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The Croatian islands are clearly the crown jewels of the country's natural treasures. What could be better than spending a holiday hopping from island to island? One way to see the maximum number of islands in a short time is to take an island cruise either with your own boat or as part of a motorized gulet cruise. Several years ago, I opted for a cruise holiday on a small boat and it was the best holiday (of many) I've had in Croatia. Read about it.
Another way to island-hop is to use public ferries in combination with either public transport or a car. Choosing this approach means planning your itinerary carefully. Local ferries that connect the islands are not as frequent as ferries that connect the coast and the islands but they are more frequent between June and September. Check the ferry schedules carefully. See more on local ferries and schedules. Here are some suggestions for island-hopping itineraries of about one week that coordinate well with local ferries.
Brac to Hvar
After visiting Supetar and Bol on Brac Island, take a car ferry from Sumartin to Makarska. See the schedule.
Drive down the coast to Drvenik and take the car ferry to Sucuraj on Hvar Island. See the schedule.
Hvar to Korcula
Take the car ferry from Sucuraj to Drvenik, drive down the coast to Ploce, take the car ferry from Ploce to Trpanj (see the schedule) and then the car ferry from Orebic to Domince, Korcula (see the schedule).
Korcula to Dubrovnik
Take the car ferry from Domince to Orebic and drive down the coast to Dubrovnik (2 1/2 hours).
Take the summer catamaran that runs from Split to Milna and on to Dubrovnik (see the schedule)
Brac to Hvar
Take the same passenger boat from Bol to Jelsa on Hvar Island.
Take the summer catamaran that runs from Split to Milna and on to Hvar and Dubrovnik (see the schedule)
Take the Split-Hvar-Korcula passenger ferry direct to Korcula town. See the schedule.
Take the summer catamaran that runs from Split to Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik (see the schedule)
For this route, the only possibility is to ditch your car as there are only passenger boat connections. In addition to the ferry combinations below, there is a daily passenger boat that runs from Rijeka to Rab town on Rab island to Novalja on Pag island where it's easy to find a bus to Zadar. See the Jadrolinija schedules.
Cres to Mali Losinj
Take the same daily passenger boat to Mali Losinj with an optional stop at Unije, Susak or Ilovik island.
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