Kids Policy

Families with Children

The Resort is remote and is not designed to be ‘Child Friendly’. For example, sundecks and paths do not have child safety rails. Bures don’t have child cots or specific child facilities. There is no kids crèche, playroom or formal child-minding services. In order to preserve the evening peace and quiet in the main bure, bar and Terrace Restaurant area, we ask families with young children to observe certain conditions. For young kids under 7 we serve an early dinner and they are not permitted in the Restaurant and Bar area after 7:00pm
We are more than happy to pre-arrange informal child-minding services should parents wish to have dinner with all the other adult guests.
Please contact us for more information.



If you are traveling the world on a budget and looking for backpackers style accommodation, the Resort does offer this option. Back Packers are welcome !

You can stay in a mixed shared accommodation bure with en-suit bathroom and sundeck.

Back-packer Package:

The Matava Shared Accommodation Option
• Accommodation in a mixed shared Oceanview Traditional Bure
• Continental breakfast
• Return Kadavu Island Airport – Resort boat transfers
• Inclusive of all Fiji Taxes*
Price per person per night – F$ 150.00
* Includes the 25% Fiji Government tax (9% VAT, 6% STT and 10% Environment & Climate Adoption Levy)

(Minimum stay 3 nights, Minimum Booking Deposit F$100)

Meal Plan is F$85 per day and includes lunch and dinner
Please note;
F$ 100 each way transfers for stays of less than 5 nights
We are happy to custom make Back Packer Packages to include any activities you wish such as Snorkeling, Diving, kayaking, trekking etc.  Just contact us and ask for an example.

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Matava Adventure Honeymoon

For an unsurpassed Honeymoon Adventure, look no further than Matava Resort!

Experience the magnificent beauty of a remote tropical Fijian Island at Matava – Fiji Untouched. Traditional Bures hug the jungle fringes. PrKayaking in the mangrovesivate sun decks gaze to where plunging volcanic rainforest slopes meet azure coral lagoons and the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef.  A rare untouched slice of nature unfolds before youMatava Fiji Adventure Package in Kadavu, Fijir eyes.. Snorkel the pristine Great Astrolabe Reef, explore jungle trails and waterfalls, relish a kayak or fishing adventure or just pamper yourself in the Spa. Relax as you sip bubbles and anticipate a romantic evening dinner of freshly caught fish, fruits and organic vegetables grown by us and served by lantern light on your private deck.  No roads, no noise, no stress and no carbon footprint. Unplug. connect and recharge at Matava – Fiji…Untouched.

Here’s the deal – Pay 5 nights stay 7 nights !

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  • Accommodation in an Honeymoon Traditional Bure
  • Welcome bottle of champagne and fruit plate
  • Welcome lei’s/salusalu’s
  • Secluded romantic beach picnic
  • Romantic private dinner on your own deck
  • Traditional Lovo Feast and Kava ceremony
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, unlimited tea/coffee)

At one amazing, all-inclusive price – USD $1,199.00 per person

Inclusive of all current Fiji Taxes (9% VAT, 6% STT and 10% Environment & Climate Adoption Levy )

Special Add ons:

3 day dive package (6 tanks) – USD $ 300.00 pp

Spa Package including Matavu Body Ritual /  Sea Mineral Body Detoxification /  Fijian spa foot ritual – USD $ 150.00 pp

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Start Your Adventure

Matava is different! Far from the hustle and bustle of modern day life, our guests get the rare opportunity to enjoy a real adventure on a remote undeveloped jungle covered island and explore one of the last remaining pristine coral barrier reefs on the planet.

Our environmental policies and community activities are winning global awards but there is always a balance between convenience and the environment. Hopefully this information will help you understand a bit more about a Matava adventure and help steer your decision as to whether it seems like heaven on earth to you or not ‘quite your cup of tea’ !View
Matava is deliberately situated so as to maximize your experience and spirit of adventure. To highlight breathtaking views, some accommodation bures are high up with steps and steep paths so our guests need a reasonable degree of agility and fitness. We are well away from population centers and the inevitable damage they cause to the environment. There are no roads, honking traffic or pollution, just the sounds of wildlife and waves breaking out on the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef. You are embarking on an exciting adventure that we are sure you will remember for the rest of your life.
The following information should help maximize your experience.

Getting Here (for those that believe that the journey is part of the adventure)…

Fiji’s main International airport is in Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu.  The Fiji Airways local regional carrier is called Fiji Link and operates a once daily return flights to Kadavu Island from Nadi International Airport on most days of the week and Suva Airport once a week. You can see flight details or book at These flights usually depart late morning but times can vary. It is essential that you double check your flight departure time the day before you travel.

The domestic flight from Nadi takes approximately 40 minutes. Restroom facilities are available at Kadavu airport though very little else. You are now officially off the beaten track !

Upon arrival you will be met by one of our 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. Our boat will be waiting at anchor in a small calm mangrove bay. Start Your AdventureDepending on the tide, you may have to walk out in ankle deep water to board and disembark.  Water is available on the transfer boat. For smaller groups, transfers are by “longboat” – Kadavus version of a taxi! Long boats are not covered so we recommend you  have sunscreen and sunglasses handy. The ride to the resort takes about 45 minutes depending on the tide and weather conditions. It is a wonderful scenic ride so you might wish to have your camera handy.

Your Bure (Fijian for house – think chalet, Fiji style)

There is nothing quite like a sleep in your amazing private Oceanview or Honeymoon bure bed. Just a few meters away, picture windows open to a view of the Pacific Ocean and the gentle rumble of surf upon the barrier reef, while all around you is natural rain forest with unique tropical Fijian wildlife.

They are crafted from solid sustainable Fijian wood, with high ceilings and picture windows displaying uninterrupted ocean views. With all natural materials and polished wood finishes, the bures have a unique natural ambiance.

Facilities your bure will have:-

5* mattress (same quality manufactured for 5* hotels), fine cotton sheets, extra blankets for warmth, en-suite bathroom with 24hrs solar hot water, 12V solar lighting, private deck, amazing views, power socket and a ceiling fan during the summer months.

Facilities your bure will not have:

Air-con, phone, TV, fridge, iron, hairdryer

All guest are provided with bath towels, hand towels and soap in accommodation bathrooms. Guest should bring their own additional toiletries such as shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste etc. Beach towels are available on request.


Meals at Matava are a blend of local and international cuisine. The menu takes advantage of local seasonal produce and the day’s fresh produce. Bread is baked daily and the resort boasts its own organic vegetable farm. We generally seat everybody together for meals. Dining together is fun and helps guests meet each other. Private dining on your own bure deck can be arranged for special occasions.

Coffee and tea are available complimentary from early morning until late evening.

We cater for vegetarians, vegans, lactose / gluten intolerant. Please do not consider coming to the South Pacific if you have a severe coconut allergy!


The beach in front of the Resort is brown sand going out to sea grass flats, then fringing coral reef and lagoon. There are several nearby white sand beaches that guest can swim, snorkel or kayak to for snorkeling or just to hang out in privacy. The Area is a Marine Reserve with excellent snorkeling.


We use renewable energy resources wherever possible. Our limited power is developed using solar technology. All hot water is generated with heat from the sun (with backup if needed – we’d like to say the sun shines 365 days a year but…)

Paths are deliberately not lit at night as it interferes with the local wildlife (fruit bats, owls etc) and also spoils the ambiance. Bring a head torch to get around at night and we will also give you a solar LED table light to get you safely from A to B. It takes a night to get used to it and then you won’t want it any other way. We are one of the few remaining places left on the planet without light pollution.
Bures have 12v lighting but limited mains power. Ceiling fans run during the evenings until late at night during the summer months . The bures do not have air conditioning or fridges. Hairdryers are out! Solar generated 240V power is available in our main bure for charging cameras, strobes, laptops etc. It is on all day until early evening. We ask people to help us make use of the available solar power by bringing spare rechargeable batteries so they can use one set, whilst recharging the other set. There are no telephones or power sockets in your bure. Congratulations ! You are officially ‘off the grid’!

Please make sure all batteries, plastic and items difficult to dispose of soundly in a remote area leave when you leave. If you pack it in then please pack it out.


The resort offers WiFi access through purchase by credit card. Wireless service covers the main bure and is available through the day and evening. Connection speeds are good and data is unlimited. The system is provided by Digicel Fiji who are responsible for pricing. You can buy 1 hour / 1 day / 3 day or 1 week bundles. We do have an internet etiquette policy which we respectfully ask you to abide by. To cut to the chase it says please separate internet time and social time. There are plenty of places to take yourself away, be on the internet then leave it behind. We are trying very hard not to let the 21st century take the art of conversation with new people and existing friends away from Matava. If that’s not for you then we are probably not either.

Making a Booking

A Non-refundable 20% Booking Deposit is required for a confirmed Booking. This is based on your selected Package.  Guests can use our secure facility here Matava Secure Facility to safely send their credit card information to the Resort Office. The office will then process your Booking Deposit and send a formal Confirmation / Receipt.

The Package balance is due 30 days before you are due to arrive at the Resort. The recommended method of payment is by bank wire transfer. Guests settling their balance by credit card will incur a 5% Administration fee. (Booking Deposits made by credit card are not subject to any fees) Guests wishing to make a reservation for travel within 30 days are required to pay the full Package amount for a Confirmed Booking. Under certain circumstances, guests can arrange to pay their Package Balance when they check-out.

Please make sure you already have your domestic flights to Kadavu  booked before making a reservation with the Resort.

You can see our full Booking Terms and Conditions here: Matava Terms & Conditions

Check-out & Payments at the Resort

There are no banks on Kadavu and, as you can imagine, this sometimes makes things a little difficult! As a consequence of this, we prefer guests to settle their bill (or part of it) in Fiji Dollars cash. We recommend you obtain any cash you require at the ANZ bank in Nadi International Airport. We are also happy to accept all major currencies including Australian Dollars, New Zealand Dollars, Euros and US Dollars. Should you wish to settle via credit card, we do accept VISA & MasterCard. Please note that if you wish to settle your bill by credit card, there will be a 5% administration surcharge.  Guests are welcome to wire funds to our bank account prior to travel.

All prices quoted at the bar, on our website and around the resort on any literature are F$ cash prices.

The resort transfer boat to the airport usually departs at about 10:00am however times can vary depending on Fiji Link flight times. We double check flight departure times every morning.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that all guests take out adequate travel insurance which covers accident, loss caused by cancellations, loss of luggage, personal property, ill, health medical expenses, medical evacuation and weather disruption / cancellations (including activity cancellations). It is mandatory that guests intending on participating in diving activities have insurance cover, ensure their insurance covers them for SCUBA related activities and has appropriate ‘depth’ coverage. Guests must provide evidence of appropriate dive insurance to Dive Centre staff before diving at Matava Resort.

The Weather

Kadavu has a typical tropical climate with the winter months being May to October and the summer being November to April. Summer months, particularly January to March are hot and humid with air temperatures peaking around 85F. Winter air temperatures rarely fall as low as 65 but the evenings can be relatively chilly in a breeze. Winter is often characterized by South Easterly Trade winds which can last a week or so. Most trade winds are mild however some can be quite windy. If you are visiting in winter time we recommend a good mix of clothes, T shirts and shorts for the days but something warm for the evenings. You can see more detailed information on the weather here Kadavu Weather

If you are diving and bringing your own wet suit, we recommend a 3mm shortie during the summer and a 5mm long during the winter.

Medical facilities

We have a hospital on the island which is well equipped and about 45 minutes by boat. There is a nursing station within 10 minutes boat ride.
These facilities are great for most people – those with conditions which may require specialist or urgent attention should consider carefully whether to venture to such a remote place.
Flights out are only once a day (and not on Sunday) – medivac is available but not at night.
Boat trips at night to the hospital are not guaranteed – depending on tide etc – as it could put the client, crew and boat in danger if conditions are not right so it is possible that someone would need to wait until the next day to leave the resort for specialist medical attention if necessary.

Packing List

Head torch – essential for the resort (Petzl make some great little LED ones)
Sun Screen (waterproof SPF 15 minimum and probably higher)
Sunglasses and a hat for protection from the sun
Water bottle – we don’t supply plastic bottles of water where possible (for obvious reasons), please refill your own at the water filter station
Insect repellent – Bures have mosquito nets and screening, but we don’t use any poisons or pesticides. Mosquito repellant can be bought at the resort. There is no Malaria in Fiji
Water footwear for walking out to boats in shallow water at low tide

Dive certification, log book and insurance (if intending to dive)

Airline Tickets and itinerary
Passport (valid for at least 6 months after the date you are due to leave Fiji)
Cash and Credit Cards
Travel Insurance including Dive Insurance if appropriate
Copies of above – carried separately in case of loss

Sport sandals or flip flops / Slip-on-off shoes for evenings
Comfortable hiking shoes
Cap or hat
Shorts (quick drying)
T-shirts / Lightweight shirts for sun protection
Long sleeved sweatshirt or fleece and jeans (winter evenings)
Swimwear / beach towel
Long trousers (lightweight – plane and transfers)
Lightweight waterproof jacket

Other Things
Prescription glasses and spare (+ hard case)
Personal medications, including something for motion sickness if you need it
Bring enough batteries (and be prepared to take them away with you)
Toiletries including tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo
Feminine Hygiene products. (There are only a handful of basic shops on Kadavu where you can get a loaf of bread, some tinned food and not much else. Things we take for granted that we can ‘pop out’ to get at home are mostly not available on the island. We can of course help you out and worse case fly things in from the main island but you probably want to be self sufficient. We wouldn’t mention it if we didn’t get asked all the time)
Camera (charger / spare batteries). We can charge batteries during the day on solar. Ideally bring two sets of batteries so that you can charge one set whilst you use the other
Ziplok freezer bags to keep things dry and organizing gear
Neck wallet / bum bag (fanny pack!) etc.
Laptop computer / iPod / Music player
Reading material
Notebook / pens
Antiseptic cream, anti-itch cream, Imodium, band aids, tweezers etc with your toiletries

Dive Gear
Certification card, log book and insurance certificate
Regulator – 1st stage, 2nd stage, alternate air source (essential) and SPG
Dive computer
Wetsuit (see guide)
DIN to A-clamp adaptor if needed
Booties, Mask, Snorkel, Fins
U/W torch and batteries (take batteries home)
Mesh Bag
Safety sausage and whistle / Dive Alert

Underwater Photo Equipment
Camera, housing and ports, O’rings and O-ring grease
Lenses (and appropriate ports) and filters
Spare media cards
Cables for downloading
Batteries (+ spare set for all kit) and chargers

** Sunscreen
Statistics show that approximately 4 to 6 thousand tons of sunscreen are washed off in coral reef areas
every year. Standard sunscreen contains chemicals that have been found to cause rapid and complete
bleaching of hard corals, even at extremely low concentrations.
Those chemicals include:
Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) / Octyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate) / Propylene glycol and Butylparaben / Camphor / Cinnamate
We recommend you obtain biodegradable sunscreen such as Reef Safe or other similar sunscreens
which are available from most SCUBA Dive centers and shops.

We are always adding / amending the list. If we have made a glaring omission or you have some useful ideas that would be good to add, please let us know.

MATAVA – Scuba Show 2017 – SPECIAL

Matava and the Great Astrolabe ReefMatava_manta_03

Explore the magnificent remote and unspoiled Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef and watch in awe at 15 foot Fijian mantas barrel roll right in front of you. Snap some images. your friends will be amazed at. The PADI 5* Dive Team will get you really close! There are miles of pristine reef to explore and discover – one of the longest barrier reefs on the planet.

When not diving the reefs offer snorkelling and sea kayaking that can’t be bettered. Trek to stunning waterfalls and learn about the native plants and their medicinal properties still used today and fulfil your spirit of adventure at the multiple award-winning Matava Resort – literally Fiji…Untouched.

Traditional bures nestle in private gardens on the rain forest slopes. Feast on our own organic-grown fruits, vegetables and freshly caught fish, served by lantern light on the terrace at sundown. For those that prefer our range of healthy menus are organic, gluten free, sodium low, and lactose light. Sip your favourite wine, cocktail, icy cold beer or smoothie – yes, you have earned it! Spend time to massage your cares away in the Bamboo Spa or just soak up the view from your private sun deck as the sun sets over the stunning lagoon.

Meet the real people of Fiji and experience their culture. Wash away your Carbon Footprint – no roads, no cars, no noise, just the sound of waves breaking on the barrier reef.

It’s a jungle out there – 
Dive in !

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De-stress & De-tox

Do your body and mind a favor and escape the noisy polluted world. Rest, relax, rejuvenate, de-tox and restore your bodies natural health with a dose of clean Pacific Ocean air. Enjoy Yoga, meditation , Bamboo Spa treatments, fun adventure activities and dine on healthy organic foods grown right before your very eyes. Experience the real Fiji and leave no carbon footprint. Depart refreshed, invigorated  and ready to face hustle and bustle of the modern world. Continue Reading …

Latest Specials !

We have limited Free Room and all-inclusive Package Upgrades available for selected dates. Contact Us for availability.

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The Matava Experience Package

True adventure can only be found in those pristine, out of the way places where new experiences and cultures combine into a life changing experience.

Come experience this awesome adventure at Matava on Kadavu and immerse yourself in world class adventure activities in this outer island paradise.

From F$1065 per person

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Terms and Conditions


A non-refundable deposit of 20% on accommodation or any all-inclusive package quote is required to secure a confirmed booking. The Package balance is due 30 days before you arrive. The minimum deposit amount is F$100. Visa and MasterCard are accepted by the resort. Booking deposits are not refundable. Continue Reading …

Adventure Honeymoon Package

Come and live the Adventure Honeymoon of your dreams at Matava and immerse yourself in a week of world class adventure activities in this outer island paradise.

Private remote beach picnic, romantic private dinner on your own bure deck  and welcome champers & fruit to start your adventure holiday.

From F$2,200 per person

Matava’s Packing Checklist

A veteran traveler’s packing list is a chronicle of hard-won lessons, which explains why Matava’s Director, Richard Akhtar has a story behind every item on this list. He’s traveled throughout Africa, the Pacific Islands, North America and Europe, as well as hiking around some of the most remote areas in these regions. Continue Reading …

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Snorkel Fest Package

Have a fun packed week with world class adventure activities in this outer island paradise maxing out on the snorkelling opportunities.

Reef lovers who enjoy the sun on their back, the Astrolabe Reef also provides a superb snorkeling experience.

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Kayak Kadavu

Have a fun packed week with world class adventure activities in this outer island paradise maxing out on the professional kayaking opportunities with Tamarillo Expeditions .

Get into one of our sea kayaks and glide through crystal clear waters. A startled ray may fly past and electric blue tropical fish pulsate in their coral habitat as you drift over the brillant corals.

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Birding Treat Package

What a treat! 27 species are found nowhere else in the world (endemic), such as the fabulous Golden and  Orange Doves (Bune or Bunako), three species of Shining-Parrots (Kaka), and the widespread Collared Lory (Kula) which is even found in town centres.

All for the taking within walking distance of your bure!

From F$2,015 per person

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GT Popping & Jigging Packages

4 – 7 night Packages with unlimited Popper Casting and deep water jigging aboard ‘BITE ME TOO’

Specialist long range fishing targeting the biggest GTs on the outer barrier reef breakers and long range remote deepwater jigging for trophy sized Dogtooth Tuna.

From F$2,920 per person

Sport & Gamefishing Packages

3 – 7 night Packages with Unlimited Sport fishing including all trolling tackle on ‘BITE ME TOO‘ with Bite Me Gamefishing Charters.

From F$2,065 per person

Scuba Dive Kadavu Package

Come and dive the best of Kadavu with Mad Fish Dive Centre on this awesome 7 night all-inclusive Dive Package and stay at Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort directly on the Great Astrolabe Reef.

Prices from  F$2,640 per person

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The Matava Experience Package

Accommodation in an Oceanview Traditional Bure
Traditional Kava ceremony*
All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, unlimited tea/coffee)
Return Kadavu Island Airport – Resort boat transfers**
Complimentary use of snorkel gear
Inclusive of all Fiji Taxes

Price per person based on double / twin share – 7 nights – F$ 2485.00
6 nights – F$2130* / 5 nights – F$1775* / 4 nights – F$1420* / 3 nights – F$1065**

See Last Minute Specials and Early Bird Discounts HERE

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Add-On Adventure Activities

 All prices in Fiji Dollars (F$)

Rates Include All Fiji Taxes

DIVING RATES (also see packages)

Rates include boat, tanks and weights. Gear hire is available – $60/day or F$250 / 5 days. Must be booked in advance. Torches / Computers Extra

1 Tank 

2 Tanks

(1 day)

6 Tanks

(3 days)

8 Tanks

(4 days)

10 Tanks

(5 days)

Extra day

(2 tanks)

3rd dive of the day

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Discover SCUBA

Open Water Referral

Open Water Course

Advanced Open Water

Rescue Diver

Rate (per person)






(Course materials extra or complete coursework on-line – . Materials price TBA on booking)


Rates include lunch for full day charters and all snacks and soft drinks on all charters

BITE ME TOO’ – Our fabulous fast offshore 30ft centre console game fishing boat

(price for boat / max 6 pax)

½ Day

1 Day

2 Days

3 Days

4 days

Extra Days








SNORKELLING (price per person including free gear hire)
House Reef – unlimited snorkelling of Critter Junction & Waya Island


Boat Snorkel Trip – Join the dive boat or take a dedicated boat trip to exquisite snorkel sites (min 2 for dedicated boat trip)


SURFING (price per person including boat and driver)
3 Hour trip to Soso, Vesi or Naiqoro reef breaks (min 2)


Picnic Lunch on a choice of fabulous secluded beaches (Per person, min 2)


Private Romantic Dinner on your Bure Deck (per couple)


TREKKING (price per person – guided treks minimum 2 pax )
Local Treks – unlimited trekking to waterfalls, rainforest trails, birding spots


Guided Waterfall Trek – nature and cultural trek to village and waterfall


Guided ‘Tei Tei’ Trek – Visit plantations learn about local plant medicine


BIRDWATCHING (price per person)
Guided ‘Birding’ Trek – 3 hour trek to bag all 3 Kadavu endemic species


OCEAN KAYAKING (price per person – guided trips minimum 2 pax- includes guide, meals and village accommodation for overnight stays)
Local Kayaking – unlimited use of resort kayaks for nearby paddles


Guided Day Trip – adventure exploration of turquoise bays and mangroves


Guided Overnight Trip – exploration, cultural immersion and village stay


 All prices in Fiji Dollars (F$)

See our all inclusive packages here…

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See our Resort Information Guide here:  Matava Start Your Adventure

See our Terms and Conditions for full booking policy and information.

All rates valid to 31st March 2019

All prices are in Fijian dollars and inclusive of all taxes.

* Stays of less than 7 nights, Kava night not guaranteed

**Stays of 3 nights or less – F$100 each way per booking