Croatian Island Hopping - Dubrovnik | 5 Days
Tour Type: Island Hopping and Sea Coastal Swimming
Average Daily Swim: 4-5 km
Accommodation: Hotel on the Island
Escort: One Large Boat, Two Dinghies
Lead Guide: Borut Strel
Sipan is easily accessible by ferry from Dubrovnik. It is a long island with a quiet bays, beaches and rich groves of olive and lemon trees. It was a popular retreat for the Dubrovnik nobility in the 16th century and is now a perfect destination for adventurers looking for an idyllic holiday haven.
Tour appeals to all levels of open water swimmers (please check our FAQs for swimming speed details) looking for sea swimming adventure of island hopping in Southern Croatia. We have three separate escorts to provide safety and enjoyment to all our guests. Non swimmers are welcome to join and/or use our kayak and follow their friends or partners while they swim. At least one of our guides is local and has a great knowledge of the region.
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, kayak, 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, 4 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches. Each guest receives a swim hat and water bottle to use. Wetsuits, fins, rash vests and other swimming gear are limited and we advise to bring your own if required.
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The island is only 15km away from Dubrovnik and is easily accessible by local ferry every day. With several restored beautiful stone houses, high end villas and churches, Šipanska Luka is one of those rare places where old customs and traditions are still alive.
Rooms are based on twin-share and double-share with 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.
Front Terrace View
If you require additional nights’ accommodation before or after the tour, please book directly with the hotel, quoting Strel Swimming group. Hotel contact info: www.hotel-sipan.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: + 385 20 361 902
Sipanska Luka Bay
General Trip Info
Start Point: Hotel Sipan, Sipan island
Start Time: 6.30pm on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Hotel Sipan, Sipan island
Finish Time: 11am on the 5th Day
Hotel Sipan: www.hotel-sipan.com
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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.
There are no specific vaccinations required for Croatia, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date.
You need some extra cash for evening meals (cca 12-15 Eur per meal), drinks and other personal items. Supermarket is nearby.
The local currency is Croatian Kuna. Sipan island has an ATM so you can get cash there on location. It is advisable that you bring some Euros or Kunas with you. Restaurants prefer cash while hotel services can be paid all by card.
Up to a maximum of 16 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and 2 boat escorts.
We meet at the hotel at 6.30pm for welcome and safety briefing. Following safety briefing we take dinner in the hotel restaurant overlooking the beautiful harbour of Šipanska Luka.
Before our brekfast we jump in for a short acclimatiosation swim, ie. 400m. After breakfast we head off with a short 20 min boat ride to get to the northern tip of Sipanska Luka bay. Our first 2km swim is from the small island of Misnjak to the lighthouse of Cape Tiha. We swim coastal along two beautiful and quiet bays (Uvala Danici and Uvala Tihi). Boat ride to our lunch spot in Sudurad (southern part of Sipan island). You have a chance to explore the town and visit some local sights. Afternoon 3km swim is on the western side of Sipan island. We start at the Blue cave and swim north towards the Jakljan island. Return to hotel.
Today is a true island hopping trip. We start off our morning 3km swim along Jakljan island where we follow the archipelago of little islands - Kosmer, Golec, Crkvina, Tajan. Once we reach the end of Jakljan island we base ourselves at Olipa island Bay. We walk up to the hilltop to see where you just swam. Lunch in the bay. Video anaysis filming. In the afternoon we do our crossing swim between Cape Pologrin to the end of Olipa island. Boat back to the hotel.
Today is our Mljet island exploratian day. We drive across the Mljet channel to get to the southern part of the island named Saplunara. Our morning coastal swim takes us from the Luka Saplunara to Mali Skolj island on the other side. Lunch base in the bay. We walk up the hill to see the stunning view of the entire Elaphiti islands including Dubrovnik and Northern Mljet national park. Afternoon swim is one of the most breathtaking as we swim along the high cliffs of the outside part of Jakljan island. Return back to hotel.
Before we say goodbye we do a final morning 2km swim from our hotel beach to the exit point to the Mljet channel and back. Trip finishes at around 10.30am. You can catch the 11.55 am ferry from Suđurađ to Dubrovnik. Arriving into Dubrovnik at 13.05.
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 day-to-day changes in the planned itinerary are required.
|Sipan Bay acclim. swim||400m|
|Misnja island - Cape Tiha||2 km|
|Blue cave - North end Sipan||3 km|
|Jakljan - Golec - Tajan||3 km|
|Crossing Cape Pologrin - Olipa||2.5 km|
|Saplunara - Mali Skolj||3 km|
|Outside Jakljan cliffs||2.5 km|
|Sipan Bay coastal||2 km|
|Month||Water Temp. (°C)||Air Temp. (°C)|
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 small range of swimming equipment available on each trip if required. Please your own if you require a specific piece.
The walking on the trip is easy. In order to enjoy your walks on the islands, please bring comfortable walking shoes and suitable clothes, 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 tinted recommended), sweater/fleece, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof sun cream and jacket, light walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes.
We also provide water bottles, swim hats, and some fins 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 Sipan, island Sipan
Start Time: 7pm on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Hotel Sipan, island Sipan
Finish Time: 11am on the 5th Day
Hotel Sipan: www.hotel-sipan.com
Getting There PDF Travel Guide
Gruz Port location in Dubrovnik - Google Maps.
GETTING THERE - Ferry Schedule from Dubrovnik - Sipan island (Suđurađ):
PDF file of ferry times from Dubrovnik - Sipan island (Suđurađ)
For updated year-to-year ferry schedule see the Jadrolinija ferry line website: www.jadrolinija.hr/en/sailing-schedule
3b) CATAMARAN (HYDROFOIL) DAILY LINE:
GETTING THERE: Dubrovnik - Sipanska Luka (Hotel Sipan location). Every day at 19.10, Arrives to Sipan at 20.00. Cost: 35 Kuna (5 Euro).
LEAVING THE ISLAND: Sipanska Luka - Dubrovnik. Every day at 06.50, Arrives to Dubrovnik at 07.35, Except TUE and THU at 06.35, Arrives to Dubrovnik at 07.20. Cost: 35 Kuna (5 Euro).
You can buy tickets on the location 30 min prior departure or online at http://gv-line.aktiva-info.hr/ More info online at http://www.gv-line.hr/
PDF file of camaran line Dubrovnik - Sipanska Luka (Hotel Sipan)
Total cost: 73 Kuna (10 Eur).
Door-To-Door Hotel Transfer. You can also book an advance transfer from the airport to the hotel direclty. Please see details at: http://www.hotel-sipan.com/transfers/
Swimming Croatian Dalmatian Coast, Elaphiti islands near Dubrovnik