Dubrovnik is known for Game of Thrones tours, having one of the most beautiful old towns in the Balkans, and for all the awesome boat tours you can do in Dubrovnik. That’s good news because that means there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to exploring and adventuring out on the water!
From kayaking to renting your own boat in Dubrovnik and all the guided tours in between there’s so much you can do out on the water. The famous Lokrum Island is only a short trip away by boat so if you decide to rent a boat in Dubrovnik you can easily spend a day there.
The options are pretty much endless with some amazing kayaking trips from Dubrovnik to some hidden beaches or just casual boat trips that cruise around the beautiful coast near the city. If you’re looking to get out on the water then here are 5 different and unique options to get out on the Adriatic Sea.
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The 5 best boat tours and rentals in Dubrovnik
Pro tip: most boat tours book out in advance during the summer months in Dubrovnik so it’s best to book in advance!
#1 Half-day cave and beach boat tour Dubrovnik
- ⛵️ Book your cave and beach boat tour on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: Roughly 4 hours
- 💸 Cost: €68
In our opinion, there’s no better thing to do in Dubrovnik than getting out in the water and enjoying the day from out on the Adriatic. That’s why this 4-hour tour with hidden beaches and caves is a perfect way to get away from all the crowds in Old Town Dubrovnik.
This half-day cruise has everything you could possibly need. There’s time to swim and snorkel and just enjoy being out on the water. Then there’s also the excitement of the hidden caves and beaches you can only access by boat or kayak.
Lunch is included on this trip so you really only have to bring a bathing suit, sunglasses, and some sunscreen (we recommend this one) to enjoy the 4 hours out on the water.
It’s the perfect balance of relaxation and excitement. If you’re visiting Dubrovnik for a few days and have the time to be out at sea for a full afternoon then this is the trip. It’s an affordable and fun way to spend an afternoon in Dubrovnik.
#2 Guided sea-kayak tour in Dubrovnik
- ⛵️ Book your sea kayak adventure in Dubrovnik on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: Roughly 3 hours
- 💸 Cost: €32
Sea kayaking in Dubrovnik is one of the most fun activities you can do. There’s that sense of adventure since you get to cruise and paddle in your own kayak but at the same time, you get to sit back and enjoy the views. And the views are amazing! Especially once you’re out in the water and look back at Dubrovnik and even Lokrum Island.
You also get to go and stop at one of the hidden beaches in Dubrovnik on this guided kayak tour. You’ll have some time to swim or hang out and enjoy a little snack.
If we can recommend something it would be to go on a sunset kayak tour in Dubrovnik. On the whole way back you’ll have the sun setting over Dubrovnik and it’s absolutely magical. Besides being on the top of Mount Srd, being out on a kayak for sunset is the best sunset spot in Dubrovnik.
Once you’re back from the sunset kayak you’ll be greeted with a glass of wine and time to chat with the other people on the tour. This kayak tour was one of the highlights of our time in Dubrovnik and one of the things we recommend to all our friends who visit this medieval city.
#3 Your own boat rental in Dubrovnik
- ⛵️ Book your own boat on SamBoat
- ⏰ Time: Varies depending on the boat
- 💸 Cost: From €40 to +€250
If you’re looking for a more private tour then you can easily rent your own boat in Dubrovnik. There are plenty of different boat rentals that you can rent for different lengths of time. It’s up to you to decide what fits best with what you’re looking for and go from there.
Renting your own boat is nice since you can go wherever you want. If you want to spend more time around Lokrum Island or make your way to one of the hidden beaches around Dubrovnik you can do that.
Renting a private boat is also a nice way to have a more private and intimate experience since it’s just you and whoever else you travel with. If there’s a place to rent a boat it’s here in Dubrovnik. The coast and sea here is absolutely stunning and there are so many small islands near Dubrovnik and places to visit.
If you do go with a private boat rental then rent it out the whole day so you can really maximize the day and get to see everything you want to see.
#4 Full-day Elafiti Island boat cruise from Dubrovnik
- ⛵️ Book your Elafiti Islands day trip on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: Roughly 8 hours
- 💸 Cost: €39
Ready for some island hopping? This boat tour is a full-day cruise from Dubrovnik along the Mediterranean Sea where you’ll get to experience and see some cool islands not far from mainland Croatia: The Elafiti Islands.
Lunch and unlimited drinks are included on this 8-hour sailing trip so you’ll never be short of anything while hanging out and relaxing on the boat. You’ll cruise from island to island and get to experience one of the best boat tours from Dubrovnik.
One of the highlights of this trip is that you actually get to sample local olive oil made by hand. On top of the delicious Croatian cuisine you get to try on board, this is truly an authentic experience.
The 8 hours fly by with all the different places you visit on this trip. Especially since the 8 hours aren’t spent on the water but more traveling between the islands and visiting places that are only accessible by boat!
#5 Dubrovnik Sunset Cruise with dinner
- ⛵️ Book your sunset cruise with dinner on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: Roughly 2 hours
- 💸 Cost: €64
This trip feels like it’s straight out of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. This 2-hour sunset dinner cruise around Dubrovnik takes place on a 16th-century wooden boat. You couldn’t ask for a cooler place to enjoy dinner with a view.
For 2 hours you’ll sail on the Adriatic taking in the sunset over Dubrovnik and enjoying the calmness of the ocean. It’s quite a unique experience and if you’re looking to have dinner out at sea then this is the perfect trip.
The tour itself is a bit fancier and everyone dresses up for the occasion. It’s not crazy fancy but it’s best to wear one of your nicer outfits for this tour. It is a great tour if you’re looking for something a bit more romantic.
Enjoy watching Dubrovnik twinkle in the dark sky behind the city walls. The panoramic views you get from the viewpoints on the boat are quite impressive. Especially as the sun is coming down and setting behind the Adriatic. It’s definitely one of the best boat tours you can do in Dubrovnik!
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Recap of 5 fun boat tours in Dubrovnik
There are so many fun things to do in Dubrovnik but a boat tour along the Adriatic and around the coast of Dubrovnik is one of the best things you can do in the city. Dubrovnik is known for its beautiful ocean and coastline so why not make the most of it and go see it?
Whether it’s island hopping, a tour around Lokrum, or you just want to hop in a kayak and tour around Dubrovnik you can do all that with the variety of tours from the city. They’re all quite different and unique so it’s just up to you what kind of adventure you’re looking for.
If you end up doing one of the tours we recommended, please let us know what you think! If you have questions about any of these tours or anything related to Dubrovnik then feel free to DM us on Instagram or leave a comment below so we can get back to you.