Sea kayaking holiday in Croatia

“Kayaking to and swimming in the Blue Cave on Kolocep island is like a beautiful dream except you are very much awake, and you will never forget it.”


Guided sea kayaking | Lopud Island| Kolocep Island | Sipan Island | Green Cave, Ruda Island | Trsteno | Swimming in sea caves | Island hikes to secret coves | Dubrovnik

Description of Sea kayaking holiday in Croatia

This week long sea kayaking holiday in Croatia starts in the magnificent, ancient city of Dubrovnik, but from day one, in the hands of expert local kayaking guides, takes you out into the country’s unique Mediterranean archipelago, to start exploring the luscious Elaphite Islands. For five days we will kayak in and around the islands of Lopud and Sipan, not too far from the mainland, but another world by kayak. A world of sea caves and secret coves where we have regular stops for swimming and snorkelling, walking through Lopud’s cooling woodland, or the romantic ancient towns on Sipan. And always with time to chill at one of many blissful, sandy beaches.

Staying in small, locally owned guesthouses on both Sipan and Lopud, this sea kayaking holiday is aimed at kayakers with some paddling experience, as we will be kayaking between 15-20km a day. The daily itinerary is breakfast at the guesthouse, out on the water all morning to explore the natural highlights in and around the island. We then stop at a local restaurant for lunch or, if you prefer, pop into local shops to buy picnic supplies. Lunches are not included in the price of the holiday.

After an all important siesta, a stroll or a swim, we kayak again for the rest of the afternoon, heading back to your guesthouse in plenty of time to chill out and freshen up before dinner at a local taverna, all specialising in Croatian food with sea food, local seasonal vegetables and of course plenty of local olive oil. All dietary needs are catered for, and we include three dinners in the price of the holiday.

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2017: 28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep
Our top tip:
Take an extra day to explore Dubrovnik. The company founder, Ivana Grzetic, knows it like the back of her hand.
Trip type:
Small group max. 16 people. Min. age 16
Activity level:
Moderate, 10-20 km/day.
Small family owned guesthouses.
Accommodation, breakfasts, some meals, island ferries, airport transfers from Dubrovnik, kayaks and equipment, guide.
All breakfasts, 3 dinners. Cafes and supermarkets on all islands.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms at supplemental cost.
“The highlight of our trip is paddling out to the caves. Some people jump directly from the kayaks then we swim into the cave.”

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sea kayaking holiday in Croatia


All of our sea kayaking guides are aware of their surrounding and they are constantly providing the travelers with suggestions of how to minimize potential negative impacts on the marine ecosystems of Croatia. Our sea kayaking guides emphasize the importance of observing the marine life and leaving the environment as it is.

Our sea kayaks are made of recyclable plastic. They do not cause any form of air or water pollution and they do not produce noise that could be disturbing for marine life.

On our sea kayaking holiday we suggest that our travellers visit historically, culturally and environmentally important sights in Croatia such as the Dubrovnik's Old Town, Renaissance villas on the island of Sipan and Lokrum Nature Park.


On this sea kayaking holiday in Croatia we work with local guest houses on the islands and do not take commission from the local guesthouse owners. For some of our contracted guesthouses, family run B&B business is the main source of income for the whole family.

Reviews of Sea kayaking holiday in Croatia

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2016 by

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Reviewed on 26 Jul 2015 by

Absolutely fantastic. Had an amazing time and started planning the next on the way home. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by

It supported local people. All lunches were arranged in local restaurants, group tour to a local small farm where a lady cooked an amazing meal with wine and local brandies, all enjoyed on her porch. Very traditional food made by a local. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2015 by

We all liked being in smaller guest houses run by local people and finding out how they make a living the rest of the year. These were people who love their jobs rather than people who just work for money and that glimpse of their lifestyle was a very special part of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2015 by

Fab! Loved it and would do it all again in a heartbeat. Was sad to finish at the end of the week. Definitely up there as one of my best holidays. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2013 by

Perfect...The whole holiday was memorable. The kyaking guides were fantastic, accommodation good, food great and I never felt 'herded' around - it was really relaxing and good fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2013 by

Lovely week. The group was great with a real mix of ages and experiences. The pace of the week was just right with some pretty challenging paddles some days and really relaxing ones on others. The attitude was laid back with loose plans flexible to suit the needs of the group. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2013 by

Great fun....the most exciting parts was staying on Sipan and doing a 22k kayak into a 25 km per hour headwind Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2012 by

The most memorable parts of the holiday were going into the blue and green caves. Being part of a group...Excellent, we had worried about being part of a group but that turned out to be one of the best bits. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2012 by

The entire trip was great, I particularly enjoyed kayaking around the coast of Sipan and Quad biking over the hills of Calvat. I would definitely recommend this trip to friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2012 by

In terms of kayaking, the immense satisfaction of being able to skim through actual waves past towering rocks was pretty exciting; after only three days I felt like I'd completely got it...It was superb. I wish I'd booked for longer! Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2011 by

We absolutely loved this holiday because as well as hard work kayaking it was so nice to stop off on the Islands either exploring or going to the local bars for refreshments. The balance between kayaking and having our own time was just right. Croatia is a beautiful country and we will certainly be returning. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2011 by

I don't think anything could top the 8 foot waves we encountered on the first day kayaking out of Lopud. The thrill of the waves toppling down on top of our boats was an adrenaline rush we didn’t expect Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2011 by

Most memorable - First day's kayaking in rough seas! Really enjoyable, well run, owners went to some lengths to make sure we enjoyed ourselves... Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2011 by

Excellent week - well organised and superb kayaking. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2011 by

Each day was different, so it all added up to a totally memorable experience. We loved the special dinner at the Lopud farmhouse. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2011 by

This was our first trip to Croatia and my boys and I had a fantastic time kayaking round the Elaphite Islands, swimming in the sea, exploring caves and chilling out on Lopud. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2010 by

I gave this holiday 5 stars as although I've had some great trips before I've never felt so much better after just one week. The Elaphiti islands are absolutely gorgeous which makes it all the more amazing that they're so unspoilt - I hope they stay that way. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2010 by

We had a wonderful time....Our guide made the experience all the more brilliant with his unending knowledge of his country, he was a constant source of enlightenment, enthusiasm and laughter. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the trip to anyone thinking of going to Croatia or just looking for somewhere to go sea kayaking. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2010 by

The scenery was fantastic, the relaxed life of the island coupled with the flexibitiy of the tour guide... The holiday was an excellent mix of exercise, and relaxation. Plus the relaxed attitude of the guide was great. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2010 by

Awesome scenery along the coast and around the islands. My favourite place was the little harbour town Sudurad on Sipan. Good local food and local wine...It was great, would recommend it. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2010 by

The operator provided a way to slow down and kayak around the islands but also walk the villages and the islands seeing the history and fabulous country and culture that Croatia has. Having a guide from the islands was a bonus! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2009 by

My overwhelming memory of the one week sea kayaking tour is of kayaking around rocky islands in crystal clear water under perfectly sunny skies and in extremely calm water. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2009 by

Sea-kayaking is such an excellent way to see the coast with the only fuel being the huge amounts of lunch required to paddle through the day. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2009 by

The scenery and marine flora and fauna are pretty fantastic around the Elaphite Islands; we had flat calm sunny weather for the first half of our trip so could enjoy it to the full! Trsteno is a gorgeous place which is well worth a visit. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2008 by

Book it, you will have a great time Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2008 by

It was an excellent holiday, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to see a beautiful part of the world, and doesn't want to sit on a beach for a week. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2008 by

I enjoyed spending time in the unique town of Dubrovnik on my first day. Splitting the holiday between 2 island helped to make the holiday and adventure in its self. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2008 by

Most memorable in terms of excitement - definitely the waves crashing over my kayak on day one!! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2007 by

The most memorable part was simply, the setting, it was beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2007 by

Completely memorable. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I did not want to leave. The scenery, food (especially the ice cream on Lopud), people, walks, weather, and local activities that crop up make this trip truly worth the effort of booking. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2007 by

The beauty of the Elafiti Islands is breathtaking and seeing them by sea kayak is certainly one of the more relaxing ways to approach it. The Adriatic is wonderfully clear and blue and when we were there the weather was fantastic and our group was really friendly which added to the experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2007 by

Relaxing days, not getting up too early, bobbing about on the water, taking some great exercise in totally peaceful surroundings and then relaxing in fantastic restaurants eating delicious seafood Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2007 by

The kayaking - it was fantastic. Beautiful scenery, crystal waters and clear blue skies. The other people on the trip were great, as were the guides. The Chilean was a particular star. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2007 by

Slipping out of the kayak and swimming into a cave with a submerged entrance was the highlight of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2007 by

The short time spent kayaking was excellent. Great to have the opportunity to be on the water and able to experience Croatia/ Dalmatia from the sea. Having been to the islands and see the marine charts, the planned kayaking had the potential to be fantastic Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2006 by

The setting was amazing - the Elafiti islands. We loved the kayaking the coasts and sometimes visiting caves. The towns were really great and not at all over-developed. We also had a real sense of achievement as we kayaked almost 100km. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2006 by

The most memorable part was kayaking into the small harbour in Sipan island after a day's lovely sea kayaking and being greeted with great enthusiasm by local children... This gave us a real insight into daily life in Croatia. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2006 by

The seas are clear and perfect for swimming and snorkelling. On Sipan island we stayed in a guest house with a balcony overlooking a lovely little fishing village with very few tourists around. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2005 by

The kayaking was great fun with amazing surroundings. The sea as promised was very calm and made for easy paddling, with the chance to stop off for swimming and snorkelling whenever we wanted. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2005 by

Warm water kayaking is cool, especially when you roll... Staying with ordinary local people in simple accommodation is a great way of exchanging experiences. I learned more about local life and it made me feel like I was making a real contribution. Read full review

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