I had arrived in Split with almost no plan in hand. I knew that the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia is stunning, and it was almost decided that it would an extempore trip! Talking to a few friends at my hostel, I realized that there’s plenty of islands to be seen. In fact, island hopping is one of the best things you can do here in Split. After using Google for a while, I booked a Split to Brac day trip with Summer Blues, just to experience the cruise in a catamaran.
Itinerary at a glance
Typically, the day-trips start from the Split port at about 9 am and you can expect to return back by 7.30 pm. Central Dalmatia, for the uninitiated, is known for the islands of Brač and Hvar, both being easily accessible from Split. Our catamaran trip included Zlatni Rat beach, which is also called Golden Horn and is one of the most-loved beaches in Europe. It took us about an hour to Brač, Supetar town, where we had an inland bus tour to Bol that included a stop on Vidova Gora. By 12.30 pm, I was seeing the famed Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach, and we had been given more than two hours to enjoy the beach and have a tan. The catamaran took us to Bila Lučica bay next at about 3 pm, which also included lunch onboard with a swim top at an isolated bay. We also sailed around the island all the way to Stipanska bay and had a swim stop in between. It took an hour to reach Split at around 6.30 pm.
What I liked and what I didn’t?
Well, a day trip to Brac is something I would certainly recommend, especially if you can choose a good service. The stop at “Lučice” bay, the incredible views of vineyards, amazing local fruits served onboard and lunch was some of the main highlights. I really enjoyed the sunset on the cruise, and the music was pretty good. There was nothing to dislike, but like any other beer lover, I hoped to have unlimited drinks. However, they served what’s called the “Summer Blues cocktail”, which was worth enjoying.
July, August are two busy months, which can increase your costs, but I was here in July and that extra price was not something I regret. If you are traveling with your family, I would recommend that you book in advance. For solo travelers and honeymooners, I recommend an impromptu.