Bula! Meet the Ocean
Swim Fiji Team

Scott Rice and his team at Quantum Events have been creating and operating world-class ocean swimming events for over 14 years. From the 7-event Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series to a newly-launched series just for kids in Australia, Scott and his team are dedicated to quality, safety and delivering unforgettable experiences.

Faq

When does the event officially start and finish?

The event officially starts on Thursday 22 August at 5pm for the Welcome Drinks and Dinner and Registration at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. The event officially ends after the Awards Dinner and Party on Sunday 25 August at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. We encourage you to take an extra day to relax and have some fun on Monday 26 August with a fun swim relay and optional half day trips which can be confirmed when you book your package.

What do the swim courses look like?

We’re planning the courses soon so check back to see where your Ocean Swim Fiji swims will take you. With courses that venture out into the clear blue waters and pass over coral reefs, your swims will be epic!

Are flights and accommodation included in the All-Inclusive Package price?

Yes! Return economy airfares flying Fiji Airways and four nights at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa are included in your package. You’ll also receive your Swimmer Event Entry or Supporter Event Entry. If you wish to tailor your flights or accommodation, simply speak to our travel team.

I want to swim and have a holiday. Can I do this?

Absolutely. The event officially runs from Thursday 22 August to the evening of Sunday 25 August. Many of our guests choose to arrive into Fiji a few days prior or stay a few extra days after to get the perfect balance of swimming and total relaxation. Our travel team are ready to help plan and book your perfect Fijian break.

How much is it to bring children if they aren’t swimming?

Please get in touch with our travel team to confirm your pricing for children attending, but not swimming.

How do I know I’ve secured one of the 200 spots on offer?

If you’ve clicked on the ‘Save My Spot’ button, given us your details then chatted to our travel team and paid your $500pp deposit, you’re in!

When do registrations close for the 2019 event?

If not sold out prior, registrations for the 2018 event will close on 31 July 2019 at 5pm.

How many meals and drinks does my all-inclusive package cover?

Your all-inclusive package includes the following meals and drinks:
Thursday 22 August
- Dinner and dessert plus 2 x beverages at the Welcome Function
Friday 23 August
- Buffet breakfast at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
- Buffet lunch and open bar at Tivua Island
- 1 x beverage at Sundowner function
Saturday 24 August
- Buffet breakfast at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
- Buffet lunch and 2 x beverages at Yatule Resort
- 1 x beverage at Sundowner function
Sunday 25 August
- Buffet breakfast at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
- Food Truck lunch and 2 x beverages at Malamala Beach Club
- Buffet dinner and dessert plus 3 x beverages at Awards Dinner

When do I pay for my all-inclusive package?

Our travel team will give you all you need to know about exact payment dates, but to start with, a simple $500NZD pp deposit is all it takes to save your spot at Ocean Swim Fiji 2019.

What is your policy with event withdrawls or transfers?

Your $500 deposit per person is non-refundable.

Do I have to stay at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa and fly Fiji Airways to attend?

No. You can choose who you fly with and where you stay but note that a number of functions, clinics and coach pickups take place at/from the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. Our Travel Team have great rates on airfares and hotel accommodation so get in touch to plan your trip.

Do I have to buy a Supporter Event Entry to attend?

To join registered swimmers at all of the swim locations, attend functions, enjoy lunches and dinners and many other exclusive benefits you’ll need to purchase one of our Swimmer + Supporter Duo packages. If you’d prefer to laze by the hotel pool in Denarau and do your own thing you are still more than welcome to come to Fiji with your swimming companion but will not be able to enjoy the benefits of a Supporters Event Entry.

Am I responsible for any transportation?

Your all-inclusive package includes:
- Return airport to hotel transfers in Fiji
- 7-day Bula Bus Pass around Denarau Island
- Chartered ferries to and from Tivua island (Swim 1) and Malamala - Beach Club (Swim 3)
- Chartered bus to and from Natadola Beach (Swim 2)

What swimming ability do I need to take part?

Most of the swim field will be social/recreational swimmers. If you can swim the distance you have entered competently in the ocean, then you’ll be fine. See question below re cut off times.

I want to come but I’m a slower swimmer; are there cut off times I need to be aware of?

Everything is pretty relaxed in Fiji and so will we be, but if you’re still in the water swimming 45min after the start of the 1km and/or 2 hours after the start of the 3km we’ll need to give you a quick lift into our safety boat so you are nearer to the finish line to finish.

What on-water safety do you have for the swims?

We are working with Ian Muller from Fiji Surf and his fantastic team of qualified lifeguards. They know the Fijian waters well and will be keeping a watchful eye over you during your swims.

When is the balance of my Single or Duo Package due?

The date for final payment is 30 May 2019.

Can I wear my wetsuit?

Wetsuits are optional – but we strongly suggest you won’t need it. The water temperature averages a minimum of 24 degrees at this time of year. Please note that people wearing wetsuits will be excluded from the age group or overall competition but will receive a finisher's medal.

What is the minimum age to take part in the event?

10 years for the 1km and 12 years for the 3km. All swimmers must be competent swimming their entered distance in the open water. Age is as at the start date of the event. Younger swimmers with exceptional ability may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Event Director Scott Rice.