Tiboulen

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Île Tiboulen or Île Tiboulen de Maïre ​​is an uninhabited French island, neighboring Île Maïre in the Riou archipelago, south of Marseille. About 100 meters long, 49 meters high, the island has a flashing white light (4s) for maritime signalling which is located at an altitude of about 58 meters. It is locally nicknamed "Turtle Island" because of its typical shape.

Open Water Swimming

  • The romantic inspiration for Le Défi de Monte Cristo is Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. Its hero, Edmond Dantès, escapes from the impregnable Château d'If - where he has been unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment - by swimming to freedom. Dantès escapes by swimming to the islands of Tiboulen and Maïre after struggling out of a body bag. Hundreds of swimmers participate in an annual race from the island fortress to the shore, a different course than Dantès escape in the book.
  • Jacques Tuset, the King of Prison Island Swimming completed Le Défi Edmond Dantès, a 7.7 km night swim between the Château d'If and the Île Tiboulen in the 13.2°C water, finishing in 2 hours 27 minutes 43 seconds on 26 February 2022 at the age of 58. He departed from Château d'If at 8:47 pm and arrived at Tiboulen Island at 11:15 p.m.

Le Défi Edmond Dantès Video

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