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Dive Review of Mona Cousens/Matava in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Mona Cousens, CA, United States
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Report Number 5155
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Solomon, Komodo, Sulawesi, Thailand, Borneo, etc, etc
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
Water Temp
72   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We went with a guide.  Fairly relaxed profile policy.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Matava Resort,  Kadavu,  Fiji

We arrived at the airport in Kadavu about 26 hours after we left our home
in Santa Barbara.   It was still awhile to reach the resort as we had to
transfer to the boat which is an uncovered ponga style and take an hour
ride on the water.

We were greeted by a smiling Fijian named Magi who has a wicked sense of
humor.   He very seriously told us it was an hour hike to our bure.  As I
walked the steps I realized that he is a jokester.... the walk was about
two minutes....  thank goodness.

The bure has a lovely patio and nice comfy king size bed with mosquito
netting. The room is extremely basic however as  there is no power in the
bure nor in the hotel for that matter.  The one light is a solar power
small light over the bed and at night it is very dark in there.  The shower
has gas powered hot water but dont stay in too long as it will run out

The main dining room has two or three tables depending on the number of
guests expected.  There is a tiny bar with four seats.
The dive shop is located about 30 steps away from the main room.  There is
a small place to hang your wetsuit and store your gear.

In the morning,  the first dive is at around 8:15.  The tide is so far out
that you have to grab your weight belt, fins, etc  and walk thru the water
about 50 yards to get on.   In the afternoon on your return,  the tide is
back in so you can disembark at the dock.  They generally do two dive in
the morning back to back with a surface interval on the beach, weather and
tide permitting,  or on the boat.  We were usually back at the resort by
noon to one and after a quick shower in our bure to warm up, down to

The boat is very basic.  It holds maybe four divers comfortably.  You gear
up and do a backroll in.  When done there is a good ladder to get back on.

The diving ranges from marginal to actually quite good.   One of my
favorite sites was the green wall.   It is a series of rock ledges covered
in green coral that looks like moss or grass....  it is really spectacular
as it emulates the island scenery.  The   grass was full of nudibranchs. 

Another favorite spot was eagle rock.  Also rocky ledges with coral covered
over them.  On jumping in saw a small school of barracuda, maybe 20 fish.  
Also we saw a small school of grey reef sharks,  about 8.  

The golden chimney is another good dive with a wall covered with yellow
soft coral reaching up from the depths all the way to the surface.  

They have a season for mantas here but we must have just missed them.  The
weather had turned very cold for Fiji...  in the low 70s topside and 72-76
underwater.   The surface interval was cold as we had no sun and it was
windy.  The owner of the resort, Richard said that the air was coming down
from New Zealand who was having unheard of snow in the city.  this caused
us to have the coldest temperatures he has seen in the seven years he has
owned the resort.  Any of the staff who were lucky enough to have them were
wearing gortex.  I had light sweaters and was wearing everything I had to 
stay warm. 

In the afternoon,  you could take a third dive if wanted (not included in
your package),  take a walk to a local village and waterfall,  do a walk
with a local medicine man, kayak, snorkel in the lagoon, or just lay in the
hammock and do nothing.

The evening meal is at 7:30 with cocktail hour starting from six onward.

The food is basic but usually quite good.  There is nothing other than tea
and coffee between meals so if you are a snack lover,  bring your own.  
they do have cookies on the dive boat, however, for the surface interval.

All in all,  as the week wore on and the sun came out and the weather
warmed up,  I grew to like this island.

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