Kona, Hawaii May 20-26 2018
Kona, Hawaii May 20-26 2018
Your SwimVacation 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.
PRICING & PAYMENT
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Full balance is due upon registration. 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 – $3995
- Single Occupancy Room – $5495
- Queen/en-suite bath double occupancy – $4495
- Queen/en-suite bath single occupancy – $5995
**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.
From off-the-beaten-path beaches to the famous Ironman swim course, we hit all the best spots for swims on the Kona and Kohala Coasts. Be among the lucky few to join us for this one-of-a-kind adventure. The clarity of the waters, the healthy coral reef system, and the abundant wildlife, including dolphins, will thrill even the most jaded of well traveled swimmers.
All swims are guided, with at least two SwimVacation staff members swimming with the group, and one watching over us from a standup paddle board or dinghy. We do not race. We tour the reefs, have fun, and often we stop to see fish and coral. You can go hard, or you can go easy. Elite swimmers will be offered longer swims.
Swims are tailored to meet the needs of swimmers with different abilities. With only six to eight swimming guests per trip, two groups may be formed, and each group may create different goals. Ocean swimming is our passion, and it’s the focus of activity on your SwimVacation.
Our home for the week is a private residence on Waialea Bay, on the Kohala 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.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Private chefs Dan and Clare Bobo prepare all meals for our guests in the open air kitchen at our home, Treadwell House. 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.
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 are options for body surfing, stand up paddle boarding, free diving, rock running and more.
The clear waters of Hawaii 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 and race strategy for those who are interested.
RUNNING & 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.
Kona Keahole International Airport (KOA), is an open-air affair with easy arrivals and departures. SwimVacation will provide private ground transportation to and from our home base at Treadwell House, just up the coast.
When we’re not swimming right from our home at Beach 69, SwimVacation guides provide shuttle service to all of our swimming locations and activities daily. Most of our guests find no need to rent a car.
Non-U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport for travel to the U.S.
Cell phone service in Kona and at Treadwell House is excellent. Our house also has free wifi.
Costs not covered by your charter / SwimVacation fee:
Any meals and drinks you wish to purchase away from our home base at Treadwell House (not necessary, but some guests like to venture out on their own for an evening).
Road or Time Trial bike rentals.
Gratuity. At the end of your SwimVacation, please consider leaving a gratuity for your swim guides. The customary amount is 10% to 15%, but this is completely up to you and how much you enjoyed your vacation. SwimVacation directly tips all of our wonderful vendors (private chef, massage therapists, boat captains, etc).
Insurance - All SwimVacation customers must be self insured for medical and repatriation costs, and for all activities you will pursue on your vacation. Many health insurance policies to not cover costs related to these activities. For the best rates and options, we recommend Insuremytrip.com