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“Adria Adventure - Self Guided Sea Kayaking”
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Adria Adventure
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Owner description: Sea kayaking, walking and cultural tours in Dubrovnik and the Elaphite Islands - Lopud, Sipan & Ruda. Selection of day and multi day tours. Tailor made itineraries are available on request
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Adria Adventure
In July myself, wife and teenage son went on an 8 day self-guided sea-kayaking tour with Adria Adventure. They arranged the itinerary, which involved 5 nights camping and two nights bed and breakfast, but which gave us the freedom to choose our own routes between the overnight stops, beginning at Zaton Bay (near Dubrovnik) and ending at the beautiful village of Sudarad on Sipan, via various places on the coast and nearby islands. They provided transport from the airport, good sea kayaks, maps, and standard paddles and buoyancies, and would have provided camping gear if we had not brought our own. They also provided us with a full-time contact called Milo, who we could phone at any stage for general assistance. We were also given contact numbers in the event of a kayaking emergency. Milo was friendly, helpful and very quick to respond in relation to a couple of minor issues for which we contacted him. Although we didn’t need to, Milo assured us he would be able to change accommodation if it had been necessary due to weather conditions or other difficulties and on one occasion he offered to transport our camping gear by road due to the possibility of poor weather. The various days included crossings from the mainland to islands of 2 or 3 km, which involved fantastic scenery, and the crossings could have been extended to involve greater challenge if we had wanted. The longest days involved paddles of 15 to 20 km, but could have been longer or shorter depending on personal preference and weather conditions.

We had a great time seeing the coast, with enough physical challenge to make it an excellent activity holiday and the opportunity to eat fantasic food at a range of restaurants over the week. A fantastic combination of food, kayaking and sunshine... although maybe the sun could have been turned down a few times. Adria Adventure, and especially Milo, made the entire trip stress free and extremely enjoyable because the arrangements were made for us and we had the reassurance of easy access to assistance if we needed it. In addition to self-guided tours, Adria Adventure provide guided tours of various lengths to suit all ability levels.

4  Thank John W
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This was a lot of fun in Dubrovnik. Our guides were great keeping everyone together and giving us some history about the city and surrounding islands. The stop at the cave was really amazing and they provided lunch and snorkeling equipment. If you're looking for a little adventure, then this is the thing to do. It blew away the walk around the city walls.

2  Thank Tracy G
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Pretty good.

Coaches/staff - Our coaches Radavan and Amir were very good company throughout the week. Milo was very good with the transfers from airport to Dubrovnik town and on to ferry port and back and I had a good chat with him. Never met the mysterious Ivana who fronts the website, however.

Skill level - The kayaking would be very challenging for complete beginners, in my opinion. Kayaking in the bays on the leeward side of the islands or on calm days is fine but out in the open sea against the wind was difficult for a lot of the group. For intermediate/experts, the trips were great, however, with 3 islands circumnavigated - Lopud, Sipan & Kolocep. Some smaller islands were also passed by.

Islands - Lopud was a lovely island with a nice sandy beach and a decent hotel. It had a good range of bars and restaurants and had shops and a cash machine. Sipan was a larger island. We stayed at Suderad but also visited the port 5km away on the other side of the island. I think the other port was nicer to be honest and attracted the more expensive yachts. Suderad was limited on options. We were staying at 4 places on the island but all had breakfast at the restaurant near the quay which was disappointing given that we'd had breakfast at the villa in Lopud. The other options were the bar next to the restaurant and the Hotel which was lovely and had nightly entertainment and stunning views over the bay, all be it at international prices. The other island that we stopped off at was Kolocep which was the smablest if the islands. 2 of our group were doing the half week and stayed the. They said there wasn't much to do but they were happy chilling out at their hotel. Neither Kolocep or, more surprisingly, Sipan, had cash machines, so make sure you take out enough cash in Lopud.

Food - Cuisine for large groups is always a bit limited, and the joke about the choice being either fish or meat could be improved, there are other options, at least sea food, spaghetti and pizza to vary it. There were 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 1 lunch included in the package. The final breakfast didn't take place due to the early ferry start but we were discounted 50 kunas each from the previous nights bill to compensate.

Accommodation - i had a lovely room in a private villa (boris?) with a shower, heating, balcony facing the sea, free wifi and great hosts on Lopud. They did a fantastic breakfast and we were allowed to make sandwiches for lunch at no extra charge. The room rate for double occupancy for this little piece of heaven was only 240 kunas (£25) per night. From reports from the rest of the group, the other villa nearer the ferry was not anywhere near as nice with complaints of dark rooms, poor breakfast and no wifi heard. Unfortunately, on Sipan, I didn't have a great room. The villa where I stayed was about half a mile from the ferry and restaurant for breakfast. The room I was given didn't have an integrated bathroom, the owners couldn't understand English, there was no wifi and the hot water boiler hadn't been switched on when I arrived. The contrast with Lopud villa was stark. I was disappointed that I couldn't be switched. Eva, the villa owner's advertised room rate was more expensive than the Lopud villa at 280 kunas. Still very cheap by western standards but given how much I was paying for the holiday, I felt short changed. On the positive side, Eva's husband did use his mini tractor to transport our luggage to the ferry on the last day and the villa itself was quite nice. The damage had been done on the 1st night, however.

Transfers - milo was obliging in terms of moving people around on the mainland. The transfer day being a Sunday made booking flights which tied in with the early and late ferry crossings difficult, however. It would be better to change the transfer day to a Saturday where there are more ferry sailings. The transfer between the 2 ports on Sipan relied on the public bus service which again was infrequent. Given the size of our group - 16 - I felt, a mini bus should have been hired although given there wasn't a tremendous amount to do on the island, it wasn't a problem.

Entertainment - we ate out as a group or in smaller groups each night, typically retiring to bed between 10pm and 11pm, so there was no real need for books or tv. I surfed the web either at the villa or at the restaurant where there was downtime, others went for hikes. Although, there was llittle to do on the islands, due to the size our group, I wasn't bored. The best night was Radavan's music evening where we hiked to a remote farm on Lopud where we got to sample lots of Croatian liqueurs, the wine was topped up, and Radavan entertained us with a good mix of western and Balkan songs.

Payments - Croatians have an aversion to card payments or foreign cash, so you need to take out kunas. Adria did accept the balance payment due on arrival via a card, however. Using kunas was a bit of a pain because you had to guess how much you'd spend on Sipan which didn't have a cash machine and also try to budget so you didn't have too many kunas at the end of he trip.

All in all a very good holiday. Adria should bear in mind, some of the observations that I've made about the food options and accommodation, however.

4  Thank macehill
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is something you have to do in Dubrovnik. It was only 30 Euros, which included a 3 hour kayak rental with a guide, lunch, and a stop over at a cave beach! We kayaked around the island of Lokrum which was just beautiful, and then onto a secluded beach for a swim. The whole time the guide was explaining to us things about the location. It is well worth it.

2  Thank kira_mclean
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

We spent a good time together (me, a friend and a group of 4 people). Even if the time was short to help the other group take their ferry, so we were kind of in a hurry, but it was very fun. The cave was a good experience too!

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