The Location: Kolocep is a small island in the Elaphiti Islands, just off the coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia, in the Adriatic Sea.
The Activity: Kayaking
Kolocep is not only the closest island to the mainland (about a half-mile), it’s also car free. The lone “road” is a 15-minute walk connecting its two charming seaside communities. The rest of the island is Mediterranean-style natural splendor (Read: soft, sandy beaches; warm, clear water; gentle walkways shaded by pine and olive groves; towering sea cliffs; colorful reefs; and wind-carved sea caves) — ideal for a kayaking day trip. Kayaking around Kolocep takes about three hours, but plan for a full day to ensure plenty of time to paddle there, circumnavigate its stunning coastline, explore Blue Cave, do some snorkeling, and paddle back to Zaton Bay. Adriatic Kayak Tours in Dubrovnik rents equipment to experienced kayakers, doles out free advice, and offers guided trips.
What Else to Do: Snorkeling, cliff-jumping, and swimming are must-do’s on Kolocep. In the village of Donje Celo, you can also visit the remains of a 16th-century fortress, and the island has seven pre-Romanesque churches dating back to the 9th century.
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