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Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Trip w/ Lunch and Optional Pickup

1. Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Trip w/ Lunch and Optional Pickup

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. If you choose the hotel pickup option, be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle that will take you to the harbor. Once at 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: Blue Cave & Sunj Beach Boat Tour with Drinks

2. Dubrovnik: Blue Cave & Sunj Beach Boat Tour with Drinks

Take a boat tour of the highlights of the Elaphiti Islands. Soak up the sun on Sunj beach and swim through the magnificent Three Green Caves and Blue Cave of Kolocep Island. Enjoy unlimited drinks and hearty snacks on board your boat as well as hotel transfer. Be picked up from your accommodation and delivered to your boat in Dubrovnik port. Receive a safety briefing from your skipper and then set sail for the stunning Elaphiti Islands.  First stop is the glorious Sunj beach on the island of Lopud. Here, you will be dropped off for a fantastic shore swimming experience. Explore the warm waters of the stunning lagoon before climbing back aboard your boat. Next stop is Kolocep Island, where you’ll swim through the natural wonder of the Three Green Caves. Before heading back to shore, stop off at the famous Blue Cave and feel like you’re entering a forgotten paradise as you swim through its crystal clear waters.

Dubrovnik: Half-Day Caves and Beach Tour

3. Dubrovnik: Half-Day Caves and Beach Tour

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: Blue Cave, Odysseus Cave & 4 Islands Day Tour

4. Dubrovnik: Blue Cave, Odysseus Cave & 4 Islands Day Tour

Start the day early as your hosts greet you at the Marina Frapa Dubrovnik and take you on a seafaring adventure. Soak up the sun as you ride towards Mljet island and the first stop of the day, the Odysseus Cave. Dive into the pristine blue water uninterrupted by the city crowds. The next stop is at the charming little island Šipan, one of the Elaphiti Islands, small by size but very rich in history. Following Šipan, you will visit the most famous sandy beach in the Dubrovnik area, Sunj, where you can swim, snorkel, relax, and even have lunch in a restaurant by the sea. The journey continues after about two hours when the crew will take you to the Blue Cave of Kolocep Island to take one more dip in the crystal clear blue waters. On the way back to the city, take in the most beautiful panorama of the city walls during sunset.

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.

From Dubrovnik: 4-hour Elafiti Islands Private Boat Tour

6. 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: Elaphiti Islands Sailing Tour

7. 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.

Dubrovnik: Best of the Elaphites by Catamaran

8. Dubrovnik: Best of the Elaphites by Catamaran

This full day catamaran cruise from Dubrovnik has all the ingredients for an idyllic sailing getaway. You'll discover two of the rugged Elaphite Islands, with the chance to swim in Šipan and free time to explore Lopud. And as soon as you're on board, you'll set sail towards Šipan, the largest island in the archipelago. Steeped in history, it's dotted with numerous old churches and noblemen's villas. Enjoy free time to explore and swim with the island as your backdrop. Next, your captain will make waves towards Lopud to the south. It's car-free, too, so you can expect complete serenity as you meander around. What's more, throughout your time on board, you'll have drinks on tap, as well as an untapped reel of picture-postcard scenery.

Dubrovnik: Full-Day Sea Kayak Tour to Elaphite Islands

9. 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.

From Dubrovnik: Elaphite Island-Hopping with Lunch

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Elaphiti Islands

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,306 reviews

Nice day tour. The crew was very friendly and accommodating. There were nice cold drinks on board. The meal was okay. The islands were also very beautiful. On the two islands, where you can't do too much, you had less time to stay than on the last island with a beautiful sandy beach. We found the times to be just right and would recommend the tour to anyone who wants to escape from the tourist hotspot of the old town.

Superbe journée avec une equipe de pros dont une guide qui vous propose une visite sur les 3 îles si vous le souhaitez. A bord, bon repas, musique. A chaque arrêt il est possible de nager, visiter et éventuellement se restaurer.

Excellent trip well organised great service and beautiful islands We got picked up from the hotel well worth doing and transported back can’t fault this company it was seamless

Exactly as advertised - nothing fabcy, but a fun trip to the islands.

Very good meal, very pleasant staff, wonderful day!