Namotu Island Kite Weeks, Fiji
The Kite Week Experience
Kite Weeks are more than just kiting. During Ben’s weeks we offer the best of everything, all the way from food and photography to coaching and equipment. A step above even a normal week on Namotu, a Kite Week provides the chance to learn from the best in the best location. We bring our own chefs, coaches, photographer, yoga instructor and basically take over the Island with a ton of gear and amazing staff to give you the ultimate experience.
NAMOTU KITE WEEK DATES FOR 2019
8 - 15 June 2019 - SOLD OUT
29 June - 6 July 2019 - SOLD OUT
10-17 August 2019 - SOLD OUT
17-24 August 2019 - SOLD OUT
24-31 August 2019 - SOLD OUT
JOIN THE WAIT LIST FOR 2019/2020 - 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. There's no obligation, we'll just let you know when there's a space available.
7 Nights on Namotu Island: Watersports Paradise
Located just off the coast of Viti Levu, Namotu Island Resort is one of the most southern islands in the Mamanuca Island Group. Namotu gets surf and wind year round and is situated a stone’s throw from Fiji’s best surf breaks and in the heart of a wide variety of reefs that create incredible waves.
Check Namotu Lefts, Swimming Pools and Wilkes Pass from the beach or travel just 10 minutes to surf Cloudbreak and 5 minutes to Restaurants. There are lefts and rights, fast and hollow or waves for beginners. Surf, SUP, kite, foil or sail, we have it all on our doorstep. Unlike other resorts, Namotu prides itself on unlimited use of surf boats so you can spend as much or as little time in the water as you like. You can even join the Island's resident fisherman as he catches fish for the restaurant, all included in your stay.
If you love the ocean, this is your paradise. The Fiji Islands enjoys a tropical climate, with average temperatures in the winter months (June-August) of about 84 ' F or 29'C and in the summer months of about 88'F or 31'C. The Trade Wind season runs from May to September and typically you'll expect windy afternoons and glassy mornings. Most often about 3 or 4 out of 7 days will be windy allowing you to experience everything else the island including those beautiful Fiji blue days. Namotu is easily accessible from the mainland; it takes just over an hour by bus and boat from the international airport making it a relatively simple trip for many.
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 trips where he can share his favourite place and his skills with guests from around the world. Join Ben on one of his annual Kite Weeks for the ultimate getaway!
Our Kite Weeks operate during a historically windy time of year when the Pacific Trade Winds blow 15-20knts in the afternoons. This time of year tends to provide glassy mornings and breezy afternoons 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!
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.
Photography & Video
Legendary surf & kite 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, you’ll have plenty of quality shots to take home, all included in your package. Check out Stu's work on Facebook or in pretty much any surf mag on the shelves…
Kite Week Magic
You really have to experience it to understand it. But the next best thing is to watch some of the footage shot by Stu Gibson over the last few years. Here's a clip with action from just one week.
Yoga, Snorkelling & Island Hops
Each day co-host & yoga instructor, Sasha Hutchinson will guide you through a flowing vinyasa suitable for every body and is available throughout the week for private sessions as desired. She's also on hand to take care of the non-kiters/surfers and keep them busy with island hops, beginner surf & snorkelling.
Pete Evans' Paleo Food
The Kite Week culinary experience is a true highlight. Pete Evans' incredibly talented head chefs, Monica and Jacinta Cannataci, bring a passion for paleo inspired dishes and local, seasonal produce. The food is truly exceptional and we're so excited be able to share some of our favourite healthy food with our guests. All meals including hot & cold breakfast, lunch, sunset snacks (highlight!), dinner and dessert are included.
Learn to Foil
Yes, it's taking over. Foiling is big and there's no better place to learn or fine-tune than Namotu. The best way to begin is behind a jet-ski with an expert instructor on the right foil. We have a range of user-friendly short mast, large wing foils on paddleboards, SUPs and kiteboards. During the week we offer scheduled foil lessons where our instructor will take 2 guests out on the jet-ski at a time to learn the techniques they need to progress to either paddle foiling, kite foiling or SUP foiling.
PRICE: This is included for all Kite Week guests to schedule as they like throughout the week.
Normally an additional charge and limited to one device at a time, we’re throwing in Internet for all on Kite Weeks.
Wave Kite Classes with Ben
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. Namotu provides the springboard and Ben gives you the techniques you need to progress.
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.
PRICE: Included for all standard, Gold & Platinum Kite Week guests
Equipment. Lots of it.
We bring a ton of equipment including bars, boards, kites, plus harnesses, SUPs, surfboards, foils (surf, SUP & kite). All this is available for Kite Week guests to use but Gold and Platinum guests have top priority and are also able to use brand new BWSURF kite gear including kites, bars and boards. We still recommend everybody (except gold and platinum pass holders) bring their own surfboards and kite gear.
World Class Coaches
Among our coaching team we have kitesurf wave world champions, Ironman athletes, World Stand Up Paddleboard Series competitors, sponsored kiters, professional surfers, and most importantly, each one has been carefully selected because they can actually teach. It's not always the case that a great athlete will be a great coach but all ouf of our team have both experience in doing and teaching. Over the years we've recruited some of the world's best who not only support you during lessons but are friendly, generous and take the time to get to know you in and out of the water.
Upgrade with a Shared or Dedicated Surf, SUP & Kite Coach
Whether you're a total beginner or and advanced wave kiter looking to go further we have the location and the instruction for you. Although we are famous for our kitesurfing instruction, if you'd rather spend time working on your surfing, SUPing or foiling then that's great, we have the people and the equipment to teach anyone, anything.
Get the most out of your time on Namotu by upgrading to a gold or platinum package with coaching. Your coach will teach you everything from kiting to surfing, SUPing and foiling so no matter the weather you will be out enjoying the ocean and learning or perfecting skills.
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.
GOLD PACKAGE – shared coach included (1 coach paired with 2 suitable students).
PLATINUM PACKAGE – your very own dedicated coach for the week. Includes priority gear pass.
"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. 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
POOL SUITE - 2-3 pax
VILLA SUITE - 2-3 pax
LOVE SHACK - 2-3 pax
PACIFIC & SUNSET BURES - 2-3pax
THE BEACH BURES - 2 pax
THE VILLA ROOMS - 2pax
POOL SUITE - 2-3 pax
VILLA SUITE - 2-3 pax
LOVE SHACK - 2-3 pax
PACIFIC & SUNSET BURES - 2-3pax
THE BEACH BURES - 2 pax
THE VILLA ROOMS - 2pax
**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 11:30am Saturdays with checkout at 10am the following Saturday.
- 7 nights accommodation on Namotu Island Resort including meals, transfer via bus and boat, daily yoga, unlimited use of surf boats with unlimited access to Namotu Lefts, Restaruants, Swimming Pools & Wilkes, fishing with resident fisherman aboard The Duck, first boat to Cloudbreak daily+, surf guide in the water with you at all times to ensure you are safe, use of soft top surfboards, snorkelling gear & SUPs
- Welcome pack with our favourite island essentials
- Photography & video provided on USB by renowned surf photographer, Stu Gibson
- Daily & private yoga, guided snorkelling and Island hops
- Healthy modern Paleo meals prepared by world-class head chefs Monica or Jacinta Cannataci
- Foil Lessons - join our scheduled sessions. All gear provided including user-friendly foils & jet-ski.
- Wifi Internet throughout the resort for the week (from 2020)
- Wave Kite Classes with Ben Wilson
- Use of equipment including SUPs, surf boards, foils, the latest BWSURF demo kites, bars and boards *
GOLD PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:
- Shared Surf, Kite, SUP & Foil Coach - progress your skills with one of our incredible all-round expert coaches. 1 coach paired with 2 students (1 : 2).
- Coaching Gear Pass - use of all coaching equipment including surf, SUP, foil & kite gear plus BB'Talkin bluetooth headsets. Included with either coaching package
PLATINUM PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:
- Dedicated Surf, Kite, SUP & Foil Coach - progress your skills with one of our incredible all-round expert coaches. 1 coach to work with you all week. Whatever you like and whenever you want.
- Priority Gear Pass - the gear you want, when you want it including latest demo kite gear, foils, performance surfboards & kiteboards, wave SUPs. $1000USD
ADD-ONS & EXTRAS
- Heli transfer for 1-3 people. $1000USD aprox.
- Premium room upgrade - Pacific bure, Pool Suite, Sunset Bure, Love Shack or Villa Suite = $500USD per person for the week.
- Beach Bure upgrade = $250USD per person for the week.
- Priority gear pass - don't bring a thing. Let us supply everything from surfboards, brand new kites, bars, boards, foils (SUP, paddle & kite), harnesses. $1000USD for the week. (Please note that extra bags cost on average $250 per bag each way so this represents real value if you're planning on doing a range of sports during your stay).
- Enquire about our sunbaker package; it's designed for partners and non-surfer/kiter friends who just want to relax, snorkel, swim, practise yoga and take in all the Kite Week action. $5650USD. Does not include foil, kite, surf, SUP instruction or use of Kite Week equipment.
- Kids' pricing: 0-1.99yrs stay free, 2-11yrs = $814USD, 12-14yrs = $5650USD, 14+ adult rate
SAVE 4% when you pay via bank transfer!
Nearest International Airport is Nadi (NAN).
*for use when available. Priority pass holders will take precedence.
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**Travel insurance: you must purchase pre-trip travel insurance upon booking to cover you in the case of cancellations. You will need a plan that also 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.
60+ days prior to departure we offer 80% refund or the option to roll over to following year providing we can fill your space.
<60 days prior to departure we cannot offer refunds or roll overs. 100% of trip cost however we will provide all documentation needed to process an insurance claim. Cancellations should be made in writing by e-mail to .
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 at an additional cost.
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 Saturday. Hop on the final boat ride home where you'll be bused back to Nadi Airport or a destination of your choosing.
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.
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. If you'd like to tip your surf guides and coaches, please leave your tip with Sasha or Ben who will distribute evenly among them.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Additional Requirements are on a 'request only' basis and are not guaranteed.
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
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.