I really enjoyed this tour. We visited the islands of Vis and Hvar, as well as the Blue Cave, the Blue Grotto and the Blue Lagoon (for swimming), all of which were beautiful.The tour was well-organized and our guide and the boat captain were knowledgeable and skillful. It was a perfect mix of time on the water and time on shore. The only negative was the very bouncy trip from Hvar back to Split at the end of the day, due, apparently, to somewhat windy conditions, which couldn't be helped.
Unbelievable day! I booked this for my adult daughter and me. This boat is covered so you are shielded from the sun...you can choose to be on the deck if you want..Our boat captain and his mate, Marian made sure we were making good use of our day...getting us to several stops before the magic of the Blue Cave. Unfortunately the number of people who want to see the had increased, so you are assigned a number and get in line with your group - thus we stopped,he got our tickets and we went to see another cave in the meantime and we did not waste time waiting around. Do not go if you have back issues. The ride back was extremely choppy and there is no way around. Bring meds if you have a tendency to get sea sick. Thankfully our whole boat of people (12 plus crew) were fine. I happen to love the turbulence and found it exhilarating! Totally great, fun day. Highly recommend.
Beautiful day out on the water from Split! Crew were amazingly knowledgeable and made the day much better than we thought. We didn't realise you had to wait with a number for the Blue Cave, but we didn't have to do this, one of the team stayed and did this for us, and we headed to a small little fishing village nearby for a look around and a coffee! Green Cave has recently been closed to the public by the government but didn't affect us too much - instead we ended up at a different swimming spot for longer. Such a great day and highly recommend this tour!!
We really enjoyed this trip with the crew offering great tips about the places we visited and where to have lunch. The Blue Cave is amazing, we had a great swim in one of the coves and spent time in Vis and Hvar with plenty of time to see the main attractions. If you aren't doing a longer cruise this day trip is definitely worthwhile.
I really enjoyed this trip. The blue caves were really cool, and visiting the the little towns were neat. I recommend doing this if you need to fill a day with something to do, especially on a hot day as the breeze from riding on the speed boat was very refreshing. A couple things to note is that we didn't actually go into Stiniva Bay because they told us it gets too busy now to go there and they took us to another beach where we found this neat restaurant about a 5 minute walk from the beach towards town. Also, we didn't really explore the green caves. We just went outside and that's it.
A really mixed experience parts of the Tour were brilliant, and parts were huge disappointments.
Pros: Friendly and helpful crew Anton and Marco, Blue Cave and Green Cave were fabulous experiences with only minor delays
Cons: Stineva Bay was only a 'drive-by' and our only photo-op was ruined by the crew deciding to tow some Croations back to their sailboat, Time was not well apportioned between stops, extra drop-off stop at Trogir added at least 30-minutes on the water compared to Split-only tours.
Neutral: Speed Boat was a 300-HP 34' Diesel boat - comfortable ride and roomy but not especially fast, 21 Knots average so outpaced by all 250-300 HP outboard-powered Zodiac-stylr boats. That rate of speed probably added 30 minutes to our tour compared to other boats.
Specifics: Picked up on time at 8:30 and given wind jackets. Set off directly for Bisevo Blue Cave, after about 6 or 7 other boats from Split going faster in the same direction. Blue Cave experience was efficiently handled and beautiful to see, but you spend only 5 minutes inside the cave with up to 3 other boats at the same time. Departed for Vis and spent 40 minutes in Komiza strolling the town and having coffee museum closed. Departed Komiza for Stineva Bay, which we were really looking forward to. It turned out to be a complete waste of time, as all we did was point the bow of the boat in toward the mouth of the Bay which was occupied by several dingys and swimmers, and turned the boat around. At that point our only chance for a photo from the back of the boat, the crew decided to tow some Croations in their dingy back to their sailboat nice gesture to the locals, but not helpful for the customers, so our only photos of Stineva are ridiculous. Then went to Green Cave on Ravnik for 10 minutes, which was wonderful lovely light and even saw someone jump from the top. Then stopped in Rukavac beach on Vis for an extended stop a beautiful little spot but stayed for far too long in my opinion 100 minutes we had lunch, a drink, a swim, and waited around for half hour before departing. Across the water to Hvar for 75 minutes, and really could have spent some more time there had to choose between going up to the fortress or walking the old town waterfront. Then back across the Adriatic to Trogir for a drop-off of some customer and 1 of the crew, then back to Split for disembarking. 9.5 hours total, most of it on the water, but could have been a better experience if the time had been managed better -- the 3 supposed hi-lights of the tour Blue Cave, Green Cave, Stineva represented a total time of less than 30 minutes of the day, and Stineva was a compete non-event.
This was an amazing trip. The boat was big and comfortable and clean. We saw others getting on little high speed inflatable boats, sitting motorcycle style and for a moment thought that was what we would have. We were so pleased when our nice big boat with proper seating showed up. The boat picked us up right from the pier in Split port. There was a 2 hour longer ride the longest one to the blue caves but the scenery was beautiful as you went through the islands so it didn't seem long. We got there right at 1030 which they said was the best time to see the caves. This was incredible and well worth it. Then a couple of other little stops and then lunch at the most beautiful cove. Every detail was handled and the communication was great. We returned back to Split around 6pm . A beautiful day on the sea.
We had a great day on this tour and were lucky because the waves prevented people from going for a few days before. Each stop had something interesting or beautiful to see or do and we spent just the right amount of time at each. The staff were friendly and got us back safely when the waves started to pick up near the end of the trip.