Walk through lush verdant rainforest ascending the hills to reveal stunning views of The Great Astrolabe Reef, then descend to beautiful white pristine beaches and coral lagoons. There are no roads around Matava, only a network of paths that link one village to the next. Plunge into one of the many cool, refreshing waterfalls and pools that slice down through the rugged highlands and watch as the local children leap from dizzying heights……
Take a guided nature walk to discover the local flora and fauna or learn of the traditional uses of plants with a local medicine man. All treks have been established in conjunction with local villages.
Matava has a day long return trek to Nacomoto village that takes in mangroves, rainforest and grasslands. The steep climb involved as part of this walk is well worth the effort for the spectacular views over the Great Astrolabe Reef. Sections of rain forest provide welcome shade along the way, while two inviting waterfalls will tempt hikers into taking a dip.
Upon reaching the village you will meet the village Chief, present him with a ‘sevu sevu’(a bundle of dried roots from the kava plant) and be welcomed into the village for lunch. From there you can trek up into the hills to see an ancient battle ground or visit a waterfall.
You are then collected by resort boat or, should you wish, can stay overnight in the village with one of the village families enabling yo to experience an evening of kava drinking with the Chief and village elders.
You may join one of our local farmers and medicine man on a walk to his teitei (garden). You’ll learn about the local crops of dalo, tavioka, uvi and yaqona and about the uses of local forest plants for crafts, medicine and building.
Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to relax and talanoa (chat) with members of his family in their village home before returning to the resort. The trip takes approximately three hours and includes breathtaking views, shady forest paths and grasslands.
Bula to all at beautiful Matava Resort!
Thank you for making my week in particular the most relaxed time in the last 20 years, I am by nature usually unable to sit still for more than about half an hour. (Should be skinnier). My visit has made me rethink what is truly important. For me the week exceeded my expectations, which had been visualised from Sam’s excited descriptions, and you have a SPECIAL place in the sun. Please pass on my best wishes to Ta, Magi and Joe, as they with the support of all your staff made it memorable and a destination that I shall definitely recommend to others.
Warren, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Located one hour’s walk from the resort is a stunning waterfall which plunges into a cavern of overhanging rocks dappled in ochre and russet colours. The pool below provides an excellent place for a refreshing swim following the walk.
It is also popular among guests to sit and relax while the local village children scramble up the rocks surrounding the pool and show off with amazing high dives. The resort deducts F$5 from each guest who visits the waterfall and donates it to the village through the Matava Foundation.
Treks from Matava Resort
Matava Resort is located on the South East side of Kadavu Island, Fiji’s fourth largest and least developed of the big four islands. There are no roads on Kadavu and all transport is by village or resort transfer boats. Most of the island’s villages are connected by bush trails that offer guests the opportunity to trek for miles through the jungle and visit distant villages or waterfalls. From the resort grounds, trails lead off into the jungle.
Many of the paths exist only as a result of villagers walking between villages. These paths can be challenging in wet weather conditions and are not maintained by anything other than the occasional swipe with a cane knife by a villager walking the trail. They do however enable guests to get deep into the rainforrest with its myriad of plant and bird life, not to mention spectaculour views.
Matava resort is happy to custom-make guided hikes/kayaking adventures to suit your individual wishes.