Travel to the ‘Island of Discovery’ and explore the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago
Uncover the secrets of volcanic coastlines and waters teeming with marine life, including the many friendly 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 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 unique combination of exploration, observation, and swimming. Together, we dive into the big ocean of the North Pacific – an ideal training ground for swimmers who are keen to challenge themselves and explore craggy volcanic coastlines. We will also meet spectacular wildlife, both below and above the water, with fantastic visibility in the tropical waters.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
The average swim distance is around 2.5km. 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 in Hawaii
- Expert swim guides and full safety escort on all your swims
- All breakfasts provided by Waiemea Coffee at Pacific 19
- 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 hotel
- Lunch on the half day (when you have the afternoon off)
- Drinks and additional activities
- Scuba diving and Manta Experience
Sample Trip Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
I am so glad I chose to book. SwimTrek is unique and so well run. Thank you for a fabulous week in the waterAnne P, Canada - 2023
This was a bucket list item that I had been dreaming about for 10 years! I'm glad I finally clicked the button - amazing guides, amazing marine life, amazing location, amazing friendships made. I can't wait to do it all over again.Daune' D, USA - 2023
I am so happy with this SwimTrek it was honestly the best I have been on for all the reasons: the swims ; fish ; guides ; and the group was awesome as well I'm more motivated to do another next year because of this experienceJoe W, Austalia - 2023
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
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
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