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Tour Highlights

  • Swim the 10km crossing to the palm fringed “Iles des Arcadins.”

  • Enjoy this Caribbean island's stunning coastline and laid back lifestyle

  • Enjoy one-to-one safety cover as you swim on Haiti’s stunning Côte des Arcadins.

  • Bask in the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea

While the nation of Haiti is filled with palm-fringed beaches and stunning coastal waters that rival anywhere in the Caribbean, the true beauty of the country lies in its history, culture and people. Join us for a great swimming holiday in Haiti like no other as we take part in the annual 10km ‘Swim for Haiti', a special event to raise funds for teaching local children the fundamentals of swimming.

Staying on the palm-fringed Côte des Arcadins, overlooking the island of Isle de la Gonave, we stay at the locally-owned Wahoo Bay Resort pleasantly nestled between the majestic Matheux Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.

Who is this trip for?

This event is suitable for both competitive and noncompetitive swimmers. The 10km (6 miles) crossing from the idyllic islands of Iles des Arcadins to the La Côte des Arcadins region on the Haitian mainland is stunning, with dazzling, clear-blue water surrounding you. Each swimmer is accompanied by their own personal local fisherman, paddling their own dugout canoe. This truly is an adventure like no other!

What's included?

  • Entry into the annual Swim For Haiti fundraising event
  • Your own personal safety support in a local-style, dug-out canoe
  • Designated SwimTrek transfer
  • Coastal swim on Day 2
  • Three nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts

What's not included?

  • Lunches
  • Evening meals
  • Additional excursions and activities

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Day 1

On arrival into Port-au-Prince International Airport, you will be met by a SwimTrek driver who will transfer you to the Wahoo Bay Resort on the Côte des Arcadins. This transfer, which is included in your trip price, takes approximately one hour. You will then have a chance to explore before we meet for our welcome meeting and drinks later in the evening where we discuss the trip in more detail. This is an opportunity to meet fellow swimmers and ask any questions you may have about the event.

Day 2

We head out for a morning coastal swim from the hotel. It’s a great way to refresh yourself. The peaks of the Arcadins mountains overhang the entire journey. After lunch, we head back for a free afternoon.

Day 3

We hold another morning swim session where there will have an opportunity for some coaching points to be given. The rest of the day is to do with what you like. Various excursions are available with local guides, leaving directly from the resort. You may visit the Watercress garden of Kay Piat or be taken on a day’s hike into the awe-inspiring Matheux Mountains. Later that evening we will meet at the hotel for the full race briefing where you will be joined by all the other local race participants.

Day 4

Today is the swim day as we swim across the Canal de Saint-Marc from Iles des Arcadins to the Haitian mainland. The stunning Matheux Mountains guide our way across. Each swimmer has their own local fishing boat support, which makes this swim very unique. There is a celebratory party at the end of the swim to cap off a remarkable time in this memorable country. Transfers back to the airport are available once the swim has finished.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Wahoo Bay Resort, Carriès www.wahoobaybeach.com

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Wahoo Bay Resort, Carriès

Finish Time: 14:00 on Day 4

Swimming Information

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Insect Repellent
Swimming Googles* (x2) Waterproof Watch
Sunhat and Sunglasses Water Bottle
Waterproof Sun Cream Swim Earplugs (if you use them)
Towel Aqua Shoes

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions

Please note that ‘Swim for Haiti’ will supply swim hats to wear during the race. You are able to make use of swim aids for this event (flippers, hand paddles etc.), however it is expected that you will bring these along with you. You can also take any feed supplies on your personal canoe escort.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distances
Côte des Arcadins coastal swim 3km
Kyona Beach to Ile des Arcadins 10km

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience but you need to be aware that certain marine life such as jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis please consult the office prior to booking. In the Caribbean, sea swell tends to be a bit bigger than in the Mediterranean. These conditions only add to the challenge and fun of the trip, but if you're unfamiliar with these kinds of conditions feel free to consult with the office.

Race Organisers

Please be aware that whilst SwimTrek organise the tour part of the package. ‘Swim for Haiti’ event staff are the organisers of the swim and are fully responsible for race safety, logistics and contingency planning.

Temperatures

Month Water Temp (°C / °F)* Air Temp (°C / °F)*
February 26-28°C / 78 - 82°F 30°C / 86°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily/weekly basis.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Getting There

There are many different options for travelling to Haiti, however we recommend flying to Port Au Prince Airport and catching the SwimTrek designated transfer to Wahoo Bay Resort. We would also recommend that you check flights and travel via www.skyscanner.net or www.kayak.co.uk prior to making a booking. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Travelling to Haiti

Flights to Port Au Prince are widely available from Miami and New York. You can also fly with Air France via another Caribbean Island. A small selection of the airlines which fly into Port Au Prince are included below.

Airline Departure Airport
Air France Heathrow, London City
American Airlines Various Routes Across The U.S.
Air Caraibes Berlin, Paris
Delta Air London Heathrow

SwimTrek Transfer

SwimTrek provide a designated transfer service from the airport to Wahoo Beach which is included in your trip price. This saves having to worry about organising your own travel once you have arrived in Haiti. The transfers can be booked around your own flight times and your driver will meet you with a SwimTrek sign just outside arrivals (The airport is very small so it will be clear to see your driver). Please inform SwimTrek head office of your arrival and departure times so we can book your transfers accordingly.

Public Transport Options from Port Au Prince Airport to Wahoo Bay Resort

There is no public transport from the airport to the hotel. It is advised that you do not take the private ‘tap taps’ (communal taxis).

Practical Information

Accommodation

Take in the panoramic views of the stunning acreage, dotted with lush trees and tranquil beaches at the Wahoo Bay Beach Resort for the duration of the trip. It sits on the ocean-front nestled between the Matheux Mountains and Gonave Bay. The resort provides both a relaxing and active atmosphere. All rooms are are based on twin-share and all have en-suite facilities. There are limited single supplements available for this trip. These are decorated with traditional Haitian décor, air-conditioned, and have complimentary WI-FI and ocean views.

Meals

All breakfasts are included in your trip price, however lunches and dinners are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. We often dine out together as a group in the evenings.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, dinner, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is Haitian Gourde, however most shops and restaurants will prefer payment in US dollars. There is no cash machine at or near the hotel. It is advised that you take enough money out to Haiti with you to cover the whole period of the trip. As well as cash, most restaurants will accept card payments. You should allow around $40 per day (for lunch and dinner) but this will vary per person.

Passports and Visas

Non-residents of Haiti require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of most countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Haiti. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Vaccinations

Cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Haiti. If you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, suffer from a severe, chronic medical condition or have a medical condition that weakens your immune system, please follow the advice of your healthcare provider prior to booking on this trip.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Haiti. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. It is worth re-checking eight weeks before your trip for any additional requirements, and it is also advisable to ensure that your immunity to tetanus and polio is up-to-date.

  • Swim for Haiti is truly a special event that directly benefits the people of Haiti and shines a spotlight on this amazing country. We leave every SwimTrek trip with fantastic memories of the awesome people we meet from all over the world - this trip was no exception

    Duke H. 2017- USA
  • Excellent swimtrek experience. The prompt, helpful, personalised and proactive communication that we recieved was brilliant. Exceptional value for money. Loved the friendly and positive atmosphere that everyone created.

    George S. 2017- UK
  • Swim Haiti was such a neat cultural experience!! Memories for a lifetime!

    Tracee H. 2017- USA
  • We have done 2 SwimTrek trips and enjoy the swimming, the organization and the camaraderie. We are limited to warm water swimming so Haiti was a good fit for us.

    Cathy M and Steve V. 2016 - USA
  • I had a lot of fun to swim, visit and work with people from around the world during my trip to Haiti with SwimTrek. The race was quite a challenge and Haitians are welcoming. They gave me great advice to improve my swimming. In short we ate very well and had a great experience.

    Stephane F. 2016 - France
Dates Availability Price From
16 Feb -
19 Feb, 2017
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