Explore the secrets of Dalmatian Islands
While there is more than enough to explore and enjoy in and around the Dalmatian coast and islands on a standard holiday, it is worth making the extra effort to see some sights which are truly extraordinary. One of the highlights for many people visiting Hvar Island is a full-day tour to the magical caves and coves of Vis and Bisevo.
Starting from Hvar town, your first port of call is a very special cave on the small island of Ravnik. The Green Cave, as it is known - is famous for the small cracks in its ceiling, allowing beams of light to come through, leaving a trace in the sea throughout the cave. The cave is quite spacious, and its depth varies from three to five metres and smaller boats can even enter the cave.
Just five nautical miles from Vis Island, lies one of Croatia's most unusual natural phenomena on the island of Bisevo - the spectacular Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) - whose interior is an indescribable intense blue colour due to rays of the sun which penetrate through a single crack in the rock. The lighting effects will be like no other you have ever experienced! Add to that the island's stunning nature and splendid sandy beaches, and it is little wonder all our guests leave Bisevo short of breath at such wondrous sights! The best/optimal time to visit Blue Cave to experience its magical blue light is between 12pm - 2 pm. Because the cave is so small, we will disembark and use a smaller craft to actually visit the interior. Because the Blue Cave is such a magnet for visitors, access is managed by local port authorities and we may have to wait for 10-20 minutes before being allowed in.
The unspoiled and rugged island of Vis is an island of extraordinary beauty and rich in historic heritage dating back to ancient Greeks but is also famous for its wines, fishing, architecture and nature. After Blue Cave we cruise to Komiža town on Vis Island, a picturesque village known for its rich cultural, historical and fishing traditions. The town is best known for it's Renaissance tower dating back to the 16th century. Today, it is a home of a local Fishing museum. Komiža is also known for its fine restaurants, where you can enjoy a prefect seafood lunch at famous Bako or Jastožera restaurant : a place where you pick your lobster from the sea for lunch. Both places are known for superb fresh fish dishes!
Our tour takes in the coves and beaches of the island of Vis, some of the most outstanding on the coast, allowing you ample to time to chill. Stiniva cove is one of our guests' favorite beaches. Located on the south side of the island, it is characterized by a very narrow entrance, after which the cove widens to a beautiful, thirty-meter wide pebble beach, flanked by perpendicular rocks 35 metres high that, long time ago, were forming a dome of a huge cave. The cave colapsed exposing a beautiful bay.
Relax on the beach, swim, snorkel - whatever you decide, the Secret Dalmatia Caves and Coves of Bisevo and Vis is a spectacular day out that will leave you marveling for days.
Collection from your hotel, villa or private apartment, full day, private motor boat with English speaking, experienced skipper. Water, snacks, and towels for swimming included.
Available May to October
9 AM departure from your hotel or other meeting place depending on your location
Bring camera, swim suit, sports shoes, sun screen... Light jacket in case of chilli mornings out of summer months.
They first founded Lumbarda, looking for new locations for wineries were we'll take first. Here you'll get familiar with a local white wine sort Grk, but also with other gastro specialties of Korčula such as cheese, olive oil, grappa and much more.
After that, the city of Korčula awaits us, one of the most beautiful medieval cities on the Adriatic Coast. We tour its charming streets and squares with Renaissance palaces, and magnificent Cathedral of St Mark, the city's patron saint and of course Marco Polo's house.
Finish the day with Korčula traditional dinner
Duration: 6 hours
16:00 tour of the town of Korcula
17:00 departure to Lumbarda on vineyard fields
17:20 tour of the vineyard
18:00 Wine Tasting
19:00 Korcula traditional dinner
22:00 end of the trip
Enjoying your holiday in Split, but still don't want to miss a thing while in Croatia, treat yourself to our How Hvar Can You Go sea kayaking tour!
Visit one of the most beautiful islands on Croatian coast, including paddling round the Pakleni islands archipelago, right in front of Hvar town. It's easy to get to Hvar from Split. Our tour even includes RT transportation from Split! If you take the ferry to Stari Grad, the town bus meets all boats and brings you to Hvar Town. Our office is right in the center. If you come by catamaran to Hvar Town directly, we're just three minutes away from the dock.
After we meet, get introduced and have a short kayaking safety program, we'll paddle out from Hvar Town and head for the Pakleni islands. The archipelago has more than twenty uninhabited islets—so you can enjoy the thrill of having a beach or even a whole islet to yourself! How Hvar Can You Go is a great paddling, swimming and snorkeling island getaway. And we'll also point out some terrific shoreside bistros where you can have a light lunch right on the beach!
Price: 670 KN (95 EUR) per person. (croActive Holidays reserves the right to change prices depending on changes in the prices of ferry/catamaran tickets.)
Price includes: transfers from Split port to Hvar town and back, sea kayak and paddle, life jacket, dry bag, spray skirt, snorkeling equipment, guide and introduction in paddling techniques and safety, light lunch.
Min: 4 people
Max: 30 people
Meeting point: We will meet in front of St. Francis church (Sveti Frane), Trg Franje Tuđmana 1, 21000, Split, west part of main promenade in Split. From here we will escort you to the ferry port to board the ferry or catamaran to Hvar.
Departure time: 8.00 AM – 10.30 AM (depending on the ferry/catamaran). Most of these tours can also be arranged at a time that is convenient for you, so please ask us what your unique requirements are and we will be happy to get back to you with the particulars and our price.
Duration: Full day tour, including the voyage to and from Hvar. Sea kayaking activity 10 AM -2 PM (11:00-15:00) or 3 PM-7 PM (15:00-19:00). Returm back to Split around 9 PM (21:00) or later, depending on the ferry
OPTION: In 2015, European Coastal Airlines will begin regularly scheduled seaplane service to Hvar from Split from 8 AM to sunset. The flight time is about 15 minutes. If you wish to fly here, please let us know well in advance since space is limited and prices fluctuate!
What's included: The program as described, transfer, ferry tickets, light lunch, sea kayak and paddle, life jacket, dry bag, spray skirt, snorkeling equipment, guide and introduction in paddling techniques and safety.
What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, long sleeve (lycra if you have it, cotton if you don't) shirt, quick drying sports shoes, swimming gear, bottled water, towel and snacks.
Tour type: Sea tour, youth and family, nature & wildlife, cultural.
What's extra: gratuities to guide/skipper.
Transportation: Single or double professional sit -in sea kayaks, ferry / catamaran.
Activity level: Medium physical exercise.
Disabilities friendly: Please consult us for details.
Kid friendly: Yes. (Please let us know in advance.)
Life is hard for tourists in Dalmatia, of that there is no doubt.
All day on the beach, all night partying. With culture, gastronomy and a whole host of other things to pack into a holiday.
Visit the islands from Split? Sounds attractive, but that is a whole day out of the routine of beach, party, beach party.
What if you could cram in a superb taster of one of Croatia's most gorgeous spots, the Blue Lagoon, combining it with some swimming and snorkelling and a look at the UNESCO town of Trogir. In and out by speedboat in just four hours.
Nursing a hangover? Why not take advantage of the choice of morning (09:30) or afternoon (14:30) departure, starting your tour after a late breakfast, and returning refreshed and reinvigorated for the evening's entertainment.
AND you can even book the tour online by credit card, normal in most countries, but a revolution here.
What you get:
Admire the hard-to-forget picture of Split as we begin our tour on a speedboat. While that memory lingers, in the blink-of-an-eye we will reach the Blue Lagoon. Relax in this attractive place with brilliant turquoise water, everlasting sunshine and a sandy seabed, which will certainly fulfill all your dreams of a tropical paradise.
Since the Blue Lagoon is the perfect place to explore the colourful underwater world, use your time there to swim and snorkel. If you feel like it, just float effortlessly and enjoy this amazing sea formation in the company of the beautiful sea creatures.
After enjoying the Blue Lagoon, we will start our cruise back to Split, during which you can simply relax and enjoy the panoramic view of Trogir. Admire the astonishing city, founded in the 3rd century. Take a picture of this UNESCO World Heritage site, which is one of the best-preserved examples of a Romanesque-Gothic architecture not only in the Adriatic, but in all of Central Europe.
09:00/14:30* Departure from Split Riva
09:40/15:10* Free time in the Blue Lagoon
12:40/18:10* Departure from Blue Lagoon
13:10/18:40* Sightseeing of Trogir
14:00/19:30* Arrival to Split
*Half-day tour operates in the morning and afternoon.
For more information, and to book for tomorrow or later, click here.
Tourist agency address:
Dosud 4, 21000 Split
Working hours: 08:00-22:00
Tel: +385 21 344 085
Fax: +385 21 344 085
Cell: +385 98 869 871
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One of the most popular attractions in Dalmatia is the so-called Blue Cave on Bisevo, close to the island of Vis. The good news is that it is accessible on a day trip from Split via Sugaman Tours. In their own words:
Witness the originality and magnificence of the Blue Cave on Biševo Island. Swim inside the Green Cave and visit Palmižana bay. Enjoy Stiniva Cove surrounded by impressive rock cliffs and relax at the exotic scenery of Budikovac Island. Feel the spirit of Hvar's narrow streets, charming buildings and its cultural heritage.
Duration: 10 Hours (approx.)
Destinations/Attractions: Blue Cave, Green cave, Stiniva Cove, Budikovac Island, Hvar town, Palmižana bay
Capacity: 10 per speedboat
Included: Safety equipment, snorkeling gear (easybreath snorkeling mask), boarding ring® - the motion sickness solution, water/windproof jacket, entrance fee to the Blue Cave, insurance, guided tour of Hvar town
Excluded: Lunch, private expenses, gratuities (optional)
Voucher info: Feel free to present either a printed or electronic version for this tour
08:30 Departure from Split Riva
10:30 Sightseeing of Blue Cave
11:30 Swimming break in Stiniva Cove
12:10 Swimming break in the Green Cave
13:00 Lagoon of Island Budikovac
13:45 Free time in Palmižana bay
16:30 Guided tour in Hvar Town
19:00 Arrival to Split
More information and online booking here.
Solta is one of the most accessible and yet undiscovered destinations near Split. A lovely tour offered by Robert Aronson from Sightseeing Croatia.
Solta, the closest island to Split, is just a 45 minute ferry from Split and a world away! With just 1500 year round residents, Solta has remained one of the most unspoiled islands in the Adriatic. A favorite of sailors, who enjoy its 22 bays, Solta is also the island of olives, honey and wine.
You'll be met by the island's third generation bee keeper, Goran Tvrdic who will take you to his family estate overlooking the ocean. After learning about the island's world famous rosemary honey (and even get a chance to make your own) you'll be treated to a fabulous home-cooked lunch by Natasha Tvrdic, complete with the island's legendary Dobricic wine! Time to taste and purchase different honey products all made right here by Goran and his family.
After lunch it’s off to the groves of one of Croatia’s most award olive growers, Olynthia Natura, to learn about the oldest cultivated tree in the world. Some of the trees you will see are more than 1,000 years old! Then you'll visit the island's newest mill for a tour and an olive tasting with time to pick up some great olive oil at the mill shop. Time enough to swim before the ferry or catamaran back to Split.
A marvelous day in nature spent with local Croatians who are preserving a way of life that has gone on here for over 1,500 years! Minimum 2 people, $90 each, children under 12 ½ price; includes ferry tickets, transfers, lunch with wine home cooked by Natasha Tvrdic. One day notice required. Ask about our Special Olive Harvest Tours, late Oct.-early November, where you can pick olives and watch them be processed later and even take home a bottle!