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Pula: Half-Day Kayak, Cliff, and Cave Tour

1. Pula: Half-Day Kayak, Cliff, and Cave Tour

The day will commence at Valsaline Beach, where you’ll get to know your guide and familiarize yourself with the day’s program. All participants will be provided with diving masks, life jackets, and some waterproof bags for their valuables/belongings. Start rowing toward the famous Tarzan cliff — a place only accessible by boat. After around 45 minutes of paddling, spend 30 minutes relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The adventurous can try out diving and the extra-adventurous can even jump off the cliff into the water. Then, head to the famous Pula’s cave, entering one at a time. Leave the kayaks in the cave while you tour the area. With some more free time, simply enjoy your natural surroundings, dive into the blue waters, or jump from a 10 or 12-meter cliff. Your local guide will happily answer any remaining questions, and of course, teach, explain, and show you the most important things when it comes to cliff-jumping and diving. The tour will end back at Valsaline Beach. Look through and take home some of the photos and videos taken throughout the day.

Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

2. 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 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.

Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

3. 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. 

From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

4. From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

Get a taste of Venice in a hassle-free manner on this full-day tour. Marvel at the city's museums, churches, and palaces, take a gondola ride in the canals, or sit back and soak up the city in a cafe, bar, or restaurant.  Start your day with check-in at the port of departure. Choose from either Porec, Rovinj, Pula, and Umag in Croatia, or Piran in Slovenia. Once you finish the check-in and passport control, begin your Venice experience. On the vessel, choose any seat you like and relax in comfort. While crossing the Adriatic Sea, receive an interesting explanation of Venice, its history, all the dos and don'ts in the city, what to expect, and any optional extras you can opt to take once there with your guides. Upon arrival in Venice around 10:45 AM at San Basilio, make your way through passport control. Then, walk to the center with your guides, or embark on an optional guided transfer to St. Mark's Square. Find out where Elton John has a house in Venice, and hear some more special stories of the city while avoiding the hot summer sun. At 12:15 PM, gather at Saint Marcus Square for your free, 35-minute guided tour of the square to help you appreciate Venice even more. After this, enjoy ample free time to explore the city, shop for souvenirs, take a walk in one of the many alleys, or sip a Bellini in one of the beautiful piazzas (squares). Alternatively, visit one of the many museums, churches or palazzos; your Venice experience is for you to create. Choose to join an optional gondola ride or have your guides organize a lunch for you to make your experience even more hassle-free. Around 4 PM, it's time to head back to the port. Walk with the guides or take an optional, typical water taxi ride through the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge and all the palazzos (palaces) en route. Pass through immigration control again at 4:45 PM and embark upon your return journey aboard the catamaran at 5:15 PM. Sit back, relax, and reflect upon a wonderful day in Venice until you arrive back at your original port of origin around 8 PM.

Rovinj: Guided Electric Scooter Tour

5. Rovinj: Guided Electric Scooter Tour

Start your activity in Villas Rubin Resort where your guide will welcome you and give you a short training lesson. Venture out on your 1.5-hour exploration of Rovinj, the coast with its beaches, and the Golden Cape nature park. Learn some interesting facts about Rovinj from your guide.

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

6. 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.

Pula: Brijuni National Park Boat Excursion with Dinner

7. Pula: Brijuni National Park Boat Excursion with Dinner

Visit one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic Sea, Brijuni National Park. Explore the park by boat, spotting wild animals along the way, and swim in the water at St. Jerolim Island. Board a comfortable ship with your captain and guide and head out to the islands that form the National Park. This place is famous because its former owner, Josip Broz Tito, had a rare hobby: he collected exotic animals. Your guide on the ship will conduct a sightseeing tour around all the islands and share lots of interesting facts about the islands and their famous owners. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Mediterranean dishes made of fish, beef, or vegetables. Don’t forget to take advantage of the unlimited drinks on board, like wine, mineral water, juice, and sodas. If you're lucky, your ship may be accompanied by dolphins, so don’t forget your camera.   On a stop off at St. Jerolim Island (Sveti Jerolim), you can choose to stay for 2.5 hours or stay on the ship. On the island, you’ll get the chance to wander its scenic beaches, take a swim, or explore the island itself. After a fun day out on the open sea, your ship will return to Pula at around 5:00 PM.

From Poreč: Boat Day Trip to Rovinj with Fish Lunch

8. From Poreč: Boat Day Trip to Rovinj with Fish Lunch

Explore the Istrian coast on this roundtrip cruise from Poreč to the town of Rovinj. Spend some free time wandering through the cobbled streets of Rovinj. Savor a delectable fish lunch onboard. Make a stop to explore Vrsar or to swim at Limski Kanal. Meet at the main port in Poreč and check in before departing on the spacious boat. Capture pictures of the west coast of Istria as you sail along. Stop in Rovinj and have some free time to explore the Old Town and make your way to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia or visit one of the pebble beaches. Head back to the boat for a fresh fish lunch and an aperitif. Depending on if the season is right for swimming, continue to Limski Kanal or Vrsar. At Limski Kanal, dive into the clear water and explore the pirate cave. In Vrsar, explore the bell tower and parish church in the historical center. Enjoy panoramic views of Vrsar from the boat before returning to the starting point in the port of Poreč.

Pula: Night LED Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour

9. Pula: Night LED Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour

The sea and coast of the Pula region are truly unique at any time of the day, but the atmosphere is even more special at night when everything is shrouded in silence and lit by the moon and stars. Throughout this activity you can get rid of any tension whilst gliding along the surface of the sea and enjoying the romantic views of sleeping sailboats. You will begin by picking up the equipment according to your height, weight, and previous experience with stand-up paddling boarding. You will then go through a 10-minute ntroduction at the SUP center where you will cover the theory of basic SUP techniques. When you have covered everything you have learned on land, you will head out on tour around the island and inside of the bay, allowing you to peek into the underwater world in a new and exciting way. All SUP boards are equipped with waterproof LED lights, which create a super cool lighting spectacle beneath them.

Pula: 3-Hour Cliffs and Caves Kayaking Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 168 reviews

Great Tour, Even Better Tour Guide What a great day. So glad I chose to visit Istria as a day tour from Zagreb. Not only are the coastal cities beautiful but they seem almost unreal in their perfect amalgam of cute buildings, beautiful seaside harbors, and Roman monuments among narrow cobblestone streets. My wonderful guide Tanja, smiled at my American references to the towns being too perfect to be real…almost like something from the creative minds of Disneyland. Speaking of Tanja, what a fantastic guide. She had historical facts aplenty, and her sense of humor infused our day-long outing from Zagreb with smiles and a sense that time was passing too quickly. Not to take away anything from our visits to Pula, Rovinj, Porec and her secret Viking Fjord, I could fully enjoy a day with her if she were just driving the highways of the beautiful Croatian countryside. Fantastic day trip to Istria, made even better by a wonderful Tanja. I hope to travel with her again someday.

This excursion was just fantastic and exciting at the same time! Our guide Maida was super friendly, funny and really enjoyable. It wouldn't have been half as good without you. The excursion starts with cave and jellyfish visits and ends with cliff jumping, snorkeling and fresh fruit. Meanwhile, Maida always explains something, also brings in a historical part and takes great pictures, which you get afterwards by mail. All in all, we can only recommend this kayak trip and would do it again and again! Thank you thank you thank you! Price-performance ratio completely in order!

We had a great day out with Tanja. It was an early start (7am) which was worth it as it meant we had longer in each place and we missed the traffic. Tanja was an excellent guide, she was so friendly and had lots of interesting facts and information to tell us. We saw beautiful coastal towns, including the incredible Roman amphitheatre in Pula. We had a wonderful day and couldn’t recommend Tanja or this tour highly enough.

The trip was easy to arrange with Tanja, at short notice, who was very helpful. My guide, Ivica, was great to speak to, and gave good information and tips about Istria, the places visited, and also Croatia and Zagreb in general. The tour is made to your requirements ensuring that you visit all the places you want to see. I would highly recommend booking tours with this company.

An excellent way to not only see some beautiful towns , but also the coastline a helpful crew on a lovely boat A great day out