Namotu, Fiji Kite Trips

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For Ben, Namotu Island is where it all began and the place he calls his second home. This is where he first learned to kiteboard and realised he could merge his love of surfing and kiting to create kitesurfing as we know it today. Now, fifteen years later, Ben hosts his own kite camps where he can share his favourite place and his skills with guests from around the world. Join Ben on one of his annual camps for the ultimate kitesurfing getaway!

 

 

Kite Coaching

 

The philosophy behind the Namotu Island Kite Weeks is simple, “to provide kiters and their partners the ultimate kitesurfing experience”. Each day Ben takes kiting students through a theory session before hitting the water when the trade wind picks up in the afternoons. Ben's sessions are practised, fine-tuned and geared to provide you the tools you need to succeed out on the water in Fiji and at your home break. Over the last ten years, Ben has taught over 5,000 students so you know you're in good hands. 

Beginner to advanced, Namotu Kite Weeks attract wave kiters who are looking to perfect technique and make some rapid progression. Most students want to focus on kite positioning, riding toe-side, body technique and positioning, transitioning from strapped to strapless, or twin-tip to surfboard, strapless airs and riding un-hooked. For those starting out, Ben’s instructors take charge of the beginners coach them from the ground up. The wide expanse of flat water and sandy beach provides an incredible platform for learning plus the boat support means you’re never stranded miles from a hot shower and cold beer.

 

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Other Activities

 

All guests, including non-kiters are more than welcome! This is the ultimate kiting holiday for both you and your partner. Namotu boasts a range of activities such as kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, wakeboarding, sailing and fishing. Nikki Fogden-Moore (The Vitality Coach) co-hosts the weeks, providing alternatives for girlfriends and stretch sessions for tired muscles. The area is renowned for its SCUBA diving, an additional activity that can be booked during the week. However, if you'd prefer to simply relax, then check out one of the pools, relax on the beach or have a drink at Wanga's Beach Bar and be a part of it all without even getting wet. 

 

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Surf, Kite & SUP

The Island itself is located a 30 minute boat ride from the west coast of Fiji, positioned near some of the region’s best surf and kiting spots. Namotu is just 15minutes from Cloudbreak and at the centre of its own surrounding reef breaks. With unlimited surfboat transfers you can hop between Namotu Lefts, Restaurants, Tavarua Rights, Desperations, Wilkes and Swimming Pools in minutes.

There's a surf and kite break for most conditions and wind directions, but if you’re after a long, flat down-winder there are miles of open ocean and a friendly Fijian skipper to pick you up at the end. After something different? Why not kite down to Cloud9 and check out the famous floating bar? 

 

 

Meals & Accommodation

 

We know you work hard out there on the water but amongst all the activities is time for refuelling. A time to get together, share stories, connect with new people and replenish for your next session. All meals are included in your package and prepared by the Island’s guest head chef who brings a special flavour to each week. Highlights are the pre-dinner snacks prepared from local catch, fusing island herbs and spices with traditional tastes. Our favourite: sashimi with wasabi mayonnaise. Rooms vary with bures suiting couples and other dorm style rooms offering a comfortable option for singles. All are air conditioned and some offer private bathrooms & additional facilities. 


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Photography

 

Legendary surf photographer Stu Gibson will be on hand across all weeks to snap your best moments and give your friends something else to envy. He’ll capture your moves and make you look like a pro. Not kiting? Stu will be roaming the island taking plenty of lifestyle shots as well, so don’t worry if you’re too relaxed to take photos, you’ll have plenty of quality shots to take home. Unlike other weeks, these professional photos are yours to take home after the Ben Wilson Kite Weeks. Check out Stu's work on Facebook or in pretty much any surf mag on the shelves…


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For even more photos, check out the Facebook gallery here.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

 

Dates

Dates

Ben & his crew run Namotu Kite Weeks each July & August. The next available dates are:

2015 - SOLD OUT

2016 - Click here to enquire about joining the wait-list for 2016. 

Can't wait 'til 2016 to experience Ben's elite coaching? Why not arrange a private camp for you and your friends? Find out more here

 

Stay

Stay

Whether you're travelling alone, with friends or your partner, the Island has a room to suit your needs. 

 

Fijian Bure A & B (previously VIP Bures)

Shared bungalow, large room with 6 single sized beds, deck facing the ocean, a/c, each VIP Bure has it's own bathroom and shower facilities.

  • Coaching: $4,490USD per person – up to 6 people in one room
  • Non-coaching/kiting:  $2,990USD per person – up to 6 people in one room

 

Beach Bure 1, 2, & 3

Private a/c bungalow with own bathroom, private deck facing Tavarua Island and the sunrise.

  • Coaching: $4,790USD per person - based on double occupancy
  • Non-coaching/kiting: $3,290USD per person – based on double occupancy

 

Pacific Bure A & B

Private a/c room with natural stone and marble used to give modern designs with a rustic feel. Includes own ensuite bathroom, entry and deck facing the ocean.

  • Coaching: $4,980USD per person - based on double occupancy
  • Non-coaching/kiting: $3,480USD per person – based on double occupancy
  • Third person (if desired) sleeps on single or daybed & pays $2,990USD

 

Villa Suite

Private a/c master bedroom in the villa, private deck, marble floors, bath, beautiful room and outlook. Access to living room (includes television and stereo) and pool off your deck.

  • Coaching: $4,990USD per person - based on double occupancy
  • Non-coaching/kiting: $3,490USD per person – based on double occupancy

 

Blue Room & Pink Room in Villa

Private a/c bedroom in the villa, shares bathroom with other rooms. Access to living room (includes television and stereo) and pool off your deck.

  • Coaching: $4,690USD per person - based on double occupancy
  • Non-coaching/kiting: $3,190USD per person – based on double occupancy

When booking, you must book for the entire week on the dates listed. The island works in one week blocks from Saturday to Saturday. Check in is from 11am Saturdays with checkout at 10am the following Saturday. 

 

Play & Meet

Play & Meet

Get amongst it. No matter what your level there is something for everyone – in your time and when you feel like it. Fancy a morning wakeboard or surf at Cloudbreak - just hook up at the beach bar to catch a ride. Prefer a chilled snorkel or dive - book at your leisure. The reef surrounds your home for the week and the choice is yours. Uniquely, at Ben's Kite Week, we include stretching and yoga, strength and core workouts and a range of scheduled activities not normally offered to the island's guests. 

Whether or not you're traveling alone, as a group or a couple you'll end up meeting an amazing set of like-minded individuals. From all corners of the globe, all levels of kitesurfing, surfing and those who prefer to chill by the bar. A kindred spirit brings everyone together in a unique and natural manner. Most of all this is the one place on earth you can combine the best of everything - and just be yourself. 

R & R

R & R

Built into our kite weeks is the crucial R&R. Once you hit the sand you're on Namotu Island time. Kite when it's windy, SUP when it's flat and glassy, or surf when the waves are pumping – nature sets your agenda. Have an individual yoga or stretch session, read a book by the pool, book a divine massage or just relax by the bar. 

Rediscover the sense of play, of achievement and of absolute harmony with nature. Reset your hard drive and peel back all the layers of stress, work and demands on your time. The effect is immediate and the feeling lasts back at home.

Instruction

Instruction

Beginner instruction: We will coach you from the ground up with one of our expert instructors, we have full boat support and if you’re ready to learn, we believe Namotu is the ultimate learning ground. 

Intermediate to advanced wave riding instruction: No matter what you’re goal is, Ben Wilson will work with you to try and reach it. Common things we work on are kite positioning, riding toe-side, progressing from strapped to strapless, going from a twin-tip to a surfboard, strapless airs, riding un-hooked and all the turns you can do in the waves. 

We also include learn to surf sessions with help from Namotu's incredible lifeguards. These guys are professionals and available all week to help make your stay as fun as possible. 

Pricing

Pricing

Prices are quoted in USD and start at $2,990USDpp and are current for 2015 only. Check out 'Stay' tab for complete package information. To lock in your space, we require a 25% per person deposit (per person, per week). This deposit is non refundable and non transferable. Again, this is first come first serve, so please let us know what space you would like to take and we will confirm the current availability.

Payment in full: Payment in full is due 120 days prior to departure

Cancellation Penalties 

  • 60+ Days Prior to Departure - 1st deposit non-refundable, non transferable
  • 31-59 Days Prior to Departure - 50% penalty (total cost of trip)
  • 00-30 Days Prior to Departure - 100% penalty (no refund)

Itinerary

Itinerary

The best way to arrive is by plane to Nadi International Airport. You’ll be picked up by one of Namotu’s private shuttles and transferred to a small cove 45minutes away. From there, you travel by boat to tropical paradise – your home for the week. Helicopter charters are available but must be arranged independently.

Spend the Saturday afternoon settling into your bure, surfing, kiting and exploring the island before the welcome drinks with your hosts, Ben and Nikki at 6pm. While the weather is normally reliable, it does influence the day’s activities. We aim to maximise kiting when it’s windy and surf, SUP, snorkel, kayak, sail and swim when it’s glassy. There’s always something to do but the timetable is flexible to allow maximum enjoyment of the conditions. 

Checkout is 10am on Sunday. Hope on the final boat ride home where you'll be bused back to Nadi Airport or a destination of your choosing. 

FAQ

FAQ

Max number of guests per week? 23

Best time for wind? May to Sep, but the trade winds can blow anytime and are historically the most consistent in August.

Best time for Swell? April, May & June, but swell year round.

Internet? Yes, wireless internet is available for a one off flat rate for your week.

Water temperature? Around 26 degrees.

Do you need a wetsuit? No, but a long sleeve wetsuit vest can be handy sometimes for wind chill.

Strength of wind? It can be any strength, but normal trades are about 15-20knots and we mostly ride on 8m - 10m kites.

Do I need kitesurfing experience? No experience necessary – but we do need to know in advance what level of lessons you require as these details are important for resource and to maintain the VIP instructor/support boat ratio. To avoid disappointment please ensure you book in advance. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Can you ride a twin tip? Yes there are some nice flat water spots.

What are the waves like? Depending on swell size there is any type of that you want, long and hollow, or short and fun. 

Can you ask for vegetarian meals when booking? Yes, we can cater to a range of dietary restrictions, just ask. 

Will harnesses & kitesurfing equipment be available to buy during the week? If you pre-order – there are limited harnesses and spare gear on the island so please be prepared and bring your own gear or contact us before hand with what you may need.

Can I get a special rate on BWSurf gear? Yes, Namotu guests will receive our special friends and family rate on our products anytime.

Do I need booties? It's a good idea as they are pretty much essential if you’re learning to kite or want to surf when it's shallow on the reef.

Will there be booties for sale or bring your own? Bring your own. We ask that you bring all your own personal items such as booties, sunscreen, wax, legropes, surfboards, kites & accessories. There are some SUPs and soft-top longboards available but we will unfortunately have limited gear on the island. 

Is there a shop for basic items? There is a small store on the island but realistically imagine you are in the middle of nowhere, plan for your personal needs, sunscreens, any medications, rash vest etc before you get here. We’ll send you a list of things to pack as a guide.

What do I need to bring for SCUBA diving? Please make sure you have your PADI certificate and bring your own gear if you like. There will be equipment available, however if you are particular, we recommend bringing wetsuit, fins & snorkel. 

Can I bring children under 18? Not typically. 

 

 

 

 

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