We found it. A place with an aquatic culture, pristine coral reefs with abundant fish life, crystal clear waters, and amazing places to swim. The Big Island of Hawaii is an uncrowded, unspoiled swimmer’s paradise. Hawaiian culture is derived from elements of land and sea. We’ve adopted that concept to create a week with unparalleled accommodations, cuisine, and unbelievable swimming.Your SwimVacation on The Big Island will Include:
- Seven days and six nights in spectacular beachfront accommodations
- Private chef service, all meals included
- Guided swims in beautiful places (usually two per day)
- Stroke and Open Water Swimming technique analysis
- Massage, yoga, a full day boat excursion, and an outrigger canoe sunset tour are included in this trip.
From off-the-beaten-path beaches to the famous Ironman swim course, we hit all the best spots for swims on the Kohala Coast. Be among the lucky few to join us for this one-of-a-kind adventure. The clarity of the waters, the healthy coral reef, and the abundant wildlife, including dolphins, will thrill even the most jaded of well traveled swimmers.
Our home for the week is a private residence in Waimea, on the Kohalo Coast of the Big Island. The home sits right on the edge of “Beach 69”, a stunningly beautiful white sand beach, from which we’ll swim every morning. Designed to capture the trade-wind breezes and give its inhabitants both communal space and privacy, the home is open, airy and thoroughly “old Hawaii.” Located about 30 miles north of Kona Village, and within striking distance of so many wonderful swims.
Private chefs Dan and Clare Bobo prepare all meals for our guests in the open air kitchen at our home, Hale Ohia Kai. Dan has over 30 years experience and has held several Executive Chef positions at award winning restaurants in the Seattle area. He and his wife, Clare, moved to the Big Island in 2002 where they both went to work at the Kohala Coast resorts before starting Island Thyme Gourmet. They are well versed in global cuisines with extensive expertise in seafood and, of course, local Hawaiian flavors.
Snacks and refreshing beverages will be available before, during, and after your swims. A fully stocked bar with beer, wine, and liquor is included. Special dietary needs can be accommodated to a certain extent.
Massage and Yoga
Throughout the week, oceanfront massage therapy and yoga sessions are provided, and included in the price of the trip.
We have several aquatic activities to give us a break from all of the fabulous swimming. An evening outrigger canoe sunset tour is included in the trip, and there’s options for surfing, stand up paddle boarding, free diving, rock running, and a lot more.
Stroke/Open Water Swimming Clinics
The clear waters of the Kona coast allow us to take videos of your stroke right in the open water during the first 2 days of your trip. On the second or third night we have a collaborative stroke analysis for every guest. During the week we also cover open water swimming techniques such as safety, sighting and navigation, buoy turns, pack swimming and drafting, nautical chart reading for swimmers, and race strategy.
Running and Cycling
We understand that some of our customers are training for all three legs of a triathlon. Training rides and runs can be scheduled throughout the trip. Time trial and road bike rentals can be arranged, as well as guided workouts along the Ironman Kona course.
Upcoming Trip Dates
Prices are per person and include all meals and drinks. A 50% deposit is required at time of booking. The remaining 50% is due 12 weeks prior to trip departure date. Not included: optional gratuity for your guides (10-15% is customary). SwimVacation directly tips all of our wonderful vendors (private chef, massage therapists, boat captains, etc).
Included in the per-person prices below: all meals and drinks, upscale accommodations, 2 amazing swims per day, all activities, and transfers to/from Kona airport and our accommodations. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Double Occupancy Room – $4,995
Single Occupancy Room – $5,995
Note: Solo travelers who wish to can be matched with other solo travelers in our rooms with 2 beds. The Double occupancy room rate will apply.