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This introductory trip explores the idyllic Croatian coastline, and is located on the historic island of Sali. The swims are a combination of island hopping and coastal swims with distances averaging 2.5km a day and are designed for those who prefer shorter swim distances and would like more time to relax or have less open water experience.
Take this trip and visit the Croation islands of Dugi Otok, Sali,
During the tour you will visit some of the most isolated islands in the Adriatic Sea including Zlarin which has been inhabited for 700 years and where cars are banned. Many of the islands visited on the tour are uninhabited and their natural beauty is untouched.
On this trip you can swim below the magestic Stene cliffs, the largest cliffs in the Adriactic Sea. After enjoying the crystal blue waters of the Kornati Park, venture into the exquisite waters of the Telascica lagoon and explore its many bays and inlets.
Fully guided tour with full safety escort for the number of days specified in the tour summary, swim guiding, technique analysis, accommodation; breakfast and lunch.
What's not included?
The prices do not include:
- Travel to and from the start of the tour.
- Evening meal
Hotel Sali, Dugi Otok (www.hotel-sali.hr)
+385 23 377 049 Mob: +385 98 9255 914
These temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily/weekly basis
There are 2 main walks on this trip, both of which are around 4kms long on walking tracks across the island of Dugi Otok. If you don't wish to do any of the walks you remain on board our main escort boat. We would advise that the appropriate walking shoes to be worn for all walks.
Equipment to bring along with you
In addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*It is advisable to have a pair of tinted goggles to cater for the sun’s glare off the sea during swims.
Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. If you think you will want to use a wetsuit, flippers or a rash vest, we recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
If you think you would benefit from a wetsuit but don't want to commit to buying one outright you are now able to hire a wetsuit for £40 through the company Vigour Events. They will send the wetsuit directly to your door. For further information please click here.
This trip has a maximum group size of 15 people. The group will be split into 3 based on speed. Each group is accompanied by their own safety escort/vessel.
We recommend flying to Split and catching the SwimTrek designated transfer from the airport to Zadar ferry port. The transfer takes around 1.5 hours with costs changing depending on the on the number of traveller:
The transfer departs at 12:30 meeting morning flights from various UK, Irish and German airports.
The transfer will arrive in Zadar in time for the 15:30 ferry. You will need to purchase your ferry ticket (40 Kuna) at the ticket office prior to boarding the ferry.
Alternative Public Transport Options from Split Airport to Zadar Port
Split to Trogir
Once outside the airport terminal building, make your way to the far side of the car park. The number 37bus leaves here and will take you to Trogir where it will terminate at the main bus station (buses leave every 30 minutes). The fare is approximately 15 Kuna (£1.50) and the journey will take 10 minutes.
Trogir to Zadar
Change at Trogir Bus Station for the bus to Zadar. The fare from Trogir to Zadar should be around 150 Kuna (£15) ad the journey should take around 2 hours. On arrival into Zadar bus station you should catch a taxi to the port, which is about 10 mins away.
Ferry from Zadar to Sali
There are 4 sailings with G&V Line on each day. On both Friday and Saturday the sailings are as follows:
05:30 10:00 15:30 20:00
Journey time is around 1 hour. You will need to purchase your ferry ticket at the ticket office prior to getting on the ferry.
Return Ferries from Sali to Zadar are at:
06:25 11:20 (via Zaglav) 16:25 20:55
Full details on ferry timings can be found at www.gv-line.hr
It is also possible to fly directly to Zadar although flights are irregular, however if you are planning to spend time in Croatia before and after the SwimTrek tour this is a good option.
Public Transport Option from Zadar Airport to Zadar Airport
The airport bus departs in front of the international terminal. Driving time to the port of Zadar is approximately 20 minutes. The bus stops at the main bus station and then continues to the old town and port. The price for a one way ticket with the airport bus is around 10 Kuna (£1) and tickets can be bought on the bus. Alternatively a taxi to Zadar port should cost around 85 Kuna (£8.50)
There are a number of scheduled services to and from various British and European cities.
For details on all airlines into Split and Zadar visit:
Split Scheduled Flights (selections):
Easyjet (Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Glasgow) www.easyjet.com
German Wings (Berlin, Stuttgart) www.germanwings.com
Croatia Airlines (various routes) www.croatiaairlines.com
Details on all Split flights to be found at www.split-airport.he
Zadar Scheduled Flights (selections):
Ryan Air( Stansted, Manchester) www.ryanair.com
German Wings (Berlin, Stuttgart) www.germanwings.com
Details on all Zadar flights found at: www.zadar-airport.com
When booking flights we would always recommend checking www.skyscanner.net prior to making a booking.
We are based at the Hotel Sali for the duration of the trip. It sits in a tranquil bay with views of the mainland. This simple accommodation is ideally placed for a week of open water swimming. All rooms are based on twin-share and all have en-suit facilities.
( Single supplements will apply and there is limited availability)
All breakfasts and lunches are included, except lunch on day 4 when you will have the afternoon off.
Dinner are not included, but this gives availability to choose where, when and with who you would like to dine. We do often dine out together a group during the evenings.
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, dinner, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is Croatian Kuna. There is a cash machine on the island but it is advised to draw some local currency out before arriving just in case. You can also exchange currency at the hotel. Most resturaunts will need to be paid in cash and allow around 180 Kuna per day but this will vary depending on the person.
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport, that should be valid for 6 months beyond the expected length of stay. You should check if you require a visa. Most nationalities including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter Croatia. Visa regulations do change. Please check!
There are no essential vaccination requirements for Croatia, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.