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

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Valerie Deutsch, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4339
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bali, Belize, Mexico (Cozumel, Akumal, Sea of Cortez), Grand Turk 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Experienced divers trusted to dive their own profile.  
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
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Although I am not an UWP, I noted that those who were had no rinse tank on
boat and no specialized facilities at the resort.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
"Come us friends, leave as family" is the motto at Matangi Island
Resort, a true paradise for those seeking a quietly luxurious stay on a
remote privately owned tropical island with easy access to spectacular soft
coral diving.  As with many remote resorts on Fiji, this is not inexpensive
but it was so worth the splurge. Matangi is a perfect destination if you
want to mix a romantic tropical escape with low-key, mellow diving. Travel
involves a 10 hour non-stop flight from LA, a 1 hour 10 passenger flight to
Taveuni, and a 30-minute boat ride to the island which has been owned by
the Aussie Douglas family for generations.  The Fijians who live nearby and
work at Matangi are the epitome of kindness and warmth. Chickens roam free,
an organic garden provides fresh food, the Fijians share kava, sing and
extend their joy with life into the relaxed pace of the day. There are 12
private bures (treehouse or beachfront steps from a white sand beach or in
a  garden) at varying prices with quite delicious 3 meals provided.
Vegetarian, fish or meat choices blend Fijian, Asian or Western cuisine;
full bar with reasonably priced drinks.  No children under 16 so this is
truly an adult getaway.  As most of the guests (at least in August) were an
international array of honeymooners, the dive boat never had more than 5
people on board. For non-divers or those interested in adding other
activities to their day, there are hiking trails around the lush island,
free use of kayaks (you can kayak around the island in 3 hours),
spectacular snorkeling in the house reef steps from your bure, 2 small
sailboats, indulgent massages (for about $60 US). There are additional but
reasonable costs for excursions to snorkeling spots, to the local village,
school and church on Quamea or to Taveuni for waterfall and rainforest
hikes.  Each couple is provided in the base package with a boat ride to a
private white sand beach called Horseshoe Bay (listed in 1000 Places to See
Before You Die) with a picnic where not a sole is in site.   Shore diving
is free if you commit to diving; packages cost $615 US for five two-tank
dives. No nitrox.  As for the diving, most dives are within 15 minute boat
ride; trips to the Somosomo Strait can be arranged. 2 tank dives leave at
9:00 am and return you to Matangi at around noon so days can be as full or
mellow as you like. The area around Matangi,  Quamea and Taveuni truly
lives up to it's claim to fame as the soft coral capital of the world and
we never saw another dive boat. Pristine and spectacular soft corals were
in full bloom with reef sharks, baracuda, turtles, lion fish, octopi,
nudibranch, large schools of parrot fish, trumpet fish, trigger fish,
surgeons, nemo, damsels in many varieties, etc, etc. Dive master Bale is
great at pointing at small and unusual critters. For surface intervals, we
moored off a remote beach with towels, tea and cookies provided. This is
the type of upscale but low-key holiday that has you yearning for a return
visit.  As we departed and the Fijians sang us their traditional farewell
from the shore, we were already planning next year's visit.
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