Kotor in Montenegro is one of the most beautiful coastal cities along the Adriatic coast. It’s famous for being a UNESCO World Heritage site and you’ll often see many cruise ships stop by the bay. The bay is absolutely beautiful, so going on a boat tour in Kotor is for obvious reasons one of the most popular activities to do.
Out of the many things to do in Kotor, one of the highlights for us are the boat tours that you can do in and around the bay. There are some iconic places to visit where lots of these boat tours go such as Lady of the Rocks, Mamula Island, Blue Cave, and Submarine Tunnel.
In this post, we have listed 5 different options to help you choose which boat tour in Kotor fits your schedule and your interests. All 5 of the tours are quite unique and depart from Kotor so you have some great options to pick from!
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The 5 best boat trips in Kotor, Montenegro
Pro tip: most boat tours book out in advance during the summer months in Kotor so it’s best to book in advance!
#1 Kotor Blue Cave & Lady of the Rocks Boat Tour
- ⛵️ Book your Kotor Blue Cave & Lady of the Rocks boat tour on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: Roughly 3 hours
- 💸 Cost: €43 to €48
This is an action-packed boat tour in Kotor! Three hours may not seem like much but in three hours you’ll be able to see a bunch of the sights around Kotor and even a few of the most famous sights in all of Montenegro.
First, you’ll pass by the Our Lady of the Rocks and the church that sits on the man-made island. After that, you’ll make your way to the famous Blue Cave where you’ll have time to go for a swim in the water. In our opinion, this is the best part of the whole tour!
The Blue Cave isn’t accessible otherwise so it’s really cool to come out there by boat and go for a swim in this awesome cave. Of course, it’ll be a little busy since most of the boat tours in Kotor come here but it’s big enough for quite a few people to enjoy.
After your swim in the cave, you’ll have a chance to sail out to the end of the bay where you can see Mamula Island which was used as a prison during WW2. These days, it has been transformed into a 5-star hotel!
For being a 3-hour trip you really do get to see and do a lot on this boat tour. For the price of the tour this is definitely one of the best boat tours you can do here in Kotor.
#2 Kotor Full Day Cruise to Boka Bay
- ⛵️ Book your Kotor full-day Boka Bay day cruise on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: Roughly 8 hours
- 💸 Cost: €54
This boat tour in Kotor gives you a full day out in the water exploring the Bay of Kotor and the surrounding areas. On this tour, you’re also going to see all the iconic sights but you will spend more time at each one. There will also be more time to spend swimming in the gorgeous blue water and soaking up the sun that always shines on the Adriatic Coast.
You’ll be sailing around Mamula Island and seeing the old prison, as well as visiting the Our Lady of The Rocks and stopping by the Blue Cave for a nice swim and hang out.
For lunch, the tour stops at Porto Montenegro where you’ll enjoy a nice meal (not included in the tour price) in this beautiful coastal town. After that, you’ll head back out on the water for some more sightseeing and adventuring. Maybe even another dip in the ocean if you’re up for it.
Then on the way back to Kotor, you’ll be able to take in all the views. The trip back to Kotor is one of the most beautiful scenes because you have this beautiful coastal city with these stunning mountains as a backdrop directly behind it. You really can’t beat this view!
Fun fact: On this tour, you’ll get the chance to try out rakija shots which is a special Serbian liquor enjoyed all throughout the Balkans.
#3 Bay of Kotor Kayak Tour
- ⛵️ Book your Bay of Kotor kayak tour on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: 2.5-3 hours
- 💸 Cost: €35
It’s not only boat trips in Kotor you do! You can actually kayak in Kotor as well and it is so much fun! This is a very unique way to see Kotor and if you’re adventurous and love to get out and do things on your own you will absolutely love this kayak tour.
On this kayak tour in Kotor, you’ll get to cruise around the Bay of Kotor and experience the beautiful water and the sights around the bay. During the trip, you’ll have time to relax by the beach and hang out for a bit. You can even take a dip into the sea to cool off, especially during the summer months!
One of the coolest things about kayaking in Kotor is that you can get up close to the houses built by the sea. Usually, the guide will share some stories about some of the brave sailors that built these beautiful houses during the Venetian Rule. So these houses go way way back and it’s truly fascinating to see.
You add the fact that you’re in one of the most beautiful bays in the world and you have one of the best kayak tours you can ever imagine. Boat tours and kayak tours in Kotor are quite different. Even if you do a boat tour you can still enjoy a kayak tour since it is two completely different experiences. So if you have the time, we recommend doing both a boat tour and a kayaking tour!
#4 Kotor Perast Old Town Boat Tour
- ⛵️ Book your Kotor to Perast Old Town day cruise on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: 2 hours
- 💸 Cost: €25 to €28
This is another unique boat tour in Kotor since you’ll visit the Old Town of Perast which not too many boat tours do. Most of the trip is quite similar to the ones mentioned above where you’ll cruise around Boka Bay and see the famous Lady of The Rocks church on the small little island.
What makes this tour different is that after all that, you will make your way to the coastal town of Perast. Perast is another UNESCO heritage site and home to some incredible architecture. Enjoy an ice cream or a beer in Perast while taking in the views of the towers, churches, and baroque palaces.
After seeing Perast, you will slowly cruise back towards Kotor while admiring the views of the mountains surrounding this beautiful city. This Perast Old Town day cruise is only 2 hours long but you are sure to get to see a lot in those two hours.
#5 Kotor Stand-up Paddle Board Tour
- ⛵️ Book your Kotor SUP tour on GetYourGuide
- ⏰ Time: 2 hours
- 💸 Cost: €35
Last, but certainly not least, on this list is SUP in Kotor! Stand-up paddle boarding has become a huge trend around the world in the past few years. Why not try it in one of the most beautiful places in the world?
This 2-hour SUP tour in Kotor obviously doesn’t take you as far as the boat tours do but you do get to see more of the coastline around Kotor and all the beaches nearby. Plus it’s really fun!
This trip is more of a relaxing SUP trip where you’ll cruise around the coast and the guide will share some information about Kotor and its history. You definitely don’t have to be an expert at paddleboarding. Your guide will give you some tips and tricks to stand and paddle on it.
We love adventures and trying new things so that’s why something like a SUPing around Kotor is probably one of the best tours you can do. It’s different and unique and you actually get to do a sport while seeing somewhere new which is really cool.
If you have the time we’d recommend combining a boat tour of Kotor with a SUP tour since they’re both two totally different experiences.
Other related questions about Kotor
Is Kotor worth visiting?
Kotor is 100% worth visiting! The city of Kotor is incredible and even just for a day, there’s so much to do. From boat tours in Kotor to hiking up to St John’s Fortress this UNESCO Heritage site is absolutely worth visiting.
Is Kotor Montenegro walkable?
Kotor as a city is very small and completely walkable. You can roam the streets of Kotor and most of the streets in under an hour or two. Kotor is a very flat city for the most part besides a few streets. So Kotor is very walkable!
What is the best stand up paddle boarding in Kotor?
There are a few companies that operate stand-up paddleboarding in Kotor and Adventure Montenegro is our go-to choice. In 2 hours with a local guide, you’ll get to experience Kotor from the water while learning some interesting information from a local guide.
What is Kotor Montenegro known for?
Kotor Montenegro is known for many things and the city and area itself is a UNESCO Heritage site for a reason. The Bay of Kotor itself is absolutely stunning and the sights you can see in and around the bay are stunning.
Kotor is also known for the St John’s Fortress and the famous Kotor Ladder trail that leads to the fortress that overlooks the city of Kotor.
One last thing that many people don’t know is that Kotor is actually known as “the cat city” for all the cats you can find around the city and there’s even a cat museum in Kotor.
Is Kotor safe?
Kotor is a very safe place to visit. Of course, stuff can happen anywhere! Kotor is a touristy city so always be on the lookout for pickpocketing and small stuff like that. However, in general, Montenegro and Kotor city is a very safe place to visit.
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Recap of 5 Fun boat tours in Kotor, Montenegro
As you can see, there is a great variety of boat trips in Kotor and other fun water activities you can do. They all offer something unique and it’s worth trying out at least 2 different types of trips if you have a few days to spend in Kotor. Most of the tours will stop by the same places but they each offer something unique.
The Bay of Kotor itself is stunning so just being out on the water and looking back at Kotor and the mountains in the distance is awesome. Montenegro has so much history and you learn a lot about it from the local guides on these boat tours which is really fascinating.
There are two things we absolutely recommend doing while you’re in Kotor and one is hiking the Kotor Ladder or wall up to St John’s Fortress. The second is going on a boat tour in Kotor. If you get a chance to do both of these activities you’ll have an awesome time in this little UNESCO city right on the Adriatic coast.
Dom & Jo
Red White Adventures