Obviously, there are more than just two day trips that you can do from Split, however. since we were there for a short period I had to choose carefully. We decided that one would be an island trip and the other a city trip.
Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Island Tour
After doing a lot of research on the best tour companies, we decided to go with Pelican Tours. They seemed reasonably priced and the itinerary looked good (not cluttered) The more islands you visit, the more rushed you'll feel. So, the lesser the better. In our case, we would be visiting Blue Cave, Green Cave, Stiniva Bay, Budikovac, Palmizana and Hvar.
We had a little boat which carried about 15 people (including 2 skippers). I cannot say that the seats were very comfortable. Lets say that, if you're a bit bulky ... you might not fit onto the ones in the middle. Other than that, it was okay. The boat doesn't have a roof, but we were okay with it.
The main reason for booking this trip was because we wanted to visit the Blue Cave. Unfortunately, we couldn't! The tide was high and the boat just wouldn't enter the cave. You can imagine how disappointed we were. By the way, it was a 1.5 hour journey to get to the Blue Cave from Split!
Instead we were taken to a nearby island called Komiza. There's nothing much to do on this island, except for strolling around. Make sure you visit Fisherman's Museum for a view of the island.
The Green Cave wasn't as fancy as the Blue Cave (according to me). There's an opening on the top of the cave with light peeping through. Our boat took us in from one side and got us out from the other. Also, you'll see a bunch of people cliff diving.
If you're a good swimmer, the boat stops near Stiniva Bay (a bit away) and you can either dive into the caves or visit the island. We were on the boat because we didn't know how to swim!
Budikovac was my favourite part of this trip. Before we could get off the boat, our skipper told us that there was only one restaurant and one house on the island, and that we should beware of the grumpy owner! So, we tried to keep out distance. The water on this island was amazing! A tip - walk across to the other side of the island.
We stopped at Palmizana for lunch and wine. We had to pay for lunch, however the wine was complimentary with our tour package. There's a beautiful beach on this island as well, however, it was packed. And obviously, we were full!
The last island we visited was Hvar. Some people prefer to stay in Hvar, other than in Split. But I'm glad we chose to stay in Split ... as Hvar seemed a bit expensive. Hvar is filled with many cafes and restaurants and provides excellent photo opportunities. We got lost in those alleys. It is also popular for its lavender fields, which can be visited during the summer season. If you want to buy lavender, buy it at one of the kiosks located away from where the boat docks.
By 6pm, we were back in Split.
Trogir is located about 45 minutes away from Split. If you've managed to cover most of Split and wanna do a short day trip ... Trogir is is good option. We caught a bus from Split main bus station.
Trogir is a historic town connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. Its charming old town is filled with cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, monuments and old churches.
We had lunch at one of the restaurants located on the waterfront. There's a fort here as well. We spent a total of 2 hours in Trogir.
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