Hvar / Pakleni Islands / Šćedro

Hvar / Pakleni Islands / Šćedro

The island of Hvar regularly finds itself listed in the world's top ten of the most beautiful places in the world for a holiday, which along with the prestige, has also meant it has attracted large summer crowds. The undoubted charm of the town walls and the magnificent architecture such as the Arsenal or one of the oldest public theatres in Europe and the abundance of restaurants and bars with superb cuisine make a perfect counterpoint to the Pakleni Islands, a protected monument of nature located right in front of Hvar - and a perfect destination for kayaking.

Ivo Pervan

Therefore, it is best to start a kayak tour from the town of Hvar and set off exploring the 14 islets which take the breath away in their own way, and then you will find out why everyone comes back to Hvar and why these islands should change their name to the “paradise” islands.

For those who don’t have much time, a sunset in kayaks with a backdrop like a film set is an unforgettable experience, however, after that, you will surely want to visit many more Robinson Crusoe corners on the islets of Sv. Klement, Marinkovac or Jerolim and to explore the rich underwater world of, as some say a completely different blueness. So, don’t hesitate, because a half-day tour, one of the most popular, offers the sightseeing of Hvar’s marine pearls lush with pine tree forests and an abundance of hidden beaches. Due to the brilliant locations and beaches which are just a ten minute’s paddle apart, even those less capable will have the chance to enjoy their own little piece of paradise. Bypassing the islet of Sv. Jerolim, paddle to the larger Marinkovac, and then it is up to you whether you want to explore the splendour of the island further or if you want to relax on the beach in Ždrilac cove with some cool refreshment or tickle your taste buds with some of the specialities in one of the restaurants right by the sea. In fact, this would be an adventure to remember if these waters did not hide one more special multi-day adventure. Paddling along the southern coast of Hvar, you will leave the world-famous vineyards which stretch all the way to the sea behind, to discover the limestone caves and cliffs, and paddle all the way to the islet of Šćedro, just seven nautical miles from the coast of Hvar, and where for decades there have been no permanent inhabitants. However, in the Middle Ages two very safe coves offered refuge to the Dominicans, and on the silent former walls of their monastery, you will be reminded that on the planet there still exists a “divine” peace and untouched nature, which you too have access to.