In August, Simon, Jon, Chris P. and myself set off to sunny Croatia for a sea kayaking holiday. Personally my motivation was simple: paddling when capsized could only result in a warm bath. That proved irresistible.

We did the ‘Island Hopping: The Elafiti Archipelago’ tour with Adriatic Kayak Tours.

We stayed in a small hostel on the island of Lopud, just a short distance by ferry from Dubrovnik. Each day we travelled from the island to a different destination. The organisation provided all the kit: kayaks, paddles, snorkels, mountain bikes etc. We just turned up with our swim wear and an ‘up-for-anyting’ attitude. Whilst there we sea kayaked to a variety of neighbouring islands with the distances varying from shorter 1 hour crossings to full day trips. We also visited an arboretum, went snorkelling (for the more sedately of you), went mountain biking, and did lots of cliff jumping (for all you adrenalin junkies).

Aside from the perfectly clear sunny skies and warm sea temperatures, the highlight of kayaking in Croatia was the perfectly blue sea through which you could spot a wide variety of marine life; our sightings included a swordfish and moray eel. The trip was mostly catered, with the opportunity to indulge in lots of lovely food, including local specialities such as fish, crustaceans and risotto, some of which was cooked by the owner of the hostel in his own private restaurant.

Our guide (Vedran Forko) was excellent; both charismatic and having the technical know-how of a national kayaking competitor. Group size was small, just us and an American lady who also had previous experience. (It would be worth checking the ability of the other paddlers in advance.) We would definitely recommend the holiday!

Hazel Plummer


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