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Top Group Trips for Wild Swimming in Beautiful Places

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 by Culture Trip instead and you’ll doggy-paddle in paradise.
Richard Collett
24 Dec 2021
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 and book a place on one of these small-group TRIPS by Culture Trip, in which you’ll visit beautiful seas, cenotes and rivers, and make a few buddies too. You’ll find warmer waters in Mexico and the Galapagos, but if you’re into cooler climates, the Devon trip is the one for you.
1 . Discover sacred cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula
The Maya held the freshwater cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula to be sacred, and the first time you lay eyes on the clear waters of these natural sinkholes, you’ll understand why. The cenotes of Mexico are otherworldly, and if you’re looking to combine swimming with pre-Hispanic history and heritage, then the nine-day Ancient Temples and Wild Cenotes on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula trip is the one for you. Explore the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, cook classic Yucatecan dishes with local chefs, summit a pyramid in Coba and finish every day with a cenote swim or ocean dip. This TRIPS by Culture Trip adventure begins on the white sands of Isla Holbox and ends in the bars of beachside Tulum.
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2 . Swim off the windswept coast of Devon
If you can brave the cold, then Devon is one of the most dramatic wild swimming destinations in the United Kingdom. Join the six-day Walking and Swimming the Wilds of Devon adventure across southwest England and you’re guaranteed to be revitalised by the end. You’ll start on the north coast, where a Local Insider will show your group the best swimming spots in Ilfracombe. There’s kayaking and paddleboarding, and you’ll hike strenuous sections of the South West Coast Path before taking a refreshing dip in local lidos. Then it’s on to Dartmoor, for wild woodland swims, before more kayaking and sea swimming on the southern coast.
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3 . Snorkel with sharks and sea lions in the Galápagos Islands
Wild sea swimming? Check. Snorkelling with sea lions? Check. Close encounters with giant tortoises? Check. The five-day Animal Kingdom: Walk With Wildlife on the Galápagos Islands tour is guaranteed to delight even the most worldly of travellers. This TRIPS by Culture Trip adventure kicks off quickly; first is snorkelling with white-tipped reef sharks in the Itabaca Channel. Next, you’re 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.
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4 . 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 Jewels of the Adriatic: the Best of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast adventure. 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.
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5 . Island hop through the Aegean Sea
The eight-day Athens to Santorini: a Greek Island-Hopping Odyssey in the Cyclades tour 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 more 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 swimming.
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