Galesnik Island, the first in line of the Pakleni Islands
Galesnik Island, the first in line of the Pakleni Islands

Sea Kayaking the Pakleni Islands, Hvar


Directly in front of Hvar Town sits a string of wooded islands known to locals as Pakleni otoci (Pakleni Islands). Pack your swimwear and towel and head to the town's beachfront for a sunset kayaking tour. The islands are the most beautiful part of the Hvar Riviera and a favorite retreat for locals seeking to escape the summer heat. Altogether, there are 14 wooded and rocky islets, which you'll explore by kayak as the sky shifts colors and the sun melts into the sea.

The islands' unique shape makes them perfect for kayaking, as you can weave in and out of scenic coves hidden in the many "legs" of the islets. The closest island to Hvar Town is Jerolim, which hosts clothing-optional beaches and laid-back vibes. The largest is Sveti Klement, which is worth a stop for its quaint coastal villages, including Palmižana with a scenic bay, sandy beach, buzzy marina, and several cafes. Take time to stop and swim in the crystal-clear waters or relax on the beaches. 

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Itineraries with Sea Kayaking the Pakleni Islands

Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, & Split - 8 Days

From Dubrovnik's city walls and limestone-paved streets to the ancient Roman city of Split, this 7-day itinerary features the highlights of Croatia's stunning Dalmatian coast. Enjoy three nights in the "Adriatic Pearl" discovering baroque buildings and medieval fortresses, savor Dalmatian cuisine in Marco Polo's hometown of Korčula, and explore the 14 wooded and rocky islets of the Pakleni archipelago on a guided kayak tour.

Best of Dalmatia: Split, Hvar, Korčula, & Dubrovnik - 7 Days

Discover the best of Croatia's Dalmatian coast in a week. Starting in the historic port city of Split, you'll wander through Diocletian's Palace and ancient Roman ruins before taking off for the islands of Hvar and Korčula, Marco Polo's former home. End the trip with a scenic drive through the Pelješac Peninsula—Croatia's famous wine region—before enjoying two nights in the fortressed city of Dubrovnik.

Croatia Family Vacation: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 6 Days

With an exciting focus on activities sure to keep both parents and kids entertained, this quick 6-day itinerary begins in the ancient coastal city of Split and ends in the limestone-paved town of Dubrovnik. You'll discover Roman ruins throughout Split, from palaces and sphinxes to historic gates, kayak the Adriatic Sea to the wooded Pakleni Islands from sunny Hvar,  and enjoy an afternoon looking on as the kids take up the reins and ride a pony (or horse) at Honey Valley, near Dubrovnik.

Croatia Multisport: Zagreb, Plitvice, Paklenica, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is perfect for the active traveler, from the neo-baroque buildings and leafy green parks in Zagreb to the narrow alleys and medieval fortress walls of Dubrovnik. You'll spend a day canyoning the Cetina River and discover the natural beauty of both Korčula and Hvar islands as you bike and hike your way through the rugged terrain of the Pelješac Peninsula. You'll also spend time visiting Plitvice Lakes, trekking in Paklenica National Park, and exploring historic Šibenik.

Highlights of Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Hvar & Dubrovnik

Spend a week exploring Croatia's top highlights on this packed itinerary, from the lively capital of Zagreb to medieval Dubrovnik. Follow winding boardwalks through lush woods and glassy travertine lakes in Plitvice and Krka National Parks and ride a ferry to the coastal city of Split, dotted with impressive Roman ruins. You'll discover Hvar and its nearby Pakleni Islands on back-to-back kayaking and cycling excursions and cap off your trip touring the "Pearl of the Adriatic."