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Namotu Island is one of the few hundreds of islands that make up the country of Fiji. It is in the southernmost part of the chain of islands called the Mamanuca Islands, which are just west of Nadi. Namotu is located just off the southwestern coast of the main island of Fiji known as Viti Levu. Namotu Island Resort, a haven for tourists, lies about five nautical miles west of Viti Levu.


In July 1840 the Wilkes Expedition named this island after Richard Russell Waldron, purser, USS Vincennes [1][2][3]


  1. ^ Charles Wilkes, Narrative of the United States exploring expedition: During the ..., Volume 3, p.286 at: accessed 29 March 2014
  2. ^ Alexander G. Findlay, A Directory for Navigating the Pacific Ocean ..., London, 1851, Part II, p.935 at: accessed 30 March 2014
  3. ^ "Waldron Island (Namotu Island)", accessed 29 March 2014


Coordinates: 17°50′39″S 177°11′00″E / 17.8442°S 177.1834°E / -17.8442; 177.1834