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.

By learning the hard way and listening to the advice of fellow adventurers, Richard has compiled a list of essential traveler’s gear items that will make your adventure at Matava as trouble-free and well prepared as possible.

Packing list

Packing Checklist for Matava


Items Recommended by Richard
Airline Tickets and itinerary Fiji Airways is our prefered airline
Passport (valid for at least 6 months)
Credit Cards VISA and MC accepted widely. There is often a Credit Card Fee
Travel Insurance (covering diving?) See our Fiji Adventure Travel Insurance page
Dive certification
Dive Logbook Scuba Diving Log Book – Red Cordura Diver Down Flag Three-Ring Binder
Photocopies of above Carried separately in case of loss

Essential Packing –Clothes

Sport sandals (Teva’s) or flip flops Teva Men’s Terra-Fi 2 Sandal
Comfortable hiking shoes Merrell Men’s Chameleon Evo Gore-Tex XCR in Dark Grey
Shorts (quick drying) Columbia Sandy River Water Cargo Short
T-shirts Guy Harvey Pirate Shark T-Shirt
Lightweight shirt for sun protection Columbia Men’s Bahama II Long Sleeve Shirt
Long sleeved sweatshirt for cool winter evenings
Beach towel Aquis Adventure Microfiber Towel, Large (19 x 39-Inches)
Long trousers lightweight –plane and transfers
Lightweight waterproof jacket Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket
Hat or cap for sun protection Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Hat

Essential Packing –Other than clothes

Prescription glasses and spare
Personal medications
Something for motion sickness if you need it Bonine Motion Sickness Protection, Raspberry Flavored Chewable Tablets
Head torch Essential for the resortPetzl Tikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp
Bring enough batteries And be prepared to take them away with you as well!
Sunglasses Good quality polarized is preferable: Maui Jim Cyclone Sunglasses
Sunglasses retaining strap Pittsburgh Steelers Neoprene Sunglasses Strap (as worn by Adrian!)
Sun block Waterproof SPF 15 minimum and probably higher: Hawaiian Tropic Kids Sunblock with Travel-Size Bottle
Insect repellent All Terrain Herbal Armor Kids Spray
Camera A MUST for this adventure! Canon PowerShot D10 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera
Camera charger / spare battery We can charge batteries during the day on solar power –bring a spare so you have one charging and one in use.
Water bottle For hikes and day trips: NALGENE Tritan OTG BPA-Free Water Bottle 24 Oz
Ziplok freezer bags to keep things dry and organising gear: Ziploc Double Zipper Freezer Gallon Bags

Other Useful Items

Neck wallet / bum bag Eagle Creek Travel Gear Neck Pouch
Binoculars Nikon 8-24×25 Travelite V Zoom Binocular
Laptop computer
iPod Apple iPod nano 16 GB
Reading Material Magazines we love to read after you:National Geographic Traveler Magazine]

Outside Magazine

Books Can’t beat , even deliver to Fiji!
Notebook Moleskine Ruled Notebook Pocket
Pen Fisher Space Pen
Small first aid kit Antiseptic cream, anti-itch cream, Imodium, band aids, tweezers etc with your toiletries
Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight and Watertight

Dive Gear

Certification card See if you’ve lost it!
Log book Scuba Diving Log Book
Insurance certificate/card See our Fiji Adventure Travel Insurance page
Regulator 1st stage, 2nd stage, alternate air source (essential) and SPG
Mares V42 Proton Metal Dive Regulator
Dive Computer Mares Nemo Excel Dive Computer Wrist Watch
Wetsuit as a rough guide: January/March –3mm shortie; July/October – 3mm or 5mm long; Rest of year –3mm long
3/2mm Tilos Titanium Skin Chest Full Suit Jumpsuit Wetsuit
DIN to A-clamp adaptor if needed Din to Yoke Converter Adapter
Booties Mares Tropic Low Cut 2mm Scuba Dive Boot
Mask Cressi Big Eyes Clear Skirt Mask
Snorkel Oceanic Ultra Dry Snorkel
Fins Mares Plana Avanti Quattro Open Heel Scuba Diving Fins
U/W torch and batteries
(take batteries home)
Underwater Kinetics Sunlight SL4 eLED Flashlight
Mesh Bag Mesh Drawstring Snorkel Bag with Dive Flag Zip Pocket
Safety sausage Safety Sausage
Whistle / Dive Alert Dive Alert Plus – DA Plus 3

Underwater Photo Equipment

Camera Canon PowerShot G11 10MP Digital Camera
Camera housing Canon WP-DC34 Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G11 Digital Camera
Strobes Ikelite Autoflash AF35 Kit
O-ring grease
Lenses (and appropriate ports)
Spare media cards Sandisk 8GB EXTREME III SDHC SD Card
Cables for downloading
Batteries (+ spare set for all kit)
Battery chargers

Diving Spares

Batteries XS Scuba Save-A-Dive-Kit
Fin strap
Mask / mask strap
Camera/Housing O-rings

For the Villages

Pack for A Purpose

Many of our past guests have asked us what they could bring to give as gifts to the remote island villages we visit.

The following is a short list of things that will really help.

Books Fijians love to read, but it’s difficut to get books on the outer islands
Reading glasses as I said, they love to read!
Clothes all kinds of clothes, especially kids and baby clothes
Shoes any old running shoes, sandals, cleats
Medical supplies Neosporin, band-aids, childrens Tylenol, aspirin, cough/cold medicine
Toys any type of toys for the kids, preferably not plastic…
A picture of yourself if you are going to give a gift, they’d really enjoy it more if you leave a picture of yourself so they can remember you and your kind gift

Pack for a Purpose

Download the POacking List and our “Matava Start Your Adventure