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From Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Day Trip with Pickup & Lunch

1. From Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Day Trip with Pickup & Lunch

Set off on an island-hopping cruise to the Elafiti Islands of Lopud, Šipan, and Koločep on a day trip from Dubrovnik. Visit beaches, historical churches, vineyards, and olive groves at your own pace and try Mediterranean delicacies. Be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle that will take you to the harbor. Climb aboard the boat and settle in for a cruise along Dubrovnik's coastline. Set sail to your first stop, the island of Lopud, where you will have free time to explore the island as you like. Relax on the sunny shores or visit the sandy beach at Šunj Bay. If you feel like stretching your legs, hike along the car-free roads to explore untouched nature or discover the island's famous heritage, including old ruined fortresses and a Saint Mary Franciscan monastery. Next, sail to the largest island in the Elafiti archipelago, Šipan. Disembark to explore the island's scenic vineyards and olive groves. At your final stop, Koločep, relax with a swim in the crystal-clear waters off the coast or take a stroll through the pine forests before returning to Dubrovnik. During the cruise, quench your thirst with unlimited local wine, water, and various soft drinks. Sample homemade olive oil and the best homegrown vegetables for that real Mediterranean experience. For lunch, choose between grilled fish or chicken or a vegetarian menu, all served with potato salad.

Dubrovnik: Half-Day Cave and Beach Tour with Lunch

2. Dubrovnik: Half-Day Cave and Beach Tour with Lunch

Set sail on the glittering sea for a scenic journey from Dubrovnik around Croatia's breathtaking coast. Relax with refreshing drinks on deck as you admire panoramic views of Croatia, picturesque caves, and beaches. Stop at the famous Blue Cave where you can jump into the water to swim or snorkel. Next, visit three more caves before relaxing on Šunj's sandy beach for an hour — one of the most famous beaches in the Dubrovnik region. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling sea breeze and while enjoying the striking blue waters of the sea that provide perfect photo opportunities.

Dubrovnik: Best of the Elaphites by Catamaran

3. Dubrovnik: Best of the Elaphites by Catamaran

Discover three paradisaical islands known as the Elaphite Islands on a full-day cruise from Dubrovnik. You'll first sail to Kalamota, the southernmost inhabited island in Croatia, before traveling onward to the historical Šipan Island, which is dotted with numerous old churches and noblemen's villas. Following that, explore the lush island of Lopud, known for incredible sandy beaches. Enjoy a swim stop in front of Kalamota Island, before free time for creating unforgettable memories as you explore the Šipan and Lopud islands at your own pace. You will also enjoy delicious snacks, fresh fruit, and refreshing drinks on board. This is bound to prove the perfect day out, as you explore three islands aboard an impressive vessel over the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.

From Dubrovnik: 4-hour Elafiti Islands Private Boat Tour

4. From Dubrovnik: 4-hour Elafiti Islands Private Boat Tour

From the main port of Gruž, it only takes about 20 minutes to get to the Elaphiti Archipelago, so this half-day tour is great for those looking for a bit of adventure close to town. Of the three main islands, you can easily visit one or two in half a day. During the hot summer months, the Blue Cave on Koločep and the famous Šunj Beach of Lopud are ideal if you like swimming and snorkelling. Your skipper will know all of the best spots for cliff jumping on the islands too if you're an adrenaline seeker. If you want to visit some of the islands’ historical villages instead, you might consider the old Monastery and Rector’s Palace on Šipan. Since this is a private tour, you get to decide on your own itinerary and you are free to change it throughout the day. Your skipper can advise you about the area and help you make the most of your time. Some of our guests start out their planning to visit all three islands, end up falling in love with the first one, and stay there all afternoon. Other groups move along more quickly and have time to visit something extra before heading back to Dubrovnik. It’s 100% flexible, and it’s 100% up to you.

Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch

5. Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch

Sail from Dubrovnik to the Elaphite Islands on this day trip. Savor savor a Dalmatian lunch and sip on a complimentary drink. Visit the islands of Koločep, Šipan, and Lopud. Take a refreshing dip in the sea and explore the underwater world with high-quality snorkeling gear. Your full-day trip begins by sailing to Koločep, an island covered with pine forest and home to a picturesque fishing village located on the bay. Continue on to the town of Suđurađ on the island of Šipan, a fishing port that’s home to the 16th-century villa of the Skočibuha family. Your last stop is the island of Lopud, a place with a long naval tradition and home to many famous captains and sailors. Enjoy a walk along Lopud Bay to the Franciscan monastery and the Gjorgic-Mayneri Park that dates back to the 19th century. There will also be a bar stocked with a wide variety of drinks and wines available for purchase. Finally, there will be time for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing on one of the sandy beaches. Choose from a delicious fish, meat, vegetarian, or child's menu option when booking.

Dubrovnik: Full-Day Sea Kayak Tour to Elaphite Islands

6. Dubrovnik: Full-Day Sea Kayak Tour to Elaphite Islands

Embark on a full-day trip from Dubrovnik to the Elaphite Islands. Kayak, snorkel, and swim amongst lush scenery as you explore Lopud Island, the Green Cave, and Šipan. Stop at the village of Suđurađ to try local food and venture to the uninhabited island of Ruda. After arriving at Lopud via ferry, head to the base to get geared up. During a safety talk, your tour leader will provide kayaking instructions and explain the equipment so you can have the best experience. Once ready, set off across the channel for the island of Šipan. Before arriving at the Green Cave, an orchestrated sound of cicadas from Šipan will lure you to its coast. Once there, tie up the kayaks and get ready for swimming and snorkeling in the ethereal green light of this secluded cave. A high cliff awaits for the brave ones. Following along the coast, arrive at a delightful fishing village of Suđurađ on the island of Šipan. Have a break for lunch in one of the restaurants that provide fresh local delicacies. Enjoy fresh fish caught the very same day with homemade olive oil (costs not included). The last stop of the day is the small uninhabited island of Ruda. Following its coast, arrive at the hidden rusty cave on the other side of the island. Paddle inside the cave, snap some photos of intricate details, and feel like a pirate while hiding in the shade of this rocky grotto. On the way back to the base, paddle in front of a picturesque 15th-century monastery and arrive back at Lopud. After dropping off your gear, receive your return ferry tickets. Before your return ferry trip, you can go for a walk, swim, or enjoy a drink on the promenade.

Elaphiti Islands: Full-Day 3-Island Tour with Lunch

7. Elaphiti Islands: Full-Day 3-Island Tour with Lunch

Go island hopping in Croatia's Elaphite islands in the sunny Adriatic Sea. In this full-day tour rom Dubrovnik, experience the natural wonder of these untouched islands and live true island life, Dalmatian style! This sun-drenched archipelago located north-west of Dubrovnik is largely uninhabited, and consists of eight islets, three of which await you on this full day excursion. Meet Koločep, Šipan and Lopud, bathe in their crystal-clear seas, stroll in the shade of their Mediterranean flora, explore their quaint hamlets, and indulge in the delicious local cuisine. Begin on charming Koločep isle, traversing the meandering path through evergreen pine, Carob trees, citrus gardens, and olive groves that joins its only two settlements. Wander in peace through scattered remnants of ancient buildings with not a car in sight – in fact, there are no cars on Koločep! Next you'll hop over to Šipan, the largest of the Elaphites. Rich in history, the island's settlement dates back to the Roman Empire, and is dotted with venerable stone villas as well as churches of a later age. The island's wealth of natural beauty and central agricultural area bares olives, figs, grapes, and citrus fruits. Lastly, visit the island of Lopud, said to be the most beautiful of the Elephites. Blessed with sunny beaches, it is the perfect place to unwind after a day of island hopping.

From Dubrovnik: Elaphite Island-Hopping with Lunch

8. From Dubrovnik: Elaphite Island-Hopping with Lunch

Explore pristine beaches, remarkable ruins, picture-perfect pine forests, and citrus gardens. After pick-up from your hotel, drive to the port to join your skipper for the day. Your first stop is the lush-green island of Kolocep, a quintessentially Croatian island, blessed with orange and lemon groves as well as pine forests stretching as far as the eye can see. Take an hour of free time on the island to soak up the sun on the delightful beach or stroll to the medieval Chapel of St. Anton. Next, continue to the neighboring island of Sipan. Enjoy some leisure time to take in the picturesque island sights including 15th-century houses and churches, a quaint marina and enchanting coastal paths sheltered by fig trees and citrus bushes. En route to the final island for the day, Lopud, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch served on the boat. Choose from an array of freshly-caught fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes with unlimited Croatian wine and soft drinks. When you arrive at Lopud, head to the famous Sunj beach, known for its white sands and calm waters — perfect for a refreshing dip. Finally, you will make your way back to Dubrovnik, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Dubrovnik: Elaphite Islands Day Trip with Lunch

9. From Dubrovnik: Elaphite Islands Day Trip with Lunch

Admire the scenery of the Adriatic Coast on a day trip to Elaphite Island from Dubrovnik, with hotel transfers included. Board a boat and spend the day sailing to the 3 gems of Lopud, Sipan, and Kolocep. Soak up the seascapes and enjoy lunch onboard. At each stop, enjoy free time for sightseeing. Begin the day with a drive to the port of Gruž, where you’ll board a boat for an excursion to the islands of Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan in the Dubrovnik archipelago. Head to the Elaphiti islands, admiring the beauty of the marine environment along the way. Upon arrival at Koločep, have free time for sightseeing and a chance to explore the island. Next up is Sipan, where you can enjoy a pleasant walk around the island. When you’re back on board, set sail toward the island of Lopud while the crew serves lunch on board. Choose from fish, meat, or vegetarian menu options. After lunch, disembark at your last stop, the island of Lopud. Swim in the clear waters, soak up the sunshine, or relax on the secluded Šunj Beach at your leisure.

Dubrovnik: Elaphiti Islands Sailing Tour

10. Dubrovnik: Elaphiti Islands Sailing Tour

See the city walls of Dubrovnik from a sailboat and cruise to the Elaphiti islands on this tour with options for a full- or a half-day trip. Enjoy cool soft drinks while you explore the coastline.  Travel in a dingy to your sailboat and embark from the Bay of Lapad. Admire the turquoise waters as you set sail around the impressive fortifications that surround Dubrovnik. Make your way to the picturesque islands of the Elaphiti island archipelago. Discover pristine and secluded beaches. Continue to the Blue Cave to admire the ethereal color of the water reflecting on the cave walls. Go for a dip in the refreshing water and search for colorful marine life with the snorkeling gear. Learn how to steer the ship with a sailing lesson. Sip on soft drinks as you get some sun on deck.

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What people are saying about Elaphiti Islands

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This is an excellent way of seeing two of the Elafiti islands. After the instructions and safety debrief we kayaked from Lopud to Sipan which took approx 45 mins. I’d kayaked around Lokrum island on a previous visit to Dubrovnik but this was more arduous than that, mostly because you are kayaking non-stop between the islands. Once on Sipan we ditched the kayaks and picked up our bikes for a 5km ride across the island. The route is fairly flat with only a mild incline, with a nice long sweep down a hill at the end to a restaurant for lunch! We had the locally-caught fish, recommended by the proprietors and deliciously cooked, although I’m sure cheaper options on the menu are equally tasty! The journey back to Lopud was the original journey just in reverse, and we got back to Lopud with plenty of time to have a quick beer before the ferry arrived to take us home. Our guide, Kruno, spoke excellent English and was very helpful, clear in his instructions and an excellent sense of humour!

An absolute blast! The company checked in with us the day before to obtain our lunch orders, and helped us navigate our way to the pickup spot (we stayed in an air b&b so it wasn’t available for pickup, but the pickup spot was only a 3 minute walk). Once we got on the boat, they immediately greeted us, double checked our orders, and offered us beverages. The open bar was definitely my favorite, their homemade red wine was devine. Then we went to the first island, which was gorgeous, they clearly stated when to be back on the boat for lunch. Lunch was amazing, I had the chicken and it had so much flavor, and a decent sized portion. On the way to the second island there was a massive flock of seagulls and one of the guys held out a plate which created a very memorable experience. The last two islands we only had an hour each but was plenty enough for us. Overall, we had an amazing experience, the staff was so nice and created such a fun experience! For the price, it was 100/10!

We booked the tour expecting to be part of a group but ended up being the only ones so had our very own private tour! We met our guide Zjelka in the port ti catch the ferry to Kolocep and once we arrived she got straight into the hike! As there were just the two of us (plus our guide) we were able to see more of the island than we might have done had the group been larger. It is a very beautiful island and the knowledge and passion Zjelka has for the area only enhanced the experience. We stopped for a picnic lunch in a secluded bay and had a swim in the surprisingly chilly sea! Zjelka also showed us a place we could jump from a cliff into a deep pool but I’m afraid that was one feat of adventure too far for me! A throughly recommended activity for anyone wanting to see Kolocep and learn something about the island’s history as you wander through the warren of paths!

It was a wonderfull trip organized by a professional and friendly team! It is really worth to make this trip, you will collect unforgetible experiences! They arranged transport from the hotel, a GoPro, snorkeling kits and drinks. Thanks for this perfect day!

Lovely relaxing day out. Scenery stunning. Unlimited supply of soft drinks or wine. Lovely lunch.