The Dave Kalama Waterman Experience
A week on Namotu Island with world-class waterman, Dave Kalama.
If you want to improve your technique and skills with the best instructors on the best waves then this is the week for you. Dave and his team will give you practical techniques and tips, no matter your level. Join the scheduled sessions and feel free to ask for help whenever you like – the instructors are on hand to answer questions and assist anytime, in or out of the water.
Namotu is home to some of the best and most convenient surf breaks with a range of areas and waves to suit different levels and conditions. The areas surrounding Namotu’s two closest waves offer perfect surfing, SUPing and foiling. Namotu’s boats are there to ferry you to and from the breaks as you like. There are even more foilable waves and of course if downwinding is your thing then there’s miles of ocean and some good windswells to chase.
Kalama Kamp Dates
29 October – 5 November 2023
12-19 November 2023
The surf sets our schedule but a typical day at Kalama Kamp Fiji can look like this…
Wake up and surf, foil or SUP straight off the Island at Lefts, Swimming Pools or one of the many other breaks. Come back and refuel with breakfast then join a yoga class or technique session.
From there it’s a delicious lunch, followed by more surfing or maybe a down-winder, trip to another island or even some fishing. We work to the conditions and plan plenty of activities to keep you as busy as you like.
Kalama’s team will also help you enjoy other island activities such as snorkelling, winging, kayaking, hiking or kitesurfing as you choose.
What sets the Kalama Kamp apart…
“For me, what sets Kalama Kamp apart is that you can learn at your own pace. A 2 day clinic throws a lot at you in a short amount of time and you can get overwhelmed, but a 7 day clinic gives you time to work things out and achieve a higher level of proficiency.
Another really amazing part of KK is the camaraderie and atmosphere. You have top level, supportive coaches leading the way, along with a group of like-minded participants who are all “learning-by-doing” in a great location.
There’s a really good balance between land and water training and there’s plenty of downtime to practice what you’ve learned. And for me, one of the great, unexpected bonuses of KK were the fantastic meals enjoyed with the group. It was pretty awesome to “talk story” and make new friends and connections from all over the planet.”
You have top level, supportive coaches leading the way, along with a group of like-minded participants who are all “learning-by-doing” in a great location.
The Best Waves for SUP, FOIL, KITE & SURF
Namotu’s two closest waves are ideal for putting what you’ve learned into action – Swimming Pools is a world-class right-hander and on the other side of the island you have Namotu Lefts. Watch the action at Lefts while you refuel with incredible, healthy food prepared all included in your package.
Namotu has access to a huge range of breaks all under 10 minutes away. Be the first at Cloudbreak in the morning and just 5 minutes from 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.
Climate & Conditions
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.
Namotu has waves all year round although the Trade Wind season runs from May to September and typically you’ll expect windy afternoons and glassy mornings. From Sept/October onwards as the weather warms up further there tends to be less wind.
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.
Photography and Video
All your photos are included and each Kalama Kamp has its own dedicated professional photographer shooting from land, boats, water and drone. All angles covered.
Dave Kalama & his team
25 Kampers, 5 coaches, 1 incredible week.
One-on-one attention and coaching tips make Kalama Kamps the ideal trip for improving your surfing, paddle boarding and/or foiling, no matter your level. Dave and his highly experienced team encourage questions throughout the week so you can keep learning outside the scheduled clinics.
Plus all Dave’s coaches are excellent surfers so if you’d like to work on your paddle surfing then this is the perfect opportunity!
- 7 nights accommodation on Namotu Island Resort
- Return transfers
- Unlimited use of surf boats with unlimited access to Namotu Lefts, Restaurants, Swimming Pools & Wilkes. First boat to Cloudbreak daily+, surf guide in the water with you at all times to ensure you are safe
- Welcome pack
- Photography & video provided on USB
- Daily & private yoga overlooking the ocean
- Surfing the many waves around Namotu with longboards, mini mals and basic SUPs included
- Fishing – species include GTs, yellowfin tuna, Spanish Mackerel, ruby snapper, mahi mahi and many more varieties using many different fishing techniques
- Guided snorkelling throughout coral reef surrounding Namotu and with the giant clams, equipment included
- Day trips to other islands, resorts and attractions including Cloud9, Tavarua, Castaway Island, Musket Cove, Honeymoon Island
- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- Workshops with Dave Kalama and team
- Airfares to/from Nadi
- Bar tab (alcoholic beverages, soft drinks)
*Some equipment including SUPs & foils available but we recommend bringing your own performance gear.
INCLUDED RETURN TRANSFERS
Airport/hotel to Marriott (45min by car)
Marriott to Namotu (25min by boat)
Total trip 1hr 20min.
If you arrive Friday we will pick you up from the Airport and take you to your hotel.
Denarau Marina to Namotu aboard the Cobalt (30mins by by fast World Cat boat).
Airport/hotel to Denarau included
COST: $500usd for up to 12 passengers
Airport or Denarau to Namotu on helicopter (10min)
Luggage taken separately via regular transfer.
*not included in the Namotu package
^for use when available. Priority pass holders will take precedence.
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.
Yes, wireless internet is available.
No, but a long sleeve wetsuit vest or spring suit can be handy sometimes for wind chill.
Yes, we have introduced a weekly hire. You can rent kitesurfing equipment and foils but we recommend bringing your own SUP gear and short boards.
Depending on swell size there is any type of that you want, long and hollow, or short and fun.
Yes, we can cater to a range of dietary restrictions, just let us know prior to travel.
It’s a good idea but not critical.
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.
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 u0026 snorkel.
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 Sunday afternoon settling into your bure, surfing, relaxing 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. 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.
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.