15KM FROM ITALY TO FRANCE

Swim across the Bonifacio channel in this 15K 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 crossto 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 Tomasso Munatoni and Coach Patrizio "Pat" Tomada, executive director of Water World Swim in Italy. 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.

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)
  • Part of the registration fee is donated to L'Aquilone Onlus
  • 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

What is Water World Swim International Membership?
An amazing thing to have, that's what! By completing an international swim with us (or, by coming from abroad to complete a swim in the San Francisco bay with us), you are automatically a WWS International Member. This privilege grants you 15% off any swim or trip with us and your swimmer profile on our website where we will store your times and achievements for all to see!

What if I am already a regular WWS member? If you have both regular and international memberships, you'll enjoy the international benefits with the regular membership benefits, like 30% off Monthly Alcatraz and most annual events, and free Swim With Pedro. The discounts cannot be combined.

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!

OUR BONIFACIO FINISHERS

DAVID RICH

USA · JUL 8, 2015
04:56:37

David Rich became the first American to make the Bonifacio crossing when he completed it with us in 2015.

ROMANO MOMBELLI

SWITZERLAND · NOV 7, 2015
03:38:54

Romano Mombelli joined us to make this crossing, and in world record time.

GONZALO NADAL

MEXICO · JUN 23, 2017
05:54:12

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

ALESSANDRA CIMA

BRAZIL · JUL 4, 2017
05:24:58

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

YOUR ITALIAN COACH

Coach Pat, an Italian native and swimmer/triathlete from Udine, will help navigate Italian, permits, boats, and more to make your dream a reality!

YOUR PILOT

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

YOUR CREW

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.

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.