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Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

1. Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

Get an ultimate snapshot of central Dalmatia on a full-day speedboat tour. Depart from Split and visit the spectacular Blue Cave, the picturesque Pakleni Island, and the charming town of Hvar. Set off from Split and head first to one of Croatia’s most stunning natural wonders; the Blue Cave on Biševo Island. Watch the rays of the sun turn the grotto blue. The next stop is Seal Monk Cave, another beautiful natural landmark. Soak up the sun in Stiniva Cove on Vis Island. Marvel at the beauty of the pebble beach enclosed by vertical cliffs.  Explore its beauty from the speedboat and take a picture of this unspoiled attraction. Then, submerge yourself in Budikovac’s turquoise lagoon, or let curiosity guide you past the extended pebble beach of Dalmatia’s only island with a single inhabitant. Explore the Pakleni Islands, a collection of 14 untouched islets. Go to one of the cocktail bars with great music, or swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Continue to Hvar Town in style and visit the charming seaside town with 8 centuries of architecture waiting to be explored. Climb the stairs to the ancient Fortica Fortress, wedged into the landscape above the town. Breathe in the pine-scented breeze as you admire the vistas of the old town below and the Pakleni archipelago in the distance. See one of the first public theaters in Europe, and keep this as your point of reference before entering the labyrinthine backstreets of town to pop into craft shops and cafés, tucked into old Venetian palaces. Finally, return to Split in the early evening.

From Split: Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour

2. From Split: Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour

Meet the group near Riva promenade and board a speedboat for an adventure. Ride 1 hour and 15 minutes to the Blue Cave on the island of Biševo. The early morning is perfect for spotting groups of dolphins. Once near Biševo, the boat will anchor 200 meters from the Blue Cave. Entry tickets allow access to the swimming area and a chance to explore the Blue Cave in a small boat. Marvel at the flickering blue lights and glowing water. Before leaving, grab a drink at a local café.  Next, visit Stiniva Cove, located in the southern part of Vis – the furthest inhabited island in Croatia. Known for its high limestone cliffs and pebble beach, Stiniva is the perfect place to swim and snorkel. Admire the clear turquoise sea, ranging from 10-15 meters.  Continue to Budikovac, a small and almost uninhabited island. Meet its only permanent resident, Mr. Andro, an ex-ship captain who runs a small restaurant on the island that serves the best traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Savor local produce fresh from his vegetable fields and visit the donkeys and chickens on the farm.  Admire Mr. Andro's Dalmatian-style stone house and take a break to check out the island. Then, it’s time to head to the Pakleni Islands where you can delve further into the local food by choosing from several restaurants overlooking the sea. Have a cocktail at a beach bar and relax on the sandy beach. Your next stop, Hvar Island, is just 15 away. Once in the port town, walk the old-town streets and pass by souvenir shops. Visit historical sites such as the Arsenal, one of the oldest theaters in Europe, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Franciscan Monastery, and the Bishop’s Palace. To catch some panoramic views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands, you can go up to the Spanjola fortress. After a tour of Hvar, begin the return journey to Split.

From Milna or Supetar: Magical Blue Cave Island Hopping

3. From Milna or Supetar: Magical Blue Cave Island Hopping

Island hop from between picturesque points on this speedboat tour from Milna or Supetar. Swim in the brilliantly azure waters of the Blue Lagoon and have free time to explore the old architecture in the town of Hvar.  Begin your tour from Milna or Supetar on Brač island and head directly to Biševo island, where the famous Blue Cave is located. Make the most of your visit to this magical place by going when the seas are calmer in the morning.  Anchor nearby, then take a small wooden paddle boat to enter the cave. Once inside, marvel at the cave's magnificent blue color as it is illuminated by sunshine. Spend time soaking up the unique atmosphere of the Blue Cave, which was discovered in 1884. Make your way to Komiža, a small coastal town on the Mediterranean island of Vis which is known for its rich history and function as a military base. While there, explore stunning coastal cliffs and traditional architecture around the harbor. Discover Stiniva cove on your next stop, a unique natural bay which was voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Later, stop near the island of Budikovac, where you can take a dive into the crystal-clear Blue Lagoon from the boat.  See the protected lush botanical garden in Palmižana bay before cruising to Hvar for your final stop. Enjoy some free time exploring the treasures of in the charming and traditional town of Hvar before you going back to Brač.

Brač: Blue Cave Island Hopping Luxury Tour

4. Brač: Blue Cave Island Hopping Luxury Tour

See a variety of beautiful islands and hidden bays all in one day. Join this tour on Brač Island and sail off to see more of the Croatian coast and explore its hidden gems and unique landscape. The first stop will be the famous Blue Cave, known for its specific illumination and unique atmosphere caused by the sunlight that penetrates through an opening. It is best to visit during the morning hours while the sea is quiet and the sun rays penetrate into the interior. Afterward, experience the true Mediterranean lifestyle in Komiža, a small town where you can explore coastal cliffs and traditional architecture. Next, stop at the unique Stiniva Cove, also located on Vis Island. Then, head straight to the Blue Lagoon, near the island of Budikovac, which is the best place for swimming and snorkelling. Jump off the boat and dive into the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. Stop shortly on Palmižana, a small uninhabited village on the island of St. Clement, which is the ideal place for relaxing on the sandy beach or enjoying the scents of the protected botanic garden. Before returning to Brač, make a final stop on Hvar Island. It is not only rich with historical monuments, but also the sunniest island in Croatia. Discover the fortress, the Franciscan monastery or the Hvar Arsenal, the oldest theatre in Europe dating from the 13th century and be mesmerised by how much has been preserved from the past.

Vis: Island and Military Facilities Adrenaline Quad Tour

5. Vis: Island and Military Facilities Adrenaline Quad Tour

Go on an unforgettable ride around the beautiful island of Vis and explore Croatian history along the way on this quad tour. Drive up to the island's highest peak at Mount Hum for unbeatable views of the island and surrounding nature. Step back in time at the old artillery base at Stupišče. Visit the atomic shelter at Command Post Vis and learn about the rich history of these places. Round off your adrenaline-filled adventure with an exciting off-road ride through the hidden forrest paths in the center of the island.

The Best of Hvar in 1-Day with Local Dinner

6. The Best of Hvar in 1-Day with Local Dinner

Once you have been picked up from Hvar, this small-group tour begins at the French Fortress built by Napoleon’s troops, on St. Nicholas Hill, the Spanish Fortress, Pakleni and Vis islands. Continue driving through the green island of Hvar, passing through Brusje, where you'll be able to walk through the Lavender fields, (seasonal options June - July).  Arrive at the port of Stari Grad, where the old roads are paved with amazing views. Then you'll approach the fascinating town of Stari Grad, once known as Pharia and Pharos, the Island’s capital. Continuing through the stone streets along the new Riva, and visit the fortress “Tvrdalj”, once belonging to the poet Petar Hektorović. He is known for his work named, “Fishing and talk with fisherman, and is the first realistic poem in Croatian literature. Hektorović dedicated all his life to his fortress, and still boasts the original fish pond. He always wrote: “I must go back there, for it is calling me home”. Continue through the well known UNESCO protected areas (vineyards and olives), to a small charming town Vrbovska, also called “Little Venice”. This town in Hvar is named after the many small stone bridges connecting the town over its narrow winding canal and the splendid St. Mary of Mercy fortress - church. Your next stop is for a wine tasting at one of the best vineyards on the island (either Tomić or Carić vinery). Here you will have a guided wine tasting tour at one of the best wineries on the island. On the way back, you will enjoy the charming authentic Dalmatian lunch/dinner in an abandoned village or in an Olive grove.

Hvar: Wine & Chocolate Tasting

7. Hvar: Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Your chocolate and wine tasting begins with a drive to Jelsa, on the other side of the island of Hvar. Upon arrival, you will meet your professional chocolatier host.  The chocolate tasting begins with a brief history of chocolate and its impact on health. Sample chocolate with unique flavours like Mediterranean fruits and herbs such as sage, lavender, carob, figs, and honey. You will have a chance to taste five different kinds of chocolates and pralines. In the second part of this experience you will go to the small town of Vrboska, to one of the most famous Croatian winemakers, where you will have the opportunity to taste four different kinds of wines together with chocolates. The traditional Mediterranean flavors come alive once combined together. As you return to Hvar town you will drive on an old road with amazing views of the green and rural island of Hvar. These views can be captivating.

Vis: Historic Military Tour w/ Fort George Visit & Transfer

8. Vis: Historic Military Tour w/ Fort George Visit & Transfer

Explore the historical and cultural side of Vis throughout this military excursion. The tour includes a visit to the British fortress Fort George, the submarine tunnel in the bay of Parja, the location from which the allied airfield from the Second World War is visible and Hum. Hum is the last stop of the tour and the highest peak of the island, from where you get to enjoy the breathtaking view of Komiža. Fulfil your experience by driving in Land Rover Defenders through the previously mentioned locations accompanied by a guide. Admire the rich history of island Vis and learn about the local way of life.

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4.1 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Highlight of my vacation! Beautiful view from the boat. The islands were also very beautiful and we had a great time and were not bored for a second. A lunch place was even reserved for us in Hvar where we were met by the owner! Super sweet tour guide (when we threatened to be late because we couldn't find the boat, she came looking for us) and skipper, the other travelers in the boat were also very nice.

A fantastic adventure. Take your snorkel gear and you'll see plenty. We even swam with an octopus. Also take a waterproof sealed bag or case for your phone to take photos on Vis. The guides were excellent, knowledge and most of all fun. I'd recommend this excursion to all and suggest sitting at the back of the boat if you are a thrill seeker!

This was the highlight of our trip. An amazing way to see Croatia. The boat ride itself was such a fun experience. Even though we couldn’t see the blue cave due to high waters, our tour guides went above and beyond to ensure a great trip and took us to some other beautiful islands instead. Highly recommend this tour!

Unfortunately due to weather conditions we weren't able to enter the Blue Cave, but the crew provided an extra spot on an island. Great experience and amazing day!

Great plan, the speedboat helps make better use of time, the beaches are beautiful and the blue cave is incredible!