Top Group Trips for Wild Swimming in Beautiful Places

Richard Collett

You don’t need to go the full Wim Hof to enjoy a splash in the wild. Book yourself onto one of these small-group trips instead and you’ll doggy-paddle in paradise.

Wild swimming isn’t all about sub-zero waters – there are plenty of beautiful swimming spots that won’t make your teeth chatter. Instead, take the plunge, be it in ocean, lake or jungle waterfall, and book a place on one of these Culture Trip adventures.

A kayaker paddles over the crystal-clear waters just off shore of Hvar Island, Croatia, with the rocks visible below the surface

Kayak and cave swim off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia

Travel from Split to Dubrovnik, with many island-hopping adventures in between, on the eight-day jolly in Croatia. Settle into Split with a sea kayaking excursion on the open ocean, where you can cool off with a swim in the Adriatic. Visit Roman ruins, Diocletian’s Palace and local bars before speeding off to the islands of Hvar, Vis and Korcula, for wine tasting and sea swimming. This small-group trip ends in Dubrovnik, a medieval port city known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Explore the Unesco World Heritage-listed old town on foot, before finishing with a swim beneath the city walls in the old harbor.

From US$2251

Next available from 15th Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

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Split, Croatia

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ENDS AT

Dubrovnik, Croatia

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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A swimmer has just dived into beautiful waters off a rocky coast

Island hop through the Aegean Sea

This eight-day trips around the Cyclades transports you across the Aegean Sea. With the wind in your sails, you’ll depart from Athens after a day exploring archaeological sites. First up is the island of Milos, where you’ll wander along white-sand beaches and slip into the rhythm of Greek island life. Then it’s onto the ancient landmarks and idyllic beaches of Naxos, where you’ll join an authentic Greek cooking class. Your last port of call is Santorini – a whitewashed island formed from an underwater volcano – where there will be plenty of opportunities for a dip in the ocean.

From US$1852

Next available from 1st Sep 2024

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Athens, Greece

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Athens, Greece

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls in Bali, cascading down greenery-covered cliffs

Snorkel with sea turtles and swim beneath waterfalls in Bali

Whether you like jungle treks, beach days or underwater activities, our 12-day Bali itinerary has something for you. We’ll pack a picnic with us as we hike to the Banyumala Twin waterfalls, nestled amid dense tropical rainforest, with a large rock pool ideal for cooling off. After exploring Bali’s unique culture and hiking up Mount Batur you’ll get the chance to dip in a spring-fed pool at Tirta Gangga gardens, before we hop on a speedboat to the Gili Islands. Here you’ll have the chance to snorkel with sea turtles and check out the eery underwater statues off Gili Meno, while there’s plenty of spare time at our luxurious beach retreat to swim in the ocean, or in one of the hotel’s two pools.

From US$1847

Next available from 7th Sep 2024

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Bali, Indonesia

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Bali, Indonesia

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Gethin Morgan contributed additional reporting to this article.

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