Our Kayaking Crush On Croatia

Our kayaking crush on Croatia

Paddling off the beaten track in the Adriatic


Spectacular shorelines and stunning sunsets, mystical islands and mythical caves – there’s a reason why Croatia is number 11 on the New York Times’ list of “52 Places to go in 2019.”

And, frankly, it’s about time. Because we’ve known about its beauty and splendor for years – way before it gained acclaim as a filming location for Game of Thrones or making the NYT list. Despite its relative new-found celebrity, Croatia still manages to keep a low profile among its Adriatic neighbors.

If you’re looking for a Mediterranean adventure that’s rich in beauty and culture but a little off the beaten track, Croatia is the place to be. And there’s no better way to enjoy it than by kayak.


Dalmatian Coast is dog-gone dazzling

With its fabulous shores highlighted by white pebble beaches, aquamarine waters and sparsely populated islands, Croatia’s Dalmatian region features arguably the most beautiful coastline in Europe. Equal parts breath-taking and meditative, the surroundings will inspire.

Impossibly clear, calm, perfectly swimmable warm waters make this an ideal location to spend days in and on the sea. Snorkeling, swimming and paddling are just ways of life in these parts. Always willing to blend in, we oblige. As they say, when in Croatia . . .


Croatian culture and cuisine

Like so many European nations, Croatia’s culture and cuisine have been heavily influenced by its neighbors, especially Italy. Dalmatian fare features seafoods, cooked vegetables and pasta and, of course, olive oil and garlic. (Don’t tell my Italian friends, but some of the best pizza I’ve ever had has been Croatian.) And don’t get me started on the wines and beers!

As with the food, Italy, particularly Venice, has really informed the architecture, after all the Venetians controlled the coast for hundreds of years. In fact, its captivating past also includes periods of rule by the Romans and the Austrian Empire, who also left behind impressive examples of Byzantine and Baroque architecture. All along the coast, mixed in with the impressive historic construction, there is a beautiful assortment of terracotta-roofed villages, plush pine forests and, of course, pretty ports.


Our Croatian trip highlights 

Our trip begins in the picturesque, ancient city of Zadar. You’ll start to get a feel for the splendor of the region as you stroll the waterfront, explore the old walled city and visit the Roman forum – the largest on the eastern side of the Adriatic. Make sure to visit the famous “Sea Organ” – an architectural art piece that plays music produced by waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps.

Zadar also acts as the gateway to our paddling adventures as we hop a ferry to the island of Dugi Otok, known for its uncrowded beaches and taverns serving delicious seafood. As we further paddle, swim and island-hop our way around the region, we get to enjoy the Kornati Archipelago. Starting in Telašcica Bay, a nature park with dramatic cliffs that plunge down into the sea, we will venture into the 140 islands of the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean.

Krka National Park and the island of Prvic promise more adventure as we mix in kayak excursions with a waterfall hike, swims and tours of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Saint James’ Cathedral. The end of the trip features stops at the Šibenik Archipelago and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the ancient port of Trogir, as well as the Roman-era Diocletian Palace, another UNESCO site, in the city of Split.


Authenticity – our guarantee

As with all our trips, we put an emphasis on showcasing authenticity of place, food and culture. Every day we partake in wonderful meals and meet with locals as we immerse ourselves in the laid-back lifestyle of the Dalmatian Coast and learn about its fascinating history.

And because the trip is limited to eight guests, with the option of having single or double kayaks, our clients have the opportunity to work on their paddling skills with expert instruction.


Extraordinary – and out of the ordinary – this intimate tour features spectacular scenery, sumptuous dining and the chance to hone kayaking skills.

Come, and let Croatia sweep you off your feet.

Make your way to our website and online catalog for further details about this and all our trips. Have questions? Get in touch through our website, call (800) 677-0877 or email info@tofino.com. See how easy it is to start making plans for the trips of your lifetime.


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