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Dubrovnik is the perfect base for island hopping in Croatia. During our trip to Dubrovnik, we decided to explore the some of the islands that grace the Croatian coastline. If you’re looking for 3 easy island day trips from Dubrovnik, then read on. If you’re not, then enjoy the pictures! The turquoise waters are mesmerizing.

Lokrum

Lokrum is so close to Dubrovnik’s Old City that you can see it from the Old City’s port. We traveled to Lokrum by boat and from the moment we stepped foot on the shore, all we could see is the lush greenery that surrounded us. There were colourful peacocks everywhere. They were prancing around the botanical gardens, around the monastery ruins (now restaurant) and by the shoreline.

Lokrum peacocks

Although we experienced 15 minutes of rain, the sun managed to peek through the clouds and make an appearance for the remainder of the afternoon.

Our first stop was Mrtvo More (Dead Sea), which is a lake in the middle of the island. The water is emerald-green and so still that you feel like you are swimming in a bath. Well a bath that is surrounded by trees and rocks, that is. Rick and I enjoyed wading into the water and going for a swim. He even joined a few others who were climbing up a rope that was attached to a large tree, and jumped into the clear waters of the lake.

Lokrum Dead Sea

Our next stop in Lokrum was the shoreline. There isn’t much to see except for the waves crashing against the shore and a few peacocks that decided to join us! I couldn’t get over how pristine the water was so we spent a good hour just enjoying the view.

Lokrum, Croatia

After 3 and a half hours in Lokrum, we decided to call it a day. The boat ride back was rocky but I enjoyed sticking my head out of the boat windows to soak in some more sunshine (I live in London – I need my vitamin D!).

How do you get to Lokrum? You can take a boat from Dubrovnik Old Town’s port to Lokrum. It takes about 15 minutes as the island is so close.

How much does it cost? 60 Kunas return journey and also pays for entry into the island which is a nature reserve (at the time of writing it was about £8).

Cavtat

Cavtat is a small harbour town located 45 minutes from Dubrovnik either by boat or bus. Cavtat has a pretty harbour which is beautiful to walk along. It also has a string of resorts located along the shore line. However, my favourite part of Cavtat is the “sandy beaches”. Now I say the word “sandy” lightly because the actual beaches are sandy (about 1 km from the port) but you will find yourself putting a towel on cement or large pebbles. We brought our diving shoes which were a true saviour because we could walk across the rocky beach into the water. Once we were in the water, the sand was smooth underneath our shoes and we were able to swim around and enjoy the scenery!

Cvatat Croatia

How to get to Cavtat? You can purchase tickets for 80 Kunas return (about £10 at the time of writing) from the Dubrovnik Old City Port. The boat takes 45 minutes. The benefit of the boat is that you get to enjoy the views of the sea but the boats that they use can often get rocky if the weather is windy.

You can also take a bus which costs about 30 Kunas each way. It is bus number 10 and you can find it just outside of the Pile Old City gate (West Gate). Check time tables at the bus stop. It’s important to note that taking a bus will give you more time in the city as the last bus leaves later than the last boat.

Elafiti Islands

During our last day in Dubrovnik, we visited  3 islands of the Elafiti archipelago – Koločepo, Lopud and Šipan. We had to be a bit different so this tour was taken on a replica of a historical galleon. The ship was legit! It even came with a crew wearing blue and white striped shirts and a legit looking captain wearing a sailor’s hat!

Elaphite Island Cruise

Don’t you think it looks like a pirate ship? 

This ship was much more fun to travel on because it sailed swiftly through sea. We were able to enjoy the views while listening to a two-man band singing traditional Croatian folk songs and old school hits!

We were given time at each island to have a walk around, enjoy the greenery and the port. The islands are small and beautiful and almost untouched by tourists, which is a nice change from the hoards of tourists in Dubrovnik.

Elaphite Islands

We also enjoyed exploring the towns with its many churches (some had 4 churches for just 200+ people), but most of all, we enjoyed the sandy beach of Lopud!

The weather was mild until the sun decided to make an entrance. This was queue to put on our diving shoes (there are pebbles) and jump into the beach, which was located very close to our ship. At first, we were the only ones in the water but after seeing us have so much fun, we were joined by many others. My favourite thing to do was float on my back, look up into the sky and enjoy the sounds of the sea.

Elaphite Islands

How much does it cost and how do you get there? We booked from a UK-based website and it costs us £42 pp, but I strongly suggest that you book your trip when you arrive to Dubrovnik. There are plenty of places that sell this tour and they cost  a lot less! If I known, I would have done the same. You can also make your way to the islands yourself by ferry, but you may lose a lot of time waiting for each ferry as they do not seem to arrive often.

Which island day trip would you fancy? Comment below and let me know.

Want to see what others suggest for day trips?

  • Read more about day trip suggestions here
  • Day Trips from Dubrovnik here (I also went to Montenegro as suggested here, but that’s for another post!)
  • Day trips within Croatia or neighboring countries here

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