Welcome to the Real Fiji
Fijian Hospitality in a Remote, Secluded Location
Complete with lush rainforest vistas, sweeping mountainous beauty, crystal clear South Pacific water and pristine beaches, the palm fringed Mai Dive Astrolabe Reef Resort is idyllically situated on Ono Island – part of the beautiful Kadavu Group of Islands in Fiji.
The Resort offers guests a seamless combination of genuine Fijian hospitality, 5-star fare and a remote and secluded location to unwind body and mind. And for the adventurous, there are many activities to indulge in, including world-class scuba diving and snorkeling. Ono Island is a perfect location to access the spectacular Great Astrolabe Reef. Even more authentic, our staff are local, traditional Fijians with a genuine, friendly and enthusiastic approach that will make your stay with us a memorable one.
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Trip Advisor Reviews of the Mai Dive Astrolabe Reef Resort
The Owner’s of Mai Dive along with all of the Staff, are very proud of what people have to say after staying with us. We think that the fact that we are small – we are authentic and that you are experiencing the REAL Fiji with a full compliment of Local Staff is why we get the lovely reviews we get. Mai Dive is a source of Family and Local Community Pride – we have lived on this land of our’s for 3 generations with the resort only opening in 2008. We (the Owners and the Staff) are part of the local community and have been for generations.
The Resort opened in 2008 and strives to maintain and further enhance it’s environmental beauty. Our ethos is to combine genuine Fijian hospitality together with a low key environment where you can leave the world behind and enjoy the beauty of the Great Astrolabe Reef. Prior to the Resort’s establishment, the land was farmed and handed down through three generations of the Nalewabau family. At our resort, we pride ourselves on a relaxed, yet attentive approach to our guests and their needs. We know you are with us to enjoy precious holiday time and we endeavor to provide a truly unique experience – Relax, Revive and Dive.
Getting to Ono Island Kadavu
Many major airlines fly into Nadi International Airport (IATA: NAN, ICAO: NFFN). Once you arrive on the main island, Viti Levu, you will fly 45 minutes south to the beautiful Kadavu Island chain. Take the domestic flight to Vunisea Airport in Kadavu (www.Fijiairways.com). It is the only commercial airline that flies between Nadi and Kadavu. We will meet you at the Vunisea Airport with a speed boat. You will then enjoy an approximately 1.5 hour ride from Vunisea to Ono Island. Cross your fingers in hopes of spotting dolphins or whales on this ride.
Depending on the country you are coming from, you may need to overnight in Nadi then catch the plane to Kadavu the next day. If this happens, it usually a reverse process on the way out. We recommend you stay at the Raffles Gateway Hotel in Nadi. It is convenient and comfortable especially after a long flight into Nadi.
Untouched, Uninhabited Beauty
The Mai Dive Astrolabe Reef Resort can only be accessed by boat and this has preserved its natural beauty for many generations. It is located on Ono Island, a member of the Kadavu Group, directly south of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main islands. It is separated from Kadavu Island by the Ono Channel. The Ono Group of Islands is formed from spectacular volcanic formations that is encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef.
There are six villages on The Ono Group of Island Kadavu. Vabea / Waisomo – Ono Island, Narikoso – Ono Island, Naqara – Ono Island, Nabouwalu – Ono Island, Bulia – Bulia Island, Dravuni – Dravuni Island
Sustainable Island Living
We are locals who have lived off this land and sea for generations. We don’t seek First World sustainability awards and banners – we just live on our land and our sea with the respect and traditions that have been handed down through generations. We grow fruit, vegetables and root crops naturally – we don’t say Organic because no-body in Real Fijian Village Life knows anything about anything else but 100% naturally grown. We put it in the ground we care for it and it grows , we take only what we need from the sea for that day to feed our families and friends – life is that simple for us.
However – We do have 24 hour electricity at the resort and this comes from our First World – Solar Power System