Travel fun in Elaphiti Islands..

Our day started very early and the relaxed coffee in the garden tasted a little special. A quick breakfast and we were ready to take off. Stephen called up soon and in a few minutes we were in our pick up car zipping towards Dubrovnik harbor.

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik Harbor

I had finalized this tour even before our airline tickets and hotel bookings were done as island hopping has always been one of our favorites activities when on our sea side holidays. And today we were heading to Elaphiti Islands.

As we queued up to board our boat, there she was again. Joalene. We had met yesterday during another tour and had become good friends. An American solo tourist who plans holidays mostly the previous night, had missed a flight before finally reaching here, someone who loves writing about her trips, was always smiling, happy and excited when she spoke, we found her very interesting and a pleasure to talk to. Someone with whom you could talk, listen, listen and listen ๐Ÿ˜

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

We rushed towards the upper deck, the three of us. And soon Derk, sporting a smile joined us on our table. From Germany, he loves alternating between work and his solo holidays. It was great fun making new friends, getting to learn more about each other’s countries, taking travel tips and discussing a bit of culture and public life.

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Elaphiti Islands or the Elaphites is a small archipelago consisting of several islands stretching northwest of Dubrovnik, in the Adriatic sea. Only the three main islands are permanently inhabited, each of which supports a modest tourist industry. They are connected with the mainland via daily ferry lines. The name comes from the Ancient Greek word “elaphos” for deer, which used to inhabit the islands in large numbers. The Elaphites have a total land area of around thirty square kilometers and a population of close to thousand inhabitants. The islands are covered with evergreen vegetation and attract large numbers of tourists during the summers due to their beaches and pristine views. We were on our way. A small group with more than enough space in the boat for everyone to move around comfortably.

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Andrew, our captain soon arrived to brief us on the plans for the day, announce that the drinks counter with wine and soft drinks was now open and to welcome all of us with a traditional drink, Rakia. Rakia or Rakija as it is known in Croatia is a fruit brandy popular in the Balkans. The alcohol content varies between 40%-50% ABV and it’s known by different names in different countries. It is normally white in color and is served in 30 ml or 50 ml glasses. Our welcome drink Rakija had arrived and it soon vanished in a gulp. As we relish the after effects, come let’s enjoy the beautiful views.

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The clouds, the sky and the sun were playing hide and seek with also a little bit of drizzle in between. The cool breeze was so refreshing as we soon arrived at the first island Kolocep, welcoming us with a blue sky and brilliant sunshine.

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

It is the closest island to Dubrovnik located five kilometers from the Dubrovnik harbor at Gruz and is one of the most indented and permanently inhabited Croatian island with a population of close to three hundred inhabitants. During the times of the Republic of Ragusa, Kolocep was an important shipbuilding site. Two members of Christopher Columbus crew on Santa Maria were sailors from this island. Archaeological remains of ancient European conquerors have also been found on the island from the ancient times of Greece and Rome to the Napoleon days. It has seven pre-Roman churches dating back to the times of the Croatian kings from the ninth to the eleventh century. Now it’s time for us to venture out.

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The lovely houses with their flower gardens..
Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The views, the flowers and more..

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Kayaking preparations and briefing in progress..

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
One of the many churches in the island..
Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The beach..
Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Integralni Hotel on the beach..
Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The narrow pathways..
Kolocep island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The walk back towards our boat..

Many locals from Dubrovnik come swimming on the beach on Kolocep island because it is really one of the most beautiful beaches in Dubrovnik area. There are two settlements on the island, each in sandy bay – Gornje Celo & Donje Celo, which is connected by a walking trail three kilometer long. From one settlement to another it’s a twenty minutes walk and there are also dozen kilometers long forest paths. There are many hidden bays in this indented island and in one of them you can find the Blue Cave, in which you can enter only by swimming. It was time to move.

Boat trip from Kolocep island to Sipan island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip from Kolocep island to Sipan island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip from Kolocep island to Sipan island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip from Kolocep island to Sipan island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip from Kolocep island to Sipan island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boat trip from Kolocep island to Sipan island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Sipan island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

We are now at Sipan Island. The farthest and largest island in terms of area and with a population of close to five hundred inhabitants. Come let’s explore.

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

While the main port in Sipan is Sudurad, it is connected by road to Sipanska luka, a larger town about five kilometers away. In between is a verdant valley composed of olive, fig, vine, carob, almond, orange and citrus groves. Sipan is famous for its wine and for its delightfully laid-back ambiance. The island is also famed for its numerous palm tree species.

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

We were feeling hungry now after all the roaming around. Food options though are limited in Sudurad with a few taverns in and around the wharf serving coffee, cake, ice cream and simple meals. For a special lunch experience, you could take a small walk to the delightful “Best of What’s Around” restaurant. This traditional eating joint or Konoba is right on the water next to a tiny beach. The fish and seafood here are the freshest you’ll ever eat.

Best Of What's Around restaurant, Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

While you have your pick from the vast menu, we are heading back to our boat for our salad, fish and chicken lunch to be served on board. We’ll be back with you soon after lunch, to take you to yet another beautiful island.

Lunch on Boat to Eliphati islands, DubrovnikLunch on Boat to Elaphiti islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Croatia

Lunch on Boat to Elaphiti islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik. Come over and experience one of your most exquisite holidays ever, in this fascinating destination ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

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64 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never heard you talk about meeting other tourists or making friends in your journeys. That sounds like it made your time going to the Elaphiti Islands even more of an exciting adventure! This sounds like it would be my kind of place. Small island, moderate number of tourists, great beach. That would be very relaxing to me, and a great place to spend some vacation time.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Erica am sure you would just love this place. And I love to make friends when I travel and learn from them about their country ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Love, Auntie says:

    Great post! The pictures bring it to life. I think it looks like a perfect vacation spot! – and not a overwhelmed with tourists!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you. Yes the islands are relatively less crowded.

  3. Despite Pain says:

    This is another beautiful location. I love the buildings in your main photo. They look so clean with their white walls and terracotta roofs. I think I would enjoy visiting the Elaphiti Islands.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Elizabeth. The islands are so peaceful. Even I love those red roofed houses and look beautiful also when you are landing and see them from the aircraft ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. Wow! The food and the scenery looks amazing! We are planning a family trip ground Europe with our kids – looking like the Elaphites (which Iโ€™d never heard of til 10 minutes ago, so thank you) is going on the list

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Laura do visit Croatia if you can. Especifically Dubrovnik. Zagreb and Split are also very nice.

  5. Kelly Martin says:

    The Elaphiti islands look beautiful. Iโ€™d love to travel there one day.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Please do if you can. You’ll love it.

  6. Trish says:

    The Elaphiti Islands look exactly like my kind of holiday destination. Beautiful photos.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Trish. Beautiful destination. And thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. Lindsay Rae says:

    Sounds like this was a great adventure! I love meeting other tourists when travelling! Especially ones that are talkative and have lots of interesting things to say! The Elaphiti Islands look absolutely beautiful!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Lindsay. It was a great trip.

  8. Smita says:

    Sounds like such a fun trip! I had never heard of the Elaphiti islands but they seem fantastic. Iโ€™ll add them to my (ever growing) Croatia list of places!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Croatia is truly awesome and you must make a trip ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Norma says:

    The Elaphiti Islands seem like a beautiful place to visit. Awesome pictures. Interesting that the name comes from the Ancient Greek word โ€œelaphosโ€ for deer, which used to inhabit the islands in large numbers.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Norma. Yes it’s a beautiful place without doubt.

  10. Snehal says:

    Look at the sky ๐Ÿ˜ it looks so happy! I love visiting islands and beaches! And it’s been so long i went for boating. I need to plan soon ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Snehal you must plan a trip soon and enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š

  11. Your posts have always been breathtaking and inspiring. I can use your post to lay claim to a legitimate visit because one way or the other, you have a way of breathing life in to your posts.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Toyin. Your words of appreciation mean a lot to me. Happy that you loved ๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. you know what I love the places you’ve been too..you photos and the places looks very relaxing. those are the places I would want to visit whenever I feel tired from work. It really keeps me on the mood. thanks for sharing.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You are welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. I am adding these islands to my bucket list. How did you get purchase the boat hopping tickets? Which airport did you fly into for this vacation?
    Stunning views and history what could be better?
    Have a great week,
    Kippi

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I bought this boat tour through Viator.com and our first stop in Croatia was Zagreb and then we took the flight to Dubrovnik.

  14. Lyosha Varezhkina says:

    Islands are awesome, especially when it’s not too big and you realize it’s a island. And the boat trip there sounds superb to me. I always use a boat when I can

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Lyosha the boat trip was truly refreshing ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Emman Damian says:

    I really want to see Dubrovnik harbor at Crotia! It looks so pretty and serene! What a view!

  16. madaku says:

    Great article!
    pictures help a lot too, thanks for sharing!

  17. Elaphiti Islands sounds like a great place to visit and beautiful too! I love how detailed your post about the place and your journey. Looks like you had a blast during your visit.

  18. Alyssa Ahern says:

    Very nicely organized. And beautiful images! Looks really peaceful and relaxing.

  19. Emily Fata says:

    Oh my goodness, this place looks beautiful! Although Iโ€™ve never been to the Elaphiti Islands before myself, I would love to make my way over in the near future. Thanks for sharing all of this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I wouldn’t mind visiting the islands. I love to see different species of palms. They are one of my favorite types of tree.

  21. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I love the gorgeous views! The waters are so calm and clear. Elaphiti islands look like an amazing place to visit!

  22. kay says:

    I would love to tour the insides of a pre-roman church! I can’t even imagine what history was inside their walls. The islands are stunning and are very inviting. I can’t wait to see your next travel!

  23. Kayleigh says:

    Wow, looks incredible! I live in Canada, and this isn’t really a place you hear about all that often as a tourist destination. Absolutely gorgeous though! And I imagine it wasn’t overly crowded either. Looks like a wonderful trip!

  24. I havenยดt heard of Elaphiti Islands, although Iยดve only had a brief visit to Dubrovnik once! Wish I could explore more of Croatia one day! Great post!

  25. Kathy Myers says:

    Wow this place looks amazing. I am ashamed to say I have never even heard of the Elaphiti Islands, but now I am interested!

  26. thebossyhouse says:

    What an incredible adventure! This is my first time hearing of the Elaphiti islands, but I’m so amazed by the views and the possibility for adventure. Thanks for sharing your travels.

  27. Eileen M Loya says:

    Such gorgeous views! I love seeing flower photos and your photos did not disappoint! How lovely! This is the first time I have read about the place and it sure is beautiful!

  28. Michael David Oyco says:

    I am missing the outdoor water! Man, hopefully our planned trip to visit an island will go smoothly. Great to know you guys are enjoying there.

  29. What beautiful pictures that really bring the place to life, would love to visit one day

  30. One of the things on my travel bucket list is to go island hopping. Seeing your fun in Elaphiti Islands, I feel even more motivated. Such fun life!

  31. Rupy says:

    It looks like a great adventure to visit this place. Your pictures are so good.

  32. Sharvina.y says:

    This is surely an exciting visit! Your photos tell a lot… Great place!!

  33. Viano Dee says:

    Interesting read. I’ve never been on any ship or boat. Can imagine how it feels like viewing the waters close up. The Sipan Island is beautiful and the food looks good.

  34. Elicit Folio says:

    This looks like a perfect vacation. I loved all of your photos and food finds. Hoping to visit here one day based on your lovely article!

  35. It looks absolutely beautiful there, you’re making me want to book another holiday. Gorgeous photos and the good looks fab too

  36. makeupadda1 says:

    Wow I like the place. It looks amazing. All the clucks are very beautiful

  37. Wow! This looks like such an amazing experience! And you take incredibly beautiful photos.

  38. The water here looks peaceful, but my favorite is the pictures of teh food! It looks SO good!!

  39. Di Hickman says:

    Oh these photo’s remind me so much of Kos and Rhodes, the small coastal villages on the islands. Love how the buildings are all stepped up the hillside. Looks like a beautiful place!

  40. travelloverefzin says:

    I have never been there, but they look amazing! Actually I am a big fun of small islands. They just added on my travel list!

    Zina

  41. Todd Smidt says:

    What a great post. I’d never considered going to the Elaphiti Islands but now I find myself intrigued!

  42. Elizabeth O says:

    The islands are gorgeous. The sea is so relaxing and beautiful.

  43. Mijia Eggers says:

    Croatia has been very popular now. It has some nice islands indeed. Does it cost a lot to take the boat trip there?

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s around USD 67 per person including lunch and hotel pick up.

  44. Looks like you had a great time! I’m heading out for a trip, myself, and it’s a much needed rest for me. Not to Elephati Islands, but still going to be fun and realzing.

  45. Looks like you had an amazing time, I could do with a trip to relax and have some fun

  46. StephJ says:

    I have never heard of the Elaphiti Islands. It looks beautiful there! Might have to check it out someday.

  47. Some of my family members originally came from Croatia, and it would be really nice to visit some day. I have heard that it is beautiful, and this looks like an amazing place to visit.

  48. Lorna Rose says:

    This look like a wonderful day out! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Lorna ๐Ÿ˜Š

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