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Fjord & Cove Swimming Montenegro | 6 days

Our Montenegro trip offers an incredible setting for a great sea and fjord swimming adventure. Country used to be a former constituent of the Republic of Yugoslavia and it lies on the Adriatic coast, nestled between Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. It is steeped in history stretching back millennia. Many call the country a “crossroads of civilizations” where the East and the West cultures meet.


Duration: 6 Days (5 Nights)
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. 

We swim and explore the stunning Bays of Kotor and Tivat and hop from one cove to another in the crystal-clear and balmy waters along the Adriatic sea
This tour appeals to swimmers looking for unique fjord, sea and cove swimming adventures combined with great walks through historical towns and islands in the warm Mediterranean climate. Our guides speak the local language and together with local expertise, they have the best knowledge of the region and can guarantee an enjoyable time as well as ensuring safety. This tour is also suitable for non-swimmers who may wish to combine scenic boat rides with some walking and sightseeing. Non swimmers can use our kayak and follow their friends or partners while they swim.

Tour Highlights:

- 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.

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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 1 dinner (welcome). 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, 4 evening meals, 1 lunch.  Single room supplements from 60 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:

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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 partner accommodation offers double rooms and double rooms for single use with en-suite shower, WC, AC, balcony and Wi-Fi. 

Here we are 100m from the beach in Tivat.  Very close to our base is Porto Montenegro, the renowned marina. Also within walking distance are several shops, restaurants and cafes. Tivat has it´s own airport, which is less than 15 minutes drive away.
There is a small beach a few metres from the hotel and a local restaurant nearby. Inexpensive taxis are available to go into Kotor or Tivat towns in the evening. The electricity supply is 220V AC and continental adapters can be used.

Hotel Galia - Strel Swimming Montenegro
Extended stay

Extra stay in the hotel: If you arrive earlier or want to stay longer, feel free to contact the hotel for extra nights.
Contact info:,, +382 32 675 017 

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:

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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.

Extra Expenses
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.

Group Size
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.

Country Info
Official Name: Montenegrin Republic
Capital: Podgorica (administrative) Cetinje (historical and cultural capital)
Population: 685,000
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

Day 1

Meet at our accommodation - Hotel San front terrace at 6.30pm for the trip briefing.

Day 2

Before breakfast we walk down to the hotel beach for a short acclimatisation swim. Following breakfast, we take a short boat ride for the first swim in the Gulf of Kotor. We start the 2 km swim at Drazji Vrt village and swim towards the town of Perast. You have a chance to experience the remarkable scenic views of the fjord surrounded by imposing, rugged mountains. We dock for lunch in Perast, the old Venetian town where you can walk around and enjoy the old stone architecture. A great number of historical monuments have made Perast a UNESCO listed World Natural and Historical Heritage Site. 

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.

Day 3

Our second day is spent part in Risan bay, part in Kotor Bay. We start our morning swim at the end of Verige area (navigational crossing between the two bays) swim coastal towards Kostanjica village on the left. On the right hand side you enjoy the stunning mountainous views of Risan bay.
For lunch we stop at Donji Stoliv´s church, Gospa od Andjela (Lady of Angels) and then we take a walk along the old village path up the hill to Gornji Stoliv’s church. Once we reach the 230m high vista point we take in the superb views of Kotor and Risan bays. A great photography spot.

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.

Day 4

Today is the first Adriatic day as we head out to Mamula island and submarine tunnels. Boat takes us from Tivat bay straight to the Mamula island where we do our first swim. We swim two loops of the island which is about 2km in total. Afterward we explore the island by foot where you can see the impressive fortress and infrastructure that was used during the WWII as a concentration camp.
The fortress was built by Austro-Hungarians in 1852 and it originally served as a strategic guarding point at the entrance of Kotor bay.
Lunch stop in the beautiful coastal town of Rose.
Afternoon swim is between two incredible Yugoslav submarine tunnels along the Lustica peninsula. We stop in the tunnel where you can see how the Yugoslavian Navy used to store and hide their submarines. All tunnels are dead ends, so you
cannot swim through, but you can swim to the end and back.
We finish the 2.5 km swim after the second tunnel and just before the old Yugoslav Navy ship no.21. Boat drive back to Tivat.

Day 5

Today we head out to the Blue Cave on the Adriatic, locally know as Plava Spilja (Blue Grotto). We pass the Mamula island, Azra fortress and start our first swim right at the Blue cave. Colours in the cave offer us an incredible start for our swim.
We follow the high cliffs along the coast, swim in and out of several small coves until we reach the Veslo bay. Swimming in the crystal clear water of the Adriatic is a great experience!
For today’s lunch we stop at Zanjice bay along the Lustica Peninsula.
Our second swim takes us from Zanjice bay to the beginning of Rose village. Swimming alongside the green peninsula in clear blue sea is just how you want to end up a great day. Return back to the hotel. Final dinner at the hotel.

Day 6

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.

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

Drazji Vrt  - Perast (Bay of Kotor)  2 km
‘Our Lady of the Rock’ Island - Risan (Bay of Risan)2.5 km
Verige Straight - Kostanjica (Bay of Risan)2.2 km
Stoliv church - Prcanj (Bay of Kotor)2.5 km
Around Mamula Fortress (Adriatic Coast)2.0 km
Submarine tunnels2.2 km
Blue Cave - Veslo Bay (Adriatic Coast)2.5 km
Zanjice - Rose village2.8 km
Seljanovo - In front of hotel (Tivat Bay)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.

Walking Conditions
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.

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 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.

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.


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
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Getting There:
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

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Private car and van transfers
We speak the local language and we work with local taxi drivers to help you organise a private transfer. Just email us at We send everyone a pre-trip email with final transfer detail on how to book.
From Dubrovnik airport
Transfer from the airport to the hotel takes about 2 hrs and it costs 70 Euro per car for up to three people. Border crossing required.
From Dubrovnik town
Transfer from Dubrovnik town to the hotel takes about 2.5 hrs and it costs 90 Euro per car for up to three people. Border crossing required.
From Podgorica airport 
Transfer from Podgorica airport to the hotel takes about 2 hrs and it costs 60 Euro per car for up to three people.
From Tivat airport 
Transfer from Tivat airport to the hotel takes about 15 min and it costs 10 EUR per car for up to three people.
Larger group transfers (4 or more)
We can also organise a van for larger group transfers. Please email us for further details.
Bus options

A good source for online booking and search is

Bus from Dubrovnik town to Tivat 
There are a few buses daily going in and out of Dubrovnik, Croatia to Montenegro. Buses to Tivat (Kotor, Budva direction) depart at 07.00, 11.00,15.00. Bus at 20.30 used to depart on MON, WED and SAT (2016 year). Reference link:
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:
The journey from Dubrovnik town to Tivat takes around 2 hrs and it usually goes via Kotor. Please note that Croatia uses the Kuna, while Montenegro has Euro. Both currencies are accepted at the airport and ATMs are available. 

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:
Please note that once you get to Tivat bus station you will need to take a local taxi to our Hotel San. It costs about 4 Eur and it takes only a few minutes. You can also ring us or hotel to book a taxi for you.
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