Full Day Private Boat Tour with a Local Guide

Dubrovnik Islands & Sea
Authentic Local Experience

Full Day Private Boat Tour with a Local Guide

Dubrovnik Islands & Sea
Authentic Local Experience

Hi, I'm Niki.
I'm 29 years old, guy, college educated. I grew up on Elafiti Islands. I would often do boat trips with friends or family. I know of all secret beaches, cliffs, snorkeling and swimming spots.
Islands near Dubrovnik are my second home and it would be my pleasure to show you the best parts.

In 2018 I quit my job (IT in a travel agency) and started this micro business. I created this tour and I will personally accompany you and share my local insights with you.

Dubrovnik boat tour scene is dominated by a few big businesses all running the same itineraries, visiting the same spots. Many nice places are turned into tourist traps because they are overcrowded.

I don't visit any of the popular spots and I don't go to crowded places. They are mediocre and mainstream friendly. I’ve found better alternatives which are still undiscovered.

Using good timing and local knowledge I will take you to the best spots when there are none or very few other people there. You will feel, smell, see, hear and taste the very best of Elafiti islands, same way the locals do.

Boat & Sea Activities

Green Cave

This is not the Blue Cave on Kolocep island. That one is overcrowded and I consider it a tourist trap.
The cave I’m taking you to is undiscovered, bigger and visually more attractive than Blue Cave. The cave opening is narrow and almost submerged. We'll jump off the boat and snorkel into it. I will get in first and help you.
The seafloor is white sand which is illuminated in teal color by the light coming in from the entrance. The inside of the cave is big enough for 15 people and is not claustrophobic.

Hidden beaches

Visit secret beaches that can be only be accessed by boat. These places are unknown to average skippers. Some of them are big enough for two people only and are hidden from sight.

I'll give you a floating dry bag in which you can put your stuff (because you have to swim to get to beach).

Most of these beaches have pine trees to hide from the sun. The water color is amazing blue and these are great swimming spots.

This is great opportunity for you to relax with your loved ones in peace.

If you're a love couple I can move the boat around the corner so you can enjoy absolute privacy.

Cruise along caves

We'll cruise close to the islands coasts. This means you'll be able to see the caves, cliffs and various rock formation. from up close. Grab a beer, lie on a sundeck, get some tan and enjoy the scenery while we sail.

Secluded Beach

After viewpoint I will take you to a local secluded beach. The beach is in shade and is perfect for a morning swim. It is calm, quiet, shallow and rarely occupied. The water is shallow enough for small children to play in it. Family friendly place.

Cliff jumping

There are a few very good cliff jumping spots I can take you to. In order to get to them, we'll have to climb some rocks. Nothing spectacular, but you'll have to be somewhat fit in order to do it. I'll be there with you to show you how to do it safely.

In case you're a family with children I can take you to safer spots from which I used to jump when I was a kid :)

Fresh seafood tasting on the boat

I will go free diving to catch some local delicacies. I will give you a presentation about it on the boat and then we will eat it. Guaranteed unique experience.

Snorkeling

I will take you to my favorite snorkeling spot. I've been vising this place since I was a child.
I can tell you all about the sea organisms which live there.
It is a natural habitat for various small fish which live there. The rocky sea floor acts as a hiding place from bigger fish.
A small moray eel lives in one of the holes and you can occasionally see her resting on the sea floor.

Island Activities

Visit to my home on the island

You can visit my grandparent's house and relax on the terrace. The terrace has the best sea view and it is covered in thick natural shade.

I will make you a mojito, give an olive oil presentation, tell you about the island and then you can continue chilling on the terrace, go for a swim or continue with the tour.

I can also walk you trough the gardens and tell you about vegetables we grow and what it is like to live on the island. Depending on the season, you can pick the fruit which grows in the gardens.

Optional: Lopud Island

Lopud island is a overcrowded tourist trap. I leave it as a possibility if you like touristy places with crowded sandy beaches (Sunj beach), pizzerias and restaurants. I don't think it's worth it.

Cliff Viewpoint

First stop is Kolocep island. We’re going to walk a bit (5 minute walk) to get to the best viewpoint at islands forest park. The viewpoint is overlooking island’s cliffs, rocky beach cave, turquoise water, pine trees and local football field. Birds nest at the cliffs and fly in and out constantly. Undiscovered area with barely any other people.

Optional: Lunch at family household

My recommendation is that you have lunch at local family household. The family who runs this place has been living on the island for generations. They grow their own vegetables and make olive oil, wine and schnapps. The food is organic and locally grown, prepared in traditional style. The lunch comes as a 5 course meal with grilled fish or meat as main dish. Olive wood is used for fire which gives the food that authentic taste. The food is delicious and plentiful.

  • Full day private boat tour
  • Local guide & skipper
  • Wine, beer & water
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Mojito
  • Local olive oil & schnapps tasting
  • Fresh sea food tasting

  • Authentic local experience
  • Panoramic cruise of Dubrovnik coast
  • Off the boat snorkeling & swimming
  • Green Cave
  • Hidden secluded beaches
  • Visit to a local house
  • Cliff viewpoint

TripAdvisor Reviews

  • Chris R Avatar
    Chris R
    5 star rating
    16 Aug 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Highly recommend. Unbelievable day I done this tour with family. 7 adults and a 3 year old. It was an extremely enjoyable day and the highlight of my trip to Croatia. Nikki and Felix were accomodating for anything we needed and equipped with so much local knowledge which added to the unique Croatian experience.

    Nikki made it clear it was our tour and gave us many different options we could choose from, all done at our own pace. We swam in caves, jumped off cliffs, snorkelled and relaxed on private beaches. Our lunch was fantastic home cooked food accompanied by homemade wine, also delicious. We ended the day perfectly drinking...
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    MikeStevo Avatar
    MikeStevo
    5 star rating
    16 Aug 2019 - TripAdvisor

    A must do tour!! Organised this tour for my family (8 adults and one 3 y/o) and I have to say it was one of the most unforgettable experiences I’ve ever had.

    The whole day was incredible from start to finish, every aspect of it was unique and personal.

    Niki and Felix did everything to make it a day to remember, beer and wine whenever you wanted, a local dining experience on Šipan island (stunning) and then drinks in Niki’s home made the trip very special. Added to this Niki’s local knowledge made the trip all the more interesting and I just don’t think you’d get this kind of experience with larger tours.

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    260ScottL Avatar
    260ScottL
    5 star rating
    12 Aug 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Great local knowledge | day well spent A group of 15 of us spent an entire day with Niki and Dubrovnik Boat Tours and it was brilliant.

    His local knowledge was exceptional. He took us to three islands where we got to swim in a small bay, jump off the cliffs, and try local delicacies for lunch.

    No request was too big or too small and he accommodated us at every opportunity.

    I’d highly recommend Dubrovnik Boat Tours and if I’m ever in the area again I’ll certainly give them a shout for another trip.

    Scott

  • Allan R Avatar
    Allan R
    5 star rating
    12 Aug 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing day, Amazing host We were a group of some 15 Scottish guys on a stag weekend. Nikki was a tremendous host taking us to all the hidden gems; cliff jumping, snorkelling, secluded beaches and all the beer we could drink. He even had the time to make us some mojito's. Highly recommended for any group looking for a fun day at sea.

    gullskatt Avatar
    gullskatt
    5 star rating
    08 Aug 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Best memory ever! We would definitely recommend Niki as a guide. He knows local history, and he presens everything in a playful and enjoyable way. We are a family of 5, adults and teenagers, this trip was perfekt. We mention:rock climbing, driving,caves, fine conversations, lovely food, plenty of drink, lovely rest on grannys balcony on Sapien Island. This is value for your money.

    Kim L Avatar
    Kim L
    5 star rating
    04 Aug 2019 - TripAdvisor

    A Truly Local and Amazing Experience ! Our family of 5 went on the private boat tour and it was one of the best experiences of our trip! You get shown to all of the most beautiful yet private one of a kind destinations where there are no tourists. We went to all local places and any suggestions that you want to do can be easily fit into the schedule. Without the private tour our experience visiting the Elaphite islands would not have been this great !

  • Filfon Avatar
    Filfon
    5 star rating
    30 Jul 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Great tour I highly recommend this tour to anyone who's looking for a local's touch in what they do. Niki's service on the boat is great and he takes you to the island he grew up on and presents you with the most delicious lunch (which is amazingly included in the price). The water is one of the best in the world as well. So if you're looking for something authentic, this is the tour you should take.

    emretuzer2015 Avatar
    emretuzer2015
    5 star rating
    30 Jul 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing day with Niki! We were 12 guys on a stag trip and we spent a whole day on a boat tour with Niki. We swam at great spots, had an amazing lunch and enjoyed Niki’s cheerful company!

    The high point of the day was Niki ferrying us drinks & smokes in a dry bag while we were sitting on the rocks / he really knows what his customers need!

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    NatalieCowbridge
    5 star rating
    24 Jul 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Perfect evening We visited Croatia in June and booked a sunset boat trip with Niki. From start to finish the evening was a delight. The boat was comfortable, the knowledge of Niki and the skipper was exceptional and the local wine chilled to perfection.

    Just wished that we had managed to fit in another one while we were there.

    Highly recommend.

  • Ana Lucia S Avatar
    Ana Lucia S
    4 star rating
    20 Jul 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Unforgettable experience We went to dubrovnik for couple of days and we wanted to see as much as we could, so we decided to book a boat tour...it was the best decision, Niki and his friend were very kind with the children. He took us to very beaitiful places, we had a lot of fun. Very nice experience!! Not to forget the mojitos at the end. Thank you Niki.

    Anette C Avatar
    Anette C
    5 star rating
    19 Jul 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Fantastic day with Niki We were a group of 6 people who enjoyed swimming, snorkeling and cliff jumping in beautiful places that were not crowded with people. Niki is a pleasant young man who loves his home country and enjoys sharing information about nature and the history of Croatia. We learned a lot and loved the authentic side of Croatia, Niki showed us. We can very much recommend this tour. Thanks to Niki and Skipper Felix for a memorable day