Fjord & Cove Swimming Montenegro | 6 days
Tour Type: Fjord and Sea Swimming
Average Daily Swim: 4 kms
Accommodation: Hotel San, Tivat
Escort: One Large Boat, Two Dinghies, Extra Kayak available for NON SWIMMERS
Lead Guide: Borut Strel
This small and unique country is one of the youngest in the world only having gained full independence as a modern nation state in 2006 after the struggles during the breakup of Yugoslavia. It has a multifaceted cultural heritage and the people are very hospitable. It also enjoys a Mediterranean climate and also offers a diverse natural beauty. Despite this rich tapestry, Montenegro has not yet become overrun with tourists and is one of Europe’s little hidden treasures.
We are based in the town of Tivat near Porto Montenegro, a great base for daily swimming adventures.
- Swim in the stunning Gulf of Kotor, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore and swim in the Yugoslavian submarine tunnels
- Swim through the turquoise waters of Plava Spilja (Blue Grotto) cave
- Visit the historical towns that are surrounded by mountains of Kotor, Perast, Tivat
- Walk up to nearby hill of Vrmac to enjoy views of the bays
- Swim around Mamula island (the Montenegrin Alcatraz)
- Enjoy the boat rides through outstanding natural beauty and dramatic scenery
PDF: Swimming Trip Notes Montenegro Fjords and Coves
Mamula Island + Fort There are plans that Mamula island will get developed into a new luxurious property. So we better go and swim around there until it is still available.
See Photos From Our Recent Trip
Lonely Planet puts Kotor, Montenegro as no.1 best place visit in 2016
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Montenegro Customer Reviews from our 2013 season
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.
What is included in the price?
Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (3 boats, 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, 5 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches (except one) and 2 dinners (welcome and farewell). Each guest receives a swim hat and water bottle. Limited wetsuits, fins, rash vests are available on each tour.
What is not included?
Travel to and from the start of the tour, 3 evening meals, 1 lunch. Single room supplement available for 90 EUR. We help to organise evening meals to go out together as a group and you can plan on average 10-15 Eur/meal. A local shop is across the road to buy food and drinks as well.
Hotel San, Tivat, Montenegro: www.hotelsan.me
Read Trip Advisor Reviews of Hotel San, Montenegro
We are based in the small and very beautiful town of Tivat, known as an old marine centre since the times of the sail ships, close to the old UNESCO town of Kotor. Our accommodation offers twin bedded, double and single rooms with en suite shower, WC, AC, balcony and Wi-Fi.
General Trip Info
Start Point: Hotel San, Tivat
Start Time: 6.30pm on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Hotel San, Tivat
Finish Time: 11am on the last day
Hotel San, Tivat: www.hotelsan.me
Google Map Link
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport to enter Montenegro and Croatia. You should check if you require a visa. Most nationalities including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter Montenegro and Croatia. Visa regulations do change, so be aware of this and check the current requirement with your local authorities. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return back home.
There are no specific vaccination requirements for Montenegro and Croatia, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as extra dinners, entertainment, optional Lovcen National Park trip, souvenirs, etc.
The local currency in Montenegro is Euro, in Croatia it is Kuna. It is advised to have local currency with you before you arrive. Also, ATMs are widely available to draw cash. Most places prefer cash and bear in mind an average dinner meal costs around 10-15 Eur.
Up to a maximum of 16 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and 2 boat escorts.
All 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.
Official Name: Montenegrin Republic
Capital: Podgorica (administrative) Cetinje (historical and cultural capital)
Total Area: 14,026 square kilometres
Official Language: Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian, and Croatian.
Religions: Majority Eastern Orthodox, with a Muslim minority.
Voltage: 220 volts / 50 Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are in use.
Dialling Code: +382
Time Difference: GMT/UTC +1.
Airport Departure Tax: none
Day 1: 6.30pm Hotel San meeting for tour briefing.
Day 2: Swimming in the Bay of Kotor, Orahovac-Perast. Afternoon filming for stroke analysis and then a swim from the “Our Lady of the Rock” island to Risan.
Day 3: Morning swimming in the Risan Bay, hike to Gornji Stoliv village, afternoon swim to Prcanj in Kotor Bay.
Day 4: Mamula island swim and visit and afternoon submarine tunnels swimming.
Day 5: Blue cave (Blue Grotto) to Veslo bay coastal swim, Zanjice beach to Rose village swimming.
Day 6: Final morning swim in Tivat Bay. Trip finishes at around midday.
Google Map of the Area with Swimming and Hiking Routes
Meet at our accommodation - Hotel San front terrace at 6.30pm for the trip briefing.
Before we start the second swim we film your stroke for later video analysis at the hotel. This filming can sometimes be moved to another day depending on where exactly we stop the boat.
Before our afternoon swim we first stop at the “Our Lady of the Rock” island. The island with its church has a rich history and you can walk around and explore. Afternoon swim is from the island towards Risan, a small town at the end of the bay. Boat drive back to the hotel.
Our afternoon 2.5 km swim takes us from Donji Stoliv church towards the town of Prcanj in Kotor bay. Boat drive back to the hotel.
Before breakfast we have a final swim in Tivat bay in front of the hotel at around 8.30am, trip finishes at around 10.30am.
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.
|Orahovac - Drazji Vrt (Bay of Kotor)||2 km|
|Perast - ‘Our Lady of the Rock’ Island (return) (Bay of Kotor)||1.8 km|
|Risan - Lipci (Bay of Risan)||2 km|
|Verige Straight - Morinj (Bay of Risan)||2.5 km|
|Bigova - Oblatno quarry (Adriatic Coast)||3 km|
|Oblatno quarry - Plavi Horizont (Adriatic Coast)||2 km|
|Island Gospa - Island Sveti Marko (Bay of Tivat)||1.8 km|
|Krasici - Kumbor Straight (Bay of Tivat)||2.8 km|
|Around Mamula Fortress (Adriatic Coast)||1.9 km|
|Blue Cave - Veslo Bay (Adriatic Coast)||2.0 km|
|Prcanj beach coastal (Bay of Kotor)||1.5 km|
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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.
The walking on the trip is easy. In order to enjoy your walks on the islands and mainland, please bring comfortable walking shoes for summer temperatures.
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 anti-glare 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.
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.
Start Point: Hotel San, Tivat
Start Time: 6.30pm on the 1st day
Finish Point: Hotel San, Tivat
Finish Time: 11am on the last day
Google Map Link:
To get to Tivat (Bay of Tivat), you can fly into either Dubrovnik (DBV) in Croatia or Tivat (TIV) and Podgorica (TGD) in Montenegro. There are a number of international flights to Dubrovnik (DBV) from various cities and a few to Tivat and Podgorica. From UK Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2, British airways, Croatian airlines, Thomson, Monarch. For more details on all international airlines visit Dubrovnik airport´s website. Best way to search for flight options is via www.skyscanner.net
Flights to Dubrovnik:
Flights to Podgorica (Montenegro):
Flights to Tivat (Montenegro):
A good source for online booking and search is https://www.getbybus.com
Bus from Dubrovnik town to Tivat
The cost is around 15-18 EUR one way and 1 EUR per bag. You can buy tickets at the Dubrovnik bus station or on the bus itself. Please note that some buses stop at Dubrovnik - Čilipi airport, however, they can get full and we recommend you to go into Dubrovnik town first to catch the bus from there. There are several daily buses going to Dubrovnik town, see: http://www.atlas-croatia.com/arrangement/dubrovnik-airport-shuttle-bus/
Buses from Podgorica airport to Tivat
There is no bus option from Podgorica airport. You can take a taxi to Podgorica town for around 15 Eur and then take a bus to Tivat. Domestic buses leave for Tivat (Kotor direction) almost every hour and you just get to the counter and buy a ticket to Tivat. Cost per person is about 7 EUR and it takes about 2 hours. Bus schedule: www.busterminal.me