Images Courtesy of Matava Adventure Eco Resort
Kadavu was once known for the whaling station at Galoa Harbour, also as a port of call for steamers bound for New Zealand and Australia. As in most other regions of Fiji in the 1800s, Kadavu had its fair share of scoundrels and ruffians, such as local legend Vedori, who in 1838 ransomed the entire crew of a ship for items such as whale's teeth, axes and a case of pipes. Quite a long way from today's eco paradise!
The islands have a small range of guest houses, budget backpackers and high-end resorts, with many of these places accessible only by boat.
The Great Astrolabe Reef surrounds Kadavu. It is one of the largest barrier reefs in the word, and a world-famous dive spot that manages to be still largely unspoiled. Swim with Manta Rays, or dive wrecks and swim through coral gardens - the Great Astrolabe Reef offers a huge range of underwater experiences. All resorts at Kadavu will offer to chance to snorkel or scuba dive here.
As home to the Great Astrolabe Reef, diving is a major attraction in Kadavu. Fishing, surfing and kayaking are also popular, as are the long, sandy beaches which line the islands. Further inland you’ll find lush, green rainforest filled with stunning birdlife and glorious waterfalls, and there are good hiking routes from several of the resorts.
The road system in Kadavu is very limited, with most transport by boat. There is a shuttle bus available to pick you up at Kadavu Airport to take you to wherever your boat is leaving from.
Pacific Sun has daily flights from Nadi and Nausori Airport just out of Suva. For those who want to experience inter island travel as the locals do, there is a ferry that departs from Walu Bay, Suva, on Tuesday evenings which travels to Vunisea, Kavala Bay then back to Suva around 2pm the following day.