If you want to entrust your holiday vacation with us we will take you off the conveyor-belt tourism grind and give you an up-close-and-personal look at our country.
With these packages you’ll be able to enjoy the adventure activity you’ve chosen. You’ll also have the peace of mind in knowing that your all logistical issues are being handled professionally. And, more importantly, with the care we give all of our clients.
We will handle all of your transfers. We will book your accommodations with time-tested partners who share our commitment to excellence. And, we make sure you’ll get your fill of the fantastic Croatian cuisine lunches and dinners in truly wonderful restaurants - you’ve been reading so much about.
We know not all guests are interested in set itineraries. If a client would like to create a trip which includes multiple cities, parks, and activities, it is literally our job to make sure you are as happy as possible. You tell us what you fancy and will make the best possible program for you. For reference you can also look at our Best of Croatia adventure tour and our Custom Tours section.
Breather Tour is a shorter version of our Classic Kayaking Adventure, and is based around the island of Lopud, which has several beautiful sandy beaches, no cars and great places to eat and sleep. Our idea is to have daily kayaking trips from a home base — you’ll stay in the same place nightly so no need to fret over moving constantly. These kayaking trips are easily enjoyed by all beginner kayakers and cover from eight to fifteen kilometers per day (or two to four hours total in the kayaks) … which means there is plenty of time put aside every day for lunch, dinner, snorkeling, hiking, and exploring…
Kayaking Classic Adventure tour is based around the island of Lopud, which has several beautiful sandy beaches, no cars and great places to eat and sleep. Our idea is to have daily kayaking trips from a home base — you’ll stay in the same place nightly so no need to fret over moving constantly. These kayaking trips are easily enjoyed by all beginner kayakers and cover from eight to fifteen kilometers per day (or two to four hours total in the kayaks) … which means there is plenty of time put aside every day for lunch, dinner, snorkeling, hiking, andexploring.
In addition to Breather Tour you will be able to ejoy two extra paddling days, exploring with kayaks and bikes the biggest of the Elaphiti islands – Sipan – visiting two charming fishing villages, snorkeling in the hidden Green Cave, and paddling under majestic limestone arch.
Discover Dalmatia Kayaking Adventure combines four nights of expedition-style sea kayaking: packing everything we’ll need to overnight as we go; and three nights of tourist-style sea kayaking: using accommodation on the island of Lopud as home-base.
Perfect for paddlers with some kayaking experience, with possible adjustment of the daily schedule to fit first time kayakers as well. We’ll explore all 13 islands of Elaphiti Archipelago, experience sunset-to-night kayaking as a little something extra, visit salt flats in historical town of Ston, marking the north border of former Republic of Dubrovnik, and walk its 4,5km long walls!
During this tour we will average approximately 15 kilometers or more, or around three to four hours, of paddling per day. For all that effort we’ll be rewarded with beautiful high limestone cliffs towering over us, perfect for cliff jumping and a swim in Blue and Green hidden cave, their location known only to local fishermen and, of course, us kayakers.
Over the years we’ve noticed that active opportunities involving both parents AND children can be lacking in Croatia. We believe families should start sharing adventures as soon as possible. Therefore we have designed this family friendly adventure holiday to help parents encourage their children to be active and to fall in love with nature’s wonders. This means a lot of swimming, snorkeling, and water games.
For instance, embedded in this tour will be an extra, non-paddling day, which we’ll use to visit the brand new Adrenaline Park located just south of Dubrovnik. Our goal is to make sure entire families can share adventures that they can talk about for a lifetime.
KAYAKING EQUIPMENT DETAILS
We at Outdoor Croatia firmly believe equipment is an instrumental part of providing great all-around service. This is the reason we decided to use only the best gear.
Let’s start with the Kayaks: We have both single and tandem kayaks. There are two models we use and both are from Venture Kayaks. For day tours and less experienced paddlers we recommend using the Easky 15 Sea Kayak model, which boasts great stability and trackability and handles rougher seas with ease. For multi-day trips and for those with some experience, the Capella 166 Sea Kayak — longer, sleeker, versatile, and above all fun to ride — is the perfect model for you.
It’s worth mentioning that all of our single kayaks are equipped with new and improved skegs which are great aids in tracking and can be fully or partially lowered to optimize your performance.
Prijon Poseidon was our choice for tandem kayaks. Not only are these kayaks stable and comfortable to ride but they are also surprisingly fast in a straight line and great for multi-day trips due to their large storage space. They’re equipped with rudders for easier steering.
Every kayaker loves a good paddle and we’re glad to say we offer great paddles on our trips. Lendal (now Celtic Paddles) is one of the best paddle manufacturers in the world and their paddles are top notch.
We have full carbon-fibre paddles available in different lengths and for lefties and righties. For half- and full-day tours, we use more durable and tougher Lendal carbon-fibre shaft and N12 blade paddles, which are also available in different lengths and offsets.
Palm Equipment, based in the UK and one of the best gear companies around, provides our personal floatation devices (PFD), spray skirts, paddle jackets, and other essential safety equipment.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Our tours are built for every experience level in mind. Having said that, there are tours that are better suited to beginners and others that lend themselves to paddlers with at least some experience. These are clearly marked on our itineraries but, please, never hesitate to ask any question about whether a certain trip is right for you.
All of our trips start with safety talks, which will prepare you for the day’s expedition. We will talk about paddling strokes and answer any question — large and small — about any concern a guest has. We will not leave the beach until everyone is comfortable in their kayak. All guests are welcome to inquire about more advanced instruction.
Our philosophy is to keep the number of paddlers per guide low so everyone gets the most out of the experience. Eight guests constitutes a full tour. Full-day tours cover around 15 kilometers or three to four hours of relaxed kayaking. Half-day tours cover around eight to ten kilometers. We can work with anyone to schedule more or less paddling and/or more or less time spent on the beach, swimming, or walking through towns. Our only purpose, as we see it, is to make sure you have the most fun in the safest way possible.
Your luggage will be stored in your accommodation on the island of Lopud when you arrive. Your belongings will remain safe under the watchful eye of our professional partners whom we’ve worked with for years. When you are on tour, we will provide dry bags for anything you’ll need on a day-to-day basis … such as wallets, cameras, and an extra change of clothes.
We have been working with many of our lodging partners for years. Our quality requirements for our guests are similar to the requirements we have when we travel. That in mind, guests can expect the private accommodations booked during longer tours to be absolutely safe and secure, reasonably priced, cozy, filled with character, and very clean. Rooms are typically doubles (unless stated otherwise) and have private bathrooms.
It won’t take long for you to become a fan of Croatian cuisine. Food here is fresh and the ingredients are incredible. Red and white wines — right from the regions we’ll pass in our kayaks — are plentiful. Like our relationships with our lodging partners, we have worked with several restaurants and beach bars for years. They understand our demand for both great food and great service. When you book with us, you can expect the same. On our multi- day tours all meals are usually included – you can expect hearty breakfasts, delicious picnic or restaurant one course lunches and memorable 3 courses dinners – traditionally cooked.
No worries if you are vegeterian, or have other restrictions regarding different kinds of food. Just let us know in advance and we’ll make sure that your guide for the week will have it in mind, and organize a different menu option.
We keep group sizes even smaller for longer tours. The reason is simple: we want to get the most out of the experience for everyone involved. When we are together for several days, our group becomes like a tribe. We eat together, plan together, and enjoy beautiful paddling together. Please read up on the different options and, again, don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about the fitness or experience level required for the tours.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, wire transfers, and cash. To reserve a tour, we ask for a deposit of 30%.
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; and Twitter: /Outdoor_Croatia