The elaphiti islands: sea kayaking

Croatia

TRIP NOTES

  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • 2-8 people
  • moderate

ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dubrovnik - the Pearl of Adriatic
  • sea kayaking on Elaphiti islands
  • traditional cuisine
  • Trsteno arboretum
  • Green Cave snorkeling
  • uninhabited islands of Jakljan and Olipa

After your arrival to the Old City of Dubrovnik, one the world’s most beautiful destinations, and some introductory sight-seeing we will board an old Jadrolinija ferry to the Elaphiti Islands archipelago. Elaphitis are a group of 13 islands, one of which being Šipan, our base.

The island of Šipan, with somewhere around 400 inhabitants, being the largest one in the archipelago, has two villages, Luka Šipanska and Suđurad. Small, quaint village representing a fascinating mixture of architecture, flora and culture. Small stone houses protected by their terracotta roofs will win your hearts at first sight.

As residues of some past times while Dubrovnik was a republic of its own, one can enjoy many small chapels on the island. There are over 30 churches and chapels on the island for us to explore. Our expedition will take us in our kayaks around the entire Šipan island, the uninhabited islands of Jakljan and Olipa, the famous Lopud island and a short trip to the mainland where the oldest arboretum in the region awaits for us, in the village of Trsteno.

Nevertheless, local people are the hidden gem of this small island in Southern Dalmatia. Their stories, their lives are an encyclopedia where, if one listens carefully, can learn so much about the old ways of life, how fishing has changed and what happens when the world comes to you.

Day 1: Transit day: arrive in Dubrovnik, explore Old City / walk the city walls; 4 PM ferry to Šipan Island; check-in at the guesthouse; introduction dinner

Day 2: Suđurađ port: equipment issue/basic paddling and rescue instruction in the bay; Paddle inner side of Šipan along the secluded coves to the other side of island; Relax and lunch in Luka Šipanska, transfer back to house; free afternoon

Day 3: Luka Šipanska: morning cycling to kayaks at the port; Kayak from Luka Šipanska to Jakljan and Olipa islands; Swim and snorkel in the blue lagoons; picnic lunch; paddling back to Luka Šipanska; cycling back to house; free afternoon

Day 4: Green Cave: morning transfer to Luka Šipanska; Kayak from Luka Šipanska to Suđurađ on the outer side of the island; stop and snorkel at the Green Cave; lunch at a local family restaurant in Suđurađ; free afternoon

Day 5: Lopud island: paddle from Šipan island to Lopud island, Explore the 16th century Franciskan monastery; Hike to Šunj beach; lunch at a beach bar; swimming/relaxing at the sandy beach; Hike back to kayaks; Kayak back to Suđurađ island

Day 6: Free Day: day off for the group; Go to the beach and read a book or have a cocktail, ferry to Dubrovnik or one of the other Elaphiti islands, kayak or hike on your own;

Day 7: Trsteno village: paddle from Šipan to Trsteno village; visit to the arboretum; lunch in the village; padling around Ruda island and back to Šipan island; farewell dinner

Day 8: Transit day: early morning ferry to Dubrovnik; Transfer to airport for departure flights

TRIP LENGTH 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
  • Arrival/Departure Point: Dubrovnik
  • Accommodations: private double rooms with attached bathrooms and A/C
  • Tour Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, entrance fees, kayak & snorkeling gear, instruction, guiding, airport & ferry transfers, meals as specified per meal plan
  • Tour Exclusions: personal spendings, drinks during lunches and dinners, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • Tour Price: 8.900,00 Kn / €1198 / $1412 / £1047

  *includes: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners*

Single Supplement*: additional 1.325,00 Kn / €175 / $207 / £155

*Prices are in Croatian Kuna: Euro, USD and GBP prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations

**2 person minimum**

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