Water, water everywhere but what really sets Namotu apart is the service and the atmosphere. You can spend all day in, over and under the water, or you can relax and let the sun cook away your cares and worries.
Namotu Island is a South Pacific fantasy that is considered world class for surfing, diving, sailboarding, kite surfing, fishing and standup paddle boarding but what really sets Namotu apart is the service and atmosphere. No matter what activity you may be interested in, Namotu’s attentive “can do” staff are there to make it happen on your schedule. Boat transfers go where you want, when you want, and if you want a round of golf, no problem! Helicopter tour? No problem! Scuba diving? No problem! Feel free to do nothing at all but relax in the shade with an icy cocktail, enjoy the company of friends, or rest under the beach palapa in the solitude that only a private island accommodation can deliver.
If you are interested in some pre-trip physical conditioning to make the most out of your surf travel experience, check out Andrew Blake and his various training programs designed for Namotu. Andrew has spent months of time training guests while on island, and has now made his programs available to guests prior to travel.
What looks to be barely a speck of sand in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is actually a five-acre piece of island heaven.
Namotu has three private bures, two larger VIP bures, and it’s very own “Luv Shack” all built in the classic Fijian fashion: high ceilings, hardwoods, air conditioning and lots of windows and glass to regulate the sea breezes.
Namotu also offers a house, commonly referred to as “the Villa” featuring marble floors, living room, bar, and it’s very own pool perfect for a family, a small group of friends, or sharing with other guests on the island. The master bedroom of the house, or Villa Suite, is the best room on the island. The house can also accommodate 2 other couples or 4 single men in two bedrooms called the “Blue” room and “Pink” room; both rooms share the same bathroom
Standard number of guests per week is 23. Maximum is 27.
The island kitchen specializes in both international and local cuisine and many guests think the food alone is worth the trip.
The below reefs are all easily accessible by the Namotu boats, giving guests a greater variety of options.
If you’re thinking “playful” and “warm” and “fun” then you have the right impression of Swimming Pools, a reef-break right which has just enough of the power of a tropical wave coming up out of the deep ocean. Popular with both short boarders and longboarders, Swimming Pools has the speed, power and length to do draw any lines you choose.
What Restaurants is to Tavarua, Namotu Left is to Namotu – a world-class reef break that’s more forgiving than its more famous neighbor Cloudbreak. From 6 to 15 feet, Namotu Left can be the thrill of a lifetime, but from two to six foot the wave is a shortboard, fish, longboard or SUP paradise.
When the wind is going strong side shore, Namotu Left is as legendary in the sailboard and kitesurf world as Cloudbreak is in the surfing world.
About a mile northwest of Namotu Island, across the channel, Wilkes Pass is a powerful right barrel that breaks on the southern tip of a long barrier reef. Wilkes is a serious wave that will test the skill of any surfer, especially as it approaches the 10-foot mark. Access to all the surf breaks is by boat, with a boatman and radio on board in case of a broken board or an up-close-and-personal inspection tour of the Fijian reefs.
Farther northwest up the barrier reef from Wilkes Pass, Desperations is a right and left peak that breaks off a point. Desperations is the go-to spot when the ocean is having an off day, but it’s better than 90% of the waves most surfers leave behind at home.
Cloudbreak is just about three miles straight south of Namotu. A world famous left reef pass that is regularly voted one of the 10 Best/Most Challenging waves in the world, Cloudbreak is a powerful open-ocean reef with three main sections. The Point, the Middle and Shish Kebabs that occasionally link up to offer a screaming, 200-yard-long ride, with a number of tube sections.
Like many tropical reef-pass breaks, Cloudbreak tends to get faster, shallower and more critical as it goes. Waves here are regularly four to six feet, and it does not seem to close out no matter how big it gets.
A left hander than breaks along a reef directly in front of the restaurant on Tavarua Resort. Restaurants is not as exposed to swell as Cloudbreak, but it breaks in extremely shallow water over sharp-edged coral heads with waves usually half the size of those at Cloudbreak.
During a smaller swell and at higher tides, Restaurants can be any surfer’s fantasy having often been called a “skate park” in the water.
Namotu Left and Swimming Pools up to four feet are custom made for SUP.
It’s easy to launch from the sandy spit at Namotu and spend all day, in safety, cruising the edge of the reef and diving to cool off or check something out.
For those who are into downwind paddling, Namotu boats will follow guests down to Malolo or Castaway Islands where you can have a cold beverage and then the boats will bring you back to your island home!
Namotu has a quiver of eight entry-level boards in the 11-foot range, for those wanting to give SUP a try. But more experienced guests are encouraged to bring their own high-performance boards.
Namotu is as renowned in the world of wind sports as it is in the surf world.
When conditions go bad for surfing, they usually are a green light for windsurfers and kiters, who go for speed runs inside of the reef and out in the channels, or put their wave-riding skills to the test in some of the most challenging conditions in the world.
Namotu is also a perfect place to develop kite skills, as beginners can stay within the reef and the lee of the island to control how much wind exposure they can handle.
Namotu does have some original Windsurfers for those real light days and a small selection of wave-oriented boards and sails. Call or e-mail our office to see if we have the right gear for you.
Ben Wilson, one of the top kite surfers in the world, comes to Namotu Island Resort to run instructional weeks for more advanced kiters. Call or email our office if you are interested in advanced instruction.
Namotu keeps a dedicated, twin-engine 29-foot fishing boat called The Duck. The boat leaves twice a day, weather permitting, to troll for wahoo (ono), walu (Spanish mackerel), mahi mahi (dorado) and yellowfin tuna.
The Duck will also troll for sailfish and marlin, but it’s all catch and release for those big-game fish from Namotu.
There is also “popping” which is lure-casting from pangas onto the reef. Pop a flat, blunt-nose jig across the water in the right way, and kaboom, you will have a giant trevally on the line. There are also coral trout and all the usual reef fish.
Namotu has a complete quiver of trolling rods and lures, but they recommend you bring your own casting/ popping equipment.
The cooler dry season is from April through October and the warm, wetter and more humid season is from November to March. Air temperatures range from the mid 70’s to mid 80’s year round, with water temperatures hovering in the same range, year around
Fiji does receive rain year round but the wet season also corresponds with the South Pacific cyclone Season. Although it is rare to have a cyclone impact Fiji directly in any given year, it can happen, and does typically every 5+ years for a short period (3-5 days) of very intense and very bad weather.
The Fiji islands also have dry and wet sides similar to Hawaii; drier on the west and south, much more rain on the east and north. The properties WaterWays has relationships with are all located on the southwest or southern end of the island chain.
As with most of the South Pacific, the seasonal “trade” winds blow from the southeast across the Fiji Islands June through September. These winds can blow relatively strong for 5-10 days at a time, and then often back down for a week before continuing the on and off cycle. These trade winds may not be favorable at many breaks, but each location with which we work has some “fall back” plan in the event of unfavorable conditions.
During the wet season winds blow from the north, which is offshore for most breaks along the south coast. The shoulder months of March through May and October through early November receive light and variable winds producing many glassy days.
The south swell window is generally from March through November while North swells are biggest and most consistent from December through February.
South Pacific does receive southern hemisphere swells year around and it is very rare for Fiji to receive a north ground swell out of season.
To sum it up: If you’re looking for the biggest surf, March through November is the go. Surfers looking for the cleanest conditions and the least crowded time of the year should visit during wet season from December through February.
Many people prefer to travel during shoulder months of March, April, May and September, October, November, hoping to get glassy conditions with early or late south swells.
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|Accommodation type||Land & Air Package||Land Only Package|
|Beach Bure Accommodations||$ 4,311 USD per person||$ 3,029 USD per person|
|Sunset Bure Accommodations||$ 4,463 USD per person||$ 3,181 USD per person|
|Pacific Bure Accommodations||$ 4,463 USD per person||$ 3,181 USD per person|
|Love Shack||$ 4,463 USD per person||$ 3,181 USD per person|
|Villa Suite||$ 4,463 USD per person||$ 3,181 USD per person|
|Private Room with Shared Bath in Namotu Villa||$ 4,185 USD per person||$ 2,903 USD per person|
|Shared Accommodations (perfect for men traveling solo)||$ 3,880 USD per person||$ 2,598 USD per person|
|Accommodation type||Land & Air Package||Land Only Package|
|Beach Bure Accommodations||$ 3,901 USD per person||$ 2,619 USD per person|
|Sunset Bure Accommodations||$ 4,069 USD per person||$ 2,787 USD per person|
|Pacific Bure Accommodations||$ 4,069 USD per person||$ 2,787 USD per person|
|Love Shack||$ 4,069 USD per person||$ 2,787 USD per person|
|Villa Suite||$ 4,069 USD per person||$ 2,787 USD per person|
|Private Room with Shared Bath in Namotu Villa||$ 3,790 USD per person||$ 2,508 USD per person|
|Shared Accommodations (perfect for men traveling solo)||$ 3,450 USD per person||$ 2,168 USD per person|