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Dive Review of Matava in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadadvu, Fiji

Matava: "Fiji Bucket List Trip Part 2 – Matava Eco Resort, Kadavu Island", Aug, 2022,

by Rene Cote, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 12043.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments In Part 1 of my trip to Fiji, I started with 4 days of diving on the island of Taveuni. My next stop would be Kadavu Island. Bluewater Dive Travel had suggested diving in Kadavu because of the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef, along with the possibility of spotting mantas. Departing Taveuni (TVU) I flew first to Suva Airport (SUV), on the main island in Fiji, had a one-hour layover and then took a 30-minute flight to Kadavu (KDV). I was greeted by a Matava staff member, we loaded the pickup truck and headed to… the grocery store. There, another Matava staff member was waiting with supplies she had purchased for the resort. They loaded the truck and we continued on for a short and bumpy ride to the harbor where we loaded everything into a small water taxi.

It was a 40-minute ride in the open boat to Matava resort; I was VERY grateful it wasn’t raining. The waters were crystal clear with colorful shades of blue, and along the way we had a brief encounter with a couple of dolphins. Arriving at Matava in low tide, I had to get out and wade through ankle-deep water to get to shore, which was no problem – the staff carried my luggage.

Matava is an eco resort and relies on solar power and a generator for power. The resort is comprised of separate bures located on the property’s hillside, a garden near the top of the property, and the main buildings near the waterfront. The property felt a bit worn to me. Perhaps due to low tourism from covid, or other reasons, they didn’t seem to be hitting on all cylinders. My orientation didn’t cover things I learned on my own like: fill a water bottle to take to your room from the ONE potable tap available as there’s no potable water in the bures; be prepared to use a flashlight to get to your bure after dinner since there is no path lighting (by the way, the night skies were amazing!); leave your key in the morning when going diving or else housekeeping thinks you don’t want your room serviced; and the ‘hot water’ in the bures are solar heated and you might not have any hot water in the mornings or at night.

The main building has the dining area, bar, lounge, and library. It is also the only place that has a charging station – and by “charging station” I mean that there is one 7-outlet power strip to be shared by all, and it is only energized fro ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Most of the Caribbean, FL, Morehead City NC, Okinawa, Socorro, La Pax, Cenotes MX, Yap, Palau, Komodo Islands, Bali, Maldives, Hawaii, and now Fiji
Closest Airport KDV Getting There I was on Taveuni, so I flew TVU to SUV to KDV

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 76-79°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-75 Ft/ 9-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions They specified 60 feet depths 40-45 minute dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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
UW Photo Comments No facilities for cameras. No dedicated rinse tanks at the dive shop. The only charg ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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