Challenge yourself with longer daily swim distances along Sardinia's stunning coast
Be inspired by sunlit island-hopping swims between the three northern islands of Budelli, Santa Maria and Razzoli
Complete a beautiful and challenging swim from the main island of Isola Maddalena to the smaller island of Isola Spargi
Discover abundant flora and fauna as we criss-cross our way through the Maddalena Archipelago
Join us on an extended long swims version of our ever-popular swimming holiday in Sardinia. Dive into sunlit green-blue waters and discover untouched islands and hidden beaches strewn across the Maddalena archipelago. Our longer swims give you a wonderful opportunity to discover one of Italy’s most picturesque locations – a yachtie’s paradise - from water level. Leap into crystalline seas and swim along sun-drenched island coastlines, uncovering the many secrets of Mediterranean ‘Costa Smeralda,’ as well as tracing unique routes where the yachts can’t follow.
This trip features an average daily swim distance of 7km and includes a combination of coastal swims, crossings, and circumnavigations. The archipelago’s seven islands feature eye-catching pink sand beaches, dramatic cliffs that soar up abruptly from the waves and a wealth of coves and colourful karstic terrain.
In the southern part of the archipelago, the two largest islands of La Maddalena and Caprera are a perfect base for more dramatic coastal swims. Also, the more remote and uninhabited islands of Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria serve as ideal venues for challenging island-hopping swims and a short circumnavigation. The main town of La Maddalena - a short distance from our base for the week - is a picturesque traditional Sardinian town, and a very suitable venue for some well-earned relaxation after our daily exertions.
If you would like to explore this part of the world, but are looking for slightly shorter swimming distances, please check out our Emerald Coast - Sardinia trip.
Who is this for?
This trip is for those who enjoy a combination of coastal swims and island-hopping and want to extend their daily swim distances a little further than on our other trips.
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 3.5km. The average daily swim distance is around 7km.
We have given this trip a ‘Challenging’ grading. These trips are for experienced open water swimmers who want to push themselves.
- 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.
Swimming in LA Maddalena, Sardinia was one of the most glorious experiences of my life so far! I hope to do many more SwimTrek trips!Nancy D, USA - 2023
Far exceeded my expectations. Great location with a great group of people. Love itNikki W, Australia - 2023
We were in the best hands with Francesco, Noah and Luca, and the swims grew increasingly spectacular as the week went on! I accomplished my first island crossing with zero fear, and made many new friends. This is the most rewarding type of holiday and I can't wait for my next swimming adventure.Rosa J, France - 2023