Matava is a genuine eco-adevnture-hideaway designed to cause minimal impact on the environment and to promote conservation awareness with the local community and visitors. Matava is designed to blend with its natural environment.
With only 9 traditional thatched Fijian bures nestled in the rainforest and only a maximum of 22 guests, Matava offers privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.Traditional thatched Fijian ‘bures’ with solid mahogany timber polished floors, louvre windows, timber Queen and King Sized beds and private decks are nestled in the rainforest to offer privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.
Oceanview Bures offer spectacular panoramas of The Great Astrolabe Reef and surrounding offshore island.
Meals are served in the main bure three times daily. The main bure has a fully stocked bar with a selection of local and imported beers, wines and spirits, soft drinks and juices. Tea, coffee and Milo are available during the day from the kitchen for a small fee.
A selection of English and international books and magazines are available from the “shelf library” in the main bure. So after an exciting dive, you may just want to hang out, fall into one of our cosy pillows and enjoy a little poetry, or identify the creatures you had just seen on your last dive.
Lighting is provided by solar power. The solar panels situated around the resort charge deep cycle batteries during the day to provide lighting in all the bures and the Main Complex in the evenings. The system is 12 volt and normal household appliances cannot be used in the bures. It is however possible to have your batteries charged in the Main Complex during the day att he 240V charging station. A lantern is provided for each bure and is yours to utilise for the duration of your stay.
Matava minimizes the need to import vegetables with associated transportation carbon emissions by maintaining a large organic garden in the resort grounds. In addition, the resort supplies local village farmers with seeds and then purchase the fruit and vegetables from them. Many fruit trees such as banana and papaya are scattered throught the grounds.
There is no beach at Matava but each bure has a deck to sun bathe, have a romantic dinner or gaze at the stars.
Oceanview Bures are across the stream and offer spectacular panoramas of The Great Astrolabe Reef and surrounding offshore islands. Top-end Honeymoon Bures are scattered back up on the hill behind Matava to ensure complete privacy and stunning vista from the expansive full length picture windows across the ocean. Immersed in beautiful tropical gardens and surrounded by lush rainforest the Honeymoon Bures are a true heaven of privacy within the beauty of Fiji’s natural environment. All these new design bures have new private facilities and expansive private decks. Solar power provides the lighting in all the bures for night time reading and comfort. Hot water is supplied to all the bures by the eco-friendly Solar Hot Water system. The environmental policy does not allow the spray of harsh chemicals for pest control, the resort prefers the natural repellent of the carefully selected shrubs that discourage insects and bugs. All bures are fully insect screened on all windows, and the romance of the tropics is enlivened with custom made mosquito nets on all of the beds.
The dive center has just be completely renovated and offers full equipment rental.
The new boat, DIVE ME, is completely innovative and new to the scuba diving industry in Kadavu, and indeed the Fiji Islands. This dive boat has room for 12 divers on a 2-tank dive,as well as 2 PADI Divemasters and a captain. It has everything on board that a diver needs like rinse buckets, a camera table, a shaded area, and easy entry twin platforms for both going in and out of the water.
With this new boat Mad Fish Dive Centre @ Matava will be the first and only resort on Kadavu that is able to dive the entire length of the Great Astrolabe Reef. This opens up never before dived areas and dive sites. They are excited about diving never before seen reefs and offshore pinnacles in the coming year. In addition they offer a 3-tank boat dive trip to the Northern Astrolabe Reefs north of Ono and as far as Solo Atoll. This will be combined with a BBQ lunch on the beach cooked by their very own chef, Kuki, before your 3rd dive!
DIVE ME was custom designed for the specific diving done in Kadavu, Fiji Islands. Based on a proven hull design by NAIAD Designs from New Zealand, the boat was further developed by Bluewatercraft in Navua, Fiji Islands to allow a dry, safe ride, while allowing easy access to the water from the back twin dive platforms.
In keeping with Matava’s policy of ‘buying Fiji’ and supporting local community capacity building, Mad Fish Dive Centre made the decision to build the vessel in country. This has allowed many of the tradesmen in the boat building industry once more gain advanced technological skills required to build a high end alloy vessel.
DIVE ME is fitted with the newest state-of-the-art twin 4 stroke SUZUKI 140hp Outboard Engines. 4-strokes are the cleanest outboard engines currently available. Suzuki 4-stroke outboards are noted for the low fuel consumption, low exhaust emission, low noise and outstanding reliability.
The Great Astrolabe Reef lies to the south of Kadavu, facing the expanse of the South Pacific Ocean. Mad Fish Dive Centre @ Matava dives the entire reef system both inside and outside the reef depending on the best conditions of tides, wind, weather and waves. Here is just a small taste of a few of the favorite dive locations.
Reserve Home to “Spot X” and the “Japanese Gardens”. This passage offers one of the finest dives in Fiji, abounding in pelagic fish including schools of sharks, wrasse and barracuda, and coral gardens exploding with colour. The passage is a marine reserve.
This passage includes “Eagle Rock” and “Cabbage Patch”. And is known for it’s lively currents and pelagic (BIG FISH!) life. “Eagle Rock” is named after a school of eagle rays, which fly around the bommie at the mouth of this passage. The dive also typically hosts reef sharks, barracuda and turtles. “Cabbage Patch” is home to one of the biggest cabbage coral patches a diver is ever likely to see. Reef sharks, hump head wrasse and colourful schools of reef fish are commonly seen on this relaxing dive. The passage is a marine reserve.
Manta rays and sharks can be seen year round.