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Testimonials - What our guests say about our oceanswimsafaris

What our oceanswimsafarists say...

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I just loved this trip and the swim, the ocean and the land forms are spectacular. I also liked the swim time of the morning swim and then the afternoon to ourselves to relax or sight-see. I felt it was a great balance of mixing with the other tour people for HH as well.

Great trip. Thanks.

Annie, Forster, Costa Brava, Sept 2017

Super treat

Pete & I would like to give a big shout of thanks to Paul & Suanne for organiising an amazing & safe set of swimming experiences for us. We had a brilliant time with a friendly bunch of people, in a stunning location. Swimming & snorkelling in the warmest water ever, among an abundance of brightly coloured fish was a super treat! Highly recommend.

Val, Belmont, Mana Fiji, Oct 2017


My son and I (swimmer and non-swimmer) just returned from Mana. What an amazing experience. A thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting holiday. Beautiful location and fantastic people, all sharing a passion for open water swimming. A great mix of ages and experience, all with their own story to tell. I would recommend the trip for families, couples or solos who love an active holiday linked to their passion for swimming. Thank you Paul and Suanne.

Naomi, Turramurra, Mana Fiji, Oct 2017

Thumbs up for Mana

My husband and I took part in the Mana Island swim on Saturday. We live in Fiji and we've considered doing it for the past 3 years and finally gave it a go! Thumbs up for such a great event. Thank you so much to the organisers for the great job they did, the fantastic support out on the water, hospitality etc. it really was a great day and we will be back next year.

Sheryl, Lautoka, Mana Fiji, Oct 2017

Great trips

"First of two trips with Team Sparkle, but not the last. Swimming adventures were interesting and varied. As an average ocean swimmer, prone to cramping, I appreciated the emphasis on safety, green caps front and back.

I enjoyed the balance with the land content especially the destinations, the history, culture and cuisine.

Paul and Suanne have an obvious passion for and knowledge of all things swimming and travel. They make good connections with the key providers, the hoteliers, barmen, boatmen and drivers and this ensures smooth and comfortable travels.

Great trips and strongly recommended."

Patrick, Bondi Junction, San Sebastián and Costa Brava, Aug-Sep 2017

Even better than we'd hoped

Paul and Suanne organised our trip so well. Their knowledge of the local area and swim locations meant that we could safely explore places that we wouldn't have ventured to on our own, and everything flowed very smoothly.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the company of the rest of the group. We found there was a perfect mix of time with others and on our own. Our accommodation was excellent.

Overall the trip was even better than we hoped for. We would love to do another OceanSwimSafari with them in the future.

Kim and Colin, Forster, Costa Brava, Sep 2017


"I can't fault this tour, it was everything I hoped it would be. Beautiful swims, excellent variety, fabulous accommodation, hidden gems, food and culture. I will remember the last night for a long time.

Thanks. You haven't seen the last of me."

Anne, Dee Why, Costa Brava, Sep 2017

Great way to swim

"I loved that this tour's swim components were well informed/prepared/flexible to conditions, incredibly safe - with support boat, lead & follow up and regular regroupings - and took in great locations around a variety of headlands and bays in the area.

I found the accomodation of the range of swimmers' levels fantastic. Additionally, the non-swim components were a great mix of cultural, gastronomy and environmental activities, with a healthy dose of free/down time. I especially like the 'tren touristic' to Cap de Creus, Dali's museum, tips for restaurants and the short coastal walk to/from swim to secret spot.

Paul and Suanne are knowledgable, respectful, gracious and fun hosts who made this tour a great way to swim Costa Brava.

Thanks guys!"

Sally, Brisbane, Costa Brava, Sep 2017

Thoroughly recommend

"I thoroughly recommend this trip with Paul and Suanne. In fact, the best way to do this trip is to also do the Costa Brava swims which follow a couple of days after San Sebastián, I still remember the relaxing evenings at the 3 Pines hotels on the hill at Llanfranc.

Thanks, Paul and Suanne."

Bill, Brisbane, San Sebastián, Aug 2017 (and Costa Brava, Sep 2016)

Still buzzing after all these days

Still buzzing from our Whale encounter this week in Tonga!

Hey all you swimmers, ocean lovers, adventurous humans! If you want an adventure that will leave you buzzing, and tingling all over: join an Ocean Swim Safari!

Best trip ever...

Great accomodation (tick)
Fabulous company (tick)
Swimming in warm, delicious salty water (tick)
Friendly, caring and helpful safari leaders - Paul and Suanne (tick)
Encounters with whales (tick)
Experiences of a lifetime (tick)
Under and above water photos on offer (tick)
AND a free t-shirt to boot- Bonus!

Join an Ocean Swim Safari....but book soon, cause spaces fill up!

Thanks Paul and Suanne!
#ossTonga #SwimWithWhales

Genie Melone, Blue Mountains, Tonga oss, July '17

Suffering withdrawal

"Suffering Tonga withdrawal symptoms. #needtogobacktotonga #missmytongabuddies #ohfortongatime #lifeisbetterontonga"

Greg, Hervey Bay, Tonga oss, July '17

Hard to better

"Can we ever top this experience?"

Jan, Wollongong, Tonga oss, July '17


"I recommend it 1000%!"

Robby, Sydney, Tonga oss, July '17


"Thank you both for a terrific trip. Only with time and trying to explain in words what we experienced am I truly appreciating what a unique experience I had..."

Judy, Sydney, Tonga oss, July '17

Truly lovely

"Thank you so much for a truly lovely swim safari. I enjoyed (the resort) tremendously – what a beautiful place and the other guests were great fun... The swimming was great – beautifully warm and stunning scenery – I especially love swimming along the drop off, and the white water rafting was a real highlight for me."

Kate, Sydney, Sulawesi oss, June '17

Great adventure

"Just a quick note to let you know how much (we) enjoyed our Sulawesi trip. It was a great adventure and the group worked well, something which you contributed to in no small measure."

Mary, Sydney, Sulawesi oss, June '17

Top notch

"I just wanted to thank everyone involved in last weekend's Heron Island event! I had a ball and managed to learn a lot about my swimming in the process! The organisation was top notch at every level, the service fabulous, the venue- amazing, staff- super!

I am already planning my next swim with you guys and cannot wait."

Lyndal, Heron Island, Nov '16


Personal odyssey

Sitting on the ferry heading out to Chateau d'If for the 5km Escape from Monte Cristo Swim, I had to pinch myself, as I never imagined ocean swimming would have taken me on such an adventure... Jane Taylor's personal journey through ocean swimming... works with

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