If you want to get off the grid on your Fijian vacation, then a visit to Kadavu is in order. Alight off the 40-minute flight from Nadi and itís like stepping back in time.
Fijiís fourth largest island is widely acknowledged as one of itís most rustic and beautiful with 75% of the island covered in rainforest, mountainous jungle and plummeting waterfalls. It is also one of the least developed major islands in Fiji with roads radiating only a short distance from the airport at Vunisea. So be prepared to travel by boat to your locale.
Kadavuís main draw is for eco-tourism and the incredible diving on the Astrolabe Reef. The reef is about 100 kms (60 miles) long, making it the fourth largest barrier reef in the world. It stretches from the south side of Kadavu near Vunisea and runs along the south coast before looping around Ono Island and ending off the east coast of the main island.
The dive sites here exhibit a tremendous visibility and variety, with several passages, submerged pinnacles and swimming with manta rays adding to the reasons why Kadavu is a great spot for several days of diving.
The reef was named the Great Astrolabe Reef by French explorer Dumont díUrville after he nearly lost his ship, the Astrolabe, to the reef in 1827. In the 1870s, Kadavu was almost selected as the site for the capital of Fiji, due to the once thriving whaling business. Today the island group is home to 12,000 native Fijians living in 72 traditional village communities who primarily live on subsistence agriculture and fishing.
Matava is the islandís premier eco/green adventure resort designed to blend with the environment. It is an ideal base for diving and hiking on the island where you can discover the many species of flora and fauna including the brightly colored native Kadavu parrot.