Croatian Elaphiti Islands – Dubrovnik

Explore the southern Dalmatian coast on this unique five-day Croatian island-hopping sea swimming holiday. Imagine swimming along high, dramatic cliffs in an ocean so blue that it blends into the sky. Crystal clear waters and islands covered with lush Mediterranean vegetation, the unique Elaphiti islands have stunning and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in island life and discover Sipan, an island in the Elaphiti archipelago and the base for our swimming trip. We are based in a small and "away from crowds' village of Sipanska Luka on the northern side of Sipan island.
Trip details:
  • Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights)
  • Tour Type: Island Hopping and Sea Coastal Swimming
  • Average Daily Swim: 5 km
  • Accommodation: Hotel on the Island
  • Escort: One Large Boat, Two Dinghies

Sipan island in the Adriatic sea is easily accessible by ferry from Dubrovnik. It is a long island with quiet bays, beaches and rich groves of olive and lemon trees. Back in time 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 away from crowds.

This swimming tour appeals to different levels of open water swimmers (please check our FAQs for swimming speed details) looking for a sea swimming adventure in Southern Croatia. We have different escort boats to provide safety and enjoyment to all our guests.

Non-swimmers are welcome to join and use our kayak or SUP (Stand up paddleboard) 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.

Tour Highlights:
– seafront accommodation location on Sipan island
– varied island to island and coastal swims in the clear and warm Adriatic sea
– scenic boat rides along the Elaphiti islands
– visit local villages and experience the Dalmatian lifestyle
– relaxed walking to great vista points on Elaphiti islands

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, 4 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, two lunches, snacks on the boat. Each guest receives a swim hat. Fins, rash vests and other swimming gear are limited and we advise to bring your own if required.

What is not included?
Travel to and from the start of the tour, evening meals, one lunch, drinks. Single room supplement: 100 Gbp.

Press article
In July 2018 we hosted a US Masters Swimmers travel writer. Read his story.

KAYAK and SUP board are available on our swimming trips to use

PDF: Trip Notes – Swimming Vacation – Elaphiti Islands – Croatia (Dubrovnik)

SUP board and Kayak Available on Swimming Trips

Video clips from past trips:


Hotel Sipan Rooms, Sipanska Luka, Croatia:
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Hotel Sipan, Croatia
Trip Advisor Reviews of Hotel Sipan, Croatia

Hotel Sipan Rooms (previously called Hotel Sipan) is located at the front of a 3 km long stunning bay in the charming fishermen’s village of Šipanska Luka in Southern Dalmatia. Sipan is the largest island of the Elaphiti Islands (Sipan, Lopud, Kolocep). It has its own sandy beach about 500 from the hotel. Several other small gravel beaches can be found around the bay.

NOTE! Hotel Sipan has recently changed ownership and it has plans to rename the property for future business. We will update our website with further information once available.

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 are 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 Single-use are available. Please specify your preferences (including any other guests you would like to share with) at the time of booking.

Hotel Sipan Rooms Photos:


More photos of Hotel Sipan Rooms and Sipanska Luka Bay

Front terrace view on the bay


Extended stay
If you require additional nights’ accommodation before or after the tour, please book directly with the property:

Sipanska Luka Bay


Day 1: meet at accommodation at 6.30pm for the trip briefing.
Day 2: short acclimatisation swim at beach, boat drive to our first swim location on north Jakljan. Lunch on boat. Filming for Stroke analysis. Afternoon swim on south Jakljan. Return to hotel and attend video stroke analysis session.
Day 3: morning island exploration along Jakljan island and afternoon crossing swim Cape Pologrin to Olipa island.
Day 4: morning island hopping swim between Kosmec – Crkvina – Tajan islands, afternoon swim at the northern Sipan island.
Day 5: morning coastal swim in Šipanska Luka bay. Trip finishes at around 10.30am.

Full itinerary:

Day 1
We meet at the hotel at 6.30pm for welcome and safety briefing. Following our meeting you can enjoy dinner in the beautiful harbour of Šipanska Luka.


Day 2
Before our breakfast we jump in for a short acclimatisation swim, ie. 300m. 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.

Day 3
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 analysis filming. In the afternoon we do our crossing swim between Cape Pologrin to the end of Olipa island. Boat back to the hotel.


Day 4
Today we swim and connect several little islands alongside the northern Sipan island. Lunch base in the bay near Jakljan island or in Slano opposite of Sipan island. After the lunch break we go off the boat to explore some local sights. Afternoon swim between Misnjak island and the lighthouse along Sipan island. Return back to hotel.

Day 5
Before we say goodbye we do a final morning 2km swim from the outside Sipan island to Prijezba beach in the bay. Trip finishes at around 10.30am. You can catch the 11.55 am ferry from Suđurađ to Dubrovnik. Arriving into Dubrovnik at 13.05.


Itinerary changes
Please note that our swimming days 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

Swimming Info

Swimming locations Distance (Km/Miles)
Sipan Bay acclim. swim 300 m
Kosmec – Crkvina 2.4 km (1.5)
Blue cave – North end Sipan 3 km (1.9)
Jakljan – Golec – Tajan 3 km (1.9)
Crossing Cape Pologrin – Olipa 2.5 km (1.5)
Misnjak – Lighthouse 2.7 km (1.7)
Outside Jakljan cliffs 2.5 km (1.5)
Sipan Bay coastal 2 km (1.3)



Month Water Temp.(°C/F) Air Temp.(°C/F)
June 22 / 72 24 / 75
July 25 / 77 30 / 86
August 25 / 77 32 / 90
September 24 / 75 29 / 84
October 21 / 70 24 / 75


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

Walking Conditions
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.

Essential Equipment
We recommend you bring 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 swim hats and other limited pieces of equipment, such as flippers, tow floats, rash vests, if required. We cannot guarantee availability of all sizes, so please bear this in mind and bring your own item if your swimming depends on this.

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.

Itinerary changes
Please note that our swims are carried out in the natural environment and we rely on the current weather (wind and sea) conditions. As a consequence, changes to the planned itinerary may be required.

Travel info

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:

Flight search engine:

Getting There PDF Travel Guide

2019 ferry and ship sailing times are available. Online bookings

1) To get to Sipan (Šipan) island, you can fly into Dubrovnik airport.

2) From there you can take a local bus going into Dubrovnik town for 40 kuna (6 Euro). You go off at the last stop at main bus station in Gruz.
Travel time: cca 45 min in total.

Gruz Port location in Dubrovnik – Google Maps.

3a) FERRY LINE: From Gruz station, you can walk to the main ferry port and take a ferry to Suđurađ (Sipan Island). Cost: 23 Kuna (3 Euro). Ferry stops at Kolocep and Lopud islands before reaching Sipan island. Travel time: cca 1h 15min in total.

You can book a ferry online:

GETTING THERE – Ferry Schedule from Dubrovnik – Sipan island (Suđurađ):

MON-SAT: 10.00, 14.00, 16.30, 20.00

SUN: 9.00, 11:45, 18:15, 19:00, 21:00

LEAVING THE ISLAND – Ferry Schedule from Sipan island (Suđurađ) – Dubrovnik:

MON-SAT: 6.00, 6:45, 11:55, 15:20, 18:30 (Should you plan to leave on the 5th-last day, you can get on the 11:55 ferry.

MON, WED, FRI: 14:00

SUN: 7:30, 10.20, 17:00, 19:35

PDF file of ferry times from Dubrovnik – Sipan island (Suđurađ)
PDF file of car ferry (ship) times from Dubrovnik – Sipan island (Suđurađ)

For updated year-to-year ferry schedule see the Jadrolinija ferry 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
More info online at

PDF file Catamaran line Dubrovnik – Sipanska Luka (Hotel Sipan)

4) Local bus from Suđurađ ferry port to Sipanska Luka village. Cost: 10 Kuna (1.5 Euro). Total cost:  73 Kuna (10 Eur).

You can also book a night in Dubrovnik and take a ferry the next day.

5) Door-To-Door Hotel Transfer. You can also book an advance transfer from the airport to the hotel direclty. Please see details at:

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.

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


“That trip was an absolute beauty, the water, sun, marine life, food and hotel setting. Wow!”
~ Olly, Australia, July 2018

“Absolutely fantastic trip in Croatia. Loved it!”
~Susannah, USA, July 2018

A fantastic swim holiday (huge thanks to our guides Borut Strel, Laura and Tina).
~ Lee, UK, July 2018

“One of the best trips I have done with Strel Swimming. Sipan island and the area around is stunning for open water swims!”
~Mike, UK, July 2017