Island Hopping Sea Kayak tour Croatia (7 days)

This tour covers several amazing Croatian islands: Drvenik Veli, Drvenik Mali, Solta, Brac and Hvar.

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Tour Summary

The name says it all – this amazing kayaking expedition will take you along several beautiful Dalmatian islands: Ciovo, Drvenik Veli, Solta, Brac and Hvar. We will be using the islands’ “southern route” taking you far away from tourist crowds. You will have a chance to enjoy untouched natural beauty while exploring secluded bays, impressive cliffs, traditional fisherman’s villages and easy-going islander’s lifestyle. Of course, all being spiced up with amazing local gastronomy.
During the expedition you will be spending every night at a different spot combining the freedom of camping under the stars with the comfort of family-ran guesthouses.
In the breaks from kayaking, you will have various activity options such as snorkeling, hiking, deep water soloing…

Island Hopping sea kayak tour Croatia

Day 1Split - Ciovo island

The expedition will start with transfer from Split downtown to the starting point, where you will meet your guide and receive a detailed briefing about our route. Next up is kayak fitting and short course about kayaking techniques and safety on the sea. Finally, you are ready to start your great kayaking adventure!

The kayaking starts from north side of Marjan hill (protected area) with scenic paddling around its shores covered with pine trees. Upon passing the Institute of Oceanography we will cross the channel over to the beautiful Ciovo Island and paddle under its 3 kilometre long cliffs and sanctuary „Our Lady of Prizidnica“. The sanctuary was built in 1546 within a beautiful natural environment on the south side of the island conveniently located on the cliff next to the sea.
The highlight of the day is a pristine beach hidden under a cliff and reachable only from the sea. Here we will have a lunch break with a light snack and a chance to snorkel in crystal-clear sea or go deep water soloing on the rocks just a hundred meters away from the beach.
After the mid-day break, we paddle to Labadusa bay and camp site located on the west part of Ciovo island.

  • Highlights: Park forest Marjan, Ciovo cliffs and its hidden beach
  • Distnace: 8 Nm / 15 km
Day 2Ciovo island – Maslinica

Our goal destination for the second day is Drvenik Veli island and famous bay of Krknjasi. On our way we will pass numerous little islands, islets and reefs. Krknjasi blue lagoon is one of the most popular nautical bays of Adriatic sea with two islets enclosed by the sandy bottom bay. The synergy of crystal-clear sea and sand gives the lagoon its gorgeous turquoise colour.
Afterwards we will proceed to the Island of Solta and village of Maslinica which together with its archipelago represents one of the most beautiful places on the island. 17th century Marchi brothers’ castle is the most famous historical attraction on the island.

  • Highlights: Krknjasi Blue lagoon, village of Maslinica
  • Distnace: 8 Nm / 15 km
Day 3Solta island

The day will be spent paddling along the untouched south coast of Solta with deserted and unspoiled coves and virgin nature. Roughness and wilderness of the coast is due to the effect of harsh weather conditions that occur here during the winter.
While enjoying the coastal view to your left, you will have a thrilling view on the open sea to your right during the whole day. Besides the island of Vis on horizon, there is no other land all the way to Italy located almost 200 km away.
From Senjska bay we will have a nice hike through the forest to the top of the island with amazing view of the surrounding islands. If we are lucky, we will get to see the sunset over the horizon.

  • Highlights: Lonesome coves of Solta island
  • Distnace: 7 Nm / 13 km
Day 4Solta island - Milna area

This amazing day starts with paddling from Senjska bay towards the most eastern point of island Solta with 60-meter-high vertical cliffs, rocks, crags and caves of all kind of shapes and sizes. After a swim stop in a green deep bay of Stracinska, we will pass a narrow channel to Brac Island and finish paddling in a deep bay of Maslinova where we will leave our kayaks for the night. We will spend a night in a tiny town of Milna, best preserved baroque town in the area situated in a deep two-sleeve bay. An easy hike to the village will take us through the local olive fields and vineyards while enjoying the sight, scent and maybe even a taste of a grape or fig.

  • Highlights: Stracinska bay, southern cliffs of Solta island
  • Distnace: 8 Nm / 15 km
Day 5Milna - Murvica

Fifth day of our expedition is a combination of kayaking and hiking. First we will have a relaxing morning kayaking on the south side of Brac with many different bays like Lucice and Maslinova and take a swim in turquoise waters. Lunch stop is in Blaca bay from where we will have a 45-minute hike up to Blaca caves.
Blaca is an astonishing monastery-hermitage founded by the Glagolitic priests from Croatian inland who fled the Turks around 1550 AD and have built an extremely valuable monastic and economic complex.
After the hike we will continue our kayaking eastwards passing many gorgeous pebble beaches till we reach Bol, the island’s oldest coastal settlement.
Bol area is well known for water sports, particularly windsurfing, kite surfing and diving. However, its world fame is owned to its beaches, among which is world famous “Zlatni rat” – Golden horn beach. Bol’s town center is a vivid charming old town which has a great nightlife with lots of great restaurants and bars, but also many quiet alleys and seaside walkways for those looking for peace.

  • Blaca hermitage, Golden cape beach, Bol town
  • Distance: 9 Nm / 16.5 km
Day 6Murvica - island Hvar

Blaca hermitage, Golden cape beach, Bol town

  • Highlights: Stari grad
  • Distance: 10 Nm / 18.5 km
Day 7Hvar - Split (bike ride & ferry transport)

After breakfast, we will have a very interesting and picturesque bike ride through the Stari grad, Ager field and charming villages on the north side of Hvar island such as Vrbovska, Jelsa, Pitve, Vrbanj… While cycling through vineyards, olive and lavender fields you will get to know a lot about the history and tradition of Hvar island while enjoying some amazing views.
Our unforgettable 7-day expedition will finish with a ferry ride back to Split.

The tour runs from late April to early October with best period for the tour being May, June and September.

Departures are available each Sunday during the following months:

May June July August September Other months
799€ 849€ 949€ 949€ 899€ On request

 

The price includes:
• Transfer from Split to the starting point of the tour
• 3 overnights in apartments (double room occupancy)*
• 3 overnights in official and wild campsites
• Camping gear: two-person tent, sleeping bag, camping mattress
• All breakfasts (except on first day)
• Picnic lunch every day
• 4 dinners prepared by our guide or at a local tavern (excl. finishing night)
• High quality Prijon sea kayaks with choice of single or double kayak
• Full sea kayaking equipment including paddles, buoyancy aid, dry bags, spray deck, etc.
• Experienced & licensed kayaking guide (BCU qualified, English speaking)
• Sea kayak handling/safety briefing
• Sea kayaking technique instruction (on request)
• Hiking trip to Blaca desert monastery
• Photos from the tour
• Snorkeling equipment
• Storage of excess luggage at our office during the tour
• Ferry transfer from finishing point on island Hvar back to Split

* Single room supplement is subject to additional price depending on the season

The price does NOT include:
• Airfares & other travel expenses to arrive to the meeting point in Split
• Accommodation before and after the tour
• Travel insurance that covers sea kayaking
• Tips for your guide
• Personal expenses
• Drinks in taverns or restaurants

MEALS

Breakfast is included during the whole tour except on the starting day. Depending on the group size the breakfast is organized by our guide in self-service arrangement at our accommodation location and will generally include cheese, ham, cereals, bread spreads, fruits, milk, coffee, tea, etc.
Each day during the lunch break our guide will offer you snack such as sandwiches, pastries, fruits or energy bars.
Depending on our overnight location, the dinners are prepared by our local guide or organized in a local tavern. Drinks are at your own cost.
For other nights where dinner is not included, we will recommend you best local restaurants depending on your budget making sure you try the best local cuisine offers.
Upon your booking we will send you a simple online questionnaire making sure that your preferences, wishes and needs are met to the maximum. Based on your feedback we will organize the most suitable meal arrangements making sure any of your dietary restrictions or needs are accommodated.
For ecological reasons, we encourage our clients to bring their own re-usable water battle that will be filled out whenever needed.

 

ACCOMMODATION

This is expedition-style tour and you will be changing your overnight accommodation each day of the trip. We combine picturesque coastal towns, small local camps and hidden beaches.
This tour combines apartment/guesthouse accommodation (3 nights) with official and wild camping (3 nights).
Camping gear is provided for the nights in camps. It includes two-person tent, basic camping mattress and sleeping bag. For your own comfort, you are encouraged to bring your own sleeping bag or linen.
We generally use simple apartments and guesthouses. The units are handpicked making sure they are centrally located, with a character and close to the sea.
The package includes double room occupancy, meaning two people being accommodated in a room with two-person (double) bed. Twin beds are rarely available and should be specifically requested upon booking.
Single room occupancy is available upon request and subject to additional supplement that depends on the tour season ranging between 25€ and 45€ per night. Please contact us for more details.

We use high-quality Prijon kayaks, made in Germany.

You have a chance to choose between single and double touring kayaks depending on your preference and experience. For those with lack of extensive kayaking experience or questionable physical fitness, we always recommend double kayak for comfort and safety. Our double kayak Prijon Poseidon offers great performance while providing great comfort and stability.

We have various single kayak models available that are usually distributed based on your weight, height and previous experience. If you are experienced paddler with specific preferences, please let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs.

We provide you full kayaking gear needed for the trip:

  • Paddle (aluminium)
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Spray skirt
  • Dry bags, etc.

Carbon paddle upgrade is available at the price of 5€ per day.

How big will the group be?
The trip generally runs with minimum of 2 people and maximum of 8. In exceptional cases the number can be up to 12 in which case second guide is provided. Bigger groups can organized in private arrangement only.

How fit do I need to be?
The level of kayaking is moderate. Each day involves 4-5 hours of paddling so it is recommended you are in good physical condition. In case of windy weather, the difficulty level can go up and extend kayaking time. You must be able to swim.

What are the sea conditions there?
Usually the sea is calm and we are kayaking down wind as we use the thermal winds usually blowing from west to east. However, windy days are possible and conditions can get challenging with some waves. Currents and tides in Croatia are minimal factor.

Is previous kayaking experience necessary?
Previous kayaking experience is recommended but not mandatory. Good physical fitness level can substitute lack of experience.

What is the closest airport?
Split airport (SPU) is just 20 km away from our base. There are bus and taxi connections to the downtown.
You can also consider alternative airports Zadar (ZAD), Dubrovnik (DBV) and even Zagreb (ZAG) from which it takes 3-5 hours to reach Split by bus. Please contact us for more details if you consider alternative airports.

Where do we meet?
Meeting point is in Split, Croatia. We recommend coming to Split one day before as we generally have a briefing at our office the day before the tour. Also, Split offers a lot to see!

Where do I stay before and after the tour?
The tour departs in the morning so we strongly recommend arriving to Split day before the tour. The tour finishes in late afternoon with ferry transfer from Hvar to Split so extra night in Split would generally be needed. We can assist you in accommodation arrangements if needed.

Do I need to do the whole tour?
In many cases you can join the tour later or leave the tour earlier making the tour shorter for some days. Please contact us with your travel day options and we will try to fit you in.

Single or double kayak?
We strongly recommend double kayaks for beginners for speed, stability, comfort and safety. Please see Equipment info for more details on this. Feel free to consult our team for recommendations.

What should I pack?
We recommend bringing your swimsuit, long sleeve Lycra shirt, water shoes, towel, plenty of sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock). A book is recommended for your time off. Recommended clothes depends on the season, however we recommend taking a long sleeve even during the summer in case of chilly night. Bring your running/hiking shoes too. Please bring your own re-usable water bottle for water refill.
We will provide you suggested packing list to help you. Keep in mind to pack light due to limited space in the kayak.

What are the camping arrangements?
For 3 camping nights e combine official campsites with wild camping sites depending on availability. Official campsites have all facilities while for wild camping nights the arrangements are very basic. We provide you camping package which includes two-person tent, sleeping bag and camping mattress. We recommend bringing your own sleeping bag for your own comfort.

What about internet and battery recharge?
On three nights staying in apartments and official campsites you will most probably have Wifi. On wild camping night, no Wifi is available. You can consider buying local sim card for independent source of internet connection. Electricity socket standard in Croatia is European one, types C, E and F.

What is the weather like?
The Mediterranean climate here provides a lot of sun and pleasant temperatures. From May to October the air temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius, while during July and August it often exceeds that number. Sea temperature usually exceeds 20 degrees in early June and reaches 26 degrees in July. During this period it is mostly sunny and it rarely rains.

Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Air (°C) 15-25 20-30 23-33 25-35 25-35 23-30 15-25
Sea (°C) 17 19 21 24 25 23 20
Rainy Days 8 6 6 3 4 5 7

 

What about payments there?
Kuna is official currency in Croatia. We recommend having some cash with you for payment as credit cards might not be accepted in small villages. ATMs will be available mostly every second day.

Are there shops, bars and restaurants available?
Villages you will be visiting along the way will mostly have a supermarket or a little shop.

Can my special dietary restrictions be accommodated?
Absolutely, upon reservation you will receive questionnaire through which we receive your dietary restrictions and preferences.

What about water?
Tap water is absolutely fine to drink in most of places, but there are some minor exceptions so please consult with your guide depending on the place. During the kayaking, our guide will have water for re-fill. We encourage you to bring your re-usable water bottle for environmental reasons.

Any other questions?
Feel free to contact our team for any further questions