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World Class Diving

The majority of visitors come to Kadavu for one reason-world class diving.  All the Kadavu resorts have dive operations and all resorts offer easy access to the Great Astrolabe reef system. Because of the remote nature of the Kadavu Group, many of the dive operators visit areas where there are few boats or divers for miles around. Another plus is that the Astrolabe, rich with pelagic and reef fish, is close to shore. This makes it accessible for both divers and snorkelers. There are such a variety of sites that divers of any experience will be happy.

The Great Astrolabe Reef has both colorful hard corals and with soft corals. Pelagics abound. There’s a chance you’ll see humpback whales, pilot whales, giant trevally, mahi-mahi, Maori wrasse, spinner dolphins, tiera bat-fish and groupers as big as the Queensland grouper. There are a plethora of rays, such as eagle- and manta-rays, as well as sharks, including zebra- and ray-sharks.

Rays are a huge attraction on Kadavu - Swimming in the Wild
Rays are a huge attraction on Kadavu. (courtesy Matava Resort)

Other Kadavu Attractions

Day Treks are also available to waterfalls and other points of interest.

Overnight village stays can be organized through the resorts. (No doubt you’ll also be offered kava, which is exceptionally strong on Kadavu).

Surfing is excellent but inconsistent compared to the swells available off of Viti Levu. Visits to breaks can be arranged through your resort.

Birding is excellent and the island is famous for its indigenous Kadavu Parrot.

Kayaking and Outrigger canoeing are very popular on Kadavu.

Outrigger-canoeing and Kayaking

Both Outrigger-canoeing and Kayaking are popular on Kadavu.

Sea-Kayaking is one of the top Kadavu Attractions
Sea-Kayaking in Kadavu  (Courtesy Tamarillo Active Travel)

Tamarillo Active Travel, is a Fiji-based company that has been guiding multi-day, resort-to-resort sea-kayaking tours around Kadavu Island since 1998. They have a year-round schedule, with the minimum group size just 2 people, and the maximum 14. All departures are private. Each group travel with their own local guides (from Kadavu) and a motorized support-boat. Most tours run for 5 or 7 days, with shorter and longer options also available. As well as sea-kayaking Tamarillo Active Travel’s trips include guided snorkeling to the island’s nicest reefs, hiking along quiet rainforest trails, and authentic experiences of Fijian culture.

Perhaps the main difference between the two tour companies is the equipment. Astrolabe Reef Outrigger Adventures uses canoes with outriggers whereas Tamarillo utilizes sea-kayaks where are also quite stable

Kadavu has become popular with Fiji Study Programs
Students from Fiji Study Program (Courtesy Tamarillo Active Travel)

In addition to their resort-to-resort sea-kayak tours Tamarillo has a separate Fiji Study Program for International student groups who can combine learning, adventure and cultural immersion. The participants are accommodated by local families in traditional village communities. Each Fiji Study Program is led by indigenous Fijian guides and international outdoor educators. This combination offers visiting groups international-standard risk management and program facilitation skills together with an immense depth of local environmental and cultural knowledge. Contact details:

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