Top attractions in Istria County
Our most recommended things to do in Istria County
1. Vrsar: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour including Drinks
Embark at the port of Vrsar, and then head north along the water on this cruise. Watch as sunset breaks over the horizon and marvel in the magnificent skyline of Istria. Take in the breathtaking play of light created by the sunset's reflection in the water. Travel to the areas where the dolphins usually swim and admire the impressive marine animals as they play in their natural habitat. From the deck of your boat, relax and soak up the sun while sipping on a drink while enjoying the moment.
nice boat, water was choppy but the ride was nice. saw dolphins at the end of the trip so kids were happy. good value for money.
2. Pula: 3-Hour Cliffs and Caves Kayaking Tour
Before beginning your adventure, learn the basics of paddling, steering and controlling the kayak from your expert guide. When you're ready, head out to explore Pula's rocky coastline, cozy bays, and cute little caves. Visit a 30-meter long cave and admire its stalactites, natural cathedral and the many bats that call the cave home. Then, climb to the top of the cliffs and dive into the sea. Feel the breeze in your face and the adrenaline in your veins as you fly through the air and crash into the sea below. Afterward, take a snorkel mask and dive into the pristine waters of one of Pula's lesser-known locations. Discover the area's vibrant aquatic life and take breathtaking underwater photos for memories that will last a lifetime.
Had lots of fun, our guide Luca was really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We had a really good time! Highly recommend!
3. Vrsar: Dolphin Watching Boat Ride
Marvel at the Adriatic Sea with the opportunity to see Adriatic dolphins on this boat ride in Vrsar. Benefit from experienced staff and a captain that knows the movements of dolphins and how to easily find them. Enjoy complimentary drinks and a transfer to the boat and back. After meeting in Vrsar, get a transfer to the boat to start your adventure. Be greeted with drinks before setting out on the Adriatic Sea. Keep an eye out for dolphins and enjoy panoramic views of Poreč and Rovinj. As an added perk, enjoy another tour for free if there were no opportunities to see dolphins at the conclusion of your boat ride.
We had a nice time. Just the gas fumes from the engine are a bit strong. Saw plenty of dolphins.
4. From Pula: Caves, Canyons Speedboat Tour to Kamenjak
Take a 4-hour speedboat tour to see the coastline around Pula. Enjoy 2 stops for swimming, explore a cave, and see stunning views of Istria. Your speedboat tour begins in Pula's harbor. The largest harbor in Croatia, see interesting curiosities like an abandoned military establishment and a large shipyard. Find your meeting point and board your speedboat. Make a stop at a cave and see canyons as you head to Kamenjak, a nature reserve. Pull into the bay of the reserve and admire its staggering cliffs and clear water beaches. Have a moment to enjoy the tranquil scenery before heading back to Pula.
Fabulous experience. We went with kids age 5 and 7, and a senior close to 70. Very accommodating team, happy to chat about history and explain the views. Even helped our son, who really wanted to jump from cliffs to the sea to find a suitable spot.
5. Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak
Meet at the Verudela resort area and be introduced to the theory and techniques of kayaking, and the rules of conduct on the tour. It's then time to set off on your nocturnal sea kayaking adventure. The transparent bottom of the kayak equipped with LED lights will allow you to peak into the sleeping underwater world of the Adriatic sea. Kayak along the coast, where the sea depth is around 4-8 meters, so that you can watch everything that's happening on the sea floor. During the tour, you will catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. The tour guide will explain to you all about the creatures you can see, such as sea urchins, fish, seaweed, jellyfish, and diverse corals. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos.
Katarina is a great tour guide, chatty, cheerful and open minded. The two hour tour was really relaxing and chill. The led lights on the kayak makes it a special experience (when we were in Pula, there were some jelly fish like animals in the water, they are no harm to humans.. don’t worry. we were told that they appear close to the shore when the sea gets warm. Due to the led lights they had this white/transparent color, which was really cool. I’d definitely recommend to try this tour when you’re around Pula.
6. Pula: Snorkeling and Kayaking Self-Guided Adventure
Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea on this fun and relaxed snorkeling and kayaking adventure. See a whole new side to Croatia as you soak in the scenery, marvel at the cliffs, and see the exotic marine life. Start your adventure at Orca Diving Center where you will get all the necessary gear you need. You will get a quick run-through on how to use the equipment and find out the hidden gems to explore. Jump into the turquoise waters and enjoy paradise. Discover Pula’s best-kept secret, the enchanting heart-shaped island known as Fratarski Island. Immerse yourself in the stunning caves and cliffs. This is a fun day for all the family, you will make friends with the marine life who live here as you paddle along the gorgeous coastline.
Great experience, very welcoming and helpful staff, stunning scenery. However it is difficult to find the entrance.
7. Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket
Visit the ancient amphitheater of Pula, where the inhabitants of the city once gathered to be entertained by gladiators and animal hunts. Beat the crowds and explore this magnificent ancient site with your pre-paid entrance ticket. See an amphitheater that has become the symbol of Pula one of the most popular and beautiful venues in Croatia for events, like concerts, festivals, and even recreation of gladiatorial tournaments in the summer months. Get access to the permanent exhibition entitled "Istrian Olive and Viticulture in Antiquity" located in the underground area used by the gladiators during their tournaments. See reproductions of tools and equipment for oil and wine production, such as mills, presses, and sedimentation tanks, as well as amphorae, which were used as packaging for oil and wine transportation.
Ticket office was helpful when we couldn’t locate our electronic tickets. Audio quality on hand held device was clear on the tour.
8. 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. The experienced guides will ensure your safety throughout the tour. Relax with a cold drink of water or beer after this amazing activity.
So fun! Exactly what we wanted out of a tour. Definitively a workout on the way back.
9. 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 40 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 nee...
It was a really nice experience. Our guide was super nice and took a lot of photos and videos of everyone. He let everyone free in for example jumping off the cliffs. He also made sure everyone was okay with kayaking. The cave was beautiful and we had a great time!
10. From Vrsar: Lim Fjord and Rovinj Boat Tour with Lunch
Discover the magnificent Croatian coast on this cruise departing from Vrsar. You will make your first stop just after 30 minutes in one of the most beautiful towns in Istria, Rovinj, for a 2-hour break. Stroll through the city’s narrow streets and allies, visit some of the many galleries and cafes, or head to the market and try traditional and locally produced products such as cheese, olive oil, and honey. Once you leave Rovinj and make your way towards the next attraction of this tour, lunch will be served on the boat. You will have the option between three different dishes, a fish plate, a meat plate or a vegetable plate. While you are enjoying your lunch, the boat will slowly cruise through the Lim Fjord, a natural reserve that is famous for its narrow width and a variety of fish species that return every year for breeding. Here you will also get to explore a pirate cave.
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It was a great experience, would recommend it everybody!! Even for beginners:-) The tour guide Thiana was very friendly! I would do it again
Very cool to experience near weightlessness in an underwater environment and get to see first hand marine wildlife in their natural habitat
Awesome nature and the guide was very helpful and friendly. Thank you!
The guides are super fun and we had a great time on board !
It was a very good tour. Food was good. Guide was great.