The Swim

Swimming around Kaua'i

The swimming adventure will be a staged swim (same start/exit point daily) that will circumnavigate the island of Kauaʻi, covering ~100 miles over ~15 days in July 2019. Terence will swim up to 5 hours per day, closely supported by an experienced crew on a fully equipped trusty sailing boat.


This epic Solo Swim Hawai’i will be a world-first and the publicity created will positively increase global awareness and action about our responsibilities as humans to the ocean.


We have partnered with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii (SCH), a grassroots, local nonprofit organization doing amazing things for ocean awareness and protection. SCH inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups, educational programs, and providing waste diversion services.

The Swim Details

~100 miles
Entire swim distance*
6-9 miles
Average distance per day
~14 days
Predicted time taken
* Coastline distance is 90 miles


The team will launch from Nāwiliwili Harbor in Kaua’i on 1st July and Terence will swim south-west around the island towards the South shore of Poipu. From there we will follow the coastline around and let Mother Nature guide and dictate our adventure. We’ll stay on the boat the entire trip and take shelter in protected bays or harbors during the dark hours. Improvisation and adaptation will be key.


Terence will be in the water up to 5 hours per day, swimming approx. 6-9 miles while also allowing for lots of playtime, interacting with the underwater world. The support vessel will maintain a short distance from him, while the support crew will be close on personal watercraft with the swim conducted under English Channel rules (no touching during swim, no wetsuit).


The swim will be GPS monitored with the support crew acting as timekeepers, recording accurate logbooks and supporting photographic evidence.

Expected Conditions

Tradewinds: NE direction, ~5-20 MPH
Swell size: Varied
Sea temp avg: 79°F
Air temp avg: Low 74°F / High 88°F
Daylight: 13:15 hrs – 6am to 7:15pm

Marine Life

Dolphins: Spinner, Bottlenose, Spotted
Sharks: Hammerhead, Reef, Tiger
Whales: Humpback, Pilot
Other: Bioluminescence, Honu Green Sea Turtles, Hawaiian Monk Seals, Rays, Octopus, Jellyfish, Fish life, and lots more.


The Captain – 40 years sailing experience

The Crew – Both experienced watermen
Kaspar Paur – Sailing Certificate

The SwimmerThe Ocean Lover
Terence Bell – Accomplished world class endurance athlete


Polaris 43’ Robert Perry Sailing Boat, 1980
Fully equipped sailboat with all required safety gear and GPS systems.