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Spend a week Island Hopping in Croatia, exploring the Elaphite Islands off Dubrovnik by sea kayak. For paddlers of all abilities, this holiday is perfect for those looking for a blend of sea-based adventure, fantastic local food and relaxation in a Mediterranean climate.
Situated in the south of Croatia, the Elaphites are a small group of islands in the Adriatic sea, north west of the ancient city of Dubrovnik. Out of the ten small islands, only three are inhabited; Lopud, Sipan (the largest) and Kolocep. With sandy beaches and quiet coves on the inland sides of the islands, the sea facing coastlines are typified by steep cliffs and blue caves. Inland, the islands are hilly, covered with pine forests, vineyards and olive trees, dotted with crumbling houses and old churches. The pace of life on these sleepy islands is much more relaxed than the touristy Dubrovnik. Whilst all three islands receive their fair share of day visitors, the evenings are left for the island's inhabitants and are best enjoyed with a cool drink watching the sunset in a harbour-side bar.
Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will spend between 3 - 6 hours per day paddling, with the rest of the time reserved for snorkelling, exploring by foot or relaxing on the beach. Heading out from Dubrovnik, where you will meet your group, you will stay first on the island of Lopud, which you will use as your base to explore the island and also the neighbouring island of Kolocep. The blue caves and steep cliffs make for a dramatic and interesting coastline, perfectly geared towards paddlers. Inland, Lopud has a fine set of hiking trails which lead to the Western most point of the island for stunning sunsets and also to the crumbling fort in the centre of the island, with far-reaching panoramic views.
You will then transfer to the island of Sipan, where you will stay for two nights, giving you the chance to explore the secluded beaches and coves that the island has to offer. A particular highlight here is a cave that can only be reached by swimming into it. The sandy bottom has gives the water a beautiful azure colour, leading to locals nicknaming it the 'green cave.'
This holiday is as much about experiencing the food and way of life on the islands as much as as the kayaking. Accommodation and restaurants have been chosen for their authenticity and local ownership, so don't expect 5* ratings. That said, the warmth and friendliness of your hosts will easily compensate for the lack of a marble bathroom.
The suggested minimum age for this trip is 16. If you have younger children, you might want to consider the family kayaking holiday.
This is a group holiday. The minimum group size for this trip is 4 and the max is 20. The guide to kayakers ratio is 1/8
You don't need to have previous experience of kayaking for this holiday. Your guides will give you a full briefing before you head off on your first full day. A reasonable level of fitness is, however, recommended. On each of the days, there is the possibility to be more / less active. Additional paddling can be added for those wanting more of a challenge, likewise you can opt out of some of the longer trips if you want.
Three 50+ year olds had a fab time on the Croatian Island Hopping Holiday in June 2012. The trip was extremely well organised, but we didn't feel as if we were being over regimented. The kayaks were well maintained and we had the option of singles or doubles. The kayaking was challenging, due to unusually high winds, but was manageable if not a little tiring. We paddled between 12 and 19km/day. On a very windy day, the water activities had to be cancelled, but they were replaced with an equally challenging and enjoyable hike. We had the services of the guide for an extra day at the end of the week, which should have been a free day, this was an unexpected bonus to compensate for the missed day at sea. The accommodation was basic but adequate, our room on Lopud didn't have air-conditioning, which was fine in June, but may be uncomfortable in August. Other rooms in Lopud did have aircon. The food was plentiful, very fresh and lovely.
Joy Marshall reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday
Brilliant in every respect.
Robert Waddington reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday
Amazing time, 6 of us joined the group, the two guides were so lovely friendly and very helpful. The guest houses on both islands were very traditional and very nice and the owners so welcoming. Ben and Anna at Tourdust made organising this group holiday very easy by constantly keeping in touch and answering questions etc. The kayaks and equipment was very good and each day was an adventure. I would highly recommend Tourdust to others. Thankyou for a very good holiday. Anne's group Norwich
Anne Herring reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday
A great trip. There was a choice of single and double kayaks which were of good quality. The trips included a mix of coastal exploration and short crossings which was a good combination.. A star feature was a trip to a family small holding where we were fed copious quanties of home grown vegetables, goat and chicken reared on the farm and washed down with home made red wine and an interesting selection of liquers. At the end of the meal the guide got out is guitar and played and sang some classic English folky type songs. Accomodation but modest but fine and there was a good selection of restuarants. Obala on Lopad and the hotel on Sipad were very good value for a upmarket meal whilst the other restuarants we visited all had good fish.
Angela Milne reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday
I had a fantastic group, the local knowledge of the guides was invaluable in ensuring the group had the best possible experience. Great paddling, great guides, great good, great time had by all.
TonyLitson reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday
Sea kayaking is the ideal way to explore these beautiful islands. Warm clear seas, fantastic local cuisine and a very helpful company with local knowledge of all the best places to visit and eat.
Maureen Birch reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday
This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We enjoyed the kayaking whch was quite manageable even for a couple in their late fifties. The weather was brillinant and we met some really nice people. What more could you want - a bit of white water?
Neil Badger reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday