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Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

1. Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

Sail along the the west coast of Istria in search of majestic dolphins on this boat day trip from the main port of Poreč. Admire the glow of the sunset on the water before returning to port.  Embark on your cruise from the main port of Poreč onboard a spacious craft called 'Kristofor.' Relax in a comfortable seat as you captain navigates along the dynamic landscapes of the coast of Istria. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins that leap and race along. Feel the joy of watching these exuberate creatures. Capture pictures of these animals to share with your friends and family back home. View the golden and pink colors of the sunset reflecting off the water before returning to the main port in Poreč and disembarking. 

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

2. Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

Kayak and snorkel your way along the coast of Pula to explore the city’s impressive sea caves. This fun and active 3-hour tour will take you to Seagull’s Rocks, where you’ll go diving inside a cave with snorkeling masks and underwater lights.  Your guides will document the adventure with GoPro underwater cameras, and share the photos with you after the tour. You will receive the link in a few days after the tour (photos are not being separated). The experienced guides will ensure your safety throughout the tour. Relax with a cold drink of water or beer after this amazing activity.

Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari Cruise with Drinks

3. Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari Cruise with Drinks

Enjoy a drink and slowly sail to the open sea with a beautiful view of the Poreč Riviera. On the other side you can see the open sea and the sun meeting the horizon. Watch the elegant tricks dolphins can show you in their natural environment, in their complete wilderness and freedom.  This is not a dolphinarium, there is no trainer, and these animals behave in harmony with nature. It is particularly exciting to watch dolphins swimming at the side of the boat and in front of the bow.  If you are lucky enough, you can see a young dolphin that is usually accompanied by a smaller group of adults who keep a distance from the ship. For those who suffer from stress this is a perfect opportunity for therapy, for parents with children this is a perfect gift and surprise for their kids.

From Pula: Brijuni National Park Guided Tour

4. From Pula: Brijuni National Park Guided Tour

Visit Veli Brijun island and explore Brijuni National Park on a guided tour from Pula. Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of the island. Admire the beautiful plants and animals and take some free time to explore. Board the wooden ship to cross to Veli Brijun from Pula Harbour. Arrive at the central port of Brijuni on the eastern side of the island, where your guided tour begins. Hop on the tourist train to discover the island's highlights, as well as beautiful scenic views of the surrounding coastline. The ride on the tourist train takes approximately one hour. Ride along the coast and all the way to the north of the island where the Safari Park is located. See the golf courses, a Venetian citadel, and old farm buildings built in the early 20th century. Before arriving at the Safari Park, see the second-largest island of the national park. Mali Brijun, north of Veli Brijun. Upon arriving at the Safari Park, see some of the 80 herbivore animal species, mostly from various parts of Africa and Asia. Continue the journey along the west coast of the island. Ride through forests of holm oak and laurel. See beautiful wild orchids and exotic plants such as umbrella pine, cedar, and sequoias. See the Austro-Hungarian fortress of Tegetthoff and the empty pools of the zoo that existed on the island until 1995. Visit the remains of a Roman villa on the shores of Verige Bay and visit the Church of St. Germaine. After some free time, head back to the port for the journey back to Pula.

Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

5. Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

The starting point of this kayak experience is Cape Kamenjak, a protected natural park south of Pula. From one of its charming pebble beaches, you will start your adventure after a quick briefing from the tour guides. After settling in the kayaks, you'll paddle for approximately 50 minutes following the rugged coast while enjoying the summer scenery all the way to the Kolombarica Sea Cave. In the cave, you'll swim in the turquoise water lit by the sun rays that enter through a cave opening above. Snorkeling and exploring the vibrant sea life of Kamenjak is a memory you'll want to remember. That's why this tour includes free GoPro photos. If you're an adrenaline seeker, you'll love jumping from the cliffs (up to 15m high) after exploring the cave. If not, you can enjoy some time sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. On the way back, the tour guides will make short stops as needed. If you're interested, you can find out some amazing facts about the area. This tour is an ideal summer experience for friends and families. It's completely safe and suitable for beginners and kids.

From Vrsar: Lim Fjord Boat Trip with Pirate Cave Swim Stop

6. From Vrsar: Lim Fjord Boat Trip with Pirate Cave Swim Stop

Pre-book a ticket for this two-way cruise service between Vrsar and the Lim Fjord. Enjoy a quick journey on a traditional boat and begin your exploration of one of the most beautiful Fjords of the Istra coastline. Hop onboard from either the port on Vrsar, take a seat at the comfortable terrace, or feel the sun's rays and the refreshing sea breeze on the outer deck Dive into the majestic surrounding landscape of Vrsar and visit some unique sites you can only reach by boat. Embark on a relaxing boat ride along the untouched Lim Fjord and admire the breathtaking views of nature as you pass by lush green islands and reach the mysterious Pirate Cave. Depart from the Vrsar harbor and enjoy the sights of the many small islands along the fjord. Sail past the island of Sveti Juraj with its little church, see one of the oldest nudist camps in Europe at Koversada, and observe the fish farms at Limski Kanal. Finally, reach the stunning Pirate Cave for a chance to snap amazing photos and take a dip in the crystal clear waters. Connect with nature as you take in the views on your way back to the harbor and relax after all your exploring.

Pula: Introduction to Scuba Diving

7. Pula: Introduction to Scuba Diving

Learn how to scuba dive on a wonderful introductory course on the coastline off Pula. Benefit from the experience of a professional guide who will teach you the correct breathing techniques and how to sign and communicate underwater. Fill out a medical questionnaire and then receive all the necessary equipment for your new underwater activity. After a short explanation on safe practice underwater, and having learnt some of the dive signs, slowly venture underwater to a maximum depth of 8 meters. Dive off the Adriatic coastline for the chance to get up close to a seahorse or octopus. The maximum duration of your dive will be 30 minutes. Since the level of the course is not too difficult, you can bring along your family. 

Pula Verudela: Glass-Bottom Boat and Swim with Fish Tour

8. Pula Verudela: Glass-Bottom Boat and Swim with Fish Tour

Set off from Port Bunarina and sail towards Pješčana uvala, where you can observe the seafloor with its shoals of colorful fish and seashells. Then, sail between the two islands, Frašker and Fraškerić, where you will have a unique chance to see sea-urchins and sea-cucumbers. You will have the opportunity to stop and swim in the clear turquoise waters amongst the fish before stopping at Verudela canyon and cave. This magnificent rock formation is popular amongst cliff divers so you might be able to spot some daredevils too.

Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

9. Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

Start the trip from Port Bunarina, and sail around Fratarski Island, Little Frašker Island, and Big Frašker island. As you cruise on the open sea, enjoy the views of Banjole and the Red Cliffs. At the first stop for the day, enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling in the ocean. Explore the underwater world and try to spot a variety of marine species such as sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers, and colorful fish. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch onboard, with fish, meat, and vegetarian options and your choice of drinks. After lunch, continue to the second stop, Kamenjak Cave, which is a perfect spot for cliff jumping and swimming. Or, simply relax on board the boat with a few beers or glasses of wine. Finally, enjoy a panoramic view of the Porer Lighthouse before returning to port in the late afternoon.

From Poreč: Lim Bay Sea Kayaking Day Trip

10. From Poreč: Lim Bay Sea Kayaking Day Trip

Lim Bay Sea Kayaking tour is a perfect one-day experience. The Lim Bay, also known as the channel or the Croatia fjord, is located on the west coast of Istria. It is part of the 35 km long Lim Valley, that stretches almost to the middle of Istria. The bay itself is almost 13 km long, surrounded by cliffs covered with evergreen vegetation. Since 1964, it has been a legally protected geomorphologic and hydrogeological site as an important landscape. In 1980, it was declared a special marine reserve. A peculiar feature of the water in the bay is that it is partly brackish. Its underwater sources of sweet water create a high concentration of oxygen, ensuring a rich and diverse range of sea species. This trove of marine life is also very well-known for its fish and oyster farms. The guide will introduce you to the tour and equipment and have a safety talk. We invite you to join us on our one-day trip and enjoy the crystal clear sea, serene landscape, and a small rocky beach. All perfect ingredients for a great Lim Bay sea kayaking trip.

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Beautiful experience that lasted even more than 3 hours, staff available and efficient, drinks or wine brought to the tables several times, more than a trip it was a party we laughed, sang, danced, made friends and we really saw the dolphins !! !! numerous and numerous times ... if I return to Porec I will definitely do it again

I went with my husband and brother. This was a fun and dynamic tour with great guides. We went to Rt Kamenjak into a cave in which we kayaked and swam. Guides have taken many awesome photos and videos. We highly recommend!

Overall experience was awesome. Guides are caring and attentive. Will definitely book this again if ever have chance to come back here! Special thanks to Eric for being a great host.

Es hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Der Guide war super und hatte sich viel Zeit für die Bilder genommen. Es war ein rundum gelungener Ausflug.

It was a fantastic experience! Friendly staff on board. We were lucky enough to spot the dolphins and tuna!!