Visiting Split Croatia without taking on of many islands tours from Split, will be your biggest mistake. I’m sure no one will think of giving up such an opportunity. Split as one of the busiest harbors along the Adriatic coast, is the perfect starting point for a memorable island-hopping adventure.
I’ve always been convinced that Split should be your Croatia holiday launching point for a longer stay. From Split you can undertake many different day trips around Split islands archipelago.
The most popular way to explore Split islands is by boat, sailing between islands to explore picturesque port towns and coastal cities. Instead taking organized one day tours, you can visit these islands by ferry boat, on your own.
It’s perhaps the cheapest option, unless you travel by car (car fares for ferry are rather high). But, on the other hand it’s also the most limiting option if you are short in time.
Sailing or taking fast speed boats is perhaps the best option. And, it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are various agencies offering a daily sailing trip to the islands. The prices vary from 80 € to 120 € per person, depending on a size and a style of the boat, and the season. The most of tours last from 8 to 12 hours.
One Day Island Tours From Split
There are four amazing islands in front of Split city that make perfect day trips from Split. I have sorted all of them below! If you examine islands map below, you’ll notice that two islands are just in front of Split harbor. Both Brac and smaller Solta islands are visible from any point of the city. They are first row of the islands.
The second row of islands are Hvar and Vis. Hvar island is one of the most popular islands in central Dalmatia. The only island with more than 2.500 sunny hours per year, that makes it perfect summer destination. Vis is the farthest island from Split with the most beautiful natural scenery in Croatia – the memorable Blue Cave on Bisevo island.
One day islands trips from Split
Vis island and blue cave
Blue Cave on the lovely Bisevo Island is the most popular tour from Split. This tour is usually organized in combination with visit to town of Hvar and a group of Pakleni islands that spread in front of Hvar town harbor.
There are several version of this tour. Whatever version you decide on, you’ll be amazed when you witness this unique natural phenomenon. Extraordinary game of light created by the sun-rays crawling into the cave will create a never-to-be-forgotten event.
You can opt for these tours:
- Blue Cave and 5 islands trip from Split – including a visit of Blue Cave, Komiza (Vis island) fishermen village, Stoncica Bay sandy beach. The tour lasts 10 hours.
- A similar excursion to Blue Cave that includes a visit to Hvar town starts from Split or Trogir – includes also Stiniva Cove on the island of Vis and Hvar Town at leisure. It lasts 12 hours.
- Blue Cave and popular islands on this tour starts from Split by brand new boat and stop for sightseeing, swimming and snorkeling. It lasts 10 hours.
- Next tour offers a full day to Blu Cave and additional half day to island of Budikovac and Hvar Palmizana bay. This tour starts from Split and lasts 10 hours.
Brac Island Day Trip from Split
Brac island is the closest island to Split city. It is only 45 minutes ride by ferry boat from Split harbor. The closest ferry port is at Supetar, on the island’s north coast, almost directly opposite Split.
On the south side of the island of Brac, near Bol village there is Croatia’s most spectacular pebble beach, known as the Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn). The beach has a unique shape, like a white tongue stretched into the sea. It is unique also for the fact that it changes shape and position, depending on the wind.
To get to Bol village and to admire this unique beach, you can take a fast catamaran boat from Split that runs daily from June 1st to September 29th. Unfortunately catamaran time table is rather flaky (It leaves daily at 04:30 PM) what makes impossible for a one full day excursion.
As a good alternative from Split you can book a day tour to Brac island:
- Catamaran Cruise to Brac Island – Cruise the Dalmatian Coast aboard a catamaran from Split. Enjoy charming island of Brac and discover the beauty of Golden Horn Beach. Swim in the beautiful blue waters of the hidden bays and enjoy free drinks all day! This tour lasts 10 hours!
- The second tour is a combination of two islands – island hopping tour visiting Brac island (Bol and Golden Horn beach), and Hvar island (Pakleni islands) and Milna on Brac.
Blue Lagoon and Solta island
Many visitors are not familiar with this Caribbean style lagoon. It located on small island Drvenik Veli (veli means big) as there is also a small Drvenik. Both islands are very close to Solta island and the only way is to take one of day tours, either from Split or Trogir town.
It’s enough to see the above image to realize the beauty and the scenery you’re going to admire. If you are looking for a memorable beach experience away from the tourist crowds a tour to the spectacular Blue Lagoon, is a paradise place.
I recommend following half and full day excursions:
Hvar day tours from Split
Hvar island is for sure the most visited island among Split archipelago. It’s the only islands with very frequent ferry connections. Only Hvar town has no ferry connections. For visitors who prefer to visit Hvar town on their own I suggest fast catamaran line No. 9604S that runs daily from Split. Check Jadrolinija company sailing timetable.
There are many organized day trips from Split to Hvar town and its famous Pakleni Islands. The most of them are in combination with trips to Vis island (Blue Cave) and to Brac island (Golden Cape).
One of the most popular trips is a full-day catamaran cruise to Hvar and Pakleni Islands. It’s a perfect to explore Hvar’s old town and stop to swim in peaceful bays before returning to Split. It lasts 11 hours.