Become a pioneer and be among the first SwimTrekkers to 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 moisture laden 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 as we swim. 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.*
We'd also like to notify you that as part of our ongoing review and update of COVID-19 protocols and procedures we are asking you to take a COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) prior to travelling to Hawaii, and to only travel if you receive a negative result. We also ask that all guests are 100% fully vaccinated against covid-19, at least 2 weeks prior to departure. Testing, along with vaccination, and any additional measures required by local law, are intended to minimise the risk of transmission and so protect all of our guests, guides, local partners and the wider community in Hawaii.
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.
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 pioneer swimming holiday in Hawaii
- Expert swim guides and full safety escort on all your swims
- All breakfasts at a local restaurant with an extensive menu
- Four lunches
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.