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Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type resort
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

3 Separate private accommodations that can accommodate 1-4 guests each

Makaira is ideally suited for the traveler that just wants to get away, be it for adventure, romance or quiet reflection or all of the above at an affordable rate. We have 3 separate accommodations. The Marlin Cottage is the most affordable and ideal for a couple that is on more of a budget.. The Villa is perfect for a very romantic setting to impress. . The Grander is 2 bedroom and 2 bath..

Makaira is designed for that special traveler, who does not want the crowds, our 3 well- appointed, self- contained accommodations are situated over 2 acres in their own private setting. We specialize in privacy as we are aware of your needs for a peaceful and beautiful setting in paradise, overlooking an easily accessible 1/3 km white sandy snorkeling beach below us and forever 180 degree ocean views.

We affordably offer our guests many of the amenities that one would expect to find in high end resorts in our breathtaking location. Included in our rates are breakfast, Wifi, airport transfers, spacious, comfortable accommodations complete with their own private dipping pool attached to each accommodation, , king size beds, , fantastic full time staff , daily housekeeping, snorkel gear, snorkel tours out front, two person glass bottom Kayak and one more 2 person kayak, ,Flat screen TV with hundreds of free movies on USB, board games,, lending library, linens, towels, hot shower/tub, bathing amenities to name just a few of our included amenities. . We also offer our own in house fishing charter operation for all types of anglers and boat snorkeling guided tours. We have our own consignor and driver to help you organize tours and activities around the island for hikes, bird watching and sightseeing. We cater dinners to our guests who prefer not to cook in their own kitchenette. If you are a scuba diver we can organize your dive expedition to our famed rainbow reef, with a local operator who will pick you up and drop you off at Makaira. Those just some of the ways we have tried to create the comforts you are accustomed to enjoying when you are on vacation while giving you a multitude of choices to design your vision of a perfect holiday. Then again, there is no law against just relaxing and soaking up the beauty and serenity from your dipping pool that is and surrounds Makaira.

Each of our accommodations are unique. The Villa is an open floor split level design with a huge master bedroom that joins a “to die for bathroom “with separate shower area and separate bath that leads to a secret garden with an additional jungle shower. Actually all our accommodations have the additional jungle showers, but the Villa is special because it is in an enclosed garden. The lower level is the sitting and dining area with kitchenette that leads out to a large covered deck with its own private dipping pool. It is the ultimate for a very romantic getaway. It can also accommodate 4 if the party is not looking for privacy. The Grander can either be a two bedroom 2 bath accommodation for up to 4 or can be converted into a romantic suite for a couple with the second bedroom becoming a spacious living room. The two rooms lead to a huge deck that is the dining/sitting area with kitchenette that leads to a sun deck with a dipping pool in the center. The Marlin Cottage is designed for a couple that might be on more of a budget with a large master bedroom, big bathroom with shower/tub combination. The bedroom leads to a large deck that is the dining/sitting area with a kitchenette and a private dipping pool in the front of the deck. We often get guests that want to have the whole place for their own group, so we can accommodate up to 10 people with the use of all 3 accommodations.

Location: Makaira is a gorgeous setting. We are privately located on the tip Ucuilagi Point that translated into English from the original Fijian name means Heavenly Point or point to Heaven. The original Fijians aptly named this location, as it is the only location in Matei that has stunning 180 degree panoramic ocean views that are right, left and center overlooking the Somosomo straits and islands on the horizon. The property is 4 acres with manicured gardens, filled with tropical fruits, flowers, and native birds. There are two white sandy coves to either side of us. The beaches to the left are the most beautiful and are the largest and most private white sandy beaches in Matei, with the best snorkeling on the island just moments from entering the water. Our kayaks offers the opportunity to explore the 3 miles of reef and snorkeling to the left of us and discover another nearby deserted white sandy beach that is only accessible by sea.

About Makaira: We have tried to combine the best of the Aloha and Bula spirit in our design and approach to meeting our guest’s needs. We offer the best of both worlds of a vacation cottage and a resort. We cater to the traveler who wants to have a more private get away and design their own holiday without being regimented with time schedules, or be part of the faceless masses, nor do they want to be set adrift in a foreign country so we have a wonderful full time staff to cater to our guests according to their needs. We offer our guests every conceivable choice that Taveuni has to offer to design their holiday according to their time frame and desires. Malaria’s 4 acre breath taking location is set to create some incredible memories that will last a lifetime. The accommodations sit on their own private section that provide all the natural tropical drama of overlooking the ocean and two easily accessible white sandy coves, a canopy of stars at night, lush tropical gardens, and brilliant sunsets, a complete setting, which is sure to quiet the stress and inner yearnings for serenity. Set in tropical beauty with panoramic ocean views perched over and between some of the best white sandy beaches and snorkeling on Taveuni, all at an affordable rate.

Makaira your one stop fishing shop for those seeking fishing adventures. The Sea Dancer is a custom built fiberglass boat completed in September 2014, by Islander boats. She offers versatility for all angling techniques. Length Overall is 32ft or 10 meters. Beam: 9 ft. or 2.8 meters. She has a 150 mile range. Enclosed Cabin includes a V-Berth and Head.

Engine, Electronics, and Safety- 2017 4 stroke 2000hp Yamaha. Electronics include GPS, Depth recorder and Fish Finder. Meets all USCG safety regulations.

Outfitted with- Reelax Fighting Chair to accommodate big game fishermen that is removable for a flush deck for those anglers that prefer a large casting platform for light tackle or fly fishing. Safety Bow rail for sight casting. Transom Door for easy entry and exit and portable S/S swim ladder for easy water exit.

Fishing Gear- 2- 130’s Shimano, 4- 50’s Shimano and Penn, 2- 80’s Shimano, 8 Shimano Casting rods and reels. Bucket Seat for fighting chair, stand up fighting belt, flying and stick gaffs, 10 Rod holders and Outriggers. For Popping, Jigging, Fly Fishermen and Blue Water Hunters bring your own fishing outfits. We strongly support the live release of non-record GT’s, Billfish and all species of Sharks.

Your Capt. John Llanes has 40 years of international professional charter experience, primarily in Kona Hawaii. He has held his 100 ton Master license for over 30 years. Pristine and abundant waters surround your home base of Taveuni, Fiji. All the various prime fishing habitats are here and begin five minutes after launching, opening up to a vastness of virtually virgin fishing grounds in every direction. For Giant Trevally (GT) and Fly fishing and spear fishermen bring your own gear. We strongly support release of all billfish and GT's. We also offer two state of the art fishing kayaks for hire, inquire for more information.

More Details

Property Manager
Roberta Davis
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, Fijian, Hindi
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Roberta Davis

We are originally from Hawaii and came to Taveuni in 1986 and realized how much it reminded us of the Hawaii of our youth that we thought no longer existed anywhere. So we just had to have another shot at paradise that was not lost. Quite simply we missed the charm and romance of Hawaii's yesteryears. It was gone before we were grown up. Who couldn't love living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth with the friendliest people in the world and the sea in their front yard? It is truly practice heaven.

Roberta Davis purchased this resort in 1991

Why Roberta Davis chose Matei

It is so beautiful, words can't describe how beautiful it is and photos can't capture the whole view. We wanted a property that was large enough that we could maintain its tropical integrity, have privacy and have enough space to be self sufficient with an organic garden. We are both ocean people, John is a many generation fisherman and we have a safe anchorage on the beach where he can launch his charter boat operation. I am an in the water person, and to be able to walk down and jump in the ocean and experience incredible snorkeling and do some reef gardening is more than I could ever dream of. It was also very important to us that no one could ever build on the beach near us because of what we saw happen to Hawaii's beaches. No one can build on the beach below us so it always maintains that element of privacy. For us it truly is practice heaven and we hope our guests feel the same way.

What makes this resort unique

We looked for 3 years for the perfect property for us on Taveuni. One that was large and easily accessible to the sea. When we found this property it was raw and undeveloped, in fact we didn't know what a stunning view it had until we cleared the last of it. We only knew there would be an ocean view. Little did we know we got a 180 degree ocean view, that no one else has, it is breathtaking. Since it was undeveloped this allowed us to create our own vision within the means of what you can do in the tropics and our finances. For the last 13 years we have been developing it and I always think 'okay now it is well and truly done'. But it isn't! That has become kind of a joke with the Makaira family whenever I say it. But there always seems to be one more thing we think of that our guests might enjoy, so I imagine it will always be a work in progress. But we are done building accommodations, 3 is enough to offer our guests the privacy, personalized service and range in rates to fit their budget. For our many returnees they get a kick out of what changes have occurred since the last time they visited and immediately incorporate them into their routine of enjoyment. Although we are not 5 star and never strive to be, that is not the Aloha style which is much more relaxed and unpretentious. We laugh and say we are no star and our guests say we are All Star, which is very nice and generous of them. But we strive to give our guests the best bang for their buck,in beauty, romance, adventure, amenities, personalized service, privacy, nice clean, comfortable accommodations with a few delightful surprises and the ability to design the holiday of their choice, like we would like to do if we went somewhere. So in short it was the opportunity to imagine that brought us to this property


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday resort rental in Matei, Melanesia

Property Type:
  • resort
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , outdoor shower , Villa bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , outdoor shower , Grander Bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , outdoor shower , Marlin Bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , outdoor shower
  • The Villa has an amazing bathroom, with huge bathtub, separate double shower, vanity. It connects to an outside private garden with a refreshing jungle shower in a private garden. The Grander Suite has two spacious master bath for each master bedroom . For cool refreshment The Marlin Cottage and the Grander have an additional 'jungle' shower accented with tropical and exotic plants that forms a natural leaf doorway and a privacy screen while overlooking the ocean. The Marlin Cottage also has a spacious bathroom with a large shower tub overlooking an ocean view. Please do ask us about our three accommodations so we can help you decide which one suits your needs best.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 10
  • Villa, Grander, Marlin - 4 extra lg. double bed , 4 single bed , 1 child bed , Each cottage can sleep varying amounts up to 4
  • Makaira offers 3 private accommodations. The villa which can sleep 4 or as the ultimate romantic accommodation for two.. The Grander is a two bedroom two bath or converts into a romantic suite with separate living room. Perfect for 2 couples, family or friends. The Marlin is suited for a romantic couple on a budget. Each accommodation enjoys breath taking ocean views and are done in different motifs and are self contained. Affordable price ranges to suit one's budget. We offer Fishing Charters, Private restaurant, massage. Lots of free amentities including, WiFi, complimentary breakfast, airport transfers, private phones, snorkel tours and gear, kayaks, a paddle board, vu board, Frees movies on USB to enjoy on your flat screen TV. Linens, bath and beach towels, bath accessories . 24 hour fabulous staff to look after your needs from organizing tours to daily house keeping . The best of both worlds of resort and vacation home.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 1 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Makaira offers just about everything for an adventurous, romantic or relaxing getaway. Makaira offers an unique experience with just 3 self contained vacation rental accommodations on at least their own half-acre in a resort setting without the crowds. There are so many activities to explore at Makaira and on Taveuni, all types of fishing, snorkeling, diving, horseback riding, hiking, natural waterslides, bird watching, pearl farm tour, kayaking or soaking in your dipping pool with a beautiful ocean view or having a massage, Our ever attentive Fijian staff is priceless. We also have a car with driver available for our guests to hire for taxi and tours. We have strived to combine the best of the Aloha and Bula spirit for our guests while offering our guests choices to design their special holiday. This has helped us earn the Trip Advisor 2015 &2014 Award for Excellence 2017 and 2016 for Best Value. ,


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Relaxing Getaway with Amazing Views and Excellent Cuisine

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Makaira Resort on Taveuni, the garden isle (and our favorite isle) in Fiji. The owners, Roberta and John, were wonderfully gracious, generous, and knowledgeable of the island. They also told the most fantastic stories!

John, being a skilled and seasoned fisherman and world-class chef, provided us nightly with the most delicious gourmet meals--the best meals we had in Fiji during our 5 week trip. Dinner was served in a

dining bure overlooking the ocean, on the edge of a cliff with an amazing 180 degree view of the ocean. Their meals consisted of fresh fish caught by John and vegetables from Roberta's organic vegetable


This eco resort is beautifully landscaped with coconut trees, tropical plants and fragrant flowers.The landscape and position of bures offers lots of privacy, and the 180 degree ocean view offers beautiful

opportunities to see both the sunrise and sunset.

The bures are tastefully decorated with Polynesia art and handicrafts, have nice hot showers, and a porch with fantastic, unobstructed open views of the landscape and sea. Each bure also has its own cooking

facilities--not that you would want to cook for yourself with such delicious meals available (breakfast and dinner).

Makaira is a great location as it offers world class snorkeling right out front. Roberta is an incredibly kind,warm, friendly, knowledgeable host who took us snorkeling and "coral gardening". The resort also has a bus stop and airport nearby, and is in walking distance to stores and a farmers market.

This heavenly place also offers amazing coconut oil massages and papaya/fruit body treatments, as well as hammocks overlooking the sea for relaxation.

Last but not least, Makaira Resort employs very friendly, local staff (who are extended family to John and Roberta), who always greet you with a great big smile.

  • Review Submitted: 16/08/2010
  • Date of Stay: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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elmira ontario canada

heaven on earth.

  • 5 of 5

Where to start. We stayed at Makaira for 2 weeks at the end of jan. and the beginning of feb.2010. The owners John and Roberta are the most wonderful people we have met in our travels abroad. They are doing amazing things on Taveuni. They have an entire Fijian family helping them run the resort and the entire family is a treat to behold every morning at breakfast. Christie is a young woman being trained by John to help with the meals and she sings like an angel while she's cooking. Her husband Pete is also helping with serving and he is the nicest young man you will ever meet. Christie's sister Lucy is also helping and my wife wanted to wrap both of them up and bring them home because they are so cute.John did most of the cooking for us and 5 star resorts could never have a better chef than him. We both gained weight which definately wasn't on the itinerary. Roberta keeps the whole Makaira family functioning like clockwork. She joined us for dinner every night and has the most incredible stories of their lives imagineable. Their life story is like none i could even contrive and the best part is they have no idea how extraordinary their lives have been.John is one of the funniest people i have ever met and he is so humble he doesn't even realize it. The cottage is like taking a cottage and dropping it in the middle of paradise. We loved the view and had a hard time getting motivated to do anything because the setting is so spectacular. The island itself is amazing and it is the most lush island we have ever seen. we hiked to 3 waterfalls and took the local buses and of course traveled with HARRY the local taxi driver. John and Roberta took us to some other reefs for snorkelling and we had a wonderful time. The coral was breathtaking and the scenery was to die for.The coral right in front of the resort is the best i have ever seen. The only down side was you were a little at the whim of the tides but knowing this you planned your day around it. We have been back for a week and a half and i'm still telling stories to my coworkers of our 2 weeks in paradise.THANKS JOHN AND ROBERTA AND YOUR FIJIAN FAMILY.

  • Review Submitted: 17/02/2010
  • Date of Stay: January 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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leverkusen, nrw, deutschland


  • 5 of 5

im november 2008 landeten mein mann und ich auf dieser trauminsel im paradies. die inhaber, roberta und john sowie ihr supernettes personal empfingen uns herzlich und nahmen uns wie ihre familie wurde viel gekocht, gesungen und gelacht.unsere unterkunf war schön eingerichtet, sauber und hatte alles was man sich in einem romantischen inselurlaub vorstellt. besonders schön waren die inselausflüge, danke babba! es war unser bisher schönster urlaub.unbeschreiblich farbenfrohe natur und der spektakulärste ausblick aufs meer, den man sich wünschen kann.sehr genossen haben wir auch die schnorchelausflüge mit roberta, die sie sehr professionell und sicher geleitet hat.danke für den schönen urlaub!!wir kommen wieder!

  • Review Submitted: 06/05/2009
  • Date of Stay: November 2008
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
Overlooking the ocean
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
2 minute walk
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
half an hour drive
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
At Makaira
Nearest Beach
125 Metres
Overlooking the Beach
Car: not necessary

Makaira's premier location perched above two beaches on Heavenly point offers breath taking panoramic ocean views, privacy, romance, adventure and, magnificent sunsets. We combine the best of two worlds of a resort and a vacation rental. We offer 3 self-contained accommodations for guests that prefer to do their own meal preparations. The Marlin Cottage is ideal for a couple. The Grander is 2 bedroom and 2 bath and the Villa is lovely as the ultimate romantic setting,, but can accommodate up to 4 if privacy is not an issue. It is split level, open floor design. Makaira is situated on 4 acres of manicured gardens, being on a point offers peace and quiet from any road or airport noises, and 180 degree ocean views. . After your complimentary breakfast In less than 3-4 minutes- walk, one can splash into the turquoise seas for incredible snorkeling or a refreshing swim or soak up the rays on a white sandy beach that stretches a third of a kilometer long with rarely anyone on it. . Grab the kayak and go exploring Or relax in your private dipping pool that is off the deck of each accommodation. If you must stay in touch with the world wifi is another one of our many complimentary amenities. Makaira's is set up to provide multiple choices for our guests to create their unique holiday vision with a full time Fijian staff to look after their needs.

Other Activities: On site, Included in our rates- kayaks, snorkeling gear, free snorkel lessons or guides, reef gardening, and, a paddle board. Additional services for a fee, Charter an exciting day of fishing with Capt John Llanes on our 31 ft Sea Dancer, feeling sore from all the fun schedule a Massage with Mary, too lazy to cook order lunch or dinner. all offered within Makaira. Outside activities include scuba diving, hiking, bird watching, sightseeing tours and horseback riding.. We are happy to arrange activities for you.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday resort in Matei, Melanesia

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6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

We have 3 accommodations 10% overall discounted rates for stays of 7 days or more not including taxes for the Marlin is 162.00 a night 180.00 a night for 3-5 day stays. The Grander and the Villa accommodations are 225.00 USD a night for the weekly rate or 250.00 a night for stays of less than a week. .Cancellation less than 60 days deposit is not refundable or can be credited for a later booking reservation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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