Kadavu (pronounced Kandavoo) is the fourth largest and one
of the least developed islands in Fiji and is location of one of
the most famous reefs in the world, the Great Astrolabe Reef. This
wonderful reef system hugs the south coast of Kadavu, heading north
before turning back to meet the north coast of Kadavu and the wide
and deep Ono Channel, between Kadavu and Ono Island. Stretching
for some 65 miles the reef encloses a lagoon dotted with islands,
sand cays, patch reefs and deep water channels.
On the eastern tip of Kadavu, near Kadavu village,
can be found Matava Resort, overlooking Waya Island.
The resort is set in such a stunning locationn that
it is a 40 minute boat ride from the airstrip at Vunisea!
The main bure is set against a backdrop of
lush green mountains, the beach and reefs of SE Kadavu
directly in front. The main bure houses the
reception, bar and restaurant. The dive shop and jetty
are located to the side of the main bure, and
accommodation is scattered through lush gardens along
the shore front and up the hill.
The resort offers a range of accommodation for a maximum
of just 22 guests. Rooms vary from simple bungalows
with shared facilities for those on a budget and found
close to the main bure and dive shop, to oceanview
and waterfront bures with en suite bathrooms
and private decks overlooking the beach and reef beyond.
The oceanview and waterfront bures are built
in local Fijian style with thatched roofs, polished
hardwood floors, four poster beds, and louvered windows
that allow in the breeze and light. Each bure is tucked
in amongst the forest and offers privacy and comfort
in a Robinson Crusoe locale.
The atmosphere at Matava is second to none. Within
minutes every member of staff knows you in person, despite
the fact that they may have not actually met you yet!
While you may be alomst as far away from home as is
possible, you are invited into a familylike atmosphere
at Matava,where your enjoyment and relaxation is of
the utmost important. While Matava may not be a 5 star
resort you are made to feel like Royalty!
The diving on the east coast of Kadavu is different
to that of the majority of Fiji. The Great Atrolabe
Reef is dominated by hard coral formations and sea fans,
and not soft corals, as can be found in the north of
the country. Huge cabbage coral formations, serried
ranks of plate corals and rolling fields of staghorn
hold sway here. On the walls and in the passes can be
found swirling schools of barracuda and jacks, snapper
and fuseliers. And to the South West of Matava can be
found Manta Reef, were regular sightings of these gentle
giants at a cleaning station are a must-see opportunity!
Directly out from the resort vast expanses of turtle
grass are home to seahorses and other weed-a-likes,
and beyond them a narrow coral isthmus runs all the
way to Waya Island with its fabulous snorkelling and
a great beach.
For non-divers there are treks through rainforest which
afford spectacular views of the coastline and the Great
Astrolabe Reef beyond; en route you can visit small
villages where a traditional way of life is still very
much in view. Sea kayaking to uninhabited islands and
bays, amongst mangrove forests and coral reefs are also
available, and overnight kayaking tours can be arranged
in advance. Bird watchers are well catered for in Kadavu,
including 3 species endemic to Kadavu; the Kadavu musk
parrot can be found roosting in the resort grounds!
Guides are available on request.
Matava offers exceptional value for money in unspoilt
surroundings; for those who wish to get away from it
all, and want to be out of contact with the office,
this is the ideal place!