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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 Blue Cave and Beach Tour from Old Town

3. Dubrovnik: Half-Day Blue Cave and Beach Tour from Old Town

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: Elaphite Islands Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

4. 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. 

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

5. 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: Elaphiti Islands Sailing Tour

6. 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.

From Dubrovnik: 4-hour Elafiti Islands Private Boat Tour

7. 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: The Secrets of the Elafiti Islands Boat Tour

8. Dubrovnik: The Secrets of the Elafiti Islands Boat Tour

Visit several smaller caves on the island of Koločep and the Blue Cave. Go inside and experience how the reflection of the sun rays gives the sea an extraordinary blue color. Your skipper will join you on the sea as he shares interesting stories about the Dubrovnik caves. Next, visit the three Green caves. You’ll notice right away how the hues of turquoise and green beautifully blend as the waves ripple on the surface. These are also excellent spots for swimming and snorkeling. As you sail back towards the Old Town, stop by the Betina Cave and tread on the beautiful pebble beach. Visit the biggest of the Dubrovnik caves, called the Pidgeon’s cave. Secluded, on the outer side of the island, its entrance is surrounded by steep rocks and Mediterranean greenery protruding from the rocks.

Dubrovnik: Half-Day Private Boat Trip to Elafiti Islands

9. Dubrovnik: Half-Day Private Boat Trip to Elafiti Islands

Your half day tour begins by meeting me on dock in Gruz harbour. When we all gather on the boat a unique experience starts where you will see the amazing blue lights in the Blue Cave on kolocep island, besides the Blue Cave, the most popular of all beaches is next stop Šunj sandy beach the only one in Dubrovnik area with natural sand, you will also have the opportunity to discover three Caves on kolocep island. After that, you will see a few hidden spots that you can't see on ordinary tours. We are going to see Lopud island which is a sight for itself with a nice botanical garden on it.

Dubrovnik: Elaphiti Islands Private Speedboat Full-Day Tour

10. Dubrovnik: Elaphiti Islands Private Speedboat Full-Day Tour

At 10 am private skipper will be waiting for you to embark the speedboat and to start this full day adventure on the sea! First, you'll be riding through stunning Elaphiti Channel and in about 40 minutes, you'll reach sandy beach Šunj on the island of Lopud. Šunj is one of the rare sandy beaches on our coast, so this is an opportunity to enjoy in a bit different views than the ones you've seen so far. You'll spend about an hour on Šunj where you can swim, have drinks or just sunbathe in the beautiful enviroment. Your next destination will be island of Šipan (the biggest one from Elaphiti islands). On your way to Šipan, skipper will make a short stop in a hidden bay for snorkeling, swimming, or just taking photos as the views are splendid. You can jump off the speedboat into the crystal clear sea or just enjoy the surroundings from the boat. It's up to your preference. After this short but sweet stop, you'll reach 'Luka Šipanska' which is one out of two inhabited places on the whole island. Here you'll have free time for lunch or drinks in a local beach bar! It's beautiful to walk around and discover the island. Enjoy local life for a while, little bays and traditional boats in the port. There are only about 200 people living on the entire island, so visiting it is this truly unique experience. From Šipan you will continue towards smaller island of Koločep. On your way to Koločep you will stop in Sikirica Bay for swimming. It's hard to locate this bay on the map and that's why it's even more special. You can snorkel there or even use sea scooter! Sikirica has turquoise color of the sea and it makes it even more special to visit! After the break on Sikirica, you'll continue towards Koločep which is nature's oasis, untouched and clean. Less than 150 people live there and during the winter time it's almost empty. Beaches are rocky or pebbly and the color of the sea is incomparable to anything else. On Koločep, you'll visit Blue Cave where you can take some photos as the background is perfect. Here you'll have another opportunity for swimming, sunbathing or snorkeling before your return to Dubrovnik. Besides Elaphiti Islands, there are few hidden bays where skipper also suggests to stop because these bays are definitely worth visiting. They are not easily found on the map which makes it even better. Get ready for a day full of surprisingly beautiful locations on your way to main location!

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Emily, our guide and the rest of the crew were wonderful. It was a great experience as a solo female traveler, and you are grouped with people from all over the world. They play music and have drinks and great lunch options. The islands are beautiful and Emily provided a brief history or cultural fun fact about them. It was a great day!!

Me and my girlfriend had a great time on this boat trip, The tour guides were brilliant and really kind and helpful with everyone on the boat, Lunch was delicious and complementary white wine was great also, Would recommend anyone to do this boat tour, the Elephanti Islands are absolutely beautiful, especially Lopud

Absolutely loved it swimming in the blue lagoon and green cave also supplied water proof bag

Really well organised. Food excellent and staff really helpful. A greasy to spend the day

Amazing day. I wish there was more time at Sunj beach. it's the best beach I have been to