Dubrovnik is a city that combines historical and cultural charm with natural beauty. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the islands around Dubrovnik to appreciate their natural wonders.
The best way to explore the rugged coasts of the Dalmatian islands is definitely by kayaking. Through a kayak tour, you can venture inside hidden bays and caves, having the time to appreciate the view and the flexibility to stop and swim in crystal clear waters. Don't miss the chance to go on a fantastic kayak tour in Dubrovnik!
What are the best kayak tours in Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik: Guided Sea Kayaking Tour with Snack
Take advantage of Dubrovnik's location to go kayaking to explore the coasts near the city.
Make your way to the meeting point at Pile Gate, where your guide will be waiting for you to explain safety information and instructions for driving the kayak. Kayaking is very simple and safe and is therefore also suitable for beginners.
The kayak tour heads to Lokrum Island, which is located about one kilometer away from Dubrovnik. The island is perfect for a kayak tour and can be circumnavigated entirely. The kayak tour includes several stops on the coast of Lokrum for swimming and relaxation.
The guide will inform you of the places you will visit by adding naturalistic and historical information. Some of the places visited were the scene of violent fighting during the wars in the Balkans.
You will also explore a sea cave and a lovely beach accessible only by the sea where you can take a break, swim and snorkel. This kayak tour is done by Adventure Dubrovnik, one of the best local tour operators.
Dubrovnik: Morning or Sunset Kayak Tour with Snacks
This kayaking tour is another great option to spend a morning or afternoon among the bays of the Dubrovnik coast. This kayaking activity is offered by Dubrovnik Walks, another well-known tour operator in Dubrovnik.
The itinerary is very similar to the previous tour. You can choose between a morning option and a sunset option, both of which last approximately 3 hours.
The kayak tour heads to the island of Lokrum, where you can visit several bays, beaches and caves. On the way back, you will pass by the Betina cave, which is located along the mainland coast and offers an excellent environment for snorkeling.
Koločep: 1-day kayak excursion from Dubrovnik
The island of Koločep is the Elaphite islands' southernmost island, relatively close to Dubrovnik. The island of Koločep is the most beautiful of the archipelago, is sparsely inhabited and has an indented coastline full of bays, caves and beaches, perfect for a kayak tour.
Start the activity in the morning by getting to know your guide and the rest of the group. Take the ferry from the port of Gravosa in Dubrovnik to get to Kolocep. The cost of the ferry is included in the tour price.
The kayak tour will cover much of the island's coast, passing fantastic cliffs, crystal-clear caves, deserted beaches and picturesque villages. You can enjoy lunch at one of the island's restaurants or bring a packed lunch. You will return to Dubrovnik by kayak in the afternoon.
Small-group tour to practice sea kayaking and snorkeling in Dubrovnik
This kayak tour is mainly focused on snorkeling. Depart from the center of Dubrovnik to paddle along the Dalmatian Coast to the south. The destination is Betina Beach and Cave, which is known for its exceptional snorkeling environment.
The kayak tour lasts approximately 3 hours, of which you will spend approximately 1 hour in the Betina cave. Snorkeling equipment is included in the tour.
Elaphite Islands Kayak and Bike Tour from Dubrovnik
The destinations of this kayak tour are two Elaphite islands: Lopud and Sipan. These two islands are quite large and can be easily explored by kayak or bicycle. They are located further north of Kolocep, and therefore a ferry is required to reach them.
Start the day with the ferry from Dubrovnik to Lopud. In Lopud, the kayaking tour starts, which goes north towards the small island of Ruda. Afterward, you will continue the kayaking tour to the city of Šuđurađ.
We will explore part of the island of Šipan by kayak and then exchange the kayak with the bike and follow the exploration. The bike tour will cover the central part of the island, where there are vineyards, olive groves and old farmhouses. The route is mostly flat.
There will be a stop at the Holy Spirit's fortress, before reaching the village of Šipanska Luka, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, there will be time for a swim in the sea before starting the reverse route by bike and kayak.
The return from the island of Lopud to Dubrovnik is done by ferry as for the outward journey. This full-day excursion is a perfect opportunity to see different natural landscapes through two enjoyable sporting activities open to all levels: kayaking and cycling.
Full day sea kayaking and snorkeling at the Green Cave on Sipan Island from Dubrovnik
This kayaking adventure discovers the Green Cave on Sipan Island, which offers a fantastic environment for snorkeling. Not many know of the existence of the Green Grotto.
The day starts with the ferry from Dubrovnik to Lopud, where the kayak tour will begin. You will start paddling towards the island of Sipan, then skirting the island in a south and west direction. The first visible natural attraction will be a stone arch, from which beautiful photos can be taken.
Later you will arrive at the Green Grotto, a large natural cave where you can enter by swimming. You will leave the kayak to put on the snorkeling gear and enter the cave by swimming. The name of the cave comes from the emerald green color of the water with the light's reflection.
After an hour spent in the cave, you will continue towards the fishing village of Šuđurađ, where you can enjoy an excellent lunch in one of the local restaurants. We will pass by Ruda island to explore another cave during the return by kayak to Lopud island. The return from Lopud to Dubrovnik is done by kayak.
2 Tour Combo: Kayak Tour and Tour de Game of thrones
Experience two typical Dubrovnik experiences by combining a kayaking tour with a themed guided tour of Game of Thrones.
This experience combines 2 different tours, which can be done on the same day or on different days.
The kayak tour lasts approximately 3 hours and goes to discover the island of Lokrum, where you will explore bays, beaches and caves. On the coast of the mainland, we will pass by the Betina cave, well known for its quality environment for snorkeling. You will spend time in the cave snorkeling.
The second tour is a typical Game of Thrones walking tour. The King's Landing scenes are filmed in the Dubrovnik fortress. An expert guide will explain all the details and background of the shooting locations within Dubrovnik's walls. In addition to the historic center, you will also visit the Fort of San Lorenzo. Please note that Forte di San Lorenzo requires a cash payment of 50 HRK (approximately 7 €) at the entrance, which is not included in the tour price.
Kayak and Hiking tour of the island of Lokrum near Dubrovnik
With this experience, you will leave by kayak to discover the island of Lokrum. The itinerary is similar to the other kayak tours previously listed, but also includes a walking tour of the island.
In addition to sea caves, rocky beaches and crystal clear waters, the island of Lokrum offers a well-preserved natural landscape with a beautiful presence of local flora and fauna. During the trekking excursion, you will see peacocks, wild rabbits, and many local birds. The island also offers many local restaurants where you can buy a great lunch.
Game of Thrones Kayak Tour in Dubrovnik
This unique experience combines visiting Game of Thrones filming locations with a kayak tour. In this case, they are not two different tours, but rather a single one, done by kayak.
Begin the kayaking trip from Pile Bay, under the Lovrijenac Fortress, which is the filming location of the Red Fortress. Your guide will explain the safety information to you before setting off on the kayak tour. The itinerary at sea will pass by several shooting locations of the series and the expert guide will explain all the information about it.
The kayak tour follows to the island of Lokrum, where Quarth's scenes were filmed. You can also enjoy snorkeling and some walking tours on the island.
What are the best places for kayaking in Dubrovnik?
Lokrum is the most common destination for kayak tours in Dubrovnik. The island is located only about a kilometer from Dubrovnik and can be reached in a few minutes by kayak. Lokrum is a beautiful island that offers sea caves, crystal clear waters and beaches, as well as excellent local restaurants.
Island of Koločep
The island of Koločep is part of the Elaphite Islands. Koločep is further away from Dubrovnik than Lokrum and is often reached by ferry to reduce sailing times. Koločep is very beautiful and offers many opportunities for snorkelers. A kayak tour along the Koločep coast is the best way to discover hidden bays and caves that are only accessible from the sea.
Betina Cave is located on the coast of the mainland south of Dubrovnik. The cave is easily accessible by kayak and offers an exceptional environment for snorkeling. Many kayaking excursions include a stop at Betina Cave.
Šipan Island is the largest of the Elaphite Islands. The island is home to a lot of nature and agriculture: there are valleys and hills with olive groves and vineyards. The coast is equally beautiful with inlets and caves that can only be visited by sea, including the Green Grotto. Therefore, the island of Šipan is a perfect destination for an excursion by kayak, sailing or to combine a tour by sea with one by land. There are numerous fishing villages on the island, such as Sudurad and Sipanska Luka.
The Green Cave is located on Šipan Island and is relatively unknown to many travelers and local people. The cave is located in the southwestern part of the island. It is exciting because it is wide enough to go inside and snorkel inside. It is also possible to walk and follow short routes inside. The name derives from the green reflection produced by the light that penetrates the water of the cave.
Game of Thrones locations
The famous Game of Thrones series was partially filmed in Dubrovnik. The various forts in the historic center served as a backdrop for famous locations from the series, such as King's Landing or the Red Fortress. Several kayak tours include one walking tour of Game of Thrones' locations or the visit with the kayak itself, along the coast of the city.
What is the best season to go kayaking in Dubrovnik?
Located in southern Croatia, Dubrovnik enjoys an excellent Mediterranean climate. The best season for kayaking in Dubrovnik is definitely summer. In summer (June - September), the air and water temperature are warm enough to spend the day and swim in a bathing suit.
In March, April, May, October and November, there are many sunny days with pleasant temperatures and a kayak tour can be done safely. On colder days, it will be less pleasant.
Also, if you visit Dubrovnik in the summer, we recommend sunset kayak tours, which will show you the striking colors of the sky and the places visited.
How much do kayak tours in Dubrovnik cost?
The price of kayak tours in Dubrovnik depends on the destination and the duration.
- The simplest kayak tours going to Lokrum Island cost from € 24 to € 35.
- Kayak excursions in Kolocep cost around € 50.
- Kayak trips to Sipan and Lopud (Elaphite Islands) cost from € 60 to € 140.
- Kayak tours combined with Game of Thrones filming locations cost between € 50 and € 75.
What is the duration of a kayak trip from Dubrovnik?
The duration of kayak tours from Dubrovnik varies according to the destination.
- Kayak tours to Lokrum Island last approximately 3 hours.
- The kayak excursions to the Elaphite Islands (Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan) last a whole day, about 8 - 9 hours. They cost around 50 €.
- Kayak tours combined with Game of Thrones filming locations last 3 to 4 hours.
Which safety devices are needed to go kayaking in Dubrovnik?
There are no significant safety concerns when kayaking. Driving a kayak is very simple and it is virtually impossible to tip over on calm water.
However, each participant must wear a life jacket provided by the tour operator.
Do the participants of the Dubrovnik kayak tours have to be in good physical shape?
Taking part in a kayak tour does not require great physical skills. All people with average physical ability can join the tour.
Kayak tours are not recommended for:
- pregnant women
- people with severe back problems
- people with reduced mobility
- people with seasickness problems
- adults over 65.
Can children join a kayak tour in Dubrovnik?
Yes, children can join the Dubrovnik kayak tours if they are over 5 years old. The minimum age may vary slightly depending on the tour operator.
What happens in case of bad weather?
Kayak tours are dependent on good weather conditions. If the activity cannot be done safely due to bad weather, it will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.
Where do kayaking excursions in Dubrovnik start from?
Most of the kayak tours depart from the small beach under Pile Gate. The guides will be waiting for you at Pile Gate.
Trips to the Elaphite Islands use a ferry and therefore depart from the port of Dubrovnik.
Read carefully the meeting point details available on the tour confirmation.
Which other outdoor activities can be done in Dubrovnik?
Located in a bay on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik offers many possibilities for lovers of outdoor activities.
- Boat trips and tours. Enjoy the beauty of the Adriatic Sea and the Elaphite Islands on a sailing or speedboat tour.
- Snorkeling. Discover the wonders of the sea in the Elaphite Islands on a snorkeling tour.
- Jet ski. Speed across the Adriatic Sea aboard a jet ski. Fun is guaranteed.
- Buggy tours. Drive on dirt tracks in the mountains near Dubrovnik in a 4x4 vehicle.
- Rafting. Join a rafting excursion on the Tara River or Cetiva from Dubrovnik.
Here are some tips to make the most of your kayak excursion from Dubrovnik.
- Remember to bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, beach towel and flip flops with you.
- You can bring snacks or a packed lunch.
- Book well in advance to avoid tour seats running out.