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Swim Camp Madeira + Oceanman
27 Aug. - 3 Sep. 2023
22ºC - 24ºC (72ºF - 75ºF)
What you'll do
This swimming holiday was prepared, in detail, so that you can enjoy Madeira Island in a way that you never had the opportunity to experience. In our company, you will be taken to swim in the most beautiful places in the region. The Desertas Islands Nature Reserve, Ponta de São Lourenço and Garajau Nature Reserve are just some of them.
Over 8 unforgettable days you will swim in the most different panoramas that this tropical island has to offer, far from the crowds.
A great trip for enjoying swims in the turquoise sea and exploring the caves and archways of the Desertas craggy, uninhabited island, this swimming adventure is perfect for those who want to discover a quiet, beautiful part of Portugal.
Our accommodation is situated in the heart of Garajau Natural Reserve whose bay also provide another great swim spot.
The adventure will end with Oceanman Madeira, the biggest event for long distance open water swimmers in Portugal, where you can race in 6 different distances: 0.5km (Oceankids), 1.5km (Sprint), 5km (Half Oceanman), 10km (Oceanman) and 30km (Ultraoceanman).
Are you ready to embrace this adventure by the pearl of the Atlantic?
Arrive in Madeira
We will meet you at Madeira Airport. Then we'll drive you to Caniço, where you will check-in at the hotel.
During a pleasant lunch at the hotel restaurant, you will meet your swim guides and other swimmers for a safety briefing and a Q&A session about the adventure we are embarking on.
Then, we will do an acclimatization swim in the Lido Galomar Bathing Complex to feel the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The eastern-most peninsula of Madeira Island
This day marks the beginning of our expedition through the pearl of the Atlantic, which is bound for the Ponta de São Lourenço Nature Reserve. An excellent and exciting way to start our journey, as we are surrounded by the imposing cliffs that dominate the volcanic landscape of this area.
In the morning, we will swim along the coast, passing by the impressive Gruta dos Pombos. This first dive ends at the wonderful bay of Cais do Sardinha, where we will have lunch overlooking the Atlantic.
During the afternoon, you can take the opportunity to relax and get to know the surrounding area, with a short walk through the São Lourenço peninsula, from where we will continue our journey to the other side of the steep and isolated Morro do Furado.
Expedition to the Desertas Islands Nature Reserve
We leave the Quinta do Lorde Marina, on a small boat towards the Desertas Islands Nature Reserve. As we approach the Deserta Grande, one of the three small islands that make up the nature reserve, we will start our emblematic adventure, where you will become one of the few swimmers who have the unique opportunity to swim in this place.
We will anchor in the bay in front of the research center and the watchman's house, both heritage of Madeira Natural Park. A pleasant and traditional lunch will be served, followed by an interesting guided tour to the island.
We will then return to Madeira, in the company of dolphins, whales and turtles, who might accompany us along the entire route.
The Breathtaking Fajãs
We will start exploring the south coast of the island, connecting the iconic Calhau da Lapa to the Fajãs of Cabo Girão, passing by of the imposing Fajã dos Padres. It is known as the “paradise on earth” to express the dimension of the steep cliffs, as well as the stacked rocks that dot this stretch of coast. In this unique place, far from everything and yet close to the most important, the silence and tranquility that its isolation represents, you will live an unforgettable swim.
After a typical lunch in Caniçal you will have the rest of the day free to relax and recharge batteries for the next adventures.
This is the fifth day of our excursion. During the morning we will swim at Praia do Garajau, a beach integrated in the stunning Garajau Partial Nature Reserve. The water here is even calmer and more crystalline than in previous days, which makes it seem magical for our connection crossing to Praia dos Reis Magos.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant with the best view of the north coast.
In the afternoon, we will visit the typical houses of Santana, an ex-libris of the county.
The vertiginous views of Ponta do Pargo
On this day we will explore the southwest corner of the island. During the morning we will connect Ponta do Pargo to Fajã da Ovelha.
A regional lunch will be served in Calheta.
The afternoon takes us to the highest cape in Europe: Cabo Girão.
The northern slope of Madeira with waterfalls
The seventh day of our excursion is the last day of adventure. We will get to know the northwest corner of Madeira.
We will start swimming between Porto Moniz and Seixal, passing by the iconic islet of Ribeira da Janela.
After a typical lunch in the small village of Porto Moniz, we will spend the afternoon bathing in the natural pools of the region. In the afternoon, we will start the preparations for the Oceanman Madeira and return to Lido for the race briefing.
Race Day and Goodbye Madeira!
Your wild swimming odyssey had to come to an end eventually.
To end our trip, nothing better than taking part in the biggest event for open water swimmers in Portugal. After the race, your host will transfer you to the airport at Madeira in time for your return flight home.
After the race, we will have the last group lunch and say goodbye to the island.
Personal Accidents Insurance
Accompanied by experienced guides
Open water sessions are accompanied by one boat and 1 kayak
Lunches (Only waters included. Other drinks with extra cost. NOTE: Vegetarian option included)
Waters bottles, dry fruits, bananas and honey cake during swimming moments
7 nights at Hotel Sentido Galosol (The accommodation is subject to availability and may change to a similar alternative)
Twin rooms for all customers. Upgrade to single (extra cost)
During all trip in a 9-seater van or similar
Oceanman Madeira Registration (one only entry in the following distances: 10km, 5km, 1.5km or 0.5km)
What's not included
Personal extras, gratuities for local guides
Anything not mention in the up section
UltraOceanman Madeira 30km Registration
Where you'll be
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