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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Swimming The Apolima Strait In Samoa

Courtesy of Samoa Events, Samoa.

The Apolima Strait is 13.9 miles (22.3 km) wide and separates the two largest islands of Samoa: the island of Savai'i and Upolu.

The primary means of transport between the two islands are passenger and vehicle ferries that take 90 minutes across the strait and are operated by the Samoa government. But some individuals choose to swim across:

*Iosia Leau (Samoa) 1988 at the age of 26 in 5 hours
*Mike Cochrane (New Zealand) 2015 at the age of 33 in 8 hours 1 minute
*Rosie Sharman (New Zealand) 2015 at the age of 32 in 8 hours 30 minutes
*Phillip Ryan (New Zealand) 2016 at the age of 25 in 5 hours 3 minutes
*Abby Armstrong (New Zealand) 2016 at the age of 28 in 6 hours 30 minutes
*Bronwen Burmester (New Zealand) 2016 at the age of 60 in 8 hours 5 minutes
*Kate Sinclair (Australia) 2016 at the age of 37 in 8 hours 15 minutes
*Todd Pritchard (New Zealand) 2016 at the age of 49 in 8 hours 25 minutes

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  1. I think you'll find the Apolima Strait is 22.3kms - not 13km as you have in the article above - a much more impressive distance.

  2. Thank you for the mention, and interest. Apolima Strait is 13.9 miles and 22.3 kms.

    Seti Afoa
    Director / Samoa Events


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