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Kadavu is the fourth largest of the 300 odd islands in Fiji and is largely undeveloped. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, magnificent palm fringed beaches and rugged terrain.

The excellence of Astrolabe and Solo Reefs has made Kadavu world famous. The Great Astrolabe Reef is the world’s fourth largest barrier reef extending along the entire southern side of Kadavu and stretches for over 120 km. It is rated as one of the world’s premier diving locations, offering great diversity and a spectacle of coral structures and marine life.

However, the fantastic diving experience is not limited to these two superb sites. The island is encircled by equally exciting reefs, Namalata and Tavuki. The dive sites exhibit a tremendous variety with several passages, submerged pinnacles and manta ray cleaning stations adding to the reasons why Kadavu is recognised as a premier diving area.

Spinner dolphin and resident manta rays can be observed throughout the year., with optimum sightings in the cooler months (Jun-Oct). Seasonal visitors include humpback whales (Jul-Sep) and large pods of short-finned pilot whales (Feb-May).

The native population of some 12,000 still live quite traditionally in 72 villages scattered throughout the islands. As there are few roads, transport is mainly by boat.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: white-tip reef shark, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, reef manta ray, short-finned pilot whale

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Dive Rainbow & Great Astrolabe Reefs

A great itinerary for divers who enjoy a mix of colourful reefs and pelagic encounters. Discover one of the world’s greatest displays of soft coral at Taveuni’s Rainbow Reef, then encounter critters and manta rays at Kadavu.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,845 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive Great Astrolabe Reef & Beqa Lagoon

This itinerary offers spectacular soft coral diving and manta ray encounters at the world’s fourth largest barrier reef, Great Astrolabe, followed by some exhilarating shark dives at Beqa Lagoon. A true dive adventure!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Matava Eco Adventure Resort

Located on Kadavu Island and bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef Lagoon, Matava Eco Resort is a small and intimate hideaway. Accommodation consists of traditional Fijian bures nestled in the lush tropical rainforest.