Namotu Island Resort
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.
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 built in the classic Fijian fashion: high ceilings, hardwoods, air conditioning and lots of windows and glass to regulate the sea breezes.
Our newest accommodations built with a modern touch include: Pacific Bure, Sunset Bure, and Love Shack all include tile floors, private decks, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms
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 3 other rooms in the villa are the blue and pink room which share the same bathroom and the Pool View Suite. The Pool View Suite has its own private entrance and private bathroom overlooking the villa pool.
Standard number of guests per week is 24.
The island kitchen specializes in both international and local cuisine and many guests think the food alone is worth the trip.
Surf & Seasons
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.
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.
Namotu provides a dedicated, twin-engine 28-foot fishing boat called Mai Kana assuring guests supplies of fresh fish for the table. Weather permitting the boat will depart twice daily, sign up early as departures generally accommodate a maximum of 6 guests, best with 4.
Some of the types of fishing and species of fish you may encounter around the island include:
- Jigging/soft plastic: Dogtooth Tuna, Job Fish, Spanish Mackerel, Trevally, Trout, Red Bass, Yellow Fin Tuna
- Trolling: Mahi Mahi, Blue & Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel, Trevally & Sailfish
- Live baiting: Spanish Mackerel, Dogtooth Tuna & Sailfish
- Popping: GT’s, Bluefin Trevally, Red Bass, Green Job Fish, Trout, Long Nose Emperor & Spanish mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna
- Fly: GT’s, Bluefin Trevally, Mack Tuna, Skip Jack Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna*
- Light tackle: Bluefin Trevally, Red Bass, Long Nose Emperor, Trout & Spanish Mackerel
- Game: Marlin & Yellowfin Tuna*
- Deep drop: Ruby Snapper, Flame Tail Snapper, Spotted Grouper, Gold Band Snapper, Pomfret, Rusty Job fish & lots more bottom dwellers
* December – April fishing season
**May – September fishing season
You may want to think about upgrading your Fiji Fishing experience by booking one of Namotu’s purpose built charter boats. Boats are available for a half day, full day or full week and can be utilized for fishing, surfing, island hopping or special transfers.
Kite & Windsurf
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 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.
- Diving & Snorkeling
- Swimming Pool
” You made our trip so much better! We would have been lost without ya’ll! Mmmm… good food. Good people. Good waves. Love this place! It will always be in my heart and soul.”
Fishing Experience Package
SPECIAL FISHING PACKAGE FOR DEC, JAN, FEB
We can offer both the Cobalt & Mitaia Rua to your crew for a special rate. Please note the Cobalt can take a max of 4 guests, the Mitaia Rua can take a max of 3 guests. If you have more fisherman in your crew, please let me know.
$5,990.00 per person: shared boat includes accommodation, up to 4 people per boat
MITAIA RUA PACKAGE
$4,990.00 per person: shared boat includes accommodation, up to 3 people per boat
ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR COBALT/MITAIA RUA PACKAGES:
6 Days fishing. Arrive Sunday normal check in, half day charter (4hrs) Monday to Friday full day charters (8hrs) Saturday check out 5pm, half day charter (4hrs)
- 7 Nights Air Conditioned Accommodations (Sunday / Sunday)
- Unlimited use of surf boats with unlimited access to Namotu Lefts, Restaurants, Swimming Pools, & Wilkes, plus first boat to Cloudbreak
- Surf Guide in water with you at all times to ensure your safety
- Fishing with resident fisherman onboard the Mia Kana
- Use of Soft Top surfboards, snorkeling gear, & paddle boards
- 3 meals daily plus Namotu’s famous nightly snacks
- Tea, Coffee, & Filtered Water
- Roundtrip Airport transfers via bus & boat
- Daily Yoga
- Off Island trips to Cloud 9, Musket Cove & More
- Renowned Fijian Night & local weekly entertainment
- WIFI INternet
Optional Extras: private coaching, charters, jet ski hire, wind sport rental, surfboard rental & more.
NOT INCLUDED: Flights, luggage, beverages/bar tab, massage, gratuities, travel insurance, photography.
Rates are subject to change until paid in full.