If you are looking to cover more mileage in a short period of time, then this 3-day Island kayaking in Croatia is best for you. Explore 3 islands in 3 days. Paddle under Ciovo Island cliffs and snorkel on the secluded Prizidnica beach. Visit scenic Blue lagoon bay and enjoy its turquoise blue water. Explore the charming village of Maslinica and enjoy a coffee on its Riva (waterfront promenade). Islands Ciovo, Drvenik and Solta are awaiting you!
Island hopping kayaking tour is camp & kayak travelling style. With two camping overnights. One overnight is in an official camping area while the other overnight is wild camping on a lonesome beach. Daily distances are around 14km but milage can be extended while the group is up for it. We travel with our kayaks loaded, carrying all the gear and food with us. Meals are rich and tasty. Furthermore, we try to suit all kinds of diets and dietary restrictions. Experienced and BCU certificated Red Adventures local leaders are to help you at any time. Improve your kayaking skills and have a blast while Island kayaking in Croatia.
You will start off the adventure by meeting your guides, who will teach you how to fit your kayak, give you detailed route introduction and some briefing on the gear, kayaking technique, microclimate opportunities and safety on the sea. After this, you are ready to start the adventure!
The kayaking starts from the 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 the 500-year-old sanctuary „Our Lady of Prizidnica“. The highlight of the day would be 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 the 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 campsite located on the west part of Ciovo island where we will call it a day, and enjoy the night beneath the stars.
Meals: Lunch Picnic, Dinner
Distance: 8 Nm / 14 km
Overnight: Official camping
Day 2Ciovo island – Maslinica
Our goal destination for the second day is Drvenik Veli island and the famous bay of Krknjasi. On our way there we will pass numerous little islands, islets and reefs. Each of them has their own story, but even we don’t know all of them, what we can do is create one together. Krknjasi blue lagoon is one of the most popular and probably one of the most picturesque 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 that will go well with your Instagram feed.
Afterwards, we will proceed to the Island of Solta and the village of Maslinica which together with its archipelago represents one of the most beautiful places on the island. Before you hit the beds we recommend you take in the sounds of crickets, enjoy a glass of wine and just look at the lights on the other side of the bay, just the way Dalmatians spend most of their nights, and there isn’t the best place for it than Maslinica
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Picnic, Dinner
Distance: 8 Nm / 14 km
Overnight: Unofficial camping
Day 3Maslinica – Rogac (Solta Island) – Ferry
The last day but not the least interesting one of our adventure we will paddle along the unapproachable north side of Solta island, and enjoy in the pine forest view. While paddling we will get a chance to make a stop in a small bay of Kruscica to have a well-deserved rest in the shade. Later on, we still have a short distance paddle till Rogac, the main bay of the island from here we will take a ferry to Split and finish our 3-day adventure, and maybe convince you to stay longer and embark on another adventure with us, but will see about that. Before the ferry leaves, we can enjoy in a beautiful pebble beach of Rogac and compliment the skin tan you’ve obtained during the trip, or take a walk to Grohote village. The stunning small village is the oldest settlement on the island and is a home of some of the most famous Croatian naïve painters, also something worth checking out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Picnic
Distance: 7 Nm / 12 km
Transfer: Ferry Solta – Split
The tour runs all year round, but the best weather conditions can be expected from May till October.
Departures are available on request on any day suiting you best. Below prices are applicable for groups of 4 and more:
For smaller groups please ask for a quote.
The price includes:
• Transfer to the start point
• Picnic lunch on all days
• Two dinners prepared by the guide or at a local tavern
• Breakfast on the second and third day
• High-quality Prijon sea kayaks with choice of a 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)
• Photos from the tour
• Snorkeling equipment
• Storage of excess luggage at our office during the tour
• Transfer to Split after the tour
The price does NOT include:
• Airfares & other travel expenses to arrive at the meeting point in Split
• Accommodation before and after the tour
• Travel insurance that covers sea kayaking
• Tips for your guide
• Personal expenses
Croatia and Mediterranean offer great food and we always make sure that you try local dishes, delicacies, and products having a memorable gastronomic experience.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we make sure you have a rich one. It is prepared by our guide in a self-service arrangement at a guesthouse terrace or in the campsite and generally includes some of the following: eggs, cheese, ham, cereals, bread spreads, fruits, milk, yoghurt, coffee, tea, etc.
Each day during the lunch breaks our guide will offer you snacks such as sandwiches, pastries, fruits or energy bars.
Dinner is prepared by your guide or organized in a local tavern. Charming terrace of our local guest house or campsite (depending on your package) will be a perfect set up for you to taste a traditionally prepared dish. You can have a glass of wine while waiting for your dish by the sea and enjoying the sunset.
Drinks are at your own cost if eating at a tavern. If our guide is preparing dinner he will provide you with drinks.
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 reusable water bottles that will be filled out whenever needed.
Two camping overnights. First overnight will be in small, family-run “Labadusa” campground. Placed in a long and beautiful Duboka bay under the shadows of pine forest. The camp provides clean and tidy sanitary facilities, electricity to charge your phones and cameras, beach bar and Mediterranean style tavern.
Secon overnight will be wild camping, usually on the isolated beach without any facilities, located just by the sea to enjoy a real “into the wild” experience.
While camping you will be provided with camping package that includes a two-person tent, camping mattress and sleeping bag.
We choose to use German high-quality Prijon brand kayaks for our touring expeditions because of several reasons:
– Wide range of Prijon kayaks can accommodate any type of paddles. We have models for light, medium and high weight, short and tall paddles. Kayaks can be adjusted for each person individually thanks to their comfortable touring seat-system, lightweight 3D-thigh braces and slide footrest. Therefore, you can easily find and adjust your individual seating position.
– High storage capacity enables you to take a lot of luggage and gear with you on your multiday expedition. Being such a great load carrier, our expeditions are much more hassle-free.
– HTP material is perfect for Dalmatian rough coast and can tolerate some contact with sharp rocky coast, which makes our kayaking more trouble-free.
– Their fast and safe shape is designed for typical wind/wave situation on the Adriatic Sea, especially choppy waves during summer.
– Each kayak is equipped with rudder which can come handy for beginner’s paddler especially in windy situations. It makes tracking and turning much easier. If you don’t need it you can simply take it out of the water and paddle without it!
All kayaks in Red Adventures fleet are not older more than 3 years. We renew our gear regularly and keep them in good shape.
Which kayak model to choose?
You have a chance to choose between single and double touring kayaks depending on your preference and experience.
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.
Double or single?
For those with a lack of extensive kayaking experience or questionable physical fitness, we strongly recommend double kayak use for comfort and safety. Our double kayak Prijon Poseidon offers great performance while providing great comfort and stability. The reasons for using tandems are as follows:
Speed – Length equals speed. Therefore, the longer waterline of a tandem kayak makes it considerably faster than a solo kayak.
Stability – The extra width of a tandem kayak provides excellent stability. You’ll appreciate this most in choppy water, and when observing or photographing nature. The greater stability of tandems allows us extra freedom to travel in a greater variety of sea conditions.
Support- In case of rough weather conditions two paddlers are always stronger than one. Two paddlers make a team and always better handle rough weather situation. Also, double kayak gives a chance for one paddler to take a small break to relax, drink water or take a picture during kayaking.
Usual gear we are providing for your kayak trip:
– Paddle (TNP aluminium)
– Buoyancy aid (Aquarius MQ Pro PFD)
– Spray skirt (Prijon polyester)
– Dry bags, etc.
Carbon paddle (Prijon Stream) upgrade is available at the price of 5€ per day.
What do I need to bring with me for kayaking?
The only thing you need to take with you is swimming wear, water shoes and sun protection (lycra shirt, cap, sunglasses, sun cream). Kayaking gloves can be helpful too!