There really is nothing better than messing around in boats. Landscapes look very different at this level. Even the most boring river is made more exc...
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
At the beginning of each tourist season we organize team-building style clean-up actions where guides and base managers clean up the area which they are about to work in the coming season. For this tour in particular this means cleaning the Zrmanja river and the beaches of Zlarin island for our river and sea kayaking tours. The more clients we get on this tour, the better it is for Krka National Park as entrance fees go toward local employment and park maintenance. This tour is logistically planned to involve as little driving as possible with maximal experience of what Croatia has to offer. The cycling activity requires no transfer at all, the sea kayaking activity is only a 20 minute drive one way, and the river kayaking activity requires a 1 hour drive to reach one of the most impressive locations in Skradin's vicinity. We are proud to say that our sea kayaks are produced from recycled materials and our river kayaks are inflatable in order to preserve the delicate karst riverbed.
The tour is based in Skradin - a small town where we nurture the partnerships with the local community. We have a specially close partnership with the local family hotel which provides accommodation and dining for both our clients and our guides, as well as storage for all our equipment in Skradin. What we offer them is fair compensation for their services as well as a major boost in bookings since we bring over clients every week from April to October. The river kayaking tour takes place in our other base in Kastel Zegarski, where we cooperate with the local family which provides us with housing for our guides, local food, equipment storage and lunch packages for our clients. In the same town we recruit and employ local people as river guides. They receive training and a fair wage, and the benefit for us and our clients is that local river guides have far more intimate knowledge of the river, its flora and fauna, and about the local culture. As Zlarin island is a destination we visit during our sea kayaking day, our visit contributes to the island's tourism and hospitality sector. The demand of our clients also impacts these isolated communities by introducing a demand for certain global trends. For example, the demand for locally-grown and overall healthier food has changed how local businesses approach gastronomy and profit making. More and more hotels and restaurants catering for the demands of tourists now buy food locally and prepare it in ways which are better for the consumer and the environment, and which produce less waste and generates more profit for the communities.