Fiji’s fourth largest island, Kadavu, is 100km south of the main island of Viti Levu and is one of the few remaining undeveloped islands in Fiji today. Located on this remote and magnificent island is Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort. Bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef, Matava offers a small and intimate getaway.
Designed to blend in with the natural environment, are traditional thatched Fijian bures (bungalows) nestled in the rainforest amidst lush tropical surroundings (some are located higher uphill, affording a great view), accommodating up to 25 guests and offering privacy, comfort (but no electricity), beautiful furnishings and superb ocean views.
A PADI certified resort with close proximity to the Great Astrolabe Reef, Matava is the perfect environment to scuba dive Fiji. Diving here is diverse – you can enjoy incredibly healthy reef systems with beautiful hard and soft corals, hunt for little critters in the muck, or take advantage of the resident Manta Rays and sharks that patrol the reefs. Depending on the tide, you may need to walk through knee-high water to get to one of two dedicated dive boats. The dive staff has superb knowledge of the local sites to give you the best dive experience possible. For groups, a dedicated dive crew will be assigned to look after you for the duration of your holiday. Other activites include: snorkeling, surfing, fishing, kayaking, trekking to nearby villages, bird watching or just relaxing.
Matava is a genuine eco-hideaway designed to cause minimal impact on the environment and to promote environmental awareness with the local community and guests. They have won multiple awards for their efforts in sustainability and environmental activities. This is the reason you won’t find hair dryers at Matava Eco Resort, and why you’ll use a lantern or flashlight instead of relying on a heavily light pathway at night. All lighting in the Oceanview and Honeymoon bure accommodation and the main bure is solar powered. The resort office also derives all its power from solar energy.
Ecologically conscious yet adventure driven, Matava heralds in a whole new eco-adventure holiday experience. There are no telephones or TVs in the rooms so you will not be distracted from the beautiful views. Glass shutters instead of glass panes in the bures allow a breeze all day long (there is no air conditioning, but effective mosquito netting!).
Meals at Matava are a combination of western cuisine and local food, and much of the food served in the restaurant is carefully grown in a large organic garden on the resort grounds This minimises the need to import vegetables with associated transportation carbon emissions.
In addition, they supply local village farmers with seeds and then purchase the fruit and vegetables from them. Many fruit trees such as banana and papaya are scattered through out the grounds.
Matava has a soft spot for bees, and they have trained beekeepers maintaining 4 hives, regularly churning out fresh organic honey. After a few days you will feel like family – the staff at Matava has a great way of making you feel at home.