Fiji Island Culture

The People – the Smiles

The Fiji Islands were settled around 3,500 years ago, and it wasn't until 1643 that Dutch Navigator Abel Tasman discovered the Northern group of islands, including Matangi Island. Another century passed before the next explorer encountered the region, known then as the "Cannibal Isles." During this era, Fiji's indigenous tribes engaged in conflicts while Tongan islanders attempted to claim the Eastern part of Fiji. Early settlers included shipwrecked sailors, whalers, missionaries, traders dealing in sandalwood, sea cucumber, and turtle shell. In 1874, Fijian Chiefs offered cession, leading to Fiji becoming a British possession. Under British rule, an agricultural economy, focused on sugar cane plantations, emerged. Indian indentured laborers were brought in to work the plantations over the next 40 years. Fiji gained independence in 1970, and today, its people, with diverse backgrounds, contribute to its rich cultural heritage. Renowned for their hospitality, Fiji Islanders attract visitors to their beautiful shores.

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Check-In: 12:00pm

Check-Out: 10:00am

Office hours 6am - 6pm (GMT+12).

What do our guests say?

I don't generally leave reviews but felt compelled to do so in this case. Matangi is simply a paradise. Probably the best place I have ever stayed in the world. The staff are fantastic, the setting is divine, the food is delicious, the cocktails are perfect, the many experiences are all top drawer. Overall I don't have enough superlatives for it and very much hope to return even though I live on the other side of the world. - brayjames - Tripadvisor

Absolutely an amazing place. From the moment you step off the boat, you are greeted by Sisi and the rest of the staff. Being a small private resort, they focus on remembering your name and making you feel right at home. My wife and another couple stayed 1wk here and had one of the best trips ever. Fully recommend if your looking for a quiet romantic trip with awesome service. Will be back! - Tripadvisor User

Everything about our visit was special. We expected to be treated like family by the wonderful Fijians because of our previous trips there. But they seemed even a bit more friendly and personable if that's possible. What we appreciated most was the smallness of the resort, which meant a lot of lone time, uncrowded excursions (especially the free twice-daily snorkelling trips) , and getting to know the other travellers. We also thought that their food was the best that we've ever had at a resort. The Fijians will leave a lasting impression on us. - Steve M

Totally worth the travel! The staff is very attentive, the beds are clean and comfortable with turn down service, and the food is great . Lots of activities with snorkeling, shows, trips to villages, etc. Great honeymoon destination. Very much recommend it and want to go back one day. - Ethan & Anne

Wonderful, private small resort with very personalized service. The staff is serene, welcoming and inspires a familial atmosphere. Enjoyed the personalized help in scuba diving and snorkelling. Our guide even had an underwater white board to point out the sea life we were seeing. The meals & cocktails were delicious. Best of all may have been having laundry done! And No cars on the island. - Jean J