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Duane’s February Fish Week goes off

Summer at Namotu Island, Fiji brings with it a few very special things; generally beautiful weather and traditionally amazing fishing. It falls smack dab in the middle of Western Fiji’s annual yellowfin tuna run and teams up with peak-season giant trevally fishing. An account by Duane “Diego” Mellor, Fish Week host & legendary captain This

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How Namotu and our staff are handling COVID-19

What’s new on Namotu? Not much! Mike, Katie and their daughter, surf guide Brisa Hennessy are holding up the fort with a small number of key staff. There’s general maintenance and some minor building but with no guests there’s not a whole lot happening. Ports are closed and travel restricted but there are much worse places to

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Local Knowledge Fishing in Fiji

It’s live! Watch Castaway Part 1 & 2 of the Local Knowledge now. Ben Wilson hosts the Ali & Rush onboard the Cobalt to chase yellowfin tuna and experience Fiji’s incredible topwater fishing. The Local Knowledge crew came to shoot here in January this year (2020) so check out the episodes and keep an eye

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Rory’s Stand Up Paddle Guide

PADDLE TECHNIQUE, STANCE AND GETTING STARTED Article by Rory Chapman. I first discovered stand up paddling on Namotu Island in 2012 when I was working there as a lifeguard. I caught my first wave on a 10ft SUP board and instantly realised it offered another way to spend more time in the ocean. I was

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Api Tibinaliva: Fijian pro surfer & Namotu boatman

Api, our Fijian surf guide and boatman, is only 18 but already he’s making his mark on Namotu and Fijian surfing with his character and natural ability. Growing up on Fiji’s Coral Coast, Api learned to surf when he was about 10 years old and started competing not long after. Now at 18 he has

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Summer Surfing in Fiji

Summer in Fiji means hot days, warm water, glassy waves and yes, the occasional cyclone. It’s the beauty and the beast of visiting Fiji between December to March with some of the best surfing and fishing conditions paired with the risk of cyclone.

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Taj Burrow Returns to Namotu for a Fijian Family Surf Trip

Professional surfer Taj Burrow has been coming to Fiji for the World Surf League’s Fiji Pro for many years. It was his favourite competition and last pro comp before his retirement from professional surfing in 2016. The Fiji stop of the tour was always a favourite among athletes, not just for the incredible waves, but

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High Speed Trolling for Wahoo

The best thing about high-speed trolling for wahoo is that when they hit at that speed it’s simply explosive. Reels screaming, everything happening. Plus it’s one of the most effective ways to catch these speedsters. Wahoo are one of the fastest fish in the ocean and are really aggressive ambush predators; they’ll bite at something

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