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We had a fun day on this tour. The staff on the boat were sort of friendly in a brusque way, if that makes sense?! and the free drinks were available form the outset. This consists of a cool box with plastic bottles of soft drinks and red and white wine. I think it is fair to say that people found the white wine challenging but the red wine was fine and the white wine drinkers seem to find their stride after a few or mixed it with red to create rose!. It got people chatting - there were about 16 of us on the boat - and we had a good laugh especially the Italian lady of a certain age who certainly enjoyed her wine - good for her ageing disgracefully!. The lunch was pretty basic - a nice piece of Hake but very rudimentary salad accompaniment - but given the low cost of the trip nothing to complain about. The most important aspect is that there was plenty of time to enjoy the 3 islands visited. We went to Lopud first, which is not the order shown in the itinerary but actually worked really well as it was the longest stay and took us up to lunch. Sunj beach is great, and I strongly recommend that you take the golf buggy taxis from the dock - it looked to be a good 30/40 minutes slog each way if walking.
Loved our tour, and it was great to experience all 3 islands in one day. Our day started out very stormy/rainy but even the rough journey to the islands went well. The information given to us by our guides was quite brief but we had our own free time on the islands to do what we wanted which was nice. You get about an hour for the first 2 islands and 3 hours for the final island, which worked ok but we felt quite rushed at times. The unlimited alcohol was limited to white/red wine so if you don't enjoy that, just stick with the soft drinks. But lunch was lovely, and we had huge portions of hake with lots of salad and bread, this was delicious. Great day out!
A great day trip away from the heat and crowds of Dubrovnik. Be aware, it is not a tour, nobody guides you round the islands, but you go on two lovely wooden boats and are dropped off for varying lengths of time on each island. Longest time is on the last island. If you are on the smaller boat, there's no loo it's on the bigger boat, or wait for one of the islands. Lunch is good and simple, with a bread basket. Take shoes that you can wear in the water, there are a lot of sea urchins. Pick-up was confirmed by 8:00pm the night before, we had to chase a bit. We were not staying in a hotel, but we were able to arrange pick-up from a nearby large and well-known hotel, so that may be your best bet.
I have booked onto many boat trips in various countries and have always enjoyed, however this was not one of the best, as we had a poor experience from start to finish.
When we booked the trip via Viator, the advert stated that the trip 'included hotel pick-up and drop-off within a certain area' and advised that you contact the tour guide to confirm. It also stated that 'exact pick-up times would be advised'. Therefore when we booked the trip, we confirmed on the booking the hotel and area we were staying in Cavtat. We did not receive any further communication from them to advise what time we would be collected other tours we booked had contacted us after booking to confirm pick-up times. Therefore a week before travelling, I emailed via Viator to ask for confirmation of pick-up time, and the response I had was basically a 'copy and paste' of what was written on the advert - so we still had no confirmation of whether they would be collecting us from the hotel, and if so, what time.
Therefore, the day before the trip I telephoned the company directly to ask for confirmation - the person I spoke to initially said that we should meet him at the main bus stop in Cavtat at 8.30am, and then he changed his mind and told me he would collect us from the hotel at 8am. On the day of the trip, we were collected in a car at 8am, and taken to the port in Dubrovnik - no other passengers were collected on route. We arrived there by 8.30am, and was shown where the boat would be leaving from at 9.45am - so we had to hang around the port for over an hour, with no other communication from them.
We went back to the boat about 9.30am, and was told that there were 2 boats going on the trip, and we could pick which one we wanted. We therefore settled onto one of the boats awaiting the arrival of all other passengers who appeared to have been dropped off in a bus.
The boat trip itself was ok - the boat was completely covered over, so we had no sun on us and therefore with the sea breeze it was quite cold. There were no toilets on the boat either, so we had to wait until we got to the islands. We stopped at the first of the two islands for only 40 minutes each, and therefore had very little time to see anything at all. Upon departing the second island we were served up our food. My husband had opted for the chicken, which came with salad and bread. However, as a vegetarian I was served a few slices of courgette and onion with a small salad and bread. The vegetables appeared to have been cooked with the meat, and were therefore greasy and as such i could not eat them thankfully I had the bread to eat. At the third island, we stopped for a few hours, which was nice as we were able to spend time on a sandy beach.
However, our whole day was completely ruined upon arriving back at the port in Dubrovnik. The captain of the boat told us to follow another man to where the transport back to the hotels was parked. Along with everyone else, we followed him to a carpark. He asked each person what hotel they were staying at, and showed each one to various minibuses. However, when it came to us he told us we would have to wait in the carpark for the captain. He then spoke to someone on the telephone before driving off and giving us no further information. A few minutes later the captain arrived, and told us that we had booked hotel pick-up only, but were not entitled to a hotel drop-off. I advised him that the booking had stated pick-up and drop-off and we were expecting to be dropped off. He then showed me a screen on his phone stating 'see, it is pick up only'. Luckily, before he pulled his phone away from me, I was able to spot that it clearly said 'pick-up and drop-off'. I pointed this out to him, at which point he told me I would have to wait until the minibus returned. However, he was unable to give me any timescales of when this may be. He could see how upset I was at this, and as an alternative he handed me 50kuna and told me that we could catch the public bus back to the hotel. I asked where I could catch the bus from, and he told us that he would arrange for someone to take us to the bus stop, and that the buses run every 15 minutes.
We were then taken to the main bus station and dropped off. We went to the ticket office to book tickets for the bus, only to discover that the total cost was 54kuna not 50kuna. Luckily we did have money remaining, despite having spent a considerable amount during the day for coffees whilst stranded at the port for an hour whilst waiting in the morning, and also the 100 kuna for sunbeds and umbrellas on the island. The buses ran once per hour not every 15 minutes. As we had missed the previous bus by only a few minutes we had to wait another hour for the bus.
This excursion could have been really nice, however the appalling customer service and complete lack of regard for our wellbeing in not taking us back to the hotel as we had booked completely ruined it!