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review 7 Oct 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Touring the islands and waters without other tourists around.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take water shoes for Croatia’s rocky shores

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent . Catamaran was very comfortable. Our crew were professional and personable and did an outstanding job.

review 7 Oct 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Always have some food and drinks ready onboard

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent

review 30 Sep 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing, swimming, snorkelling

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Just do it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes to the first question. Neutral on the others.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was fantastic.

review 9 Sep 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Beautiful scenery, wide range of activities, novelty, crew

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Definitely a great way to see Croatia while enjoying the trip

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not sure

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Really excellent trip & experience!

review 28 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Loved all of it. If I had to pick one it’s stopping for a swim in the middle of nowhere

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Book it. My wife was scared of the sea, suffers from sea sickness and hates the thought of small self flush toilets. She lived it all.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To a small extent yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fantastic. Loved everything about it. The crew of Simpa and Daria were excellent and made it extra special. Couldn’t do enough for us. Know Simpa is new to the company but we liked him. Thoughtful, knowledgeable and super friendly. Nothing too much for either of them.

review 25 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing to different islands, water sports, beautiful scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don`t stay up too late as the fun starts early

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, to an extent, rather more neutral than negative

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent

review 18 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The sailing element, jumping off the boat, paddle boarding and cycling.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Ask lots of questions, things aren't always communicated so well. e.g. when will we arrIve at the next destination, how much time we will have.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Somewhat, more sailing than motoring would have helped

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great vacation, if a little rushed in each destination. Would have liked to have more time in Ston for example. 1.45 hours wasnt enough.

review 17 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Being under sail between islands.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Use sunscreen! Don't overpack. Bring or buy some snacks or easy lunch food.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We certainly supported local restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had a great time.

review 12 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Our three night stay on the catamaran was just brilliant! Waking up on the water and visiting beautiful locations each day, hard to beat. Also, our final sunset swim on our last evening in a beautiful bay outside Sipan was amazing:)

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't bring too much stuff, and just relax and enjoy! Swim & paddle board as much as you can!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Stayed and ate with local families/in local businesses, so hopefully.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Brilliant, would love to do it all over again!

review 5 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Clearly our guide and skipper knew the area well. The coastline was stunningly beautiful and the coves and places we anchored to swim etc...were picture postcard beautiful. Additionally the restaurants chosen for meals were typical of the region and great food. The activities just right.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't expect 5 star accomodation on board. The accomodation is spartan; rightly so for this type of trip. Take a change of swimsuits, some of us we're in the water swimming at 6am!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we spent our time anchored in small villages. We biked, hiked and swam and conscious of making sure the area remains unspoilt.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great, probably one of our best. Finally congratulations to our guide and skipper; second to none!

review 4 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There are too many to mention - arriving in little quiet bays to jump off the boat into crystal clear water with the backdrop of the mountains surrounding us and exploring the island of Mljet on electric bikes also stands out. Eating delicious food in beautiful waterside restaurants and making new friends were also highlights for us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Book this trip immediately!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We ate in local restaurants and were encouraged to recycle on the boat.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We would rate this vacation 10/10

review 4 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Visiting small ports and swimming in the sea.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The grilled seafood is excellent and much better than the pork and beef

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes we were low impact tourist

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had a fun time. One improvement I suggest is on our older boat they should buy some proper fitted cushions for the outside eating area.

review 2 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole trip was great. The cat was phenomenal and so was the crew. The places we visited particularly Mljet and the little coves, were beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Give it shot even if you don't know the others who will be on-board with you. We had a blast and made some new friends.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not sure.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

4.8/5.0

review 2 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We loved lying on deck looking at the stars on our first night.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Relax and enjoy it - there is no need to think too much as all the itinerary is sorted for you. You just need to relax and take it as it comes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

This is a local company, we visited local restaurants and one night ate in a local family's home.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was fabulous. We loved the mix of activity and relaxation. We had fantastic food and wine (a real surprise - Croatia does both really well).

review 29 Jun 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The entire experience was incredible. It's hard to give just one memorable moment, the entire time we were on the boat & with the crew was absolutely amazing. Croatia is beautiful & the local people so friendly.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Book it, you will not regret it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our crew took us to local families to eat, great for us to experience true Croatian cuisine & support the island people. Our crew were very aware of environment impacts affecting their seas, Croatia is a clean country & the seas are remarkably free of plastic. When we stopped in one of the bays it had litter that had washed up so we got bags & collected all the plastic washup with the crew.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A wonderful experience we hope to do again soon!

review 22 Jun 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing. Doing water sports/activities/hikes. Meeting other people on the trip and enjoying the entire experiences with the group. Eating.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pack light. Just try your best and don't be afraid to try new activities even though you have no prior experiences at all.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was fantastic. Better than what I had expected.

review 10 Jun 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The beautiful sunsets on each of the islands, as well as the thrill of sailing/motoring in such a lovely setting. We enjoyed seeing the different style of life on each island. Meeting local people and eating delicious, fresh grilled fish at local restaurants was also a highlight. And the guide, Darija, and skipper, Ollie, were wonderful: patient, funny, engaging, and professional. They were flexible as the weather changed and definitely took into account the interests and abilities of our group.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pack light! The catamaran cabins have ample cubbies/drawers for storage, but not much room for a suitcase, so a duffle bag is preferable. Remember sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses, and of course a bathing suit.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, definitely; the guides were local, and we patronized local restaurants, visited lovely national parks, etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Outstanding.

review 4 Jun 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The 4 day sailing trip with the tour operator. It was so much fun visiting small ports, eating in local restaurants and even one night in someone’s backyard; home-cooked under the bell. Also the paddle boarding, swimming, kayaking and biking were very cool. A nice mix of relaxing and being busy!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I would recommend to go! Even if you don’t think you can keep up with the activities, the guides will organize other options!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We ate in local restaurants, bought groceries and did support local business. Hopefully we sailed when we could and tried to support conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

20 out of 10! Just like Prince George when asked about his moms garden!

review 11 May 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Spending time on the catamaran with such a fabulous crew. They took us to lovely quiet coves & local restaurants. We cycled, walked, kayaked & sailed, 3 nights seemed so much longer but it was over too soon. The stay on the island finished off the trip well

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Just go!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we ate in local restaurants and one night with a local family, drinking their home made wine & raki. Bags were provided to collect litter when possible, just optional though.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

One of the best I’ve been on, good variety of activities, non too strenuous and all optional. Well looked after by a very easy going crew.

review 1 Sep 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Visiting different coves for swimming, paddle-boarding etc.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Limited: A more environment-friendly approach to drinking water should be found.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Beautiful coastline. More effort should be made to sail rather than motor.

review 22 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Mountain biking on the island.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Ensure you have the right group.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Sure.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great.

review 21 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Visiting places that are off the usual tourist destinations track.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Great mix of Adventure and Chill time.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Especially as we went to smaller islands and on one particular eve even at at a residences home, which turned out to be the best meal of the trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fantastic. It's not a cheap trip by any means and I would suggest bring more money than is suggested for food, tours etc along the way, but it's a must do in my opinion.

review 12 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sitting with the family at the bow of the catamaran with the sails up, watching the beautiful scenery and feeling the sea spray. Also, learning to paddle board in a gorgeous, quiet and calm cove.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bear in mind the cabins and bunks are quite small and cozy! Don’t take big luggage on board. You don’t need much anyway.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

This we weren’t too sure about. We had one meal at a family’s home which the guide spoke very highly of. We were quite disappointed with it, it wasn’t great food and was expensive for what you got. Compared to the family prepared meal we had with another operator last year which was amazing, this was quite poor. We were also disappointed with the little amount of sailing we did. We had to take the skippers word for it tryst conditions weren’t right, but we’d like to have used the engine less.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We were particularly impressed with the skipper, Luka and guide, Bojan’s energy and attitude. They were great guys and both were amazing with our son, who has Autism. As a result our vacation was made all the more enjoyable and our sons had a blast.

review 10 Jun 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We enjoyed the activities and getting to know fellow guests.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Ask for pictures of the rooms as the 3-person room has an interesting set-up.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our main meals were at local restaurants or homes of residents. We do not feel the trip had any effects on conservation or any significant impact on reducing the effect on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was an enjoyable and fun vacation. We appreciated that the cruise had only 5 instead of 9 guests; 9 guests would have been too crowded.

review 1 Sep 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Great guides...varied swimming spots...clear waters...good bikes. Good company. Need better snorkling equipment. Fresh squeezed orange juice would have been a basic but a nice (and easy) touch. Even an orange and basic juicer would have sufficed. A toaster is essential on a sailing boat..for the Irish ??

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring an orange juicer and your own flippers. They don't have a toaster.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

CSR is bullshit

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great boats.. bikes and guides. Love Croatia...and the islands

Read the operator's response here:

We do stand by our social and environmental responsibility policies. The accommodations we use on islands you visited are traditional houses rented from locals. We avoid large, foreign owned hotels During your sailing trip with us you had the opportunity to have several meals at local, off the beaten path restaurants and even with local families who prepare meals only for our guests. The activities we offer on our trips – sea kayaking, SUP, hiking and cycling – are human powered. We do not encourage or offer use of jet skis or speed boats for water activities, which are otherwise, unfortunately, common in the area. We use sails as much as possible if the wind and weather allow. The power grid on our boats does not allow use of toasters or other appliances. We do provide fresh bread, baked locally and purchased daily from small, local stores.

review 27 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the boat for the first time and realising what a great time we were going to have.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

We were a bit nervous taking three kids under 9 on a boat for a week but they loved it and was a highlight of our vacation

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I thought it supported local communities

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Loved it

review 22 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

My daughter and I enjoyed the beauty and relaxation of sailing the beautiful Agean sea. The catamaran was roomy and loved lounging in front soaking up the sun. We stopped on 3 islands to bike, hike and share dinners. Swimming in caves was a highlight!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The season closes the middle of Oct so book between Sept and then to beat the summer crowds.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We visited local restaurants and shops that helped local economies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent and time well spent on the catamaran. Only 8 people can be accommodated so personal attention is given to unique stops.

review 21 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing Trip through the islands of Croatia

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Avoid crowds by booking near end of season - October

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great vacation highly recommend visiting Dubrovnik and the islands

review 20 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

All of it! Sailing the Adriatic on a beautiful catamaran, dropping off at beautiful islands and swimming spots. The restaurants booked by the tour operator were excellent - they looked after our every need.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

This trip was ideal for a group - there were eight of us. The crew are experts in the area and therefore there recommendations on activities, places to visit and restaurants were spot on. Maybe avoid the ston cake though!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We ate in family restaurants and the boat was environmentally friendly - E.g. Very limited use of chemicals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Wonderful. Exceeded all our expectations and would definitely recommend for those who want a little bit of adventure with some relaxing down time also.

review 14 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

My favorite part was sailing through the Adriatic Sea with the wind in my face surrounded by breath taking views. It was nice to have daily activities like snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, bike riding, swimming, and sea kayaking included in the package. Great to get some exercise as well as R and R.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Get a group of friends together for an unforgettable vacation! Pack light and take part in all of the activities offered.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It definitely benefitted local people. We tried our best to not leave a footprint everywhere we went.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

This vacation was just what I needed. Way better than a stuffy cruise ship.

review 18 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

the sailing and freedom to see various beautiful islands

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

go!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10 out of 10

review 17 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The sailing and freedom to see various beautiful islands

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Go!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10 out of 10

review 17 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Loved every minute of it tbh. We had a great Captain (Frank) and Guide (Darija) who really made the trip an experience to be remembered. We were also lucky to have a likeminded group of vacation makers onboard that really gelled well together. It was definitely the highlight of the trip and something I will always remember.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Dive in and enjoy it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes definitely. We visited some fantastic local restaurants of high quality.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10/10

review 13 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Breathtaking islands and the bluest, clearest, most beautiful seas you'll ever see

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Get out of your comfort zone! Although there was a loose itinerary, our skipper Zeljko went off-piste at every opportunity which helped to make this a truly magical experience. We did things we never thought we were capable of and couldn't have had a better time; paddle-boarding, cave diving, sea kayaking, swimming and snorkelling.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It was a total 'win win' putting money back into the island communities. Authentic villages and sensational food at local, friendly, family run restaurants. Eating fish pulled from the sea just hours earlier and eating salads where the ingredients were picked from the restaurant garden to order!!! Zero carbon footprint, of course that satisfied our eco and ethical conscience, but as a pure dining experience it really couldn't have been better.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Quite simply, best vacation ever - by a million nautical miles!

review 10 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Finding out that it was everything we hoped for and more!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

It’s very hot in Croatia in July/August

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It did feel that we were paying local people, but there are a lot of tourists doing the same.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent!

review 5 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The sailing and swimming every day was fantastic but Mljet was our favourite island and in particular the cycle trip to the national park on Mljet where we visited the salt lakes and stopped for a drink and ice cream at the monastery on an island in the middle of the lake. Its a 20km round trip and was pretty steep in parts but fairly easily accessible for anyone who can cycle. Going in the late afternoon and returning as the sun set created some fantastic photographic opportunities and we felt we had earned our dinner.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pack light and bring easily dried clothes. Every morning there is an opportunity to swim and/or paddle board after breakfast. In the afternoon there are activities such as the cycle ride or walking the walls at Ston, make the best of the opportunity to experience Croatia in a different way. Its also a great opportunity to meet new people on board including the great guides and skippers. We had two teenage sons who enjoyed the activities and the down time (WiFi on the boat helped) and enjoyed meeting and speaking to new people from around the world who were also on the trip.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The guide ensured that we had a fun history of the places we visited and we ate at selected local restaurants which supported the local community - much of the food and drink was sourced locally - fresh fish, oysters, mussels and locally produced wine.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a fantastic experience, the catamaran was more modern, spacious and comfortable than we expected. The skipper and guide were always gracious, helpful and full on interesting stories and anecdotes about the history - ancient and recent - of Croatia. The company were fantastic, our plane was late and we need to make a ferry to meet up with the catamaran so they came and picked us up from the airport free of charge to make sure we made the ferry (just by a couple of minutes) and avoid a stressful start to our vacation. Overall we had a fantastic time.

review 25 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Being away from the crowds and having a very relaxed time.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You need to provide your own drinking water, but there is a market 1 block away from where you get on the catamaran. There is a refrigerator on board that you can use. While your toilet is private, 2 cabins share 1 shower.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10 out of 10. One of the best family trips we've done, and we travel a fair amount.

review 18 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The beautiful scenery and incredible water

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Travel light. You won't need much at all. And ask for clarity from the skipper as to when you will be leaving each morning so that you can plan accordingly.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not that I was aware of. Apart from bringing tourist money to some selected restaurants

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Wonderful experience.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Anthea We're glad you enjoyed the vacation! Our goal is to make this vacation and its activities environmentally responsible through human powered activities – we do not offer jet skis, parasailing, quads or similar activities which would require the use of engine power. We also sail whenever the wind allows it. The restaurants we recommend for this trip are locally owned. We even visit a few families who cook especially for our guests and by doing that we bring them much needed income. Our company has a policy of not taking from them for these services, so any and all money spent there goes to the families.

review 16 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

It was all amazing. It was the combination of offshore, onshore and dining selections that made the whole thing wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Expect a lot of fun!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes absolutely

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Brilliant. We’re very glad we chose this operator.

review 16 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole trip was absolutely excellent - sailing around the beautiful islands, swimming and snorkelling in delightful little spots, the attention paid to ensuring we ate well.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Book it right now! This was a fabulous trip - a great combination of sailing, exploring the islands, biking and sightseeing!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes definitely - we spent an hour helping to clean a beach encouraged by our skipper, and small local restaurants and families were used for eating, drinking etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent!

review 14 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The sailing trip

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring your own towels

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Was fantastic

review 4 Jun 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I really enjoyed the time we spent learning about different cultures and trying new food with our hosts.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bug Spray! But also, don't hesitate, the trip is well worth the money and very enjoyable.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I very much enjoyed our vacation!

review 8 May 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Beautifully scenic, relaxing and luxurious bumbling around the islands.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Though early in the season our late April/ early May trip was perfect due to few crowds and great weather.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, to a reasonable extent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fantastic, already highly recommended to friends.

review 28 Apr 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Just sailing the Adriatic in a catamaran with the best guide and skipper...also the funniest group and scrumptious breakfasts

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Come prepared to be relaxed...join in all activities...go with the flow

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes...we ate meals dinner locally..picked up snacks and wine...visited national parks...left no garbage..recycled...and sailed when enough wind. Did not run low on water...were conservative.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10 out of 10...full of fun and laughs...made new friends..loved our guide and skipper...had good weather which helped..saw beautiful natural and historical sites and were treated so well.

review 2 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Snorkelling into a cave.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't expect a lot of sailing - but plenty going on and generous space on board.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very Good. Extremely relaxing and surprisingly comfortable vacation. The local knowledge was excellent leading to great swimming spots and meals.

review 23 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There were lots of good times, and we happened to have a really fun group on board. More generally, the freedom from sailing is exhilarating, and the Croatian seascape is stunning.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The chargers didn't work very well on board, so if you need it take back-up power.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, in the sense that locals were employed and we dined locally. There were bags on board to collect plastic when swimming if you wished.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent.

review 17 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing around the beautiful islands of Croatia on a state of the art Catamaran was an amazing experience. The feel of Skimming over the sea just using wind power is something I will never forget.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Travel light and be well organised in advance.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We ate at local select restaurants off the beaten track so it did feel like we were benefiting local people. When kayaking we were encouraged to pick up litter from remote beaches with an eco bag, however this was made of plastic and the rubbish we collected just went into a bin. We felt more could be done to recycle rubbish in general as we saw most rubbish on the boat was disposed of in just one bin.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We loved the sailing part of our vacation as we met some amazing people. The catamaran had plenty of room for everyone and it felt like the best way to see the real Croatia.

review 5 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing around the islands

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Definitely book a sailing excursion. Get away from all the tourists.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I need to do it again!

review 11 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The chance to visit quiet bays, swim in clean areas and warm waters and dine in local restaurants with delicious meals away from tourist spots. The beds were very comfortable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take snacks that do not need any preparation in kitchen such as cutting. We were not allowed access to galley and found it difficult to have these cut for us when we asked. Water shoes were not necessarily needed.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We encountered a number of issues during our 4 days. From being told we were not able to have the snacks on board because dinner was in 1 hour, running out of gas 2 out of 4 mornings so there was not hot water for coffee or tea in the morning, not having bins in bathrooms cleaned out. The boat, location and diversity of activity outweighed these negatives.

review 23 Jun 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Swimming off the boat. Island hopping

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Spend less time in dubrovnik.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

No -- big motorized boat

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Greg, We are glad to hear you liked your vacation and many thanks for taking time to write the review. Even though it is very hard to avoid any kind of motorized vehicles today, we still tried to do that by investing in to catamarans and sailboats that use wind power rather than speed boats, motor yachts or ski jets. Of course it happens that the wind is not strong enough to get your from one point to another so we have to use motors. Besides our company has since its first days used human powered activities such as rafting, biking, kayaking, SUP and today sailing. We will however encourage our crew to sail as much as possible. Kind regards, Iva

review 28 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I know it sounds cliché, but there are too many to mention!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pack reef shoes. And push yourself out of your comfort zone.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, blue bag initiative is fantastic. It was good to eat at local places to support the people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great. Would recommend it to anyone!

review 26 Jun 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

All of it! From the incredibly beautiful swimming spots to the quaint villages we visited, it was incredible. The food was local and outstanding. The skipper knew all the best spots and just where to take us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Expect tight sleeping spaces and no aircon. Recommend you share expectations up front so you hit the spots you are anticipating. The itinerary is a loose one and adapted to the group and weather so be sure to let the crew know what your deal breakers might be. I also recommend you visit Dubrovnik before or after the cruise and spend your time sailing on the things you cannot do from the shore.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


review 18 Jun 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The trip

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Read well the recommendations before packing.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, they are fantastic

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An A +

review 8 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Walking in the stunning scenery of these magnificent islands. The late summer weather was just perfect for hiking, the sea was warm for swimming, the fellow hikers and our wonderful guide made the week!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Do not hesitate to book. Daily walks are moderate but few hours with breaks. Prepare yourself a bit beforehand and you have no problems to enjoy it all. Accommodation and meals were average but very well met my needs.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

This was an excellent experience in all.

review 6 Jul 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing with the vacation provider was amazing with the wind just pushing the Catermaran across the Adreactic sea will the sun was setting . Stunning orange sky's and looking at the islands around us while having our own private party on board with our fantastic crew and other new adventure sailing buddies . Priceless moment for me !

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If you like adventure , being active and sporty and can get on well with new people . Being flexible with changes as the weather can alter what activities you do for the day and where you end up sailing to .

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes the local people heavily rely on tourism for their income . Using vehicles that need human power to get around has a positive impact on the environment and an enjoyment for the individual and being a far more healthy way of getting around .

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was one of my best trips and adventures I've had . I loved the fact that every day was full of activities and new adventures exploring the most stunning islands in Croatia .

review 19 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The scenery in Croatia is amazing. Our guide and skipper were incredible and the whole trip was fantastic. I especially loved all of the activities.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

No tips come to mind. We really enjoyed the trip and didn't seem to need anything more than what was offered.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our vacation definitely benefited local people - all of our meals were at local restaurants and we were able to pick up supplies at local stores.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10/10. Amazing trip!

review 29 Sep 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole trip was memorable but the special part I remember most fondly is riding up to a remote farmhouse for lunch on one of the islands with our fantastic guide - Stefano. Greeted by an energetic friendly dog and a lovely couple who rely mostly on their own produce and a kilometre walk to the nearest road. Lunch was home made bread fresh from the oven, home cured prosciutto, home grown tomatoes and olive oil, washed down with their local red. Coffee was offered after and I dared asked about the possibility of milk.... 'hmm yes, is goats milk ok?' was translated from Croatian into English. How could I say no! He then went out to the barn, cornered the goat and served me warm milk in a little jug. The best coffee I have had in a long time, thank you! Spending 4 days aboard and sailing around the islands, often feeling you were the only ones there, in the capable hands of our captain - Patrick and swimming into a cave just like the Blue Grotto. Most memorable, hard to pick!!!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't think about it any more, just book it! I would go again. Pack light, don't take too many clothes, swimmers and a hat and ohh mosquito repellant for the evenings. Travel towel was used too to keep bath towel salt free. As we were traveling for a month there was still plenty of room for our suitcases under the bed. There were plenty of opportunities to buy extra snacks and wine, ATM's were available also during the trip. If you are from Australia take some vegemite, everyone was curious. We travelled with our teenage daughter who enjoyed the energy levels of activities and fellow travelers.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The local communities benefited from us eating at their family run restaurants, using locals who knew the area so well not only for sailing but on land also. Fresh produce was bought daily at local shops for breakfast which was fresh and tasty, served on board and presented beautifully each morning. There was recycling facilities on board, use of non motorised equipment - sail power some of the time, mountain bikes, sea kayaks reduced our impact to the environment dramatically compared to the big cruise ships or party boats.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

This vacation was amazing! From our first point of contact of inquiry through to pre trip accommodation in Dubrovnik, to the trip itself and drop off back at the airport. Attention to detail, timing, allergy requests, sharing of meals with other travelers and crew, encouraging us to go a little further - "it's not far" was definitely worth it. The highlight of our month in Europe. Worth every cent, or should I say Kuna. 10+/10

review 3 Jun 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Loved the small villages, cycling and trying the SUP. The catamaran and crew were fantastic

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Dont bother with too many clothes especially if the weather is good but do remember a wind jacket for the boat. Buy snacks for the boat in case you feel peckish...

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Supported economy in small villages

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. Would definitely recommend it

review 3 Aug 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There were lots! - Sitting on the boat in the sun, under sail, with no noise other than the waves! - learning to paddle board - the clear seas - the storms and torrential rain - the stunning locations

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take drinking water with you (or buy from shops when you stop) as there is none on the boat. Also there is little fridge space, as you are sharing the small fridge with the crew and other passengers. Most of the islands only take cash. Be prepared for the travel agenda not to work as planned as you have to respect the skipper as to where the weather will allow you to travel to. Allow the crew to suggest where to go as all their suggestions for food were very good. You may be sharing the boat with up to 8 other people so you need to be sociable.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes to a degree. We had less sailing than we expected and therefore used the engine more than we would have liked but that was partly because of the poor weather. We visited smaller less touristy resorts so helped the tourism here and definately benefitted local people. The boat had a plastic bottle recycling bin on it!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An amazing experience. I am not a sailor and am not confident on boats but I went outside my comfort zone and thoroughly enjoyed it. You are sailing for between 1 1/2 and 4 hours max in a day and the skipper was very good and would not (and did not) go out to sea when the weather was bad. We had 5 teenagers (age 13 to 19) with us. The girls sunbathed and swam, the boys snorkelled and paddle boarded and kayaked whenever we stopped. Personally I would not suggest this for much younger children as they could be bored when sailing. Our guys all had great fun and will remember this for a long time

review 26 Sep 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I would say having drinks on the boat one evening with the boat under full sail with the sun setting.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take aqua shoes and flip flops.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Pretty good bit disorganised, lovely place and people, pity about the plumbing on the boat.

review 24 Jun 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

It was all so wonderful, stunning views, fantastic food and great activities but I think the real highlight was seeing the pods of dolphins play near our boat.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pack light, go with the flow - things will change but always for the better. Bring decent water shoes, the beaches are not sand so the rocks and pebbles can be sharp underfoot.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we often ate with local families and the food was amazing - very fresh (just from the garden or sea), wonderfully cooked and often with wine that they had grown in their own vineyards. It was great to see local families benefiting directly from our tour. In addition, our captain was very knowledgable about the local business practices so often steered us to the more responsible vendors.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

The vacation was so much better than I expected, the weather was certainly on our side but there was so much to do and see and all the equipment was provided so there was plenty of choice. If we wanted to go cycling instead of sea kayaking, it was so easy to change, this meant the vacation was much relaxed and felt more personal than having to conform to the needs of a wider group.

review 23 Jun 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Impossible to pick one memorable moment. The whole vacation was perfect from start to finish.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Relax and go with the flow. It's organised for you.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. A lot of the activities and meals were sourced from local people. The meals were all based around local products.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Perfect. It was exciting and active whilst also being relaxing. The scenery is beautiful. The boat is very comfy.

review 17 Jul 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Adventures, cycling, paddle boarding and kayaking off the Catamaran. Great dinners.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Skip the last night in Zaton Bay, poor accommodations and no good dining options.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not really.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good. Would book through responsible travel again but not this operator, the owner was very distracted with a new person taking over running the business. Appreciated the complimentary guide book form lonely Planet. Will buy these in future.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Perny, We're glad to hear you overall enjoyed your trip. However we would like to comment on the fact you did not feel there was a benefit from this vacation to the local community, or that it was environmentally responsible. You mentioned that you had great dinners while on this trip. I'm sure you noticed that these dinners were organized with local families in their restaurants. We run this trip in an area where there are more an more large hotel chains opening every day. We choose to work with the small restaurants and private accommodations rather than these large hotels because we want to support local businesses. We bring guests to their restaurants twice every week. Your vacation with us directly contributed to them being able to stay in business and do what they chose to do, rather than being forced to leave their small towns and work at large hotels as maids, waiters and chefs. As for the environmental impact, you wrote you enjoyed cycling, paddle boarding, kayaking and being on the catamaran. Our company chose to promote these activities, rather than for example jet skis, quads or motor yachts exactly because of their low impact on the environment. This has been our philosophy for more than 20 years. Your last night in Zaton Bay - the accommodation is also owned and run by a local family, as are the four restaurants which are within a 15 minute walking distance from the B&B where you were staying. I hope this helps clarify our policy and philosophy when it comes to responsibility towards both the local community and environment.

review 27 Sep 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The entire trip was memorable and exciting from the activities to the local restaurants.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

This trip was full of activities such as biking, kayaking, swimming and walking so be prepared for an active vacation. The captain of the cataraman was very enthusiastic about providing as much opportunity as he could for various experiences. Also be prepared to enjoy some fabulous local cuisine.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our captain had a very close relationship with the local residents and we were able to enjoy some fabulous local cuisine.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

This vacation was outstanding!

review 18 Jun 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most memorable part of the trip was hanging out on the boat with the other travelers and the captain's sense of humour throughout the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring some good water shoes that double as walking shoes and anything you'd like to use for swimming like snorkel gear (can be purchased in the grocery store nearby before you leave), floaties, balls, etc. Also, be open and flexible as the schedule may switch around a bit.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We definitely felt like the trip benefited locals and was way better for the environment than a cruise ship, especially when we were using wind power to sail.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

This trip was just absolutely amazing and we would highly recommend it.

review 2 Nov 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The kayaking trip. It was so exhilarating going down waterfalls and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't overpack! The company will provide you with all the equipment you need, including wetsuits and boots for the water activities. I went with a relatively small group (there were 10 of us) and we were all physically pretty fit and tended to go at a fair pace during kayaking and mountain biking, so I would say that a certain level of fitness would help you to get the best out of the activities.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We shopped locally for food and the guide was always aware of our surroundings and the people around us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent! One of the best vacations I've ever had. I felt safe at all times and our guide was absolutely superb. I came back feeling refreshed and like I'd had a proper break from my life in the city.

review 7 Oct 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sailing and kayaking were fab! Also great local food and wine.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take a gel bicycle seat or cycling shorts.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes local restaurants and family houses used for accommodation and dining.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Brill.

review 22 Aug 2011

One of the best vacations I have been on! Perfect combination of relaxing and activities. We have been to places that you would never come across as a normal tourist and got the chance to sample some amazing food, all in all an excellent trip and I would highly recommend it.

review 12 Aug 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole experience was amazing. We did such a variety of activities - hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, sailing. We loved the diversity of experiences. It was fabulous! Croatia is SO beautiful and the people are wonderful. I think the best part of booking through this tour opertaor was access to local people. We ate the BEST home-cooked meals at local fishermen and farmers' houses. It was very special!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Do it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes. Absolutely. Many of our meals were eaten at local people's homes, so we paid them directly for their hospitality and food. We were also able to recycle our bottles while on the boat, which we appreciated.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was excellent!

review 28 Sep 2010

If you are traveling alone be aware the group may change along the way and you may be left with no ' group ' for company. Out of the 7 day trip I had 3 days of solitude!

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