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Cheerfully original Mr. Maggie, service staff manager & host at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU offers brilliant hospitality.
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Enhancing the lovely vista atop a ridge 200 feet above MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU, FIJI
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MATAVA RESORT –

KADAVU ISLAND in the FIJI ISLANDS:

 

a brilliant 3½ star Eco-Resort that

walks the green walk with integrity &

doesn’t just talk the green talk for profit.

 

 

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Review by John Hessburg

Founder & General Manager

U.S. Dive Travel Network

 

 

You know that rhythmic reverie you sometimes slip into when you’re relishing a long loping jog around a lake, or maybe bearing down hard on a mountain hike? Your mind will seize a snippet of song or a catchy phrase & repeat it over & over like some mesmerizing chant, until it becomes a internal metronome that actually stokes your adventure drive. That’s what happened midway through my hour-long boat ride from the dock in Vunisea village, along 30 km of southern Kadavu shoreline, out to one of the most remarkable dive resorts I’ve ever reviewed in 2 decades.

 

MATAVA RESORT is a wondrous little corner of God’s green earth, literally & ecologically. And getting there on the final leg from the Kadavu airport is a trip in itself!

 

After rounding two prominent forested points on the wild southern coast, up ahead looms a bizarre rock formation that so closely mimics a huge male lion ready to pounce on prey – it nearly inspires a gasp the first time you see it. You’ll wonder, “Was this rocky beast carved by the same artist who’s sculpting Chief Crazy Horse at Mount Rushmore?”

 

So the shuttle-boat engine hums away, the waves gently parting off the prow in a pulsing V, & my heat-wrapped brain begins to murmur “crouching lion, hidden dragon / crouching lion, hidden dragon … ” a facetious tribute to Ang Lee’s film of tigery fame. It all springs from this rambling thought: “For a few wonderful days I’m fleeing the hidden dragon of that city job & its incessant pressures, escaping to the lair of the – oh yeah – Crouching Lion of southern Fiji ! So this is the wild, wooly sentinel who greets all newcomers to these unspoiled shores!”

 

Thank you so much for this epic welcome, Kadavu (pronounced Kahn-DAH-voo). You confer indelibly delightful memories in so many ways. In a place this far from urban blight, where the jungles are deep, the hospitality even deeper, & the corals of Astrolabe Reef as virginal as anywhere in the South Pacific, you have an actual rocky lion the size of a semi-truck guarding your most precious coastline. How cool is that, sunseekers?



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An astonishing wind-&-wave-carved "Crouching Lion" en route to MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU, FIJI.

 

MATAVA RESORT on Kadavu Island, is such a refreshing respite from city grit & workaday stress, such a uniquely gifted green retreat, that it now ranks among my top seven small resorts anywhere in the Pacific. That’s among a couple hundred tropical island locales I’ve been blessed to visit & review over the past 18 years. MATAVA is run by purpose-driven men who refuse to fudge even a smidge on what they know to be true: this beautiful weary planet is in trouble from careless developers & wanton resource sponges. Thus it needs constant daily TLC, from every caring person, in even the little things to restore a healthy balance to Good Ol’ Mama Earth. These guys at MATAVA have green ethics down to a system, & we will show you how refined & intelligent that system is.

 

Yet the inspired team at MATAVA RESORT – led by expat Brits Richard Akhtar & Adrian Watt -- keeps the preservationist faith in a humble manner, never tooting horns nor swaggering, never fashioning a false idol out of their eco-mission. They go for the green, not the long green, never resorting to self-righteous zeal or stuffy PC (politically correct) politics. Some American & European enviros could learn a few gracious manners from these guys. But nuts to green politics. This story is about fun in the sun, with an earth-friendly tilt. MATAVA RESORT (MAH’-tah-vah) is just plain fun to visit, amigos del mar. There are so many delightful details to share, where do we start?




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How about first we tackle (all game fishing puns intended) the getting-there part.

 

One of the Fiji Islands’ least developed & therefore most naturally healthy isles, Kadavu is shaped like a giant torqued wasp reaching up from Southwest to Northeast. The “wasp’s head” is a separate sister isle called Ono. Most of Kadavu’s 8,500 laid-back native Fijian people, fishermen & small farmers, live near the skinny land sliver linking “wasp” thorax to abdomen, where the airport & main boat landings are located for both north & south coast resorts. That’s where Vunisea village, Kadavu’s social & commercial center, is ensconced.

 

Here is one major geographic blessing -- MATAVA RESORT is the only vacation destination of note on the entire 65 km of nearly wilderness south Kadavu shoreline. As the only game in town, they enjoy one enormous advantage. While MATAVA RESORT is a comfy 3½ star retreat, fully civilized & offering lush gardens, well-manicured lawns, delightfully rustic cabins (called “bures”) & meals to-die-for delicious, it is also the only significant resort close enough to the famed Astrolabe Reef to reach most dives in a wink. You’ll recall, the Astrolabe is one the world’s greatest living coral expanses. What’s neat is that from MATAVA you can reach most of the isle’s best diving & snorkeling sites in less than 20-30 minutes.

 

All the other Kadavu resorts of note are built on the northern flanks of the island. So to get their clients to coveted Astrolabe Reef diving sites, these north-side resorts are forced to drive them down to the wasp’s skinny sliver, then shuttle them across that isthmus to a waiting boat, then drone along for another hour up the southern coastline, then drone back homeward. This draining drag of an itinerary can add hours of exhausting transfer time to & from the actual dives. Meanwhile, MATAVA RESORT is literally only a couple km, a few easy minutes away from coralheads & passes that provide a feast for the eyes & later the memories. Yes, because these coral reefs are eye candy, visually fresh & delicious.

 


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To find Matava, go right to the "a" in Kadavu village, SE coast of KADAVU ISLAND, FIJI.
Map snippet provided courtesy of the wonderful staff of the Fiji Visitor's Bureau.



Here’s another cool factoid about the Astrolabe Reef. The local divers held me in thrall with this item… Some respected oceanographers believe a formerly apocryphal theory may hold water after all. The stunning corals of Astrolabe Reef, which wrap the southern shores on up to the NE wasp’s head in an upside-down fishhook shape, offer more than 80 miles of prime fish habitat & may be the prime polyp-spawning center that seeds much of the entire Fijian archipelago with new coral life each year. That bio-concept kind of sets me on my ear. Scientists are still researching this idea & I wish I had that science diving gig, believe me.

 

But there was one sticky wicket on my last Fiji diving visit; I had too many places to visit in Fiji. Time was short. So many dive sites, so few days. I only got to free dive in three primo diving sectors of Kadavu. But they were all classics, offering brisk currents (nothing too punishing though) & heart-starting healthy corals, with lazy looping reef sharks in abundance & likely 300+ brilliant species of smaller fish & corals everywhere you turn. The three locations I was privileged to visit with the advance briefing by expert divemaster Sailasa “Mas” Masau were rock’n’rollin’ Korolevu Passage (where any moment you can see mighty pelagic schools that dazzle), Soso Passage (superb schooling smaller fish & healthy corals in abundance) then finally Dreamland, a supremely tranquil shoreline reef near Vesi Passage. There are dozens more.

 

In the world of eco-resorts, too easy a commuter approach invariably spells commercialism & shopworn tiki statue décor plus pool-bar clichés that cater to armies of lazy tourists, who flood a village, overwhelm it & prod it into kitsch contamination. Thank heavens MATAVA RESORT is spared that dismal fate by its perfect location – not too close, not too far from the airstrip. Think of MATAVA as a green Goldilocks. As a Fiji diving or Fiji snorkeling destination, it’s just right for roughin’ it in comfort mates.

 



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Delighted scuba honeymooners with guide Kate, just back from channel near MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.



However, mind you, there is always a catch in Paradise. Sorry to be blunt, but MATAVA is not for sissies.

 

MATAVA RESORT is not the spot for mincing tenderfoot tea sippers with pinky finger extended a la matrons on the Titanic, nor for obsessive-compulsive white glovers & delicate buttoned-down types who -- like Niles Crane on Frasier -- seek chrome ‘n’ whitewashed spas. MATAVA RESORT is not for fussy folks who send their steaks back to the chef because they’re not “medium rare with a pale blush.” This place is for adventure-minded folks seeking some of the best reefs & deep sea fishing in the world. MATAVA is for down-to-earth people who don’t mind roughing it a little, who don’t mind 7-10 nights where cell-phones won’t hound you & TVs won’t blare. MATAVA RESORT is not for cream puffs, nor perfectionists, just straight-ahead folks seeking old-fashioned simple pleasures. I mean TLC service with a smile, perfectly fresh breezes with zero pollution, ocean waters so clean they defy the norm Pacific-wide, & the best Fiji diving or Fiji snorkeling you ever could wish for.

 

MATAVA RESORT offers a square deal for a modest price: great reef diving + world-class deep-sea fishing + easy breezy kayaking & village visits + warmly hospitable service + scintillating supper-table conversations with like-minded eco-travelers. Let me once more rejoice that this is a locale so fresh & pure it still amazes me I ever found it in a Pacific where over-development is rampant. To remain coolly objective, because I have loved Fiji keenly for so many years, please divide all these effusive kudos by two & subtract three joy-buzz units to reach even keel. Then you’ll still be left with a Fiji dive resort destination, a Fiji deep sea fishing Mecca, that still tops nearly anything the Caribbean can dish out – by a quantum leap.

 

There are other beautiful resorts, exceptional places that have captured our hearts all across Fiji since the late 1980s. One of our senior contract partners has visited Fiji on property inspections more than 3 dozen times. Everybody’s known that our team is hopelessly devoted to Fiji; that’s common knowledge since day one. So I don’t mind revealing MATAVA RESORT always will be one of the most memorable destinations for me. I would return to MATAVA in a heartbeat, to relish this clean way of life for a couple weeks.

 

But here’s the kicker, sunseekers …. be sure to arrive suitably prepared with a good rain poncho for the boat ride out, with a solar flashlight for the unlit flagstone paths down to the dinner table, & with soap & shampoo & toothpaste plus skeeter spray for your cabana. Small price to pay for such a verdant peaceful getaway. But do come prepped for a few little quirks that spice up the daily flow of life on Kadavu.

 

Quirks are the way of all eco-resorts worldwide, the sincere ones anyway. Look, when they’re walkin’ the walk there are bound to be a few rough edges in Paradise. That’s not a ghastly revelation to experienced tropical adventure travelers. We are confident in asserting that these MATAVA RESORT owners, Richard Akhtar & Adrian Watt are truly walkin’ the eco-walk, not just talkin’ the eco-talk for convenient profit. “Waste Not Want Not” may be their 11th Commandment. And “Conserve Energy but Melt Away your Stress” is the 12th.

 

A full 80% of their electrical power plus 70% of their hot water come straight from a half dozen hi-tech solar panels. Much of their fresh produce comes from a huge organic garden above the resort, especially their hot tasty habanero peppers! Mmmm, so good for the sinuses! Their H2O supply comes from captured rainwater off the lush hillside & from seven pristine springs that feed into clean concrete aqueducts & catch basins. They recycle most food scraps to local farmers for animal feed, or they make garden compost; & they NEVER chuck batteries, computer print cartridges, light bulbs, cans or bottles. Every possible item that can be reasonably recycled, IS. You can bet your divin’ boots on that.



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Mr. Maggie (host) & Kate (dive guide) chat on seaview bure deck at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.


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New angle up to that seaview bure deck at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.


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Another peek at a typical seaview bure deck at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.




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Our friend Grischa "Dja" Kerstan's artful time exposure of the nighttime dining lodge at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.


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Another of Grischa's brilliant "flashlight painting" night shots at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.


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Peaceful evenings by kerosene lamplight in the dining bure at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.


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Staff & a new client chatting in a renovated "bure" at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.


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European honeymooners enjoy their "bure" (cabana) at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.


 

So here’s the deal funseekers. At MATAVA RESORT you get no conspicuous consumption of luxury resources, but you get a superb price & excellent service. Still, no place on any Pacific isle we have visited is perfectly free of challenges. Here are most of the quirks we spotted in a recent visit to Kadavu Island to assess their place in Fiji diving & Fiji snorkeling circles:

 

·        Depending on winds & chop, it’s a 45-65 minute haul from the Vunisea dock to MATAVA, in an open 22-foot fiberglass boat with wooden bench seats. No problema if the sun’s out. However …. if it rains you wear a poncho & the driver will dutifully wrap your luggage in waterproof tarps. No sweat. My shuttle driver knew the reefs so well he outran a wall-like rain squall coming in from the NW & whisked me out to MATAVA in a convenient hurry. The ride out was Photo Opp City, a salty lark.

 

·        There are no screens on the spacious windows of your bure (cabana), but the breezes keep insects out 90% of the day. The lack of screens, er, bugged me a bit at first, but after a day I barely even noticed it. What’s more, MATAVA RESORT has the most perfectly designed mosquito netting over its beds I have seen anywhere in the SoPac. These strong nets are easy to crawl into, & absolutely insect-proof. Plus you can tilt the window louvers all the way in if you need to shutter down in a rainstorm. Most nights I had no mosquitoes in my room. Maybe a tiny bee or two, a few moths & oddball beetles. Though I was there in April, right after the wettest season of the year, when skeeters had invaded Viti Levu island across the channel, a full 80% of the nights on Kadavu I never got a single mosquito drilling anywhere. It was uncanny. Those little gently smoking floor coils really work, folks. Now some still muggy nights there may be mosquitoes, indeed. But what’s a little nip o’ hemoglobin among friends, right? (Also, there is zero malaria anywhere in Fiji.)

 

·        There is only a modest flow of warm water in the shower, & you need to take “military showers” without lingering too long on rinse cycle. But the showers are clean, well-lit with tree-bedecked skylights & they work just fine. Quick sudsing & rinsing are the most conscientious way to conserve water resources anyway, so this is no big deal.

 

·        There are only 3 light bulbs per cabana. Count ‘em, 3. However they are placed perfectly – one over the bed’s headboard, one in the bathroom & one outside the door for the porch – so these bulbs provide all the lumens any reasonable traveler would want. Since nearly all power at MATAVA RESORT is generated by strategically engineered solar panels, why waste watts, right?

 


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Just in case a refreshing rainstorm kicks in en route to MATAVA RESORT,
be sure to have your ponchos handy, funseekers! Don' worry, be happy!


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No screens on the louvered windows at MATAVA RESORT,
but the breezes & smoky floor coils keep most skeeters away.


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Hey sunseekers, no need to fret when low tide at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU,
brings the sandy-clay flats out. It's siesta time, a moment for relaxing, reflecting...


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....because look what high tide brings a few hours later at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU!
The never-ending beauty of this channel is always an energizer of spirits to our guests.


·        Watt a great way to acquire electrical energy -- the resort's solar panels! “Watt me worry, if there are only 3 bulbs per bure?” (Adrian, good buddy, thanks for keeping the wry smile!)

 

·        MATAVA RESORT offers no luxurious foot-massaging stretches of tawny sugar sand like Maui or Oahu islands. Sorry folks. During low tides there are vast flats of clay & dark sand rimming the shoreline for hundreds of meters outward, & the boats can get stranded a ways out for a few hours. We consider that SoPac Siesta Time. Let nature set the day’s rhythms.

 

·        The resort staffers like to josh that Richard Akhtar (general manager & point man among the owners) is the “Eco Police Commando” for his zealous conservation of water, electricity & items like soap – hey even printer cartridges. But guess what, Richard has this place running like a well-oiled Swiss timepiece. He does a masterful balancing act of saving resources without being stingy. That’s how he keeps his prices down, nearly half that of the tony 4-star resorts in Fiji. MATAVA RESORT may be the best-value 3½ star getaway in the country. And the fact Richard has his kitchen staff light a dozen kerosene floor lamps to cast their warm bronze-cinnamon glow across the dining lodge every supper time is artful & elegant. The ambience is so much more soothing than harsh overhead fluorescent lighting, there’s no comparison. Supper time is a happening at MATAVA RESORT. These meals are tranquil, thoughtfully prepared, so nouvelle cuisine parfait that guests linger & chat for hours, sipping wine or spooning desserts until, on a drowsy whim, they just drift away & hit the hay.

 

·        No fuss no muss, no stress no mess. Just easy breezy good times & friendly people. That’s the ticket at MATAVA RESORT on Kadavu Island, Fiji.

 

·        Sometimes resort staffers like to be quiet & reserved – vaka fisi -- the Fijian way in the heat of day. So give ‘em space, ace. Time to chill, read a good book, write a poem to your sweetheart. But this place is brimming with good humor & echoing laughter the rest of the time. Co-owner Adrian Watt is a charming sort whose dry British humor sneaks up on you & disarms you gently. But that subtlety ends on the transoms of his two good fishing vessels, named “Bite Me” & “Offensive Tackle.” You gotta love that sophomoric locker-room leap. His co-owner Richard has a sly sense of humor as well, & is a doting dad to two fine dogs. The resort’s high morale starts with Richard & Adrian, who treat their staff with respect & give them room to be creative. How many of us ever have been blessed with a boss like that, eh?

 

·        Sure, let’s be real -- there are other quirks at MATAVA RESORT. For example, some of the outer roof thatching takes a stiff beating from rains & winds, & it gets a bad hair day at times. But the interiors of these bures are bona fide 3-star beautiful, with shiny mahogany floors all sealed in polyurethane perfection, plus hand-wrought wooden posts, pillars & expertly crafted joists. The bures’ furniture is simple & elegant, comfy as can be & the views from these cabanas are stunning. I got to stay solo in the honeymoon bure (my wife Susie was back in the USA keeping the mice at work while the cat played in Fiji) & my digs were close to world-class fine for eco-resorts. I was totally happy with that bure & would recommend its deck view as first-rate, & the interior design as efficient, ingenious. The main dining lodge at MATAVA RESORT is open on 3 sides to refreshing breezes & has a hardwood floor & ceiling that’s more art than platform. The woodwork in this social nexus is magnificent & people linger there for hours, happy as June crickets, just reading, or writing postcards or editing photos. It’s wonderfully relaxing to hang out in that dining room.

 

·        To be sure, Kadavu Island, which nestles roughly 60 miles south of Fiji’s main isle of Viti Levu, is not a cinch to reach, & that moderate isolation is why it remains free of acute commercializing pressures. With a wide grin & knees under your chin, you take a tightly-packed 8-seater prop plane from Nadi in a flight that takes maybe 50 minutes. Then you land in Vunisea village & a friendly lad (my driver was Thomas Siqabalavu) will pick you up in well-worked truck for a quick 1-mile dash down a dirt road to an old rock quay. There you see a 22-foot open double-hulled fiberglass skiff waiting to ferry you eastward along that amazing shoreline. Thomas will bring several waterproof tarps to wrap your luggage & a rain slicker if you need it. But what’s a little rain when it’s 85 degrees all year round? This is Grand Locus of Fiji snorkeling & Fiji diving, so getting wet’s kind of the point anyway, right mates? Once you reach MATAVA, at most 65 minutes if you’re bucking easterlies, when the high tide is in then it’s duck soup, an easy step from gunwale to dockside. If the tide is out, well gird your loins, funseekers. There sometimes can be an ankle-sloshing 50-150 meter strolls across gray clay tidal flats, while resort lads splash out to greet you. They cheerfully tote your bags to the dock, then up the hillside pathways to your clean cabana, bedecked with tropical flowers in all corners.

 

That’s everything that gave me cause for a pause, folks …

 




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Now it’s time to list the most impressive attributes of MATAVA RESORT, qualities that ensure it’s a high-value destination for Fiji diving vacations & Fiji snorkeling vacations, as well as Fiji game fishing trips:

 

·        The 20 resort staff members are courteous, kind, patient & they welcome you as warmly as if you were family. In our home island of Oahu Hawaii the native Hawaiians call this “Mana e Ohana” or Family Spirit. The Fijians on Kadavu call this a normal way of life, kindness to strangers, or “Mana ni Mata-vavale.” Every day they make you feel like your presence truly matters to them. Because it does. Theirs is a culture of humble service so smooth it seems to happen by some divine design. I love these people & their gracious manners. Fijian social rhythms make metro North American & metro European cultures seem semi-Philistine.

 

·        The domestic staff manager & hospitality boss is Mr. Maggie, a bright decisive young man who is both flamboyant & wisely bon vivant, while running a tight ship in the kitchen & keeping the main lodge as neat as a pin. He is friendly to the max, genuinely concerned about the well-being of each guest & he treated us all like visiting royalty. Maggie wears a traditional Fijian loincloth sarong, & a hibiscus in his Melanesian mane. He laughs a lot (even at your lamest jokes) & is always ready to fill your glass, bus a plate, fetch another slice of tort or pamper his guests with uncanny tableside radar. He hustles tasty snacks to your table while you’re still thinking of them, before you even utter a request. Two more things guests enjoy about Maggie are his punctual drumming on the traditional Fijian hollow-log to announce each mealtime, & his wild standup improvs while announcing each supper menu … “Hooo-yess, then we will deliver a Mexican side dish of spicy albacore chunks perfectly sauteed in a Chinese-y sauce to make ‘em sassy. And if you’re good we might sing while we weave the long beans onto your plate like a bird’s nest next to the rice mounds! Now everybody enjoy.” Maggie is the heart & soul of MATAVA’s service with a smile. He’s a total professional & a barrel of laughs.

 


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·        Dive instructor Kate “Kandila” Wawatai is a 25-year-old natural beauty with a golden smile, arms of steel & a will to match them. Both of her parents are New Zealand Maori & her nickname means “sweet meat crab.” Hey Mom & Dad, you were spot-on with that moniker. A native Kiwi transplant to Fiji, for 6 years she served in the New Zealand Army & rose quickly to become a platoon leader, commanding 55 infantry men in all. Kate is pretty as a peach, with gray-blue eyes like a feral cat, yet she carries the fitness & musculature of a windjammer sailor. This diving guide is witty, constantly prodding you with quips. Amazing, but this New Zealand gal loves American poetry, which she can recite abundantly by memory better than likely 80% of U.S. high school English teachers. Kate is a PADI instructor. She loves her work.

 

·        So does the husky big-hearted gent named Joeli “Joe” Tuku, who is the senior scuba diving guide. With Joeli at the dive boat helm, you’ll have fun as he knows the names, flora, fauna of much of the Astrolabe Reef. Big Joe has logged about 5,000 Kadavu scuba dives. You want to dive? Then Joeli is Da Man with Da Plan …

 

·        Co-owner Richard Akhtar is soft-spoken, attentive to his guests & has a hearty laugh that can ignite any post-diving party in a hurry. He’s a blast to chat with at suppertime & has some wide-ranging tales of life in London & the Fiji Islands, his two main haunts. The esprit of any resort flows directly from the top guy, always; & Richard is a big reason MATAVA RESORT is fun to stay at. He is a consummate gentleman who enriches his guests’ experience with courtesy that never condescends. He’s got his staff towin’ the line, yet loving it. I watched his management dynamics like a hawk, & he’s good at his job.

 

·        Co-owner Adrian Watt taught himself to be a world-class deep sea fisherman. He patiently learned what his passion led him to Fiji for, & with hard work became an expert in serious big game fishing. His clients’ catches have graced covers of major angling magazines across the Pacific. Adrian has more choice yarns to share than most resort owners I’ve ever met. His photo archives prove they’re no “sea stories.” Adrian has a subtle way of communicating that’s best described as “calculated shyness,” kind of a smiling pensive delay before he speaks; & he’s one of the most intriguing dining room conversationalists you’ll ever find.


·        The deep-sea fishing just offshore from MATAVA RESORT is enough to boggle even elite anglers. Get a gander of some of Adrian’s fishing pix on this page – everything from giant trevally to wahoo to leaping swordfish. Holy buckets! Kadavu is a bona fide world-class fishing destination, mates. These waters are pure, relatively untouched & teeming with lunkers.

 


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·        MATAVA RESORT offers 8 simple clean bures at different hillside elevations, sprawling over about 7 acres of lush palm-graced hillside. There are flowering trees everywhere, the air is redolent of fresh foliage & salty breezes. You’ll never be hassled by crowds or pesky townies at MATAVA. Never, mates.

 

·        Kava purists say the “yaqona” (yan-GOHN’-ah) or kava root tea grown on Kadavu is the strongest & tastiest kava in all of Fiji, possibly even the South Pacific. Kava is perfectly legal to import, & has proven medicinal properties such as lowering blood pressure, aiding digestion & curing sleep disorders. But I don’t touch it – I’d personally rather pound sand in a chuckhole -- as kava’s taste seems to this cranky Yankee like peppery chalkboard shavings with a dash of birch bark canoe. But yaqona aficionados swear by the stuff, claiming its soporific qualities suit them just fine after a hard day’s work. To each his own on beautiful Kadavu.

 

On that note we segue into a detailed info kit below, provided with TLC by Richard Akhtar & the staff of MATAVA RESORT.

 



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The MATAVA RESORT STORY: How We Got Our Name --

MATAVA RESORT on the beautiful old-world island of Kadavu, Fiji Islands, is a small & intimate getaway designed to blend with its natural environment. Traditional thatched Fijian bures nestled in the rainforest accommodate up to 20 guests & offer privacy, comfort & superb views over the ocean & Great Astrolabe barrier reef. The ability to partake in world class activities & to experience the true beauty of Fiji & its people is the purpose for Matava’s existence. A stone’s throw away from the Great Astrolabe Reef, it is the perfect environment to SCUBA dive, snorkel, game fish, surf & kayak with opportunities to trek, visit villages, bird watch or simply relax & unwind.

 

Kadavu is Fiji’s 4th largest island & is about 50 miles due South of Suva. Matava is located in the South & East side of the island. There are only a few small roads on Kadavu & the resort collects guests from the airport by boat for the 50 minute transfer (approx.) to the resort. Kadavu is serviced by one flight a day from Nadi (Pacific Sun) & one from Suva (Air Fiji). Kadavu is lush, tropical & naturally unspoilt. The island has a spine of high ridges & has a very long coastline of bays & lagoons. November to April is generally very warm & humid with calm weather. July to October brings the trade winds which provide a cooler breeze across the island.

 

Just to make sure, friends, the word is pronounced “MAH-ta-vah.” The resort’s name is derived from a famous battle that took place on this land back in the 17th century. Warriors from the then powerful Rewa district on Viti Levu came down to make war with Kadavu village – our neighboring & historically most powerful village on the island. On hearing this the Ratu “chief” sent his messenger “matanivanua” to challenge the Rewa warriors to war. Three times the matanivanua returned to the village with no reply. It was not until the fourth “va” (a challenge) that a bloody battle ensued on the beachfront. The Kadavu warriors proved too powerful & won the battle, naming the site of the battle Matava after the messenger who was sent four times before the battle took place.



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KADAVU SCUBA DIVING & KADAVU SNORKELING:

PRIME DIVE SITES on the RENOWNED ASTROLABE REEF:

Exclusive diving on virgin reefs awaits those who dive near our beautiful resort, aka “Astrolabe Hideaway.” We have over 20 world-class sites offering enormous variety for divers of all levels within a 5 minute to half hour boat ride. We cater for divers from beginner to expert, with the sites varying in depth & current. Visibility seldom drops below 20 meters & usually exceeds that.

 

The Great Astrolabe Reef is the world’s fourth largest barrier reef & is Fiji’s largest living organism. It extends along the entire southern side of Kadavu & stretches for over 100 km. It is rated as one of the world’s premier diving locations offering a great diversity in coral structures (both soft & hard) & marine life (over 1,000 reef fish species!). The reef has 5 passages that offer some of the best diving & have an abundance of larger fish & sharks.

 

Diving & snorkeling trips to the reef are conducted daily. More than 25 sites offer enormous variety for divers of all levels within a 5 minute to half hour boat ride. Matava is in a privileged location on the Astrolabe Reef & has access to all 5 of its passages. We also have very easy access to ‘Manta Reef’ where these wonderful rays are seen on over 70% of dives all year round. Our 2 dedicated dive boats can dive up to 6 divers each. For additional divers & groups, we have a third boat & we can cater to groups of up to 14. The warmest water is in the Summer months (November – April) with temperatures ranging from 28-30 degrees centigrade. In the Winter the water ranges from 24-28 degrees centigrade. High quality rental dive gear is available though should divers require more than a 3mm long wetsuit they should provide these themselves.

 

When you check-out a Voluntary Marine Reserve contribution (nominal) will automatically be added to your bill. This money goes to various villages to help them maintain marine reserves & protect the reef.

 

If you are considering Kadavu scuba diving with us, please check in with the Watersports Centre on the day you arrive. You can then book your place on the dive boat, store any dive gear you have with you & complete any necessary PADI forms.

 

At breakfast, our team of Divemasters will decide on the most suitable dive sites for that day. They will base their decision on the prevailing weather conditions, the state of the tide & the level of experience of those diving that day. Whilst we endeavor to take all our guests to Manta reef, we limit our diving there to a maximum of two visits per week to avoid disturbing the feeding mantas.



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Orange gorgonia grace the wondrous walls of the ASTROLABE REEF, KADAVU ISLAND, FIJI.



MATAVA RESORT’s DIVE PROFESSIONALS + the BEST FIJI DIVING SITES

The Astrolabe Hideaway boasts & diving team comprising two instructors, & 2 divemasters (an outstanding number given our capacity for a maximum of 22 guests). We offer a full range of PADI dive certification & courses include: Open Water Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Rescue Diver or Divemaster.

 

Among the most visually attractive & fascinating Kadavu diving sites are:

 

NAIQORO PASSAGE

Wall dives on both sides of the passage also home to Spot X & the Japanese Gardens. This passage offers one of the finest dives in Fiji, abounding in pelagic & reef fish, sharks & coral gardens exploding with color. The passage can experience some strong currents & with little up or down movement however, the diver can get the real ‘superman’ flying experience. This passage is a marine reserve.

 

KORLOLEVU PASSAGE

A deep passage with spectacular walls. Covered with soft coral, this passage offers amazing scenery & an eerie sense of being completely in the middle of nowhere. Schooling barracuda & visiting grey reef sharks complete the experience.

 

EAGLE ROCK

Named after the eagle rays, which often fly around this pinnacle. The dive also typically hosts grey reef sharks, whitetips, shoals of barracuda, trevallies & snapper. At certain times, the water is thick with these shark & fish making it a surreal dive as you may wonder who is watching who.

 

CABBAGE PATCH

This structure is home to thousands of reef fish, just hanging out waiting to impress the diver. The anemones & coral are beautiful & reef sharks, hump head wrasse & moray eels are commonly seen on this relaxing dive.

 

OUTER GREAT ASTROLABE

( exploratory diving – never in the same place twice! )

Spectacular hard coral as far as the eye can see. Get the reef fish species list for Fiji & see them all in 1 dive! Also explore the drop offs & keep & eye in the blue for the occasional nurse shark or silvertip shark. Prepare to feel your heart in your mouth the whole time you’re tooling about this magnificent periphery.

 

GOLDEN CHIMNEY

A large hole in the coral reef descending to approximately 12 meters completely covered in golden soft corals, which when blooming light up the entire area. Gorgonian fans, moray eels, reef sharks, garden eels & pipe fish are other highlights of this dive.

 

CORAL WONDERLAND

Combines the best of wall, drift & relaxed coral watching. The dive starts deep with some very large fan corals on the edge of a very deep drop off. At the end of the wall, schools of barracuda often hang out along with a grey reef shark or two. The last part of the dive is spent in shallower coral gardens which go on & on with reef fish schooling in large numbers.

 

 


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A couple km west of Matava is a delightful village called Kadavu Koro, with a waterfall
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... you guessed it, laughing & leaping into the fresh icy mountain water below.



FUN & AFFORDABLE ECO-TOURS

& CULTURAL TOURS NEAR MATAVA RESORT:

Kadavu is now established as a leading world dive destination. However, if you visited Kadavu without exploring at least a little of the island, your visit would be incomplete. Kadavu offers rainforests, mangroves, waterfalls, beaches, unique wildlife, unspoilt villages, & the opportunity to become involved in cultural activities unchanged for hundreds of years. At Matava, we offer a variety of activities for those wanting to explore the island or learn more about the Fijian way of life. Many of these are joint initiatives between the resort & local communities.

WATERFALL WALK

Located one hour walking time from the resort is a stunning waterfall which plunges into a cavern of overhanging rocks dappled in ochre & russet colors. The pool below provides an excellent place for a refreshing swim following the walk. It is also popular among guests to sit & relax while the local village children scramble up the rocks surrounding the pool & show off with amazing high dives. The village charges a small fee per guest & this is paid to the resort when you check out. The resort maintains a visitors book in which we ask you to comment on your visit to the falls.

 

TEITEI WALK

Guests may like to join one of our local farmers & medicine man on a walk to his teitei (garden). They can learn about the local crops of dalo, tavioka, uvi & yaqona (kava root) & about the uses of local forest plants for crafts, medicine & building. Afterwards, they have the chance to relax & talanoa (chat) with members of his family in their village home before returning to the resort. The return trip takes approximately three hours & includes breathtaking views, shady forest paths & grasslands.

KAYAKING ALONG the SHORELINE or to LOCAL MAIN-ISLAND VILLAGES

Guests wishing to check out the views above water may wish to try our sea kayaks or canoes. You can explore nearby villages & river systems on the main island; always a treat. In association with Tamarillo Sea kayaking, we offer one day guided kayak adventures. The itinerary is tailored to the weather & your interests & can include many of the features of our overnight kayak trips explained below.

 

NACOMOTO VILLAGE OVERNIGHT KAYAK TRIP

Our normal overnight kayak adventure begins with a leisurely guided kayak from the resort to Nacomoto village, pausing along the way for some snorkeling & a packed lunch on a secluded sandy beach. After arriving at the village you present your “sevu sevu”, a gift of a bundle of Kava root & receive the traditional welcome from the village chief & elders. Then a local guide from the village will take you on a walk into the hills to see some sights of historic interest. The guide is extremely knowledgeable about the history of the region & the surrounding flora & fauna. Then cool off in the hidden waterfall where the guide will offer you some green coco nut milk straight from the tree. Dinner is back at the village with the elders & the family you will be staying with. You will be invited to join in the ensuing kava ceremony & hear the ancient stories of the village elders. After a good night’s sleep & a hearty breakfast a resort boat will collect you for the trip back to the resort. (or you can choose to kayak back !)

 

NACOMOTO TREKS

Matava has a daylong return trek to Nacemoto village that takes in mangroves, rainforest & grasslands. The steep climb involved as part of this walk is well worth the effort for the spectacular views over the Astrolabe Reef. Sections of rainforest provide welcome shade along the way, while two inviting waterfalls will tempt hikers into taking a dip. Transfer to & from the village is by boat.

 


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...& that's why they prize their crops & protect the roots with TLC while drying them in the sun.
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YAQONA

The traditional drink of Fiji, yaqona (pronounced "yahn-GO-nah") or better known as kava, is a central part of most Fijian ceremonies. & here's what's cool -- the kava growers of Kadavu Island for decades have been reputed to produce the strongest kava in all of Fiji -- possibly even the whole South Pacific. This lush, mystical plant – genus & specie are piperita methysticum -- is pretty amazing. No worries, it is NOT a controlled substance in any G8 country; & it is not habit-forming, nor a narcotic. The root of a species of pepper plant is dried & pounded into a powder before being mixed with water in a traditional bowl called a tanoa. The resulting drink acts as a mild relaxant & has a slight numbing effect on the tongue. Some studies indicate that kava tea offers medicinal & healing properties, such as lowering blood pressure & curing sleep disorders. At some point in a guest’s stay, they will undoubtedly be offered a bilo (or cup) either at the resort or during a village visit. We suggest guests should try at least one cop o' local grog!

 

MEKES

The local village performs a meke (pronounced "MAY-kay") for guests of the resort upon request. A meke is a ceremony of traditional songs, music & dance often unique to a particular village. The performers may be school children or the village women’s group. Usually most of the village attends, offering encouragement to their friends, joining in the fun & providing for a real cultural exchange. This is a village initiative supported by Matava to keep local versions of the mekes alive & at the same time raise money for the community development projects in the village. Here are some super-important rules of basic etiquette for proper respectful behavior in a Fijian village. First, never enter any village perimeter unless you stop near the gate, or the front pathway, & pause, then request permission from a village elder who comes to greet you. Don’t wear hats or sunglasses. Don’t carry bags etc. on your shoulders. Take off your shoes before entering a house. Upon entering a house, sit down inside the door. You will be invited to move to the appropriate place. Stoop slightly & say “CHILL-oh” if passing people who are seated on the floor. Ladies should dress modestly. Cover legs with a skirt or Sulu. Cover shoulders with a blouse or T-shirt. Most Fijians will say grace before starting a meal.

 

REMOTE BEACH PICNIC

If you would like your own private Robinson Crusoe experience, a day trip to a remote beach on the main island of Kadavu (no private isles will be visited) can be arranged with the manager or host on duty. You will depart the resort after breakfast with a packed lunch & snorkeling gear & be dropped of on a distant beach. Collection is normally around 3.30 but can be at a time of your choosing.


DOLPHIN WATCHING & WHALE WATCHING

Spinner dolphin can be seen in Kadavu waters all year round. They love to play with boats but are quite shy if you get in the water. Pilot whales are often seen outside the reef but around July / August, Humpback whales migrate into Fiji waters to calf. They can often be seen & photographed inside the reef. If we see a humpback inside the reef we offer all guests the opportunity to go out in a boat & see one up close.


LOCAL CELEBRATIONS & RUGBY TOURNAMENTS

The resort staff & its guests are often invited to functions in surrounding villages. When these occur, they offer a chance to experience Fijian culture & hospitality that few, if any tourists to mainstream destinations have the chance to see, let alone experience at first hand. Should a village invite the staff & guests to an event, we will advise you & organize transportation for any who wish to attend.


SNORKELING

For reef lovers who enjoy the sun on their back, the Astrolabe Reef also provides a superb snorkeling experience. Whether exploring one of the island's best fringing reefs right in front of the resort or taking a short boat ride to the main reef itself, you will be dazzled by the amazing array of corals & fish for which the Astrolabe is famous. For those with no snorkeling experience, our dive team will be delighted to introduce them to the reef world with just a few fun & easy lessons. All the equipment they need is available for hire from the Watersports Centre.



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FIJI BIG GAME FISHING / ISLAND CRUISING

 

Divers – We can collect you from the dive boat with a packed lunch.

 

“BITE ME” -- a classic deep-sea fishing charter vessel

Our custom built DeepVee 310 has a crew of two & is available for day charter for up to 4 guests. The boat is outfitted with toilet, shower, galley, fridge & saloon. She carries a plethora of electronics & safety equipment, Reelax outriggers & 80lb game chair, Simrad sounder/plotter/radar with autopilot & a teak cockpit for your ultimate safety & comfort.

 

The Fishing

Black Marlin Blue Marlin Striped Marlin Sailfish wahoo Yellowfin

Superb blue water game fishing awaits you around the Great Astrolabe barrier reef, oceanic pinnacles, 4,000m deep trenches & nearby sea mounts. Bite Me can be trolling in 1,000 meters of water within 10 minutes of the resort or working light tackle along the outer fringes of the barrier reef for sailfish & record wahoo.

 

Cruising Trips

Cruise the sheltered North Astrolabe Islands in luxury & comfort. Dolphin watching, & sometimes Humpback whales (July – October), remote snorkeling, sightseeing & some fun fishing. Includes all snorkeling gear & soft drinks.

 

The Gear

Penn International Shimano Reelax Pakula Top Shot Black Magic Penn Wellsys Halco Rapala

We carry Penn International 30lb, 50lb & 80lb big game trolling outfits. We can also carry Shimano 6kg, 8kg & 10kg gear for the light tackle enthusiasts or those guests wishing to make IGFA record attempts on Kadavu’s famous huge wahoo. We also have highly specialised custom made ultra-light gear for World Record attempts & heavy duty deep jig & salt water fly fishing equipment.



“OFFENSIVE TACKLE”

Offensive Tackle is a 17 ft Warrior fishing boat imported from England. Built to handle the rough & tough of the English Channel she is equally at home trolling the outer slopes & sheltered lagoons of the Great Astrolabe barrier reef. She has a crew of one & can take up to three guest anglers. On board are fish finder, GPS, VHF radio, EPIRB & full safety gear.

 

The Fishing

Wahoo Yellowfin Mahi mahi GTs Spaniards Coral Trout Dog Tooth Tuna

Offensive Tackle offers guests a complete range of fishing including trolling lures along the miles of reef systems & outer barrier reef slopes, casting in the mangroves, deep water jigging, casting poppers for GTs & trolling the blue water for sailfish, tuna, mahi mahi & monster wahoo.

 

The Gear

Offensive Tackle carries 30lb Shimano TLDs on Excaliber custom rods & Penn Powersticks. These lever drag reels are easy enough to use for the first time angler but capable of handling the hard fighting reef predators & sport fish found all around the island. In addition we can carry light tackle casting rods for the popper crunching GTs as well as high speed Daiwa Saltists on Shimano T-Curve deep water jig outfits to find those deeper reef dwellers such as dog tooth tuna, coral trout, black trevally & deepwater snapper such as Opakapaka.

 


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Deep-sea lunkers just keep on comin' for fishermen at MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU.


MATAVA RESORT CONSERVATION EFFORTS &

CONSCIENTOUS CARE for the KADAVU ISLAND ENVIRONMENT:

Matava Resort is a small & intimate getaway designed to blend in with its natural environment. Traditional thatched Fijian bures nestled on the edge of the rainforest look out over the Pacific Ocean & Great Astrolabe barrier reef. It is the resort's policy to minimize our impact on the environment & to promote & support ecologically sound conservation measures in our community. Matava is walkin’ the walk big time, in so many exciting life-positive ways, sunseekers:

 

SOLAR POWER

All lighting in the Ocean view accommodation & the main bure is solar powered. The resort office also derives all its power from solar energy. The resort does not operate any main generators, only a small emergency back-up generator for the office should the need arise.

 

SOLAR HOT WATER

All new-build accommodation is supplied with hot water derived from solar energy. As each of the older style bures are replaced with a new-build ocean view bure, a solar hot water system is installed. The entire resort should be running on solar heated hot water by the end of 2009.


WASTE MANAGEMENT

All rubbish is sorted. Food waste is fed to local pigs. We compost as much waste as possible for the organic farm. Plastic & glass bottles are recycled, as are aluminum cans. Batteries & empty aerosol cans are impossible for us to dispose of & we request that guests take these with them to their home country where suitable methods of disposal are available.


ORGANIC FARMING

We minimize the need to import vegetables with associated transportation carbon emissions by maintaining a large organic garden in the resort grounds. In addition, we supply local village farmers with seeds & then purchase the fruit & vegetables from them. Many fruit trees such as banana & papaya are scattered throughout the grounds.


LAND MANAGEMENT

We leave areas of land around the resort uncultivated to encourage the growth of native wild flowers & ferns. Part of the resort foreshore is naturally a mangrove shoreline & has been left untouched. Mangroves prevent erosion & provide sanctuary to juvenile fish. No insecticides or herbicides are used on the property. Any plants found around the resort are native to Kadavu or already found on the island. No foreign plant species are brought in to the island, ever, for obvious reasons.


MATAVA RESORT BUILDINGS

All resort building structures are built using locally grown pine or hardwoods planted for that purpose. They are then finished using traditional methods of thatching & palm weaving. We do not use local wild hardwood trees for lumber. All grey water is piped out to rubble drains for flowers & plants. Bures are designed & orientated to benefit from shade & sea breezes for cooling.


STAFFING & HIRING

All resort staff are from local villages. The resort's annual expenditure is directed, wherever possible, to the local community. Obviously, we do have to import some specialized equipment not manufactured on the island or in Fiji but if we can obtain a product locally, we will do so.

 

WATER SUPPLY

The primary reason for the location of Matava Resort is the abundance of natural spring water. During the drought of 2003, it was one of only two locations on the South of Kadavu island that still had a water supply. The water is naturally filtered through the limestone & is of excellent quality. Nevertheless, rainwater is still collected at certain locations & used to supply the organic garden and supplement the supply to some of the ocean view bures.


MARINE RESERVES

Working in conjunction with our neighboring village of Kadavu Koro, we have established a marine reserve from the boundary of the Matava foreshore extending out to encompass the opposite Waya island. This area is protected from any sort of fishing, shell collecting & reef walking. We have also helped the village of Nacomoto establish a marine reserve in their waters. Each time we dive there, we make a contribution to the village. This clearly benefits all parties. The diving is superb, the village gets income & the fish have a sanctuary to breed. Our divers often dive in the Naiqoro Passage marine reserve & we make further contributions to support this initiative. Our guests are asked to make a small voluntary contribution to these marine reserves when they check-out. This money is used in their support & to promote marine conservation measures taken by our local villages.


DIVING EDUCATION

Each bure contains an information pack which includes advice on how guests can avoid damaging coral & marine life. The main bure has an extensive reference & information folder on coral reefs & their associated marine life. Matava Resort is supporting the efforts of local community school Governors to have the Fiji national curriculum include a class on marine & terrestrial conservation & sustainable resource management. The new class is expected to begin trialing in all Kadavu Island schools from early January 2008. If it is deemed successful, it will roll out over the whole country & become part of the National Curriculum. We have a 'look but don't touch' diving & snorkeling policy. Diving guests seen to be damaging marine life through uncontrolled buoyancy or willful neglect will not be allowed to continue diving. Guests touching live coral or marine life will be asked to refrain from doing so. We don't ask twice.


GAME FISHING

The resort has a Tag & Release policy on all billfish other than an obvious World or Fiji National Record. All fish not destined for the dinner plate are released. Matava Resort is a member of the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) & the game boat's skipper is a member & supporter of The Billfish Foundation.



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MATAVA RESORT’s RESPONSIBLE TOURISM CODE of CONDUCT:

Matava's dedication to Responsible Tourism is the driving force behind our Environmental Policy. Far from being an abstract ideal for us, Responsible Tourism shapes all our major decisions - from the concept that 'Small Groups Leave Fewer Footprints' to the choice of contractors & suppliers. Here are our guidelines in a nutshell. Our key principles or code of conduct for operating 'Responsible' Matava adventures are as follows:

 

• Use locally owned infrastructure for accommodation & transport.

 

• Spread the financial benefits amongst local people & operators.

 

• Provide employment & leadership opportunities for local people.

 

• When recruiting our staff & crew, we assess their environmental credentials & then train them to our own standards.

 

• Respect local customs & culture.

 

• Provide safe trips for Matava, Mad Fish & Bite Me staff, crew & guests.

 

• Educate guests & local people about how we travel.

 

• Limit the negative impacts to daily lifestyles of local people not involved with Matava adventures & expeditions

 

• Issue our guests with clear guidelines on responsible tourism. These cover a variety of issues from litter & waste disposal in remote areas, to begging & artifacts. We encourage customers to buy local crafts & support local skills, but never to buy products that exploit wildlife or the harm the habitat.

 

• Limit the physical impact of trips in all destination communities - particularly sensitive natural & cultural environments.

 

• Provide support to organizations & local communities around Matava & visited by Matava expeditions & adventures.

 

• Provide fun enjoyable trips to Matava guests.

 

• Provide opportunities for guests to interact with local people.

 

• Actively discourage the participation of Matava in activities which exploit animals - wild or domestic.

 

• Use local operators that adhere to Matava 's Responsible Travel Philosophies & provide the best possible service to Matava guests & staff.

 

• Support & encourage fair employment practices.

 

• Give our guests the best possible value.

 

• Grass roots travel using local public transport where possible – minimizes demand for special tourist vehicles & fuel.

 

• We choose locally owned accommodation where available & local restaurants & markets for dining, retaining revenue in local communities.

 

• Our Directors facilitate communication of our values to guests & local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices.

 

• We employ local crew & guides to aid in guests' understanding of local culture & etiquette.

 

• Small groups allow guests to experience cultures at first hand, offering greater opportunity for cross- cultural understanding.

We are committed to putting back into the communities & regions we visit by supporting many aid, development & conservation projects in these areas. Much of this support is through The Matava Foundation & guests are invited to contribute.



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MATAVA RESORT WINS COVETED ECO-AWARDS +

RENEWS 3 ½ STAR TRIPLE-A RATING for 3rd STRAIGHT YEAR.

Matava -Fiji's Premier Eco-Adventure Resort was proud to announce that it has retained, for the third successive year, their AAA 3½ star rating plus the coveted AAA GREEN STAR accreditation -- following recent re-rating & inspection of the resort in January 2009.

 

Matava -Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort remains the only island resort on Kadavu that's been officially rated by AAA Australian Hotel rating system that is recognized world-wide & is Fiji's official Hotel & Resorts Star Rating Agency, & the award of the retention of its 3 ½ star rating. "I am extremely proud that we have once again retained our 3½ star rating with AAA. This year has been a big one for Matava with the opening of our brand-new Main Bure Complex, addition of the new restaurant, the refurbishment of the Oceanview Bures & the building of our new Honeymoon Bure, as well as new construction & ongoing maintenance to the existing infrastructure," said Richard Akhtar, Matava Managing Director. "A lot of time & effort have gone into these projects during 2008 & it is extremely pleasing that during busy periods we have been able maintain the high level of service required & to be rated as such by an independent international rating system."

 

Mr. Akhtar went on to say that "after the recent major resort upgrade in early 2008, & the addition of our high-tech solar power plant solution for the Main Bure, kitchen & The Terrace restaurant area, we believe are the leader in eco-sustainable resorts in the country. The Green STAR Accreditation gives us special environmental recognition & shows our customers that we are continuing our responsibilities to the environment & are (conscientiously) reducing the environmental impacts of our business. It is a wonderful result for Matava & the island of Kadavu. We will use the most recent environmental audit done as part of this award to further improve our environmental practices & policies in the future. We have already updated our Responsible Tourism Code of Conduct (after) this review last year."

 

To be awarded a Green STAR Accreditation, Matava -Fiji's Premier Eco-Adventure Resort must score adequate points against a set of strict practical environmental criteria. These criteria include:

 

• Energy efficiency -- Matava had to prove use of energy efficient light bulbs & fixtures, earthly-friendly signage & reminding guests to turn off lights & to use natural ventilation whenever possible.

 

• Waste minimization -- Matava was awarded based on its extensive recycling program, towel re-use & linen no-change policy, plus even printer cartridge recycling in the office.

 

• Water management -- Matava also was commended for wide use of dual-flush toilets, environmentally friendly cleaning products, unbleached paper products, no leak-taps & recycled water on gardens.

 

In conjunction with Australia's Auto Clubs, AAA Tourism manages the rating system for approximately 10,000 properties across Australia & the South Pacific. Green STAR Rating has been adopted & approved by the Fiji Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (FIHTA) as the industry standard in the Fiji Islands. The strict, & universally respected standards for Green STAR Accreditation were developed in a partnership between AAA Tourism & GREEN GLOBE under the guidance of the Australian Government's established Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre. Green STAR Accreditation provides a stepping stone to Green Globe's internationally recognized certification system that promotes responsible tourism & increases operational efficiencies.

 

Matava's owner, Richard Akhtar said "Matava -Fiji's Premier Eco-Adventure Resort has proved that it is indeed among the leaders in high standard environmentally sensitive resorts worldwide, & this latest renewal of our rating by environmental audit solidifies our position as an example of how resorts can operate & help maintain & improve their surrounding environment."

 



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On Feb. 5, 2008, Matava Resort also was named recipient of the PADI Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award, a highly respected industry accolade that only the most greenly efficient resorts worldwide ever can achieve.

 

Project AWARE Foundation Chairman, Dr. Drew Richardson recognizes the importance of the scuba diving community taking its part in protection of global ecosystems. "The Environmental Achievement Award is about rewarding vision, excellence & pursuit of conservation. More importantly, this award ensures the

enjoyment of underwater environments for future generations," said Richardson. "Our awards recognize dive operators making a positive impact on local communities & the environment, as well as providing great dive holidays!"

 

After reviewing Matava's application, Project AWARE determined that its dive operation met all requirements set forth for Project AWARE's Environmental Achievement Award & has consistently shown exemplary efforts to conserve aquatic environments through education, advocacy & action, PADI officials reported.

 

Matava Director, Mr. Richard Akhtar responded, "The PADI Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award gives us special environmental recognition & shows our customers that we are responsible & committed to reducing the environmental impacts of our business. After 6 years of hard work & commitment to our strict environmental policies, it is rewarding to be recognized by our international scuba certification agency.”

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The world-renowned Kadavu Musk Parrot in a safe perch near MATAVA RESORT, KADAVU, FIJI.



KADAVU is HOME to RARE & MARVELOUS BIRD SPECIES!!

Kadavu Island has four species of birds that are found nowhere else in the world. All four species endemic to Kadavu can be seen in & around the vicinity of Matava Resort. All Fiji's native birds are protected by law both with respect to capture & confinement & to hunting. Local guides are available for bird watching treks. Please see the manager on duty.

 

Kadavu Fantail (Rhipidura personata)

Dark earth brown head, neck & cheeks contrast with two separate white eye marks & a white throat that is bordered by a black band. The long fan tail is tipped with white. Common in the remaining forests & very inquisitive, often sliding along a branch fanning its tail & dropping its wings. Sometimes follow observers some distance to keep making its scolding call. Often seen around the resort grounds.

 

Kadavu Musk Parrot (prosopeia splendens)

Distinguished by its bright scarlet head & underparts & conspicuous blue bar across the mantle. Back & rump are shining green. Its flight feathers are green suffused with blue. A noisy parrot that produces a wide variety of raucous squawks & screeches & is very agile when flying in amongst the trees.

This parrot is most active (and noisy) at dawn & dusk with the best vantage point being the resort's organic garden.

 

Kadavu Honeyeater (xanthotis provocator)

A featureless bird with olive grey plumage which is heavily streaked on the back & underparts. The pointed black bill is long & slightly downcurved & it has a conspicuous rosette of bare skin around the eye. Often seen around the resort grounds.

 

Whistling Dove (chrysoenas layardi)

The male is uniformly green, darker on the back with a conspicuous yellowish green head, white belly & yellow undertail coverts. The female is similar but lacks the distinctive head plumage. First collected by naturalists from the Challenger Expedition which visited Fiji in 1874, this dove was named after Edgar Layard, the acting British Consul at the time who was one of Fiji's pioneering ornithologists. The dove is rather secretive but it can usually be found by taking one of the trails from the resort up into the bush.

 




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IMPORTANT REMINDER about PRICES & TARIFFS:

All MATAVA RESORT - KADAVU dive package prices listed here are subject to possible change in this steadily evolving travel market. Lodging, side tour & diving prices are traditionally stable, while air prices can fluctuate daily. Until air tickets are issued, all airlines reserve the right to change airfares without notice -- an industry standard per FAA rules. We at U.S. Dive Travel will price-protect you to the utmost of our professional ability; & that has been our pledge for one decade now. Our tropical vacation experts normally secure excellent wholesale discount air tickets for our clients who book early enough to secure limited seats in the best price categories. Remember please, the federal government has deregulated all U.S.-based airlines, so only they control their pricing -- not any travel professionals. Early is good when seeking the best air ticket rates.

Unless specifically noted, these MATAVA RESORT- KADAVU scuba diving packages & Matava Resort snorkeling packages & Matava Resort deep-sea fishing packages are prices for only the land-based portion of the dive resort, in most cases reflecting double-occupancy rooms. At many dive resorts, there will be no triple-occupancy rooms offered. Some exceptions will be noted. International air tickets & commuter "island-hopper" seats are always extra above these land costs. Nominal service fees are also extra for air tickets & the vessel + side tour components. The baseline tariffs for all clients start at USD $55 per person for the land portion + $35 pp for the air tickets. Late-booking clients may receive slightly higher tariffs on the lodging + diving at many of our dive resorts.

The preferred payment mode for all of our dive resorts, side tours & air ticket specials is by cashier's check or wire transfer in U. S. dollars. All clients living outside the USA or Canada will need to pay for their dive vacations via direct wire transfer only. No personal checks will be accepted for the land portion of any reservation. Thank you for your gracious understanding. Our service level is the highest & our prices the lowest in this industry, & thus we need to preserve a reasonable margin. For published-fare air ticket bookings, USDT always accepts Visa & Mastercard.

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