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Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik

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.

Small Group Classic 8 days

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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 have a go at Stand Up Paddle Boarding as well as visit neighbouring Dubrovnik - a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Standard accommodation is in self-catering apartments owned by local families. The rooms are simple but clean and licensed for tourists.

All Breakfasts and some of the dinners and lunches are included in the price of this holiday. Breakfasts are taken with the group at one of the cafes over-looking the sea. Lunch is at your own expense - you will usually stop at local taverns, but you can also pick up sandwiches from the island shop if you prefer picnics. Food is typically Mediterranean - seafood, garden grown vegetables and is prepared simply without heavy spices.

We can offer an upgraded accommodation at Hotel Lafodia which is a larger modern 4 star resort on the Island. Please get in touch for more details and upgrade costs.


Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Kayaking: Lopud - Sunj
Day 3: Kayaking: Lopud - Kolocep - Lopud
Day 4: Kayaking: Lopud - Trsteno - Lopud
Day 5: Kayaking Lopud - Sipan - Lopud
Day 6: Stand Up Paddle Board
Day 7: Free Time
Day 8: Departure

Children's rate applies to under 16s only.



Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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Price rating 2

- Good value
- Local hosts
- Comfortable & clean
- En-suite


Getting there

You will need to fly to Dubrovnik (DBV). Your holiday will start on a Sunday and you can arrive at any time during the day. The airport is serviced by several airlines in the UK.
- From the South East - you can reach Dubrovnik from Stansted (Easyjet), Luton (Wizzair) or Gatwick (Easyjet, British Airways, Thomson, Monarch)
- From the Midlands - you can fly from Birmingham (Monarch, FlyBe and Thomson) and from EMA (BmiBaby)
- From the North - you can fly from Manchester (Thomson and Jet2), Leeds Bradford (Jet2) and Newcastle (Jet2)
- From Scotland - you can fly from Edinburgh with Jet2.

Joining Instructions
You will be met at the airport and transferred to Dubrovnik, your bags will be looked after allowing you to spend the day exploring the City before meeting up again to catch the evening ferry over to the Islands. Depending on your arrival time it is possible to put you on an earlier ferry on request.

For planning flight times:
For May, the only ferries from Dubrovnik run at 09:30, 20:00. Please make sure your flight arrives in good time to catch one of these ferries.
From 01 - 28 June and 27 Aug - 30 Sept, there are ferries from Dubrovnik that run at 09:30 and 20:30.
From 29 June - 26 Aug, there are ferries from Dubrovnik that run at 09:00, 11:45, 18:15 and 21:00.

For May, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 07:45 (arrives Dubrovnik 08:45) and 18:45 (arrives Dubrovnik 19:45), so it is usually fine to book flights from 11:30am onwards.
01 - 28 June and 27 Aug - 30 Sept, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 07:45 (arrives Dubrovnik 08:45) and 19:15 (arrives Dubrovnik 20:15), so it is usually fine to book flights from 11:30am onwards.
29 June - 26 Aug, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 07:45 (arrives Dubrovnik 08:45), 10:35 (arrives Dubrovnik 11:35) and 19:50 (arrives Dubrovnik 20:50), so it is usually fine to book flights from 11:30am onwards

Price includes

7 nights guesthouse on the island of Lopud
7 breakfasts
2 dinners in local restaurant
1 lunch in local restaurant
Sea kayaking guide service
All of the activities on the tour
Transfers to and from Dubrovnik airport by van
All applicable taxes

The child rate applies to under 16s only.

When is best?

The Dubrovnik region and Elaphite islands enjoy a typically Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny summers and mild winters. Rainfall is low but cannot be ruled out any time of the year

Is it for me?

This is a family holiday and whilst no previous sea kayaking experience is required, all members of the family should be strong swimmers and comfortable swimming out of their depth. Paddling distances range from 7.5 to 16 km per day (3-6hrs). Double and single kayaks are both available. We strongly recommend double kayaks for children under the age of 12. The suggested minimum age for this trip is 6.

Number of participants: min 4 - max 20
Guide to kayakers ratio 1/8


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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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based on 492 reviews


  • On our final night now in Dubrovnik sadly.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the first half Tourdust arranged with all the kayaking etc. our son was very sad to leave and preferred the earlier part of our trip to the second half chilling by the pool!

    Accommodation was 'ok', activities were just enough, some people couldn't keep up with the amount of kayaking but for us it was just the right amount. Johnny and Mattie were superb, they went out of their way to ensure everyone was happy all the time (I hope Tourdust look after them as they are a great asset to the company!!).

    They took us to some great restaurants, arranged all the transport and ensured everyone was safe during the activities.

    5 out of 5 to you guys, we hope to be back!!

    MissingRichard Jones reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 22 August 2014

  • 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.

    MissingMARIE DIXON reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 21 August 2013

  • 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.

    MissingClaire Hillman-Brown reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 11 December 2012

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Families from $1,401 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $262 per person economy class from London


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