Exceptional and unique triathlon as the islands are low-lying sea level then all the triathletes will run inside the sea before to swim
Kerkennah Islands are a group of islands lying off the east coast of Tunisia in the Gulf of Gabes and 1 hrs from Sfax. The Islands are low-lying being no more than 13 metres above sea level. The main islands are Chergui and Gharbi. The archipelago has an area of 160 square kilometres (62 sq mi). The land is arid, fishing, including a lot of octopus fishing, is a key industry of Kerkennah, where it is exported to mainland Tunisia and other nearby countries.
Kerkennah has a lengthy, but simple history. The natives of Tunisia and Kerkennah originally settled there, but during the spread of the Roman Empire, Kerkennah was used as a port and look-out point by the Romans, to keep note of off-shore activity. In 2 B.C, Augustus exiled Sempronius Gracchus, a lover of Julia the Elder, to the islands for 14 years for his shameful indiscretions with his then married daughter. However, after the collapse of the Roman Empire, Kerkennah reverted to the natives. To this day, Kerkennah has been relatively untouched by modernization, and remains beautiful in its natural state.
The islands are warm and dry, with strong prevailing winds. This is mainly due to its positioning in the Gulf of Gabes, with strong sea winds (Gharbi), carried over the mainland, making them hot and dry. What little water vapour there is, is lost over cooler Tunisia first. This causes the general ecology of the island to mainly consist of tall xerophytic (and often halophytic) flora, such as more than 1 million palms and saltbushes.
Travel information : 1 airport : Tunis international airport only
(They have no national or international fight to Sfax or Kerkennah Islands)
Then easy way from Tunis airport you need to come in Sfax and then you take the ferry boat to Kerkennah Islands.
Departure time from Sfax 06:15 – 8:00 – 10:30 – 12:30 – 14:30 – 16:30 – 18:30.
Transfert from Tunis to Sfax and then ferryboat from Sfax to Kerkennah 3 options
1 – Taxi Louage 8 euro : From Tunis airport by taxi to Moncef Bey station ( Taxi price 5 Dnt or 2,5euro) , and then you take Louage ticket for Sfax ( 8 euro)
2 – Tourism taxi 200 euro (7 seats) Direct Airport to Kerkennah Islands ( on request we can help you just call us we arrange for you)
3 – Train Tunis – Sfax 10 euro : From Tunis airport by taxi ( 5 Dnt or 2,5euro) to Train station and then ticket from Tunis railway station to Sfax ( 10 euro) and then go the Kerkennah ferryboat ticket 1 euro ( Call us also we can advise you and welcome you in Sfax when you arrive)
Hotel : Main hotel Grant ( facebook)
Special triathlon prices