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Dive Review of Matangi Island Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Matangi Private Island Resort

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ledean Paden, IL, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5364
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Caribbean, French Polynesian islands and Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay with the guide but the guide was matched with your abilities  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We decided to do something a little special for Xmas this year, and boy did
we hit the jackpot! The adventure begins with your flight from LAX to Fiji,
a 10 hour flight. This is an over night flight, so be sure to get an
outside seat if possible, so you don't get stuck in the middle seats. Upon
arriving in Fiji, 5am, we immediately got on another flight to Taveuni. (1
1/2 flight) A van picks you up at the airport and off you go to a beach to
be picked up by a boat from the island. 
Now the adventure really starts, the boat ride is very enjoyable. When you
get to the island, you are greeted by the staff with song and drink. It is
so incredibly beautiful, that no place else will compare. The huts are 5
star all the way, so don't worry about the accommodations. The outside
shower is fun and a kooky thing to enjoy so I would definitely book a hut
with one. 
Everyday they will do your laundry, so pack lite. Robes are in the room to
use, so maybe leave your pj's home. 
Eating: They beat on a log to tell you when it is time to eat, so relax and
slow down, your on island time now. The food is tasty and diverse, many
choices to pick from each day. Deserts were wonderful and each person order
something different and share. 
Diving: We had such a fun time diving with the resorts dive crew, fun and
exciting. They are in tune to the level you are at and will help you if you
need it. We did a 10 day live aboard after our stay at Matangi and
honestly, the diving from the island was far superior. Live and learn! They
know where the best places are to dive and when the coral is open as well
as the currents. Important in Fiji, trust me. 
Other stuff: You can do day trips from the island, we did not but many
couples did and talked highly of them. We did some sea kayaking, what a
work out. Looking back, we should have stayed two weeks and skipped the
live aboard, there is always next year.
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