Your day will commence in Split where you will board our slick speedboat, the fastest way to get to the Blue Cave on the Bisevo island, which also happens to be extremely safe and suitable for everyone. Then it’s a 1.5-hour ride to the bay of Balun where the Blue Cave is located. Known locally as Modra Špilja, the water cave in Croatia was formed by the action of the waves eroding the limestone. In the morning, as the sunlight penetrates the cave, the sunbeams strike the white limestone cave floor through the sea and it reflects spectacular shades of blue throughout the cave. The Blue Cave really is an enchanting place and something you will never forget.
After the Blue Cave, we will visit shortly the Monk seal cave, another famous cave in Croatia, then we head to the award-winning Stiniva Beach. This secluded sandy beach is only accessible by hiking a steep narrow winding track or by boat. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and an entrance to the sea only 16ft wide, Stiniva beach is impressive. Following Stiniva we make our way to the Rukavac bay where we will take a well-earned swim stop.
The next leg of our journey is to Palmizana, which is part of the Pakleni Islands. Here you will get free time to explore this beautiful little island, swim in its striking sandy bay and grab lunch or perhaps a cocktail at a beachside bar.
From Palmizana we make our way to the final destination of the day, Hvar. Our speed boat will drop you in the heart of this charming town, which has been attracting the rich and famous for decades – and it’s easy to see why. With renaissance architecture, chic restaurants, a rich history and the best climate in the Adriatic, Hvar has long been one of Croatia’s premier tourist destinations. Here you will have a couple hours to explore the wonders of Hvar for yourself.
Once our time in Hvar is up, it’s time to board the speed boat and make our way back to Split. The Blue Cave tour from Split is one of the most thrilling available trips in Croatia.
DEPARTURE TIME IN OFF SEASON: 01.05.–15.06. & 01.09.–01.10 at 08:00 a.m.
DEPARTURE TIME IN HIGH SEASON: 16.06.-31.08. at 07:30 a.m.
The following itinerary applies in off season.
07:45 Meeting in front of the south gate of Diocletian’s palace
Main meeting point for the Blue Cave tour from Split is in front of the bronze model of the Split, at the Eastern end of the boardwalk, across the Southern entrance of the Diocletian’s Palace.
08:00 Setting off to the Blue Cave and Hvar tour from Split
Take your seat and buckle up for the rib speedboat ride of a lifetime. This is the quickest way to get from Split to the island of Bisevo and the beginning of an excellent day of island hopping, exploring and swimming at Croatia’s greatest beach. The best part is there is no time wasted catching slow ferries.
09:45 Discovering the Blue cave Croatia
You will arrive at the bay of Balun on the island of Bisevo and head for the striking Blue Cave, one of the best caves in Croatia. Your captain will take care of obtaining the tickets for entry, and then you will be able to enter the cave to see its vivid blue hues which are caused by the sun reflecting off the white limestone cave floor through the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. The Blue Cave of Bisevo really is a magical place and a sight to behold. Be sure to take your camera to capture the special moment. Just remember swimming is not allowed here, despite what you may have heard.
10:30 Sightseeing of Monk seal cave and swimming at Stiniva Bay
Back on the boat for a short ride to explore the Monk seal Cave (if possible based upon sea conditions on the day) . After that we head of to visit the beach voted Europe’s Best Beach in 2016, Stiniva. This beach is just stunning and has graced the cover of many magazines.
12:00 Budikovac island – swimming time
Following all that exploring it’s time to take a dip in the azure Adriatic sea. Jump in and soak it up. Your swim stop will be at either Rukavac or the island of Budikovac. Your Captain will decide on the location based upon sea conditions on the day.
13:15 Swimming on Pakleni islands and lunch (optional)
Later on is time for a short ride on our speed boat we dock at Palmizana, part of the Pakleni Islands archipelago, where you will have 2 hours free time to frolic in the crystal clear bay of Palmizana and if you’re feeling peckish have a bite to eat at one of the seaside restaurants and taverns.
16:00 Free time to explore Hvar island
After all that time at sea, it’s time to explore Croatia’s most famous island, Hvar. This idyllic town has numerous things to keep you occupied and a good place to start is to explore Hvar Town. While walking through Hvar Town, it’s hard not to notice the dramatic renaissance architecture and for the best views of the town walk up to the Spanjola Fortress which has panoramic views of Hvar town and the Pakleni Islands beyond.
19:00 Arrival from Hvar to Split
Finally, after an action-packed day it’s time to board the boat for the express 30-minute journey back to Split.