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RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #1 on: December 05 2005 21:12:00 »
no budgets prices there, greedy americans own the rights.
Prices are about $200 usa per day !!!!
Better off stayin on Plantation Island & doing boat trips each day (about $50 usa return trip)
RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #2 on: December 08 2005 04:12:00 »
Actually Namotu is owned by Japanese. Not that it really matters but anyway.
I personally would if I where you get an additional week-end job and save up to stay at Namoto or Tavarua instead. A big problem is however that you may have to book years in advance if you are a large number of people, but according to some guys I met on the reef (I was there in June) it is fairly simple to get a room for just a few persons. Even though it is much more expensive to stay at for example Namoto than at a hostel on the main land, you don't have to pay for the trips to the reef (from Namoto you get as many free trips to the reef every day as you want to) and all food is included.
RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #3 on: May 26 2006 09:05:00 »
These "greedy Americans" keep the lineup free of crowds. Thanks to Fijian tribal law the islands have exclusive rights to their reefs. That means when it's your turn you get to surf the best waves on the planet with your buddies with no threat of a boat load of pros showing up. Pay the fee and live it up-you won't have that luxury in indo, jeffrey's or anywhere else.
RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #4 on: July 26 2006 17:07:00 »
you might want to gather some correct information.
Namotu is not owned by any other than Fijians.
A group of people, yes a couple American's but Aussie's too, own the lease rights to both Tavarua and Namotu. This lease right gives them the right to run the reefs around the islands.
Both of these islands do a great job getting people out to the surf, providing excellent meals, great clean environment, friendly service.
You don't get mad at Outrigger, Sheraton Resorts for providing these kinds of services...
RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #5 on: July 26 2006 17:07:00 »
japanese don't own this island
RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #6 on: July 27 2006 21:07:00 »
i'm on fiji right now and really annoyed that it's pretty common that resorts got exclusive rights for the nicest breaks... i've seen namotu island, perfect lefthanders but who to hell can affort 310 bucks a night?! that's waht it costs as far as i know. i stayed at rendezvous which is not for away for wilkes passage etc, resonable price level and really nice staff. but you pay 55 dollars for every surf. apparently there's a resort called "seashells" which costs you about 55 bucks a night and only 40 per surf. and the best is: if the conditions are shit and you don't get to surf you get 20 dollars back. so maybe you'll try it out there, everyone said so far that it's pretty cool there
RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #7 on: July 30 2006 15:07:00 »
just got back from plantation last night got some great waves surfed cloud break the day before i left ,but surfed namotu lefts early every day before the namotu boys were up ,when they come out to the reef you have to move on usally to wilkes but did get great waves but trade winds are in now and it was preety windy most days ,i say pick your days do your research and you will score
RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #8 on: August 02 2006 09:08:00 »
I would stay at Namotu, but I was told by the travel agency that books it that there was no space this year to accomodate us. One reason I was given is that certain groups come back year after year and "get priority". Nice little club they've got there.....
RE: staying on Namotu Island and Tavarau?« Reply #9 on: September 06 2006 20:09:00 »
not only are they keeping the line-up free of crowds, they are destroying the spirit of surfing. Thanks to fijian tribal law coups have become a common practise. Theres no price you can put on a wave friend.