I think I can. I think I can. I
think know I can finish my blog series on this trip before we have been home for over a year!
After we went to Plitvice we headed to Split, which is another beautiful coastal city in Croatia. From here we stayed at the first hostel I’ve ever stayed at. If you ever find yourself in Split looking for a fun place to stay then check out Outlanders Tribe.
The next morning we rented a boat for the day…
The first stop on our adventure was to head to the blue cave. About an hour from Split we hopped off the boat to buy our tickets, and have a beer while we waited for our tour. The impatient person in me didn’t want to wait an hour, but it was very much worth it. The cave looks like you’re approaching a place where a pirate might hide his treasure. Once arriving inside the cave, a whole in the bottom which allows sunlight to pour into the cave from the bottom makes the water look effervescent. It was a truly magical experience.
Stiniva has been ranked in past years as the most beautiful beach in Europe. The only picture we got of this my title picture from outside the cove because we opted not to take the GoPro with us. The boats pull up to the edge of the rocks that create the cove, and you swim into the small beach area. There is also a place to eat there if you feel so inclined, but we just lounged for a while to enjoy the views and people watching.
The Green Cave was less impressive than the Blue Cave in all honesty, but it was much larger than the blue cave. This meant that our boats could fit inside the cave, and we could get out and swim around to explore. We managed to snag a selfie in the sunspot that sheds light on the water from above giving he cave its name.
The last stop on our tour was Hvar Town, a gorgeous port town on an island in the Adriatic sea. Hvar is known for being one of the port cities where millionaires like to park their giant yachts. I can tell you that this is true. There were so many beautiful boats in the harbor., and they were not small.
Hvar was pretty small, but we stayed long enough to enjoy fresh figs and other fruit from the market. Sorry Georgia, but your peaches got nothin’ on Croatia. The architecture was as beautiful. Before we left we hiked to the Hvar Fortica, which is a fort on top of the island that was rebuilt in 1579. It was a small museum dedicated to the fort’s history and medieval influences. The view wasn’t half bad either.
Return Trip & Caution to Future Travelers
After Hvar, we returned to the boat in order to head back to Split. We were greeted by our captain, and two unknown women. The captain introduced us to his friends, and requested that they join us for our nearly two hour journey home. It felt sketchy from the beginning, and having them on the boat completely changed the service we received from the captain moving forward.
It is because of this that I recommend that no one book charters through Adriatica Transfer. This may seem like a small detail, but this was the most expensive piece of our trip. We paid for a private boat for the four of us to split, and we ended up sharing almost a quarter our boat time with two extra people that did not pay to share the space. We requested 1/3 of our money back from the company to accomodate the additional travelers to which they declined. The company stated that we agreed to the guests, but when you are in a country where you do not speak the native language you are depending on the courtesy of others to hold up their end of bargains. You’re not in a position to disagree for fear of getting left behind. In addition, their bags had already been placed on the boat, which is evidence the decision had been made with or without our consent. You should also know that the address on their website is fake, and they do not have an office or stand to talk with someone. I just want to express this to other travelers because there are plenty of other companies in the area that you can go to instead.
Overall, the day was amazing, regardless of how it ended. I 100% recommend doing a boat trip like this for a day if you visit. Just have caution, and make sure you will get what you are paying for. Have you been on a boat tour in Europe? Where have you been? Where would you like to go? Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to subscribe via email or Bloglovin’ to never miss a post.