Wild sea swimming? Check. Snorkelling with sea lions? Check. Close encounters with giant tortoises? Check. This five-day Galápagos Islands tour is guaranteed to stun even the most worldly of travellers. The adventure kicks off quickly; first is snorkelling with white-tipped reef sharks in the Itabaca Channel. Next, you’re off sailing to an uninhabited island – accompanied by a professional naturalist – to snorkel with penguins. You’ll then be following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as your journey ends on the lava trails and beaches of San Cristobal, spotting rare birdlife and strolling alongside endemic iguanas.
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.
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.
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.
The last four days of our samba adventure in Brazil are spent in Rio de Janeiro, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the waters at Ipanema and Copacabana beach – our hotel is just round the corner – but wild swimmer will adore our little post-Sao Paulo excursion to the old cobblestone town of Paraty and its stunning blend of forest, beach and waters. We’ll spend a day on a boat out in Paraty Bay, snorkelling and swimming in the area’s crystalline waters, and stopping off at a beach for a group barbecue – now that’s how to wild swim Brazilian style.