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Swim for Haiti 2019

Join us on the unique swimming holiday in Haiti as we take part in the annual 10km ‘Swim for Haiti’, a special event to raise funds for teaching local children the fundamentals of swimming. Staying on the palm-fringed Côte des Arcadins, overlooking the island of Isle de la Gonave, we stay at the locally-owned Wahoo Bay Resort which is nestled between the majestic Matheux Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.

While the nation of Haiti is filled with palm-fringed beaches and stunning coastal waters that rival anywhere in the Caribbean, the true beauty of the country lies in its history, culture and people. With a mix of African, French, Spanish and native Taino culture, this trip will give you the opportunity to experience the wonderful hospitality that this small Caribbean nation is famous for.

During the course of your trip, you will also have the opportunity to take part on additional excursions or activities which can be arranged through our partners in Haiti. Please enquire with the SwimTrek office about any additional activities or extra nights’ accommodation that you may be interested in.

Who is this trip for?
This event is suitable for both competitive and non-competitive swimmers. The 10 km (6-mile) crossing from the idyllic islands of Iles des Arcadins to the La Côte des Arcadins region on the Haitian mainland is stunning, with dazzling blue water surrounding you. Each swimmer is accompanied by a local fisherman who paddles alongside them in a traditional dugout canoe. This truly is an adventure like no other.

What’s included?
Entry into the annual Swim For Haiti fundraising event
Your own personal safety support in a local-style, dug-out canoe
Designated SwimTrek transfer
Coastal swims on Day 2 and 3
Three nights accommodation
All breakfasts
Medical Incident Response Services by HERO

What’s not included?
Lunches
Evening meals
Additional excursions and activities
Extra nights’ accommodation before or after your trip

Accommodation
Take in the panoramic views of the stunning acreage, dotted with lush trees and tranquil beaches at the Wahoo Bay Beach Resort, which is where we call home for the duration of our trip. The resort sits on the ocean-front nestled between the Matheux Mountains and Gonave Bay and provides both a relaxing and active atmosphere. All rooms are decorated with traditional Haitian décor, with en-suite facilities. air-conditioning, ocean views and complimentary Wi-Fi. Accommodation is based on twin-share, however, there are a limited number of single rooms available which, subject to availability, can be purchased during the booking process.

Meals
All breakfasts are included in your trip price, however lunches and dinners are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. We often dine out together as a group in the evenings.

Extra Expenses
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, dinner, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is Haitian Gourde, however most shops and restaurants will prefer payment in US dollars. There is no cash machine at or near the hotel. It is advised that you take enough money out to Haiti with you to cover the whole period of the trip. As well as cash, most restaurants will accept card payments. You should allow around $40 per day (for lunch and dinner) but this will vary per person.

Tourists must pay a US $55 departure tax. For most international flights this is usually included in the price of the ticket but for some flights, for example from the Dominican Republic, you need to pay this amount in cash on departure. Make sure you have enough US dollars or local currency on departure.

Passports and Visas
Non-residents of Haiti 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 Haiti (unless the expected length of stay is longer than 90 days in one year). Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel: Haiti Visa Entry Requirements

Travel Insurance
As part of your ‘Swim for Haiti’ race entry, you are eligible for free emergency medical services cover as provided by HERO Emergency Medical Services in Haiti. For more information about HERO, please visit: https://www.heroclientrescue.com/the-mission. Please note that this cover is separate to the travel insurance which you are required to take out prior to your SwimTrek trip. For further information on our travel insurance requirements, please visit our Travel Insurance page.

Vaccinations
For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Haiti, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. 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 Haiti as having a moderate risk of Zika virus transmission. For further information about this assessment, you should visit www.gov.uk/guidance/zika-virus-country-specific-risk 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.

Swimming Information

Getting There
There are many different options for travelling to Haiti, however we recommend flying to Port Au Prince Airport (PAP) and catching the SwimTrek designated transfer to Wahoo Bay Resort. We suggest that you use www.skyscanner.net to search for alternative flight and ferry options for this trip. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Travelling to Haiti
Flights to Port Au Prince (PAP) are widely available from Miami and New York. You can also fly with Air France via another Caribbean Island. A small selection of the airlines which fly into Port Au Prince are included below.

SwimTrek Transfer
SwimTrek provide a designated transfer service from the airport to Wahoo Beach Resort which is included in your trip price. This saves the hassle of organising your own travel once you have arrived in Haiti. The transfers can be booked around your own flight times and you will be met by a SwimTrek representative just outside arrivals. Please inform SwimTrek head office of your arrival and departure times so we can book your transfers accordingly. Please note that there is no public transport from the airport to the hotel and it is advised that you do not take the private ‘tap taps’ (communal taxis).

Swim Notes

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