Sail Week Croatia: Hvar

Hvar is the St Tropez of Croatia, supposedly. But I mean I’ve never been to St Tropez, so what do I know. I do know it is extremely beautiful. First to make it there we had a day of sailing and I’m pretty sure that this was when we stopped in the bay from the last series of photos, but hey oh well close enough. We arrived in a Marina outside of Hvar and took a dingy to the larger Marina to get cleaned up for our night out. So Hvar is more expensive then the other places we when to, but it’s worth it. The group got all gussied up and we were picked up from our boat by water taxi. Which sounds more glam then it was, it was like a teenager with a boat that had us hop down like 3 ft from our boat on to his (and then do the reverse to get back on, chaos). But we ended up in Hvar had another lovely group dinner and started drinking. We found a place with Happy Hour and stuck around there for a bit. We wanted to go to Hula Hula Lounge, but if you want to do that remember it’s a daytime thing so it was only open till 9. 😦 That was ok though because the other place we wanted to go was Carpe Diem, which we needed to get another boat to get to. The club had a good combination of guys half naked dressed as wolves and house music to create a very interesting fun atmosphere.

The rest of the sailing trip continues here.

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Sail Week Croatia: Scedro

So I’m 95% sure these photos are after we left Scedro and not on the way there, because I got my well deserved sleep in Scedro. But I wanted these photos in a different place from the rest. Scedro was a really quiet bay where we stayed the night, we didn’t do much per se, but with this bunch you can’t really be bored. These photos are from a different bay where we all stopped for lunch and a swim. I had a Garmin underwater iPhone case so I was able to take really cool underwater photos of Pete swimming.

The rest of the sailing trip continues here.

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Sail Week Croatia: Mljet

Mljet was the next stop in our adventure and it seemed to be the most “adventurous” day according to the itinerary. This day seemed to fit the bill. There was sailing (like actually with the sails up 🙂 ), kayaking, mountain biking, paddle boarding and swimming. I was smart enough to stay away from the biking, because I would’ve fallen of the bike and died. Ok yes I’m being dramatic, but I would’ve injured myself for sure. So I stuck to kayaking which I thought had lower odds to me hurting myself. Before Kayaking we hopped on a boat and headed to an island within the National Park which had a beautiful small monastery. The monastery was partially converted into a cafe and gift shop, but the stone work and turquoise water made for an impressive scene.

The rest of the sailing trip continues here.

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Sail Week Croatia: Sipan

The first stop on the sailing tour was the quiet island/ city of Sipan. We had a great day sailing and bonding then arrived in a tiny little city where we sat and had a fancy group dinner. I’m not going to lie I normally hate doing group tours and group dinners, because it’s either forced or a nightmare for the restaurant staff. But our dinner was complete with delicious plates full of appetisers, that we didn’t actually order,  and great chat about life. Sipan was covered in stray cats that watched me while I ate, which was less then ideal. The dinner was amazing and the Island of Sipan was a good and chill first stop.

The rest of the sailing trip continues here.

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Sail Week Croatia: Dubrovnik

Ok so before I possibly get into a rant (I’ll make it quick I swear) about all the things that went wrong, I want to say it was an amazing week filled with great laughs, tons of chat and beautiful surroundings. That being said toilet paper, food and water were luxuries. But hey it was called an Adventure Sailing Week. Honestly I think our issues were due to our Skipper focusing more on getting laid than helping us out (but we’ve all been there so no judgements). We didn’t starve, we used the toilets fine and although we bought a lot of our own water we didn’t shrivel up into raisins. So all and all a success. For the week there were 2 boats each with 10 people plus a skipper per boat, headed from Dubrovnik to Split. I wish I would’ve seen more of Dubrovnik, because the first day in Dubrovnik was spent in the Marina and the next day we were off. My boat of 10 was surprisingly  all UK based, so in theory we should all stay friends :D.  They were all a funny group with interesting lives all 24 to early 30s. We really bonded quick and got along the entire time.

**Also disclaimer for the following posts I am doing my best to place the right pictures and explanations to the right days, but I have probably gotten something wrong so don’t hold it against me 😀 **

So the following photos are Dubrovnik pre sailing:

The rest of the sailing trip continues here.

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2 weeks in Paradise! ( A little Croatian Holiday)

IMG_5101The last 2 weeks have been some of the best in my entire life. Helen and I had been organising this 2 week holiday to Croatia for a few months and when it finally came around we couldn’t believe it. After an early morning of waking up at 5 to get to the airport on time the excitement really kicked in.

It all began with the flight to Split, but that lead to trying to find our rental car company. Of course which didn’t have an office at the airport, but after a creepy car ride with a stranger to an “office” (it was an empty apartment with a desk) we managed to get our car. Then the real adventure began…

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We began driving up to Novalja for the Croatia Rocks festival. Post festival we hopped back in the car and drove all the way down to Dubrovnik. Then began the sailing from Dubrovnik to Sipan to Mljet to Korcula to Scedro to Hvar then a long pit  stop in Brac for gas when we ended our sailing trip in Split. Details and more images in posts to follow.

Check out the day one of Croatia Rocks here!