27.07.2012 - 05.08.2012
After two amazing but very full on weeks in Spain it was time for some boating in Croatia. Our travels to Dubrovnik were drama free and we had a nice hotel. This came as a relief as it was only 3 weeks prior that we realised we had book flights and accommodation to Split however out Sail Croatia trip was starting in Dubrovnik! Can’t say GD and I were overly impressed with STA. we had one day to kill in Dubrovnik before our sailing started. Dubrovnik has many interesting historical sights to visit (e.g. the wall around the Old Town) but today we couldn’t face being travellers and opted for some sun baking, reading (50 Shades of Grey – as are all females in Europe) and a dip in the sea. It was bliss! Our hotel recommended an amazing little restaurant for dinner and we ended up going there twice. So now we thought we were ready for Sail Croatia, little did we know…
• Initial shock of arriving on the boat, primitive conditions. Our cabin was tiny, it consisted of bunk beds and enough room for one person to stand. GD had to sleep with her bag on her bed because there wasn’t any room for it. The bathroom was a humid box with a toilet and shower head above it!
• After a few hours of ‘sailing’ (we used the motor the whole time, never saw a sail) we were docked in a small village and had a Captains dinner as the sun went down, they do sunsets well on the Dalmatian coast
• Food on the boat was pretty good, we were survived breakfast and then one many meal a day. Don’t think I have every consumed so much salt in my life!
• Our tour guide, Mate, the only local Busabout guide impressed us to begin with. He had a keen interest in war history and the European economy (we study economics and mathematics), so over the first two days he gave us a few interesting history listens and gave his point of view on Croatia joining the EU and the crisis in Spain/Italy/Greece. And also explained why Croatians/Eastern Europeans can come across as rude when speaking English, basically they don’t use please/thankyou/excuse me etc.. in their language, they simply say what they want! But after the second night he was useless. He staged dived off the bar and only his feet were caught, his head hit the ground with such a noise that everyone stopped and looked! He must have had a severe concussion because he slept the whole next day. For the rest of the week he gave us no information about the islands, what to do when we got there etc…
• Sea legs kicked in on day two – horrible feeling to be swaying when you are on land. GD had a rough time with this
• Sleeping on the roof under the stars to escape the heat of the cabin and the noise of people as they walk past our room (the boats dock and tie together so people must walk through your boat to reach land)
• We had some amazing nights out in very unique locations. Where ever we went the towns were bustling with people all night long! They don’t sleep for July and August
o Korcula: Massimo rooftop cocktail bar for sunset
o Hvar: Tequila boom booms – smash a shot glass on your head a Kiva bar
o Makarska: Cave party and then via the amazing pizza place on the way home!
o Omis pirate party
• GD and I had our daily walking/running adventures and I even managed to hire a bike for a few hours. My favourites were a
o 3hour walk in Mljet national park
o Afternoon ride with Bec through the winery region of Stan Grad
o Trek up to the fortress in Omis – this was the one thing Mate lead us on – it was much harder then we thought but the views were spectacular
• People! Of 23 on the boat we had one token American and the rest were Aussies. There was a real mix of people, from 3 cashed up tradies from Melbourne who were here to party (and had terrible taste in music), to a couple on their honeymoon, to a couple of 19 year old girls travelling. Met some amazing people that I got along really well with. So glad I am travelling at this age and not any younger, the younger girls cared too much about what other people thought of them and what they were doing (like being back at school)!
• Swimming and relaxing! We spent a fair bit of time on the boat which was nice to begin with but becomes boring after a while if you have ants in your pants! The swim stops were incredible as the water is so blue! It’s also very salty which makes floating a breeze (salinity of the Adriatic sea – 38-39g of salt dissolved in 1kg of water
Over all I had amazing week on Sail Croatia. Yes we were roughing it, yes we were sleep deprived and dirty the entire time and yes we were all very sick by the end of it but it’s all part of the experience!
I won’t be rushing to get back on a boat anytime soon and I was so appreciative of my hostel with air-conditioning and separate clean toilet and bathrooms! But I will definitely be heading back to Croatia, beautiful place!