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Tour Highlights

  • Take part in the annual 4K Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim

  • Swim across the “Narrows” which separate Nevis from St Kitts, the site of many shipwrecks over the years

  • Snorkel in some of the clearest waters of the Caribbean

  • Ascend to Nevis Peak, in your own time, with its magnificent views across the surrounding Leeward Islands

  • Explore the natural freshwater springs and volcanic hot springs of the western coast

  • Enjoy distinctive Caribbean entertainment and night life

Located in the Caribbean Sea some 70km west of Antigua, the island of Nevis is the smaller of the two islands making up the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It is one of the most unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Vividly green with blue skies, clean air and long empty beaches, Nevis has a gentle pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate the natural beauty around you. A perfect setting then for a challenge to swim from one island to another!

The Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim started in 2002 and the number of competitors have grown year on year with almost 200 swimmers now taking part from around the world! The race is extremely inclusive, supporting a range of swimming abilities from world-class swimmers to those who appreciate the challenge and sense of accomplishment of swimming from Nevis to St Kitts.

Our base for the trip on Nevis is at the idyllic and perfectly positioned Oualie Beach Resort. We explore both Nevis and its bigger sister island of St Kitts as well as including automatic entry into the annual 4km Cross-Channel swim on 25 March 2018.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is for those who want a short but beautiful warm water trip with average daily distance of 6K and entry into the renowned annual swim between Nevis and St Kitts. A good experience of swimming in all sea conditions is desirable.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday to the Nevis and St Kitts Islands, Caribbean
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Race Entry into the Nevis and St Kitts Cross Channel Swim
  • Four nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Two lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals

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Trip 1 itinerary (22 March - 26 March 2018)

Day 1

We meet in the Oualie Beach Resort for welcome drinks and a chance to get to know our guides for the trip. We’ll go through the pre-trip safety briefing and discuss the plan for the rest of the trip, followed by a short acclimatisation swim in the bay in front of the hotel. We meet again shortly after the swim for dinner.

Day 2

Today is spent exploring the north and west coastlines of Nevis, starting off at Newcastle Bay and ending back at Oualie Beach. Look out for uninhabited Booby Island, halfway between St Kitts and Nevis. We’ll also pass ‘Lovers Beach’ where leatherback turtles can sometimes be seen.

After lunch we’ll continue heading south along the Nevis coastline towards Charlestown, swimming along the beautiful white sands of Pinney’s beach. Stretching three miles along the coast, this is the longest beach on Nevis. We’ll end the day at Sunshine’s Beach Bar where you’ll have a chance to reflect on the day’s swimming and maybe even sample their rum punch.

Day 3

A more relaxed day today, to allow for an afternoon off before tomorrow’s Cross Channel swim. We’ll swim from Oualie Beach to ‘The Cows’, a group of craggy islets situated in the Narrows between both main islands. The Narrows boasts a range of ocean life, including many species of fish, and stingrays. This swim allows you an opportunity to practice and prepare for the full crossing tomorrow. We’ll loop around The Cows and return to Oualie Beach, where you’ll have the afternoon free to do whatever you like. Possible options could be to visit Charlestown, climb Nevis Peak, book in for a beachfront massage or snorkelling session.

Day 4 (Race Day)

Today we are up early for the Cross Channel Swim race. We’ll head to the pre-race briefing and commence the crossing at 08:00. Upon arriving successfully into Cockleshell Bay on St Kitts, we’ll be treated to a post-race breakfast.

Now that we’re on St Kitts we take the opportunity to swim along its steep rocky shores. We start at the dramatic shipwreck in Shitten Bay, a victim of a past hurricane. Keeping close to the coastline we swim around the southernmost peninsula and make our way into the calm and quiet Majors Bay, where another wreck, this time a barge, is used as a makeshift fishing pier. This whole peninsula was, until recently, only accessible by boat. Keep an eye out for dolphins in the sea and monkeys on land, who have both been spotted here.

Day 5

We’ll meet in the morning for a short pre-breakfast swim from Oualie Beach to loosen off our shoulders from the previous day. From here you’ll say goodbye to your guides and fellow guests and head to the airport or continue our own travels.

Trip 2 itinerary (24 March - 28 March 2018)

Day 1

We meet at the Oualie Beach Resort in the afternoon for our pre-trip safety briefing and to discuss the plan for the rest of the trip, followed by an acclimatisation swim in the bay in front of the hotel to test the waters for tomorrow’s Cross-Channel Swim. In the evening, we’ll meet for welcome drinks and dinner.

Day 2 (Race Day)

Up early for the Cross Channel Swim race. We’ll head to the pre-race briefing and commence the crossing at 08:00. Upon arriving successfully into Cockleshell Bay on St Kitts, we’ll be treated to a post-race breakfast. Following this, you’re free for the rest of the day to explore, visit Charlestown, climb Nevis Peak or maybe book in for a beachfront massage or snorkelling session.

Day 3

Today is spent exploring the north and west coastlines of Nevis, starting off at Newcastle Bay and ending back at Oualie Beach. Look out for uninhabited Booby Island, halfway between St Kitts and Nevis. We’ll also pass ‘Lovers Beach’ where leatherback turtles can sometimes be seen. After lunch we’ll continue heading south along the Nevis coastline towards Charlestown, swimming along the white sands of Pinney’s beach. Stretching three miles along the coast this is the longest beach on Nevis. We’ll end the day at Sunshine’s Beach Bar where you’ll have a chance to reflect on the day’s swimming and maybe even sample their rum punch.

Day 4

A full day to explore St Kitts and we take the opportunity to swim along the southern peninsula of the island. We start at the dramatic shipwreck in Shitten Bay, a victim of a past hurricane. Keeping close to the coastline we swim around the southernmost peninsula and make our way into the calm and quiet Majors Bay, where another wreck, this time a barge, is used as a makeshift fishing pier. This whole peninsula was until recently only accessible by boat. Keep an eye out for dolphins in the sea and monkeys on land, who have both been spotted here.

Day 5

We’ll meet in the morning for a short pre-breakfast swim from Oualie Beach to loosen off our shoulders from the previous days’ swims. From here you’ll say goodbye to the guides and fellow guests and either head to the airport or off to continue your travels.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Oualie Beach Resort, Oualie Bay, Nevis

Start Time: 16:00 on day 1

Finish Point: Oualie Beach Resort, Oualie Bay, Nevis

Finish Time: 09:00 on day 5

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

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

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Small Daypack
Swimming Goggles* (x2) Waterproof Jacket
Sunhat and Sunglasses Sweater / Fleece
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes
Towel Aqua Shoes / Sandals

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

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance
Newcastle Bay to Oualie Beach 3km
Seabridge to Sunshine’s (Nevis) 4km
‘Round the Cows’ (Nevis) (Trip 1 only 4km
Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim 4km
Shipwreck to Majors Bay 3km
St Kitts coastal (Trip 2 only) 3km

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.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature Air Temperature
March 26-28˚C/78-82˚F 30-32˚C/86-89˚F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

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.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 15. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort.

The boat support includes one main boat and two inflatable boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

The Nevis and St Kitts Cross-Channel race will run differently to the rest of the trip, with a mass start at the beginning of the event and with separate safety support to SwimTrek.

Getting There

There are a number of travel options to get to Oualie Beach Resort on Nevis, however, please note that an additional night’s accommodation is often required during transit.

Whilst we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We suggest that you use Skyscanner to search for flight options for this trip, as well as the following websites for further travel information:

Travel via the U.S.

Guests can choose to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico and take a connecting flight to Nevis. Alternatively, guests can fly to St Kitts (SKB - Basseterre) and take a connecting water taxi transfer to the Oualie Beach Resort on Nevis or via public transport (taxi and ferry).

Please see the list of available airlines below:

Travel via the UK

Guests can fly to St Kitts (SB - Basseterre) and take a connecting water taxi transfer to the Oualie Beach Resort on Nevis or via public transport (taxi and ferry).

Please see the list of available airlines below:

Travel From Europe and the Rest of the World

Guests will need to travel via the U.S. or another Caribbean Island. Please follow the above advice about your onward travel to Nevis.

Travel From St Kitts to the Oualie Beach Resort, Nevis

If you are flying into St. Kitts, the easiest option is to arrange with Oualie Beach Resort to be met at the airport and transferred to Nevis (approx. 25 mins) . Please contact the hotel to enquire about this service, as this must be booked in advance: reservations@oualiebeach.com.

Alternatively, guests can take a taxi from the airport to Basseterre to the ferry terminal (approx. 10 minutes) and take a ferry across to Charlestown on Nevis (approximately 45 minutes). You will then need to take a taxi from Charlestown to Oualie Beach Resort (approximately 10 minutes). Ferry information can be found on the following websites:

Practical Information

Accommodation

We stay in the comfortable Oualie Beach Resort. The accommodation is located on a coconut-lined beach on the quiet, exotic, and unspoilt island paradise of Nevis. The rooms are of a good size, scattered along the beach in single and two storey ‘gingerbread cottages’ that reflect the traditional Caribbean style architecture of the Island. Rooms are based on twin share deluxe double rooms with en-suite facilities and free WiFi. A limited number of single supplements rooms are also available.

If you require additional nights at the Oualie Beach, please email: reservations@oualiebeach.com

Meals

All breakfasts are included in your trip price as well as lunch on the two full days of swimming. This means that on the first departure, lunch is not included on day three and on the second departure, lunch is not included on day two.

Dinners are at your own expense which gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local bars and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. The average cost of dinner in a local restaurant is approximately $35-$45.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, and transfer travel costs. The official currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCB) although US dollars are commonly accepted. Please note upon departure there is a fee for leaving the island, this is approximately $21, which includes an environmental levy and airport tax. This should be included in the cost of your airline ticket, however airline charges do vary.

Passports and Visas

Non-residents of St Kitts and Nevis 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. members, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter the St Kitts, however, if travelling via the U.S., you may need to obtain a visa. Please visit ESTA to find out more, Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Vaccinations and Important Health Information

You do not require specific vaccinations to enter the St Kitts and Nevis, but you should ensure that your immunity to tetanus and polio is up-to-date. There have been cases of Chikungunya virus reported in the Virgin Islands. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, such as by using insect repellent and covering up when mosquitoes are more prevalent at dawn and dusk.

UK health authorities have classified St Kitts and Nevis as having a moderate risk of Zika virus transmission. For further information about this assessment, you should visit www.gov.uk/guidance/zika-virus-country-specific-risk and follow the advice on the Travel Health Pro. It is also recommended that you discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit ElectricalOutlet.org.

  • SwimTrek is the best way for swimmers of various skill levels to have equal opportunity to experience the joys of open water swimming in exotic and fun locations around the world.

    Sarah D. 2016 - USA
  • I am a slow swimmer. The guides and my fellow Trekkers were very accommodating to my ability!

    Carolyn K. 2016 - UK
  • Huseyin and Sian were the perfect team! From my first meeting with them, I was confident in their ability to keep me safe while still allowing me to enjoy myself!

    Oonagh A. 2016 - Northern Ireland
  • The trip was AWESOME :-)

    Anna S. 2016

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Accommodation

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Oualie Beach

The individual cottages of the Oualie Beach Resort are a comfortable setting for the trip's activities and Cross Channel Swim