Swim the warm waters of the Aeolian Islands and thread between volcanic landscapes, off Sicily’s north coast, which is rich in local myths and legends.
Explore the southernmost island of Vulcano - where you'll be based. Enjoy mud baths, hot springs and a little post-swim R&R after a day in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
If conditions permit, take on two adrenaline-fuelled and safely escorted crossings, including a 4½km swim from Lipari to Salina.
The Aeolian Islands sit at sea just off Sicily’s northeastern coast, featuring a wealth of history entangled with local myths and legends. It’s here you’ll enter the calm Tyrrhenian Sea and discover the secrets of this seven-island archipelago, edged by black-sand beaches and dotted with steam-topped volcanoes.
Accessible by boat from the port of Milazzo, the seven Aeolian Islands are each distinct, yet similarly wild and boulder-strewn, some even have active volcanoes! This includes Stromboli (the northernmost island) and Vulcano (the southernmost island on which we are based). The islands are also spoilt with some of the best swim locations in the Mediterranean. Wrapped in steep cliffs, deep caverns, black sand, and submarine volcanoes too! Pretty whitewashed traditional houses abound on these islands, constructed from local building materials, like stone, lava and pumice.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is designed for Swimmers who enjoy a combination of coastal swims and island-hopping and relish the opportunity to explore crystal clear waters and spectacular vistas and wildlife, both above and below the water.
If conditions permit, there are two crossings including the 4½km swim from Lipari to Salina. These crossings can be challenging. You can sit out some of the swims or jump onto the support boats if you want to take a rest at any time.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
The average swim distance is around 3km. The average daily swim distance is around 5km.
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday (swimmers only)
- Professional swim guides and full safety escort on all swims (swimmers only)
- Six nights' accommodation
- All breakfasts
- All lunches (swimmers only)
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
- Technique advice with video playback
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the trip
- Evening meals
- Drinks and additional activities
Sample Trip Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
The Aeolian Islands are the perfect location for a swimming trip!Ron W, USA - 2023
A regenerative week of sea, salt, sun, support and salve for the soulEmma P, France - 2023
Guides were, as usual, exemplary. Great tripStephen M, UK -2023
Swimming in Sicily was absolutely magical - the water was warm and incredibly clear, the geology was awe-inspiring, and the island villages were delightful.Karen W, USA - 2022
My compliments to the guides and boat crew for an unforgettable experience!Elisa VDH, Netherlands - 2022