|TOUR DIFFICULTY: ★★★☆☆ (8 km total paddling distance)||
• HIGHLIGHTS •
Paddle in Lopud bay
Bike through vineyards
Visit Lopud & Šipan islands
Explore 14th century
Medieval village of Luka
Top Kayaking and biking
TOUR LENGTH: 9:40am – 7-8pm (8:40am Sunday & Holidays)
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: Ferry tickets, top-end kayaking and
NOT INCLUDED: Lunch (we recommend local restaurants)
TOUR PRICE: 400 HRK / 55 € / 60 $ / 50 £
- Prices are fixed in Croatian Kuna (HRK). Prices in other currencies are informative and liable to exchange rate fluctuations.
NOTES: We require a minimum of 2 persons to run this tour.
The day starts in Dubrovnik’s main port Gruž in the morning. From there you’ll ferry to the island of Lopud. After spending time discussing kayakng technique and safety, we’ll launch toward the island of Ruda and then paddle to Šipan and its harbor town of Šuđurađ.
As the highlights mention midway through we trade our paddles for pedals and explore Šipan island, if not the most popular, then the most beautiful one in the Elaphite Archipelago. A traditional fishing island, with just two villages, one road and a bus line (yes, there is a bus connecting the two) although they are only 5km (3miles) apart.
We trade kayaks for mountain bikes (before hopping on the saddle, we will discuss equipment and routes, which are customizable to cater to different physical abilities) and bike across the middle part of the island which is mostly flat with old olive growths, vineyards, stone villas and wild fig trees (a perfect dessert for late August, as they can be picked freely while biking past them).
One special stop that we make is at St. Spirit fort-church, built in 14th century as a defense against Turks. You can climb up the steps onto a flat roof and see the whole of Šipan island from there.
In the village of Šipanska Luka on the island’s north end, we’ll stop for a delicious lunch of local delicacies at one of the region’s best kept restaurant secrets. After dessert, we’ll relax with a swim in the Adriatic before heading back the way we came. The trip ends that evening with ferry ride back to Dubrovnik.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THIS TOUR
“An excellent tour by Mario from Outdoor Croatia. The kayak equipment was excellent and really well explained. Any worries or questions where quickly answered and put to rest, which was certainly helpful to my girlfriend who was very much inexperienced in kayaking.
The kayaking from Lopud to Sipan was very enjoyable. The water was lovely and calm, and a nice tempurature in comparison to the mid-day sun. We also stumbled across a large, non-stinging jellyfish mid-channel which was quite amusing. Upon landing at Sipan in a beautiful harbour we swiftly off loaded any unneeded gear into the storage compartments of our kayaks, and then moved off to be fitted with our bikes. The ride from here to our lunch destination at the other end of the island was pleasant. There are some small hills, but nothing too challenging for someone of average fitness as the speed was always tailored to suit each persons ability. We passed many fruits trees and vine yards on the way which shows how fertile the land must be in this region. Upon arriving at the family run restaurant for lunch we were welcomed with an absolutley stunning view. The location is perfect for a lunch break, and the food at the restaurant was fantastic. I had the Dentex fillet, which locally I am informed is known as the king of fish. Safe to say it made great eating, and was probably one of, if not the best meal I had during my whole trip.
On the way back it was a repeat of the previous fun and pleasantness, but also included a stop off at one of the old french fortresses, which is now being used as a church. This is a prity cool and interesting space, and provided a lovely view from the roof terrace. After kayaking back to Lopud, we had a brief window of opportunity for swimming before departing back to Dubrovnik on the ferry. Mario kindly lent me snorkelling equipment to use in the lovely sandy bay during this time, which was a nice tempurature even at 6 pm in October. The ferry back at sunset was lovely, and really cool watching the individual squid fisherman in their many small boats with just a small lantern for visibility. Once docked at Gruz harbour, Mario even gave us a ride back to the old town, which he certainly didn’t have to do.
Over all, a fantastic trip getting you away from the crowds, and showing you some of the most beautiful and genuine parts of the Dubrovnik region. An enthusiastic, fun and informative guide in Mario. Thoroughly recommend for anyone spending some time in this region.”
Visited October 2014
WHERE TO MEET
Please find instructions of where to meet us on the day of the tour using public transportation or walking bellow. In case you want to book an inexpensive transfer from your hotel or apartement to the meeting point, please send us an email and our staff will get back to you with all the necessary information.
We meet in Gruz harbor, Dubrovnik’s commercial port, to board the morning Jadrolinija ferry. Gruz is a 35 minute walk or a 10 minute bus ride (bus 1A, 1B, or 3) which depart every 10 min from Old City’s Pile Gate (west gate). 15 Kuna to the bus driver or buy a 12 Kuna 1 way ticket at the kiosk.
From Lapad and Babin Kuk, it’s not necessary to come to Old City. The ferry pier is across Gruz Bay, you may walk or bus to the deepest part of the bay, then walk north along the east side of the bay past the morning market (red & white umbrellas), past tourist boats and luxury yachts, to the traffic light next to the ferry pier.
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We meet at the pedestrian traffic light next to the ferry pier. There is a blue & white “Travel Corner” sign, a bus stop, and a sidewalk café. Your guide is wearing a white “Outdoor Croatia” T-shirt with 4 colorful squares. Your ferry ticket is included in your tour price.
HOW TO PACK
- First and foremost - water. If you don’t already have your own, you can buy cheap bottled water at any market or kiosk and you can reuse the bottle. Croatian water (from the sink) is very clean.
- Sun block, lotion, and protection is only slightly less important than water. The sun here can be very strong, especially in hot summer months. Sunscreen is for more than making sure you have a great tan. It could save your vacation.
- We also suggest a hat, sunglasses (with a leash), and a long-sleeve T-shirt if you are particularly sensitive to the sun.
- Bathing suits should be worn under your clothes.
- Usually the only thing you’ll need for a kayaking day out is a small towel.
- A small practical backpack for the biking part
- We provide dry bags for your belongings but boat space is limited. In these bags you can place wallets, clothes, and cameras without fear of water.
- Active sandals (Teva, Merrell, etc.) are great for kayaking, and light hiking. If you don’t have active sandals we will provide you with basic aqua shoes.
- Cash is still the best kind of money in Croatia. Markets will take credit cards but many small restaurants will not.
- Athough we are in the European Union, Croatian currency is still Kuna (1EUR= 7,67HRK). If you didn’t have time to exchange money before you arrived in Croatia, you can do so at the airport. Exchange rates are more or less the same everywhere. There is also an ATM machine on Lopud island, but no bank or exchange office.
- Mosquitoes are a common summer pest in Croatia, so bring an efficient bug spray with you, it will make the evenings and nights here more pleasant. You can also buy it in local shops in Dubrovnik, but make sure to have it with you before you reach Lopud island, as there is only one shop there and the prices can be very steep during the high season.
TALK TO US
If you would like to call us instead, you can reach us on any of the following telephone numbers:
May 1st - October 31st:+385 (0)20 418 282;
November 1st - April 30th: +385 (0)91 182 8772 or +385 (0)98 919 8968
We are also on Skype: outdoor.croatia; Facebook: /OutdoorCroatia;
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