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7 Best Resorts on Kadavu

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Accommodation on Kadavu

Ah, Kadavu… Tucked away in the southern reaches of Fiji, hooked by the Great Astrolabe Reef, topped with bird-filled forests and scattered with waterfalls, Kadavu is a remote paradise. It might be a little hard to get to, which is kind of the whole point, but once you arrive you will be well looked after by one of the eight all-inclusive resorts. Sure, they are not all five-star but boast more “rugged luxury” with authentic experiences. It’s the real Fiji waiting to be discovered. Check out all of the island’s resorts with this list of resorts on Kadavu.

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1. Matava Resort

This resort captures everything a getaway to Kadavu should be: rugged luxury, natural surroundings and eco-friendly. Bures (bungalows) at Matava Resort are scattered in seclusion across a hillside complimenting the surroundings with their thatched exterior. There are bures for families, groups but mostly for its most-frequented travellers, couples. Their Honeymoon Bures sit the highest with a private deck overlooking the ocean, which can also be used for private dining. Otherwise, meals are shared family-style on long tables in the main restaurant and bar where there is a kids policy after 7pm. Matava offers a range of experiences, including fishing, surfing, spa treatments, cultural immersion, birdwatching, and scuba diving in the Great Astrolabe Reef. See more like this in 5 Best Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on Kadavu.

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2. Oneta Resort

If you’re looking for remoteness and a true adventure, stay on Ono Island at the Oneta Resort. The beachfront resort covers 70acres/28ha encompassing six thatched bures and two secluded villas further down the beach. Each bure is unique in design, but still includes polished mahogany floors, a king bed, ensuite bathroom and an outdoor bamboo shower. The hero bure of the resort is the Turtle Lair perched on top of a hill overlooking the whole island (although you’ll need to be comfortable with the climb). Sports fishing and scuba diving are the main activities at Oneta, but it’s also worth trying the waterfall excursion, snorkelling with manta rays, kayaking to a secluded beach, and hiking on the uninhabited Vatulutu Island.

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3. Kokomo Private Island

Your exclusive five-star luxury resort in the Kadavu archipelago is Kokomo Private Island. After arriving by helicopter or seaplane, you’ll stay in one of 21 Beachfront Villas or five Luxury Residences, each with its own pool, garden, beach access and complete privacy. All types of travellers are catered for here, from the couple planning their wedding to families wanting to make use of the kids’ or teens’ clubs. The resort boasts three restaurants, a resort pool, tennis courts, a basketball court, gym, day spa and offers wellness retreats. Most activities on your Kadavu bucket list is available to do here, as well as waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing and a glass-bottom boat. See more like this in 8 Best Family Resorts on Kadavu.

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4. Matana Beach Resort

Kadavu’s longest-running resort is an excellent choice for your Fiji getaway. Set along the beautiful white-sand Matana Beach, Matana Beach Resort is only 10-15 minutes away from the airport by boat making it one of the easier Kadavu resorts to get to. The resort has access to hiking trails, sits on the side of two villages and is sheltered by the winds. There are 10 bures in total with options for double rooms, twin rooms and family rooms. Dining here is a Fijian affair with authentic food shared on long tables for a more social vibe. As for activities, enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, birdwatching and cultural experiences. See more like this in 7 Best Accommodation on Kadavu for Foodies.

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5. Papageno Resort

Stay in one of the secluded bures nestled in 320acres/130ha of unspoiled nature at the Papageno Resort. The resort offers a more “up-market” feel and more accommodation choice than others on Kadavu, from the most budget Garden Rooms to the luxurious Royal Oceanfront Bure. The activities list here is extensive including scuba diving courses, sports and spearfishing, remote beach getaways, waterfall walks, and various village visits each offering a different type of cultural experience.

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6. Tiliva Resort

Relax, adventure or volunteer at this eco-friendly resort that works closely with the local community to give your trip a purpose. Otherwise, there’s plenty of other ways to enjoy your time at Tiliva Resort, from scuba diving in the Great Astrolabe Reef to hiking on an uninhabited island for the day. Bures are freestanding with a simple yet fresh interior, private decks and ocean views. And, yes, WiFi is available and free!

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7. Mai Dive Astrolabe Reef Resort

As the name suggests, scuba diving is the main reason to stay at Mai Dive Astrolabe Reef Resort, as it is located on Ono Island with the reef right on its doorstep. The Australian-Fijian-run resort’s bures are different in design offering a more “seaside bach” vibe rather than Fijian bure but still keeps to the Kadavu eco-friendly mantra using sustainable local materials in their construction, solar power and using ingredients from its own garden. Despite its remote location, the food is a high-quality gourmet experience enjoyed at their restaurant or while doing a private island picnic. There are plenty of more activities to do here in between dives, making Mai Dive an excellent base for adventure. See more like this in 6 Best Budget Accommodation on Kadavu.

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[CLOSED] Waisalima Beach Resort & Dive Centre

Last but not least, Waisalima Beach Resort & Dive Centre provides a laidback holiday in a beachfront rainforest setting. The resort offers activities much like the other resorts but to some of its own unique places like “The Big Tree”, its own short walk to a waterfall and surrounding villages where kava drinking and meke (Fijian dancing) can be enjoyed. There are two types of accommodation, the Ensuite Beachfront Bures and the Standard Beachfront Bures with shared facilities.

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More About Resorts on Kadavu

That’s it for the best resorts on Kadavu. See how they compare to The Top 50 Resorts in Fiji. Plus, get even more tips in The Complete Travel Guide to Fiji.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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