8 must-see ways to experience Croatia on the water
The European country of Croatia offers an abundance of land-based activities that will entertain many travelers, but to truly appreciate the beauty you have to experience Croatia on the water. After all, unlike its Mediterranean counterparts, Italy and Greece, only Croatia has the 1,000 Island Route, which actually includes 1,244 unique islands, for endless exploration opportunities.
Of course, travelers are unlikely to have their own ways to get out in the Mediterranean. Luckily our friends at GetMyBoat have over 3,000 diving and fishing charters, island tours, speedboats, sailboats, kayaks and rafts available for hire in Croatia. These are the main activities you need to do on the water to truly experience all that Croatia has to offer.
Take a snorkeling tour
The Mediterranean Sea is home to a brilliant selection of unspoiled underwater wonders, as well as many historic artifacts and sunken ships that can only be seen here. To get closer to this ecosystem, we recommend that you take a full day snorkeling tour of the Zadar region on this personal charter. The tour includes all necessary snorkel gear and a professional skipper to guide guests to must-see sites including Shipwreck Bay Verunic, Shipwreck Michelle, hidden beaches, and secret underwater caves. Along the way, the guide will entertain guests with stories about local customs and historical monuments.
Visit the Blue Caves
The island of Biševo is home to the magical Blue Grotto, a must-see place to discover. The Blue Grotto is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the sun radiates through a crack in the cave and illuminates the ocean, producing a stunning silvery blue light through the cave. The rest of the island offers quality wine tastings, uncrowded sandy beaches, and friendly islanders happy to welcome new visitors and showcase their homes.
To get to the island of Biševo, you have to travel by boat! While visitors can take a speedy water taxi to the island, we recommend this speedboat tour, available both for a private group (up to 12 people) and for smaller groups wishing to join. others during the excursion. The cost of the boat ride is minimal at just $ 22 / person, but the memories created will be priceless.
Go fishing on a private charter
Deep sea fishing is a delight for visitors to any seaside town, but Croatia’s coastal waters promise to offer an abundance of species not commonly found elsewhere. We always recommend taking a charter led by a seasoned fisherman. Especially by exploring new waters. The expert will know current fishing hot spots and secret tips to secure today’s catch. We love this half-day fishing charter that promises guests to catch fish like St. Peter’s, Common Pandora, Sea Bream, and even Scorpionfish. In addition, these skippers offer a huge bonus: cleaning the catches for their guests! Another great option for half and full day fishing charters is this motor yacht, with an experienced fishing team on board included in the cost.
Try your hand at spearfishing
For the more adventurous, why not test your spearfishing skills? That’s right, spearfishing is exactly what it sounds like. This ancient hunting tactic has been used since early civilizations, and although Croatian tours are more modernized, it is simply a matter of diving or snorkeling with a spear to catch fish. Since legal underwater fishing in Croatia requires a license, we recommend this one-day all-inclusive charter. This tour includes a professional guide, all necessary equipment, a lesson and a lunch in addition to the license.
Parasailing is an exhilarating way to experience Croatia with unique views that are only possible by soaring in the sky. It is an exciting and safe activity for travelers of all ages, but those with extreme acrophobia may feel more comfortable on the boat pulling the parachute. We recommend this parasailing charter near Split, especially for beginners. Their experienced crew ensures the safety of the equipment before each guest and offers options for chairs for 1, 2 and 3 people.
Take a kayak safari
If your trip to Croatia is mostly inland, we have some water activities for you too! The Mrežnica River, just 39 miles long, is filled with magic and beauty in its short course, including 93 waterfalls. We love this full-day Slunj kayak safari, which promises over a dozen waterfall sightings, plenty of swimming opportunities, and great canyons to explore. The tour includes a sturdy 2-person inflatable kayak and paddles, a professional guide, and even a photographer to capture your adventure. The crew make sure that the safari is a safe activity for all ages while floating on the best part of Mrežnica.
Try whitewater rafting
If leisurely river kayaking is too slow for your speed, Croatia is home to dozens of swift whitewater rivers. Although these rapids move at a much faster pace, these trips still provide an exciting way to see the natural beauty of the interior of Croatia. For safety reasons, beginners should opt for the larger inflatable rafts on these rougher waters, as kayaks and canoes are more likely to tip over. This affordable daily whitewater rafting trip costs just $ 57 / person and includes transport from Split and Podstrana, an English-speaking guide, insurance, and all rafting equipment.
Rent your own boat for a day
For those who prefer to explore at their own pace, renting a boat on the Mediterranean is a great option for traveling to neighboring islands, sailing the Croatian coasts or just finding a beautiful cove to relax and swim. This Barracuda 545 motorboat is available for charter in Split with or without a captain. Croatia requires captains to have a valid boating license, so keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to hire the skipper. This fast and fun boat can accommodate up to 7 people and promises a memorable day at sea.