One of the world’s largest open-water swimming Events takes place on Oahu each year, and if you’re visiting our island on September 1st, you’ll be able to watch it. The Waikiki Roughwater Swim is listed annually on the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims and America’s Top 50 Open Water Swims list. It begins near Diamond Head – close to our Waikiki Accommodations – and sees a mass amount of qualified swimmers making their way offshore of Waikiki toward the coveted finish line.
Are you participating in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim? This Swim is one of the most exciting Events in Waikiki to watch, but if you’re a swimmer in the Event, it may be even more thrilling an Event. For all participants in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, we invite you to stay at our Waikiki Accommodations – which are very close to your race – so you can prepare properly beforehand and then relax afterward.
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach is a top choice among Waikiki Accommodations for those who want to be centrally located in Honolulu, close to all of the top Events in Waikiki and Honolulu, and near the best Things to do in Waikiki when their Event is over. If you’re simply visiting Waikiki for fun, stay at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach and have many exciting Things to do in Waikiki around you – like the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Waikiki Shopping, Waikiki Beaches, and more!
More about the Waikiki Rough Water Swim:
The Waikiki Roughwater Swim was the inspiration for the swim leg of the Hawaiian Ironman triathlon and the Double Roughwater. It takes participants on a 2.4 mile swim out of the Kapua Channel, starting at Sans Souci Beach (Kaimana Beach), and across the waters of Waikiki. Starts are staggered at 5-minute intervals, beginning at 9 a.m., to reduce crowding at the start. The field of swimmers is divided into groups of approximately 50 to 200 people, based upon entry times.
The fastest swimmers will be in the first group and slower swimmers in the groups that follow, on a first-come, first-served basis. The finish line is 20-30 meters up the beach from the water’s edge, and in order to finish, participants must complete the race in less than 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Are you participating in the Waikiki Rough Water Swim?
If you are participating in this fun annual Event in Waikiki, choose Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach as your Waikiki Accommodations for your trip to our island. Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach is near the most exciting Events in Waikiki and Things to do in Waikiki that you may want to enjoy while you’re here on Oahu for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim – like Waikiki Restaurants, Landmarks in Honolulu, and more.