Best Croatia Tours by Boat
Set sail and explore the Adriatic coast with the best Croatia tours
With its gorgeous beaches and wonderful warm climate, Croatia is the perfect location for outdoor and water-related activities. Sapphire blue waters surround the western part of the country and paradisiacal islands are scattered along its beautiful coastline. One of the best ways to explore this country is from the sea. Whether by kayak, sailboat or motorboat, the images you will get from the water are going to be absolutely memorable.
Three main locales are considered the best starting points for unforgettable sailing experiences and tours. On the mainland, the picturesque coastal cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar – plus the Island of Hvar – are perfect for exploring the Adriatic Sea and its wonderful islands. While offering numerous entertainment opportunities, especially with the numerous music festivals that take place every year on their dreamy beaches, these wonderful islands are still able to preserve their local traditions and historical heritage.
To help you make the most out of your Croatian experience, we have designed a short guide of the best boat tours to introduce you to the natural beauty of the country’s coastline.
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is Dubrovnik’s nickname and the city offers an overwhelming variety of activities and locations worth exploring. Strolling through the old, narrow streets and living the history of the ancient city walls that surround Dubrovnik is an unforgettable experience.
But if you want to explore this unique location from a different perspective, Select Croatia’s Dubrovnik’s City Walls By Kayak Tour is what you need.
In ancient times, the Old Town’s walls represented a huge obstacle for invaders who wanted to conquer the city. By looking at the very same walls from the sea, you will come face to face with Dubrovnik’s past, admiring those imposing structures from a close-up point of view.
Your paddling route then leads you to Lokrum, Dubrovnik’s backyard island, located just 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) from the Old Town.
Lokrum, also called the ‘Island of Love’, offers beautiful sandy beaches and great spots to relax and immerse yourself in nature. The island also hosts wonderful botanical gardens with more than 500 species, including trees and shrubs, and 200 succulents.
Another top location for sea adventures and water-related activities is the coastal city of Split. Located on the Dalmatian coast with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, the town of Split is renowned for its historical and cultural heritage, especially the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor of the same name in the fourth century AD.
The palace recently gained new popularity due to the fact it featured in the famous TV show “Game of Thrones” as the location where Daenerys Targarien used to keep her dragons. If you are interested in knowing more about all the filming sites of the show, follow our “Game of Thrones Locations in Croatia” blog post.
Split is a perfect starting point for tours of Croatia, especially if you would like to explore the country’s most charming islands and the picturesque fishing villages that dot the Dalmatian coast.
With Select Croatia, you have the opportunity to discover the country’s most beautiful beaches. The most evocative one is probably the Golden Horn, a pebble beach famous for its unique shape that is located near the fishing village of Bol on the island of Brac.
The tour continues towards Croatia’s sunniest island, Hvar. With more than 2,715 hours of sunlight in an average year, Hvar is a very popular destination among travelers interested in discovering premium wines, typical gourmet dishes and the natural landscape characterized by rolling fields filled with olive oil trees and vineyards that dot the coastline.
If you want to combine adventure, fun and amazing views, paddling in the Adriatic Sea is the way to go. With Select Croatia’s Palinski Archipelago Kayak Tour from Hvar, you will paddle to the Pakleni islands, a group of twenty-one islands and reefs that stretches in front of the town of Hvar.
These islands boast untouched nature and boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Palmizana beach is particularly famous for its celebrity status and has lots of fancy cocktail bars and restaurants, while other islands preserve their quiet, natural beauty.
Select Croatia’s skipper will guide you among narrow straits to get to deserted lagoons where you will have the privilege of a beach all your own.
Sailing Around the Magical Island of Vis
Another option from Hvar is a full day Sailing Tour Around Vis Island. This tour has no set itinerary; the skipper lets the weather and winds guide the boat to the island of Vis, while cruising past charming villages that dot the Dalmatian coast.
The icing on the cake of this scenic tour will be swimming in the Green Cave, a magical place where the play of light and shadows will take your breath away. Snorkeling equipment will be provided so that you can explore the beauty of the Adriatic Sea, with the possibility of sighting dolphins passing by.
Island of Vis and the Blue Cave
If you wish to add an additional element to your Croatian experience, the Island of Vis and Blue Cave Tour is the perfect solution. Not only you will have the chance to cruise along the Pakleni islands on the way to Vis and the Green Cave, but you will also get to anchor for a short break at Stiniva beach and then explore the renowned Blue Cave located on Bisevo Island.
A fascinating light phenomenon illuminates the cave with an awe-inspiring sapphire color that bestows a fairytale atmosphere on this location. The cave is accessible only with small boats and the spectacle takes place every day, with 11AM and noon as the best times to enter the cave.
The Kornati archipelago, a group of 140 islands located south of the coastal city of Zadar, is an authentic paradise for boat lovers. Sailing among these islands, with breathtaking views of wonderful bays and the impressive cliffs that characterise the archipelago – including the stunning 492-foot-high Devil’s Rocks – is certainly one of the best experiences you can have in Croatia.
Select Croatia’s Kornati Islands and Telašćica Nature Park Sailing Adventure Tour will sail among the most beautiful islands of this archipelago that is also home to the wonderful Telascica Nature Park where many indigenous species of birds and plants thrive. Free time for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and exploring the park is also included.
written by Filippo Rossi
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