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Dive Review of Matava in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Elizabeth Crapo, ID, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 6414
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Guam, Bali, Dominica, Roatan, Bermuda, French Polynesia,
Key West
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Bring extra batteries if you can.  Matava is "off the grid," and
they don't always run the generator.  I was always able to get my battery
charged, but I would have felt better having a backup.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
After you take a Twin Otter from Nadi, resort personnel will pick you up at
the Kadavu airport for the hour-plus boat ride to Matava.  The resort is
"off the grid," and is accessible only by boat.  Bures
(bungalows) have no electricity but you get a gas lantern to use after the
sun goes down.  The bures have hot water, mosquito nets and nice beds.  You
are summoned to meals by a drum, and everything is served family style. 
The food was very good, and the staff was always cheerful and helpful.  
The diving was great as well.  It is often tide/current dependent.  A
couple were just OK, but most of them were great.  The reef is healthy,
mostly hard coral, but some sites have soft corals as well.  There was a
site just outside the lagoon where manta rays regularly hang out.
They have a cool topside excursion where you go to a Fijian village and a
waterfall.  It's a double waterfall, where you have to scramble up the
first one with the help of the locals to a pool below the second one, which
is in what you could almost call a cave.  It's one of the best waterfalls
I've ever seen.  The local boys entertain you by jumping from the cliffs.
If you are into fishing, the resort does fishing charters as well.  There's
a reef in front of the resort where you can snorkel or dive at high tide,
as well as a small island with a nice beach.
I had a great time at Matava and would love to go back.  Great diving,
great staff, beautiful resort. If you like the idea of really getting away
from it all, in a low-environmental-impact type of place, you will probably
like it here as well.  If you insist on an infinity pool and nonfat
soy-milk lattes, maybe not.
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