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Tour Highlights

  • Challenge yourself with longer daily swim distances than other SwimTrek tours

  • Complete a variety of coastal swims, crossings and circumnavigations 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

Discover the beautiful waters of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast on this long swims open water swimming holiday in the spectacular Sibenik Archipelago. With literally hundreds of islands to explore, many of which are uninhabited, our longer swims give you the perfect chance to push yourself a little further while exploring more of this breathtaking corner of the world.

This trip features an average daily swim distance of 7km and includes a combination of coastal swims, crossings and circumnavigations. The islands, reefs and islets which make up the archipelago provide us with an endless list of places to explore, while the fantastic water quality and underwater topography make for some excellent swimming conditions.

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. You will also have the chance to visit some of the region’s most isolated islands, 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 - Croatia or Dalmatian Coast Short Swims - Croatia trips.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is for those who enjoy a combination of coastal swims and island-hopping and want to extend their daily swim distances a little further than on our other trips. Swimmers should have a good level of open water experience and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 7 km prior to the start of the trip.

What's Included

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

What's not included?

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


Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Day 1

We meet in the late afternoon where you will have a chance to relax before 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 long swim along the Prvić Luka coast. It’s a great opportunity to get used to the conditions and the environment before we take on our first crossing later in the day. 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 a crossing to Tijat. After arriving at Tijat, we follow the coast into the Blue Lagoon, from where 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 western side of Tijat for our first crossing of the day to Bavlenac. Two thirds of the way across, we skirt across the northern tip of the uninhabited island of Zmajan. After a hearty lunch and a chance for some rest, we do our second crossing of the day from Bavlenac to Kaprije. We have a chance to explore the island of Kaprije upon landing. A short walk up the hill offers you a 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

We head to the island of Zlarin, with its rugged coastline and fertile interior. In the morning, we swim along its northern coast. While we swim we have excellent views of St Nicholas Fortress built by the Venetians in the 15th century and which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. While on Zlarin, we will have a relaxed lunch, followed by an optional walk (2km) up to the island’s 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 circumnavigate Lupac island, Prvic’s smaller neighbour.

Day 5

Today 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. 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 previously.

Day 7

We have a relaxed start today as we make our way to a remote beach, where we will have a short swim to end a fantastic week together.

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 Checklist

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

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Towel
Swimming Goggles* (x2) Sweater / Fleece
Sunhat and Sunglasses Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream & Insect Repellent Walking Shoes / Sandals
Small Daypack Aqua Shoes / Sandals

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

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and 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. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance
Prvić Luka Coastal 4km
Prvić Luka - Tijat 2½km
Tijat - Balvenac 4½km
Balvenac - Kaprije 3½km
Zlarin Coastal 5km
Lupac Circumnavigation 2½km
Kaprije - Kakan 4km
Kakan - Žirje 4½km
Žirje Coastal(1) 3½km
Žirje Coastal(1) 2½km

Please note that these swims are an example of the what may take place during the course of your trip and should be used as a guide only. Actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions.

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 2 km walks that you can choose to take part in. These take place on the islands of Tijat and Zlarin and offer spectacular panoramic views from both islands.

Most other 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*
July 22-24˚C / 71-75˚F 28-30˚C / 82-86˚F
September 21-23˚C / 69-73˚F 27-29˚C / 80-84˚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.

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

The easiest way to get to Prvić Luka is to fly into Split airport and take the private transfer which is organised through the Hotel Maestral. There are a wide range of airlines serving both Split and Zadar airports from various British and European cities and you can take a private transfer from either airport to your accommodation. For further details on all airlines that fly into Split & Zadar airports please visit the following websites:

Whilst we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We suggest that you use the following websites to search for alternative flight and ferry options for this trip.

Flights: Sky Scanner

Ferries: Croatia Ferries

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.

Getting There Via Split

To search for available flights into Split, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Private Transfer from Split Airports to Prvić Luka

To arrange a private transfer from Split Airport to your accommodation at Hotel Maestral, please contact the hotel directly by emailing your arrival information to:info@hotelmaestral.com. This service includes a car and taxi boat transfer, with a journey time of approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, dependent on traffic. The rates are indicated below and are payable on location.

Number of Passengers Price Per Passenger (Croatian Kuna)
1 680 HRK
2 340 HRK
3 300 HRK
4 260 HRK
5+ 230 HRK

Public Transport from Split Airport to Šibenik

Public transport from Split Airport to Šibenik involves catching two different buses. Please note that the information below should be used as a guide only and is subject to change. From Split Airport, you will need to take the number 37 bus to Trogir, which takes approximately 10 minutes. From Trogir, you will need to board another bus to Šibenik, which takes approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. For up-to-date schedules, availability and the latest route options for this journey please visit:

Ferry from Šibenik to Prvić Luka

The ferry ticket office is just 50m from Šibenik bus station, to your left when facing towards the sea. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and Prvić Luka is usually the second stop, however, we recommend you check this locally. For up-to-date schedules, tickets and further ferry information, please visit: Jadrolinija

Getting There Via Zadar

To search for available flights into Zadar, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Private Transfer from Zadar Airport to Prvić Luka

To arrange a private transfer from Zadar Airport to your accommodation at Hotel Maestral, please contact the hotel directly by emailing your arrival information to:info@hotelmaestral.com. This service includes a car and taxi boat transfer, with a journey time of approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, dependent on traffic. The rates are indicated below and are payable on location.

Number of Passengers Price Per Passenger (Croatian Kuna)
1 680 HRK
2 340 HRK
3 300 HRK
4 260 HRK
5+ 230 HRK

Public Transport from Zadar Airport to Šibenik

Public transport from Zadar Airport to Šibenik involves catching two different buses. Please note that the information below should be used as a guide only and is subject to change. From Zadar Airport, you will need to take the airport bus to the main bus station in Zadar city centre, which takes approximately 15 - 20 minutes. From Zadar city centre, you will then need to take another bus to Šibenik, with a journey time of approximately 1.5 hours. For up-to-date schedules, availability and the latest route options for this journey please visit:

Ferry from Šibenik to Prvić Luka

The ferry ticket office is just 50m from Šibenik bus station, to your left when facing towards the sea. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and Prvić Luka is usually the second stop, however, we recommend you check this locally. For up-to-date schedules, tickets and further ferry information, please visit: Jadrolinija

Practical Information

Accommodation

Our accommodation for this trip is in Hotel Maestral, one of the region’s finest locally-owned hotels. The hotel is perfectly situated directly on the waterfront and offers a range of twin-share rooms with en suite facilities. There are a limited number of single supplement rooms which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

If you require any additional nights’ accommodation before or after the trip, this can be arranged directly through the Hotel Maestral.

Email: hotelmaestral@gmail.com

Tel: +385 22448300

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 225 Kn.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, souvenirs, entertainment, etc. The local currency is Croatian Kuna (Kn). 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-residents of Croatia require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Croatia. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Croatia, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit World Standards.

  • Our guides, Telly and Cresho, were outstanding. They ensured we were safe, taught me loads, and I had such a fun time. I am grateful for the experience swimming safely and securely with a great group of like-minded people.

    Mary O. Ireland - 2018
  • Had a fantastic week with SwimTrek, I wouldn't hesitate in booking another trip with them! The guides were great and really made the week.

    Rachel L. UK - 2018