active holiday | 4 islands & arboretum | 8 DAYS
Elaphite islands kayaking week
May 11th – Oct. 5th
from 785 €
Elaphite Islands Kayaking Week features overnights on two islands: Lopud & Šipan.
Sea kayaking is the main activity, but there is also plenty of time for island walking, swimming, snorkelling, sightseeing.
Absolutely wonderful way to explore the Elaphite Islands, learn about local culture, improve your paddling technique and have fun.
Explore mesmerising Elaphite Islands in a week on fully equipped kayak led by professional English speaking guide.
Great both for paddling experts and beginners!
DUBROVNIK – LOPUD - KOLOČEP - TRSTENO - ŠIPAN - RUDA - DUBROVNIK
DAY 1 | Dubrovnik | Lopud
Meeting and transfer by minivan from airport to Dubrovnik.
Ferry Dubrovnik – Lopud, where you will be welcomed by your guide and your local host. Free time to visit Dubrovnik is depending on your arrival flight schedule. We will assist you with luggage storage and transfers. Overnight: Lopud.
DAY 2 | Lopud
After breakfast we gather at the beach for instructions in shallow protected bay: the guide will explain safety procedures and give the tips on paddling technique. We start paddling from the bay of Lopud and continue along the outer scenic side of Lopud with cliffs and caves to sandy beach of Šunj – located at the other side of the island. There we will stop for swimming and traditional local game ‘picigin’. Afternoon is reserved for exploring the island on foot.
Dinner and overnight on Lopud.
Daily activity: Around 3 hours of paddling, snorkelling, swimming, island walking.
Paddling distance: 7,5 km
DAY 3 | Lopud | Koločep | Lopud
After breakfast we take 20 minutes pleasant walk to Šunj from where we paddle to the island of Koločep. We cross the channel and paddle on the outer side, along the breath taking steep cliffs, caves and stunning rock formations the green forests and fascinating clear water. We will stop for a swim at the Blue Cave and continue to the small village of Gornje Čelo, where we stop for lunch. There will be some free time to explore the island on foot or relax on the beach. After lunch in local restaurant we paddle back to Lopud.
Lunch and overnight on Lopud.
Daily activity: Approx. 3 hours of paddling 3 hours of snorkeling, swimming, island walking
Paddling distance: 16 km
DAY 4 | Lopud | Trsteno | Lopud
After breakfast morning paddling across Kolocep Channel to mainland, Trsteno with many small caves and secluded beaches. We visit Trsteno Arboretum with its Renaissance garden and the 15th c summer villa. Time for lunch, swimming, snorkelling and relaxing. Afternoon paddle to Lopud.
Overnight on Lopud.
Daily activity: Approx. 3 hours of paddling 2 hours of snorkelling, swimming, walking
Paddling distance: 15 km
DAY 5 | Lopud | Šipan
Paddling from Lopud to the island of Šipan, Luka Šipanska, once the center of Authority of Dubrovnik Republic. Cross the island to Suđurađ, fishermen’s village nested in a scenic bay, with numerous historical monuments, castles, churches and Renaissance summer manors.We arrange transportation of your luggage from Lopud to the accommodation in Suđurađ, island of Šipan
Dinner and overnight in Suđurađ.
Daily activity: Approx. 3 hours of paddling 3 hours of snorkeling and swimming
Paddling distance: 15 km
DAY 6 | Šipanska Luka| Suđurađ
We take the local bus to Šipanska Luka from where we paddle to Suđurađ, along the inner side of the island passing near small islets and bays where the green pine trees are touching crystal clear water.
Overnight in Suđurađ.
Daily activity: 4 hours paddling 2 hours swimming & snorkelling
Paddling distance: 20 km
DAY 7 | Šipan | Ruda
After breakfast we paddle from Suđurađ to the islet of Ruda. En route you will see lovely landscape with coves and islet of Ruda with its Mediterranean machia. We stop for a swim and visit the Green Cave. In the afternoon we explore this beautiful island on foot.
Overnight in Suđurađ.
Daily activity: 2 hours swimming, snorkeling & island walking
Paddling distance: 11 km
DAY 8 | Šipan Island | Suđurađ | Dubrovnik
Transfer from the island of Sipan to Dubrovnik by ferry and on from Dubrovnik to airport by minivan.
* In case of unfavourable weather conditions we reserve the right to change the itinerary
A typical day
Our base is the guesthouse, where we meet each morning for breakfast. The main activity in the morning is paddling. During the sea kayaking, we stop at hidden beaches and caves for swimming, snorkelling and exploring the island.
While kayaking we stop at typical local taverns and restaurants. The food is delicious and the prices reasonable. There is also grocery store where one can buy a sandwich as well as small market with local fruit and vegetables.
After lunch we usually take the siesta, since it is the hottest part of the day. Then you can swim, snorkel, explore the island or simply sit in a shade and enjoy your afternoon coffee. After siesta, we continue our kayaking expedition.
Late afternoon: We return to the guesthouse. There is usually some time between our return from kayaking and dinner so you can relax in your room or take a walk.
We dine in a cosy local restaurant. Two dinners are included in price. You can enjoy typical Mediterranean specialties, seafood, meat, fresh vegetables seasoned with olive oil. Vegetarian food is available as well. Ice cream on Lopud is a must.
A NOTE ON ACCOMMODATION
Private guesthouses on the islands are licensed and approved for tourists. Rooms are typically shared, with two people per room. Rooms are simple, comfortable, and clean, with private bathroom, bed linens, and towels. Guesthouses are conveniently located. Everything is within walking distance. Hotel accommodation is also available on request, hotels on the islands are 3 star, small but pleasant.
TRAVEL PREPARED WITH OUR PACKING LIST
Cotton socks: 1 – 2 pairs (medium thickness)
Wet shoes: 1 pair (these can be a pair of thick soled dive booties or an old pair of sneakers. Dive booties protect your legs against sharp objects and sea urchins.)
Hiking shoes: 1 pair (these can be city walking shoes or running shoes).
Sandals: 1 pair
We recommend leyer cloathing
Pants: 2 pair
Shorts: 1 – 2 pairs. We recommend roomy, lightweight shorts that dry quickly
Long underwear top : 1 pair
Lightweight jacket: we recommend windproof and waterproof jacket
T-shirt: 2 – 3
Long Sleeved shirt: 2 light weight long sleeved travel/sun shirts
Bathing suit: 1-2
Head & hands
Sun hat – a baseball cap or a wide brim sun hat
Paddling gloves: 1 pair – optional
Miscellaneous required items
Sunscreen and lip balm : SPF at least 25
Sunglasses : 1 pair (Glasses should transmit no more than 10% visible light and should be UV protected.)
Towel for the beach : 1 (we recommend a small size pack towel)
Snorkeling gear: If you are an avid skin diver or want to spend a lot of time in the water we recommend that you bring your own mask,, snorkel, fins, neoprene booties and gloves.
Casual Travel Wear: No fancy clothing is needed for our dinners. Your casual pants, skirt, a T-shirt or a blouse will be perfect.
Currency is set to EURO.
Rates are per person for double occupancy for 7 nights. Single Supplement: 120 euro net (on request)
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