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From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

1. From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Leave from Pula and embark on a sightseeing boat trip through Brijuni National Park, and take in the beautiful views of the 14 islands of the park. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and make a stop to watch the park's dolphins in their natural habitat. Depart from Pula in the boat Martinabela, and set out for Brijuni National Park, in the beautiful clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Try to spot various species of fish and other wildlife on the tour, as the park is a protected area known for its different wildlife species. Sightsee around all 14 of the park's islands, and enjoy a stop to watch the park's resident dolphins, and take beautiful photos and videos of these wonderful creatures. Luckily, dolphins are free animals and nobody can guarantee number of them, but we find them in 99%.

Vrsar: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour including Drinks

2. Vrsar: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour including Drinks

Embark at the port of Vrsar, and then head north along the water on this cruise. Watch as sunset breaks over the horizon and marvel in the magnificent skyline of Istria. Take in the breathtaking play of light created by the sunset's reflection in the water. Travel to the areas where the dolphins usually swim and admire the impressive marine animals as they play in their natural habitat. From the deck of your boat, relax and soak up the sun while sipping on a drink while enjoying the moment.

From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

3. From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

This is a pleasant evening tour that will last for about 3 hours and take you out to the sea, to hopefully see some dolphins. You will start by boarding your boat Orion-Ariete at the Pula harbor. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city’s amphitheater as you sail out of the harbor. You'll be heading straight towards the Brijuni archipelago where you can start watching for dolphins. Then as the sun sets, you will be served a delicious Mediterranean dinner on board. There are a variety of entree items that you can choose from during the booking process. There's something to suit every taste including vegetarians. Although it is not guaranteed that you will see dolphins, the captain will always push forward to find them and enable you to enjoy dolphins in their natural habitat. Most of the time, dolphin families are spotted playing in the sea at some point during the cruise. Once the sun has set, the tour is nearly over and you'll head back to Pula harbor. Sailing back to the city, you can enjoy the seaside panoramic view of the city’s harbor under the evening lights.

Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

4. Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

Your evening trip starts at Medulin harbour. After boarding, you will receive a welcome drink and the trip begins with a panoramic view of Medulin's archipelago. Throughout the boat trip, there is music on board which makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Dancing is also welcome. While you cruise along the Adriatic sea, keep an eye out for dolphins. There is a 50/50 chance you will see them, but if not, you can still make the most of the stunning scenery. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Austro-Hungarian lighthouse 'Porer' on the way, and later on, have the chance to admire a stunning sunset view. Dinner is served on the boat: fish, meat and vegetarian options are available with a cabbage salad and ciabatta bread. Drinks during the excursions are included in the price. The boat trip finishes by slowly heading back to Medulin.

Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari Cruise with Drinks

5. Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari Cruise with Drinks

Enjoy a drink and slowly sail to the open sea with a beautiful view of the Poreč Riviera. On the other side you can see the open sea and the sun meeting the horizon. Watch the elegant tricks dolphins can show you in their natural environment, in their complete wilderness and freedom.  This is not a dolphinarium, there is no trainer, and these animals behave in harmony with nature. It is particularly exciting to watch dolphins swimming at the side of the boat and in front of the bow.  If you are lucky enough, you can see a young dolphin that is usually accompanied by a smaller group of adults who keep a distance from the ship. For those who suffer from stress this is a perfect opportunity for therapy, for parents with children this is a perfect gift and surprise for their kids.

Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

6. Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

Sail along the the west coast of Istria in search of majestic dolphins on this boat day trip from the main port of Poreč. Admire the glow of the sunset on the water before returning to port.  Embark on your cruise from the main port of Poreč onboard a spacious craft called 'Kristofor.' Relax in a comfortable seat as you captain navigates along the dynamic landscapes of the coast of Istria. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins that leap and race along. Feel the joy of watching these exuberate creatures. Capture pictures of these animals to share with your friends and family back home. View the golden and pink colors of the sunset reflecting off the water before returning to the main port in Poreč and disembarking. 

Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

7. Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Cruise on a modern boat and take some time to admire Pula, Istria. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to watch dolphins play. The three-hour voyage starts from the port of Pula and continues along the coast of the Brijuni National Park where you can see dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Brijuni waters because of the abundance of fish that dolphins come to hunt in the evening. With beautiful sunset scenes, dolphins, and Brijuni National Park, enjoy dinner and drinks onboard. For dinner, choose between a Mediterranean fish menu, meat menu, or vegetarian menu. Drinks are served throughout the ride (coca cola, fanta, red and white wine, and water). Upon your return to the Port of Pula, take the opportunity to see the famous Pula giants and the Pula Arena at night.

From Poreč: Evening Dolphin Cruise with Welcome Drink

8. From Poreč: Evening Dolphin Cruise with Welcome Drink

Spend your evening onboard a traditional wooden boat to experience a close encounter with magnificent dolphins in their natural habitat. After boarding the boat at Poreč, your friendly tour guide will hand you a welcome drink for you to enjoy. As you head out to sea to find the dolphins, enjoy a panoramic view of the Istrian coast as you look back at Poreč and Rovinj. Your captain will use their local knowledge and expertise to find the dolphins and give you a fantastic view of the playful animals. However, if you are unlucky and don’t see any dolphins on your tour, the local supplier will invite you for a second sail free of charge.

From Vrsar: Swimming at Pirate Cave and Rovinj Visit

9. From Vrsar: Swimming at Pirate Cave and Rovinj Visit

Ride the Adriatic along the Croatian coast and make stops along the way. Find yourself at Lim Bay's Pirate Cave and discover the peninsula of Rovinj. Take time to explore the town and stroll the city's narrow streets. Spend some time on a boat tour, and explore Istria. Discover the magnificent Croatian coast and get picked up in Vrsar. Ride the waves for 30 minutes and make your first stop at Lim Bay's Pirate Cave. Learn about the place that is believed to have been the home to Henry Morgan, a pirate who hid himself and his loot from the Englishmen. Next, learn about the peninsula that used to be an island. It is surrounded by 22 other islands and can pride itself on beautiful nature and many cultural sights worth visiting. As one of the most beautiful towns in Istria, take 2 hours to admire the local allies and visit some of the many galleries and cafes. Stop at the market and try traditional and locally produced products such as cheese, olive oil, and honey. Travel back in time and explore 1,500 years of the city's history.

Pula Verudela: Glass-Bottom Boat and Swim with Fish Tour

10. Pula Verudela: Glass-Bottom Boat and Swim with Fish Tour

Set off from Port Bunarina and sail towards Pješčana uvala, where you can observe the seafloor with its shoals of colorful fish and seashells. Then, sail between the two islands, Frašker and Fraškerić, where you will have a unique chance to see sea-urchins and sea-cucumbers. You will have the opportunity to stop and swim in the clear turquoise waters amongst the fish before stopping at Verudela canyon and cave. This magnificent rock formation is popular amongst cliff divers so you might be able to spot some daredevils too.

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What people are saying about Istria County

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Wow, it was super cool :) we went to celebrate my best friend's birthday, and we got exactly the emotions we've expected to get. We saw dolphins and beautiful sunset, had some wine which was not even so bad, had enough juice to keep us hydrated in 34 degrees and the stuff was super nice and attentive, they even sang a happy birthday song for my bestie :) totally recommended, 100% worth the money spent

We (8 people with 3 generations) had a very nice evening. Super nice team, good service. The drinks were nice and cold. The fish was delicious, the coleslaw and the bread were ok. The sunset with the dolphins (seen several times) was unforgettable. Another highlight were the seagulls. On the way back, the port of Pula was illuminated. very nice

È stata un'ottima esperienza. La nave è partita in orario, il personale è stato molto gentile. A metà del tour abbiamo potuto avvistare diversi delfini, meraviglioso poter osservare il tramonto mentre tornavamo verso Pola.

It was a great experience! Staff was nice and food was good. Got to see dolphins and has the fish menu. Would definitely recommend!

Relaxed ride, saw lots of dolphins, beautiful sunset, nice crew.