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Two days kayaking the Blue Lagoon

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Exploring off-the-beaten-path islands of Drvenik Mali and Veli
  • Navigating across crystal waters
  • Camping in a serene cove next to the water
  • Snorkeling in Blue Lagoon
  • Kayaking around amazing historic center of Trogir *

* Provided weather conditions and participants’ level of fitness allow it

If you’re looking for a perfect overnight two day sea kayaking getaway experience, our Drvenik islands/Blue Lagoon adventure is waiting for you!

These two islands of Drvenik Veli and Drvenik Mali seem to be overlooked by most tourists and yet they stand really close to the mainland and popular summer holiday routes – sounds inviting? If your plan is to travel through Central Dalmatia and wish to have a short adventure break, you could consider this trip because it’s as classic and good as it gets for two days!
It’s about kayaking around scarcely populated islands, camping in unspoiled nature just few meters from the sea, making swimming and snorkeling breaks at your will and pace in beautiful locations. The ideal route designed to touch all the best spots covers around 22 nautical miles in two days equaling between 4 to 5 hours of paddling daily, nevertheless it can be shortened should you feel like kayaking less but still keeping some of the best moments.

 

DAY 1

8.30 AM Meeting with our guide. After checking all the necessary equipment, we’ll take a private shuttle an hour from Split up the coast to Trogir and then over the bridge to Čiovo island. We’ll unload the kayaks and start our paddling adventure.

Our destination today is the island of Drvenik Mali. (Little Drvenik). Upon launching we make the crossing passing a group of rocks towards Drvenik Veli where we can make a stop and then keep going along its shore to finally cross another open stretch to reach Drvenik Mali – tiny island (only 3.43 km sq.), with only 60 residents. It is a tranquil place of the still unspoiled nature – its gorgeous, clear sea lures yachtsmen knowledgeable about the island’s qualities. There are no paved roads and no cars are allowed to be used. Despite a population of only 60 residents, the island is well known for its delicious olive oil and carobs. Carob is a tree which grows hard-shell pods that are picked and then ground into powder that is used to make cakes, with pastry and even to make liquor.

We may make a stop in the main bay with possibility to have lunch there or a cup of coffee and/or simply go on to eventually find a „wild camping” spot and prepare our camp for the night under pine tree tops close to the water. Our guide is there to help you out setting your tents but you are mostly welcome to participate. Overnight in tents on Drvenik Mali island!

DAY 2

After breakfast we will start our paddling day by cruising around Drvenik Mali and then towards the island of Drvenik Veli (Big Drvenik).  Even though ‘big’ Drvenik is 12 square km, it too has very low population thus sharing the “destiny” of numerous other Adriatic islands, as well as findings from ancient times testifying about long line of living in these parts. But unlike more popular ones in the middle Dalmatian archipelago it has remained relatively intact by tourist impact. Its people are for the most part occupied in fishing, agriculture and tourism. The island is covered in low bushes of aromatic herbs, but its 24 km of coastline are magic for locals because of its sand and pebble beaches and many coves.

We are going to paddle along its south side with a view to open sea with few islands on the horizon and head towards the Blue Lagoon, a natural phenomenon of amazingly clear blue water with a sandy bottom just off the east part of the island, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The name of the two islets that together with the mother island form the lagoon is Krknjaši – very popular getaway for both locals and tourists. Here we’ll make a stop and then kayak on back towards Čiovo and then if we still file like continue a little bit more to the town of Trogir where we are supposed to arrive in the late afternoon. Trogir has been inhabited for 2300 years, ever since Greeks settled there. Through rich history it has become one of the most beautiful coastal Dalmatian towns whose center is on a small island connected to the mainland and Čiovo by bridges due to which we are able to circumnavigate it in our kayaks!! After we have landed and packed all of our gear in the van, we will have a farewell drink to celebrate our great two adventure days at sea.  Transfer back to Split and the end of the tour.

 

Price price starts from  245,00 EUR per person
Min:    4 people
Max:  10 people

What to bring: Since this is an active tour, it is necessary to have the appropriate equipment.

This is our suggested list:

Good water shoes or sandals like Tevas
Optional hiking boots and socks
Quick drying/breathable rain gear – jacket and pants
Breathable (nylon) or quick drying clothing; 3 tops, one long sleeved2 pairs of underwear – nylon
1 pair of pants
1 pair of shorts
1 bandana
1 hat
1 pair of nylon socks
Dry bags
2 garbage bags
4 – 6 gallon size zip lock bags
Toiletries
Wide-brimmed hat with a chinstrap
Sunglasses with a cord
Good waterproof sun cream and lip balm
Insect repellent (there may be mosquitoes)
Head lamp and batteries
A small personal dry bag comes handy for keeping a camera and valuables while paddling
Lightweight cycling gloves can ease blistering  (if you have not paddled)
Camping (plastic or metal) cup, plate and cutlery

Duration: 2 days/1 night;  Daily activity: approx. 5 h
What’s included:  Guide, professional “sit in” sea kayaks, necessary equipment (life jackets, spray decks, dry bags), snorkeling gear, overnights in tents (tents, sleeping bags and mats), transfers included in the program
What’s extraGratuities to the guide, transfers from and to airports, meals.

Tour type: Sea tour, youth and family, nature & wildlife, cultural
Transportation: Single or double professional sit-in sea kayaks
Activity level: Medium physical exercise -moderate/challenging
Disabilities friendly: NO.
Kid friendly: Min. age 16y (Please consult us for further details)

Additional information: Duration of each activity is given approximately and depends upon weather conditions and the ability of the group. Tours can be customized to suit the group’s wishes (stops can be shortened or prolonged, for example).

CroActive Holidays reserves the right to change the itinerary due to weather or other unforseen conditions.

Booking: For additional information or booking, contact us on info@croactive-holidays.com