Namotu Island Kite Weeks, Fiji 

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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!

 

DATES FOR 2017 

12-19 August: SOLD OUT 

19-26 August: SOLD OUT

26 August - 2nd September: SOLD OUT

 

DATES FOR 2018

11-18 August 2018

18-25 August 2018

25 August - 1 September 2018

Join the waitlist for 2018 - Please note these trips sell at least a year in advance and in some cases are pre-sold so if you'd like to join at some stage, get your name on the list now.

 

 

Kite & SURF Coaching

The philosophy behind the Namotu Island Kite Weeks is simple, “to provide kiters and their partners a bucketlist experience.” Ben and his team offer theory and practical kite coaching sessions plus beginner to advanced surf instruction. 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. Ben has been coming to Namotu for over 20 years and knows the area like few others so you know you're in good hands. 

Namotu Kite Weeks attract wave kiters and surfers who are looking for the ultimate watersports holiday. Most intermediate/advanced kite 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 and 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. Namotu's surf breaks also provide a range of options for all level of surfer and stand up paddle boarder. 

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INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED GROUP KITE COACHING 

Ben runs 5 days of wave kitesurf coaching focussed on equipment, safety and self-rescue, kite position, body position and technique. Each class runs daily for an hour Monday-Friday and is open to all guests. 

 

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SURF, SUP & KITE COACHING

Our beginner lessons run across 6 days, teaching students all the foundations they need to kite, surf or SUP safely and confidently. All equipment is included and covers everything from trainer kites, twin-tips, full-size kites, bars, surfboards, soft top surfbords, stand up paddle boards and radio helmets. If you or your partner is interested in learning to kite, surf or SUP, there is no better place than Namotu Island.

All our instructors are incredible all-round watermen and able to take you from kiting to surfing to SUPing. No matter what the conditions are, we ensure you not only have plenty of time on the water, but walk away with new skills and the confidence to apply them at home. 

We offer a standard student to coach ratio of 2 : 1 but if you'd like your very own instructor for the week, simply enquire at time of booking. 

PRICE: Included in all packages

 

Beginner/intermediate coaching package includes:

All equipment including trainer kites, twin-tips, full-size kites, bars, surfboards, SUPS, soft top surfbords and radio helmets

6 days of kite/SUP/surf instruction (we select the right activity for the conditions and your preference so this can be kiting, SUPing or surfing)

A coach who will work with you plus another student throughout the week (1:2)

PRICE: $2000USD pp

 

Private one-one coaching package includes:

All equipment including trainer kites, twin-tips, full-size kites, bars, surfboards, SUPS, soft top surfbords and radio helmets

6 days of private kite and/or surf instruction (we select the right activity for the conditions and your preference so this can be kiting, SUPing or surfing)

A dedicated coach to work with you throughout the week. (1:1)

PRICE: $4000USD pp

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Your Hosts

Ben and his team each bring an important element and add something unique to your trip. Whether that's supporting you through your first kite lessons, serving up delicious meals or capturing the moment, we bring you the best experience possible. Equally important are the Island's owners, Mandy & Scotty and their Fijian staff. You're in good hands and free to relax, kite, surf or try something new. 

 

Please note, hosts may vary slightly due to other commitments, however we will always ensure we are equipped with the best staff possible on every week. 

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    Ben Wilson: Host
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    Stu Gibson: Photographer
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    Rory Chapman: Kite, Surf & SUP coach
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    Beau Pilgrim: Kite & Surf coach
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    Trevor Hendy: Surf, SUP & Kite coach
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    Pete O'Keefe: Beginner Kite Coach
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    Sasha Hutchinson: Yoga Instructor & Co-Host

Conditions

Our Kite Weeks operate during a historically windy time of year when the Pacific Trade Winds blow 15-20knts in the afternoons. While we can never guarantee wind, this time of year tends to provide glassy mornings and breezy afternoons. We recommend guests bring two kite sizes to cover the range of wind strengths and conditions - for example, Ben weights 82kg and rides an 8m or 12m. If you're a keen stand up paddleboarder or surfer, please bring your own equipment as the island only offers a limited range. 

Our mornings are spent surfing, practising yoga, SUP'ing or diving with the afternoons reserved for kiting. HOWEVER, we can't control the weather. Typically a 'good' week of wind is 3 out of 7 days which leaves some perfect days for surfing, SUP'ing, snorkelling or simply enjoying private island paradise! The bottom line is: enjoy all that Namotu and our incredible staff provide and step out of your comfort zone, meet new people and have not only the best kite trip of your life, but the best week of your life!  

   

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SURF, SUP, SNORKEL, FISH, YOGA

This is more than a kite trip, it's the ultimate kiting holiday for couples, friends & family.

Namotu boasts a range of activities such as kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, wakeboarding, SCUBA diving, sailing and fishing so even non-kiters will have plenty to do. Get up early and join the fisherman as he catches food for the island or maybe try the pool-side yoga class with Sasha. Later you can head out SCUBA diving witht the local tour company - the area is renowned for some of the best dive spots in Fiji. Of course, if you'd prefer to simply unwind, then check out one of the pools, relax on the beach or have a drink at Waqa's Beach Bar and be a part of it all without even getting wet. 

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. 

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. 


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ULTIMATE WAVE DESTINATION

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. In fact, you can check the surf at Namotu Lefts while eating breakfast! Namotu is just 15minutes from world-famous 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, 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? 

 

 

FOOD & DINING 

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 we bring a special Head Chef on all BW Kite Weeks to ensure your cullinary experience is a highlight. Pete Evans, along with the incredibly talented twin sisters Monica and Jacinta Cannataci, bring a passion for paleo inspired dishes and local, seasonal produce. We're so excited be able to share some of our favourite food with our guests.

 

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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, absolutely free. Check out Stu's work on Facebook or in pretty much any surf mag on the shelves…


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Video Testimonials

 

 

 

"Just reflecting on the week just passed. It has to be one of the best surf/kite trips I’ve done. Ben's outstanding crew worked seamlessly with the Namotu operation. One of the most amazing locations with Mother Nature turning it on with times of glassy waves, sunshine and a lot of wind; sure we were fortunate we scored for the week. The daily routine of stretch, surf, theory instruction, kiting, great food etc. I’m energised about my kiting, surfing and daily exercise routines. Even lost a bit of weight." - Vic, 2015

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

 

 

Room Pricing 

Packages & Room Configuration 

 

 

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Beach Bure

 $5599 USD per person - based on double occupancy 

Beach bungalow with private bathroom & deck facing Tavarua and the sunrise.

 

 

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Pacific Bure

$5850 USD per person - based on double occupancy

Private & modern a/c bungalow with natural stone, marble and an authentic, rustic feel. Includes private ensuite bathroom, entry and deck facing the ocean. Can be configured to suit 3 singles or a couple. 

 

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Sunset Bure

$5850 USD per person - based on double occupancy

Modern A/C suite equipped with 3 single beds or queen bed. Constructed featuring natural stone and marble and including private ensuite bathroom, entry and deck facing the ocean.

 

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Love Shack

$5850 USD per person - based on double occupancy

Private, modern a/c bungalow featuring natural stone and marble to give a rustic feel. Includes private ensuite bathroom, entry and deck facing the ocean. 

 

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Villa Suite

$5850 USD per person - based on double occupancy

Private & luxurious a/c master bedroom in the house, own private deck, tile floors, bath. Access to large living room with television and stereo plus pool off your deck.

 

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Villa Rooms

$5199 USD per person - based on double occupancy

Private a/c bedroom in the house, with shared bathroom.nAccess to the living room (includes television and stereo) and pool off your deck. Maximum dual occupancy. 

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FIJIAN BURE 

$4999 USD per person - sleeps 3-4

Traditional Fijian style bure with outdoor shower sleeping up to 4 people. This room can be configured to suit couples or up to four singles. Features air conditioning and ocean views. 

 

**All prices quoted in US Dollars. 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.  

 

Inclusions

Packages include: 

7 nights air conditioned accommodation on the exclusive, award-winning Namotu Island Resort

Pete Evans' Paleo inspired meals with fresh, local ingredients. This is a true highlight! 

Unlimited surf break transfers and use of boats

Round trip airport to island transfers. Enquire about upgrading to a heli transfer. 

Use of resort facilities such as pools, fishing, games and non-motorised activities such as kayaking & snorkelling

Photography and video by renowned surf photographer, Stu Gibson (provided on USB prior to departure)

Daily yoga with yoga instructor and nutritionist, Sasha Hutchinson

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We bring a Doctor/Paramedic on all our weeks so you're in safe hands

5 days of kite and surf coaching with Ben Wilson & his team of expert instructors. Includes practical & theory sessions. 

*beginner coaching package: 6 days of kite, SUP and surf coaching with Ben's team of instructors. Includes all equipment including use of radio helmets. Receive your coaching photos on USB at the end of the trip. Enquire about booking a one-one dedicated coach for the week. 

 

Also available:

Heli or speed boat transfer service*

BWSurf gear hire - we bring BWSURF boards, kites, bars and everything you need to save on baggage fees and hassle*

SCUBA diving*

* indicates an additional cost. Please note, airfares, wireless Internet, SCUBA & alcoholic beverages/bar tab not included.  

 

Nearest International Airport is Nadi (NAN). 

 

Prices are quoted in USD. To lock in your space, we require a 35% 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

 

Enquire

 CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION & BOOKINGS

 

Cancellations 

* 60+ Days Prior to Departure - 50% penalty (total cost of trip)

* 0-59 Days Prior to Departure - 100% penalty (no refund)

If you need to cancel your trip we try our best to fill the spot and provide a full refund HOWEVER, we can cannot guarantee this so please ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance plan prior to travel. You will need a plan that covers medical emergencies and transport, trip cancellation, travel changes, loss of property and luggage at a minimum. Note - in the event travel is cancelled due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, we cannot offer a refund. 

 

Getting There

The best way to arrive is by plane to Nadi International Airport (NAN). You’ll be picked up by one of Namotu’s private shuttles and from there by boat to tropical paradise – your home for the week. Helicopter and boat charters are available. 

Spend the Saturday afternoon settling into your bure, surfing, kiting and exploring the Island before the welcome drinks with your hosts 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. Hop on the final boat ride home where you'll be bused back to Nadi Airport or a destination of your choosing. 

 

FAQ

Do I need travel insurance? Yes, it is compulsory. You will need a plan that covers medical emergencies and transport, trip cancellation, travel changes, loss of property and luggage. We recommend a comprehensive cover to ensure you're protected. 

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 flat rate for your week.

Water temperature? Around 26 degrees.

Do you need a wetsuit? No, but a long sleeve wetsuit vest or spring suit 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 - 12m 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 plenty of nice flat water spots.

Can I hire equipment? Yes, we have introduced a weekly hire. You can rent boards, harnesses, kites & bars. 

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 let us know prior to travel. 

Will harnesses & kitesurfing equipment be available to buy during the week? Yes, you may wish to hire or 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. If hiring, you can decide to purchase at the end of your stay - the hire cost will be deducted from the price.

Do I need booties? It's a good idea 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. 

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. 

What power plugs are used? Will I need an adapter? 240volt with Australian/New Zealand standard outlets. 

Is tipping expected or allowed? You can leave a cash tip for Fijian staff in the box at checkout. It will be split evenly between the staff. 

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Additional Requirements are on a 'request only' basis and are not guaranteed.

We require the payment of a non-refundable deposit of 35% of total tariff to confirm a booking

Payment can be made by bank transfer

The balance payable 120 days prior to departure

No refund for early departures

Check-in is at 11:30am on Saturday and check-out is by 10:00 am on the following Saturday. Early check-in and late departure is not available.

Only the number of guests paid for and showing on the receipt may stay on the Island

All bed and bathroom linen is provided.

We do not accept any liability in contract or in tort for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or other events which are beyond our control, including but not limited to war, cyclone, civil disturbance, fire, floods, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or any authorities, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment. Failure by the client to obtain a passport, visa, proper vaccinations or travel insurance.

Costs are quoted in US Dollars and therefore may cause fluctuations in prices when converted to other currencies.

If the accommodation providor (Namotu Island) increases its cost we will be forced to update/increase package pricing accordingly. In this unlikely occurence we will be forced to pass on any increase in accommodation rates to the guest. 

 

PACKAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Flight details should be provided at time of booking or prior to travel to ensure transfers are arranged

Please notify us in advance of any dietary requirements so we can accommodate you

SCUBA diving is an additional cost and proof of endorsement must be provided (please bring PADI cert)

Bookings for additional services such as SCUBA and massage can be arranged on the island and are subject to availability

Bar tab must be paid in full prior to departure

CONDITION OF OCCUPANCY

Rooms must not be used for any unlawful purpose

The Guest will be liable for payment of any charges incurred by any Guest together with all replacements and necessary costs for any damage or loss to the apartment and its contents or Island caused by any Guest

The Guest authorises the manager to charge any credit card for any loss, damage or monetary contribution for which any Guest is liable under this document or otherwise

Neither the Island, staff or crew is liable for any damage or loss of property, which a Guest may sustain while on the complex

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations should be made in writing by e-mail to

Cancellations including original deposit are non-transferable and non-refundable. However we do our best to fill spots and reimburse the cancelled guest the full amount less any bank charges.

We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance immediately after booking to cover unforeseen circumstances including travel cancellation due to inclement weather, natural disaster and personal circumstances as we do not accept any liablity for any costs you may incur. 

 STAFF

We have an amazing team of hosts who are there to teach, support and generally make your stay incredible. HOWEVER, if in the case of emergency, illness or similar, it is a possibility that one or more of the advertised hosts may be unable to attend. In this unlikely event we cannot offer a refund but we will guarantee to replace that staff member with someone equally capable to ensure your week is not affected. 

 

gear hire

Save on baggage fees and let us deal with excess baggage dramas for you! Weekly gear hire now available. 

Surfboards - $500USD

Kites - $300USD per kite

Harness - $100USD

Package - Kites, surfboard & harness $1000USD

T&Cs - any major damage is to be covered by the guest. This includes fin box damage due to impact or misuse and kites that have been washed over the reef or ripped in the waves.

If a kite or board is deemed unrepairable then the guest must pay the difference between the rental charge and our wholesale pricing. If a new board or kite is required and one is available then the guest will not have to pay any extra however if the second kite or board is damaged the full wholesale rate will apply.

At the end of the week the guest has first option to buy the board or kite at our special Friends & Family rate - 15% off RRP. Rental cost is deducted from purchase price. 

Damage deposit held prior to departure - USD$500

Please arrange at least 4 weeks prior to departure. 

 

 

 

 

 

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