Leaving Paradise Taveuni we’re now headed for Matangi Private Island.
So how do we make it over to Matangi? By speed boat and a quick snorkel on the way at Rainbow Reef.
Glass-like water at Rainbow Reef as it’s one of the best snorkelling areas in the world and separates Vanua Levu and Taveuni, (the second and third largest islands of Fiji). Among its many wonders is the Great White Wall, a sunken escarpment blanketed in luminescent white corals. Consistently rated as one of the world’s best dive sites, the wall is reached via a tubular swim-through and starts at a depth of 20 metres.
Snorkelling at Rainbow Reef from our vessel before heading to Matangi. Not far from us is the International Date Line.
Our crew looking after us as with the required equipment, water and sunscreen.
We’ve arrived to a traditional welcome song by the staff at Matangi with eight fox terriers jumping around in the water to meet us as well.
And who best to show our group around is Sireli (centre) who is the resident ‘go to’ person who can help with any enquiries.
Bures are on the beach frontage and an easy walk to the main dining area, spa, library and pool.
Standard accommodation appears to be superior in so many ways. Love the open louvers allowing a constant breeze without having to turn on the air conditioning. A big thumbs up in my book.
However, there’s a Tree Top Villa which is pure luxury and ideal for Honeymooners.
Surrounded by lush tropical foliage, offering ultimate privacy and yet only steps from the beach, these three split-level Treehouses are unique to this island.
Matangi Private Island is listed in Conde Nast Traveler as one of the “Top Five Most Romantic Resorts in Fiji”
At Horseshoe Bay there’s the opportunity for more snorkelling and an afternoon tea (this is an additional option which can be taken after you arrive). You’ll uncover the tranquillity of an intimate hideaway of a 240-acre unique horseshoe-shaped Fiji island paradise; boasting virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters.
Spa treatments are additional but so worth it. The variety of treatments on offer include the traditional Fijian Bobo massage, Lava Shell massage, Hot Stone massage, Earth Sea Salt Body Glow and Coconut Sugar Glow.
Sunset dinner for two can be arranged.
Cooking demonstrations are part of the day as an activity to guests.
Courtney makes friends with the resident goat Blackie.
A traditional dance is held before dinner – hot stuff and candy for the eye!
Truly? This is the best lobster I’ve ever eaten in my life. Not sure where the owners source their sea food but don’t change!