Need a weekend blast of sea, sunshine, and fresh air? Direct and frequent flight connections from every European city April through October make Dubrovnik an easy short-term destination. High-speed catamarans zip passengers between Split and Dubrovnik 2 times/day.
Just 10 minutes from Dubrovnik, Zaton Bay is a welcome refuge from the tourist crowds clogging Dubrovnik’s ancient alleys and historic walls. The picturesque 2 km deep bay is home to three small villages, pebble beaches, swimming caves, some of the region’s finest seaside restaurants, and a lovely waterfront promenade. The bay’s location offers multiple paddling routes and destinations: to Koločep and Daksa Islands; to Dubrovnik’s lively café lined pedestrian lane in Uvala Lapad; and to Trsteno’s quiet marina and historic arboretum.
Trip Length: 3 days/ 2 or 3 nights, depending on arrival/ departure schedule, Friday-Sunday
Arrival/Departure Point: Dubrovnik
Accommodations: Zaton Bay guest house rooms with private bathrooms and A/C. Guesthouses are chosen for their character, friendly owners, and easy access to the sea, village restaurants, shops, and kayak base
Tour Inclusions: 2 or 3 nights accommodation, kayak & snorkeling gear, instruction, guiding, airport transfers, meals as specified per overnight plan
3 Days/ 3 Nights Tour*: 4600 Kn / €615 / US$685/ £525 Meal inclusions: 2 breakfasts/ 2 lunches/ 2 dinners. Day 3 dinner is independent in Zaton Bay
3 Days/ 2 Nights Tour**: 4000 Kn / €535 / US$590 / £455 Meal inclusions: 2 breakfasts/ 2 lunches/ 2 dinners
Single Supplement: 3 nights: 1110 Kn / 2 nights: 740 Kn
2021 Departure Dates: May: 14, 21 / Jun: 4, 18 / Jul: 2, 9 / Aug: 13, 20 / Sep: 10, 24 / Oct: 8, 15
*Arrival by 12:30 pm Day 1/ Departure anytime Day 4
**Arrival by 12:30 pm Day 1/ Departure Day 3: 7:00 pm or later
prices are in Croatian Kuna: Euro, US$, & GBP prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations
While tourism in Dubrovnik has experienced explosive growth in the past 10 years, Zaton Bay remains true to its roots. A place of natural beauty and tranquility, the deep bay offers calm seas and natural protection from Dalmatia’s characteristic coastal winds and safe paddling waters. Deep in the bay is a restored old stone mill fed by bubbly underground springs and aristocratic stone villas from Dubrovnik’s Renaissance. Family homes are divided into 3 small villages on the bay’s coastline, Štikovica, Mali Zaton, and Veliki Zaton. A tiny marina harbors fishing boats that belong to the village locals. The charming bay attracts some summertime yachts and sailboats, who moor in the quiet bay, but is free of the characteristic busy motor boat traffic in and around Dubrovnik.
The bay’s easy access and convenient location make it a perfect place for a 2 to 3-day getaway....no wasted travel time. The Weekender tour begins with a ½ day paddle in the bay and a trip to “must-see” Old Town for dinner. The remaining two kayaking days present multiple paddling routes: to Koločep and Daksa Islands, to Lapad Bay, or north up the coast to Trsteno, each night returning to the comfort and tranquility of Zaton Bay.
Itinerary: The Weekender
Day 1: Arrival and ½ day kayaking, 5 km
Arrive in Dubrovnik by 12:30 pm/ car transfer to Zaton Bay/ check into guesthouse/ equipment issue and basic kayak & safety instruction in Zaton Bay/ paddle to a cove in the open sea to swim, snorkel, and cliff jump/ return to guesthouse/ dinner in Dubrovnik’s Old Town
Day 2: Koločep Island, 12 km
Koločep Island features towering cliffs and wind-carved caves. Paddle to one of the island’s 2 small settlements for grilled seafood in an idylic setting/ swim in crystal clear water surrounded by towering cliffs/ snorkel in Blue Cave / walk the island’s network of shady trials to a family farm stand selling native Kolocep jams, herbs, olive oils and brandies/ dinner at a Zaton Bay restaurant
Day 3: Daksa Island and Lapad Bay, 18 km
Paddle to Uvala Lapad (Lapad Bay) on the mainland coast/ lunch in Uvala Lapad, known for its lively café-lined pedestrian zone/ return paddle to Zaton via uninhabited Daksa Island/ airport transfer for departure flight (2-night tour)/ dinner at Zaton Bay restaurant (3-night tour)
Day 4: Airport transfer for 3-night tour