2017 dates: Nov 11-17 (10 places left) 2018 dates: January 20-26 (10 places left)
- Duration: 6 days
- Sea temperature: approx. 25-27 oC
- Daily swimming distance: 1.5km, building up to 5km towards the end of the week (tailored to the ability of each individual)
- Swimming ability: confident swimming in open water
- Are non-swimmers welcome? Yes, The Village on Coconut Island is a beautiful place to spend a week relaxing - and non-swimming guests on this tour are also able to join the swims on the boat (safety and numbers permitting)
- Accommodation at the five-star Village resort, Coconut island
- Full swimming itinerary
- One-to-one swim coaching and video analysis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) except dinner on Wednesday night
- Safety boats
- Swim guides and local guide
- Swim feeds and boat refreshments
- Transfers to and from Phuket airport
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
- Travel to and from Phuket airport
- In hotel extras (massages / beauty treatments etc)
- Purchase of any alcohol
- Single room supplement (if you wish to stay in a room of your own)
WHERE DO WE STAY?In Thailand we stay at the luxurious Coconut Island Resort. Overlooking Phang Nga Bay, this upscale beachfront resort is 1 km from Maprao Island, and easily accessible via speedboat from the Royal Phuket Marina. All guests stay in a Jacuzzi Suite, with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, as well as minibars, a jacuzzi and a living area.
MEALS INCLUDEDAll meals are included on this trip. There are three restaurants, and 2 infinity pools in the resort, plus tennis courts. There's also a beach bar and a fitness center, as well as bike and water equipment rentals. A spa offers a sauna, a steam bath and Thai massages.
single supplementRooms are based on a twin / double share basis. If you are a single traveller and happy to share a room, we will pair you up with a same-sex guest to share a twin. If however you would like a private room to yourself, a £300 single supplement applies.
THE SWIMMING ITINERARYN.B. There are two planned swims per day based on how you progress during the week. Please realise that what we have detailed below is only a rough guide to the week and that we will adapt the week carefully for each individual and the prevailing weather. All swim activities are planned with safety as the paramount concern. Open water swimming is always governed by tides and weather; so planned swims may need to be changed, depending on the prevailing weather conditions at the time. Swim guides will advise you each day on what is best for you, but in all cases guides will encourage you to achieve your personal goals in safe conditions.
Saturday – Acclimatisation Swim: approx. 300mWe will all meet at the reception at The Village, Coconut Island as a group for the mandatory safety briefing and acclimatisation swim. This swim is a short swim that gives the guides an idea of your stroke and pace. After the swim, we can relax and have dinner at the hotel, where we will discuss the week ahead. (Should guests have any unforeseen delays, we may defer the acclimatisation swim to the following morning).
Sunday – Swim Distances: approx. 2kmThe day is designed to ease you into your week of swimming. We will complete two coastal swims around the shoreline of Coconut Island. There may also be an opportunity to walk back to lunch at The Village through the forest. In the afternoon we will complete a second coastal swim finishing on the beach by The Village resort. We will then have time to relax prior to dinner at the hotel.
Monday – Swim Distances: 1.5-2km & 2-2.5kmThis morning we make our first crossing to the neighbouring island of Ko Rang Yai. The neighbouring island has a pearl farm, wonderful beach and restaurant for the group to break for lunch. After lunch we will continue to swim around the island, before heading back to The Village for some relaxation prior to dinner.
Tuesday – Swim Distances: 2.5km & 2.5-3kmToday we set off in the escort boats and head north to swim from Ko Nakha Noi to Ko Nakha Yai. With amazing views of Cape Ao Po and Po Bay to the left we arrive at a stunning beach to the south of the Island. After lunch we can either swim up the beach or continue with another island swim to Ko Raet Island prior to heading back to The Village.
Wednesday – Swim Distances 3-4km & 1-2km
This morning we embark on a day trip to the famous James Bond Island. Swim between gigantic stacks, into caves and explore miniature beaches. Today is also a chance to up the distances for those who feel ready. Bring your cameras!
Thursday – ThanyaPura sports resortToday we will get a taxi boat over the Phuket and drive into Phuket’s mountains to visit Ironman World Champion, Chris McCormack’s world famous Thanyapura Sports complex. We will hire out our own lane in the stunning 50m pool to work on swim technique and drills, or if you prefer to kick back and enjoy the resort.
Friday - Swim Distance: 300-400m
A leisurely group swim before breakfast will complete the week’s swimming, allowing time for breakfast and checking out in preparation for your return flights home.
GETTING THEREThe Village, Coconut Island | Tel: +66 (0) 76 352 148 www.thevillage-coconutisland.com
FLY TO PHUKETThe easiest way to get to Phuket is to fly direct. There are plenty of flight options, and we would recommend searching either www.kayak.co.uk or www.skyscanner.net to find the cheapest deal for you.
Travel to Coconut Island from Phuket airportIncluded in your tour price is a transfer from Phuket International Airport to The Village, Coconut Island. Please let us know your flight number and arrival time well in advance and we can arrange this with the staff at The Village, Coconut Island. Please note that should separate flights arrive within a short time of each other, you may be requested to wait until all the guests have arrived before departure. This prevents unnecessary journeys to and from the airport.
What do I pack?
- Two swimming costumes
- Lightweight skin suit or rash vest for sun protection (optional)
- Head torch
- Two Pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
- Beach towel(s)
- Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day
- Sandals/aqua shoes – for getting wet
- Suitable walking shoes
- Insect repellent (lemon based non-Deet repellents are good)
- Fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants
- Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
- Ear plugs
- USB stick for your swim stroke video
- Waterproof watch
- Training fins
- Insurance details (you will need to show these to your guides at the safety briefing)
READY TO BOOK?We’re excited about meeting you on tour. To book your swimming holiday, 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. SwimQuest is a proud member of the Travel Trust Association, the only travel network in the UK to guarantee 100% financial protection to the consumer, ensuring total consumer confidence. here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Charlotte Benton | +44 7743 233803 | firstname.lastname@example.org Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | email@example.com
TRAVEL INSURANCEPlease ensure you have adequate travel insurance before your tour, including cover for all the activities you are participating in. If you are in doubt that an activity is covered, you will need to contact your travel insurance provider for advice on cover. Fogg Travel Insurance are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are used to covering escorted open water swimming trips. To book travel insurance through Fogg, please click here.