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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy an unforgettable swimming holiday in some of the clearest waters of the Caribbean

  • Explore the natural volcanic hot springs of the western coast

  • Swim across 'The Narrows' which separate Nevis from St Kitts, the site of many historic shipwrecks

  • Use your free time to ascend to Nevis Peak which boasts magnificent views across the surrounding Leeward Islands

  • Relax and enjoy the distinctive Caribbean entertainment and night life

Join us on a Caribbean short escape to the picturesque and unspoilt islands of St Kitts and Nevis. With volcanic landscapes, clear waters and idyllic white sand beaches, this tiny island nation offers some stunning swimming opportunities as we explore the bays, beaches and shipwrecks which make up the country’s beautiful coastline. Located in the Caribbean Sea some 70 km west of Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis is the eighth smallest country in the world by area and ninth smallest by population. The two federated island nations are separated by a 4 km strait known as The Narrows, which, weather-permitting, we will attempt to swim across during this trip. St Kitts is the larger of the two islands and is home to the capital city of Basseterre and the mighty Brimstone Hill Fortress. It is one of the most unspoilt islands in the Caribbean that enjoys green landscapes, blue skies and long, empty beaches. Across The Narrows, Nevis has a gentle pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate the natural beauty around you. The island is anchored by a single volcanic mountain and is home to a small number of beaches and villages. Our home for the week is the relaxed Oualie Beach Resort on Nevis, the perfect base from which to explore the seas around St Kitts and Nevis sister islands.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is made up of coastal swims and several crossings. Swimmers should have a good level of open water experience and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance 5 km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in St Kitts & Nevis, Caribbean
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique analysis
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches

What's not included?

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

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Daily Itineraries

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 and sea 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.

Day 1

We meet in the Oualie Beach Resort for welcome drinks and a chance to get to know the other swimmers and guides on 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 walk to our acclimatisation swim at Lover’s Beach. We reconvene again shortly after the swim for dinner.

Day 2

Today we explore the north and west coastline of Nevis, starting off at Cades Bay (The Sea Bridge) and ending our first swim at Paradise Beach. It’s then a short boat ride back to the hotel for lunch.

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

Today we head to Booby Island, where our first morning swim involves a circumnavigation of the uninhabited island and then a crossing to Turtle Bay. It’s possible to see the striking sight of Nevis Peak behind you for the entire swim.

Following lunch, we have a short boat ride to Shipwreck Bar where we will start a beautiful coastal swim to the Great Salt Pond - keep a look out for the abundance of wildlife and shipwrecks aplenty! There’s also another chance to see Nevis in all its beauty ahead of you.

Day 4

The morning is our scheduled time to attempt the crossing between Nevis and St Kitts. A unique aspect of this crossing is that you can see the bottom of seabed clearly the entire way across and keep an eye out for turtles and rays which are common on this stretch. It’s a picturesque arrival into Cockleshell Bay where we will have time to relax and have some lunch.

The rest of the afternoon will entail a short scenic swim in Shitten Bay where you can either explore the wildlife in the water at your own pace or relax on the boat.

Day 5

For the final morning, we have a relaxing bay swim at Oualie Beach to bring us to the end a fantastic trip together.

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: 11:00 on Day 7

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 (x 2) Insect Repellent
Swimming Goggles (x 2)* Motion Sickness Tablets
Sun Hat and Sunglasses Waterproof Jacket and Fleece/Sweater
Small Daypack and Towel Walking Shoes / Sandals
Waterproof Sun Cream 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 Distances
Sea Bridge – Paradise Beach 2km
Paradise Beach - Pinneys Beach 2km
Circumnavigation of Booby Island – Turtle Bay 3km
Shipwreck Bay – The Great Salt Pond 3km
St Kitts to Nevis Crossing 4½km
Scenic swim in Shitten Bay 1km

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. Sea swell in the Caribbean tends to be bigger than in the Mediterranean, which adds to the challenge of this trip. Swimmers should have a good level of open water experience and be comfortable in these conditions prior to the start of the trip.

Walking

There is a limited amount of walking on this trip, with most walks taking place on recognised paths and tracks. There may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
March 25-27˚C / 77-81˚F 25-27˚C / 77-81˚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

Maximum group size of 15 on this trip, split into a maximum of three swim groups, based on speed, with each group accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two support boats, 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.

Getting There

There are a number of travel options to get to Oualie Beach Resort on the island of 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:

Flights to St Kitts and Nevis

Many flights to St Kitts and Nevis include a stopover in San Juan, Puerto Rico, or another nearby Caribbean island before catching a connecting flight to either St Kitts or Nevis. Please note that the more common route is to fly into St Kitts rather than Nevis as this is the large of the two islands and there are generally more flights available.

To search for available flight options, we recommend that you use Skyscanner.

Travel From St Kitts to the Oualie Beach Resort, Nevis

If your flight arrives into St Kitts, the easiest way to reach your Oualie Bay Resort is to arrange with the hotel directly to be met at the airport and transferred to Nevis (approx. 45 minutes). Please contact the hotel to organise this service, as it must be booked in advance: reservations@oualiebeach.com

Alternatively, guests can take a taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal in Basseterre (approx. 15 minutes) and take a ferry across to Charlestown on Nevis (approximately 1 hour). You will then need to take a taxi from Charlestown to Oualie Beach Resort (approximately 15 minutes). Ferry information can be found on the following websites:

Practical Information

Accommodation

Our home for the week is the comfortableOualie Beach Resort. The accommodation is located on a coconut tree-lined beach on the quiet and unspoilt island of Nevis. The rooms are light and spacious, 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 in Deluxe Twin/Double or Queen rooms with en suite facilities. There are a limited number of single supplement rooms which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

If you would like to extend your stay in Nevis and need to book additional nights’ accommodation before or after your trip, please contact the hotel directly via: reservations@oualiebeach.com

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches are included in your trip price, however, dinners are at your own expense. This 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 US$30-US$40.

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. Change is usually given in XCB, regardless of the payment currency. Please note that upon departure, there is a fee of approximately US$21 for leaving the island, which includes an environmental levy and airport tax. This fee is often included in the cost of your airfare, however, this can vary from one company to the next, so please check with your own airline.

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. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter the St Kitts and Nevis, however, if travelling via the U.S., you may need to obtain a visa. For further information on St Kitts and Nevis visas, please visit: St Kitts and Nevis Ministry for Foreign Affairs. For information about US visas, please visit: ESTA.

Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to St Kitts and Nevis, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

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 UK Travel Guidance 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.

  • I had a great time. I really appreciated the clarity of the water and interesting topography.

    Kristin, US - 2017