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Tour Highlights

  • Complete a variety of coastal swims and crossings on this island-hopping adventure

  • Explore the beautiful uninhabited islands of the Šibenik archipelago

  • Take in the stunning landscapes that exist both above and below the water

  • Relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of the friendly island of Prvic Luka

Join us for an unforgettable island-hopping swimming holiday along Croatia's spectacular Dalmatian Coast. Based amongst the islands, reefs and islets of the Šibenik archipelago, this tour combines dramatic coastlines and lunar-like landscapes, with superb water quality and some truly stunning underwater topography.

Located in the Adriatic Sea, we are based on the island of Prvić in the geographic heart of the Dalmatian Coast. This is the perfect base from which to explore the area's uninhabited islands, quiet fishing communities and laid back way of life.

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 still banned today. Many of the islands visited on the tour are uninhabited and their natural beauty is untouched.

If you would like to explore this part of the world, but are looking for slightly shorter swimming distances, please check out our Dalmatian Coast Short Swims - Croatia trip.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for the swimmer that is looking for a combination of both island hopping and coastal swims. Distances average around 4km a day, so this would suit either the experienced open water swimmer or those aiming to transition from 2-3 km pool-based swims.

What's Included

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Croatia
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique coaching and video analysis
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals

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Day 1

We meet in the late afternoon where you will have a chance to relax before meeting for our pre-trip briefing and acclimatisation swim. In the briefing we will discuss in detail the plan for the upcoming week.

Day 2

Following breakfast we carry out a coastal swim along the Prvić Luka coast. It’s a great opportunity to get used to swimming in a small group before we take on the crossings later on. The sheltered bay of Sepurine is our base for stroke improvement. The guides video and analyse your stroke above and below the water for review later in the evening over drinks. The second swim of the day is the crossing to Tijat. On arrival we make our way up to the highest point on the island, where the view from the top is fantastic. In the evening, a video analysis session will be held to playback the video which was taken earlier in the day.

Day 3

Today, we head to the eastern side of Tijat to start our first crossing of the day to Zmajan, also known as Dragon Island. After a hearty lunch and a chance for some rest, we will do our second crossing of the day from Zmajan to Kaprije. We will have a chance to explore the island of Kaprije upon landing. A short walk up the hill brings you to the perfect panorama of your crossing from Zmajan. Continuing down the hill brings you to the other side of Kaprije where you will find its main village complete with coffees and ice-cream.

Day 4

Today we have some time off from island hopping. We start our day with a visit to Šibenik, which gives us a chance to walk around the cobbled streets of this ancient town, before hopping in the water for your first swim, which takes us through 'Hitler's Eyes', an old World War II submarine tunnel. From here we swim down the Šibenik channel and end at the 14th Century Fort of St Nicholas, which guards the approach into Šibenik.

We then head for the island of Zlarin, where we will have a relaxed lunch, followed by an optional walk (2km) up to the lookout tower which gives stunning views over the islands to which we are swimming during the week. The second swim of the day sees us swimming along the shore of Lupac, Prvic’s smaller neighbour.

Day 5

We return to island hopping and complete two more crossings. The morning is taken up with the crossing from Kaprije to the uninhabited island of Kakan. Following lunch there is another opportunity for guides to provide a further optional stroke analysis and technique session. It’s then time for one of the biggest crossings of the week as we swim to the rugged island of Žirje, which is one of Croatia’s most isolated yet idyllic islands.

Day 6

Today it's an early start as we head back to Žirje, the most western island of the Šibenik archipelago, for a day of scenic coastal swimming along some of its most striking coastline. There is nothing in the Adriatic between where we swim and the Italian coastline. The underwater topography is superb and dolphins have been spotted around here before.

Day 7

A relaxed start, as we make our way to a remote beach, where we will have a short swim to end a fantastic week of swimming.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Hotel Maestral, Prvić Luka

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Hotel Maestral, Prvić Luka

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Trip Information

Equipment to bring along with you

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Towel
Swimming Googles* (x2) Small Daypack
Sunhat and Sunglasses Windproof / Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Sweater / Fleece
Walking Sandals / Trainers Insect repellent
Aqua Shoes / Sandals

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats. We will have a limited supply/range of flippers, rashvests and wetsuits available on the trip, however we cannot guarantee sizes for all. If you have your own flippers, rashvest or wetsuit, we would recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip. Please note that SwimTrek will provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance
Prvić Luka Coastal 2km
Prvić Luka - Tijat 1½km
Tijat - Zmajan 2km
Zmajan - Kaprije 2½km
Sibenic Channel 2km
Around Lupac 1½km
Kaprije - Kakan 2km
Kakan - Žirje 2½km
Žirje Coastals 2½km, 1½km

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Walking Distances

There are two optional 2km walks that you can choose to take part in. These take place on the islands of Tijat and Zlarin and are not to be missed due to the spectacular panoramic views from both islands. Most walks take place on recognised paths and tracks, however there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
June 20-22˚C / 68-71˚F 22-24˚C / 71-75˚F
July 22-24˚C / 71-75˚F 28-30˚C / 82-86˚F
August 24-26˚C / 75-78˚F 30-32˚C / 86-89˚F
September 21-23˚C / 69-73˚F 27-29˚C / 80-84˚F
October 19-21˚C / 66-69˚F 24-26˚C / 75-78˚F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Bad Weather Alternative Swim

This is a chance to travel inland and up the mighty Krka River. From Skradin we hike along a 4km fire track into the Krka National Park and up to the Waterfalls (if you prefer a more relaxed alternative a ferry operates up to the waterfall), which are one of the most famous and beautiful natural wonders of Croatia. After lunch and a dip at the falls, we head back down to Skradin on the river ferry, where we start our swim down the meandering river towards Lake Prokljansko.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 15. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort.

Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two inflatable boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There

To get to Prvić Luka you can fly into either Split or Zadar Airports, there are a wide range of airlines serving both airports from various British and European cities. From either airport you can then take a private transfer to your accommodation.

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We always recommend checking SkyScanner prior to making a booking. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

For further details on all airlines that fly into Split & Zadar please visit the following websites Split-Airport or Zadar-Airport. For a comprehensive list of Croatian ferry ports, and ferry timetables please see the following Croatia Ferries.

Getting There Via Split

A small selection of the airlines which fly into Split from various European cities are included below:

Airline Departure Airport Arrival Airport
Easyjet Berlin, Bristol, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Luton & Stansted, Manchester Split
Croatia Airlines Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich Split
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich Split
Norwegian Airlines London Gatwick Split
Thomas Cook Manchester Split

*From either airport you need to make your way to the town of Šibenik if you decide to take public transport.

Private Transfer from Split Airports to Prvić Luka

If you would like to arrange a private transfer from either airport directly to the hotel by car and water taxi, this can be arranged through Filip at the Hotel Maestral (info@hotelmaestral.com). The cost of this service is €40 per person, with a minimum of two passengers, and is payable locally on departure.If you have four or more people wishing to book this transfer, you may be eligible for a discounted price, please enquire with the hotel directly regarding this option.

Public Bus Transport from Split Airport to Šibenik

When outside the arrivals terminal, cross over the car park in front of the terminal. The bus departs from the airport side of the main road, which is about a 150 metre walk. The buses depart every 20 / 30 minutes depending on the time and day of of the week, but you will need to take the No.37 bus which will take you to Trogirs’ main bus terminal. This journey takes no more than 10 minutes and costs roughly 12 Kuna (2€).

From here, you will need to catch another bus to Šibenik, buses stop on the main road outside the Konzum supermarket (on the way back they go into the bus station) and tickets can be bought in Trogir for the onward journey. Buses depart regularly throughout the day from 06:30 – 16:30, they will cost approximately 45 Kuna (€6) and the journey should take around one hour. Please note, there is a small charge for your baggage (Bus Croatia).

Ferry from Šibenik to Prvić Luka

The ferry ticket office is just 50m from the Šibenik bus station. It is on your left when looking at the sea and the ferry departs from across the street. Make sure you disembark at Prvić Luka, this is usually the second stop, but it’s always worth checking locally. The ferry times are subject to change throughout the year so please check your travel information through JadroLinija.

Water Taxi from Šibenik to Prvić Luka

A water taxi can be arranged in advance through Hotel Maestral if required. The Hotel Maestral is a one minute walk from the harbour at Prvić Luka. This can be arranged through Hotel Maestral (+385 22 448300) or hotelmaestral@gmail.com.

Getting There Via Zadar

A small selection of the airlines which fly into Zadar from various European cities are included below:

Airline Departure Airport Arrival Airport
Croatia Airlines Berlin, Frankfurt, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Munich Zadar
Euro Wings Berlin, Cologne, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London Heathrow, Stuttgart Zadar

*From either airport you need to make your way to the town of Šibenik if you decide to take public transport.

Private Transfer from Zadar Airports to Prvić Luka If you would like to arrange a private transfer from either airport directly to the hotel by car and water taxi, this can be arranged through Filip at the Hotel Maestral (info@hotelmaestral.com). The cost of this service is €40 per person, with a minimum of two passengers, and is payable locally on departure.If you have four or more people wishing to book this transfer, you may be eligible for a discounted price, please enquire with the hotel directly regarding this option.

Public Bus Transport from Zadar Airport to Šibenik The airport bus departs in front of the international terminal of Zadar airport. Buses have a sign ‘Zadar’ and the fare is 25 Kuna (4€). This bus will take you into Zadar’s town centre, which is approximately a 20 minute journey away. The bus will take you all the way to the bus terminal. We recommend the following website to check on the bus timetable : Bus Croatia.

Once at the terminal you can catch either a ‘National long distance bus service’ to Zadar -Dubrovnik. These are timed with the buses coming from the airport, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long to hop onto one! Otherwise, ‘Regional buses’ depart regularly throughout the day from 06:00 – 23:00, they will cost between 40-50 Kuna (6-7€), this is depending on the time of day, please note, there is a small charge for your baggage. The journey can take up to two hours but please double check this with the bus driver before departing. The bus stops at many stations along the way, so keep an eye out for Šibenik, your final stop Bus Croatia.

Transfer from Zadar Airport to Sibenik If you would prefer to note take the bus you can also organise a transfer from Zadar Airport to Sibenik via Bus Croatia. The price for this is 75€ for 1-3 passengers and 100€ for 4-8 passengers. There is no charge for a delayed flight and the driver would be waiting at the arrivals terminal with your name too.

Ferry from Šibenik to Prvić Luka

The ferry ticket office is just 50m from the Šibenik bus station. It is on your left when looking at the sea and the ferry departs from across the street. Make sure you disembark at Prvić Luka, this is usually the second stop, but it’s always worth checking locally. The ferry times are subject to change throughout the year so please check your travel information through JadroLinija.

Water Taxi from Šibenik to Prvić Luka

A water taxi can be arranged in advance through Hotel Maestral if required. The Hotel Maestral is a one minute walk from the harbour at Prvić Luka. This can be arranged through Hotel Maestral (+385 22 448300) or hotelmaestral@gmail.com.

Practical Information

Accommodation

In order to maximise the enjoyment of the tour, our accommodation is in Hotel Maestral, one of the region’s finest locally owned hotels, perfectly situated directly on the waterfront. All rooms are based on twin-share and all have en-suite facilities (Single Supplements are available but these rooms are limited).

If you require any additional nights accommodation before or after the trip, this can be arranged by booking directly through Filip at Hotel Maestral:

Tel: +385 22448300

Email: hotelmaestral@gmail.com

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches are included in your trip price, however dinners are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. The average cost of dinner in a local restaurant is around 100-120Kn (30€).

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinner, souvenirs, entertainment, entry into Krka National Park, etc. The local currency is Croatian Kuna (Kn), although many places (hotels and larger restaurants etc) will accept Euro instead of Kuna as a form of payment. It is advised to draw local currency out before arriving on the island. You can exchange currency at the post office and there is a cash machine in Šibenik. Please note that there are no ATMs on Prvic Luka.

Passports and Visas

Croatia is part of the European Union. Non-citizens of Croatia require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for the duration of the stay. Citizens of most countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Montenegro for less than 90 days. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your personal visa obligations prior to travel.

Vaccinations

There are currently no essential vaccination requirements for Croatia, however it is advisable to re-check this information eight weeks before you travel. You should also ensure that your immunity to tetanus and polio is up-to-date.

  • The Dalmatian Coast trip far exceeded my expectations. The location was stunning, the guides were friendly and helpful, and my fellow SwimTrekkers were wonderful.

    Lisa G. UK - 2016
  • Discovered that swimming in the sea is delightful... Enjoyed meeting positive like minded people from different countries and backgrounds . Location was absolutely beautiful. Guides were Awesome! Thank you SwimTrek for providing a unique service for those of us who just absolutely love to swim!

    Stephanie A. USA - 2016
  • As a first timer I had some trepidation. I could not have foreseen how wonderful the whole week would be, outstanding locations, improvement with my stroke, as well as as meeting and enjoying the company of so many people.

    Neil M. UK - 2016
  • Thank you for the wonderful experience. I never had to worry about safety as I knew guides were nearby and this allowed me to relax and enjoy the swims!

    Martha I. USA - 2016
  • A lovely way to meet like-minded people in a glorious setting and a good way to improve one's fitness levels

    Judy W. Canada - 2016
  • An amazing experience, in a gorgeous location with outstanding guides! I am looking forward to my next SwimTrek adventure.

    Susan B. USA - 2016
  • Absolutely wonderful trip to Croatia. I'd go back tomorrow.

    Nigel C. UK - 2015
  • Utterly outstanding trip in a beautiful location with fantastic staff. It was an absolute pleasure and I can't wait to pick my next trip- thank you!

    Lindsey B. UK - 2015
  • Awesome trip. Thanks once more for a wonderful vacation.

    Stephen R. USA - 2015
  • Such fun, excellent leaders, beautiful swims, good hotel, lovely coastline, fellow swimmers interesting and easy tp get on with. All in all a fantastic holiday. Where will I go next with swimtrek? Holiday was s great goal for training. I highly recommend the holiday.

    Christine C. UK - 2015
  • This was a totally unique experience and unlike any other holiday I've been on. Great balance of swimming with relaxation time. I would thoroughly recommend.

    Annie P. 2015 - UK
  • Unforgettable experience with awesome group, hosts and guides. Great mixture of beautiful scenery, relaxed breaks but ultimately pushed myself way beyond what I ever thought possible in a weeks swimming.

    Peter R. 2015 -UK
  • The trip exceeded all expectations and I had a really brilliant time; beautiful surroundings, amazing people and wonderful sea.

    Rebecca W. 2015 - UK
  • It was a perfect holiday! I liked every part of it - the swimming, the group, the location!

    Julia S. 2014 - Austria
  • This is a great location for swimming and everything I heard it would be.

    Curtis C. 2014 - USA
  • Food, accommodation and swimming trips were all excellent on this trip and the guides were the perfect mix of professional and great fun. The water was really warm and swimming 4-5km a day seemed easier than I would ever have imagined!

    Lorna L. 2014 - Ireland
  • The mixture of crossings and coastals was perfect.

    Dorit E. 2014 - Germany
  • Swim Trek is a winning formula. Anyone with concerns about not coping (so long as you can basically swim!!) needn't worry. Well done ST- you've hit the mark again - thank you!

    Linda K, July 2013, UK
  • SwimTrek delivered everything I expected from a swimming holiday and even better lunches than I ever thought possible on a boat! Thanks for a great holiday :-)

    Mark C, June 2013, UK

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Accommodation

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Hotel Maestral

A real SwimTrek favourite, the Maestral is a locally owned and run traditional Croatian hotel set within a beautiful old stone house situated on the sea front in the village of Prvic Luka.

Rooms at Hotel Maestral are decorated in traditional Mediterranean style with original stone walls, wooden parquet flooring and wooden windows with typical Dalmatian shades. All the rooms have private bathroom with shower and WC, telephone and TV. Rooms are air-conditioned in summer months and heated in the winter.