InfoLevel: easy - hard (the guide will adjust the level to the group skill level and group preferences)
Duration: 4 - 6 hours
Distance: 4 - 20 km
Group size: 4 – 15 people (see note)
Where: Kayak & SUP Hvar, Bonj Beach (in front of Amfora Hotel)
When: Starts every day at 10:00 AM (except in the case of private tour)
Note: For groups with less than 4 persons we may offer a private guided tour, or if possible, we may join you with an existing group
Did you know that the Pakleni Islands’ name is often mistakenly translated as “Hell’s Islands”? Although the Croatian word “pakleni” translated to English corresponds with “hellish“, the name originally derives from “paklina”, an archaic word which refers to the pine resin once used to coat ships that was harvested on these islands. Kayaking is an excellent way to explore and discover the chain of 14 untouched Pakleni islets that are approximately 10 km (6.2 miles) long, with a very indented coastline and numerous wonderful bays and beaches. The islands are mainly covered with pine trees, providing you with the shade you need on hot summer days.
We use modern Sit-on-Top single and double (tandem) Feelfree kayaks fitted with deluxe seats, paddles, and all additional equipment included. Their advantage over sit-in kayaks is that they fit all types of people (including those with long legs) and, because of their open decks, there is no risk of being trapped in the kayak if it tips over. The kayaks are very stable and suitable for beginners due to their large capacity and wide bottom. We also offer dry bags (100% waterproof, 3L or 30L) where you can put all your personal belongings (towels, clothes, shoes etc.), including mobile phones, cameras and other personal items that must stay completely dry during your kayak trip.
Depending on your personal preferences, the duration of the guided kayak tour, and the weather conditions, your guide will suggest the best possible route for your kayak group. You don’t need previous experience in kayaking and our experienced guide will teach you the kayaking techniques you need to be safe and comfortable in the water. Your guide on the tour will also share with you all interesting information about the Pakleni Islands, local life on Hvar and the island’s and history, kayaking, flora and fauna around etc.
Due to our good location, many attractive places on Pakleni Islands, like beautiful pebble beaches (eg. Mlini beach), are less than 2 km or 40 - 60 minutes away (one way) from our center by paddling. On the Pakleni Islands you’ll be able to take a break with your guide and you can taste some local food or have something to drink in the nearby restaurant, swim or relax. The guide will also show you the best spots for snorkeling to enjoy Hvar’s rich underwater flora and fauna.
Note: We also organize guided SUP tours with the same prices and conditions as for the guided kayak tour. However, to be able to make a SUP tour and paddle without the problems (e.g. to Pakleni islands) all participants have to have reasonable balance on the board and some experience with stand up paddling.
Tour options1) Half-day guided tour - 4 hours:
- The tour usually goes to Ždrilca channel (Pakleni Islands), a place with a calm sea that is especially nice for kayaking and where you can take a break on one of the pebble beaches to relax, swim, snorkel or drink/eat something in the restaurant. You may return the same way back or go around the island of Marinkovac.
- Visit Ždrilca Channel (Pakleni Islands) with a break to relax, swim, snorkel or drink/eat something in the restaurant. After the break you may visit sandy Perna beach, one of the secret gems on Pakleni Islands, or even continue to Palmižana (Sv. Klement island). The way back may be around the islands of Marinkovac and Jerolim.