In the 1870s Kadavu was considered as a site for the new capital with Levuka fast running out of space. Luckily for those environmentalists and naturalists today, the island was passed over for Suva, leaving it in its present untouched state.
In contrast to Kadavu’s current image of environmental conservation and sustainable tourism, the islands were known in the old days for their whaling stations. Kadavu was a port of call for steamers bound for New Zealand and Australia with ships mooring at the then whaling station at Galoa Harbour. In addition to the bech-de-mer trade whaling ships also moored at Tavuki Bay.
Diving is first class on this island and all the resorts have dive operations. Trekking to some degree is also possible. Kadavu is one of the least developed islands in Fiji and has a spectacular array of bird life including an indigenous parrot.
Kadavu is home to Dive Kadavu/Matana, Papageno Resort, Matava Resort.
Diving: The Great Astrolabe Reef is still the jewel in the Kadavu diving crown and is a reef now well known among divers throughout the world. The reef is about 100 km long, making it the fourth largest barrier reef in the world. It stretches from the south side of the island near Vunisea, and runs along the south coast before looping around Ono Island and ending off the east coast of the main island. The reef boasts a variety of stunning hard coral outer reef slopes in wonderous colours, and steep soft coral drop-offs. The dive sites here exhibit a tremendous variety with several passages, submerged pinnacles and manta ray cleaning stations adding to the reasons why Kadavu is a great spot for several days diving.
Accessibility: Kadavu is accessible from Nadi Airport or Suva via scheduled flights with Pacific Sun. From Kadavu airport, you will board tender boats to be transferred to your final hotel destination. Flight time one way is approximately 20-25minutes.