Escape to paradise with Ocean Swim Fiji this September, a five-day event set to change destination swimming thanks to three distinct swim locations, a fusion of fitness and luxury, and a unique world-class experience.

Adding to the global ocean swimming craze, Scott Rice, Director of the twelve-year strong Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, presents the inaugural Ocean Swim Fiji – his first international destination swim event. Rice has selected Fiji for its premium conditions, captivating culture and relaxation offerings. Ocean Swim Fiji promises to be an exciting combination of luxury travel experiences and unforgettable ocean swimming events held from 13-17 September 2018 with 1km and 3km distances available at all three swims.

Scott conceived the event with swimmers of all abilities in mind. “It’s the perfect introduction for ocean swimming beginners, a great combination of sport and leisure for ocean swimming fanatics, and an ideal and stress-free vacation for supportive friends and family,” said Mr. Rice.

High profile open-water swimming legends will be joining the event including Bondi Rescue’s Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid, Aussie swim coach Andre Slade, and Kiwi open-water specialist Dan Abel, putting themselves to the test swimming alongside the rest of the contingent, and of course attending the numerous social occasions.

5 Days. 3 Swims. 0 Worries.

Based at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa Denarau Island, Ocean Swim Fiji allows easy day trips to swim locations at Tivua Island, Malamala Beach Club, and Natadola Beach making it a breeze to enjoy the mainland and nearby islands.

On Thursday 13 September, swimmers and supporters will arrive in Fiji and meet at the Rhum-Ba Bar and Restaurant in Port Denarau for registration and dinner, as well as being welcomed by Scott Rice, Reidy, Andre Slade, and Dan Abel.

Friday 14 September sees Swim Event 1 take place on Tivua Island, a tropical atoll set amongst coral gardens. Swimmers and supporters will take ferry transportation to the island that morning for the 1km and 3km swims. A beachside buffet lunch will be served and plenty of time set aside for relaxation and water sports activities on the Island before returning to Port Denarau.

Swim Event 2 takes place on Saturday 15 September at Natadola Beach, one of the most stunning beaches in Fiji. Upon returning to Port Denarau, Reidy, Andre, and Dan will hold an exclusive ocean swimming clinic followed by well-deserved Happy Hour at the Sofitel Hotel.

Sunday 16 September signals Swim Event 3 at Malamala Beach Club – the first beach club located on its very own island. The swim will be followed by lunch and free time to take advantage of the numerous water sport and beach relaxation activities Malamala has to offer. That evening, celebration is in the air at the Awards Dinner & Party hosted at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, promising to be a memorable evening filled with food, laughter, and music.

The event concludes on Monday 17 September, with an optional swim relay held on the beach in front of the Sofitel to send everyone off.

A Swimcation with a Cause

While Ocean Swim Fiji is about enjoying sport and relaxation with fellow swimmers, it also strives to make a positive and lasting impact on the Fijian community. At the heart of the event is an effort to benefit the lives of Fijian youth. Working with local charities, Ocean Swim Fiji plans to make a difference in the lives and health of Fijian children.

Scott Rice said learning of the impact of unnecessary drownings amongst Fiji’s young people was a trigger for the partnerships. “I was shocked to learn that drowning is one of Fiji’s leading causes of death, especially for young people aged 1 to 29 years as low-income island nations are at particularly high risk,” says Rice.

Ocean Swim Fiji will also hold a special swim clinic for young Fijian swimmers at Natadola Beach on the Coral Coast to teach them about beach safety and ocean swimming. 80 young swimmers will get tips from open water swimming specialists Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid, Dan Abel, and Andre Slade as well as receiving donated swim gear from Ocean Swim Fiji participants.

Don’t Miss Out!

With only 200 spaces available, this swimcation is already more than half full so register now to secure a place and bring the family along for a holiday too! The Ocean Swim Fiji travel team are standing by to do all the planning, with exclusive deals on flights and accommodation.



  1. On my list for 2019 – I noticed that there is another swim event in Samoa in the days following. Hoping to combine the two (best way to justify flying half way around the world).


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