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Matava is a genuine eco lodge and green hotel in Fiji, beautifully set off the beaten track, minutes from the Great Astrolabe Reef on Kadavu Island. This intimate eco resort has comfortable bures, outstanding cuisine and offers a full range of eco adventure and cultural activities. You could dive or take a course with their PADI dive professionals. Experience fantastic fish, pristine corals, Mantas and sharks. Try snorkeling, sailing, sea kayaking, trekking, and join in authentic cultural and village events! No roads, solar power, low carbon footprint make Matava Eco Resort the ideal green hotel in Fiji to relax and unwind.
What we love in this green hotel in Fiji:
“The paradise setting perfect for an unplugged eco vacation in Fiji! The amazing snorkelling and friendly staff… We also love the passionate commitment to be a genuine eco resort.”
Eco Friendly Highlights:
Matava eco resort is a small and intimate ecolodge designed to blend in with its natural environment. Traditional thatched Fijian bures nestled on the edge of the rainforest look out over the Pacific ocean and Great Astrolabe barrier reef. All resort building structures are built using locally grown pine or hardwoods planted for that purpose. This Fiji ecolodge is then finished using traditional methods of thatching and palm weaving. We do not use local wild hardwood trees for lumber.
It is the eco resort’s policy to minimise our impact on the environment and to promote and support ecologically sound conservation measures in their community.
All lighting in the Oceanview and Honeymoon bure accommodation and the main bure is solar powered. The resort office also derives all its power from solar energy.
This green hotel in Fiji does not operate any main generators, only a small emergency back-up generator for the office should the need arise.
All accommodation is supplied with hot water derived from solar energy. The eco resort minimise the need to import vegetables with associated transportation carbon emissions by maintaining a large organic garden in the resort grounds. In addition, They supply local village farmers with seeds and then purchase the fruit and vegetables from them. Many fruit trees such as banana and papaya are scattered through the grounds.
All rubbish is sorted. Food waste is fed to local pigs. The eco resort composts as much waste as possible for the organic farm. Plastic and glass bottles are recycled, as are aluminium cans.
Matava eco resort leaves areas of land around the resort uncultivated to encourage the growth of native wild flowers and ferns. Part of the resort foreshore is naturally a mangrove shoreline and has been left untouched. Mangroves prevent erosion and provide sanctuary to juvenile fish.
No insecticides or herbicides are used on the grounds of the eco resort. Any plants found around the resort are native to Kadavu or already found on the island. No foreign plant species are brought in to the island.
All grey water is piped out to rubble drains for flowers and plants. Bures are designed and orientated to benefit from shade and sea breezes for cooling. The primary reason for the location of Matava Resort is the abundance of natural spring water. During the drought of 2003, it was one of only two locations on the South of Kadavu island that still had a water supply. The water is naturally filtered through the limestone and is of excellent quality. Nevertheless, rainwater is still collected at certain locations and used to supply the organic garden.
All staff of the eco resort are from local villages. The resort’s annual expenditure is directed, wherever possible, to the local community.
Working in conjunction with their neighboring village of Kadavu Koro, Matava eco resort has established a marine reserve from the boundary of the Matava foreshore extending out to encompass the opposite Waya island. This area is protected from any sort of fishing, shell collecting and reef walking.
They have also helped the village of Nacomoto establish a marine reserve in their waters.
Each time they dive there, they make a contribution to the village. This clearly benefits all parties. The diving is superb, the village gets income and the fish have a sanctuary to breed.
Matava eco resort’s divers often dive in the Naiqoro Passage marine reserve and they make further contributions to support this initiative.
Guests are asked to make a small voluntary contribution to these marine reserves when they check-out. This money is used in their support and to promote marine conservation measures taken by the local villages.
Matava Eco resort has won the following awards for their environmental policies:
- Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards Best in Marine Environment 2010
- ON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010 Category: Environment/Local Sustainability
- Project AWARE Marine Environmental Award 2010
- PADI Asia Pacific Member’s Award 2010 in the category Project AWARE Marine
- Environmental Award 2009 (never awarded twice to one resort)
- PADI Asia Pacific Member’s Award 2009 in the category Project AWARE Marine
- Environmental Award 2008
- Project AWARE Marine Environmental Award 2009
- Project AWARE Marine Environmental Award 2008
- Project AWARE Marine Environmental Award 2007
Double occupancy Oceanview Bure from F$610