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.
for $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.
the 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.
you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that ice cream was had at each stop :)
each island got progressively better, and progressively smaller.
on the second island of šipan, we docked and had lunch after taking a salty swim.
i made him take a picture by this cool textured wall against his will..worth it!
lunchtime on the boat! it felt like a completely locally meal made for us,
and there were even seconds offered. it was fresh and delicious!
live music adds to any meal! ^^
we went for a post-lunch dip ^^
the 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!
after 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.
although 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!