Kona 2019: Travel options with Nirvana

Have you finalised your IRONMAN World Championship 2019 travel plans?

Just two months to go until the triathlon world heads to Hawaii

This coming weekend is a significant one for long distance athletes, as IRONMAN events in Kalmar (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Mont-Tremblant (Canada) represent the last opportunity for athletes, Pro and Age-Group, to secure qualification slots to the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii. Good luck if you are one of them.

For many, qualifying for Kona is the culmination of many years of work – which then leads to the next challenge; navigating the flight planning / accommodation / transfers / bike shipping and more to Hawaii. That’s not an easy task, but it’s one which UK-based sports travel specialists Nirvana (www.nirvanaeurope.com), has plenty of experience of delivering.

If you are heading to Kona this year and considering delegating that organising task to a specialist company, here’s an overview of some of the options that Nirvana can coordinate for you.


With so many athletes, friends, family, media, brands and more descending upon Kailua-Kona in early October each year, securing great quality, centrally located accommodation to suit your needs and budget can be a challenging task. As well as offering a selection of hotel options and different price points, Nirvana also has 20 years of experience in dealing with the specific needs and requests of athletes.

Courtyard King Kam Kona Beach – Official Race Hotel

If you want a central location, then the Official Race Hotel ticks every box. Located literally next to the pier (transition) and the swim start at Dig Me Beach, it’s also the site of the race registration, welcome banquet and the post-race awards ceremony.

Courtyard King Kam Kona Beach / Nirvana

Royal Kona Resort

Within 750m of the start/finish and easy access of the Expo site and the legendary Island Lava Java cafe, the Royal Kona Resort sits on Alii Drive and puts you in the heart of the IRONMAN World Championship action, on the most famous road in the sport.

Royal Kona Resort / Nirvana

Kona Seaside Hotel

A short walk to the swim start, transition area and the heart of the action on Alii Drive, the conveniently located Kona Seaside Hotel is situated on the ‘Hot Corner’ of Palani Road. This is the final turn on the bike course before athletes dismount, and then just a few minutes later they will also run past the same spot.

Kona Seaside Hotel / Nirvana


From Premium Athlete Support Packages (HERE), to fully customised options including car hire, bike shipping, flight booking and more, Nirvana is able to build a bespoke itinerary to meet your specific requirements. Combine the elements that best suit your own needs.

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To find out more, CLICK HERE, or to discuss your requirements and the options available give the Nirvana team a call via +44 (0)191 257 1750.
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Nirvana Europe is the Official Travel Partner to the European IRONMAN Tour. It has been providing athlete-friendly accommodation at IRONMAN events since 2005, as well as providing extra travel services to create stress-free experiences for both athletes and spectators.

There are incredible benefits of travelling with Nirvana to Kona this year, including transfers to and from the airport on the island, orientation tours of each leg of the race and a great house for events, product launches and workshops! Check out their full, customisable service offering here: https://www.nirvanaeurope.com/en/events/ironman/kona