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Dive Review of Madfish Dive/Matava in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

Madfish Dive/Matava: "Matava Eco Resort", Nov, 2018,

by Henry O Ziller, CO, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 31 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 10797 has 2 Helpful votes.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments FLIGHTS: Denver to LAX on American, partnered with Fiji Airways so bags are checked to Nadi. Fiji Airways from LAX to Nadi then domestic flights on Fiji Link. The flight from Nadi to Kadavu takes about 40 minutes. Kadavu is basically untouched meaning that there are no roads except from the airport to the boat docks and only a few vehicles located there. Luggage and guests are loaded into a truck some in the truck bed and some in the cab for the 5 minute ride to the boat dock. Depending on the tide you may have to walk out in the shallow water to the boat. So make sure you wear shorts and take off your shoes because the mud has pretty good suction. I managed with my sandals but it is probably better without them. Your dive boots would be perfect for this, because you will likely have to walk to shore at the resort depending on the tide, where it is sand, not mud. If you arrive at high tide you just go from the boat to the dock. Your big bags will be carried and you carry your smaller bags. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes and the boat may be open or have a cover. Our ride to the resort was in one of the dive boats and had a cover on the return the boat was open. Have your camera ready as it is a scenic ride.
Matava is an Eco resort and you need to understand this before booking it. Mark built the resort many years ago and then sold it. Mark has recently bought it back and is making some really nice improvements while maintaining it as Eco friendly as possible. A cyclone hit Kadavu in April 2018 so some repairs are still underway but nothing that effects the stay at the resort. An updated sun deck had been completed ocean side and is a great place to watch the sun rise. On the deck is a huge BBQ grill and a wood fired pizza oven.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean and Central America, Micronesia, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Tanzania, Australia, and Fiji.
Closest Airport Vunisea on Kadavu, Nadi International Getting There Denver to LAX, on to Nadi Fiji then Fiji Link to Kadavu

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth 80 feet 45 to 55 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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