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Matava Eco Resort

3 star hotel
PO Box 63, Kadavu Island, Fiji
10 rooms
YES ($) Internet

Mad Fish Dive Center

5 star dive center
Onsite Show address

PO Box 63, Kadavu Island, Fiji

Resort Highlights

  • Winner of the region’s first PADI Green Star award
  • Million dollar views of the South Pacific Ocean
  • Drift off to sleep to the gentle rumble of surf upon the barrier reef
  • Meals are made with organic farm produce, and served under the Milky Way
  • The honey on your breakfast is from the onsite community bee hives
  • Manta Reef is only a 40 minute boat ride away
  • Aims to be the first country to fully participate in the Shark Free Marina Initiative
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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS such as free DAN dive insurance.
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation terms

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 25% (downpayment)
  • 60 days before trip start: 75% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 25% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 37 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Matava Eco Resort

Resort Description

Matava Eco Resort is a truly eco-conscious resort where you can indulge your spirit of adventure at a gentle pace.

Honeymoon and Oceanview bures sit in discreet clusters between swathes of untouched rainforest. There are no roads in Matava, only a network of peaceful trails connecting one village to the next, making the whole island incredibly peaceful - and ideal for rainforest trekking. Plunge into one of the many waterfalls and pools that slice down through the rugged highland and watch as the local children leap from dizzying heights. 

Matava places a lot of importance on Fijian community and is a wonderful place to learn about traditions and culture. The resort partners with local beekeepers and splits the honey 50/50 to benefit all involved, and there's an organic farm and orchard on site. Visit schools, sample the local drink made from the root of a pepper plant or join a local medicine man on a plantation walk to learn the healing properties of plants.

The 5* PADI center on site dives the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef extensively and caters for all levels of diver. The reef is regarded as one of the best in the world for its marine diversity and clear visibility. The Manta Reef dive - a feeding station for manta rays - is easily accessible from here too. End your dives and treks with a warm foot soak in fragrant coconut milk bath at the onsite spa.

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What to see

While diving the Great Astrolabe Reef, take the time to enjoy the healthy coverage of hard and soft coral. Sponges, sea whips, sea fans and giant clams crammed on to coral bommies make for a wonderful sight. Manta rays are a highlight at Kadavu and they often frequent cleaning stations at the southern part of Kadavu Island. As such expect to see many colorful butterflyfish and cleaner wrasse at these sites.

Amongst the pinnacles, passages and along walls, you are likely to bump into friendly green sea turtles, humphead wrasse and also large and sometimes inquisitive potato cod. Schooling fish like sweetlips, snapper and fusilier are also common and these attract hunters like giant trevally, mackerel and tuna. At a dive site called Seafan Alley, there have been sightings of hammerhead sharks but usually at depths below 100ft (30m).

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Over 20 spectacular dive sites, including exclusive diving on virgin reefs.
  • Observe oceanic and resident manta rays.
  • Large marine reserve with coral gardens and fast drift dives.
  • Shark Alley and Spot X are just 20 minutes away.
  • Humpbacks, tiger sharks and whale sharks have all been seen here.
  • Explore The Golden Chimney - a hole through the reef covered in yellow soft corals.

Description

Mad Fish Dive Center is is a fully equipped center with access to some of the world's best scuba diving and is the prime diving operation on Kadavu Island.

The center dives the The Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef extensively and caters for all levels of diver from beginner to experienced. They'll take you to sites varying in depth, current and visibility ranging from 20 – 100m, where you can expect a kaleidoscope of colourful corals and wonderful marine life. 

The crew at Mad Fish Dive Centre are a dedicated team of professionals. As the only dive operation located directly on the world famous The Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef, within minutes they can take you  to the abundant coral dive sites of the 4th largest barrier reef in the world.

As a PADI certified resort they offer a full range of PADI dive certifications. Try the ‘Discover Scuba’ course, take a fully certified PADI open water diver course or further your qualifications with an advanced, rescue, or divemaster course. All of which are conducted by our fully qualified PADI instructors.

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Kids Courses
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Technical Diving Courses

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Korean

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Island Hopping
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Book Swap/Library
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Live Music
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Vegan

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Equipment For Kids

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Gbp)
  • Cash (Aud)
  • Cash (Nzd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kite Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Ping Pong
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Camera Station

How to get there

Arrival

  • Take a complimentary 45 minute boat ride from Vunisea Airport*
  • Check Out is 10 am

Departure

  • Check Out is 2pm
  • Take a complimentary 45 minute boat ride back to Vunisea Aiport

*Upon arrival you will be met by one of Matava's boatmen who will load you and your luggage into a truck for a 5 minute ride to our guest transfer boat. The truck may stop for a few minutes along the way to collect some resort supplies. The boat will be waiting at anchor in a small calm mangrove bay. Depending on the tide, you may have to walk out in ankle deep water to board.

Water is available on the boat. For smaller groups, the transfer boat is a longboat. This is the common form of transport on the island - Kadavu's version of a taxi. Longboats do move faster, but as they do not have canopies, please make sure to have sunscreen, sunglasses and hats handy. You may get a little wet from the ocean spray.

The ride to the resort can take up to 45 minutes depending on the tides and weather conditions. The ride is beautiful and our boatman will happily slow down/stop for photos. 

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