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Croatian Island Hopping | 7 Days

Croatia´s Dalmatian coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty and boasts some of the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean. We are based on the small island of Krapanj, a unique setting in the Sibenik archipelago. The island has one of the lowest populations in the Adriatic Sea and is completely traffic free-a swimmer’s paradise! The famous Kornati and Krka National Parks are nearby, providing a fantastic gateway for our sea swimming adventures.

Overview

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights) ALL INCLUSIVE EXCEPT 3 DINNERS
Tour Type: Island Hopping and Coastal Sea Swimmming
Average Daily Swim: 4 km
Accommodation: 4* Hotel on the Island
Escort: One large boat, two smaller dinghies
Lead Guide: Borut Strel

This trip has something for everyone. We hop from island to island, swim along the coasts of uninhabited islands, explore National Parks and swim down the Krka River and its magnificent waterfalls.

This tour is suitable for all levels of swimmers, with three separate escorts for the safety and enjoyment of all guests. It is expected that you can swim 2+ kms per each swim per our itinerary.

Tour Highlights:
- Swim around uninhabited islands and enjoy the laid back environment
- Explore the islands of Kornati National Park and the surrounding beautiful turquoise sea
- Walk through Krka National Park, swim down the Krka River and take a dip in the refreshing waterfalls
- Swim through Hitler´s submarine base used during World War II

Local Operational Policy
All our treks ensure that in the team of guides there is at least one team-member who has in-depth experience and knowledge of the local waters, the main swimming routes and the alternatives as well as a fluent local language speaker.

Included in the price
Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (3 boats, 2 swimming guides, 1 local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, 6 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches and 3 hotel dinners (welcome, mid-week, farewell).  Each guest receives a swim hat  and T-shirt. Wetsuits, fins, rash vests and other swimming gear will be provided on each tour.

Additional cost
Travel to and from the start of the tour, 3 evening meals, entry to National Park Krka (14 Euro). Single room supplement: from 80 EUR.

Interesting

See Photo Slideshow from Our 2013 Trips

See Photo Slideshow From Our 2012 Trips

Read Trip Advisor Reviews of Hotel Spongiola and Our Operation
Strel Swimming Trip Advisor Reviews Croatia

Read an article written by our guest who came on our Croatia trip in 2012

Read an interesting story from our guest who uses a wheelchair and she swam with us

We helped Georgina and Alice Weston with their fund-raising project Bike-Splah-Bike. Read their Croatia swim story with us

PDF: Swimming Trip Notes Croatian Islands

Video Trailor (for best quality, select HD quality and watch full screen)

Swimming group having fun on the boat

Guest Testimonials (for best quality select 720pHD and watch full screen)

Underwater Croatia swimming clip

Accommodation

Hotel Spongiola at Krapanj Island: www.spongiola.com
Hotel Spongiola Diving Centre: www.spongioladiving.com
Google Map Link
See Trip Advisor Reviews of Hotel Spongiola



Hotel Spongiola is a beautiful new four star property located right on the beach. Most rooms have a view of the sea and with air-conditioning and free internet access. The hotel boasts an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub, as well as a fitness centre for those guests who still have energy to spare at the end of the day! The hotel also has its own diving centre with high quality diving equipment available.

Rooms are based on twin-share and en-suite facilities. Double rooms for solo use are available. Please specify your preferences (including any other guests you would like to share with) at the time of booking.



The picturesque island of Krapanj has the lowest number of inhabitants of any island in the Adriatic Sea. It lies only 400 m from the mainland and is completely traffic free. Traditionally its inhabitants were fishermen and sponge harvesters, which is how the hotel got its name. The island´s location provides a perfect spot for guests to relax and unwind, and its proximity to the mainland is ideal for those who wish to explore further field in the evenings.

Extended stay
If you require additional nights’ accommodation before or after the tour, all Strel Swimming Adventures guests receive a discounted rate. Please book directly with the hotel, quoting Strel Swimming. Hotel contact info: http://www.spongiola.com, info@spongiola.com, Tel: +385 22 348 900

Accommodation in transit
If you require accommodation before or after our trip, we have partnered a few great local hotels/apartments to offer you discounted rates. All Strel Swimming guests receive discounted rates at the following places:

Apartments in Trogir (7 km from Split airport):
www.apartments-parcina.com, miropa19@gmail.com, Ph: +385 91 921 0536

www.trogirapartment.com, ante.bilic.k@gmail.com, Ph: +385 91 885 9735

Hotel in Primosten (40 km from Split airport and 20 km from Krapanj island):
www.restaurant-kamenar.com/en, email: info@restaurant-kamenar.com, tomislav.jurin@si.t-com.hr, Ph: +385(0)22 570 889, +385 (0)98 336 246

ZadarHotel Mediteranwww.hotelmediteran-zd.hr,
info@hotelmediteran-zd.hr, Ph: +385 23  337 500
Zadar: Hotel Kolovare: www.hotel-kolovare.com,
info@hotel-kolovare.com, Ph: +385 23 211 017

Please quote Strel Swimming at the time of booking.

General Trip Info

Start Point: Hotel Spongiola, Krapanj
Start Time: 6.30pm on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Hotel Spongiola, Krapanj
Finish Time: 11am on the 7th Day
Hotel Spongiola at Krapanj Island: www.spongiola.com
Hotel Spongiola Diving Centre: www.spongioladiving.com
Google Map Link

Passports and Visas
You require a full passport to enter Croatia. Please check whether you require a visa. Most nationalities, including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens, do not require a visa to enter Croatia but please check before you travel.

Vaccinations
There are no specific vaccinations required for Croatia, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date.

Extra Expenses
You will need enough money to cover the four evening meals which are not included in the tour price. An average dinner (including a glass of wine) costs around 150 Kuna (20 Euro). Supermarket is nearby.

Currency
The local currency is Croatian Kuna. Krapanj island does not have an ATM so it is advisable to draw currency before departing the mainland where there are many ATMs and banks. The hotel will also exchange money up to limited amount. Bear in mind that the tour takes place in a remote setting and credit cards are not always accepted.

Group Size
Up to a maximum of 14 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and 2 boat escorts.

Itinerary

Brief itinerary:
Day 1: 6.30pm hotel lobby meeting for tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: Morning and afternoon swim around Grebascica bay islands. Afternoon filming for stroke analysis.
Day 3: Kornati National Park swim , hike to a great vista point, swim along Zirje.
Day 4: Morning crossing between two islands, hike to the Kaprije village and afternoon swim along Zmajan island. Evening out to Sibenik town.
Day 5: Krka National Park hike to the waterfalls, afternoon swim down the river Krka and swim across the submarine tunnel.
Day 6: Morning crossing Lupac - Zlarin. Exploring the Zlarin followed by the afternoon swim along this unique island.
Day 7: Swim around Krapanj island. Trip finishes around 11am.

Full itinerary:
Day 1

Meet at Krapanj island at 6.30pm for the pre-trip briefing, followed by a welcome dinner.

Croatia Swimming

Day 2
Before breakfast we take a short walk to the far end of the island for a brief acclimatisation swim.

Following a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we depart by boat for a day of swimming around nearby islands. Our first swim begins from the southern tip of Zlarin island, past several small uninhabited islands and on to the beautiful island of Oblik. Upon arrival at Oblik you have a chance to hike and explore the island before lunch on the boat. The early afternoon is dedicated to stroke improvement, where we will film your stroke in the stunning Grebastica bay. Later, we swim from the southern side of Oblik across to Timara island, before the short boat ride back to our base at Krapanj.

After dinner, our swim coaches will analyse the video footage of your stroke (if you want!) and offer tips on how to improve your technique over the week ahead.

Day 3
Today we travel by boat to Kornati National Park, a magnificent archipelago of 140 islands which boasts an array of marine life. We set off from the southern part of Kornati and swim northwards along the coast, where we are often joined by the dolphins and tuna that inhabit the area.

We break for lunch back on the boat, and guests have the option to take a short hike to admire the view across Kornati or simply relax on the boat.  This afternoon we turn back towards our base, swimming along the coast of the southern part of Zirje island, the most remote island in the area. Once we reach Mazirina island, we enjoy a relaxing boat trip in the late afternoon sun back to our base at Krapanj.



Day 4
Today we take on our longest swim of the tour, swimming from the northern tip of Zmajan island across to the harbour of Kaprije, a distance of around 3 km. Following the swim, whilst you explore the small fishing village, we prepare lunch on the boat (vegetarians are catered for too). Afterwards, we swim along the coast in the crystal clear waters along the east side of Zmajan island, before heading back to our base and enjoy passing little isles. For this evening we recommend a dinner in the nearby Sibenik town. We get there by local bus -10 min drive.

Day 5
Today we leave the sea behind and  travel inland by boat up the mighty Krka River. Upon arrival at Skradin village in Krka National Park, we have a little free time to explore this charming little town before we start our 4 km hike along the river. If you fancy a dip under the famous waterfalls, this is the time to do it! After lunch we return back to Skradin by boat. Here we let the river help us as we swim downstream towards Prokljansko Lake. On the way back we pass the beautiful town of Sibenik, the fort of St. Nicholas (the ´key´ to Sibenik) and stop at Hitler´s Eye, an old submarine tunnel used in World War II. What we do here? We swim through!

Day 6
Today we return to the open sea for our final crossing from Lupac island to Zlarin. Whilst you stroll around the stunning harbour and explore the cobbled streets of the old town, we prepare lunch on the boat. Following lunch and an additional coaching session for those who want it, it is time for a relaxed coastal swim along Zlarin island. This evening, we get together for a goodbye dinner at the hotel.



Day 7
We conclude our week by swimming around our small base island of Krapanj-the perfect way to end an exhilarating week. Trip finishes around 11am.

George Bernard Shaw: ´On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown His work and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath.´

Itinerary changes
Please note that our swims are carried out in the natural environment and we rely on the current weather conditions. As a consequence, sometimes on-trip changes in the planned itinerary are required.
 

Swimming Info

Google Map of the Area with Swimming and Hiking Routes

Swimming distances

SwimDistance
Zlarin - Oblik2 km
Oblik - Timara2 km
Kornati Islands2.5 km
Zirje - Mazirina2 km
Zmajan - Kaprije3 km
Zmajan coastal2 km
Krka River2.5 km
Lupac - Zlarin2 km
Zlarin coastal2 km
Around Krapanj Island1.5 km


Temperatures:

MonthWater Temp. (°C)Air Temp. (°C)
May2022
June2224
July2428
August2532
September2429
October2124

Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims you want and relax on our escort boat(s).

Wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys Availability
We have a range of swimming equipment available on each trip if required.

Walking Conditions
The walking on the trip is easy. In order to enjoy your walks on the islands and through the Krka National Park, please bring comfortable walking shoes and suitable clothes, for summer temperatures.

Essential Equipment
In addition to normal items, we recommend the following:
at least 2 swimming costumes, at least 2 pairs of swimming goggles (one clear and one tinted recommended), sweater/fleece, towel, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof  sun cream and jacket, walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes.

We also provide water bottles, swim hats, and other equipment, such as flippers, goggles, rash vests, if required.

Swimming awareness
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know the safest and most picturesque places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out!
Swimming in the open sea amongst natural wildlife is a unique experience, but you may come across certain marine life such as jellyfish, coral and sea urchins from time to time. There are very few jellyfish along the Dalmatian coast and so the risk of any unfortunate encounters with them is low, and we will always show you the safest areas to swim. If you are stung by a jellyfish and are unable to carry on swimming, you will never be far from an escort boat where one of the guiding team will be able to treat the affected area immediately. If you suffer from Anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions it is important to inform us at the time of booking.

Travel

Start Point: Hotel Spongiola, Krapanj
Start Time: 6.30pm on Saturday
Finish Point: Hotel Spongiola, Krapanj
Finish Time: 11am on Friday
Hotel Spongiola at Krapanj Island: www.spongiola.com
Hotel Spongiola Diving Centre: www.spongioladiving.com
Map: Google Map Link

Getting There
To get to Krapanj island, you can fly into either Zadar or Split. There are a number of flights to Split (SPU) & Zadar (ZAD) from various International cities. From UK Easyjet, Wizz Air and Croatian airlines fly to Split, Ryanair flies to Zadar. For further details, including other international airlines, please visit Split Airport and/or Zadar Airport websites.
Croatian airlines: www.croatiaairlines.com
Easyjet from London Stansted or Gatwick: www.easyjet.com (Daily)
Ryanair from London Stansted: www.ryanair.com (WED, FRI, SUN)
Wizz Air from London Luton: www.wizzair.com (TUE, THU, SAT)
Ryanair from Liverpool, East Midlands www.ryanair.com (MON,FRI)
Jet2 from Machester and Leeds Bradford www.jet2.com (WED, SAT)
Ryanair from Dublin www.ryanair.com (SAT)
Intersky from Friedrichshafen, Germany to Zadar www.flyintersky.com

Croatia buses: http://www.autobusni-kolodvor.com/en/default.aspx
http://www.akz.hr/default.aspx?id=260
Bus from Split Airport - Trogir 
Croatia trains:  http://www.hznet.hr

Ferry Lines in Croatia (also from Italy), www.jadrolinija.hr

Detailed Travel
From either airport, make your way to Brodarica town (near Sibenik) where is the ferry line to Krapanj island. Krapanj is only 500 m away from the mainland, so you will clearly see it from the mainland. Our hotel provides free ferry transport from Brodarica to the hotel for all our guests 24 hours/day.

From Split
To make your way from Split airport to Brodarica, you have 2 options:

Taxi/Hotel Transfer. You can either catch a regular taxi from outside the airport terminal, at approximately 700 Kuna (90 Eur) or you could catch an unofficial taxi near the airport bus stop. The rates are between 500-550 Kuna (65-70 Eur). Sometimes you have to haggle - tell them how much you are prepared to pay and start from there! If you prefer to pre-arrange a transfer in advance, please contact us directly (info@strelswimming.com) for a fixed rate 65 Eur/one person plus 5 Eur extra for each additional person. Paid in cash. . You could of course share this cost with other tour members.

Catch a bus. Once outside the terminal, walk about 100 m straight ahead across the car park and wait at the yellow bus shelter on the near side of the main road. Bus no. 37 from here goes to Trogir every 20 minutes (a 10 minute journey, 12 Kuna (1.5 Euro). The bus terminates at the main bus station in Trogir. Daily bus schedule. Once in Trogir, cross the road from the bus terminal and 100 m further ahead there is a bus stop outside the KONZUM supermarket. Long distance buses stop here every 30 min. Buses to Zadar and Rijeka all go towards Sibenik and stop at Brodarica (which is the last stop before Sibenik). Best is to check and tell the bus driver that you want to get off at Brodarica-ferry line for Krapanj. The current fare from Trogir to Sibenik is 45 Kuna (6 Eur). The journey follows the coast and takes about 1 hour and 5 minutes. If for some reason you forget to get off in Brodarica or the driver does not stop, do not worry, get off in Sibenik main central station and we will pick you up with the hotel transfer.

From Zadar
To make your way from Zadar airport to Brodarica, you have the 2 below options.
When catching a taxi from the airport, the distance/cost to Sibenik is similar as from Split.

Taxi/Hotel Transfer. You can either catch a regular taxi from outside the airport terminal, at approximately 700-750 Kuna (100 Eur) or if you prefer to pre-arrange a transfer in advance, please contact us directly (info@strelswimming.com) for a fixed rate 70 Eur/one person plus 5 Eur extra for each additional person. Paid in cash. This is all the way to the hotel ferry departure point. If you want to travel by taxi from the airport to Zadar town or to the  station, the rate is 70-80 Kuna (10 Eur). You could of course share this cost with other tour members.

Catch a bus. Once outside the terminal, the bus stop is immediately on your right. Bus timetables match up with flight arrival times. Buses have a sign ´Zadar´ and the fare is 25 Kuna (3 Eur). The trip takes about 20 minutes and drops you off at the main bus station in Zadar town. At Zadar bus station, look for lines to Split and Dubrovnik which are on platforms 1 or 2. Long distance buses to Split/Dubrovnik are timed with the buses coming from the airport, so you should not have to wait long; otherwise they depart every hour throughout the day. All buses to Split stop at Brodarica (first station after Sibenik). Best is to check and tell driver that you want to get off at Brodarica-ferry line for Krapanj. The current fare from Zadar to Brodarica is 60 Kuna (8 Eur). The journey mainly follows the coast and takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes. The bus stops at many stations along the way, so watch out for Sibenik which is a bigger central bus station in the city centre - the next station is your departure point.

We recommend you to have local currency Kuna with you when paying local transportation. Don’t forget, we will send you detailed travel information and itinerary at least two weeks before your tour starts.

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