When we embarked on this holiday it was clear that we were both in need of a break. That meant that neither of us wanted to plan anything, no schedules, no plans other than renting a car and driving somewhere at some point. Go with the flow was what we needed.
So, there came a morning when we had done pretty much everything that we had wanted to do; lie on the beach or many, rent a car and drive to Montenegro, see the Old Town and go up the Srd hill. I had read about the island surrounding Dubrovnik and all tourist sites recommended visiting them.
The Lokrum Island floats right in front of the Old Town but we had already driven around it with a jet ski, so we thought we might try something else. Elafiti Islands are a group of islands “behind” Dubrovnik and there are multiple companies renting out boats (fishing boats to motor boats to actual yachts). You can choose between driving the boat yourself (this means that you can’t enjoy even 1 beer because they have zero tolerance on the seas in Croatia) or hiring a skipper.
We went for a skipper because we had no idea which way to go anyway. After a quick search on Google we opted for a company called Garitransfer. They had a wide selection of boats to choose from and you could choose between half a day or a whole day ride. We went for a basic motor boat and the rent with a skipper for half a day was just above 200€.
The price included them picking us up from our hotel and driving us to their dock just behind the port where enormous luxury cruisers were just arriving. We drove past them and thought to ourselves how lucky we were that we chose to visit the Old Town the day before because after those ships empty their haul of humans into the city there will be no space to move a finger.
Hiring a skipper turned out a great idea because he was able to tell us stories about the islands, which would otherwise have just looked like piles of rocks with holes in them. There was a tiny island with the only functioning lighthouse in that area and the whole island is regularly rented by some Russian billionaire. I guess he also needed some piece and quiet.
Then there was a pile of rocks with a little villa on it. Turns out you can rent this villa and it’s great for a family vacation or a group of 10. But the thing is if it’s too windy and the waves too strong, then you’re stuck there. I seriously considered renting this villa and hoping for a storm when the day of our departure from Croatia approached.
When we reached the Elafiti Islands the first thing we did was cruise inside a cave. I literally felt like I had just been transported into a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it was coool.
All of the islands there seemed to have caves but a lot of them were so high that instead of swimming into them you’d have to climb. But they would have been A DREAM to me as child; the most exciting playground. Imagine all the exploration adventures that we could’ve done as kids if we had lived or even vacationed there!
Some of the caves were under water so the boat was stopped and we could swim into them. Unfortunately we had picked one of the worst days of the week weather-wise and it was simply too cold for me to go swimming (something like 24-26 degrees) but my boyfriend loves scuba diving so he literally jumped to the opportunity.
At one point there were 3 caves next to each other and two of them were connected so that you could dive from one to the other. The problem was there was so much shit in the water in front of those caves that even though Sun was shining warmly enough for me to go to swim I wouldn’t do it.
I had read before our vacation that the plastic waste in our seas-problem was severe also in the Mediterranean Sea and reading these news always upsets me. But actually seeing it and literally floating in that shit was absolutely horrible. There were plastic bags, bottles, random pieces of plastic floating all around our boat, it was disgusting. I had a little moment for myself there to really hate the humankind then.
Now, as horrible as it was I couldn’t help but laugh my ass off when my boyfriend returned from one of the caves with a high heel sandal. I mean, who else on this planet would manage to bump into high heels even at the bottom of the sea if not me?
As upsetting as all the waste in the sea was for me I couldn’t ignore the fact that this was a Cinderella moment; my man approaching me with a lone shoe, aahhahahaha!
After that we needed some lunch and the skipper recommended a restaurant on the island called Šipan. It is a tiny island with altogether 15 churches on it. They love their churches, these Croatians! It was a lovely place, quite romantic actually despite the extremely black clouds in the horizon.
Unfortunately I have no idea what the name of the restaurant was but the food was amazing. After lunch we still had some time left for cruising around but we had to get back because the football World Championships were starting.
And it was a great time to leave because the moment we did, it started raining.
Even with the shock of all the trash in the sea at one point it was a brilliant day. A really relaxing and exciting way to spend an entire day, so a big thumbs up and a recommendation for renting a boat and a skipper for an island adventure!