Explore the waters of Hawaii’s ‘Island of Discovery’
Uncover the secrets of volcanic coastlines and waters teeming with marine life, including the many denizens of Kahalu’u Bay
Swim over coral reefs along the tropical Kona coast and explore a bay filled with spinner dolphins, making your way to the Captain Cook Monument
Get a taste of the world-famous Kona Ironman swimming course
The island of Hawaii (affectionately also known as the Big Island) is the ‘Island of Discovery’ and there is so much to unearth both along the coast and inland. The youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, it is twice the size of all the others combined. The Big Island is less than a million years old and still growing - Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, spews lava down to the sea and this volcanic activity generates a unique landscape of black lava, scattered with lush arable pasture, desert, and humid valleys.
We swim along the island’s sunnier west coast, which is shielded from winds by Mauna Loa and offers ideal swimming conditions. Dotted with volcanic rock, the result of frequent volcanic activity over the years, the waters are clear and feature a never-ending aquarium of marine life to swim with. Sea turtles, manta rays, spinner dolphins and monk seals are just some of the species that we may well meet during our journey.
Our base is Kona, the laid-back seaside town, home to the Ironman Triathlon World Championships. It is ideally located in between our swim sites over the week and is a great spot from which to explore the rest of the island, should you wish to do so.
Who is this trip for?
This trip offers a combination of exploration, observation and swimming. It is ideal for the swimmer who is keen to explore craggy volcanic coastlines as well as viewing wildlife below the water with fantastic visibility during the big ocean swims. To make the most of the calmer conditions, we often start early and finish early, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful location of Kona and surrounding Big Island.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of 2.5 km, prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 5 km (split over two swims).
We have given this trip a 'Moderate' grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday
- Expert swim guides and full safety escort on all your swims
- All breakfasts
- Four lunches
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
What's not included?
- Flights to and from the start of your SwimTrek tour
- Transfers to and from the airport and Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
- Lunch on Day 4 (when you have the afternoon off)
- Drinks and additional activities, like scuba diving
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
The water in Hawaii is warm, clear and full of marine life. The tropical weather and Hawaiian culture was an added attraction. What a truly memorable experience. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable and professional.Diane T, USA - 2022
Absolutely AMAZING trip! Can't wait for the next one.Diane S, USA - 2022
It was a swimtastic week full of comraderie and everlasting memories. Just do it! There’s a lot of water out there. Jump in and explore with Swim Trek.Pam D, USA - 2022
I loved the warm blue tropical waters, the abundant sea life and unique experiences like snorkelling in amazing reefs and seeing hundreds of dolphins while on the boat. This trip was a dream!Emma Radford
What a joy to swim with new friends!Laura Schob
This was a spectacular trip. I loved the underwater scenery of tropical fish, coral reefs, and turtles. Swimming the Ironman course was an accomplishment I'll be bragging about for quite some time.Amber Eisenmann
I had been hoping for a while that SwimTrek would add a trip to Hawaii. It was definitely worth the wait! The whole week was amazing!Beth Handley
The Big Island trip combined beautiful coastal swims along the island's west coast, plentiful wildlife, tropical breezes, and great company. A bit of adventure, but truly relaxing as well. Couldn't ask for nothing more.Lawrence Creswell