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Hvar Island

Stylish port towns, fine dining, and beach parties make this Croatian gem the place to be on the Adriatic Sea.

Our most recommended things to do in Hvar Island

From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave Entry

1. From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave Entry

Visit 5 of Croatia’s islands in style with a fun-filled day trip by speedboat. Head on an adventure where you explore caves, swim and snorkel, and discover Dalmatian towns.  Choose either Trogir or Split as your starting point. And best of all, choose from either a small-group or private experience.  Cruise on a 90-minute speedboat journey to reach the island of Biševo where the Blue Cave is located. Hop into a smaller local boat and explore the stunning Cave from the inside and admire its vibrant blue glow.  Continue next to the island of Vis. Explore the village of Komiža with 1 hour of free time. Discover the traditional Dalmatian fishing village with its narrow streets, pebble beaches, and inviting promenade.   Swing by Stiniva Cove next, accessing the cove at the sunniest time of the day for a quick 15-minute dip. Then head to Budikovac Island for your next activity: snorkeling and swimming in the Blue Lagoon. Borrow the snorkeling gear onboard to enjoy a relaxing hour-long dip here, or even a refreshment on the beach. Last up is a visit to Hvar, with some free time to eat lunch and do some sightseeing in the picturesque port city. Highlights include the historic town center and the Španjola Fortress’ views of the Pakleni Islands. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you are then transported back to Split or Trogir.

Split: Hvar & 3 Islands Cruise with Lunch & Unlimited Drinks

2. Split: Hvar & 3 Islands Cruise with Lunch & Unlimited Drinks

Embark on an all-day cruise excursion through the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, and take advantage of free time to explore three of its beautiful islands. Relax on the deck of the boat, go snorkeling, and eat lunch while admiring the Mediterranean views. After boarding the catamaran in Split, begin your journey with a first stop on the sunny island of Hvar, known for its rich vegetation and lavender fields. Enjoy time to walk around the streets and squares of the main town at your own pace. Next, you will have a chance to discover Pakleni Otoci, a small archipelago just opposite the town of Hvar. Go for a swim, try snorkeling, or bask in the Mediterranean sunshine. Make a final stop in Brac with free time to for swimming before returning to Split by boat in the early evening. Lunch and drinks will be served on board with the option of choosing between a meat, fish, or vegetarian menu.

Paklinski Islands: Hvar Half-Day Morning Sailing Tour

3. Paklinski Islands: Hvar Half-Day Morning Sailing Tour

Your departure time for your half-day sailing tours is 10 AM, at which point you depart from the Hvar main harbor catamaran ferry dock. Throughout your tour, experience dynamic and adventurous sailing on a 37-foot racing sailboat which is especially set up for single-handed racing. Begin with 2 hours' sailing, following which you enjoy an hour to swim and refresh yourself at some of the secluded beach bars of the Paklinski Islands. These beach bars are only accessible by boat, and following your hour there you sail back to the Hvar town harbor. Throughout your tour, travel with a professional skipper, and rest assured with full passenger and third-party insurance.. There are drinks on board, consisting of non-alcoholic beverages and bottled water. Your guide also treats you to welcome snacks, snorkeling gear, and a stand-up paddle board throughout your tour.

Split: Blue Cave and 5 Islands Tour

4. Split: Blue Cave and 5 Islands Tour

Begin your tour at 7:30AM, where you will travel on a comfortable and safe speed boat fit for 12 people. First, stop at the mesmerizing Blue Cave, which is known for its shimmering blue water and is located on the small island of Biševo. Depending on the season and time, see the sunlight reflecting through the water and coming from the white floor of the cave. View the grotto in aquamarine light. This light causes the objects in the water to appear to be silver. The second stop is Stiniva Cove, which was awarded the best beach of Europe in 2016 and is famous for its difficult approach and crystal clear waters. Spend 40 minutes there swimming and sunbathing before making your way to the next stop of Budikovac Island.  The beautiful blue-lagoon-like beach captures your attention from the moment you enter it, and is the perfect place for snorkeling and swimming.  If you'd not prefer to swim, choose to have a drink in a local beach bar. Following an hour of sea fun, travel to the Pakleni Islands, a beautiful set of islands located in front of Hvar. There, find some of the best seafood restaurants or popular beach clubs. The city of Hvar is a real treat, due to it being one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. There, explore the local cuisine in the many restaurants and lounge bars.  When it comes to sightseeing, you can't miss the city's highlights which include the fortress on top of the hill, the main square, and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. On your way back to Split, have the chance to experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in the area.

From Hvar: Blue Cave, Green Cave & 5 Islands Speedboat Tour

5. From Hvar: Blue Cave, Green Cave & 5 Islands Speedboat Tour

Enjoy a speedboat excursion from Hvar and visit the famous Blue Cave during an adventure to 5 beautiful islands. Take some time for swimming, sunbathing, or snorkeling on beautiful beaches with clear waters. After departing from the port of Hvar, zoom across the waves to the first stop on the tour at the blue lagoon on Budikovac island. Enjoy swimming or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters which have shimmering colors of blue and green under the sky. Travel next to the Blue and Green Cave, named for the colorful reflections of sunlight within, creating an enchanting natural sight. Travel next to the Stiniva Cove on the island of Vis. Admire the unique appearance of one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe with some time for relaxing in the clear blue water. Alternatively, you can swim to shore and get some great photos from the slopes surrounding the beach. On our way back to the starting point, make a stop at the Pakleni Islands. Take a short cruise around these small islands and make a stop at Palmižana, known for its sandy beach. Afterward, ride the waves back to the port of Hvar.

From Hvar: Blue and Green Cave Day Tour

6. From Hvar: Blue and Green Cave Day Tour

Enjoy a speedboat tour from Hvar to the Green Cave on Ravnik. Enter the Blue Cave on Biševo island and stop for a refreshing dip at Stiniva Cove. Cruise through the Paklinski islands and visit the turquoise waters of Vinogradišce bay.  Take a speedboat to have an extraordinary experience swimming in the Green and Blue Caves. Swim, sunbathe, and relax in pristine waters and amongst stunning scenery. Meet your skipper and other tour guests at the seafront in Hvar where you'll board a speed boat for an adventurous ride while enjoying the sun and waves. The first stop is the Green Cave on the Islet of Ravnik, well-known for its gorgeous color. Here you will have the chance to swim inside the cave and enjoy the natural, emerald light show. Your skippers will share interesting stories and fun facts about the places see. Next, head to the Island of Biševo, where the Blue Cave, one of the wonders of the Adriatic coast, is located. After reaching Biševo, disembark from the speedboat and board the Blue Cave’s shuttlecraft, which will take you directly inside the cave. You will have enough time to take pictures and enjoy the silvery-­blue color created by the sun as it bathes the inside of the cave through an opening in the roof and is reflected back by the sandy sea bottom below. From the Blue Cave, head to a small, hidden bay named Stiniva Cove where you can jump from the speedboat into the sea to take a short swim through the Stiniva Gates. You'll find yourself inside a beautiful cove, surrounded by magnificent rocks. Enjoy swimming or get out on the pebble beach of Stiniva to take breathtaking photos, sunbathe, or have a cold drink at the beach bar. The Pakleni Islands, a chain of islands located right opposite the town of Hvar, are the final stop on the tour. Discover one of the archipelago’s most popular bays, Vinogradišce at Palmižana, where you can have a seaside lunch at one of the best restaurants in the Adriatic (at your own expense). After lunch, you'll have time to enjoy more swimming, relaxing, or sunbathing before you head back to Hvar at sunset.

Paklinski Islands: Hvar Half-Day Afternoon Sailing Tour

7. Paklinski Islands: Hvar Half-Day Afternoon Sailing Tour

Spend the afternoon exploring the Paklinski Islands archipelago on a private or small-group excursion. Experience the thrill of sailing on a 37-foot racing sailboat that will take you to see the most breathtaking sights on the Paklinski Islands archipelago. The tour begins at 2:30 PM in the main harbor of Hvar on the catamaran ferry dock. From here, your professional skipper will take you on a 2-hour sailing journey around the islands of the archipelago. Stop for a refreshing swim and use the snorkeling gear provided onboard to explore beneath the crystal-clear waters. Enjoy snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board, and test your skills on a stand-up paddleboard.  Stop for 1 hour to enjoy a cocktail at a secluded beach bar on the islands. Only accessible by boat, this is a perfect place to get away from it all. Finally, hop back on board for the 1-hour return journey to Hvar. The tour will end in the Hvar harbor at approximately 6:30 PM.

Split: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands

8. Split: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands

Take a guided tour of the town of Hvar, swim in a secluded bay at one of the Pakleni Islands, and take dip off the shores of Brač Island on this catamaran cruise from Split. Enjoy a delicious lunch, snacks, and unlimited water, soft drinks, wine, and beer.  Begin with a relaxed cruise on a mega catamaran to the beautiful Brač Island. Visit the town of Hvar, where a guide will take you sightseeing and show you the most important attractions of the old town. After the tour, you'll have about an hour to continue exploring on your own. Experience the amazing Pakleni Islands and stop for a swim in one of the hidden bays. It will also be time to enjoy a mouth-watering chicken salad and sandwich lunch. Have fresh fruit and cake as you sail. On the sail back to Split, enjoy another swimming stop off Brač Island. Afterward, fresh fruit and home cakes will be served on board. Enjoy the dance music and a drink during the sunset for the perfect ending to this excursion.

Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

9. Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

Get an ultimate snapshot of central Dalmatia on a full-day speedboat tour. Depart from Split and visit the spectacular Blue Cave, the picturesque Pakleni Island, and the charming town of Hvar. Set off from Split and head first to one of Croatia’s most stunning natural wonders; the Blue Cave on Biševo Island. Watch the rays of the sun turn the grotto blue. The next stop is Seal Monk Cave, another beautiful natural landmark. Soak up the sun in Stiniva Cove on Vis Island. Marvel at the beauty of the pebble beach enclosed by vertical cliffs.  Explore its beauty from the speedboat and take a picture of this unspoiled attraction. Then, submerge yourself in Budikovac’s turquoise lagoon, or let curiosity guide you past the extended pebble beach of Dalmatia’s only island with a single inhabitant. Explore the Pakleni Islands, a collection of 14 untouched islets. Go to one of the cocktail bars with great music, or swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Continue to Hvar Town in style and visit the charming seaside town with 8 centuries of architecture waiting to be explored. Climb the stairs to the ancient Fortica Fortress, wedged into the landscape above the town. Breathe in the pine-scented breeze as you admire the vistas of the old town below and the Pakleni archipelago in the distance. See one of the first public theaters in Europe, and keep this as your point of reference before entering the labyrinthine backstreets of town to pop into craft shops and cafés, tucked into old Venetian palaces. Finally, return to Split in the early evening.

From Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

10. From Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

Speed around the Dalmatian coast on an adrenaline-fueled speedboat ride. See beaches like Stiniva, and landmarks like the Blue Cave, and go snorkeling in pristine blue waters. Meet your skipper and the group at the tour partner's office on Riva, city promenade. Hop on a speedboat and enjoy a 90 minute thrilling ride from Split to Biševo Island to the Blue Cave with its silvery-blue color, created by the refraction of sunlight entering through a crack in the stone. Your next destination is a small paradise on earth situated between 3 islets, Blue Lagoon on Budikovac island. Blue lagoon is a favorite destination for many guests on the Blue cave tour (own expense). The beautiful clear sea, beach, and a small bar make this place a perfect place to take a swim or snorkel, laze on the beach, or stroll on the pretty island. The crew will provide you with snorkeling equipment. Swimming is not allowed in the Blue Cave. Then head to the Pakleni islands — a small group of small islands around the island of Hvar. The most popular is Palmižana which is located on Klement island. It is a sandy inlet in the shade of the old pines. There you have free time for lunch, swimming, snorkeling, or exploring the island. The final destination is the town of Hvar, Dalmatia’s trendiest destination and an island with more than 2500 years of rich history. Learn about its historical-cultural heritage and visit a fortress at the top of the town with views of the surrounding sea. Enjoy free time to explore the town and get lost in the small narrow streets as locals do. Or head into one of the many charming bars and restaurants. To end your trip, hop back on a speedboat and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Adriatic sea while you cruise towards Split.

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What people are saying about Hvar Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,459 reviews

Everything was perfect! The ride was crazy with the best music, the sightseeings were wonderful with enough time to explore them, snorkeling was breathtaking and the crew was very friendly and funny. I very much recommend this activity, but do not forget to bring a hat.

Fantastic trip, Tony was great really friendly and informative. a real treat sailing around the islands, and swimming in the bays.

We had a very nice tour guide, Maja! She took us along with the skipper to the most beautiful places around Split on the sea!

A lovely day with beautiful sights. It’s a shame we couldn’t go to Hvar due to the wind but it was still fab.

Great boat, plenty of space, really friendly and welcoming crew