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Swim along the Dalmation coast

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Swimming trip

Island hopping Travel Experience

Croatia, Europe
7 Days
€ 898 combadi price


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Holiday Type
Fixed date/Solo friendly
Running Period
2014 Start dates: 7 Sep, 14 Sep

The Combadi Insight:

A swimming adventure through a country of spectacular natural beauty. Swim every day in deep blue Mediterranean sea with the company of these experienced guides. If you were looking for a unique way to travel, here it is. A swimming travel experience like no other.

Holiday Code: I2

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Croatia´s Dalmatian coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty and boasts some of the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean. We are based on the small island of Krapanj, a unique setting in the Sibenik archipelago. The island has one of the lowest populations in the Adriatic Sea and is completely traffic free-a swimmer’s paradise! The famous Kornati and Krka National Parks are nearby, providing a fantastic gateway for our swimming adventures.

This trip has something for everyone. We hop from island to island, swim along the coasts of uninhabited islands, explore National Parks and swim down the Krka River and its magnificent waterfalls.

This tour is suitable for all levels of swimmer, with three separate escorts for the safety and enjoyment of all guests.

Tour Highlights

  • swim around uninhabited islands and enjoy the laid back environment
  • explore the islands of Kornati National Park and the surrounding beautiful turquoise sea
  • walk through Krka National Park, swim down the Krka River and take a dip in the refreshing waterfalls
  • swim through Hitler´s submarine base used during World War II

Brief itinerary

Day 1 6.30pm hotel lobby meeting for tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2 Morning and afternoon swim around Grebascica bay islands. Afternoon filming for stroke analysis.

Day 3 Kornati National Park swim , hike to a great vista point, swim along Zirje.

Day 4 Morning crossing between two islands, hike to the Kaprije village and afternoon swim along Zmajan island. Evening out to Sibenik town.

Day 5 Krka National Park hike to the waterfalls, afternoon swim down the river Krka and swim across the submarine tunnel.

Day 6 Morning crossing Lupac - Zlarin. Exploring the Zlarin followed by the afternoon swim along this unique island.

Day 7 Swim around Krapanj island. Trip finishes around 11am.

Full itinerary

Day 1 Meet at Krapanj island at 6.30pm for the pre-trip briefing, followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2 Before breakfast we take a short walk to the far end of the island for a brief acclimatisation swim.

Following a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we depart by boat for a day of swimming around nearby islands. Our first swim begins from the southern tip of Zlarin island, past several small uninhabited islands and on to the beautiful island of Oblik. Upon arrival at Oblik you have a chance to hike and explore the island before lunch on the boat. The early afternoon is dedicated to stroke improvement, where we will film your stroke in the stunning Grebastica bay. Later, we swim from the southern side of Oblik across to Timara island, before the short boat ride back to our base at Krapanj.

After dinner, our swim coaches will analyse the video footage of your stroke (if you want!) and offer tips on how to improve your technique over the week ahead.

Day 3

Today we travel by boat to Kornati National Park, a magnificent archipelago of 140 islands which boasts an array of marine life. We set off from the southern part of Kornati and swim northwards along the coast, where we are often joined by the dolphins and tuna that inhabit the area.

We break for lunch back on the boat, and guests have the option to take a short hike to admire the view across Kornati or simply relax on the boat. This afternoon we turn back towards our base, swimming along the coast of the southern part of Zirje island, the most remote island in the area. Once we reach Mazirina island, we enjoy a relaxing boat trip in the late afternoon sun back to our base at Krapanj.

Day 4

Today we take on our longest swim of the tour, swimming from the northern tip of Zmajan island across to the harbour of Kaprije, a distance of around 3 km. Following the swim, whilst you explore the small fishing village, our boat pilot catches some fresh fish and cooks it for lunch on the boat (vegetarians are catered for too). Afterwards, we swim along the coast in the crystal clear waters along the east side of Zmajan island, before heading back to our base and enjoy passing little isles. For this evening we recommend a dinner in the nearby Sibenik town. We get there by local bus -10 min drive.

Day 5

Today we leave the sea behind and travel inland by boat up the mighty Krka River. Upon arrival at Skradin village in Krka National Park, we have a little free time to explore this charming little town before we start our 4 km hike along the river. If you fancy a dip under the famous waterfalls, this is the time to do it! After lunch we return back to Skradin by boat. Here we let the river help us as we swim downstream towards Prokljansko Lake. On the way back we pass the beautiful town of Sibenik, the fort of St. Nicholas (the ´key´ to Sibenik) and stop at Hitler´s Eye, an old submarine tunnel used in World War II. What we do here? We swim through!

Day 6

Today we return to the open sea for our final crossing from Lupac island to Zlarin. Whilst you stroll around the stunning harbour and explore the cobbled streets of the old town, we prepare lunch on the boat. Following lunch and an additional coaching session for those who want it, it is time for a relaxed coastal swim along Zlarin island. This evening, we get together for a goodbye dinner at the hotel.

Day 7

We conclude our week by swimming around our small base island of Krapanj-the perfect way to end an exhilarating week. Trip finishes around 11am.

Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (3 boats, 2 swimming guides, 1 local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, 6 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches and 3 hotel dinners (welcome, mid-week, farewell). Each guest receives a swim hat, T-shirt and water bottle. Wetsuits, fins, rash vests and other swimming gear will be provided on each tour.

Additional cost

Travel to and from the start of the tour, 3 evening meals, entry to National Park Krka (12 Euro), personal body massage at the hotel.

Passports and Visas

You require a full passport to enter Croatia. Please check whether you require a visa. Most nationalities, including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens, do not require a visa to enter Croatia but please check before you travel.


There are no specific vaccinations required for Croatia, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date.

Extra Expenses

You will need enough money to cover the four evening meals which are not included in the tour price. An average dinner (including a glass of wine) costs around 150 Kuna (20 Euro). Supermarket is nearby.


The local currency is Croatian Kuna. Krapanj island does not have an ATM so it is advisable to draw currency before departing the mainland where there are many ATMs and banks. The hotel will also exchange money up to limited amount. Bear in mind that the tour takes place in a remote setting and credit cards are not always accepted.

Group Size

Up to a maximum of 14 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and 2 boat escorts.


Hotel Spongiola is a beautiful new four star property located right on the beach. Most rooms have a view of the sea and with air-conditioning and free internet access. The hotel boasts an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub, as well as a fitness centre for those guests who still have energy to spare at the end of the day! The hotel also has its own diving centre with high quality diving equipment available.

Rooms are based on twin-share and en-suite facilities. Double rooms for solo use are available. Please specify your preferences (including any other guests you would like to share with) at the time of booking.

The picturesque island of Krapanj has the lowest number of inhabitants of any island in the Adriatic Sea. It lies only 400 m from the mainland and is completely traffic free. Traditionally its inhabitants were fishermen and sponge harvesters, which is how the hotel got its name. The island´s location provides a perfect spot for guests to relax and unwind, and its proximity to the mainland is ideal for those who wish to explore further field in the evenings.

Extended stay

If you require additional nights’ accommodation before or after the tour, all Strel Swimming Adventures guests receive a discounted rate. Please book directly with the hotel, quoting Strel Swimming. Hotel contact info: http://www.spongiola.com, info@spongiola.com, Tel: +385 22 348 900

Swimming Info

Swimming distances

Swim Distance Zlarin - Oblik 2 km Oblik - Timara 2 km Kornati Islands 2.5 km Zirje - Mazirina 2 km Zmajan - Kaprije 3 km Zmajan coastal 2 km Krka River 2.5 km Lupac - Zlarin 2 km Zlarin coastal 2 km Around Krapanj Island 1.5 km


Month Water Temp. (°C) Air Temp. (°C) May 20 22 June 22 24 July 24 28 August 25 32 September 24 29 October 21 24 Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims you want and relax on our escort boat(s).

Wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys Availability We have a range of swimming equipment available on each trip if required.

Walking Conditions

The walking on the trip is easy. In order to enjoy your walks on the islands and through the Krka National Park, please bring comfortable walking shoes and suitable clothes, for summer temperatures.

Essential Equipment

In addition to normal items, we recommend the following: at least 2 swimming costumes, at least 2 pairs of swimming goggles (one clear and one tinted recommended), sweater/fleece, towel, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof sun cream and jacket, walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes.

We also provide water bottles, swim hats, and other equipment, such as flippers, goggles, rash vests, if required.

Swimming awareness

Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know the safest and most picturesque places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out!

Swimming in the open sea amongst natural wildlife is a unique experience, but you may come across certain marine life such as jellyfish, coral and sea urchins from time to time. There are very few jellyfish along the Dalmatian coast and so the risk of any unfortunate encounters with them is low, and we will always show you the safest areas to swim. If you are stung by a jellyfish and are unable to carry on swimming, you will never be far from an escort boat where one of the guiding team will be able to treat the affected area immediately. If you suffer from Anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions it is important to inform us at the time of booking.

Getting There

To get to Krapanj island, you can fly into either Zadar or Split. There are a number of flights to Split (SPU) & Zadar (ZAD) from various International cities. From UK Easyjet and Croatian airlines fly to Split, Ryanair flies to Zadar.

A HUGE thank you to for an amazing unforgettable swimming adventure in Croatia. Look forward to the next swim trip with you. Scott Robinson, Australia

The sea was the centerpiece for the reason for coming to Croatia, six days of swimming around the islands of Sibenik. It was just awesome. Honestly, this was one of the best things I have done in a long time! Nick from Australia

We really did have a fantastic time in Croatia - thank you so much! You made us all very happy indeed! Sarah and Sonnove, Norway

I had such a wonderful time for the whole week of Croatia swimming. Can´t wait to return! Very well done. Pete, South Africa

You made us feel that the holiday was tailored for us in many ways. The food, the evenings out, liaising between the boat crew and informing us of the best daily locations without wind. John, Devon, UK

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