Croatia sea kayaking holiday, islands & parks
Description of Croatia sea kayaking holiday, islands & parks
Some Croatia sea kayaking holidays take you paddling in and around the archipelago, but this one focuses on one of its finest gems, the island of Mljet, also Croatia’s only island national park. This island really is unique in the archipelago, not only because it is one of the greenest and densely forested, but also because it has two saltwater lakes in the interior. Not surprisingly, this beauty spot has seen many different inhabitants over the centuries, with cultural heritage that ranges from a 12th century monastery in the middle of one of its lakes, to Byzantine palaces in Polace. Which is also the village where we stay, just one of ten on this island idyll.
In addition, there are numerous beaches, secret coves and caves to be explored on Mljet and, given that seventy per cent of the island is covered in forest, sea kayaking is definitely the best way to get from one beauty spot to another. For the first four days on this trip we kayak every morning and late afternoon, stopping for lunch at a local tavern or a local market and then taking a siesta in one of many stunning locations. After a wake up snorkel or swim, we paddle back to base again. Dinner is at a local restaurant, with two evening meals included in the cost of the holiday.
The last couple of days are spent enjoying the interior of Mljet National Park, taking a hike up to its highest peak, Montokuc at 253m, and also cycling around the island’s stunning lakes while fitting in a wild swim along the way. The island is easily accessible by catamaran from Dubrovnik, therefor making transfers from the airport very quick and straight forward.
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4 Reviews of Croatia sea kayaking holiday, islands & parks
Reviewed on 23 Jun 2016 by Jacky HanafinBest bit: The stunning scenery, you quickly run out of adjectives. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2013 by Nicola RobinsonBrilliant. Our guide Radovan was great - laid back, fun, skilful, knowledgeable and hard working: unlike on UK group kayak trips I've been on, we hardly ever had to portage our own kayaks; he moved them all to and fro at the end of the days (towing, bussing, ferrying them) when we needed to start somewhere new the next day. We hardly ever had to carry our own bags either which was luxurious for this kind of holiday! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2013 by Manoela PennaBesides the great nature, people from Sipan and Miljet are amazing. Specially at the guest house we stayed at Suduradj. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2013 by Peter HodgettsThe most memorable part of the holiday were the local people, in particular the family with whom we stayed on Sipan. Read full review
All of our guides are aware of their surrounding and they are constantly providing the travelers with suggestions of how to minimize potential negative impacts to the environment and marine ecosystems; to preserve water while showering, always clean the beach after themselves and use less plastic products by carrying a reusable water bottles, store food in non disposable containers.
Islands have their waste management. Guests are advised to separate their waste at the accommodation and never throw anything overboard while kayaking.
We support the slogan: Help Us Keep the Adriatic Clean. If we find plastic objects in the sea while kayaking we collect them and proceed for recycling.
We keep our groups very small (with maximum 8 participants) thus, any impact on the environment is minimized.
Our guides emphasize on the importance of leaving the environment as it is. We observe marine life but we do not disturb it.
Our 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.
We are economic in use of water and electricity by using public transport; regular ferry lines when crossing to the islands and public buses. We use rain water to rinse off all of our equipment.
Family guest houses where our guests are accommodated are recycling, using compost, growing their own fruit and vegetables and using rain water for watering the plants.
We also include the entrance fee to the National Park Mljet and thus support financing of maintenance of the National Park.
In our tour packages we include the tourist tax which is collected by the local community and is used for financing the local projects
We direct our travelers to local private accommodation providers. Overnight in private accommodation enhances the visitor's experience, since they get an opportunity to be welcomed by a local host and thus get better insight in everyday life of local people on Croatian islands. Also, in this way our travelers are contributing to the local economy.
While kayaking we stop for lunch in local restaurants. Thus the guests have an opportunity to taste some of the typical specialties of the region and at the same time help local economy. Food in the local restaurants that we visit during our sea kayaking trips is produced organically where possible. Those are family owned restaurants that are supplied with fresh fish from local fishermen and vegetables from local farmers.
For our one-day trips we provide catering from a local restaurant.
We closely cooperate with local cultural institutions and we point our visitors towards local cultural festivals (Dubrovnik Summer Festival) and similar manifestations.
We suggest to our travelers visits to historically, culturally and environmentally important sights (Old Town of Dubrovnik, Renaissance villas on the island of Sipan, Nature Park Lokrum).
We volunteer with our services in local welfare projects by donating to organisations that take care of children with special needs such as “Palcic gore”, “Djeca leptiri” , centre for mentally challenged children.