The Paklinski Islands Getaway
The Pakleni Islands are our most popular speedboat tours. As if Hvar Town was not already the perfect destination, a string of emerald jewels in front of the town offers escape from the crowds, excellent beaches, great dining, and surprising diversity. Discover the very best with your private speedboat tour.
Legend says that the Pakleni Islands came into existence as a result of a secret love between the sea god Poseidon and a nymph. Even today it’s easy to see why this lovely necklace of little islands that surrounds the town of Hvar is so special. Spend a day away from the crowded beaches, enjoy the sun in the serenity of hidden coves, swim in a clear¬ blue sea and relax in the untouched nature of the Paklinski Islands. This trip includes a skipper and if you wish, enjoy a tasty picnic lunch on the boat for a small additional fee. The sights, sounds, and scents of this spectacular trip will be truly memorable.
A day to marvel and one which will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your Hvar holiday, this private speedboat tour can be tailored to your specific requests and preferences. Those islands might look all the same, but included in the secrets of the Pakleni Islands is CNN’s top naturist beach in the world, an arboretum, art gallery, one of Croatia’s top beach clubs, Roman ruins and mud bath, the lowest vineyard in Croatia, and even an island which a previous mayor pledged to rename Facebook Island if Mark Zuckerberg comes to visit! And bays and coves, lots of hidden coves for you to relax and enjoy.
Swimming, snorkelling, fine dining, lazing on a hidden beach – or a combination of all four – the itinerary of the day is in your hands. All we do is provide you with the best information available and make your magical day happen. We can recommend the best dining on the islands (why not try the 10-course dinner enjoyed by Bono, for example, or the delights of the restaurant which led John Malkovich to call the Pakleni Islands the most relaxing holiday ever?). And that is another thing – you never know who you will bump into… A little more info on the islands and what they offer below.
Please note also that this Pakleni Islands tour can be extended and/or combined with both the south side tour and Vis Island tour.
Palmižana – Vingoradišce Bay
Palmižana is on Sveti Klement, the largest one of Pakleni Islands, situated just south of Hvar town. The story of the place started at the beginning of the 20th century when Hvar’s Eugen Meneghello bought land here and began creating a spectacular botanical garden. Later he began to welcome tourists and visitors to enjoy his private paradise. With a fondness for the palm trees surrounding his villa, Eugen named his creation Villa Palmižana. The property has been beautifully cared for by successive generations of the Meneghello family. Even during the trying years following WW2, the building of Palmizana’s magical garden continued. During the last third of the 20th century, Palmižana gained new fame as an artists retreat for Croatian and foreign artists who were invited to work in this heavenly atelier. Today the third generation of the Meneghello family continues the tradition, hosting guests in Palmižana bungalows as well as serving terrific island cuisine at their restaurants and bars in Vinogradišće Bay. A favourite and discreet haunt of many a celebrity looking to relax away from the glare of the paparazzi. Other restaurants in Palmizana you will like to experience include the quirky Toto’s and their amazing “catch of the day lunch”, the comfy Laganini lounge bar (home to THAT Bono lunch) or for a sophisticated culinary experience, Restaurant Zori.
Another beautiful bay located just 5 min from Hvar town is Mline, a perfect place for peace and quiet as well as a nearby restaurant to enjoy a tasty seaside lunch.
Carpe Diem’s club beach – also just 5 minutes from Hvar Town, located on Stipanska. This is the 24/7 experience for everyone who likes to hang out, swim, enjoy a cool, sexy lounge atmosphere, with great views, food and amazing cocktails.
Once a Roman villa, later a village dedicated to St. Clement, today Vloka lures nature lovers and those who want an authentic experience with islanders. While you’re here, try a mud bath in the middle of St.Klement bay legend says that it contains healing essences to nourish both mind and body, and some locals swear by it! Here too you will find the lowest vinyard in all Croatia, just 1 metre above sea level, where Hvar legendary winemaker Andro Tomic produced wine until very recently.
Kordovon – Jerolim
Named by Huffington Post as one of the top secret beaches in Europe, as well as CNN’s top naturist beach in the world, Kordovon is a unique location which caters to all-comers, be they naturists, gay or families, with such a relaxed welcome that the mix works well. There is a bar, simple food, sunbeds and the most original toilet on Hvar, which can be found wandering through the pine trees which are decorated with art made from driftwood.
The closest island to Hvar, Galesnik is an eco-ethnic island which until recently had only one permanent resident, a rakija-swilling donkey called Mercedes. Sadly Mercedes passed away recently, but she enjoyed some of the best views of Hvar, and if you are looking for a romantic dinner looking back at the town, nothing beats the dining experience at the converted arms storage depot.
Marinkovac is home to Carpe Diem Beach on one side, but head to the other for an altogether quieter experience in the delightful bay of Zdrlica, a firm local favourite, which is always a good sign, with two great restaurants.
Still looking for options or perhaps a lesser-known beach club option? Head to Vela Grcka, where a restaurant and beach club Mareta await.
We will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or meet you at one of our four tour booths in Hvar Town. We will agree on this when the tour is booked.
between 9 and 11 AM. Most of these tours can also be arranged at a time that is convenient for you, so please ask us what your unique requirements are and we will be happy to get back to you with the particulars and our price.
This is a fullday program, 6 hours 8 hours but we can make it a halfday program if you request, at a reduced price.
We will end this tour where you wish at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know.
Pick up, the program as described, speedboat, fuel, skipper and refreshment (water, juice).
This program does not include lunch, so bring a picnic with you or we can point out local restaurants? or items purchased for personal use? or gratuities to guide/skipper.
speedboat of minimum 150 HP power and 24 feet – maximum 30 feet or 54 feet speedboat and 520 HP or 1,500 HP power engine for more people and larger groups
The prices are “for the entire boat” which holds up to 8 people. So the per person price depends on how many there are. For a full day, with up to 8 people in a Rib Baracuda 23, the price is 550EUR. The halfday price, for up to 8 people in a Rib Baracuda 23, is 390 EUR.
For a different boat or more passengers, please ask us for a quote.