17 Best Boat Trips From Split, Croatia – 2024 Guide

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

Croatia’s second-largest city, Split, is a scenic seaside destination on the Adriatic Sea, and I’ve put together this guide to the best boat trips from Split, complete with all the necessary information you’ll need to make the best choice for you to hit the open seas.

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With more than its fair share of rich history to explore, Split is the ideal spot to soak up what this slice of the Dalmatian Coast has to offer.

Make sure you spend a day of your itinerary embarking on an adventure on the high seas. With countless nearby islands just offshore, as well as sparkling bays and beautiful beaches scattering the sea, a boat day trip reveals lesser-trodden beautiful Dalmatian islands to discover.

SJ, Mirela and Maria posing for a photo on a party boat in Split, Croatia.

Choosing boat tours from Split is easier said than done. There are so many options to explore this part of Croatia by boat, with a range of different itineraries, prices, and types of boats involved – from full-day trips on large tour boats to more intimate speed boat trips or gentle sunset tours.

1. All-Inclusive Blue Cave Tour With Grilled Lunch

Duration: 10 Hours

Approximate Cost: $219 per person

Blue Cave Tour From Split Croatia

Talk about deluxe: this is easily one of the best boat trips from Split, Croatia. While some of the tours that include 5 islands on their itineraries are a bit rushed, this 3-island tour allows you to take it more easily. This will be definitely one of the highlights from your time in Croatia, and – in my opinion – 100% worth the cost.

You get to go to a string of beautiful destinations spread along the coast, starting at Split and whisking you to Hvar, Vis, and Budikovac islands. Along the way, there’ll be chances to swim and snorkel in the crystal blue water and enjoy a freshly grilled lunch in a stunning bay. All that’s left for you to do is relax and soak up the scenery.

2. Blue Cave And Hvar Tour From Split And Brac

Duration: 11 Hours

Approximate Cost: $141 per person

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Even though it’s a 5 island tour (which can feel a bit rushed), I think this is one of the best tours in Split you can do by boat. Set sail from the ancient town on a small-group tour adventure. No overpacked boats here or big crowds, with a maximum capacity of 12 people.

First up, you’ll stop off at the Blue Cave, with its beautiful colors reflected in the sunlight. Then it’s onward to the island of Vis, where you can enjoy a good time exploring the charming fishing villages, have a swim, then have some breakfast (or brunch)

Your next stop is the famous Blue Lagoon. Here, you can admire the mesmerizing shades of blue while swimming and snorkeling (equipment is provided). For more marine adventures, you’ll swing by Stiniva Cove, where towering cliffs make for dramatic scenery.

You’ll then pass through the Pakleni Islands on your way back to Hvar.

3. Blue Lagoon Trip With Underwater Museum (LUNCH INCLUDED)

Duration: 9 Hours

Approximate Cost: $64 per person

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Time now for a more leisurely pace with this full-day 3 island Split boat tour. Starting at 9:30 a.m., you’ll leave Split behind as you head off on the high seas on a pirate-looking ship. The multi-stop tour sees you swinging by dreamy destinations along the way, including the Blue Lagoon, Necujam, Maslinica, and Ciovo.

There are plenty of chances to jump off the boat and swim in the crystal-clear water, and with snorkeling equipment included, you’ll be able to explore undersea as well. Not only that, but a delicious lunch is also served – featuring unlimited wine and soft drinks. It’s not particularly billed as a party boat, but I would say that with the free alcohol involved, it could get somewhat lively!

4. Full-Day Catamaran Cruise To Hvar & Pakleni Islands With Food And Free Drinks

Duration: 10 Hours

Approximate Cost: $128 per person

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If you’re looking for catamaran tours in Split, look no further. This fun excursion provides an unforgettable adventure as you cruise to Hvar and the Pakleni Islands from Split on a catamaran. Relax aboard the luxury catamaran, get to know your fellow passengers, and enjoy the view as you stop off in the bays, coves, and beaches of the beautiful Islands.

Lunch is included, and there are unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks available. In my opinion, it’s possibly better for younger travelers – groups of friends and those flying solo alike – who want to let their hair down, have fun, and experience this beautiful stretch of the Dalmatian Coast.

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5. Boat Tour Of Blue Lagoon, Čiovo, & Labadusa Beach

Duration: 5 Hours

Approximate Cost: $87 per person

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If you don’t want to spend a whole day island hopping – maybe you don’t have that much time to spare – then you may want to note down this short Croatia sailing boat tour. It’s a half-day adventure with a small group on a speedboat: a super fun way to get around.

This tour will see you hitting up some of the most famous sights in striking distance of Split. These include the Blue Lagoon, the historic town of Trogir, Ciovo, and Labadusa Beach. The guide is fun and friendly and makes sure that every stop is as enjoyable as possible. For me, it’s definitely a good one for those with a more limited itinerary. Happily, it’s also relatively cheaper than other tours.

6. The Best Party Boat

Duration: 6 Hours

Approximate Cost: $54 per person

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I think this is the best Split party boat currently running. If you want to spend your day out on the beautiful ocean, drinking, dancing, and socializing, then this party boat will be ideal for you. It’s certainly not the cruise for you if you’re looking for something quiet and relaxing.

When you’re not popping bottles of bubbly or diving off the side of the boat, you and up to 190 other passengers will be whisked to the Blue Lagoon and other hotspots. The boat itself is huge, set over two decks, complete with its very own dance floor and a DJ booth. There’s a fully stocked bar, too, of course.

Not bad at all for party animals, considering the very affordable price (though the booze is not accessible or unlimited).

And once the party at sea is over, the fun continues with the bonus of free access to a nightclub in Split for an afterparty to remember (or not!).

 

7. Split: Captain’s Blue Lagoon Boat Party With Live DJ

Duration: 5 Hours

Approximate Cost: $55 per person

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If the party trip above didn’t float your boat, here’s another option. Again, this is one of those Split boat trips that are more for groups of friends who want to let their hair down. Think DJs, dancing, and beautiful beaches – everything you could wish for in a summer vacation.

You’ll be heading to the Blue Lagoon for fun times with like-minded fun-seekers. There’s one welcome drink included in the price, after which you can buy additional drinks from the bar onboard.

8. Three Island Tour From Split

Duration: 8.5 Hours

Approximate Cost: $54 per person

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Soak up views of the Adriatic islands as you cruise to the Blue Lagoon and Solta. It is one of the best Croatia sailing tours for those who want to have fun but not necessarily go completely wild. The boat itself is a bit more sleek than others, with sunloungers and a welcome drink included.

Along the way, you’ll be treated to live commentary from your guide, stop off to swim and snorkel in the sparkling sea, and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch on board (included in the price). It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny day while you’re vacationing in Split.

9. 3-Day Croatia Cruise From Split To Dubrovnik

Duration: 3 Days

Approximate Cost: From $350 per person

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If you really want to explore the coastline, then this epic 3-day cruise Croatia tour from Split to Dubrovnik is for you. Unlike other cruises, this excursion is like a vacation within a vacation and is ideal for those who have more time to spend during their Croatia trip.

Along the way to Dubrovnik, this cruise stops off at a string of incredible destinations along the Adriatic Coast, such as Makarska and Mljet National Park. There are plenty of chances to stop off and swim, admire the scenery, and explore ashore, with plenty of historic towns and natural wonders to discover.

So, while everyone else is getting the Dubrovnik-Split catamaran, you can instead be treated to the lap of luxury on this multi-day coastal adventure.

10. Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full Day Island Trip By Speedboat

Duration: 10 Hours

Approximate Cost: $110 per person

Two people swimming in the clear blue water near a cliff in the picturesque Pakleni Islands.

This Hvar Island tour from Split by speedboat is a whole day packed full of seafaring and sightseeing. Beginning in Split, you’ll hop aboard small boats for the ideal Dalmatian Coast itinerary. There’s time spent cruising by the Pakleni Islands, a stop-off in Hvar Town with its centuries of history, and the chance to swim in the blue cave.

Being a full-day tour, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take in all the sights (so you won’t be rushed like on some of the 5-island tours, for example). At the Pakleni Islands, you can stop off and swim in the turquoise sea; snorkeling equipment is provided if you want a view under the waves. In Hvar, you can hop ashore and climb the medieval Fortica Fortress for sweeping views of the old town and the Pakleni archipelago.

11. Sunset Cruise With Live Music

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Duration: 2 Hours

Approximate Cost: $76 per person

Have yourself an evening to remember as you embark on a sunset cruise from Split. This short excursion begins by taking in views of Marjan Hill as you cruise below it before continuing onwards to the bay of Kastela, where you’ll get to lap up the coastal vista backed by mountains.

As the sun starts to set, you’ll get to enjoy live music on the open deck while the professional crew serves up a free-flowing selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks.

It was a fabulous experience all around – and a perfect moment to admire the Adriatic sunset.

12. Krka Waterfalls, Local Cuisine And Wine Tasting Tour

Duration: 10 Hours

Approximate Cost: $40 per person

Beautiful Skradinski Buk Waterfall In Krka National Park, Dalmatia

For something a little bit different when it comes to excursions from Split, how about a visit to Krka National Park? This day trip first takes you by bus to the national park itself, where you’ll have time to wander the boardwalk and lap up nature before boarding a boat. You’ll sail along the Krka River to Skradin, where you’ll get to explore the town and its panoramic views.

The tour also includes a stop off at a local winery (which I’d say is a bonus!) and a visit to Plastovo Village, where you’ll have a chance to sample some of the local produce before returning to Split.

13. Five Island Full Day Speedboat Tour Featuring The Blue Cave & Hvar

Duration: 10-12 Hours

Approximate Cost: $140 per person

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This five-island tour is a small-group excursion aboard a speedboat for a fun-filled adventure. With music along the way and friendly staff, the tour is a high-energy, sociable day out that’s good for a small group of friends – or even solo travelers.

The trip takes you from Split (or Trogir) to visit the five islands of Hvar, Ravnik, Budikovac, Vis, and Bisevo. Particular highlights of this whirlwind tour include a visit inside the glistening Blue Cave, snorkeling in Stiniva Cove, and exploring the idyllic fishing village of Komiza.

This Croatia boat excursion is definitely for people who want to travel on a fast boat – a tour suited to fun-loving, thrill-seeking visitors.

14. Brač And Šolta Island Cruise With Swimming

Duration: 7 Hours

Approximate Cost: $113 per person

Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape or Golden Horn) famous turquoise beach in Bol town on Brac island, Dalmatia, Croatia. Zlatni Rat beach at Bol on Brac island of Croatia in summertime.

This boat trip from Split to Brac and Solta islands is an easygoing adventure, taking you to two of the hundreds of islands littering the coastline here – this means a leisurely pace. Departing Split at 9:30 in the morning, you can relax as you cruise to the island of Brac (this takes around an hour).

You’ll then have more than 2 hours to spend lapping up the beauty of Brac, with chances to swim, sunbathe, and snorkel in a secluded bay.

Around lunchtime, it’s time to head to the island of Solta, enjoying a delicious grilled lunch on the way. Your afternoon will be spent on Solta in a charming fishing village. Here you’ll have free time to swim or wander around the village, lapping up the local life.

Finally, you’ll arrive back in Split at around 4:30 p.m.

15. Blue Lagoon & Trogir Half-Day Speedboat Tour From Split

Duration: 4.5 Hours

Approximate Cost: $67 per person

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This small-group, half-day speedboat tour ticks a lot of boxes. Not only is it good if you’re short on time (or if you don’t have a good set of sea legs!), but it’s also great if you don’t like the idea of a fully packed boat. The professional tour has room for 14 passengers aboard a sleek speedboat, which will see you zipping around the azure seas of the Dalmatian Coast.

The first thing you’ll do is head to the Blue Lagoon, Split’s famous natural watery wonder. Then, it’s onward to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is Trogir’s old town. Here, you’ll have time to stroll around the narrow streets and see the iconic historical sites such as St Lawrence’s Cathedral.

As far as half-day trips from Split go, this is one of the better ones. It’s reasonable, and you get a good chunk of time in both locations.


16. Cruise On Columbo’s Pirate Ship “Santa Maria”

Duration: 1.5 Hours

Approximate Cost: $42 per person

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For a bit of a themed tour around the Croatian islands of the Adriatic Sea, here’s your chance to head out on a pirate ship. It’s actually quite a short tour – just an hour and a half in total – so if you’re traveling with small children or don’t have much time to spare, I’d say this is a good option.

The journey, nevertheless, is fairly comprehensive. It sees you heading to beaches along the Dalmatian Coast, including Kasuni Beach and Bacvice Beach, with a stop to swim and snorkel, too. As with many Croatia boat tours, refreshments are included in the price, as is snorkel equipment.

17. Private Boat Tour Split – Custom Itinerary

Duration: 9 Hours

Approximate Cost: $390

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If you’re looking for real indulgence, here’s your chance to rent a boat in Split – complete with skipper – and head out along the coast following your very own itinerary. Chartering a boat is an excellent option if you’re traveling as a family or with friends, as there’s enough room for up to 7 people on the voyage. So, in reality, it works out more reasonably priced than some of the organized tours out there.

Snorkeling equipment is provided, but unlike other tours, you’ll have to bring your own food and drink if you want to enjoy a meal along the coast. Or you could (and I like this option better) ask your captain for recommendations and stop off at a restaurant along the way! Your captain will also be on hand to take you to some hidden coves and spots not seen on other organized tours.

Find out more details about this tour here.

Split Cruise Tours FAQs

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SPLIT CRUISE TOURS FAQS

What are Split cruise tours?

Split cruise tours come in all shapes and sizes. Usually, they take you from the ancient city of Split to see a whole host of coastal beauty located in the vicinity, from coves to hidden beaches.

They’re really popular, and most vacationers choose to spend at least one day of their trip to split soaking up this part of the coast. Then again, some cruises are all about partying, and some are multi-day trips to further afield (think Dubrovnik).

What are some popular sites you visit during a Split cruise?

The classic itinerary for Split cruise tours includes the Blue Cave, the Blue Lagoon, the Pakleni Islands, and Hvar. There are other places besides, and the itineraries vary. For example, when the Blue Lagoon is too busy with tourists, you’ll be whisked to alternative hotspots instead.

How long do cruises from Split usually last?

Many cruises from Split last between 8 to 10 hours – a lot of them are billed as full-day tours, after all. There are some half-day tours, which typically last between 4 and 5 hours. If you opt for a cruise to somewhere further afield – Dubrovnik, for example – then you’ll be looking at several days rather than hours.

Are there guided tours available during cruises from Split?

Yes, sometimes. In some cases, the onboard tour guide or captain will provide commentary and details of the various sights that the tour passes by or stops at. Other times, there will be options to set foot on shore and be guided around a destination; usually, this is on longer cruises.

Do the boat tours run all year?

No. Most of the day boat tours only run in the summer months (high season is July to August).

How to book Split cruises online

It’s simple! Just click on the link and get booking. GetYourGuide and Viator are well-trusted websites for all your tour booking needs, allowing you to choose the dates and times that fit your schedule.

The blissed-out beaches, beautiful bays, and historic towns are waiting for you to discover them.

Which Split boat trip are you going to choose for your Dalmatian adventure?

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