Annual Swims in Vanuatu
The Port Vila and Santo Aore Swim
attract international participants
Swimmers will find there are two annual events held in the beautiful islands of Vanuatu that are simply ‘must do’s.’ The beautiful oceans, warm waters and
tropical weather make this location the perfect location for swims that are full of adventure, fun and
The Port Vila Swim is held in early June. One of the things that sets this swim
apart from others is the crystal clear waters of the harbor and the astounding beauty of the reefs that are
situated just off Port Vila. The beauty and natural setting provide a challenge for
swimmers of all levels. This annual event features a 3.2 km course that begins and ends at the Rossi Restaurant.
The course also circumnavigates Iririki Island. Just a few years ago barely more than 3 dozen swimmers participated
in the course.
The annual swims in Vanuatu are becoming more popular every year,
attracting more and more international competition swimmers.
Today, the event has expanded to include more than 200 swimmers. The event has
become so popular that it has even inspired locals to become for fitness conscious. During any given weekday, if
you take a stroll along the harbor you are likely to see a variety of swimmers in the waters. There is also a swim
clinic in which some of the top swimmers in the world participate as well as cultural entertainment and a
concluding awards dinner.
The Espiritu Santo Aore Swim is held in mid-June in Espiritu Santo. This lush green island is frequently referred to as the Big Island of
Vanuatu and features not only verdant rivers and valleys but also tranquil reefs and beaches. The port town of
Luganville is situated on the southern coast of Espiritu Santo along the edge of the Segond Channel. The channel
separates the south coast from Aore and varies from a width of 3.5 km at the widest point to slightly less than 1
km at the narrowest point. It is here that the course of the Espiritu Santo Aore Swim is situated; running from
Unity Park all the way across the channel to Aore Resort Beach.
The course measures some 2.6 km in a straight line across the channel. If you are
considering entering the event, you should be aware that it can be daunting, primarily due to the fact that the
channel can be somewhat unpredictable. The strong tidal currents can at times create conditions that are somewhat
rough and choppy. Still, if you are looking for a challenge, this is definitely it.