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Through out the summer, taxi boats leave from the harbour port in Korcula Town and Lumbarda every half an hour or an hour to Badija, Vrnik and less frequently to Stupe. It is also possible to hire a kayak or boat and take a self-guided trip to one of these remote islands. If you hire a boat you can also reach the islets further out at sea such as Vela Sestrica and Mala Sestrica, where there is a lighthouse on the larger of these two islands (Vela). Kayaks and boats can be hire from both Korcula and Lumbarda.
Or why not join Mario on a fun and relaxing half day boat tour around the Korcula archipelago stopping at a couple of beautiful locations for swimming and snorkelling with a fish lunch or dinner and wine served on board.
The Dalmatian coast of Croatia is made up of hundreds of islands. Lying just off the coast between Korcula and Lumbarda are 20 of these. This group of small islets is collective known as the Skoji Islands. You can visit many of these islets in the archipelago during your holiday to Korcula. For a good day trip, pack your towel and swimming costume and take a water taxi from Korcula to Badija, Vrnik or Stupe (or hop between them). Alternatively join a boat trip or hire a kayak for the day and paddle your way around.
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Badija is the largest of the islets in the Korcula archipelago. Its landmark feature is a Gothic-Rennaisance Franciscan monastery built in the fifteenth-century. The monastery is currently undergo rennovation but is now open to visitors in the summer months. Surrounding the monastery, the islet is covered by a dense forest inhabited by friendly deer that eagerly await your petting and feeding! You are able to walk the full way round the island by the path or up to the old watch tower. However the main draw has to be the rocky coastline, utilised by sun-worshippers and bathers alike. There is a well presented and reasonable priced restaurant on Badija serving food and drink.
Another delightful spot to get away to is the islet of Vrnik. Less than half the size of Badija this is the only inhabited Skoji Island and is famed for the quality of stone quarried here. The stone was used to build the Capital building in Washington, US, as well as in the construction of a number of famous buildings throughout Europe. There are small attractive white pebbled beaches dotted around the islet, where you will be enticed into the sea by the lapping waters. There is a small restaurant on Vrnik serving food and drink. There are about 20 houses on Vrnik and today only one inhabitant lives on the island all year round.
Why not stay on Vrnik? Fantastic opportunity to spend your holiday here on a family or group holiday to Korcula. Holiday House for rent on Vrnik Islet.
Stupe is smaller and slightly further away from the shore-line of Korcula. It has a popular restaurant and bar and offers some great snorkelling. Rachael learnt how to snorkel here and she loved it. Stupe is a wonderful place to relax and rewind for the day.
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday surrounded by sea and nature, how about a spacious holiday house on Vrnik Islet?
August 2nd - Procession of "Perdun"
A traditional procession to Badija named Perdun takes place each year. People squeeze into all sized boats and make a pilgrimage over to this small islet, carrying an icon of Our Lady.
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Enjoy a 4 hour boat trip around the archipelago with stops for swimming & a fish meal served onboard.