Natural Beauty on your door step!
Avaliou em 21 de Fevereiro de 2020
Unfortunately, we only spent one week at Matava but would have loved to stay there for several weeks. However, it gives me an excuse to return and will definitely be back more than once. The food was absolutely delicious. They catered for our vegetarian and lactose free needs and meals were quite large so none of my family members were never hungry between meals. Coconut chips served at cocktail hour were yummy. Matava is quite a secluded and off the beaten track resort but that is exactly what makes it so attractive. It is nestled in a cove overlooking turquoise water and a small island and right on the Astorable reef. Perfect for snorkelling, right on your door step as we saw an array of colourful fish, starfish and coral. It is a diver's paradise and the dive masters are very competent as they are PADI trained and gave me a refresher course. We went on a fishing trip and my husband caught a very large yellow finned tuna due to the expert guidance of staff, which we consumed for dinner. Guided tour to the waterfall is a must for nature lovers. Staying in an island style bure up a hill with spectacular views and nestled amongst trees and collecting coconuts is a true Fijian experience. Communal dining gave us an opportunity to meet people from all over the world and there was no pressure at all to wear fancy clothes, make up or care about your appearance as we truly did chill out. Staff were so friendly and caring that they were like family. Thank you to Mark and his wonderful staff as we definitely had a very memorable holiday!
What an amazing place!!
Avaliou em 23 de Janeiro de 2020
We loved Matava and will be back more than once. It is really something special... the staff are amazing, the food is incredible and the diving is exceptional. It definitely isn't for everyone, so do your research, but if off the beaten track, isolated from the world's stresses and being part of an extended family sounds like it's for you, you will love it!!
A must for your travel list!
Avaliou em 3 de Janeiro de 2020
Freshly back from 1.5 weeks at Matava, and I had some long flights to think about what to write as a review. I travel constantly, for work or pleasure, and tend to go far off the beaten track when it’s just for me. Kadavu Island was immediately appealing, combining excellent diving with pure Island beauty. I did debate where to stay, though, as I could not ignore one recent, negative review of Matava. I considered Kokomo and its outright luxury was tempting, but decided that as a solo female traveler, I’d probably feel more lonely at Christmas there than at a place where everyone is together and no one has use of a hairdryer, or cares about that. I made the right choice, bad hair days notwithstanding.
Matava is beautifully situated in a cove, overlooking a tiny island and stunning turquoise water. There is no real beach, and I couldn’t imagine wasting time sitting on one when I could explore so much above or below water. My bure was very pretty and a traditional island style, up a hill with a breathtaking ocean view. Aside from the bures, the rest of the spaces are shared and very welcoming. Dining is communal and the food is great, fresh and plentiful. I haven’t been able to have gluten in more than 25 years and they had no problem with that. (The comment in the review I read of “you will be hungry the whole time” leads me to believe that person might have an issue with portion control.) I actually ate dessert for the first time in many years thanks to the staff’s kitchen wizardry.
The diving is spectacular, period. The dive masters are extremely competent, fun to dive with, and a pleasure to be around. I brought my own gear but it wouldn’t have been an issue if I hadn’t. There also is a fantastic instructor on staff who can train and certify all PADI levels. There were a few newly minted divers during my stay as a result. You are directly on the Astrolabe reef when you stay at Matava, and it’s a diver’s dream. There also is insane fishing just outside the protected area, and while I love fish underwater, I do also love them on my plate (sorry!).
Before you think it was all paradise, Cyclone Sarai came in during my stay and beat the crap out of Kadavu Island, with two direct hits when it doubled back. Obviously no diving but that was the least of my concerns. The winds were a little terrifying, but not once did I feel unsafe or uncomfortable at Matava. Why? Because they’re an off the grid eco lodge that is self sufficient. Who better to stay with when that grid goes down! Solar panels and generators, and staff who know how to manage through anything. All of the bures were built to withstand much worse. No internet? We didn’t care, we had card games going and a movie projected on the plywood panels that we used to protect the main lodge. Plenty of good wine and beer, too. Just keep an eye out for flying coconuts and it’s all good.
For the better part of four days, the cyclone interrupted my plans. Rather than be mad about it, I used their phone to change my flight and grab those dive days back. I also couldn’t imagine leaving my new friends that soon, so instead we rang in the New Year together and I got to see more of that gorgeous reef.
So, go to Matava if you love nature, want a real Fiji experience, most definitely if you want to dive/snorkel/fish/paddle board, or just chill out and spend time with some awesome people. Leave your ego, and hairdryer, at home and prepare to actually relax and enjoy yourself. I certainly did. Thanks to Mark and everyone at Matava, I hope to see you again soon.
Awesome food, Atmosphere, Hospitality and the real Fiji
Avaliou em 20 de Novembro de 2019
Just the best place to stay. Service superb, we loved our room, the location is fantastic ....everything was perfect. We have stayed there previously and enjoyed it so much we returned and never regretted it.
Avaliou em 16 de Novembro de 2019
We had a beautiful stay at Matava.
Exquisite food and atmosphere
Staff are typically friendly Fijians and do the utmost to take care of and entertain you
The pool and grounds have had a major makeover and the menu is amazing and food beautifully presented.
Mark and Sala are running a great operation