SUMMER 2020 - 16 KM FROM ITALY TO FRANCE

Swim across the Bonifacio channel in this 16K lifetime achievement crossing from Sardinia (Italy) to the French coast of the island of Corsica! You'll start on the beach of Rena Bianca, Sardinia (Italy) and cross to the beach of Punta Sperone, Corsica (France) across a stretch of blue Mediterranean Sea linking the two. We have helped the first American, Mexican, and Brazilian make this crossing, as well as the world record holder. Join the ranks!

Your crossing will be overseen by Italian captain Tommaso Munatoni. In order to consider booking the swim crossing the Bocche di Bonifacio, please plan accordingly to allow 5 days, during which you will stay in the beautiful town of Santa Teresa di Gallura on Sardinia. Be aware weather and sea conditions may vary suddenly, requiring adjustment of the date of the swim.

While there, practice swims are encouraged and we will provide you with training guidance and places to swim.

  • Swimmers must show proof of swimming 6 km (3.7 miles) prior the date of this swim.
  • If swimmer declares not to be ready 30 days before the swim, his/her window can be moved - if spaces available - a 20% of her/his entry till the next window available.

*Please Note: In order to register for this international event you must fill out the INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION (linked below).

Before completing your International Application, please take a moment to review our Confidentiality & Minors policy, as well as our Required Supplemental Documents expectations. Thank you very much!

SWIMMING BONIFACIO

An endurance swim of epic proportions.
You won't just scratch it off your bucket list - you'll join a new family.

DETAILS

  • Crossings can be scheduled year round but are best in summer
  • $1850 per swimmer (including 50% non-refundable deposit)
  • You'll get a finisher's tee, medal, and certificate
  • We require the following in advance of your swim: copy of photo ID and passport, letter from your doctor approving you for the swim, EKG/stress test, international application, payment

INCLUDED

  • Permits, vessels, staff/crew, safety & support
  • Practice swims in Santa Teresa di Gallura with a coach
  • T-shirt, medal, and certificate
  • Water World Swim International Membership for life
  • For those wanting to qualify for the English Channel Swim crossing, (6 hrs swim in 60 degrees waters), special arrangements can be made to comply with CSA rules
  • Bring your friends and family! For $150 per person, we'll bring them on some tours during your swim window

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • We recommend staying in either Hotel da Cecco, close to the beach and main square
  • Call the hotel directly about discounts for swimming Bonifacio with Water World Swim
  • Fly into Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)
  • You can book a rental and drive to Santa Teresa di Gallura (about 1hr drive)
  • Or take the bus available from the airport to Santa Teresa de Gallura (trip of 1 hr.).
  • The town is small and everything is reachable by walking, including beaches
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Featured swimmers

5 Teenagers Complete Cross-Border Swim From France To Italy
On June 27th, 13-year-old Anaya Khanzode, 17-year-old Mitali Khanzode, 15-year-old Saumir Dikhit, 17-year-old Hana Lip, and 17-year-old Riley Lim, all of northern California successfully completed a 16 km cross-border tandem crossing of the Bonifacio Channel. READ MORE

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THE FINISH LINE

Finish on the luxurious azure shores of Corsica.
We'll head back via the boat, but expect to day trip on this beautiful island!

PILOT & CREW

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Tommaso Munatoni will pilot the crossing. He'll be looking out for you as you swim, and probably make you laugh along the way!

Your swim will be fully supported by an awesome team. Your safety is paramount and the crew will work to keep you on track for success.

OUR BONIFACIO FINISHERS

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ROBIN LANG

USA · SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
04:31:58

Robin enjoyed great warm waters, finishing the 2019 season.

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APRIL WARRICK

USA · JUL 26, 2019
04:45:00

From Danville, Pennsylvania, April became the first American woman to cross the Bonifacio Channel solo.

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Riley Lim, Mitali Khanzode, Hana Lip, Saumitr Dikhit, and Anaya Khanzode

USA · JUN 27, 2019
04:23:00

These swimmers (ages 13 - 17) are the youngest individuals to ever make the Bonifacio crossing.

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ANGELA ANDELSON & LIZ FOSTER

USA · JUN 19, 2019
04:16:00

Angela and Liz are the first to complete this as a tandem swim.

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ROBERT McGLASHAN

CANADA · SEP 3, 2018
05:00:00

Robert was the first swimmer to make it across Bonifacio in 2018.

ALESSANDRA CIMA

BRAZIL · JUL 4, 2017
05:24:58

Alessandra Cima Rossi, from Dubai, became the first Brazilian to complete this swim.

GONZALO NADAL

MEXICO · JUN 23, 2017
05:54:12

Gonzalo Nadal became the first Mexican to complete this endurance feat.

ROMANO MOMBELLI

SWITZERLAND · NOV 7, 2015
03:38:54

Romano Mombelli made this crossing in world record time.

DAVID RICH

USA · JUL 8, 2015
04:56:37

He became the first American to make the Bonifacio crossing in 2015.

"I loved the whole experience. A few friends of mine made a whole Sardinia adventure out of it. It definitely got windier than I hoped for but the water was beautiful and warm!
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Robin Lang - Crossed the Strait on September 15, 2019

REQUIREMENTS

You must be at least 14 years of age to swim the Strait of Messina or the Bonifacio Channel. In addition, you must have an Echocardiogram (EKG) and Stress test performed by a doctor, valid within one year of your swim date. Without meeting either of these requirements, you will not be able to swim.

We highly recommend travel insurance - and not just for your stuff! Swimming in the open water can be dangerous. While we haven't encountered any, there are jellyfish and you want to be covered in case the unexpected happens. We are not responsible for any swim or open-water related injures.