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Hike, Kayak and Snorkel a Hidden Croatian Island

Explore trails across the island of Solta – a little-visited gem off the Dalmatian Coast – paddling, pedalling and swimming as you go

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Hike, Kayak and Snorkel a Hidden Croatian Island

Explore trails across the island of Solta – a little-visited gem off the Dalmatian Coast – paddling, pedalling and swimming as you go

DURATION
6 nights
LOCATION
Croatia
ANNUAL LEAVE
5 days off work
SEASON
Apr-Jun | Sep-Oct
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Split City Centre
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Apartment

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

This adventure will keep you on the move, but there is nothing too strenuous that can't be managed by anyone with average fitness

Kayak past secluded coves, awe-inspiring cliffs and offshore islets, stopping to swim and snorkel in glittering waters

Hike and cycle across Solta's idyllic hinterland, visiting sleepy villages, family-run olive groves and traditional vineyards

SUP and snorkel the turquoise sea of Nečujam Bay, exploring ancient underwater ruins and a fascinating shipwreck

Day 1

Welcome to Split!

Touch down in Split Airport, then make your way to the city centre (see 'Getting There' for information on the shuttle service), where you'll meet your host for a warm welcome and quick briefing before boarding your ferry to the island of Solta (if you arrive early, you can drop off your luggage at your host's office and explore the charming Old Town while you wait for the rest of the group to arrive). Enjoy the one-hour ferry ride to this enchanting island, the base for your adventure. Your home for the next six nights is a cosy private guesthouse in the charming village of Rogac, situated just 120 metres from the sea. Check in, get comfortable and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner with your group, while your guide tells you all about the epic adventure ahead.

Day 2

Hike into the heart of Solta

Hiking

3-4hrs · 12km · 280m up · 280m down

This morning you'll head out to explore the heart of beautiful Solta on foot, hiking between charming inland villages and immersing yourself in the rich culture, history and traditions of the island. The trail will lead you from the stunning coastline to the hamlets of Grohote, Srednje Selo and Donje Selo, replete with authentic stone architecture, winding alleys and colourful gardens. Following your hike you'll head to a local wine producer to savour some of the island's best wines during a tasting session. Returning to Rogac in the afternoon, you can enjoy a few hours at leisure – hit the beach, grab drinks or have dinner by the sea as you wait for the sun to set. That's what island life is all about!

Day 3

Kayak Maslinica's coves and islets

Kayaking

4hrs · 14km

Today you'll explore Solta's turquoise waters by kayak, setting off from the enchanting coastal village of Maslinica – a hidden gem steeped in tradition. After a safety briefing, leave the island's shores and paddle towards the archipelago of tiny islets which dot the western tip of the island. Navigate crystal-clear waters and stop for a swim in Sipova Bay – renowned as the island's most beautiful beach. Continue kayaking along the southern shore, enjoying the stunning views of hidden coves and dazzling cliffs all the way to Senjska Bay. After a final swim, hike up to the road where you'll hop into a vehicle and head back to your comfortable base in Rogac for the night.

Day 4

Hike and cycle across the island

Hiking

11km · 3-4hrs · 240m up · 240m down

Cycling

20km · 2hrs · 250m up · 250m down

This morning you'll set off hiking in the eastern tip of the island, starting from the charming village of Gornje Selo, a place that seems frozen in time. As you wander through its winding streets and admire the traditional stone architecture, you'll experience the authentic charm and tranquility that makes this island so special. Solta is also renowned for producing some of the finest olive oil in the country, and this morning you'll have the chance a local olive oil producer, where you can taste and learn about the secrets behind this liquid gold. Next, hike through the serene beauty of olive groves, vineyards, fig trees and lush pine forests to reach the island's highest point, Vela Straz, for stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Dalmatian islands and distant mountains. Descend towards the coastal village of Stomorska and its lively harbour, soaking in the laid-back vibe as you watch local fishermen. If you're seeking an extra dose of adventure, you can join your guide for an optional afternoon bike ride across the island from Stomorska to Maslinica, offering countless idyllic Mediterranean views along the way.

Day 5

Kayak Solta's southern coast

Kayaking

4hrs · 16km

Swimming

2hrs

The southern shore of Solta is one of the most stunning and dramatic coastlines in the region, and a well-kept secret given the lack of roads on this side of the island. When it comes to exploring this hidden paradise of secluded bays, untouched pebble beaches, awe-inspiring cliffs and intriguing stone formations, sea kayaking is undoubtedly the ideal way to go. Spend the day paddling to countless hidden coves, stopping for swims and snorkelling along the way – and be one of the lucky few to have the privilege of exploring in this way.

Day 6

SUP and shipwreck snorkelling

Stand Up Paddleboarding

2hrs · 5km

Snorkelling

2hrs

On your final day of island adventure, you'll explore the northern shores of Solta, this time gliding over the crystal-clear waters on a paddleboard (SUP). Start off from Rogac Bay, paddling eastward to the nearby bay of Necujam, which is dotted with quiet coves. Make a stop at Piskera, an intriguing spot where the fascinating ruins of a Roman maritime villa and its fishpond lie beneath the glistening sea. It's believed to have been owned by Emperor Diocletian (247-316 AD), one of the most significant rulers in the history of the Roman Empire. Next, jump into the water for some unforgettable snorkelling around the shipwreck of Kontesa, resting just a few metres below the surface. Tonight you'll head out with your group to a charming local taverna – a fantastic opportunity to indulge in the traditional culinary delights of Solta one final time, before bidding farewell to your new favourite island.

Day 7

Farewell Croatia!

Check out and leave the island after breakfast, travelling back to Split by ferry where you're expected to arrive around 11:00. If you are leaving today, we recommend booking a flight departing no earlier than 14:00, in order to allow ample time to reach the airport. Alternatively, your host will have plenty of recommendations on how to make the most of your time in the city, should you wish to extend your Croatian adventure further.

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking, local guide

Accommodation

6 nights in a comfortable aparthotel

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners

Transfers

All transport during the trip from the start point in Split. This does NOT include transfers to and from the airport.

Equipment

All your equipment for kayaking, cycling, snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Travel to and from the start point

Day 1

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

The Dalmatian Islands have an abundance of fresh seafood, fish, vegetables and fruit, and Solta is no exception. The islanders are proud of their rich culinary traditions and during the course of the trip, you'll have the chance to savour some delicious dishes in many local spots recommended by your host. Specialities include grilled fish or scampi, black risotto (with squid ink), octopus with potatoes baked on an open fire, and many other dishes – expertly seasoned with local olive oil, garlic and herbs (such as rosemary and sage).

On the nights where evening meals are not included, you can opt to dine with a sea view at the famous Pasarela restaurant in Rogac, just a short walk away from your apartments. Lunches are included, and usually consist of a picnic arranged by your guide. Solta is especially known for its traditions of winemaking as well as honey and olive oil production, so you'll have some tasting experiences included too during your stay.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Villa Porto

Your base for the trip is Villa Porto, a charming private guesthouse located in the village of Rogac on Solta Island. The property (which is managed by your host and reserved exclusively for your group) features three apartments, each with two twin-share bedrooms, a balcony with sea views, air-conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a stovetop, a living area and a bathroom (shared between the two bedrooms/ up to four people). There is a large outdoor patio and dining area for your group's gatherings. The beach, as well as a couple of inviting seaside tavernas, are only a ten-minute walk from the property.

Upgrades

Due to the limited size of the property, solo room upgrades are not available for this trip.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Split City Centre

Arrive by 15:00 on Day 1

Ends

Split City Centre

11:00 on Day 7

Transfers

The meeting point for your trip in Split is at your host's office – conveniently located just an eight-minute walk from the port, where your ferry to Solta will depart from. Airport transfers are not included in this trip, but it's easy to pre-book an airport shuttle. The cost is approximately €8 one way which is payable on the website, and the journey time is around 30 minutes. A general taxi fare will cost around €30-45. You'll meet at 15:00 on Day 1 for a quick welcome briefing before your ferry departs at 16:00, so we strongly recommend booking a flight that lands before 14:00 to give yourself ample time. On departure, the same shuttle bus operates from the bus terminal near the port, with frequent services to the airport throughout the day. On Day 1 and Day 7, you are welcome to store your luggage at your host's office for a few hours, if you have extra time and want to explore Split.

Travel options

There are regular direct flights to Split from airports across the UK and Europe.

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What's included?

All your equipement for kayaking, cycling and snorkelling

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for rucksack
  • Small drybags, if you want to take your phone with you on the water-based activities

CLOTHES

  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn in)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or a jumper for the early spring or autumn departures
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Lycra or other fast-drying shirt for kayaking
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Water shoes

OTHER

  • Wetsuit top (optional for extra comfort in the low season departures or to protect against the sun while kayaking)
  • Your own snorkelling gear for better fit and comfort (optional)
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottles x1.5 or 2 litres
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Single Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Single Room Upgrade

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 91kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2023 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

All of the activities on this trip can be done without any previous experience – you'll have expert guides to show you the ropes and help you navigate the kayaking. Although each day is not overly strenuous, you'll be fairly active for a few hours, so the trip is best enjoyed if you have a decent level of fitness and agility, enjoy the outdoors and are comfortable in the water.

The hikes are along relatively gentle paved and unpaved trails, with some occasional steep sections. Plenty of stops will be made to enjoy the views and the scenic villages along the way.

Sea kayaking will involve two days where you'll be paddling for approximately four hours, along the stunning coastline with plenty of opportunities for (optional) swimming and snorkelling breaks along the way. This trip is totally suitable for beginner or intermediate-level sea kayakers; however, a good level of fitness will help you enjoy your time on the water to the full. Sea kayaking will be in twin kayaks, however, single kayaks may be available at additional charge for experienced and confident sea kayakers - please ask your host for further details.

The 20km bike ride across the island from Stomorska to Maslinica is on tarmac roads which are undulating throughout, with occasional steep sections. Should you prefer to opt out of the cycling (or any of the other activities), you are of course free to do so and you can make your day as leisurely or active as you want it to be.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion, but there is an expectation to tip for good service. We suggest the below as a guideline per person:

€30 per person, for the week

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

The tap water on Solta Island is safe to drink. Please bring along your own reusable water bottle to fill up at the hotels, public fountains and at restaurants to avoid buying single use plastic bottles.

The climate in Solta is mild for most of the year. It gets very hot during the summer months of July to September with temperatures reaching 35°C: for this reason, the trip runs from April to June, and late September to October, when temperatures are milder (ranging between 17°C and 25°C). Rain is possible at any time of year, so do is come prepared for this possibility. The average water temperature is about 17°C in April and 18-24°C in May, June, September and October, making the latter part of the season a more favourable time of year if you are into snorkelling and swimming.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

The weather on the island of Solta is usually pretty mild throughout the year, although adverse wind, sea or rainy conditions can be unpredictable with some disruptions possible at any time of the year. The best you can do is to be prepared for anything and come equipped with layers of clothing, sunscreen and waterproofs. Your host will be monitoring the forecasts during the course of the trip and will suggest alternative, safer kayaking routes or will swap around the order of the activities in the event that sea conditions are not favourable.

If your arrival flight into Split is delayed, there are other evening ferries to Solta – the last one usually departs at 20:30. Your host will provide assistance should you need to travel independently to the island due to a late incoming flight.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of the activities.

Sea kayaks are used on this trip. They have a covered deck and are generally longer, faster and sit lower in the water than touring or sit-on-top kayaks. You will be in a double kayak so you will be paddling in pairs, allowing you to cover greater distances with ease.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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