Matava announced as Fiji’s newest PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

Matava awarded Kadavu’s first ever PADI 5 Star Dive Centre level for on-site scuba operation, Mad Fish Dive Centre

KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS – 4 August 2009 –Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the PADI 5 Star Centre membership level for our Scuba Diving Centre Mad Fish Dive Centre.

This Prestigious PADI 5 Star Dive Centre status is awarded, on an annual basis, to progressive PADI Dive Centres that excel in providing dive consumers with a full range of diver education programs, equipment selection, and experience opportunities and that actively promote aquatic environmental awareness.

“We are extremely honored that PADI has selected us to become a 5 Star Dive Centre,” said Matava Director and PADI Instructor Development Staff instructor Stuart Gow. “We have made a concerted effort over the past several years to create the best diver training program we could and have invested heavily in training, staff and facilities to do so. We want to thank PADI for acknowledging our efforts and now, with Kadavu’s first 5 star rating, hope to bring even more people in the dive industry.”

PADI 5 Star Dive Centreis active in its community presenting a professional image consistent with, or better than, the norm of the marketplace.

PADI 5 Star Centre Award

These dive centers embrace the PADI System of diver educationand are committed to providing customers with quality products, services and experiences.

“At Matava and Mad Fish Dive Centre, we are of course both happy and proud to be awarded this prestigious membership level.” said Matava Director, Mr Richard Akhtar.

“By awarding Matava and Mad Fish Dive Centre the 5-Star certification, PADI is really saying we have achieved the best quality and performance rating possible. We have worked very hard to reach that level and will continue to do so.”


Ian Cumming, Regional Manager, PADI Asia Pacific said “Congratulations to Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort and their committed dive staff for reaching the level of PADI 5 Star Dive Resort. The prerequisites for this rating can only be achieved through delivering to their guests a hig
“Well done and I wish them all the best in their continued focus on diver education, marine conservation and amazing diving experiences along the Great Astrolabe Reef.” he continued.h level of diver education, diving experience as well as offering great diving adventures with a sound conservation focus. Having dived with the Matava dive crew myself I know firsthand that their operation is what PADI expects of our 5 Star Dive Resorts!”

“We also see this as a great step forward and opportunity for all dive centres, both on Kadavu and in the Fiji Islands, to move forward in their standards to achieve truely world class service and capabilities required for this membership level.”

Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco-Adventure Resort Mr Akhtar finished by saying “We would like to thank all friends and clients ofMatava and Mad Fish Dive Centre past and present who have contributed to the success of our PADI Dive Centre and we look forward to exciting times ahead.”