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Dive Review of Matava Resort/Matava Eco Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

Matava Resort/Matava Eco Resort: "Wonderful Trip to Matava Eco Resort", Feb, 2016,

by Dyan Lee, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8857.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Bula Vinaka! THE BEST! Beautiful resort that is really off the grid minimal electricity. Most lighting done with solar LED and hurricane lamps. The summer is hot so they are adding ceiling fans. The stars on a clear night are incredible. The staff went above and beyond for all of us. Meals were of gourmet quality always different and delicious! Every evening dinner was a different theme, including a traditional Fijian Feast with the Kava ceremony. Kava is not to be described - only remembered! Homemade breads daily! You are served family style sitting at the table with your fellow guests. And each evening a member of the staff joins you for a meal. I was there during the low season (February) and there were only 5 guests. Perfect. We all got along wonderfully and had a ball. And I was there when Cyclone Winston struck. The original path was to hit our southern island dead on at Cat. 5; however, a last minute course correction pushed her up to the northern Fiji islands and we only suffered high winds and pelting rain. But before we knew we were out of danger the staff organized all our transfers to higher ground with preparations to move us all into a concrete building if needed. This also affected travel plans for everyone and again the staff jumped in to offer every bit of assistance needed to get us information and reschedule flights.

Scuba diving was beautiful. Unfortunately due to weather the viz was usually low. Lots of plankton in the water. Even so, the coral formations are outstanding. We were not able to dive outside the reef to see the Manta Rays (again, very rough water due to coming storm) but diving inside the reef was great. Any diving in Fiji is great!

If you are looking for a Sandals or Hilton vacation, this is probably not the place for you. But if you want to feel like you've really visited Fiji, and get to know the people and the culture, you cannot do better than Matava. Thank you for an unforgettable holiday!
Websites Matava Eco Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cayman, Cozumel, Akumal, Florida, Roatan, Lake Superior
Closest Airport Nadi, Fiji Getting There Fiji Airlines direct from LA

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Due to the warm, warm water there was a great deal of plankton which seriously cut viz
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