Šipan, Ruda & Lopud: 3 Islands, 1 Day
Activity Level: Moderate, 12 km
Departures: from Gruz ferry terminal, ferry transport included
Full-Day Tour: Mon.-Sat. 9:45 a.m. / Sun. and Holidays 8:45 a.m.
Price: 400Kn / €52 / US$57 / £38
Three Islands, 1 Day begins with a relaxing 50-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik, where you’ll take in Dalmatia’s dramatic coastline from the sea en route to Lopud Island, the middle of the three inhabited Elafiti Islands. Three Islands brings together the best of three distinct islands, as well as a hidden underwater cave, swimming, snorkeling, and cliff jumping. Begin paddling on Lopud, known for its sandy beaches and Lopud town’s lively waterfront promenade. Destination two: Šipan Island, the furthest of the three inhabited Elafiti Isands. A one hour paddle brings us to a small bay with an unpretentious fishing village, where we abandon kayaks to visit Šipan’s second small village, Luka Šipanska, the furthest out of the five villages in the Elafiti archipelago and least visited by tourists. Luka, nestled in a deep bay, offers lovely views of the outer, uninhabited Elafiti Islands and Pelješac Peninsula beyond. Šipan, known for its rich history, is home to thirty-some stone churches and claims more olive trees per square meter than any part of Greece. Destination three: little Ruda for a quick swim before the short paddle back to Lopud and a ferry ride home.
In early spring and late fall, when water temperatures are chilly for comfortable swimming, we fill our time on the islands hiking Lopud and Šipan’s network of trails with dramatic views of the islands and mainland coastline.