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Sea kayaking, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventure
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Sea Kayak Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

Paddle along the stunning Pelješac Peninsula and Korčula Island, swim in crystal clear waters and explore quaint island towns

Duration

4 nights

Annual Leave

3 days off work

Group Size

Up to 12 people

Season

May-Oct

Location

Croatia

Meeting Point

Split City Centre

Classic Accommodation

Campsite

Customer Reviews

This trip is brand new

Difficulty

Moderate

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What's it like?

Sea kayaking, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventure
Kayaking, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventures
Group kayaking at beach, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventure
Kayaking Dalmatia, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventure
Kayaking, Croatia Photo: Host/Red Adventures
Korcula Island, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventures

Kayak against a mesmerising coastal backdrop, stopping for swims in unbelievably turquoise waters

Explore terracotta-roofed towns, ancient Roman quarries, impressive monasteries and lighthouses

Camp by the Adriatic Sea in a series of idyllic sites near the shore, falling asleep to the sound of the waves

Day 1

Welcome to Croatia!

Kayaking, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventures

Kayaking

2hrs · 6km

Driving

3hrs

Touch down in Split Airport, then make your way to the city centre (see 'Getting There' for information on the shuttle service). Meet your host and group at noon for a warm welcome, then a transfer two hours south to Lovište. Nestled amid lush greenery with panoramic views of the sea and nearby islands, this captivating village is where your multi-day kayaking adventure begins. This afternoon, join your group and guide at the waterfront for an introductory safety briefing and gear fitting, then head out on a short paddle to the stunning sandy beach of Krizica. Get acquainted with some fundamental paddling techniques amidst this serene coastal beauty, enjoy a sunset swim, then head back to your camping spot for dinner and some rest before more kayaking tomorrow.

Day 2

Paddle to Korčula Island

Sea kayaking, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventures

Kayaking

4hrs · 15km

Rise early and get ready to paddle to captivating Korčula Island, nestled in the heart of the central Dalmatian archipelago, boasting of a wealth of history and charm. Make a first stop at the pebble beach of Duba, a breathtaking spot perfect for snorkelling or a swim in crystal-clear turquoise waters. Treat yourself to an iced coffee at a secluded restaurant conveniently located near the beach, then continue on, stopping for another break near the St. John Cape where you can take a short hike to a hilltop church offering panoramic views above the entire channel. Paddle past notable landmarks like Sirna Stijena (also known as the Cheese Rock!) and Kneza, a charming village with a fascinating history and numerous delightful beaches. Finally, reach your campsite where some deserved relaxation, sundowners and dinner await!

Day 3

Enchanting towns and Mediterranean vibes

Korcula Island, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventures

Kayaking

4hrs · 13km

Prepare for an exhilarating day of exploration as you set out towards the vibrant village of Lumbarda, visiting two Dalmatian highlights along the route. First, stop at Korčula Town, a real joy to wander around with its ancient walls, red-roofed houses, a skyline dominated by the magnificent St. Mark's Cathedral (the alleged birthplace of Marco Pol) and the iconic Revelin Tower. Back in the water, continue towards Otok Vrnik, a small island famed for its tranquillity, where you can visit some ancient stone quarries – the remnants of a stone-cutting heritage dating from Roman times. End the day in the charming village of Lumbarda, renowned for its great wine production. Enjoy a free evening to walk around the village, eat at a restaurant of your choice and perhaps explore some of the local wineries to sample the excellent white Grk, produced exclusively on this island.

Day 4

Kayak to Pelješac peninsula

Sea kayaking, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventure

Kayaking

14km · 4hrs

This morning you'll leave charming Lumbarda with its sandy beaches and laid-back atmosphere, kayaking towards the southern side of the Pelješac Peninsula. Paddle to Badija Island, part of the stunning Korčula archipelago, where you stop for some exploration on foot, including a visit to an ancient monastery dating back to the 14th century. This island is famous for its wild deer so it's likely you'll bump into some as you are out exploring. Next, navigate through numerous small reefs and islands en route to the Pelješac Peninsula. As you sail past the island of Sestrice, a lighthouse constructed in 1899 will come into view, marking your farewell to Korcula Island. As you approach Pelješac, the horizon will gradually reveal its terraced vineyards that conceal your final campsite for the night.

Day 5

A final paddle to Dingač and back to Split

Kayaking to Trstenik, Croatia. Photo: Host/Red Adventures

Kayaking

3hrs · 10km

Driving

2hrs

On your final day, paddle along the scenic Southern coast of the Pelješac Peninsula, enjoying the mesmerizing views of the Dingač region's slopes, one of Croatia’s most popular wine-growing areas. Think towering cliffs, azure waters, and hidden coves dotting the coastline, with idyllic bays perfect for peaceful breaks and snorkelling adventures. The tour ends after lunch and your host will then transfer you back to Split, where you can choose to extend your Croatian adventure or depart on a late evening flight.

Included

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

4 nights camping

Meals

All breakfasts, all lunches and 3 dinners

Transfers

Transport from/to the start/end point in Split, and everything in between (this does NOT include transfers to and from the airport)

Equipment

All your kayaking and camping equipment

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

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

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The islands along the Dalmatian Coast have an abundance of fresh produce including seafood, fish, vegetables and fruit, so prepare to indulge in some tasty dishes throughout the trip. Breakfasts are typically light and will include a mix of fresh fruit, bread, jams and spreads, milk, coffee, tea, etc. Lunches will mostly be picnic-style utilising local products, whilst dinners are usually prepared by your guides at the campsites, and include a variety of dishes such as pasta, rice, vegetables, salads, bread and sausages. On Day 3 your evening meal is not included, so you can opt to dine in one of the many excellent traditional tavernas Lumbarda offers and perhaps even join an optional wine tasting to sample the traditional local wines.

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?

Campsite in Croatia. Photo: GettyImages-1159317328
Island Campsites

You'll spend four nights in four different seaside campsites, sleeping in twin-share tents. You'll normally participate in setting up camp on arrival and sometimes help with packing down the camp before you set off in the morning. There will be some facilities at the sites such as tables, benches, washing facilities and toilets, electric plugs to recharge your phone and camera and sometimes even a beach bar. Your host will provide a tent, a sleeping mat, a sleeping bag, as well as all communal cooking equipment.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Split City Centre

12:00 on Day 1

Ends

Split City Centre

17:00 on Day 5

Transfers

The meeting point for your trip is at your host's office in Split, where your transfer to Lovište departs from. Airport transfers to and from Split city centre 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. We strongly recommend booking a flight that lands before 11:00 to give yourself ample time to meet your group on time; alternatively, you can consider flying in a day earlier.

On Day 5, you'll be dropped off in Split city centre around 17:00. You can then travel on to the airport independently by shuttle bus, with frequent services throughout the day. We recommend booking a flight departing no earlier than 20:00, or you can extend your stay with an extra night in Split, grabbing a flight the following day instead.

If you would like to arrive early, depart later, or if your flight times don't line up with the trip's schedule, you can consider extending your stay in the beautiful town of Split, where your adventure starts and ends.

Travel options

There are regular direct flights to Split from airports across the UK and Europe. You can also choose to land and depart from Dubrovnik Airport which is closer to the start and end point of your kayaking tour (Lovište and Trstenik); however, you would need to plan your transfers independently and hire a car or private vehicle, due to the lack of direct public transport services. If you choose to arrive into Dubrovinik, the meeting point on Day 1 will be at Caffe Bar Felix in Trstnik at 15:00.

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What's included?

  • Double kayak (or optional single kayak with a supplement)
  • Paddle (TNP aluminium)
  • Buoyancy aid (Aquarius MQ Pro PFD)
  • Spray skirt (Prijon polyester)
  • Life jacket
  • 1-2 dry bags (total volume of 40 litres) for personal belongings
  • Safety equipment and first aid kit
  • Camping equipment (including twin tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag)

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Small soft duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for rucksack
  • Extra small drybags for phone, camera etc.

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping liner and camping pillow (optional)

CLOTHES

  • Lightweight t-shirts/trousers/shorts/skirts
  • Swimwear
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or a jumper for the early spring or autumn departures
  • Lycra or other fast-drying shirt for kayaking
  • Underwear and socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Water shoes
  • Kayaking gloves (optional)

OTHER

  • Wetsuit top (optional – for extra comfort in the low season departures, or to protect against the sun while kayaking)
  • Snorkelling gear
  • 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 (1.5 – 2 litres capacity)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Single Kayak Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Single Kayak Upgrade

Optional Private Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Tent 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 partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 36kg 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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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.

You'll be paddling for around four hours (approximately 13-15 km) each day along the stunning coastline and from island to island. There will be plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling or exploration on foot along the way. This trip is totally suitable for beginner or intermediate-level sea kayakers; however, a generally good level of fitness and stamina will help you enjoy your time on the water to the full. You must also be able to swim and should ideally feel comfortable on the open sea (although the option to return to shore is always available).

Marta Marinelli, raised in Italy’s serene Prosecco Hills, dreamt of global adventures, inspired by her father's travel stories. Her passion evolved into a career, backed by a decade of studies including degrees in international tourism and destination management. She’s worked in the adventure travel sector since 2012, living in Italy, the UK, and now sunny Portugal.

Over twenty years, Marta has explored over 55 countries, visiting remote areas like Ghana, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Haiti and Nepal’s Upper Mustang region. As a Senior Adventure Expansion Manager at Much Better Adventures, she focuses on creating life-changing experiences, ranging from multi-activity adventures, challenging treks to ultimate adventures in iconic places. She loves the challenge of finding the best local adventure hosts around the world, collaborating on adventures that offer genuine immersion, pushing beyond the beaten path and working on exclusive itineraries that challenge your comfort zone.

What makes her tick? Enabling people to live adventure-rich lives while positively impacting and empowering local communities around the world, generating sustainable opportunities for both the host, guides, community, and the environment.

The weather on the Dalmatian Coast and its islands 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 in the event that sea conditions are not favourable.

Anything you don't need on the kayaking journey can be left at your host's office in Split and will be kept safe until the end of your trip. Kayaks will be filled with your personal stuff, camping gear and food/water so we recommend packing light and bringing only essential items. You'll be provided with dry bags to pack your clothes but you are welcome to bring some more to pack the smaller items like phones, cameras etc.

Tandem 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. There's a spray sheet which you'll lock in yourself (full guidance will be provided by your expert kayak guides). You'll also learn how to steer using foot pedals to control the rudder. As these are double kayaks, you will be paddling in pairs.

The kayaks are usually German high-quality Prijon, which can easily be adjusted for each person individually thanks to their comfortable touring seat system, lightweight 3D-thigh braces and slide footrest. High storage capacity enables you to take a lot of luggage and gear with you on your multi-day expedition. HTP material is perfect for this area as it can tolerate some contact with sharp rocky coast, which makes your kayaking more trouble-free. Their fast and safe shape is designed for the typical wind and wave situation on the Adriatic Sea, especially choppy waves during summer.

If you are an experienced paddler with specific preferences, you can request a single kayak for a supplementary charge.

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 trip

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 the islands is safe to drink. Please bring along your own reusable water bottles to fill up at the public fountains and at restaurants to avoid buying single use plastic bottles.

The climate in the islands of the Dalmatian Coast is mild for most of the year. It can get hot during the summer months of July to September with temperatures above 30°C, but you'll have plenty of opportunities to cool down in the sea thanks to the several swimming and snorkelling stops planned along the route.

During the months of May, June, September and October temperatures are generally milder (ranging between 17°C and 25°C). Rain is possible at any time of year, so do come prepared for this possibility. The average water temperature is about 18-24°C in May, June, September and October, with 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.

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 always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. See here for more info about the local teams we partner with.

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