I really like the Elaphiti Islands. They have amazing nature, lots of different places to see and you will get an amazing point of view if you check them with a gulet.
Here is some info about this amazing islands gathered in 1 post.
The Elaphiti Islands or the Elaphites (Croatian: Elafitski otoci or Elafiti) is a small archipelago consisting of several islands stretching northwest of Dubrovnik, in the Adriatic sea. The Elaphites have a total land area of around 30 square kilometers and a population of 850 inhabitants. The islands are covered with characteristic Mediterranean evergreen vegetation and attract large numbers of tourists during the summer tourist season due to their beaches and pristine scenery.
Only the three main islands are permanently inhabited, each of which supports a modest tourist industry. They are connected with the mainland via daily ferry lines operated out of Dubrovnik.
- Šipan – The farthest and largest island in terms of area (15.8 km2) and a population of 436 inhabitants. It also has two settlements, Šipanska Luka and Suđurađ, both served by Jadrolinija ferry lines.
- Koločep – It is the closest island to Dubrovnik, located 5 km from the Dubrovnik harbour at Gruž. It used to be an important shipbuilding site in the Republic of Ragusa period. It is one of the most indented and the southernmost permanently inhabited Croatian island with a population of 294 inhabitants. It has seven pre-Romanesque churches dating back to the times of the Croatian kings, from the 9th to the 11th century.
- Lopud – Second in size and best known for its sandy beaches, it is located between Šipan and Koločep islands. It”s well developed in terms of tourism infrastructure, including the Lafodia hotel in the town of Lopud.
Šipan also Sipano (Italian: Giuppana) is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands, 17 km (11 mi) northwest of Dubrovnik, Croatia; separated from the mainland coast by the Kolocepski Channel; area 16.22 km2 (6.3 sq mi);The population is 500, the island is 9.1 km (5.7 mi) in length and up to 2.6 km (1.6 mi) in width. It is the largest island in this group and its highest point is 243 m (797 ft) above sea level. Two limestone crests, the higher (Velji Vrh, 243 m) in the northeast and the lower in the southeast surround adolomite depression, on which olives, figs, vine, carob-trees, almond-trees, oranges and citrus fruit are cultivated. There are two ports on the island, Suđurađ (San Giorgio) in the east, and Šipanska Luka (Porto Gippana) in the west. The island is also famed for its numerous palm tree species that grow on the island.
The island of Koločep ; Italian: Calamotta) is one of the three inhabited Elaphiti Islands situated near the city ofDubrovnik with an area of 2.44 km2.Koločep is the southernmost inhabited island in Croatia and is locally known as Kalamota. In the 2011 census, the population of the island was 165. The island of Koločep lies at a distance of 1 km from the closest point on the mainland and about the same distance from the peninsula of Lapad, further east towards the city of Dubrovnik itself. The port of Dubrovnik (Gruž) is situated at the base of a bay on the other side of Lapad, requiring a 5 km journey by boat to the island. The island can be reached by regular ferry service Jadrolinija – the “Postira” and “Premuda” services connect the Elaphiti Islands several times throughout the day. It is a 20-minute boat ride from one port to the other (Dubrovnik–Koločep) by ferry or 10 minutes by water taxi.
Lopud is a small island (4.5 km2) off the coast of Dalmatia, southern Croatia. Lopud is one of the Elaphiti Islands, and can be reached by boat from Dubrovnik, Orasac and Zaton. The island is famous for its sandy beaches, in particular the bay of Šunj.Lopud is the second largest island of the Elaphiti islands, between Kolocep and Sipan. Economically the most developed island of the Elaphiti is famous as the “island in the middle” (Insula Media). Area: 4.63 square kilometers The highest peak: Polačica (216m) Coastline: 11.5 km (of which 1.2 km sandy).
The best way to check this Elaphiti islands with a gulet is to start the cruise from Dubrovnik.
If you will start the cruise in Split/Trogir area you can only check them if you make a one-way cruise route form Split/Trogir – Dubrovnik.
These islands are not so “touristic” as other famous Dalmatian islands so you will be able to take it a bit more easy (in high season you can still expect some crowds).
Nature is amazing and you will not be sorry to check this islands out.