20 Photos that will make you want to visit Croatia’s Islands

Croatia is one of Europe’s hottest destinations and its easy to see why! I had always wanted to visit Croatia so when the opportunity came up to experience one of Busabouts trips with my company I jumped at the chance! Greece has always been the destination for island cruising but Croatia’s idyllic islands are growing increasingly popular. For those looking to spend some quality time cruising around Croatia’s vodka clear waters and sunbathe all day, this is the trip for you! Still not sold? Here are a few questions I have been asked about my trip sailing around Croatia’s Islands.

Who is Busabout?

Let me start with an introduction to Busabout, the company I went sailing with and whom I used to work for. Busabout is a sister company to Contiki who also has sailing tours around Croatia with identical itineraries to Busabout. Typically Busabout is famous for its hop on hop off tours around Europe, allowing you to travel around the continent without it costing the earth! Their trips are mostly aimed at 18 – 35’s looking to travel with like minded people. If you want to travel cheaply this is definitely the company for you.

What was my itinerary?

I spent 8 days and 7 nights sailing around Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. It was an unforgettable week, sailing on a beautiful vintage boat, drinking, sunbathing and swimming with a bit of sightseeing in between. If you’re looking for a full on sightseeing tour this isn’t for you – the week was all about relaxing on the boat, swimming in crystal clear waters and then eating and long afternoons and sampling local food and drinks!

My cruise starting off in Split before heading to Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik and Makarska before heading back to Split.

Whats a typical day like on the tour?

The boat departs each port early in the morning (around 6am) so where ever you are you must be back on the boat before or be prepared to pay to catch up with the group.

Morning starts with a freshly prepared breakfast before heading on to the deck for a few hours of sunbathing, book reading and some of your favorite tunes playing over the speakers. Normally late mornings we stopped for a swim stop. A few of them were pretty amazing, stopping in shallow waters and secluded caves. Although not all of us made it out, some of my fellow travellers partied a bit hard during our trip and didn’t normally surface until the evening. But that’s ok that’s what holiday are for!

Back on board we enjoy a prepared lunch (our cook was amazing!) and drink a few beers before an afternoon of…you’ve guessed it….more sunbathing, drinking, card games and sleeping. Hard life!

Most days we docked late afternoon which allowed us plenty of time to do some sightseeing before heading back to the boat to change ready for dinner and an awesome night out. Most of the time the group dined together although like many group tours some go off on their own.

Our trip included some pretty amazing clubbing spots including the famous Carpe Diem nightclub in Hvar, a wicked night out in a cave bar and a night in Dubrovnik’s best nightclub Revelin where Fat Boy Slim happened to of been playing!!

Typically most nights went on until early morning, but all is good as long as your back on the boat by 6am. We had a few close calls on my trip which resulted in drunken sprints to the harbors!

Did we have a guide?

Every tour has a guide along with you and our guide Emma was fantastic. Every morning at breakfast she would explain what the day was going to be like, where we were going, what we could do/see and also any optional activities that were available. She also accompanied us on dinners and nights out and drunk just as much as we did! Awesome job hey!

How many people were on the boat?

I traveled at peak time in the summer (September) and there were roughly 30 of us on the boat, not including our lovely guide, the captain, the cook, the bartender and a ship hand called Jo!

What was included?

Everything but drinks, airfare to Croatia, travel insurance and your own spending money was included. We had breakfast every morning and lunch that was included and one group dinner (Pirate Party on board) was included. Drinks during the day are at your own expense although you can drink A LOT for about 200 Euros for the week. We are talking an average persons drinking quantity here! A couples of guys on our boat managed 500 euros each – and that’s a lot for Croatia! Beds are in cabins below deck with 2 or 4 bunks in each room. You get assigned bunk beds when you start the tour – but this is a youth tour and no one ever sticks to them! 🙂

Would I recommend this tour?

I would only recommend this tour to travelers that are open minded, flexible, patient and are willing to get involved with the group. I say open minded because being a youth operator you get a whole mix of people in your group, some you will get along with and some you wont. You have to spend 8 days with these people in close proximity, shared bathrooms, drunken displays of you don’t want to know and nights out together. Its great for solo travelers and couples and groups of friends. If you’re on a budget this is also the perfect tour for you, averaging around 500 euros for each trip.

Details of my Busbaout trip and how to book can be found here

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    clay weir
    July 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    the coastal towns on the med are always so picturesque – croatia being high up on my list of places to visit!!! thanks for the great inspiration!! 🙂

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    July 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Croatia is so amazing, and it seems to be getting more and more popular. I’m sure just one photo is enough to make me want to return but your twenty were great – I feel the pull already 🙂

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    Elena ( )
    July 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Im going to Croatia in less than a month and I would love to see all these islands! Your trip sounds great but I don´t think I can manage a week on an organized tour with 30 other people! I was sailing with only 6 more and we almost killed each other at the end :)))

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      July 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      It was pretty tough as its a small boat and everyone has different personalities and hygiene! lol but overall it was a good trip. If you don’t want to hang out with them you don’t have to…I sometimes took myself off to places no one else could be bothered to 🙂

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    Jessica (@HolaYessica)
    July 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    This looks like such a fun tour! I have been desperate to go to Croatia for ages so I may have to seriously look into this. 😀

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    July 15, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Great read. Really interesting to know. May have to pay Croatia a visit! 🙂

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    July 15, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Looks like a pretty awesome tour! Croatia is beautiful!

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    July 15, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    Yup–you are correct. Those photos do make me want to visit Croatia. Any suggestion for places to stay?

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      July 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      My sailing trip was a pretty good overview of the country. Starting and ending in Split visiting islands and Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik was my favorite place! But some of the beaches we went to were amazing…but I have no idea what they were called as they were all just tiny islands….

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    Dave Cole
    July 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Vodka clear waters – excellent description! It’s been almost a decade since I visited Croatia, but these pictures remind me how distinct and beautiful the country’s coastline is. I wish I’d known of the Busabout option then – sounds like I would have loved it.

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      July 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Busabout are great for backpackers in Europe. The hop on hop off buses they have are great and cheap way of getting around!

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    Ben @ Road Affair
    July 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    I once spend 2.5 weeks camping right by the beach in Croatia, it was awesome. I also didn’t do much but read, swim, eat and sleep :D. Nothing wrong with that once in a while.

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      July 15, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      I completely agree! It was a very relaxing holiday 🙂

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    July 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Definitely convinced! Excellent photos Samantha 🙂

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    July 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I’ve spent too little time in Croatia but felt in love anyway. These are some great pics, and I hope to make my way back there soon (:

    Safe travels

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    Milosz Zak
    July 16, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    It’s thanks to travel bloggers like yourself that I’ve convinced myself that Croatia must be seen. I’ve a place in Wroclaw, Poland, so it’s all so close and accessible, that I just must find the time. Beautiful photos!

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    July 17, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    If there’s one place I don’t need more convincing to see it would be Croatia. It’s been such a fun place to learn about this past year thanks to great content and photography such as yours!

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    Karen Warren (@WorldWideWriter)
    July 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Croatia is a beautiful place – the coastal towns, islands and countryside are all spectacular. Sounds like a good tour.

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    Bob R
    July 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    A nice quick but fairly comprehensive trip. Split is a great place to start and end. 🙂

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    Emily Luxton
    July 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Croatia is one of those places I’ve never considered before, but its on my radar now! Awesome post – looks like a really interesting trip 🙂

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    Margherita @The Crowded Planet
    July 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Great collection of pics! I’ve only seen a little bit of Croatia, now I know I need to go back for more!

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    Jon @
    July 19, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Great photos! I’ve done a lot of island hopping in Asia, this looks quite different but just as interesting!

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    Mindi @ 2foodtrippers
    August 7, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    You have convinced me – your Croatia island photos are quite beautiful.

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    Milosz Zak
    August 7, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    It’s starting to appear as if Croatia is fast becoming a paradise for large motorboat enthusiasts, I’m sure Russian oligarchs moor some of their super-yachts in those bays. When seeing photos of Croatia, I can’t but love the combination of red roof tiles, the colour of the water, and the colour of the rock and stucco – just magical.

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    Anne Klien
    August 31, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I love Croatia. … very picturesque place

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      August 31, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Thanks for the comment Anne….its very beautiful….heading back in 2015! 🙂

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    July 12, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Great photos! Did you ever visit the island of Krk? I went there in 1988 and (I think) 1990 – before the troubles started. I’d really like to go back and see how it’s changed.

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      Samantha Hussey
      July 13, 2015 at 4:10 PM

      Unfortunately I didn’t as I was on a group trip but perhaps next time!

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