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Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) Tours

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A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.

The Basics
The Elafiti Islands are easy to explore on a day trip from Dubrovnik. Speedboat tours of the three main islands are a popular choice, and  typically include stops for swimming, snorkeling, or sea kayaking, as well as free time to visit each island and lunch onboard. For a more personalized experience, choose a private tour and cruise the Adriatic Sea on your own personal boat or yacht. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • All the islands are car-free; the only way to get around is on foot or by bicycle.
  • Be sure to bring your swimsuit, towel, and sun protection.
  • Some ferries and boat tours to the Elafiti Islands are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with the tour operator in advance.

How to Get There
Located in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Dubrovnik, the Elafiti Islands are only reachable from the water. Ferries and taxi boats travel from Dubrovnik’s Gruz harbor to Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan.  You can also visit all three islands on a full-day trip from Dubrovnik. 

When to Get There
Summer—especially July and August— is the most popular time to visit. Boats can fill up quickly during this time, so be sure to book ahead. It’s possible to visit during winter, although ferries and tours are less frequent and may be weather-dependent. Visiting out of season means you’ll avoid crowds and have the sights to yourself, but be aware that most island hotels and restaurants will be closed. 

What to See and Do on the Elafiti Islands
Koločep is the nearest island to Dubrovnik, celebrated for its dramatic coastal cliffs, tranquil pebble beaches, and shaded olive groves. Neighboring Lopud is best known for its well-preserved, 11th-century Benedictine monastery, 16th-century churches, and beautiful Sunj beach—the largest sandy beach in Dubrovnik. Sipan is the largest of the three islands, where highlights include the remains of a Roman villa, a 15th-century palace, and multiple walking and cycling trails along the coastline.
Address: Elafiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia
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Full-Day Dubrovnik Elaphite Islands Cruise with Lunch

Full-Day Dubrovnik Elaphite Islands Cruise with Lunch

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Admire the scenery of the Adriatic Coast on this full-day Elaphite Island cruise from Dubrovnik. Board a shared boat and spend the day sailing to the three gems of Lopud, Sipan, and Kolocep. Relax and soak up the seascapes on deck as you cruise, and at each island, enjoy free time to explore stone villages, beaches, footpaths, and historical landmarks. Choose from three lunch dishes and enjoy unlimited onboard drinks. Includes Dubrovnik hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.67
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$45.67
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Three Islands Cruise with lunch by Galleon Tirena from Dubrovnik

Three Islands Cruise with lunch by Galleon Tirena from Dubrovnik

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Set sail and and get out of the city by booking this fun day trip to the ancient Elafiti Islands. Hop on a boat in Dubrovnik and then navigate the soul-restoring Adriatic waters until reaching the islands where you’ll time to explore the villages and countryside. While visiting Koločep, Lopud and Šipan Islands, learn the history of the places and even indulge in a traditional Croatian lunch with live folk music.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.48
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Dubrovnik Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Dubrovnik Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

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Explore Croatia’s spectacular coastal scenery on this 8-hour Elafiti Islands cruise from Dubrovnik. Hop aboard your sightseeing vessel in Dubrovnik and cruise out onto the waves. Visit islands such as Koločep, Lopud and Šipan, and explore the village of Suđurađ. Enjoy a delicious lunch alongside a selection of refreshing beverages on board. During your tour, swim in the clear waters, stroll along the beaches, sightseen or simply soak up the sunshine at your leisure. With round-trip travel from your Dubrovnik hotel, enjoy a relaxing day on the waves.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.35
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$47.35
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Elaphite Islands Cruise and Blue Cave Snorkeling Boat Tour from Dubrovnik

Elaphite Islands Cruise and Blue Cave Snorkeling Boat Tour from Dubrovnik

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The Elaphiti Islands boast scenic landscapes and unique heritage, but appreciating all they have to offer can be difficult for visitors with limited time. Discover the islands’ highlights on a day tour from Dubrovnik that includes a visit to secluded Lopud, lunch on Sipan, and snorkeling in Kolocep’s Blue Cave. Save time for sightseeing with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$44.43
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$44.43
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Elafiti Islands Cruise with live entertainment by Galleon from Dubrovnik

Elafiti Islands Cruise with live entertainment by Galleon from Dubrovnik

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The Adriatic Sea is an emotive body of water. The smell of the salt in the air, the dazzling color of blue, the sound of waves. This cruise takes you deep into the Adriatic, the sun on your skin, to the Elaphiti Islands. Visit three amazing islands, sitting just off the Dalmatian Coast and then cruise back to Dubrovnik having gone off the beaten path to a few of Croatia’s most beautiful islands.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.51
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$35.51
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Unique Elaphite Islands Cruise from Dubrovnik with Lunch by Magnificent Karaka

Unique Elaphite Islands Cruise from Dubrovnik with Lunch by Magnificent Karaka

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Take a day on the Dalmatian Coast to do some island-hopping on this day trip from Dubrovnik. Board the spacious and comfortable boat and set off for pine tree-clad Koločep to swim, snorkel and sunbathe and then to the town of Suđurađ on the island of Šipan to explore the fishing village and the Renaissance-era mansion. Finally, linger on Lopud Island and discover its proud naval traditions. Indulge in a feast of a lunch buffet on the boat and enjoy a drink at the bar while cruising the Adriatic.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.57
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Elafiti Islands Private Tour with Fisher 20 Speedboat

Elafiti Islands Private Tour with Fisher 20 Speedboat

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To explore the Elafiti Islands without the rigid itinerary of a typical guided tour, don't miss this private cruise with a skipper that's happy to take you where you want to go. After easy pickup, you can hop aboard your speedboat, cruise to the islands, and spend your time however you'd like. You can explore historic sights, enjoy activities like swimming and cliff jumping, and even visit the must-see Blue Cave. Just ask you skipper, and get ready for adventure.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$357.94
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$357.94
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Private boat tours in Dubrovnik: Hidden Beauties of Elaphiti Islands

Private boat tours in Dubrovnik: Hidden Beauties of Elaphiti Islands

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Explore the Elafiti Islands on this private 4- or 8-hour speedboat tour in Dubrovnik. Hop aboard your speedboat and zoom to Koločep Island with a guide, where dense pine forests rise over crystal-clear waters. Swim and snorkel around natural sea caves or explore inland walking trails, then head onward to Lopud Island — part of the former Dubrovnik Republic. Admire architecture from the Renaissance to the 20th century on Šipan Island and soak up the rays on Šunj Beach. Upgrade your tour to enjoy a full eight hours on the waves.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$505.55
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Dubrovnik Island-Hopping Cruise in the Elaphites

Dubrovnik Island-Hopping Cruise in the Elaphites

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Get a taste of the southern Dalmatian sweet life with this full-day trip that will take you via boat around the verdant Elaphite Islands. Lounge on the deck of the boat consuming unlimited amounts of soft drinks and wine. Chat with the boat’s captain about what life is like at sea. Explore the coniferous forests and citrus groves on Koločep Island. Wander the ruins of 600-year-old manner houses and churches on the island of Šipan. Indulge in a lunch made up of local ingredients. Finally, stroll the streets of Lopud town and sunbathe on Šunj beach, before returning to the mainland.
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  • 8 hours
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$59.18
Price varies by group size
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$59.18
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Private tour to the Elafiti with Barracuda 545 - half day 4h

Private tour to the Elafiti with Barracuda 545 - half day 4h

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We have full day and half day trips around Dubrovnik islands of Elafiti. There is no set itinerary but this is one idea how can you spend a amazing day on sea with us. On the start of the trip we do panorama of Dubrovnik Old town, see the city walls from the sea of course, tell you about Dubrovnik history ( if you are interested) and then go to the Elafiti. There are 3 islands ( Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan) and we visit caves ( Blue also) , beaches, nice private areas for swimming and snorkeling, ports of every island and of course stop anywhere you want so it is a private boat and a private tour. There are great restaurants on the island for a nice lunch. All trips are tailor made so you are in charge ;) you choose what to do, how long to stay on each island, beach , port etc.. Skippers are there for you to help and make your day on sea unforgettable!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$308.57
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Fish picnic: Elafiti Island hopping with home-made lunch

Fish picnic: Elafiti Island hopping with home-made lunch

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Indulge in a homemade lunch and local wine onboard an island-hopping adventure off the coast of Dubrovnik. Joining a boat tour makes it easy to visit the three main islands of the Elaphiti Islands archipelago in one day—a feat that would be difficult on your own. Plus, by traveling on a tour you can relax and avoid worrying about any of the logistics.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.37
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Dubrovnik Speed Boat Private Tour-Half Day (EXPLORE SECRETS OF ELAFITI ISLANDS)

Dubrovnik Speed Boat Private Tour-Half Day (EXPLORE SECRETS OF ELAFITI ISLANDS)

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The Elaphiti Islands are an archipelago of 13 larger and smaller islands, situated slightly northwest of Dubrovnik. There are two theories about how they got their name. The first one says it comes from the word “Elaphite” which is a Greek word for deer, as the arrangement of the islands’ reefs, bays, and isthmuses resembles a set of magnificently ramified deer horns. The second one claims it is because of the large population of deer who used to live on these islands a long time ago. There are three larger islands which are inhabited: Koločep (the locals call it Kalamota), Lopud and Šipan. On our Elaphiti islands tour, we will visit Kalamota and Lopud and explore their hidden treasures. The boat is located at Dubrovnik Old Town Port. There will be 2 piers and the meeting point is at the biger one. Upon request, you can also be picked up from your hotel pier.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$327.09
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$327.09
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Elafiti Islands Private Cruise Tour from Dubrovnik

Elafiti Islands Private Cruise Tour from Dubrovnik

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Combine natural beauty with historical landmarks on this private 8-hour cruise of the Elafiti islands from Dubrovnik. Luxuriate on a private boat as you sail to the Elafiti archipelago’s three main islands: Sipan, Lopud, and Kolocep. During free time on each island, discover ancient monasteries, atmospheric castle ruins, and pristine red sand beaches. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Dubrovnik is included on this private tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$710.15
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$710.15
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Elaphite Islands Full-Day Kayak and Bike Tour from Dubrovnik

Elaphite Islands Full-Day Kayak and Bike Tour from Dubrovnik

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Discover the natural beauty of Croatia beyond Dubrovnik with a full-day tour to the Elaphite Islands. Explore the islands of Lopud and Sipan by kayak and by bike during this small-group tour. Escape the city crowds for a quiet day of paddling on the sea and biking through olive groves. Visit medieval towns and historical sites before boarding a ferry back to Dubrovnik.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.82
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$74.82

Three Islands Boat Tour - Fish Picnic from Dubrovnik

Three Islands Boat Tour - Fish Picnic from Dubrovnik

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Get away from Dubrovnik for the day with this three-island boat tour. Stop over on the island of Lopud and spend four hours of free time sunbathing and swimming before heading to verdant Šipan island where there is plenty of explore. Indulge in a delicious Dalmatian lunch on the boat and then enjoy the island of Koločep before heading back to Dubrovnik for the day.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.07
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$57.07

Private Tour: Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Private Tour: Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik

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Explore hidden gems and top attractions in Bosnia and Herzegovina on this private Mostar day trip from Dubrovnik. Travel along coastal roads with a guide and enjoy fine views over the Elafite Islands. Visit pretty villages and towns such as Počitelj and Mostar — home to ancient bridges, beautiful mosques and bustling streets. Discover natural attractions such as the Trebižat River and the Kravice Waterfalls, or sample locally grown oysters in Ston. During your private tour, enjoy the freedom to customize your route to suit your interests.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$308.57
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$308.57
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Full-Day Private Boat Tour of Elafiti Island from Dubrovnik

Full-Day Private Boat Tour of Elafiti Island from Dubrovnik

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Join us on this unique trip of discovering the amazing Elafiti Islands. Situated near Dubrovnik, with its gorgeous beaches, amazing crystal-clear sea and lots of sun, this beautiful archipelago is not something you would want to miss. This whole-day boat tour of the Elafiti islands is unique for its flexible itinerary that allows you to get the most out of this trip. If you have special wishes, talk to your skipper and make an agreement on how will your itinerary look. Our job is to show you the best of the archipelago so sit back and enjoy the ride in your private boat to your amazing destinations. Skipper and guide in one, fuel, underwater camera, soft drinks, beer, bottled water, snorkeling masks and dry bags included. All our three speedboats are avalible to choose for all kind of boat tours. Pls. visit our website before booking and take a look in our boat section, where you can see a video of every boat and make a choice :)!.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$481.46
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$481.46
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Day Cruise in the Elafiti Islands from Dubrovnik

Day Cruise in the Elafiti Islands from Dubrovnik

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Enjoy a day in the Elafiti Islands on this cruise from Dubrovnik. Also known as the Elaphiti Islands, or the Elaphites, this small archipelago off the Croatian coast is known for its natural beauty. You’ll visit a few of the isles: Lopud, Šipan and Koločep, where you can relax on the beach, admire gardens, and check out historical sites like monasteries. Lunch and drinks are included on board.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.90
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$46.90
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Discover Elaphite Islands and Hidden Caves by Private Boat

Discover Elaphite Islands and Hidden Caves by Private Boat

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Experience the hidden beauty of the Elaphite Islands on a private cruise from Dubrovnik. Set sail aboard a luxury speedboat and explore the beaches, bays, caves and restaurants of Sipan, Kolocep and Lopud islands. Your itinerary is fully customizable so you could head to the sandy Sunj beach on Lopud, visit Skocibuha castle on Sipan, Bowa Restaurant or enjoy swimming, snorkeling at the famous blue cave.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$538.95
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$538.95
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Elaphite Islands Boat Tour with Jeanneau Leader 8

Elaphite Islands Boat Tour with Jeanneau Leader 8

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Create your dream day of island hopping on a private customizable excursion to the Elaphite Islands. Unlike larger boat tours with a set itinerary, with just your group and your personal skipper on board, you get to choose where to stop for swimming, snorkeling, exploring caves, or relaxing on the boat. That way, you can skirt around the crowds and spend extra time at your favorite spots.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$811.59
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$811.59
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Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling to Green Cave on Sipan island from Lopud

Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling to Green Cave on Sipan island from Lopud

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Our kayaking and snorkeling day tour to Sipan & Ruda islands is one of our most diverse and  most fun. Explore the wide bay between three beautiful islands, Lopud, Sipan & Ruda. Swim & snorkel in the hidden Green Cave, paddle under an awe-inspiring limestone Archway, and give yourself to the thrill of exciting cliff-jumping challenge + enjoy lunch in Sudurad, medieval town on Sipan island! Tour length:  11am –6 pm (10 am start on Sunday & Holidays) Activity : Kayaking 10 km, swimming and snorkeling to the Green cave, optional cliff jumping Included : top-end kayaking equipment, watertight bags for personal belongings, masks and snorkels, water shoes, professional instructions, an English-speaking local guide, and free photos at the end of the tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.42
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$65.42

Best of Elaphiti Islands by Catamaran from Dubrovnik

Best of Elaphiti Islands by Catamaran from Dubrovnik

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First-time Dubrovnik visitors can see more of the Elaphite Islands on this half-day catamaran tour, offering a fantastic overview of the Dalmation coast. Just hop aboard with your group at the port in Dubrovnik, and head out on the water to admire the island landscapes. You can stop at Lopud Island to stroll through the charming village, enjoy gentle breezes as you sail, and refuel with included snacks, drinks, and light salads.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.77
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$88.77
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8h trip with Barracuda 545 - elafiti islands

8h trip with Barracuda 545 - elafiti islands

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Book your perfect day with us. We are a local company with all employers born in Dubrovnik. Spend a amazing day on sea
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$462.86
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$462.86
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Dalmatian Islands 7-Day Cruise Aboard the Ohana

Dalmatian Islands 7-Day Cruise Aboard the Ohana

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Feel like a VIP during your exploration of the Adriatic Coast during this 7-day, 6-night, cruising trip aboard a high-end Adriatic Pearl yacht. Settle in to one of the ship’s 18 air-conditioned en-suite cabins as you cruise to destinations like Split, Hvar, Korcula, Omis, and much more. On-ship accommodations, most breakfasts and lunches, and snacks are all included.
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  • 8 days
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$2,028.97
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$2,028.97
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