BAHAMAS

NEW FOR 2018: February 10-16 (4 places left) November 24-30 (8 places left)
From: £2,190pp

This trip is the ultimate, exclusive ‘get-away-from-it-all' treat for any open water swimmer.

We have designed this trip carefully to ensure we provide you with the perfect combination of activity and relaxation. Based at New Heights villa on the pristine, remote island of Great Guana Cay, expect magnificent food, panoramic ocean views, and unbeatable swimming in one of the largest coral reefs in the Northern Hemisphere. New Heights SwimQuest

ABOUT GREAT GUANA CAY

The Abaco Islands are a group of islands and barrier cays in the northern Bahamas, east of southern Florida. Great Guana Cay is a remote, unspoilt island at the centre of the Abaco Islands. With just 150 inhabitants, it is a real escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The island is long and narrow, 7 miles (11 km) long, and situated about 8 miles from Marsh Harbour International Airport.

IS THIS FOR ME?

During the week, we will complete two swims a day. Swims will be a mixture of island-to-island crossings and stunning reef and coastal swims. You should be comfortable swimming in open water, however if you wish to swim shorter distances than our itinerary suggests, it’s fine to hop back on board once you’ve had enough. Ideally you should have some open water experience and be able to swim at least one kilometre in the sea. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact the office for a chat. This trip is ideal for anyone looking for a luxurious week away, with a combination of swimming, wonderful food and time to relax. Throughout the week, you are more than welcome to swim both or just complete one swim a day – it is your holiday. Each swim will be escorted by a main boat and an additional tender that will have ample room for anyone wishing to watch or simply soak up some sun.

AT A GLANCE

  • Places available from £2,190pp
  • This trip is ideal for anyone looking for a luxurious week away, with a combination of swimming, wonderful food and time to relax.
  • This trip runs from Saturday – Friday
  • Non-swimmers are welcome to join the trip and can be on the boat if they wish. A 10% discount is offered to non-swimmers.
  • Max group size 12
  • Water temperature in February is between 22oC and 24oC
  • Everything is included except transport to Great Guana Cay, plus any additional items or activities you wish to participate in
  • You will need to fly to Marsh Harbour International airport (flights from Europe usually between £650-£1000)

WHAT’S INCLUDED?  

  • Six night’s accommodation at New Heights (various room options are available, please see accommodation tab)
  • All meals (from dinner on Saturday evening, to breakfast on Friday morning) excluding dinner on two of the evenings, when we will take you to local restaurants
  • A BBQ & bonfire night
  • A full guided swimming itinerary, based on two swims a day
  • Qualified SwimQuest guide/s
  • Boat cover, including a local ocean guide
  • Optional stroke video analysis and one-to-one swim coaching sessions
  • A 10L SwimQuest dry bag and a SwimQuest swim cap
  • VAT
The only costs that are not covered are your travel to and from Great Abaco Cay, any alcohol purchases, dinner on two of the evenings, wetsuit hire (please bring your own wetsuit if you would like to swim in one) and any additional items or activities you wish to participate in outside of the tour schedule.
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about new heights

New Heights is a spectacular, modern, three-level residence, just steps from the beach, accommodating a maximum of 12 SwimQuest guests. It features a private pool, a shared dock and tennis court and a private gazebo on the beach. New Heights offers 360-degree ocean views from almost all rooms, and countless outdoor living spaces. The main dining area sits under a large veranda with sunset views. The dining deck wraps around to a furnished patio that joins the forty-foot long saltwater pool, and the third floor loggia covers one third of the main house - the perfect spot for watching the sunset, reflecting on your swims and lounging in front of the full bar.

There are three types of room available to you:

Deluxe sole use bedrooms £2,790pp

New Heights SwimQuest Room 1Treat yourself to a spacious single room opening up onto a private balcony with stunning views of the water. With high ceilings, French doors and screens, open the doors to the cool, coastal breeze, and listen to the waves crash against the shore. You will be allocated your own, private bathroom and your own, private balcony.

Deluxe double use bedrooms £2,690pp

New Heights SwimQuest room 2Ideal for couples, these rooms are spacious double rooms opening up onto a private balcony with stunning views of the water. With high ceilings, French doors and screens, open the doors to the cool, coastal breeze, and listen to the waves crash against the shore. You will be allocated your own, private bathroom and your own, private balcony.

Studio share room £2,190pp

New Heights SwimQuest studio shareUnlike many other homes on Guana Cay, New Heights offers a lower-level studio space. Complete with ocean and garden views, a private entrance, patio, and french doors, the studio contains a bedroom with four large (double size) bunks. Each bunk sleeps one adult comfortably. Additionally, this studio space has countless amenities including a kitchen, bathroom and extra living space. Please note this room may be mixed sex.

Sea turtle up close

N.B. Please note, this is a rough guide to the week. We will adapt the week carefully for each individual and the prevailing weather. All swim activities are planned with safety as the paramount concern. Swim distances are adaptable and because of our extensive boat and safety cover we can deal with a mixture of abilities on this tour.

SATURDAY

New Heights SwimQuestA SwimQuest representative will meet you at Great Guana Cay Harbour and take you to New Heights. You can settle into your room, and meet your fellow guests and guides for an evening meal on the terrace and your safety briefing. Please note - the last ferry leaves Marsh Harbour at 5.45pm, so we will start the tour officially when the last guests arrive (around 7pm).

SUNDAY

swim quest formentera improvers tourOn Sunday morning, we will complete an coastal swim (1-2km) along one of Great Guana Cay’s pristine white beaches. This will be an easy swim so that the guides can get an idea of everyone’s swimming ability and (if you wish) film you swimming above and below the water so that we can provide coaching advice later on in the evening. In the afternoon, we will venture south towards Scotland Cay, swimming up Scotland Cay’s sandy coastline and eventually making the crossing back towards Great Guana Cay (2-3km).

MONDAY

FOWLSIts an early start for breakfast before we hop in the boat and travel to Fowls Cays National Prk to swim around and along this biologically rich stretch of coral reef (3km). Keep your eyes out for turtles, rays and schools of tropical fish. In the afternoon, we will continue with an island-to-island swim, from Fowl Cays to Scotland Cay (1.5km). in the evening we will take you to a local restaurant to watch the sun set and enjoy local cuisine.

TUESDAY

New HeightsIn the morning, we will head north to visit Crab Cay. This morning’s swim will be an island-to-island crossing, from Crab Cay to Green Turtle Cay (3km), where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will complete a circumnavigation of Whale Cay. The sea of Abaco has a large population of bottlenose dolphins, so keep your eyes peeled on the way to our swim spots!

WEDNESDAY

Sea turtle up close This morning we will head out to Turtle Cay to swim along shallow reefs and admire the abundance of colourful marine life. In the afternoon, we will head back to New Heights for a few hours of relaxation before dinner out at the vibrant Nippers Bar & grill.

THURSDAY

Bonfire on the beachToday will be a big day, with lots of swimming! After breakfast, we head down to Elbow Cay to complete our longest swim yet along the beautiful sheltered reefs (4-5km). Keep an eye out for turtles, reef sharks and rays. In the afternoon, we will return to Man O War cay, for a relaxing reef swim, before heading back to New Heights for sundowners, a BBQ and a beach bonfire.

FRIDAY

Bahamas SwimQuestYour guides will walk you up early and take you down to the villa’s private beach for a sunrise swim before a leisurely breakfast and departures.        

TRAVEL & TIMINGS

SWIMQUEST NEW HEIGHTSThis trip officially begins on Saturday evening with a welcome and dinner, once all guests arrive at New Heights. The trip finishes on Friday morning, usually after an optional sunrise swim and breakfast.

As a small islet to the east of Great Abaco, Great Guana Cay does not have its own airport or even air strip. This island is home to only about 150 residents, and we visit to escape from the rest of the world for a week! You'll have to take a few extra steps in order to get away from it all, but in the end you'll find it to be worth the effort.

FLY TO MARSH HARBOUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

We advise booking flights through to Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH). Frequent domestic and international services are available. We advise searching flight options via a flight engine such as www.skyscanner.net to find the cheapest fare. For European guests, it is cost effective to fly from Europe via the US and then into the Bahamas.

GETTING TO GREAT GUANA CAY

Great Guana Cay is a small island without an air strip, so when you get to Marsh Harbour you will need to take a taxi (we can book this for you for $20) and then a 20 minute ferry trip to reach us. Albury's Ferries (www.alburysferry.com) operate five times a day and the fare from Marsh Harbour to Great Guana Cay costs $17. The last ferry is at 5.45pm, so you should plan your flight arrival accordingly.

WHAT TO PACK

In addition to your everyday SwimQuest t-shirtclothing and personal travel items, we would also recommend packing:
  • At least two swimming costumes
  • A wetsuit should you wish to wear one
  • Two pairs of swim goggles
  • Swim ear plugs if you are used to wearing them
  • A beach / swim towel (the villa provides room towels)
  • Sandals, aqua shoes or flip flops which you would be happy to get wet if necessary
  • Warm clothes for evenings
  • Suncream, sunhat and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable sportswear (optional - running / stretching / yoga)

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

Non-residents of the Bahamas require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for at least 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 Bahamas, however, if travelling via the U.S., you may need to obtain a visa. For further information, please visit www.bahamas.gov.bs. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

VACCINATIONS

There are currently no essential vaccination requirements for Bahamas, however we advise you to check this information eight weeks before you travel. It is also advisable to check that you have up to date tetanus and polio. UK health authorities have classified the Bahamas as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in the Bahamas. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Use insect repellent and try to cover up at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are present.

INSURANCE

As a SwimQuest guest, you are required to have in place travel insurance that covers you for all activities you will be taking part in during your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully covered for these activities.

Whatever travel policy you decide on, you will need to bring a copy of your current Certificate of Insurance to the safety briefing at the start of your SwimQuest holiday. Your swim Guides will need to take a note of your insurer, policy number and the number to call in case of an emergency claim.

If you are looking for a travel insurance policy, we love worldnomads.com because they make choosing the right policy as painless as possible. Worldnomads.com do not offer cover over 65s, however if you are over 65 and looking for insurance, please feel free to contact us and we can put you in touch with alternative providers.

READY TO BOOK?

We’re excited about meeting you on tour. To book your Bahamas trip, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements.

A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer.

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BOOKING FORM

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

In booking with us, you accept our terms and conditions, which can be found here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us:

Charlotte Benton | +44 7743 233803 | charlotte@swimquest.uk.com 

Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | alice@swimquest.uk.com

TRAVEL INSURANCE

As a SwimQuest guest, you are required to have in place travel insurance that covers you for all activities you will be taking part in during your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully covered for these activities. Whatever travel policy you decide on, you will need to bring a copy of your current Certificate of Insurance to the safety briefing at the start of your SwimQuest holiday. Your Swim Guides will need to take a note of your insurer, policy number and the number to call in case of an emergency claim.

If you are looking for a travel insurance policy, we love worldnomads.com because they make choosing the right policy as painless as possible. Click here for more information >