croatian island hopping

croatia’s coastline is speckled with thousands of islands dotting the adriatic..
so it was no wonder that everyone told us that while in this country,
we needed to experience some islands. almost every local that we spoke to
asked which islands we would be visiting during our visit, and we hadn’t
planned on any in our rush! i quickly researched some options… most of
the really popular islands are a little ways off the croatian coast, but while
we were in dubrovnik we were able to join a nearby 3-island elaphiti island
excursion to koločep, šipan, & lopud. we decided on this cruise to get a taste
of the wide range offered by the three islands. from ancient buildings
and churches – to hillside villages – to beautiful pebble beaches, these
islands and the smaller surroundings offer so much to explore in a day.

IMG_5485for $50 we got picked up in the morning by a shuttle, driven to the port,
sailed to all 3 islands with a good amount of time on each, and served
a fresh grilled fish lunch on the boat with live music. it was a full day from
9 in the morning until 6 pm, but it didn’t feel like a long tour – we had plenty
of time on our own to swim/ lay on the beach/ relax/ and explore the islands.

IMG_5388 Island Cruise1the ship was a historic galleon tirena, which looked like a
giant pirate ship – haha. it was fun to sail around on! we played
cards, read our books, and basked in the sun from island to island.
IMG_5497 Croatian Islandsyou shouldn’t be surprised to hear that ice cream was had at each stop :)
Croatian Islands1
IMG_5416each island got progressively better, and progressively smaller.
Croatian Islands4IMG_5463Croatian Islands3on the second island of šipan, we docked and had lunch after taking a salty swim.
IMG_5445IMG_5418 IMG_5436 IMG_5441i made him take a picture by this cool textured wall against his will..worth it!
IMG_5442IMG_5457 IMG_5448lunchtime on the boat! it felt like a completely locally meal made for us,
and there were even seconds offered. it was fresh and delicious!

IMG_5449live music adds to any meal! ^^
Island Cruise4we went for a post-lunch dip ^^

IMG_5469 Island Cruise5the adriatic is so salty…in the best way possible. when you dive under the water
you can taste the strongest salt immediately – more than any ocean i’ve been in!

IMG_5450 IMG_5466IMG_5492 IMG_5476IMG_5507after a long day in the sun and sea, we boarded the ship back to dubrovnik.
we were caked with salt and a little bit sunburned and thoroughly exhausted.

IMG_5494although we were glad to get a small taste of croatia’s islands, we only saw
the 3 very closest to dubrovnik. there are SO many more that we want to
visit by ferry someday. there are different islands for all types of travelers:
foodies, history lovers, partiers, relaxers (is that a word? it should be :)
some of the most popular islands that top our list for next time include:

•hvar – the sunniest, fanciest one with an amazing old town
•brač – for the beach and sunbathing!
•cred – the quiet one for exploring nature
•krk – the biggest, most popular, diverse, and most accessible island

cheers to island life!


'croatian island hopping' has 9 comments

  1. September 29, 2015 @ 1:56 pm Lauren

    It’s on my bucket list to jump off a boat into the adriatic sea one day but I guess I need to learn to swim first :(
    Thank you for sharing all these beautiful photos and insider tips. I can’t wait to go to Croatia!


    • emi

      September 29, 2015 @ 2:06 pm emi

      croatia will not disappoint! :)


  2. September 29, 2015 @ 8:45 pm Katie @ Katie Wanders

    Croatian Island Hopping is such a dreamy idea! As always, loving the colors in your pictures! You have a way of capturing the colors of a city – I am in love! Wishing I was on those boats!

    katie @ Katie Wanders


  3. September 30, 2015 @ 6:48 am whitney

    Dang it, this has me craving the sun and summer again already …looks amazing. That first picture of the ropes on your boat ride is so cool!


  4. September 30, 2015 @ 7:00 am jennie

    How fun! I have heard amazing things about boating and sailing there. Glad you got to experience it!


  5. September 30, 2015 @ 7:48 am mandy

    The color of that water plus the boats and buoys in it … incredible!!!!


  6. September 30, 2015 @ 9:49 am tam

    I love Croatia’s islands! Some of my favorite places I’ve visited. You’ll have to get to Krk next time!


  7. October 1, 2015 @ 2:05 pm Rachel

    That scenery looks sooo gorgeous! Love that the water is clear (hate not being able to see what’s underneath). Sounds like a perfect day!


    • emi

      October 2, 2015 @ 3:42 am emi

      HAHA same – nothing worse than murky water!!!


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