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Croatia Standup PaddleboarDing ADVENTURE

ISLAND HOPPING WITH SUP AND KAYAKS

 

 

This September we are heading to the Zadar Archipelago for a week of Island hopping by stand up paddleboard. We'll SUP and Kayak in the warm mediterranean sun on crystal clear waters. Exploring off the tourist track locations, discovering secluded beaches, snorkel around shipwrecks and eat with locals for an authentic experience.  

 

 

 

 

PACKAGE £869 | 8TH - 14TH SEPT

HIGHLIGHTS

✓ Exclusive Gutsy Girls holiday  

✓ SUP and Sea Kayak between Islands and discover beautiful bays and beaches

✓ Cycling through villages and hiking to incredible view points 

✓ Delicious dinners prepared by local families.

✓ Fully hosted and guided week

✓ Beautiful location, away from mass tourism

 

What to Expect

 

Join us in Croatia for our exclusive women only SUP holiday, a 5 day stand up paddleboarding and sea kayaking expedition island hopping in the Zadar archipelago. 

Escaping mass tourism for the week, we'll be exploring beautiful isolated Islands in the Mediterranean sun. With crystal clear waters, secluded sandy beaches and lush pine forests, this is the perfect summer adventure week, for those looking for an authentic and totally unique experience. 

The Zadar archipelago is the densest island group in the Mediterranean, with over 300 small islands only 89 are permanently populated and some are just 50 meters apart. With incredible landscapes, clear waters Zadar Archipelago is ideal for those looking for untouched nature and isolation! 

On this guided week, we'll paddle between islands, discovering isolated pebble-beach lagoons and sandy bays, we'll snorkel around shipwrecks in turquoise blue waters.

On Land we'll hike to incredible viewpoints through stunning trails, we'll cycle across Islands, meandering through rural villages, fuelling ourselves with delicious food. 

 
 

ACTIVITIES

This SUP Holiday is all about exploring! Getting away from the packed tourist spots, we'll be discovering lush green Islands, beautiful beaches and tranquil lagoons by stand up paddleboard and sea kayak. 

Each day we'll paddle to a new island or beach, from here we'll dock our boards to wild swim, hike and cycle. Our local guide will take us to incredible view points and unknown sandy bays. This is a truly unique adventure holiday, open to all level paddlers.

Check out the full intinerary below.  

 

Accommodation 

 

We'll be staying in some lovely modern family run apartments, with lounges and kitchens and just moments from the beach! Choose between a shared twin room or private single room for this trip. 

 

FOOD

We'll be immersing ourselves into the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle on this Island. During the trip we'll have the unique opportunity to be hosted and cooked for by local families, filling ourselves with delicious traditional dinners, fresh fish and sampling the olive oil and honey of the area. 

Full board option includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner served with wine and spirits. Your holiday all taken care of the week, indulge in delicious food all week. 

Daily breakfast and 3 dinners included, then other meals at restaurants and preparing own lunches. 

 

 
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WHAT'S INCLUDED 

  • 6 nights accommodation in apartment on Island Molat
  • 6 delicious breakfasts
  • 3 dinners hosted by local families with drinks (wines and spirits)
  • 5 days full days of guided SUP and Sea kayaking
  • Guided hikes 
  • Fully equipped touring SUP boards
  • Cycling tour and bike hire
  • Shuttle bus transfers on Molat

 

ACTIVITIES

  • 5 days of stand up paddle boarding or kayaking (6-20km per day) 
  • Cycling around Islands
  • Guided hikes
  • Snorkeling shipwrecks and coastlines
  • SUP exploring submarine tunnels
  • Exploring historical and archaeological sites.
  • Visit to Roman quarry
 

DATES | 8TH - 14TH SEPTEMBER

PRICE

£869*  Shared twin room

Travelling solo? So are 90% of Gutsy Girls bookings, we'll team you up with another guest to share a room! 

£1020* private room 

Upgrade to fullboard breakfast, lunch and dinners with wine and spirits. 

£1055* Shared twin room

£1235* Single private room

PAYMENT STRUCTURE

30% deposit to secure your place

Remaining balance due 80 days before travel

*price is subject to currency rate of Euro to Pounds. Euro rates displayed below in FAQS

 

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FULL ITINERARY

Saturday

SUP + HIKE

We’ll be jumping on a catamaran from Zadar to Molat our base for the week. Molat is a northern Dalmatia Island, just 23 sq kms in size with a permanent population for 250 over 3 small villages, boasting unspoilt nature, it's super green covered with pine forests, with hidden bays and sandy and pebble beaches along the coastline.

Off the tourists radar, this is a great little base of our trip with just a couple of restaurants and perfect for slowing down and connecting with nature. 

On our first day, we’ll paddle round to Jazi bay the Islands most beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear waters and dense pine forest. This beach is just 10 minute walk from our accommodation, so you’ll be keen to head back here again on the trip! 

We’ll have a short hike up Straža hill, an archaeological site with amazing views of the area. 


SUNDAY

SUP

After a delicious breakfast week paddle out of Jazi bay and circumnavigate the south side of the Island, following the coastline on crystal clear blue waters.

Our first stop is a pebble beach for a swim and a snorkel, before continuing on to Sabuša Beach, where we will play a round of ‘picigin’ - Dalmation water/ball game. We’ll finish the day at Lučina habour, weaving between the moored yachts. 

Tonight we’ll enjoy a traditional fish speciality for dinner, served with wine and local spirits


After breakfast we’ll cycle to the village of Zapuntel, taking in great views of the Islands that surround us. From here we’ll SUP or Kayak over to island Ist for it’s stunning sandy beach. We'll hike 40 minutes up to the Snow Lady chapel for incredible views of the archipelago.

After lunch, there’s the option to paddle to a Roman Quarry Island, before finishing back at Zapuntel and then back to Molat for the evening. 

MONDAY

SUP + CYCLE + HIKE


Today we will have a more relaxed paddle in the sheltered waters of Brgulje bay, enjoying the beautiful clear blue water and paddling around the little Island and playing some games on the SUP boards around the buoys.

We’ll stop for coffee and pizza in the harbour before heading back to Molat. 

TUESDAY 

SUP 


After breakfast we’ll paddle from Molat harbour to the peninsula of Bonastar; here we will explore the WW2 military cave system that are 400 metre long caves.

We’ll continue on to the shipwreck ‘Michelle', sitting partially above the water, its fantastic spot for snorkelling with plenty of marine life! 

WEDNESDAY

SUP + SNORKLE


Today we’ll paddle to the island Brščak for a snorkelling exploration of the southern side of the Island, with it's crystal clear waters and marine life it's the perfect morning! 

We’ll paddle to Dugi Otok to explore the ex military submarine caves used in the cold war, 150m deep it's a great structure to explore.

We'll follow the coast line and cross over to Zverinac to sample its delicious olive oil.

After lunch and a swim at Zverinac we’ll head back to Molat for an evening dinner hosted and prepared by a local family. 

THURSDAY

SUP 


It’s an early morning start to jump on the catamaran back to Zadar, breakfast is packed up for us to enjoy on the boat before heading to the airport or continuing our travels.

FRIDAY

DEPARTURE DAY

FAQ

 

WHAT SUP EXPERIENCE DO I NEED? 

Each day we’ll be paddling up to 25km, some of these sessions we will be crossing between Islands so we recommend that you have some SUP experience. We have added in sea kayaking too, this gives us the flexibility on the longer paddles! 

Gutsy Girls run twice monthly SUP Sessions in London where you can up your paddle fitness and technique to get the most from this trip, we can also recommend other SUP schools! 

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

The nearest airport is Zadar which has several low cost airlines offering flights from major cities. Once at Zadar, we'll hop on the Catamaran to Molat. The boat departs on Saturday 8th September at 14.05h from Zadar Old Town Harbour (arrives at 14.50h to Molat).

Your catamaran Zadar-Molat is a passenger only boat and departs from Zadar Old Town. You can buy your ticket on the day of your boat departure from the ticket office (100m from where the boat departs) and literally 5 minutes from most locations in Zadar Old Town. The return ticket is around 10EUR per person. No need to book in advance.

Return catamaran leaves on September 14th at 06.50h (arriving to Zadar at 07.50h) meaning you can grab an afternoon flight home or continue your travels in Croatia. 

I'M A VEGGIE/VEGAN, WILL I STARVE?

Definitely not! The area is know for it's delicious fresh produce, with the majority of the locals living off the land. Just let us know before hand, we can make sure we have lots of great food lined up for you! 

WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE?

It's gonna be 10 hours of sunshine and between 25-28ºc. Perfect SUP conditions :) 

CAN I COME ALONE? 

As with all our Gutsy Girl events and holidays, we encourage you to come solo! Most women joining the week will be travelling alone, plus there is a Gutsy Girl Host on hand to introduce you to your group. We will also connect you with other women on the trip beforehand, so you can make travel arrangements together and meet up! 

IS THERE A HOST?

Natalie is the founder of Gutsy Girls and super excited to be joining you in her mother's homeland for this incredible adventure. Nat is an experienced SUPer and rower, who this year will tackle a 26km SUP River race in Portugal.  With years of organising and hosting trips and events, Nat will be your point of contact from booking to departure, making your holiday stress free and simple. Super friendly and approachable, she is on hand to take out the intimidation of travelling alone! 

WHAT IS THE TRIP COST IN EUROS?

The trip will be paid based on currency conversation rate. The full trip costs are below. 

Breakfasts + 3 evening meals

990€ twin shared room

1160€ private room 

Full board, breakfast, lunch and dinner

1200€ twin shared room

1405€ private room