Waya Beach at Matava (Matava Eco Resort)

Matava Eco Resort proudly bestows upon itself the title ‘Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort’. Tucked away on the secluded island of Kadavu, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the town of Suva on the largest island of Fiji – Viti Levu – Matava’s location as the sole resort on Kadavu’s east coast makes it the prime site from which to access the Great Astrolabe Reef. Kadavu is relatively under-developed compared with the rest of Fiji. The landscape is unspoiled, with the jungle-clad peaks and plunging waterfalls of the interior finally giving way to pristine beaches. The owners of Matava have spent a great deal of time and care constructing the resort with minimal impact on the landscape and local environment. The resort is designed to blend in with the natural surroundings of the lush tropical vegetation and forests.

There are almost no roads on Kadavu so your journey to Matava on the south east coast of the island will be by boat from the airport! What a fantastic way to approach this beautifully-positioned resort! The resort takes a maximum of 22 guests in 9 traditional Fijian Bures with en-suite bathrooms. Four Honeymoon Bures, so named for their privacy and seclusion, are scattered on the hill behind the resort. Their location affords splendid views of the tropical gardens and the ocean made all the better by the full length picture windows. The rooms are spacious and airy with polished mahogany floors and king-sized four poster beds. Five Oceanfront Bures sport fantastic views across the Pacific and are simple and spacious inside, built in local thatched and timber frame design. All bures have hot water and lighting provided by solar power.

The resort does not operate a main generator, rather it runs entirely from solar power. It is not possible to use items such as hair dryers and battery chargers in your bure, though there are numerous power outlets to charge cameras, laptops and batteries in the main bure. As much food as possible is grown in the resort’s gardens to reduce the need to import groceries. A large organic garden is situated in the grounds of the resort and locals are given seeds so that the resort can purchase fruit and vegetables from them. Organic waste is composted and glass, cans and tins are recycled. Matava is not a luxury resort, but rather a friendly, ecologically-sensitive, somewhat ‘rustic’ but comfortable place with excellent food and fantastic diving.

The Mad Fish Dive Centre at the resort can take up to 18 divers at any one time, plus Divemasters and crew. The faster boats afford good access to a broad stretch of Astrolabe and sometimes you can do a three tank dive day with a barbeque lunch on a deserted island. Most of the dive boats are shaded and entry is by backwards roll.

Price: From about £1290 (about US$1780, about €1484)


  • 7 nights accommodation on a twin/share basis in an Oceanview Traditional Bure at Matava Eco Resort
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) daily
  • 5 days of two tank diving, 'unlimited' unguided shore diving
  • Traditional Lovo Feast and Kava ceremony
  • Return airport transfers.

Stays can be of any length.

Upgrades to other room types are available: Please contact us.

Reduced rates are available for non-divers.

Single Occupancy Supplement:  Please contact us.

Air Travel: Our in-house IATA ticket agency can arrange your air travel in connection with your holiday from a departure point anywhere in the world, or you may arrange your own air travel if you prefer. We can tailor-make your itinerary to your personal requirements, so if you would like to make a stop-over or two, make a side trip to some other destination, or travel business class rather than economy, we will be happy to assist. Please contact us about your air travel requirements.

The main bure at Matava Eco Resort (Matava Eco Resort)

The view from the balcony of one of the honeymoon bures (Matava Eco Resort)

Honeymood bure interior (Matava Eco Resort)

Oceanview bure exterior view (Matava Eco Resort)

Off for the morning dive! (Matava Eco Resort)

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