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

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Cindy Edgerton, WA, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5989
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii (Kona, Maui, Kauai), Bonaire, Florida, elsewhere in Fiji (Beqa,
Taveuni, Naigani, Yasawas, Mamanucas)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on the boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera bucket on boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We love diving Fiji because of the abundance and variety of fish you can
see, beautiful soft and hard corals, generally easy diving conditions, and
friendly people. This time our flight into Fiji was delayed a day due to
Cyclone Tomas which slowly passed over Fiji. Even though it went over
Kadavu, the resort was in good shape and there was no damage visible above
or below water - though the weather remained unsettled for the duration of
our trip.

The resort is very basic, running on generators and solar hot water. Due to
the generator schedule, you can only charge batteries in your room at
certain times of the day but they are very accommodating in the office
about letting you charge electronic devices there. Also in the office area
is a very large lending library and a helpful assortment of fish and marine
life identification books. 

For most of our stay, it was just us, our friends from New Zealand and a
couple from Switzerland. 

The bed in our bure was a little soft and when I mentioned it, they swapped
it out for a better one the same day. The food was good and plentiful. All
meals were eaten at a long communal table with the resort management and
dive staff. You pre-order your dinner at breakfast. For the first time in
many trips to Fiji, we did get stomach upset and had to change to bottled
water. It could have been due to all the rain from the cyclone. Another
first for a Fijian dive resort: we were warned to lock our bure and not to
leave anything of value on the porch as a lot of people walk by the resort
every day and things can get stolen. They had locking cages on the deck to
dry our wetsuits, etc.

The diving was great. Probably our favorite site was Yellow Wall where you
dive through long swim-throughs covered with beautiful yellow soft corals.
On that dive we saw two Titan Triggerfish, three Eagle Rays, a Clown
Triggerfish, and lots of smaller tropical fish.  

One day my husband, the dive leader and the Swiss divers dove Evil Trench -
a crack at 100' that goes down. At 180' there is a cavern which opens to
the ocean. They swam through the cavern and ascended. Obviously this dive
is only recommended for experience divers.

Another day we took a 3-tank trip to Mt Washington (they called it King
Kong Mountain) at the far western end of Kadavu in an attempt to see more
sharks and large fish.

All diving in Fiji is wonderful, especially if you get off the main island
(Viti Levu) - as the smaller islands give a more traditional Fijian feel
and generally have more pristine diving. When traveling to Fiji, we always
take plenty of insect repelleant and sunscreen and any medicines we might
need (prescription medicines as well as cold remedies, anti-diarheal,
topical antibiotics, decongestant, etc.) as they aren't easily accessible
even on the main island. We also have a well-stocked save-a-dive kit with
spare regulator mouth pieces, fin straps, mask straps, computer batteries,
etc. Better safe than sorry. Some resorts we've stayed at in Fiji had
well-maintained dive gear but some gear needs repair/replacement(octopuses
that don't flow, regs with no teeth tabs remaining) so after our first trip
when we got certified, we always bring our own gear. When booking trips to
Fiji, we've learned to inquire about diving on Sundays as some resorts
don't allow it. Finally, we often bring snacks into Fiji - you can't bring
dairy, meat or seeds (but they have allowed us to bring nuts including
cashews, peanuts, almonds). 

Fiji dive resorts are generally all-inclusive and are a great bargain (and
the diving is amazing). After 7 trips to Fiji, we still see new fish each
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