting here due to Cyclone Tomas and after it passed
through, we had a stationary front that dumped rain on Kadavu for several
days impacting viz due to runoff. 

We met our NZ friends at the airport and flew to Kadavu together. You can
carry duty free liquor on the inter-island flights. Of resorts on Kadavu,
Matana is closest to the airport and the boat trip only took 10-15 minutes.
There was one other guest (non-diver) at Matana when we arrived but she
left the next day - and a few days later a couple from Switzerland arrived.
The six of us (all divers) had the resort to ourselves for several days and
after we left, the Swiss couple were the only guests. 

For the first time in Fiji, we were cautioned to lock everything up as
"a lot of people walk by the resort on their way to Vanusea"
where the airport is. The rooms have small safes and there were locking
cages on each bure's lanai where you could store your dive gear and let it
air dry.

Diving was very good - lots of swim-throughs and interesting topography.
Generally not a lot of current. Diving would have been great if the viz was
better. Dive leader Sola was very accommodating and great at pointing out
critters and most dive sites were only about 10 minutes from the resort. 

Dive site Yellow Wall had fabulous yellow soft coral and a large swim
through, combined with a good mix of large and small critters: three eagle
rays, two clown triggers, various wrasses, butterfly fish (BFF) and

Dive site Evil Trench had a chimney that started at 100' and went down to
182' where there is a large cave that you can swim through and out to the
blue ocean. Lots of large lobsters in the cave and occasional sharks.
(Advanced divers only). Also saw a turtle, two sharks, and an octopus above
100' at this site. 

We did a three tank dive to the NW corner of the island near Mt. Washington
(they call it King Kong Mountain - because that is what it looks like). Saw
a white tip shark, two Hawksbill turtles, stingray, Clown and Titan trigger
fish, Lyretail Grouper, Reticulated BFF, Emperor Angelfish, and a Flame
Angelfish (we've only seen them in Hawaii before this). They also offer day
trips to the Astrolabe reef with enough divers. 

The dive site called Featherstar had more pipefish than I have ever seen in
one dive (there were dozens). 

This was our seventh trip to Fiji but we saw fish here we hadn't seen
before including the Fiji Clown Blenny. 

There is no shore diving at the resort - it's a sandy beach with one small,
shallow bommie which is interesting to snorkel around. There is a coconut
palm tree on the beach where where you can get cell coverage.  

The resort has the largest variety of fish and sea life ID books I have
ever seen at a resort (for use in dining room only) as well as a large
lending library. Bures are very basic but have the essentials - queen bed,
private bath, solar hot water with gas backup, ceiling fan and window
screens. (When booking accommodations in Fiji, don't assume they have
window screens - ask. Some don't.) All bures are down near the beach and
the dining area is up above them. There is a beach bar that is open for
happy hour before dinner. Food was basic but good (you pre-order lunch and
dinner at breakfast). One night was a Lovo Feast (Fijian BBQ).  

We would consider going back to Kadavu island and would like to try Mai
Dive since they're on Ono Island and dive the Astrolabe Reef (they had no
availability this trip.) 

One Fiji resort with similarly basic accommodations and truly fabulous
diving is Naigani Island Resort. There are no reviews posted on
Undercurrent but we've been there twice (3/03 and 5/08)and I would gladly
answer questions. It's not a dive resort and you may be the only divers -
but in our two trips there, we never saw another dive boat and the
conditions were pristine. We booked Naigani (and others like this
trip)through Their prices are very competitive, they
give excellent customer service and they go above and beyond if you have
problems (like Cycle Tomas this trip.) One time the owner of World of
Diving met us at LAX on a Saturday night to ensure our luggage made it on
our flight to Fiji when our plane from Seattle was delayed due to
mechanical problems and we had less than an hour on the ground. They're all
divers, know their resorts, and really care. We can't say enough good
things about World of Diving. 
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