About Matava Eco Resort
Experience the unspoilt beauty Fiji. Get away from it all at Matava Eco resort and you will discover a secluded paradise on the shores of the Great Astrolabe reef. Here manta play as you drift lazily along jaw dropping hard coral walls. Only a short flight from Nadi,Kadavu island has no roads, no noise and most importantly no stress! Matava resort has only 11 rooms, known locally as bure, making this an ideal escape from the modern world! The ocean view bures have their own private ocean views, and are built in the traditional Fiji style, using sustainable wood. A welcoming, luxurious king size bed awaits you. Celebrating a special occasion? Why not upgrade to the honeymoon bure? These are set back on the hill side for complete privacy and stunning views. Matava is a veritable eco resort that provides world class diving whilst keeping it's carbon footprint to a minimum. Rooms are cooled by the prevailing tradewinds, so there is no need for AC units. All are en suite. Solar power and 24hr solar heated water is used throughout the resort. There is a dedicated 240V charging station at the resort's main bure for charging electrical items and batteries. Matava grows it's own fresh produce, bakes it's own bread and serves the freshest, organic food it can source! Meals are served in the main bure and are an enticing mix of international and local dishes. Once a week there is a traditional lovo and kava feast, where your meal is cooked over hot stones. An unmissable and authentic Fijian experience! The resort also arranges trips to the local village and school. Experience more of this idyllic island with the resort kayaks. This is your chance for real adventure on the shores of one of the last pristine coral reefs of the world.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Fiji is in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Vanuata and west of Tonga. It is made up of some 322 islands, of which only a third or so are inhabited! The main arrival point for all travllers is Nadi, with the city of Suva being the other large focal point on the main island Viti Levu. Thanks to the road network around Viti Levu and the domestic flights linking the other islands, it is relatively easy to get around Fiji, visiting several points in a single trip. You can even travel by boat around islands that have no roads!
Weather and Climate
Fiji has a tropical climate, and as such, the weather really can change quickly! On the surface, the cool trade winds over our summer months make it a popular time of year to visit. However, this is typically when the water is coolest (23-26C). As such, many divers prefer Fiji over our winter months (when you have higher chances of rainfall), when the viz is better and there tends to be a bit more big fish life. Typical water temps Dec-Mar are 27-30C
There are several routes to Fiji, with a total flying time of around 20 hours. Air New Zealand, Quantas, Cathay Pacific and Singapore airlines are the most common flight options. Most routings will require the final leg of your journey to be completed on a Fiji Airways code share flight. You will generally by flying overnight in both directions. We are able to book most major airlines. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Nadi, Fiji, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
Popular stop over destinations include Hong Kong, Singapore or Australia. Please speak to your travel consultant if you would like to add a few days in any of these locations and we will be able to adapt your flight routing accordingly.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders do not need a visa prior to travel to Fiji. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration.
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren’t as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
Your exact arrival arrangements will depend on where you are staying in Fiji. You will either be met by a rep from your resort or liveaboard for your transfer. Alternatively, if you are staying in a Nadi hotel, please make your way to the hotel shuttle meeting point in the airport. For passengers connecting to domestic flights, simply follow the directions in the airport. If you have any issues, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Transfers in Fiji are usually either provided by your liveaboard, a private transfer or airport shuttle.
You will be advised locally of your departure transfer arrangements. The departure tax for Fiji is included in your international airfare.
Included in your holiday
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Plugs and electricity
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Deposits and Balances
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
The range of dive sites you can visit from Matava is impressive. Drifts, drop offs and simple shallow reef dives... it is all possible here! Yet perhaps the most famous dive is for manta. Manta ref is a feeding station and these beautiful rays are seen here all year round.
- 20 dive sites to visit!
- 2 powerful dive boats
- Ideal spot for photographers
- Pristine hard corals
- Year round manta dive
The dive centre also offers PADI courses from Open Water to Divemaster.
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Matava Eco Resort.
- 1 days diving from: Price on request
- 3 days diving from: Price on request
- 5 days diving from: Price on request
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: Price on request
- PADI open water course from: Price on request
- PADI advanced course from: Price on request
- Nitrox Specialty from: Price on request
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): Price on request
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.