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TRIP OVERVIEW

7 days
SwimTrek Classic
5km/day
Moderate

Trip Dates

2023
03 Jun - 09 Jun
Full
10 Jun - 16 Jun
Full
17 Jun - 23 Jun
Full
01 Jul - 07 Jul
Full
08 Jul - 14 Jul
Full
15 Jul - 21 Jul
Full
26 Aug - 01 Sep
Full
09 Sep - 15 Sep
Full
23 Sep - 29 Sep
Full
30 Sep - 06 Oct
Full
2024

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Tour Highlights

  • Discover Sardinia's stunning natural scenery on this unforgettable swimming holiday

  • Be inspired by the 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

  • Swim down Caprera's eastern shoreline, ending at the beautiful beach of Tahiti (named after the South Pacific island)

  • Enjoy the abundant flora and fauna as we criss-cross our way around the Maddalena Archipelago

There is no better way to experience the stunning natural beauty and idyllic waters of Sardinia’s Emerald Coast than with this fully guided swimming holiday in one of Italy’s most picturesque locations. From gorgeous turquoise seas to stunning island coastlines, this beautiful Mediterranean destination is just waiting to be explored.

The Maddalena archipelago, which forms part of Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, is a small group of seven islands featuring crystal clear waters, pink sand beaches, dramatic blue cliffs rising from deep sea beds and a series of coves and rocks which offer intense colours and beautiful vistas around every corner.

The National Park, which was formed in 1994 as ‘Parco Nazionale Archipelago di La Maddalena’, is located inside the Straits of Bonifacio between the islands of Sardinia and Corsica. The southern part of the archipelago with the two largest islands of La Maddalena and Caprera are a perfect base for some dramatic coastal swims, while the more remote and uninhabited islands of Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria are great venues for some 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 an ideal venue to spend some time relaxing after our daily exertions. This trip features a variety of both coastal and island-hopping interspersed with focused swim coaching by our qualified guides.

If you would like to explore this part of the world, but are looking for slightly longer swimming distances, please check out our Emerald Coast Long Swims - Sardinia.


Who is this for?

This trip is for those 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.

Swimmers should also have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of around 3 km prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 5km (split over a minimum of two swims).

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.


What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Sardinia, Italy
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique advice with video playback
  • Six nights' accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals


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Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Hotel Miralonga , La Maddalena

Start Time: 19:30 on Day 1

Finish Point: Hotel Miralonga , La Maddalena

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Day 1

After your arrival you will have a chance to relax before meeting in the evening at the hotel for a welcome drink and pre-trip safety briefing, where the week’s plan will be discussed in detail.

Day 2

We meet for a short walk to the sparkling waters of Punte Tegge for an acclimatisation swim. After this, your guides will run an optional technique advice & video playback session, focusing on open water technique and videoing your stroke both above and below water, which will be reviewed later in the evening over drinks. After lunch and a chance to relax, we set off on an enchanting coastal swim from the tranquil bay of Cala Francese to Punte Tegge.

Day 3

After a short boat ride to Isola Santo Stefano, we set off from its west coast at La Fiumata for our first swim of the day around Roma Island. The island boasts a glorious statue dedicated to all seafarers and we finish the swim in the beautiful Valtur Bay. After lunch we take a short walk, which allows you to take in the panoramic views from the island. We then swim south out of the bay past Punta San Giorgio along the coast, finishing in Cala di Vela Marina.

Day 4

A short boat journey this morning takes you west for our first crossing of the week; La Maddalena to Spargi. It’s a great swim and we finish at the tranquil beach of Cala Canniccio underneath the island’s wooded slopes. Spargi is known for its majestic rock formations and ancient shipwrecks on the seafloor, so there’s plenty to look out for under the water. After lunch, the second swim is either around the smaller neighbouring island of Spargiotto or a coastal swim down the north west coast of Spargi, finishing at Cala Piscioli depending on local conditions.

Day 5

We start the day with the crossing from Spargi to Budelli. It’s a fantastic swim with dolphins often spotted in this area. After lunch, there is another opportunity for the guides to provide further stroke analysis and technique coaching. The afternoon’s swim and walk is within the remote archipelago of Santa Maria, Budelli and Razzoli islands. The water here could be described as more closely resembling a swimming pool as the sea is enclosed on most sides by the three islands. We start the day with a boat trip to the North of the Maddalena Archipelago. The morning’s swim you’ll be undertaking small crossings and some coastal swimming to allow you to touch all three islands. The water here could be described as more closely resembling a swimming pool as the sea is enclosed on most sides by the three islands. For the afternoon swim you’ll be having a coastal swim on Razzoli towards the lighthouse on the North.

Day 6

It’s time to travel east to Isola Caprera, the home of the General and politician Giuseppe Garibaldi. From here, we enjoy a stunning coastal swim from Spiaggia Tahiti, characterised by its fine white sand to Cala Brigantina. Following lunch, we take a short walk to Batterie di Punta Rossa where you can explore the barracks and gun emplacements of this ancient fort. The afternoon is given over to a crossing and a full circumnavigation swim of Isola Porco.

Day 7

We take a leisurely morning swim in the local bay before breakfast to conclude our journey around the Maddalena archipelago.

Location Summary

La Maddalena

The main island of the archipelago, La Maddalena is renowned for its beaches and rocky terrain. It has a number of ancient fortifications, perfect for exploring on hikes around the island. The main town, also called La Maddalena, has a lovely mix of cobbled streets and a vibrant sea front.

Caprera

Located less than a kilometre away from the larger island of La Maddalena, Caprera has its own unique charm. It is famous for being the home of the Italian patriot and fighter, Giuseppe Garibaldi who was one of the fathers of Italian Independence. Great beaches adorn its eastern side.

Spargi

Spargi is home to some of the most picturesque coastline in the archipelago. It is an island worth a visit, with beautiful views of the dramatic Maddalena coast.

Budelli

Renowned for its Spiaggia Rosa (‘Pink Beach’) on the south-eastern part of the island, this natural phenomenon owes its colour to microscopic fragments of corals and shells.

Razzoli & Santa Maria

These two islands are the northernmost point of Sardinia and from here you can clearly see Corsica across the Straits of Bonifacio. It’s only 100 metres between Razzoli and Santa Maria and you can see the sandy seabed all the way across. These remote islands join up with Budelli on our three-island swim in a central lagoon of crystal clear sea.

Trip Grading

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.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance
Cala Francese - Punte Tegge 2km
Santo Stefano Coastal 4km
Maddalena - Spargi 3½km
Spargi - Budelli 3½km
Spargi - Spargiotto 2½km
Santa Maria - Budelli - Razzoli 3km
Capera Coastal Swim 3km
Circumnavigation of Isola Porco 1½km

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Walking Distances

Walk Distance
Isola Santo Stefano 1km
Cala Lunga - Faro Razzoli 2km
Batteries di Punta Rossa 1km

Walking Conditions

Most walks take place on recognised paths and tracks, however there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces where vegetation can often be overgrown. Long trousers and appropriate walking shoes/sandals are recommended for these walks.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
May 15-21˚C / 62-68˚F 21-25˚C / 68-77˚F
June 20-24˚C / 68-75˚F 24-26˚C / 75-79˚F
July 23-26˚C / 73-79˚F 28-30˚C / 82-86˚F
August 23-27˚C / 73-81˚F 29-31˚C / 84-88˚F
September 22-25˚C / 72-77˚F 25-27˚C / 77-81˚F
October 19-24˚C / 66-75˚F 15-23˚C / 62-74˚F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Trip Information

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 15. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two support boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x 2) Towel
Swimming Goggles (x 2)* Sweater / Fleece
Sun Hat and Sunglasses Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes / Sandals
Small Daypack Aqua Shoes / Sandals
Rash Vest Personal drinks bottle x 2

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

For more information, please visit our Packing List page on the website.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats, water, and electrolyte drinks. The guides will no longer distribute shared drinks bottles but will fill your personal drink bottles. Please ensure these are clearly marked to help our coaches identify yours. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest, snorkel, or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Getting There

As SwimTrekkers come from all over the world, and join our swimming holidays in numerous destinations, we don't currently offer flights as part of our SwimTrek packages. We do however want to do as much as we can to ensure that our guests get the best deals when travelling to one of our trips so check out our SwimTrek flight tips page on the website.

Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

The easiest way to get to the start of your trip is to fly into the international airport in Olbia. It lies 50km south of Palau, the gateway port to La Maddalena. Another option is Alghero Airport which is situated just over 100 kilometres south-west of Palau.

Transport from Olbia Airport to Palau

There are a number of public transport options and more information can be found on the airport website: www.geasar.it/en/how-to-get-here/by-bus

DIRECT – there is a direct bus that runs from the airport to Palau once a day and takes about 1 hour.

The timetable for this bus can be found here: trasportopubblico.gruppoturmotravel.com.

Please note you may have to keep checking the page nearer the time for up to date timetables.

VIA Olbia - there are several bus options if you travel via Olbia centre. You can catch Linea 10 or Linea 2 from the airport to Olbia. More information can be found here: www.geasar.it/en/how-to-get-here/from-to-olbia. The 601 runs regularly from Olbia centre to Palau Port

Locally, transport companies also use Moovit - moovitapp.com/cagliari_e_sardegna-1262/poi/en - to display services.

TAXI – you can also find Taxi information on the airport website: geasar.it/en/how-to-get-here/taxi.

Ferries from Palau to La Maddalena

Regular ferries depart from Palau to La Maddalena throughout the day and evening and depart roughly every 30 minutes during peak season. Tickets need to be purchased at the ferry office on the harbour front before sailing. Prices are approximately €5 each way and it takes approximately 20 minutes to reach La Maddalena Harbour. Once published, up-to-date timetables can be found at: www.delcomar.it.

Olbia Airport to La Maddalena

Sardegna Tours operate a shared transfer from Olbia Airport to La Maddalena island, which takes approximately two hours from €130 one way (for up to 3 passengers). For more information or to book, contact Sardegna Tours: info@sardegnatours.it.

Maddalena Port to Hotel Miralonga

The hotel is situated 1km west of La Maddalena Harbour, a 20 minute walk through town. We recommend catching a taxi from the harbour to the hotel (5-10 minute taxi ride). Prices of taxis can vary, however, as a guide, the short journey should cost approximately €20.

Accommodation

Our accommodation for the duration of the trip is at the comfortable Hotel Miralonga. Located approximately 1km west of La Maddalena Harbour, Hotel Miralonga is just a few minutes walk from the water. The hotel offers spacious rooms, a swimming pool, bar and restaurant with terrace for you to enjoy dinner or a drink at the end of each day.

Our accommodation is based on twin-share rooms with en suite facilities. Standard and sea view rooms are available, as well as a limited number of single supplement rooms, all of which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

If you would like to extend your stay in Sardinia and need to book additional nights’ accommodation before or after your trip, please contact the hotel directly via: info@miralonga.it.

Food and Drink

All breakfasts and lunches are included in your trip price, however, dinners are at your own expense. Upon arrival, on the first night of the trip, you are welcome to join us for a buffet dinner at Hotel Miralonga for €20 per person. There will be further opportunities throughout the trip, to join us in eating out as a group, at locally recommended cafes and restaurants. Feel free to also explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice. The average price of two-course dinner plus drinks in La Maddalena is €30-€50.

For more information, please visit our food and drink page on the website.

Travel Advice

For more information on any of the following sections please visit the Travel Advice page of our website.

Money, Extra Expenses and Tipping

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency in Italy is the Euro (€).

Responsible Travel

SwimTrek is conscious of the importance of protecting the world’s natural wonders. We are acutely aware of our responsibility to not only take care of the natural environments which we are lucky enough to explore, but also to educate our guests about the importance of conservation efforts and responsible tourism. It’s for this reason that we have worked so closely with our partners to ensure that our trips are conducted in the most responsible and sustainable way possible, working tirelessly to minimise the impact of our presence on local marine life and the natural habitat.

For more information, please visit our Responsible Travel page on the website.

Passports and Visas

Italy is part of the European Union. Non-residents of Italy require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of all EU member states, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Italy. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Travel Insurance

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance which includes, but is not limited to, cover for illness, accident, emergency repatriation, ambulance, air ambulance, helicopter rescue services, cancellation, lost luggage and delays. Your travel insurance should also cover you for open water swimming and any other activity listed in your trip itinerary (including races and competitions, where applicable). Please read your policy details carefully and remember to take them with you on your trip for your own reference. For further information, please visit our Travel Insurance page on the website.

Here at SwimTrek we pride ourselves on our focus on safety and the well-being of all our guests. As we operate in some beautiful and remote locations medical facilities are not always easily accessible. SwimTrek Guides, and many staff working for our local partners, are first aid trained. However we ask that you read our Travel Health page to ensure that you are informed about general Travel and Swim Health precautions.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit worldstandards.eu.

  • The Sardinia excursion was the trip of a lifetime: perfect location, good weather, exceptional guides, and fun colleagues. I'm sad it's over but will cherish the photos and memories from our special week.

    Jason L, USA - 2022
  • We had a great week, wonderful like-minded group and a good crew to support us. Francesco is passionate about sea-swimming and the Costa Smeralda didn't disappoint. Thank you SwimTrek!

    Lucy D, UK - 2022
  • This was my first Swimtrek. What a magical experience! Our guides were incredibly encouraging and kind - and I connected with a wonderful bunch of relaxed fellow swimmers. The Emerald Coast is absolutely stunning and exploring the sea together was an absolute joy. I loved every single minute of it. Bravo!

    Alina H, Germany - 2022
  • A great way to explore coastlines and areas not always open to the public. SwimTrek does it best and all the while making you feel safe and supported.

    Rae S, Australia - 2022
  • This was the experience of a lifetime! Stunning location, stunning country and wonderful swims. The group was great. Francesco and Edmondo are the best guides!

    Julia F, Italy - 2022
  • This was the experience of a lifetime. To be able to swim in the beautiful sea every day with like minded passionate swimmers!

    Trudi Baldwin, 2021
  • Swimming in Sardinia is enjoying amazing rock sculptures and underwater landscapes.

    Ming, 2021
  • Francesco was a fabulous guide around this beautiful coast. Good swimming, good company and good food! I hope my second SwimTrek experience will be as good as this one.

    Catherine, 2021
  • SwimTrek is a unique experience shared with like-minded special people. A perfect holiday with sun, sea, swim and camaraderie. I can't wait for my next trip!

    Helena Jevans, 2021
  • It was an amazing experience on Sardinia. Our guide was great and the swims beautiful. The trip was well organized. I will go with Swimtrek again...

    Simon Glud Grønlund
  • Lovely late summer experience swimming around Sardinia's Emerald Coast. Clear turquoise waters, rocky landscapes, stunning views, varied swims, delicious Italian food, and superb swim guides!

    Emma, France - 2020
  • The only negative thing that I could say about Sardinia is that I miss it - and my SwimTrek group - already!

    Thornton, UK - 2020
  • Memorable experience of nature - looked after 100%, with great people. Thankyou!

    Alexander, Germany - 2020
  • SwimTrekking is the perfect way to explore the great underwater terrain of the Sardinian archipelago islands. The warm crystal clear waters also add to the enjoyment.

    Jenny, UK - 2020
  • If you like swimming, you'll love this!

    Roderick, UK - 2020
  • SwimTrek is one of the best creative models of combined sport. Culinary, (a bit of) culture/history holidays and a great opportunity to meet interesting people you would not have met otherwise.

    Ming, Switzerland - 2020
  • Everybody who loves the water would enjoy this trip - it's a special place.

    Paul, UK - 2020
  • The Emerald Coast Sardinia trip was way above my expectations, fun, challenging and with the most lovely swim instructors, Francesco and Giulia. I will never forget it.

    Maria, UK - 2020
  • Impressive location, in La Maddalena, guaranteed fun practicing your favourite sport, meeting wonderful people, with fun and professional guides who take care of you, in and out of the water. I'd repeat for sure. Thanks!

    Alberto, Spain - 2020
  • Happiness comes in waves. Salty hair - I don't care.

    Ann-Katrin, Switzerland - 2020
  • A beautiful place to swim. The colours of the water range from emerald green to deep navy blue, just stunning.

    Matthew B, UK - 2019
  • I would like to thank SwimTrek and the guides Francesco and Jeulia for this wonderful trip. I came to the trip with great expectations. Every moment of the trip I felt that the experience was above my expectations. A combination of wonderful staff and wonderful views.The combination of blue and green tones with sculptured granite rocks made me feel relaxed and happy while swimming. I was afraid that because I was not an excellent swimmer it would be hard for me to fit in and I would feel pressure to hurry or exert myself above my ability ... but the instructors sang calm and encouragement, creating an atmosphere of pleasant friendship in the group.

    Yohanan A, Israel - 2019
  • I’m so glad I did the swim! My swimming improved immensely, I saw a gorgeous part of the world and met some lovely people.

    Simone, Australia - 2019
  • I highly recommend this trip. I had a wonderful time in a stunningly beautiful archpel with expert guides; Francesco and Giulia are so professional and friendly, creating a great atmosphere. On top of that we had a great group; lots of fun and everybody very helpful towards eachother. Will definitely be back for more.

    Martine R, Netherlands - 2019
  • Swimming is like flying, and SwimTrek is an excellent opportunity to do it safely and with lots of fun!

    Genny L, Italy - 2018
  • SwimTrek has delivered me a dream come true this summer... thank you so much. I'll be back for more!

    Gillian B, United Kingdom - 2018
  • Swimming Sardinia is like visiting two countries at the same time: one above and one underneath the waves.

    Jan B, Belgium - 2018
  • Wonderful week spent with expert guides who went over and above expectations in knowledge, friendliness and hospitality and the perfect weather was a bonus.

    Mary R, Australia - 2018
  • Good location, perfect weather, knowledgeable guides, great company, and fantastic swims; this trip couldn't have been any better.

    Sandra J, United Kingdom - 2018
  • Great trip with a fabulous group of people from all round the world. Francesco, Don and Vittorio were amazing guides and made the trip relaxed and fun. The Sardinian archipelago is beautiful and the swimming is simply wonderful.

    Sue C, Australia - 2018
  • The Emerald Coast is an amazing location with crystal clear waters and excellent swims. Highly recommended.

    James M, UK-2017
  • No wonder I keep coming back to another Swimtrek holiday: Clear water, great swims, brilliant guides and an exceptionally lovely bunch of fellow swimmers.

    Carolyn Y, AUS- 2017
  • The best SwimTrek trip, we had superb weather and a great variety of swims with a lead guide who was inspirational and entertaining.

    Sue S, Australia - 2017
  • Crystal clear water, stunning islands, beautiful beaches and gelato too!

    Sally T, UK - 2017
  • What's not to love about Swimtrek. Adventure is out there!

    Tracey H, UK- 2017
  • An uplifting, fantastic experience - I can hardly wait to explore a new Swim Trek holiday.

    Lorna B, UK-2017
  • The guides were outstanding. Francesco's knowledge of the local seascape and culture meant that each trip included a real insight into the islands and history. Eoin's joy was infectious and his presence really added to my already substantial enjoyment of this trip.

    Michael, M UK - 2017
  • A Fantastic holiday with brilliant guides, great food and lots of like minded people.

    Sarah F, UK - 2019

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