Things to do in Elaphiti Islands

Our most recommended things to do in Elaphiti Islands

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.

Kolocep Island: Hiking & Swimming Day Trip

3. Kolocep Island: Hiking & Swimming Day Trip

Apart from Dubrovnik Old Town, culture and history there is also the beautiful nature that surrounds the city. Go hiking on the lush Croatian island of Kolocep and take in the stunning panoramas that you'd find nowhere else! Meet your English-speaking guide at the Gruz Harbor and board on a most popular local ferry. Let the expert guide take you through the numerous foot paths on Kolocep Island. During your 3 hour hike, you'll enjoy in the tranquil surroundings of the lush Mediterranean vegetation including fragrant myrtle, laurel, thyme and rosemary. Your guide will unveil hidden places for swimming and cliff diving, away from the crowded city beaches. Return to Dubrovnik with an unforgettable experience of Kolocep Island.

Dubrovnik: Best of the Elaphites by Catamaran

4. 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: Half-Day Blue Cave and Catamaran Cruise w/Drinks

5. Dubrovnik: Half-Day Blue Cave and Catamaran Cruise w/Drinks

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

6. 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.

Kotor: Blue Cave and Mamula Boat Trip with Swimming Time

7. Kotor: Blue Cave and Mamula Boat Trip with Swimming Time

Travel to the top sights in the Bay of Kotor on this speedboat cruise from Kotor. Enjoy access to a fridge onboard and listen to music as you sail across the water at thrilling speeds. Stay connected with onboard Wi-Fi. Meet your guide at the tour agency and head to the speedboat in Kotor. Admire panoramic views of charming coastal towns like Perast, Tivat, Porto Montenegro, and Herceg Novi. Stop near the entrances to the abandoned submarine tunnels, which were built by the Yugoslav Army. Continue to the island of Mamula where you will see the fortress of Mamula which was converted into a concentration camp by the Italians in World War II. Hear about the history of the island from your local skipper. Feel the wind in your hair on the way to the Blue Cave where you can enjoy swimming and diving in the azure waters. Use the snorkeling mask to explore the underwater landscapes of the cave. Sail to the Our Lady of the Rocks island, which was created by local fishermen in the 15th-century. Have the chance to purchase a ticket to enter the Our Lady of the Rocks Church which contains 68 famous paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century baroque artist from Perast. Return to your starting point in Kotor at the end of your cruise.

Dubrovnik: Elaphite Islands Day Cruise on a Karaka Ship

8. Dubrovnik: Elaphite Islands Day Cruise on a Karaka Ship

Sail from Dubrovnik to the Elaphite Islands on this guided day trip in a traditional Karaka ship. 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. Finally, there will be time for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing on one of the sandy beaches.

Dubrovnik: Elaphite Islands Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

9. Dubrovnik: Elaphite Islands Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Experience the beauty of Croatia's Adriatic island on this full-day cruise from Dubrovnik. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off and sit down to a mouth-watering lunch onboard the boat. Relax with access to unlimited acholic and non-acholic beverages while you sail.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and transfer to a spacious boat. Embark on your sailing adventure and admire views of the city on your way to the islands of Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan. Spend free time on each of the islands where you can take a nature walk, chill out on the beach, or go for a swim through the crystal-clear waters. In Lopud, and Šipan, you can admire the red-roofed, stone houses that are traditional in the area.  Find out about the history and culture of Croatia along the way. Savor a fresh lunch with meat, fish, or vegetarian dishes. Pair your lunch with a drink from the boat's open bar. Return to your accommodation in Dubrovnik at the end of your boat excursion. 

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

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We really enjoyed this private sailing trip and would recommend it to any family group as well as couples. Seeing the old town at sunset was really something special.

Awesome experience. Mario was a great host. There was enough time to explore the caves without being rushed and the extended time at the beach was perfect.

What an adventure and experience, no time to be bored, our captain Luca was great, fun travel companions. 100% recommend.

A really fun day out — highly recommend. Food was amazing and the staff were so nice.

It was brilliant. Our guide was great and made the day such fun gif our family.