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A family holiday for water lovers, available for children aged 6 and upwards. Spend the week exploring the Elaphite Islands off Dubrovnik by sea kayak. With an itinerary designed specifically for families, there is an ideal mix of paddling, snorkelling and playing on the beach.
The Elaphite Islands, North West of Dubrovnik, are formed out of ten small islands of which only a handful (Lopud, Kolocep and Sipan) are inhabited. With a rocky coastline, interspersed with white sandy beaches, they offer a perfect destination for those wanting to combine sea kayaking and snorkelling with some beach time. Inland, the islands have pretty villages and hills dotted with pine forests and vineyards.
You will be based on the Island of Lopud for your entire holiday, taking daily excursions to explore all the island has to offer and also to visit the neighbouring island of Kolocep. Your guide will lead you on your daily expeditions, when you can expect to spend on average 2 - 3 hours paddling per day. The rest of the time will be spent exploring locally by foot, snorkelling and relaxing on the beaches. To ensure a balanced itinerary, and to give weary arms a rest, two rest days are built in to the itinerary, when you will have a chance to go banana boating as well as visit neighbouring Dubrovnik - a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This is a family holiday and whilst no previous sea kayaking experience is required, all members of the family should be happy in or around the water. There are around 3 - 6 hours of daily activities in the itinerary (including swimming and snorkelling, as well as paddling)
Double and single kayaks are both available.
The suggested minimum age for this trip is 6.
Number of participants: min 4 - max 20
Guide to kayakers ratio 1/8
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Kayaking around Lopud
Day 3: Kayaking Kolocep - Lopud
Day 4: Kayaking: Kolocep - Lopud
Day 5: Kayaking Lopud - Sipan
Day 6: Fun Activities & Dubrovnik
Day 7: Lopud - Free Time
Day 8: Departure
Children's rate applies to under 16s only.
Our trip was fabulous- everything and more than we expected. Your team could not be praised too highly, nothing seemed a bother to them.
Feedback as requested
Accommodation - basic Croatian house - lovely, just what we wanted !
Food - possibly one of the only disappointments - breakfasts very basic, tea and coffee not good but it was ok and we managed (this is after all how the Croatians eat !).
Transport - all great.
Guides - Mattias and Geevo (ignore spelling) - so pleasant and just brilliant , went out of their ways to accommodate us.
It must be noted that when in Croatia you are on "Croatian time" and therefore 8am could mean anything up to 10.30 but when you have the sun, beach and scenery to sit and watch whilst waiting of your guides - this was not really an issue after you got used to it.
One small note, you could well do in investing in some smaller kayaks and paddles for kids between say 8 - 14, they only catered for adults with these and you know yourself that the right paddle is important.
Mark out of 5 = 6 /5 So, all in all, a great holiday and now I have the job of trying to "top" this next year.
MARIE DIXON reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik
We thought this was a very well planned out trip. It had a good balance of kayaking and fun time. All staff we came across from booking, to transfer to guides were always very helpful and friendly. The staff in Croatia were always welcoming and forthcoming with help and information. We loved the island, the car free environment was fantastic. The island and its neighbors were beautiful, the water is stunning, I cant remember seeing sea that clear before. The children were never bored, if they weren't kayaking they were snorkeling and loved it. We all loved the banana boat ride and the speed boat trip.
On the last day three families chartered the local glass bottom boat, 1300 Kuna for the day (approx £10 per person) and we had a fantastic trip around other islands, snorkeling and swimming in new areas and a lovely lunch on anther islands. I would recommend this to other travelers. I think this was arranged through Irvana.
We would recommend this holiday and Tourdust services to friends in the future.
Claire Hillman-Brown reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik