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Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

1. Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Cruise on a modern boat and take some time to admire Pula, Istria. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to watch dolphins play. The three-hour voyage starts from the port of Pula and continues along the coast of the Brijuni National Park where you can see dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Brijuni waters because of the abundance of fish that dolphins come to hunt in the evening. With beautiful sunset scenes, dolphins, and Brijuni National Park, enjoy dinner and drinks onboard. For dinner, choose between a Mediterranean fish menu, meat menu, or vegetarian menu. Drinks are served throughout the ride (coca cola, fanta, red and white wine, and water). Upon your return to the Port of Pula, take the opportunity to see the famous Pula giants and the Pula Arena at night.

Pula: Snorkeling, Swimming and Kayak Tour with Blue Cave

2. Pula: Snorkeling, Swimming and Kayak Tour with Blue Cave

Explore hidden bays, cliffs, and beaches on this guided kayaking tour to a Blue Cave along Pula's coast. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea, while some jumping enthusiasts can do cliff jumping from different heights from 1 to 5 meters. First, get set up for kayaking with safety instructions and help getting your equipment ready. After the introduction, jump into your kayak and paddle for an easy 20 minutes to the rocky beach at Seagull Rocks, right where the Muzil Peninsula begins. Next, enter the Blue Cave through a hidden entrance under the Seagull Rocks. Inside the cave, discover a hidden beach with waterproof torches. The tour guides share some exciting facts about the cave that only the locals know. After the cave, continue paddling along the coastline for about 30 minutes until you reach the hidden beach at the Muzil Peninsula where it is time to chill, swim, snorkel, cliff jump, and discover aquatic life. Enjoy some time for beach activities of your own choosing, be it swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping, or simply sunbathing on the pebbled beach. In the final part of the tour, paddle at a relaxed pace back to the starting point. The tour is captured on a GoPro 10 camera in 5.3K quality. All the photos and videos will be sent to you after the tour, you also have the freedom to take your own pictures and/or videos with the camera.

Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

3. Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

Your evening trip starts at Medulin harbour. After boarding, you will receive a welcome drink and the trip begins with a panoramic view of Medulin's archipelago. Throughout the boat trip, there is music on board which makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Dancing is also welcome. While you cruise along the Adriatic sea, keep an eye out for dolphins. There is a 50/50 chance you will see them, but if not, you can still make the most of the stunning scenery. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Austro-Hungarian lighthouse 'Porer' on the way, and later on, have the chance to admire a stunning sunset view. Dinner is served on the boat: fish, meat and vegetarian options are available with a cabbage salad and ciabatta bread. Drinks during the excursions (wine, soda and water) are included in the price. The boat trip finishes by slowly heading back to Medulin.

Medulin: Cruise to Kamenjak with Lunch

4. Medulin: Cruise to Kamenjak with Lunch

Begin your boat trip from the harbor in Medulin. Look out for the only red and yellow boat in the area, and then board “Sandra” ready for your trip. Marvel at a magnificent panoramic view of Medulin's archipelago and the Premantura peninsula as you set sail from Medulin. Cruise for 1 hour until reaching the southernmost point of Istria, the Cape Kamenjak Nature Park. See stunning cliffs, and admire diverse wildlife and breathtaking nature. Dive into and explore one of the underwater caves, accompanied by a crew member for your safety. After discovering the underwater world of Cape Kamenjak, continue to the Porer Lighthouse, a picturesque lighthouse on a small island built during the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1846. Next, stop for lunch and savor your meal aboard the boat. Choose between a delicious meat fish or vegetarian dish, depending on your preference. Drinks are included during the entire ride. Once you've eaten, head to the island of Ceja to enjoy two hours of sunbathing and swimming in the Adriatic Sea. On Ceja, you can also find a restaurant and a cafe bar, should you feel like another snack or some coffee and drinks. Soak up the last rays of Croatian sun before heading back to the point of departure.

Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

5. Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

The starting point of this kayak experience is Cape Kamenjak, a protected natural park south of Pula. From one of its charming pebble beaches, you will start your adventure after a quick briefing from the tour guides. After settling in the kayaks, you'll paddle for approximately 50 minutes following the rugged coast while enjoying the summer scenery all the way to the Kolombarica Sea Cave. In the cave, you'll swim in the turquoise water lit by the sun rays that enter through a cave opening above. Snorkeling and exploring the vibrant sea life of Kamenjak is a memory you'll want to remember. That's why this tour includes free GoPro photos. If you're an adrenaline seeker, you'll love jumping from the cliffs (up to 15m high) after exploring the cave. If not, you can enjoy some time sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. On the way back, the tour guides will make short stops as needed. If you're interested, you can find out some amazing facts about the area. This tour is an ideal summer experience for friends and families. It's completely safe and suitable for beginners and kids.

Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

6. Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

Meet at the Verudela resort area and be introduced to the theory and techniques of kayaking, and the rules of conduct on the tour. It's then time to set off on your nocturnal sea kayaking adventure. The transparent bottom of the kayak equipped with LED lights will allow you to peak into the sleeping underwater world of the Adriatic sea. Kayak along the coast, where the sea depth is around 4-8 meters, so that you can watch everything that's happening on the sea floor. Imagine that you have a huge snorkelling mask but you don't have to get wet to observe what is going on under the sea. Experience transparent kayaking the way it's supposed to be. During the tour, catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos. Don't forget to look up at the starry sky and take in the heavens.

Pula: Brijuni Dolphin Watching Tour with Dinner and Drinks

7. Pula: Brijuni Dolphin Watching Tour with Dinner and Drinks

Embark on a boat trip to Brijuni National Park with dinner and drinks included. Experience the calm sea while sailing towards the Brijuni, spotting the dolphins swimming and admiring views of Pula illuminated at night. Depart from the marina in Pula. Cruise on the modern Arena boat which has 2 toilets, a sundeck, 3 terraces, a modern kitchen and a bar. Enjoy a traditional Istrian dinner on the boat, as well as unlimited drinks. Explore the Brijuni National Park from the seaside and discover its beautiful views. Encounter dolphins in their natural habitat as you cruise. Admire the picturesque views of the city of Pula lit up at night in the distance, and relax as the sun goes down on the horizon. After a relaxing journey on the water, return to the marina in Pula.

From Porec and Rovinj: Full-Day Plitvice Lakes Guided Trip

8. From Porec and Rovinj: Full-Day Plitvice Lakes Guided Trip

Join this incredible journey and discover beauties that will capture your heart. The vibrant blue pools, luscious green trees, and dribbling waterfalls of Plitvice lakes will make you wonder how there is so much beauty in the world. Expect nothing less than breathtaking views once you walk into this unspoilt oasis. Wander along the boardwalks and bridges or take a boat trip across Lake Kozjak, the biggest stretch of water in the area. On your way back, stop for a lunch break at the fairy-tale village of Rastoke. Once a rural settlement, the tiny village will amaze you with its stunning landscapes dotted with watermills, waterfalls and wooden houses.

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Self-Guided Tour

9. Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea on this fun and relaxed snorkeling and kayaking adventure. See a whole new side to Croatia as you soak in the scenery, marvel at the cliffs, and see the exotic marine life. Start your adventure at Orca Diving Center where you will get all the necessary gear you need. You will get a quick run-through on how to use the equipment and find out the hidden gems to explore. Jump into the turquoise waters and enjoy paradise. Discover Pula’s best-kept secret, the enchanting heart-shaped island known as Fratarski Island. Immerse yourself in the stunning caves and cliffs. This is a fun day for all the family, you will make friends with the marine life who live here as you paddle along the gorgeous coastline.

Pula: Introduction to Scuba Diving

10. Pula: Introduction to Scuba Diving

Learn how to scuba dive on a wonderful introductory course on the coastline off Pula. Benefit from the experience of a professional guide who will teach you the correct breathing techniques and how to sign and communicate underwater. Fill out a medical questionnaire and then receive all the necessary equipment for your new underwater activity. After a short explanation on safe practice underwater, and having learnt some of the dive signs, slowly venture underwater to a maximum depth of 8 meters. Dive off the Adriatic coastline for the chance to get up close to a seahorse or octopus. The maximum duration of your dive will be 30 minutes. Since the level of the course is not too difficult, you can bring along your family. 

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A beautiful tour with really nice people and a captain who put his focus on targeting dolphins and getting the best possible experience for the guests without disturbing the animals! The tour is absolutely recommendable and exceeded our expectations!!

We had a great experience. Everyone on the team is super nice and enjoys their job. Our tour guide Ivan was great and in a great mood. Our expectations were met and we are super happy to have done the tour.

Very safe and helpful instruction by kind and caring staff, most impressed. Stunning activity would highly recommend.

Beautiful lovely tour to view the national park and the surrounding areas from the sea. I would highly recommend it.

A very friendly welcome, fine, simple food. And of course the most beautiful thing, we saw the dolphins.