Croatia – An Exhilarating Water Sports Destination

STORY BY Megan Hughes 7th August 2019

It’s easy to see why Croatia is such a summer hotspot for watersports enthusiasts. Beautiful Mediterranean waters, stunning beaches and great weather all year round, it’s truly a paradise for adventurous travellers.

From boating and paragliding experiences in Hvar to searching for WWI relics in Vis, Croatia offers over 1,200 islands to explore, many of which are adorned with reefs, underwater caverns and canyons to explore. Whether it be families, adventurous couples and adrenaline junkies, Croatia will keep every type of traveller entertained this summer.

Explore Hvar by Boat

Hvar is a must for those keen to spend an exciting day on the water, with crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches and cobbled towns offering up unique spots for diving, Explore the cluster of smaller islands that are lined with lush trees and quiet beaches or take part in a tour to the magnificent blue grottos nearby.

The Pakleni Islands, a chain of wooded islands that stretch out immediately in front of the town, are easily accessible by boat and offer ground to explore as well as pristine waters for snorkelling and swimming.

To fill your stomach after a day on the water, Hvar boasts restaurants serving delicious authentic Croatian cuisine.

Kitesurf your way around paradise on the Golden Horn beach in Brac

580 yards long, the Golden Horn beach ion the island of Brac is one of the most spectacular and iconic in Croatia. Not only is it a beautiful spot to visit, but its shallow waters and strong winds make it the perfect location for kitesurfing. It is unique from Croatia’s other stunning spots due to the beach’s constantly changing shape and position, which depends on the wind and currents. With a number of kite surfing schools for beginners and kite surfs available for hire, it’s an ideal location for travellers interested in trying a new sport and perfect for those keen to enjoy an already much-loved activity.

If kitesurfing is not your thing, you can also enjoy scuba diving, jet skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Or, visitors should visit the quaint stores and seaside cafes that line the shores of Bol, an inredibly picturesque town.

Explore the Diving in Vis

Around Vis, the largest island in Croatia, keen divers will be treated to a host of marine life and cultural underwater wonders. The stunning blue waters here are famous for being some of the calmest in Croatia, making them perfect for divers. With the addition of interesting wrecks, varied reefs and beautiful coral, Vis provides something for all travellers, no matter your previous ability. Indeed, Vis is an ideal for both diving excursions and lessons, so is perfect for those looking to partake in their first dives.

Experienced divers can explore a number of WWI and WWII shipwrecks, as well as an original B-17 bomber which is renowned for being a fascinating dive. You should also not miss the chance to explore the caves surrounding the island, which produces stunning visuals when the sunlight filters through.

Croatia diving

Rafting and canyoning down the River Cetina

Located in the south of Croatia just 60 miles from Split, the Cetina River is another popular location for those looking to spend some time on the water. Particularly enjoyed by experienced and novice rafters, the 100-kilometre Cetina River is one of the best locations for an action packed day of white water rafting. It offers gentle, more peaceful areas for beginners to learn the ropes, as well as second and third grade rapids for experts looking for a challenge! Crystal-clear waters, waterfalls and even caves all are surrounded by towering rock faces and lush foliage, making this a picture perfect destination. You can even try canyoning here!

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