Elafiti Islands Tours

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Elafiti Islands
A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphite Islands) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.

The Basics
The Elafiti Islands are easy to explore on a day trip from Dubrovnik. Speedboat tours of the three main islands are a popular choice, and  typically include stops for swimming, snorkeling, or sea kayaking, as well as free time to visit each island and lunch onboard. For a more personalized experience, choose a private tour and cruise the Adriatic Sea on your own personal boat or yacht. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • All the islands are car-free; the only way to get around is on foot or by bicycle.
  • Be sure to bring your swimsuit, towel, and sun protection.
  • Some ferries and boat tours to the Elafiti Islands are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with the tour operator in advance.

How to Get There
Located in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Dubrovnik, the Elafiti Islands are only reachable from the water. Ferries and taxi boats travel from Dubrovnik’s Gruz harbor to Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan.  You can also visit all three islands on a full-day trip from Dubrovnik. 

When to Get There
Summer—especially July and August— is the most popular time to visit. Boats can fill up quickly during this time, so be sure to book ahead. It’s possible to visit during winter, although ferries and tours are less frequent and may be weather-dependent. Visiting out of season means you’ll avoid crowds and have the sights to yourself, but be aware that most island hotels and restaurants will be closed. 

What to See and Do on the Elafiti Islands
Koločep is the nearest island to Dubrovnik, celebrated for its dramatic coastal cliffs, tranquil pebble beaches, and shaded olive groves. Neighboring Lopud is best known for its well-preserved, 11th-century Benedictine monastery, 16th-century churches, and beautiful Sunj beach—the largest sandy beach in Dubrovnik. Sipan is the largest of the three islands, where highlights include the remains of a Roman villa, a 15th-century palace, and multiple walking and cycling trails along the coastline.
Address: Elafiti Islands, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Private Tour: Elaphite Islands Cruise from Dubrovnik

Spend a day skipping around the sun-drenched Elaphite Islands by private boat on this full-day experience. Select to sail by speedboat or yacht, and then recline on deck as an expert skipper steers you around the postcard-perfect archipelago. Dive into the crystalline waters off Koločepo island; while away the hours on the unspoiled sands at Šunj; explore Lopud at your leisure; and head to Šipan, where ancient ruins and fragrant citrus groves await you.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$692.26 USD
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Adventure Sailing 3-Night Trip from Dubrovnik

Sail out of Dubrovnik and see that other side of the Dalmatian Coast on this 3-night sailing adventure in Croatia: the islands and untrammeled swaths of the coast that few other tourists rarely venture to. After exploring Dubrovnik, hop on the boat and cut through the shimmering Adriatic Sea until you reach charming Ston, with its miles of medieval walls and delicious oysters; the Elaphiti Islands, dotted with ancient villages; and verdant Mljet Island National Park.  Daily activities include kayaking, hiking and exploring caves and coves.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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$669.19 USD
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Dubrovnik Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Explore Croatia’s spectacular coastal scenery on this 8-hour Elafiti Islands cruise from Dubrovnik. Hop aboard your sightseeing vessel in Dubrovnik and cruise out onto the waves. Visit islands such as Koločep, Lopud and Šipan, and explore the village of Suđurađ. Enjoy a delicious lunch alongside a selection of refreshing beverages on board. During your tour, swim in the clear waters, stroll along the beaches, sightseen or simply soak up the sunshine at your leisure. With round-trip travel from your Dubrovnik hotel, enjoy a relaxing day on the waves.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$41.54 USD
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Dubrovnik Island-Hopping Cruise in the Elaphites Including Lunch

Get a taste of the southern Dalmatian sweet life with this full-day trip that will take you via boat around the verdant Elaphite Islands. Lounge on the deck of the boat consuming unlimited amounts of soft drinks and wine. Chat with the boat’s captain about what life is like at sea. Explore the coniferous forests and citrus groves on Koločep Island. Wander the ruins of 600-year-old manner houses and churches on the island of Šipan. Indulge in a lunch made up of local ingredients. Finally, stroll the streets of Lopud town and sunbathe on Šunj beach, before returning to the mainland.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$53.85 USD
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Elafiti Islands Cruise by Galleon from Dubrovnik

Set sail and and get out of the city by booking this fun day trip to the ancient Elafiti Islands. Hop on a boat in Dubrovnik and then navigate the soul-restoring Adriatic waters until reaching the islands where you’ll time to explore the villages and countryside. While visiting Koločep, Lopud and Šipan Islands, learn the history of the places and even indulge in a traditional Croatian lunch with live folk music.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$62.30 USD
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Elaphite Islands Full-Day Karaka Cruise from Dubrovnik

Take a day on the Dalmatian Coast to do some island-hopping on this day trip from Dubrovnik. Board the spacious and comfortable boat and set off for pine tree-clad Koločep to swim, snorkel and sunbathe and then to the town of Suđurađ on the island of Šipan to explore the fishing village and the Renaissance-era mansion. Finally, linger on Lopud Island and discover its proud naval traditions. Indulge in a feast of a lunch buffet on the boat and enjoy a drink at the bar while cruising the Adriatic.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$71.53 USD
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Private Speed Boat Tour in Dubrovnik: Hidden Beauties of Elaphiti Islands

Explore the Elafiti Islands on this private 4- or 8-hour speedboat tour in Dubrovnik. Hop aboard your speedboat and zoom to Koločep Island with a guide, where dense pine forests rise over crystal-clear waters. Swim and snorkel around natural sea caves or explore inland walking trails, then head onward to Lopud Island — part of the former Dubrovnik Republic. Admire architecture from the Renaissance to the 20th century on Šipan Island and soak up the rays on Šunj Beach. Upgrade your tour to enjoy a full eight hours on the waves.
  • Duration: 4 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 8 hours
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$431.51 USD
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Elafiti Islands Private Cruise Tour from Dubrovnik

Combine natural beauty with historical landmarks on this private 8-hour cruise of the Elafiti islands from Dubrovnik. Luxuriate on a private boat as you sail to the Elafiti archipelago’s three main islands: Sipan, Lopud, and Kolocep. During free time on each island, discover ancient monasteries, atmospheric castle ruins, and pristine red sand beaches. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Dubrovnik is included on this private tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$646.11 USD
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Elafiti 3 Island Cruise with Lunch

Feel like an island castaway during this 8-hour sightseeing getaway to the Elafiti islands near Dubrovnik. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Koločep, then explore the legacy of the Dubrovnik Republic on the island of Šipan. Finish with some sun and sand time on the beaches of Lopud. Lunch with unlimited wine, water and soft drinks throughout the day, plus all boat transfers are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$46.15 USD
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Sun and Fun Kayaking Day Trip Dubrovnik Islands

Escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland with a kayaking tour of Dubrovnik’s islands. Discover secluded bays on Ruda, Lopud, and Sipan with plenty of opportunities to snorkel, swim, and cliff jump along the way. Benefit from the small-group tour size for a more personalized experience, and enjoy an active excursion safely under the supervision of a professional guide.
  • Duration: 6 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 10 hours
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$70.38 USD
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Three Islands Boat Tour - Fish Picnic from Dubrovnik

Get away from Dubrovnik for the day with this three-island boat tour. Stop over on the island of Lopud and spend four hours of free time sunbathing and swimming before heading to verdant Šipan island where there is plenty of explore. Indulge in a delicious Dalmatian lunch on the boat and then enjoy the island of Koločep before heading back to Dubrovnik for the day.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$45.00 USD
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Kolocep Island Hiking and Swimming Full Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland on a full day trip to Kolocep Island. Hike through the island’s rural terrain, admiring its cliffs, hills, and flora, and be led by your professional guide to secluded spots ideal for swimming and cliff diving. Benefit from the small-group size for a more personalized experience, and relax after an active day with round-trip ferry transfer back to Dubrovnik.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Elaphite Island Kayaking and Cycling Day Trip from Dubrovnik or Lopud Island

Take an active approach to your time in Dubrovnik thanks to this adventure including kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and biking amidst the Elaphite Islands. Discover secluded island bays, scenic sea caves and idyllic villages like Suđurac, using the power of your arms, legs and feet to power your journey. Reward yourself at the end of the trip with an included lunch of traditional Mediterranean fare served by a local host.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour: Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Explore hidden gems and top attractions in Bosnia and Herzegovina on this private Mostar day trip from Dubrovnik. Travel along coastal roads with a guide and enjoy fine views over the Elafite Islands. Visit pretty villages and towns such as Počitelj and Mostar — home to ancient bridges, beautiful mosques and bustling streets. Discover natural attractions such as the Trebižat River and the Kravice Waterfalls, or sample locally grown oysters in Ston. During your private tour, enjoy the freedom to customize your route to suit your interests.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Croatia Elafiti Islands Cruise by Galleon from Dubrovnik

The Adriatic Sea is an emotive body of water. The smell of the salt in the air, the dazzling color of blue, the sound of waves. This cruise takes you deep into the Adriatic, the sun on your skin, to the Elaphiti Islands. Visit three amazing islands, sitting just off the Dalmatian Coast and then cruise back to Dubrovnik having gone off the beaten path to a few of Croatia’s most beautiful islands.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full-Day Guided Biking and Kayaking Tour in Dubrovnik

Bike along and kayak in the Adriatic Sea on this full-day tour from Dubrovnik. With your small group, board a ferry to Lopud Island, then kayak over to Šipan Island and bike to a seaside restaurant for lunch (own expense). Enjoy views of the Peljesac Peninsula and the outer Elafiti Islands while kayaking, biking, and dining. Leave the navigation and directions to your guide and simply enjoy yourself; no experience necessary.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Island-Hopping Cruise by Yacht from Dubrovnik

There is only one way to go island hopping in the southern Dalmatian Coast: by luxurious and comfortable yacht from Dubrovnik. This full-day affair includes an up-close and personal experience with the shimmering Adriatic Sea, as well as the chance to visit some off-the-radar islands. Sit on the sands of Koločep Islands and explore the citrus groves and medieval ruins of Šipan Island. Finally, enjoy verdant Lopud and its fine beaches. Then relax on the yacht as it cruises back to Dubrovnik. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Sail, swim and snorkel on a sail yacht in Dubrovnik - active sailing experience

Escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland on a customizable sailing trip from Dubrovnik. Gain active sailing experience on the open sea, and discover secluded bays on Lopud, Šipan, and Koločep, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and sightseeing. Benefit from the supervision and insights of a professional skipper, and capture sweeping views of the Adriatic coast from an offshore perspective.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Sea Kayaking Tour to Elaphites Islands from Dubrovnik

For an athletic adventure at sea, spend a full day voyaging around the Elaphites Islands on a kayak trip from Dubrovnik. After riding the ferry to Lopud Island, gear up with top-of-the-line sea kayaking equipment and paddle out to natural stone arches and caves with a guide. Hop out to swim, snorkel, and cliff jump at a hidden green grotto, and refuel with lunch at a fishing village on one of three islands you’ll visit throughout the day.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Luxury Dining Experience from Dubrovnik: Boat Trip to Restaurant Villa Ruza Kolocep

Escape Dubrovnik for a while on this delicious 4-hour tour to enjoy a boat ride and a meal at Villa Ruza, located on the island of Kolocep. Drink in the Adriatic views during the 30-minute boat ride from Dubrovnik and then take delight in the verdant island of Kolocep. Indulge in a hearty Dalmatian meal at the acclaimed restaurant Villa Ruza, built in the 1930s, before hopping back on the boat for Dubrovnik.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$403.82 USD
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Dubrovnik Day Trip from Makarska Riviera

Discover the delights of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast on this Dubrovnik day trip from the Makarska Riviera. Enjoy a scenic coastal drive to Dubrovnik, and take in top natural attractions including the Baćina Lakes, the Neretva River, the Pelješac Peninsula and the Elafiti Islands. With your map and brochure in hand, enjoy four hours of free time to explore Dubrovnik’s UNESCO–listed Old Town at your leisure. Discover ancient streets and Renaissance architecture, and gain insight into the city’s rich history. Upgrade your tour to include the services of a guide.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Islands Private Yacht Cruise from Dubrovnik

Explore Dalmatia's coastal islands on a private yacht cruise from Dubrovnik. Choose a 4-hour or 8-hour cruise, and savor the sun, scenery, and sea breezes as you cruise to the Elaphiti Islands, Mljet, or Korcula. Swim, snorkel, or sunbathe at beaches and coves, go ashore to explore untouched nature reserves, and discover the islands’ historical architecture and towns as you wish. Lunch and activities on shore are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$923.02 USD
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Elaphiti Islands Small Group Speed Boat Trip

Experience more than just the mainland of Dalmatia. This small-group tour takes you out to see in a speed boat, cruising around the Old Town of Dubrovnik and then to the outer side of Koloćep island for some swimming and snorkeling. Then plant yourself on the beach at Donje Čelo for some sunbathing or swimming. Finally, spend some free time on the verdant island of Lopud.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$403.82 USD
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Private Speedboat or Yacht Tour to National Park Mljet Lakes from Dubrovnik

Lose yourself in the wild landscapes of the Mljet National Park on this private full-day cruise from Dubrovnik. Jump aboard a private yacht or speedboat and cruise along the Dalmatian coast to Mljet island. Spend the afternoon hiking along forest trails, cruising to the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary or sampling local life in Pomena village. Your private cruise is fully customizable, so you could also stop to swim or snorkel at the Elaphiti islands or explore the sea caves of Kolocep along the way.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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