The Great Fiji Butterfly Fish Count

Double saddled butterfly

The Great Fiji Butterfly Fish Count in November 2010 is a great opportunity for Matava guests to get involved in celebrating and recording an aspect of Fiji’s amazing coral reef biodiversity, show we all care about the world’s delicate coral reef systems, and have fun, by taking part in a week-long hunt for the Great Fiji Butterflyfish.

Click here to find out more about our Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count Package to the Fiji Islands today and see all the mantas and pristine tropical reefs on Mad Fish Dive Centre’s dive boats on the Great Astrolabe Reef on Kadavu! Continue Reading …

Matava is Fiji’s first Resort member of The International Ecotourism Society

Matava recognised as TIES first ever resort  member in the Fiji Islands
Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort is proud to announce that we are Fiji’s first Resort Business member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES).

As the world’s oldest and largest international ecotourism association, TIES seeks to be the global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities, conservation, and sustainable travel.

A common question asked is what EXACTLY is ecotourism? Ecotourism is: “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990) Continue Reading …

Matava organises Fiji to be the first COUNTRY to fully participate in the Shark Free Marina Initiative

Shark-Free Marina Initiative

Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters take the leading role in the world with a major shark conservation initiative in the gamefishing community.

The International Shark-Free Marina Initiative works with marinas, boaters and fishermen to develop policy designed to protect a vital component of the oceans health, our sharks. Continue Reading …

Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award 2008

Matava has been awarded the Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award 2008 for its policies on environmental sustainability

KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS – 5th Februuary 2008 – Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort is proud to announce that it is an official 2008 recipient of The Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award.

Project AWARE Foundation Chairman, Dr. Drew Richardson recognizes the importance of the scuba diving community taking its part in protection of global ecosystems. “The Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award is about rewarding vision, excellence and pursuit of conservation. More importantly, this award ensures the enjoyment of underwater environments for future generations,” states Richardson.

“Our awards recognise dive operators making a positive impact on local communities and the environment, as well as providing great dive holidays! The number of outstanding environmental programs taking place is inspiring,” said Joanna McNamara, Project AWARE Coordinator.

After reviewing Matava’s application, Project AWARE determined that our dive operation met all requirements set forth for Project AWARE’s Environmental Achievement Award and shown exemplary efforts to conserve aquatic environments through education, advocacy and action. Therefore, Project AWARE was proud to name Matava an official 2008 recipient! Continue Reading …

Fiji’s First AAA GREEN STAR Accreditation Awarded to Matava

Matava has been awarded the AAA Green STAR Accreditation for its policies on environmental sustainability

KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS – 15th August 2008 – Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort is proud to be announced as the first resort in the Fiji Islands to be awarded the internationally-recognised prestigious Green STAR Accreditation rating from AAA Tourism and the AAA STAR Rating Scheme.

Green STAR Accreditation is an additional endorsement to our current 3.5 STAR Rating at Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort.

Matava Director, Mr Richard Akhtar says “Green STAR Accreditation gives us special environmental recognition and shows our customers that we are responsible and committed to reducing the environmental impacts of our business.”

“After 6 years of hard work and commitment to our strict environmental policies, it is rewarding to be recgnised by a 3rd party international certification agency”

Matava is a Go ECO Operator

Matava is a Project AWARE Go ECO Operator

Project AWARE’s Go ECO Campaign was revamped throughout Asia Pacific in 2005 to inspire dive operators to implement environmental best practices in their local area and educate tourists about how they can travel responsibly. By following environmental guidelines, dive centres can minimize their impact on our aquatic ecosystem whilst contributing to environmental, economic and cultural conservation.

Ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular and it’s crucial that the dive industry respond to this to ensure they are meeting standards their consumers demand.

Go ECO helps dive centres and resorts to do this by providing their customers with dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and understanding of the local aquatic environment and a commitment to best practice ecological sustainability. Continue Reading …

Pack For A Purpose & Matava join forces

Pack For A Purpose

Matava has committed to being part of the Pack For A Purpose initiative. Click here to find our exact requests…

Help Pack For A Purpose make a difference in the lives of children around the world. Use available space in your luggage to provide supplies to the communities you visit. If just 500 individuals pack 5 lbs (2.27 kgs) each, we can provide 1.25 tons of Supplies! Continue Reading …