Matava Eco Resort


Matava main_bure_03On the remote and magnificent island of Kadavu, Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort boasts secluded splendor while also satisfying your spirit of adventure. Bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef, Matava is a small and intimate getaway designed to blend with its natural environment.

Meals at Matava are an imaginative blend of local and international cuisine. Dining takes place on the balcony of the ‘bure levu’, one of Fiji’s largest traditional structures where guests gather from around the world for papaya salad, mango chicken, coconut curries and sashimi while sharing conversation and friendship. Matava boasts an extensive organic vegetable garden offering a host of fresh vegetables and fruits used daily in meals to provide the freshest fare.

Matava is a genuine eco-adventure hideaway designed to cause minimal impact on the environment and to promote conservation awareness with the local community and visitors. They use solar power for lighting and hot water, compost food waste and collect rainwater for the organic garden. Working in conjunction with the neighboring village of Kadavu Koro, they have established a marine reserve protected from any sort of fishing, shell collecting and reef walking.


At Matava, traditional Fijian bures set amidst lush tropical surroundings, accommodate up to 22 guests and offer privacy, comfort and superb ocean views. The ‘bures’ all have polished timber floors, louver windows, timber four poster beds and private decks with superb ocean views.

Oceanview Bures are across the stream from the main building and offer spectacular panoramas of The Great Astrolabe Reef and surrounding offshore islands.

The 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.

Matava does not spray harsh chemicals for pest control, using instead the natural repellent of carefully selected shrubs that discourage insects and bugs. All bure windows are fully insect-screened and the romance of the tropics is enlivened with custom made mosquito nets on all beds.


Mad Fish Dive Centre is Matava’s on site PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. They dive the Great Astrolabe Reef extensively and cater for all levels of diver from beginner to experienced. The staff are a dedicated team of professionals who look forward to guiding you through varying sites where you can expect a kaleidoscope of colorful corals and wonderful marine life.

The Great Astrolabe Reef is the world’s fourth largest barrier reef and is Fiji’s largest living organism. It extends along the entire southern side of Kadavu and stretches for over 120km. It is rated as one of the world’s premier diving locations offering a great diversity and spectacle in coral structures and marine life.

The 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. This boat enables Mad Fish Dive Centre to dive the entire length of the Great Astrolabe Reef. This opens up never before dived areas and dive sites.

Combined with simple access to The Manta Dive, Fiji’s only year round manta dive site, there are walls and coral gardens full of reef fish, sharks, morays, gorgonians, barracuda and rays to explore.

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