Hawaii IRONMAN Fan Experience

The 5 day Kona Spectator Experience is perfect for the spectator or athlete who has not qualified to race in Kona but still want to soak up all the action and explore the Big Island.

Start Date 9.10.19
Days 5
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Want to watch the best show on earth? Then the Kona Spectator Experience is for you!

This tour is the ideal way for spectators to witness the spectacle of the IRONMAN World Championship. You will be treated like a VIP from the moment you arrive on the Big Island, and Tri Travel provide the best itinerary for spectators to soak up all the action and excitement of race week.

Tri Travel have been travelling to Kona for the Ironman for 20 years, so we know the best way to experience the biggest Ironman on the planet. Our team members enjoy the best accommodation close to all the action, they eat at the best restaurants, drink the best coffee and go to the best parties in Kona. Not only that, on race day, only Tri Travel tour members get to experience the Queen K in all her harsh glory out in the middle of the bike course. Our fully stocked Tri Travel tour bus takes spectators out to the most harsh and unforgiving part of the course to witness first hand what the athletes are experiencing, far away from the crowds in town who are awaiting the athletes’ return. Our colourful and loud tour group are a welcome sight for the athletes, too, who have been riding alone in the lava fields. This fan experience truly is the greatest way to witness this race, and it is unique to Tri Travel.

So if you want to fully experience this great race and everything that race week in Kona offers, then do it in style with Tri Travel.

Kona Accommodation

Tri Travel have been travelling to Kona for the Ironman for over 20 years. We work closely with many hotel partners in Kona to provide our athletes with a wide range of accommodation solutions for all budgets. We have secured the best race event accommodation to suit all needs, and our experienced team are the experts in finding athletes their perfect place.

IRONMAN Event Week

Race week in Kona is exciting, and full of different activities for athletes and their families. Our experienced Tri Travel team make sure that our tour members don’t miss anything, and our comprehensive itinerary covers all the functions and events during the lead up to race day. All of the transfers to the functions and events are included, and tour members can choose to partake in as much or as little of the itinerary as they wish.


Kona is of course most famous for the IRONMAN, but there are many other attractions on the island that visitors and holiday makers enjoy.

Coffee drinkers will recognise Kona as the source of some of the best beans in the world. Get your blood pumping with a walk along the “Royal Footsteps” waterfront stretch of Alii Drive, or take stargazing to the next level with a nighttime visit to the summit of Mauna Kea. Waterfalls, volcanoes, and soft black sands are just some of the natural features that make Kailua unique. Shimmy your hips at a hula-filled luau, or get an eyeful of native history at the Kamakahonu compound.

The west coast of Hawaii is known as the “Kona Side” and Kailua-Kona is the lively center of it all. This historic seaside town sits in the middle of the Kona coast, a few miles south of the Kona International Airport (KOA). Not too long ago Kona was a sleepy fishing village. Now, because of its central location and great weather it has transformed into a lively town that is the activity capital of the Big Island. It is the city on the Big Island that is best equipped for tourism.

There are many shops and farmers markets selling locally produced items and there is a good offering of restaurants. This makes Kona a good and central home base to explore the west coast of the island. Relax and look at the waves crashing over the black lava rocks while sipping from a cup of the world-famous Kona coffee, or have some freshly caught ahi (tuna) while recovering from your busy day.

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Becoming part of one of our tours instantly gives you a family, and that's the way we operate. We support, encourage and stand beside you for every step leading up to when you step into the water.

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What's Included?



Our location and race knowledge allows us to secure some of the best accommodation covering all budgets.

Full transport and Logistics

Full transport and Logistics

From the moment we meet and greet you at the airport, through the tour experience. We provide the best quality transport and logistics.



Access to Tri Travel massage therapist.

Race Week Event Access

Race Week Event Access

Transport and reserved seating to the welcome dinner and presentation night.

Chill Zone

Chill Zone

Full access to the Tri Travel House, which is a great spot on Alii Drive for our team to relax - it's also a perfect spot for spectators to watch the race.

Merchandise Pack

Merchandise Pack

So you're looking your best ever! We make sure you're decked out in some cool Tri Travel gear.

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

It's nice to have some structure and plan, especially when you're about to do the race of your life! Don't miss out on any of the functions and activities in Kona.

Free time for you and your family/ friends

Free time for you and your family/ friends

It's not all go go go, we allocate plenty of time to relax and enjoy your tour experience with friends and family. Join as much or as little of the itinerary that you need.

Highly experienced team

Highly experienced team

All experienced tour leaders are there to deliver an awesome experience. Nothing's too much to ask.

Tri Travel Functions

Tri Travel Functions

Our group breakfasts and dinners are always a laugh and some fun. Get to know other like-minded athletes and their families.


Pre and Post Travel

Looking to holiday before or after the race? We provide full travel solutions and options.


Let Tri Travel find the best flight options.

Travel Insurance

Through our partners we offer discounted travel insurance.


The Tri Travel Difference

The little things that make your experience unique with us.

  • Create life time friends
    Connect with like-minded athletes. Who knows, we might have another marriage proposal on your tour!
  • Money can’t buy experience
    This is often a once in a life time experience for you and your entourage. We make sure you make the most of your time at the event.
  • No limits, no judgements
    Ask all the questions you need to prepare yourself for the race. We have all the answers.
  • Network with the Pros
    We have hand selected the best for you. They are here to support your race.
  • Jokes are for free
    We have fun on our tours, and you’ll take away memories that last a lifetime.
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Day 1

Arriving in Kona

The Tri Travel team will greet the main Tri Travel group upon arrival at Kona airport. We will help you load your bikes, luggage etc. and get you to your accommodation as quickly as possible.

We will point out the smaller local shops near your accommodation for you to purchase incidentals with the larger shopping done tomorrow.


Welcome Party at Royal Kona

Tonight, the Tri Travel Team is hosting a welcome party Luau at Royal Kona, located on Alii Drive for spectators only.

Hawaii Ironman Race Finish Line


Day 2

Shopping at Safeway

Last chance shopping before the race to get your supplies. Could be a good morning for the athletes to sleep in while the spectators make their way to Safeway.

Hawaii IRONMAN Event Welcome Dinner

Tonight, is the traditional carbo party that welcomes all the athletes to Kona, recognizes last year’s champions and inducts this year’s Hall of Fame recipient. This is a great night out and the beginning of the build-up to race day.

The return journey will be approximately 10 mins after the conclusion of the briefing in the car park.

Please note: tickets need to be purchased from the race office or on line for non-athletes.

2017 Hawaii Ironman Start


Day 3

Spectators sightseeing options

This morning spectators will have the chance to see the sights of Kona.

Bike Check-in at the Kona Pier

Today is the day to place your BIKE, HELMET AND RACE GEAR into the transition area for the race. Athletes ride their bike to the pier whenever they like, however there is a Tri Travel van stationed at Lava Java at the below times to help athletes get back to their accommodation, so we advise to check your gear in 45 mins to 1 hour before one of the pick-up times.

2017 Hawaii Ironman Start


Day 4

Race Morning Pick-ups

The Tri Travel bus will pick-up at the below times to take you to the start, which for many, is a realisation of a dream – the Hawaii Ironman.

Race Day Buses: Spectator to Waikoloa for race viewing

The Tri Travel race day bus will leave at 8:00am sharp.

Supporters must meet at the corner of the Queen K Highway and Palani Road by 7:45am. You will be able to watch the race from this position before the buses begin to leave for Waikoloa where you will have a great view of the athletes at 50km into the race in the lava fields.

Tri Travel Race Day

After the bus returns from Waikoloa you can make your way down to the Tri Travel marquee on Alii Drive. Here we will have cool drinks and plenty of shade. You can watch your athletes run past twice before walking to the finish line.

2017 Hawaii Ironman Athlete


Day 5

Breakfast with Tri Travel

Tri Travel has arranged a morning breakfast at 9:00am. It is a great morning to celebrate and talk about yesterday’s events and watch the Tri Travel Tour week video.

Hawaii IRONMAN Awards Dinner

It’s time to enjoy the party. The awards dinner is an incredible night, the pressure is off and it is time to celebrate. So, enjoy the meal, the show and then make your way down to Laverne’s Sports Bar for a night of dancing and fun.

The return journey will be approximately 10-15mins after the conclusion of the show in the car park.

2017 Hawaii Ironman Race


Day 6

Departures to Kona Airport

Airport pick-ups will begin this morning. Everyone is to be checked out of their accommodation and at their meeting point at their allotted time.


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