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Regional News Archive - Fiji

 March, 2011
Diving in Fiji 

 Matava wins AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award 2010
AON Fiji Excellence Awards - Matava

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco-Adventure Resort is proud to be announced as the winner of the Environment/Local Sustainability Award at the AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010 for its policies on environmental sustainability and the environment.The annual Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards night sponsored by AON was held at The Warwick Resort and Spa on the Coral Coast on Friday 26th February 2011, and attended by Matava Director, Stuart Gow.  Many local tourism operators and business people attended the evening presentations, resulting in over 400 guests.  This year there were over a thousand nominees in the 12 categories.

Matava was proud to be nominated in 3 categories and was chosen as a finalist in all nominated categories at this year's AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards. Bite Me Gamefishing Charters and Mad Fish Dive Centre were recognised as finalist in the Fiji Experience Award, and Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort was a finalist in the Quality Accommodation Award as well as winning the Environment/Local Sustainability Award.

"We are extremely proud to win this award. We have been lucky to win overseas and global awards for our environmental policy in the past year, but it is especially gratifying to be recognised at home by our colleagues in Fiji." said Mr. Stuart Gow, one of Matava's Directors. Richard Akhtar, Managing Director of Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort said "At Matava, we are of course both happy and proud to receive this prestigious award. We find it even more important that the industry, by rewarding environmental efforts, choose to take a stand for the environment we depend on.”

Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, is an eco adventure getaway offering you a fun and unique blend of cultural experiences and adventure activities in the environmentally pristine and remote island of Kadavu in the Fiji Islands.  Adjoining the Great Astrolabe Reef with fantastic fish diversity, Mantas, abundant sharks and pelagic species, pristine hard and soft corals ensure that the diving is world class. Matava - Fiji Premier Eco Adventure Resort is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort as well as a Project AWARE GoEco Operator. With more than 12 years experience in the Fiji Islands, Matava is recognized as a leading educational dive centre and caters for all divers from beginner to experienced and professional levels.  Matava offers accommodation for up to 22 guests in lush tropical surroundings in traditional thatched Fijian 'bures' with hardwood polished floors, louvre windows and private decks offering privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.

To contact Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort, Vunisea, Kadavu, Fiji Islands, phone:
+679 603 0685, email: or visit their website at 

January, 2011
Diving in Fiji

 Mother and Twins Become PADI Instructors on Same Program in Fiji PADI Asia Pacific Instructor Examination in Fiji 

 Mike Holme – Director, Training and Quality Management – PADI Asia Pacific.  

In 2007 whilst on holidays in Fiji, I took the opportunity to visit Beachcomber Island to present the PADI Asia Pacific Member Award for ‘Young Achievers in Diving’  to 14 year old twins Harrison and Taylor Koens.  At the time, they were living on the island where their parents own and manage Subsurface Fiji, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, and were being home-schooled by their mother Karen. The following year, however, they were returning to their native New Zealand to complete high school. 

In January 2011, I visited Fiji to run a PADI Instructor Examination in the same region and found to my delight that the twins (now aged 18 and having graduated from high school) and their mother, were candidates on the course. This made for an interesting dynamic as the competition between the three divers could have been intense; however they all excelled and passed the PADI Instructor Exam with flying colours. The twins are about to start university in New Zealand to study medicine and engineering and plan to work as PADI Instructors during their university breaks. Happy PADI Instructors in Fiji 

Also on the same programme were three indigenous Fijian Divemasters working at Subsurface Fiji, who all successfully completed their Instructor Exam; congratulations to Timoci Vumalumu,  Taniela Vatunitu and Tekini Nairibuli.   Also thanks to PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Apenisa Ramototabua for all his hard work in helping his colleagues become PADI Instructors. 

 Photo Caption:

Fiji IE Jan 2011 

The successful PADI Instructor Exam candidates in Fiji with PADI Course Director, CJ Goodrich and IDC Staff Instructor, Apenisa Ramototabua. 

Harrison, Karen Taylor 

L-R, Harrison, Karen and Taylor Koens from Subsurface Fiji on Beachcomber Island, become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.