Perched on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, Split and its surroundings are among Croatia’s most popular destinations for guided boat tours.
Croatia’s largest coastal city attracts huge numbers of visitors every year who are drawn here by its wealth of Roman and medieval relics, vibrant nightlife, and great excursion opportunities to nearby islands. If you’re planning a trip to Split and would like to book yourself onto one of the many organised boat tours on offer, we’ve picked out 5 of the best currently available.
Blue Lagoon & Trogir Boat Tour with Lunch and Drinks
See the Blue Lagoon and Šolta Island on a catamaran cruise from Split, before embarking on a guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trogir. Over the course of the day you can also swim in the crystalline waters before tucking into a hearty lunch onboard, comprising chicken salad, cake and fruit, plus unlimited coffee, beer, red/white wine, soft drinks, and water throughout the day. Be sure to bring a camera so you can take some snaps to share with friends and family back home. The tour price includes all land and sea transportation, plus lunch, snacks and refreshments. From €86 per person.
Party Cruise with Blue Lagoon and Island Stop
Join a fun-packed party boat and enjoy live onboard DJ music while taking in the best views Split has to offer on this 6.5-hour tour. After meeting at a local bar, you’ll receive a welcome shot while you wait for everyone to check in before walking to the dock to board your vessel. Once on board, you can check out the three decks: dance floor/bar, sun deck, and front deck. During the trip, you’ll stop off at the Blue Lagoon for a swim and to take in panoramic views of the nearby islands. You’ll also get free entry to one of the best clubs in Split. On your return, you’ll disembark at the harbour where you boarded. From €60 per person.
Luxury Blue Cave and Hvar Boat Tour
This extended all-day speedboat cruise takes you to the delights of Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja), the Blue Lagoon, and Vis island. Limited to an intimate group of up to 12 guests, you’ll have plenty of time and space to relax on board. You’ll also get to access parts of the coastline that are only reachable by boat. Highlights include the magical Blue Cave, renowned for the specific colour of the interior which appears when the sun penetrates through an opening in the ceiling, and Komiža town harbour on Vis, with its quintessential Mediterranean architecture, narrow streets and houses. From €143 per person.
Blue Lagoon Pirate Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks
Spend a day out on the water aboard a glass-bottomed pirate ship on this swashbuckling adventure. During the trip, you’ll enjoy a lunch of grilled fish, chicken, or vegan food while sailing to the fishing village of Maslinica. On arrival, you’ll enjoy an hour of free time exploring the picturesque village’s old castle, rocky beaches, and pine forests before returning to the boat. Finally, you’ll stop at the Blue Lagoon, where you can swim, snorkel, and marvel at the scenery, and spot some of the 7,000 animal and 6,000 plant species that call these turquoise waters home, before returning to Split. From €58 per person.
Private Boat Custom Itinerary
Private boat yours from Split can be booked with a custom itinerary that lets you pick and choose your type of vessel, the duration of your trip, and where you’d like to stop off and explore along the way. Boats that are available for these tours range from 16ft which are suitable for visiting smaller nearby islands such as Brac, Solta, Drvenik and Ciovo, through to 22ft boats which can accommodate up to 7 guests are can take you as far as for Hvar, Brac, Solta, Drvenik. Once allocated a captain, all you need to do is discuss with them your preferences and they’ll look after the rest. From €310 per group (max 4 people).