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Panoramic Ocean Views, Affordable ,Privacy, Beauty, Serenity

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Last updated: 08/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Matei cottage description

We are suited for the traveler that just wants to get away, without the crowds, be it for fun, adventure, romance or quiet reflection. Makaira has 3 self contained accommodation, situated at the least on their own half acre or acre. 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. We offer our guest every conceivable choice to design their holiday on their own time and desire frame. Set in tropical beauty with panoramic ocean views perched over and between some of the best beaches and snorkeling on Taveuni, combined with a full time Fijian staff to cater to your needs, meals upon request, personal laundry service, guides, daily maid service, in-house fishing operation, massage. Free snorkel tours, WiFi, private phone, Kayak and lots of toys.

Location: 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 panoramic 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 kayak offers the opportunity to explore the 3 miles of reef and snorkeling to the left of us and discover a few more nearby deserted white sandy beaches that are only accessible by sea.

Fishing: The Huntress-28 foot Fiberglass Center Console with new 225hp Yamaha, meets USCG safety standards. The boat is soft riding and provides a great casting platform for light tackle deep sea trolling or reef casting/popping/jiggig and fly-fishing and is equally capable of pursuing Big Game Fish. Your Capt. John Llanes has 30 years of international professional charter experience. The boat is equipped with GPS, VHF, 4 rod holders, 30, 50, and 80 Internationals, 2 stand up belts.. 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 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.

About Makaira: We specialize in privacy as we are aware of your needs for peace, quiet and privacy, but we have a full staff that are all happily available to you. Makaira is ideally suited for the traveler that just wants to get away, be it for romance or quiet reflection. For that special traveler, who does not want the crowds, Makaira’s breath taking location is set to create some incredible memories that will last a lifetime. The accommodations sit on their own unobstructed acre 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. We have tried to create the comforts you are accustomed to and include just about everything many of the higher priced accommodations offer, except we offer privacy on one of the most beautiful locations on the island at an affordable price.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Included In Price
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Daily Maid Service
      • Massage
      • Concierge
      • Staff


      • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

        18 years or above...moreless

      • Events Allowed
      • Children Welcome:

        Due to the dipping pools children over 7 that know how to swim are welcomed. ...moreless

      • Pets Considered:

        However, the Fiji Government will not allow pets without a guarantine period. ...moreless

      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Limited Accessibility
      • Smoking Allowed

      Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

      • Villa, Grander, Marlin: 3 king, 1 queen, 4 twin/ single, 1 child bed, 1 sleep sofa /futon

        Each cottage can sleep varying amounts up to 4...moreless

      • Makaira offers 3 private accommodations, a villa which can sleep 4 or as the ultimate romantic accommodation. The Grander is a two bedroom two bath and 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, private phones, snorkel tours and gear, kayak, Free DVD library. and 24 hour staff. The best of both worlds of resort and vacation home. ...moreless

      Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

      • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub, shower, outdoor shower

        Villa bathroom...moreless

      • Bedroom 2: outdoor shower, toilet, combination tub/shower

        Grander Bathroom...moreless

      • Bathroom 1: outdoor shower, toilet, combination tub/shower

        Marlin Bathroom...moreless

      • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower, 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. ...moreless

      Other Amenities

          • Makaira offers is unique experience with just 3 self contained vacation rental cottages on at least their own half-acre in a resort setting without the crowds. We offer great dive specal with a local operator for guests that are diving for 3 days or more. Please inquire for more details Our ever attentive Fijian staff is priceless. 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...moreless


          • DVD Player
          • Books For Adults
          • Toys:

            Snorkel Gear, Kayak, board games. Rental-Bicycle, Fishing Kayaks and Charter Fishing...moreless

          • Video Library
          • Television:

            Each accommodation has a TV for the DVD player and we provide 100's of free movies for your viewing pleasure...moreless

          • Books:

            We have a lending library with lots of books...moreless

          • Games:

            We have plenty of board games to borrow...moreless


          • Adventure
          • Romantic
          • Away From It All
          • Budget
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions
          • Family


          • Bay/Sound
          • Churches
          • Rain Forests
          • Forests
          • Reefs
          • Restaurants
          • Waterfalls

          Leisure Activities

          • Eco Tourism
          • Walking
          • Horseback Riding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Whale Watching
          • Luaus
          • Sight Seeing
          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Photography

          local services and businesses

          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • ATM/Bank
          • Babysitter
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services

          Location Type

          • Beach:

            All beaches in Fiji are publically owned, Makaira has access to the best beaches that offer the most privacy. ...moreless

          • Resort:

            We incorporate the best of both worlds of a vacation home rental with resort amenities. ...moreless

          • Rural:

            Taveuni Island is what people imagine a South Seas paradise to be, beautiful hikes, beach below Makaira and the the friendliest people on earth. ...moreless

          • Ocean View:

            Panoramic ocean views for 30 miles or more with islands dappled on the horizon...moreless

          • Oceanfront:

            Situated above a private white sand beach that stretches for a third of a km with lovely swimming and snorkeling...moreless

          sports and adventure activities

          • Snorkeling
          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Fly Fishing
          • Hiking
          • Swimming
          • Golf
          • Cycling
          • Fishing
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling

          breakfast meal type

              • Included In Price

              catering options

                  • Catering Available


                  • Dining Area
                  • Dining:

                    Villa and Grander have a dining area, and Marlin has a patio dining area...moreless

                  • Seating for 6 people

                  dinner meal type

                      • Booking Possible


                      • Activities Guide
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Shampoo
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Internet
                      • Safe
                      • Thermos Bottle
                      • Living Room:

                        The Marlin is a large studio bedroom, Grander and Villa have living rooms...moreless

                      • Parking:

                        You won't need a car here, but if you do, we have plenty of areas to park in...moreless

                      • Towels Provided:

                        Most of our fluffy towels are Egytian Cotton...moreless

                      • Washing Machine:

                        The staff will do a small load of laundry for you for a very nominal free...moreless

                      • Telephone:

                        Private phone with free local calls is included...moreless

                      • Linens Provided:

                        Imported linens with up to 800 thread count ...moreless

                      • Wireless Internet:

                        Free Wifi is included...moreless

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included


                          • Kitchenette
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Coffee Maker:


                          • Dishes & Utensils:

                            Each accommodation has basic implements for simple meal preparation or dine with us at The Galley if you don't feel like cooking...moreless

                          • Stove:

                            Two burner stoves...moreless

                          • Blender
                          • Coffee Grinder
                          • Stove
                          • Dishwasher:

                            Daily housekeeping is included...moreless

                          • Refrigerator:

                            Each accommodation has its own refrigerator...moreless

                          • Kitchen:

                            Each accommodation has a kitchenette for simple meal preparations. Accommodations include a complimentary light breakfast and dinner reservations can be made in our Galley Restaurant. ...moreless


                          • Motorboat
                          • Wood Deck
                          • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                          • Walkway To Water
                          • Terrace
                          • Beach Towels
                          • Boat With Paddles
                          • Large Cooler
                          • Small Cooler
                          • Deck / Patio:

                            Makaira has a sitting patio underneath a latticed garden, overlooking the ocean...moreless

                          • Water Sports Gear:

                            Free snorkel gear for our guests use complete with safety gear and equipment for those that are not strong swimmers, like flotation devices, a vu-board...moreless

                          • Boat:

                            We have a Sports fishing Charters operation that enables us to offer boat snorkel tours for those that want to venture further from the beautiful reefs we have out front. ...moreless

                          • Porch / Veranda:

                            Every accommodation has its own private veranda...moreless

                          • Lanai / Gazebo:

                            We have a large sundeck that connects to the Massage area. We also have a trellis sitting area. Both sites enjoy incredible views...moreless

                          • Kayak / Canoe:

                            We have a complimentary two person kayak, we also have two state of the art fishing kayaks for hire. ...moreless

                          • Bicycles:

                            Two bicycles on a first come first serve basis are complimentary for guests. ...moreless

                          • Lawn / Garden:

                            Over 4 acres of manicured tropical gardens...moreless

                          Pool / Spa

                              • Private Pool:

                                The Villa and the Grander each have their own private dipping pool off the deck. Lower on the property is one more dipping pool that the Marlin Cottage has first priority for use. ...moreless



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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Year round
                              Dec 12 - Dec 13, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              $1,134 $4,480
                              My Standard Rate
                              6 night min stay
                              $1,134 $4,480
                              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                              Additional information about rental rates


                              • Tax Rate 20%


                              We have 3 accommodations, discounted rate for the Marlin is 162.00 a night for stays of 7days, 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. .

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                              Last updated: 08/16/2014
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                              20 Metres
                              Nearest Airport
                              Overlooking the ocean
                              18 Miles
                              Nearest Ferry
                              125 Metres
                              Nearest Beach
                              Overlooking the Beach
                              100 Metres
                              Nearest Barpub
                              2 minute walk
                              20 Miles
                              Nearest Golf
                              half an hour drive
                              10 Metres
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              At Makaira

                              Car: Not Necessary

                              Makaira's premier location perched above two beaches on Heavenly point offers breath taking panoramic ocean views, privacy, romance, adventure, magnificent sunsets. 4 acres of manicured gardens with little getaway bures for private massages. Self contained cottages or enjoy catered meals upon request from our Galley Restaurant exclusively for our guests. Being on a point offers peace and quiet from any road or airport noises. In less then 3-4 minutes 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, . Charter a day of fishing, island hopping , diving, touring or relax in the hammocks. 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- Deep Sea fishing, kayak, snorkeling with guide, reef gardening, bicycling, massage, paddle board, all offered within Makaira. Outside activities include scuba diving, hiking and horseback riding.. Ask about our dive special packages.


                              Manager info

                              Year Purchased: 1991

                              About: 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.

                              Why 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.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                              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 10 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 returness 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

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                              Speaks: english, Fijian, Hindi



                              • Check out the Beach

                                Check out the Beach

                              • Villa Kingsize bed

                                Villa Kingsize bed

                              • Villa Private Dipping Pool

                                Villa Private Dipping Pool

                              • Grander 2 bdrm 2 Bath

                                Grander 2 bdrm 2 Bath

                              • Dining Area

                                Dining Area

                              • Grander Lounge Area

                                Grander Lounge Area

                              • Grander Dipping Pool

                                Grander Dipping Pool

                              • Marlin Cottage View from Deck

                                Marlin Cottage View from Deck

                              • Cabana Bed

                                Cabana Bed

                              • Relax, tan and enjoy the view by the other dipping pool

                                Relax, tan and enjoy the view by the other dipping pool

                              • Come and Coral Garden with us

                                Come and Coral Garden with us

                              • Kayak out front

                                Kayak out front

                              • Ocean View Villa

                                Ocean View Villa

                              • Ocean View Villa partial view, it keeps going.

                                Ocean View Villa partial view, it keeps going.

                              • Partial view of Villa Bathing area

                                Partial view of Villa Bathing area

                              • Grander 1 of 2 master bedrooms

                                Grander 1 of 2 master bedrooms

                              • 2nd Grander bedroom set as King but can be set with 2 singles

                                2nd Grander bedroom set as King but can be set with 2 singles

                              • Grander Kitchenette-All accommodations have same kitchenette

                                Grander Kitchenette-All accommodations have same kitchenette

                              • Marlin Cottage Bedroom

                                Marlin Cottage Bedroom

                              • Dine at Makaira's Galley Restaurant

                                Dine at Makaira's Galley Restaurant

                              • The Beach on the Left

                                The Beach on the Left

                              • Free snorkel tours for the miles of reefs in front of Makaira

                                Free snorkel tours for the miles of reefs in front of Makaira

                              • Catch dinner or release a sailfish with our Capt John Llanes Jr

                                Catch dinner or release a sailfish with our Capt John Llanes Jr

                              • Inquire about our Dive Special exclusive to Makaira

                                Inquire about our Dive Special exclusive to Makaira

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                              $162 - $180 per night (USD)

                              1 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 10

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                              Minimum stay: 3-6 nights
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