Swimming around Obanjan island

Obonjan island is a beautiful gem in the Croatian Adriatic sea. It is located centrally in the Sibenik archipelago about 6 km from the mainland.

Swimming around Obonjan island is absolute heaven but there is much more to know about this special place. The island was taken over in 1972 by the Scout movement and was known as the ´Island of Youth’. It was used for many years as a holiday camp for children but was later deserted. During this dormant period, one man has lived on the island with his dog where he mainly acted as security and a caretaker. Everyone who plans to visit this island is firstly greeted by Jimmy the dog followed by the local man, Mirko.

In the summer the island is a paradise, it is peaceful, stunningly beautiful and feels very close to nature. The waters surrounding the island are crystal clear, calm and vivid shades of blues and turquoise.

Our swimming tours take us to different islands within the Sibenik archipelago and our swim to Obonjan is a memorable one as we island hop to finish at this paradise. The swim comprises of two crossings. Starting at an island called Little Sister, we cross to another island named Big Sister and with one more crossing to Obonjan. In total, the distance is approximately 2.8 kilometres. We picnic at the island, explore and enjoy the surroundings.

Other stunning islands near to Obonjan that we visit include Zmajan (Dragon Island) which has a dramatic coastline with many secluded bays and stunning views. Zlarin is another nearby island with a small population and incredible harbour with a daily ferry line. We often swim along it´s beautiful coastline and then have a lunch stop in the pretty town.

Kaprije island is an idyllic swimming venue on our tour. This island is further out from Obonjan on the archipelago. Again, we have stunning views of the other islands from the water and our boat. Sometimes we swim along the coastline, other times we make a crossing from Zmajan to Kaprije depending on the conditions.

The beauty of this area for a swimmer is that there are many options for stunning swims.

We always monitor the weather and sea conditions and are able to select the best swimming locations based on these forecasts and our experience. If you are looking for a safe and relaxing swimming vacation then join us for an amazing holiday.

Try this fun way to spend your holiday on an island away from the crowds. A new concept of summer events has been introduced to start in July 2016. You can also stay on the Obonjan island.

Reference links: Otok Obonjan Events, Guardian