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Croatia Standup PaddleboarDing ADVENTURE

ISLAND HOPPING WITH SUP AND KAYAKS

 

 

Gutsy Girls 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.  

 

 

 

 

FROM 1300€ | SOLD OUT

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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 is provided, delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner, your holiday all taken care of the week, indulge in delicious food all week.

 

 

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.

* Please view our Itinerary as a rough guide to the week! We want to provide the best possible experience for our guests, so may make changes to take advantage of great conditions. We are there for the adventure, not to tick off boxes!

FRIDAY

DEPARTURE DAY

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WHAT'S INCLUDED 

  • 6 nights accommodation in apartment on Island Molat

  • 6 delicious breakfasts

  • 6 dinners hosted by local families with drinks

  • 5 healthy and delicious lunches

  • 5 days full days of guided SUP and Sea kayaking

  • Expert SUP coaching, learn racing techniques and turns!

  • 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

 

AGE

Our experiences are created with solo female travellers in mind, connecting likeminded women through sports, nature and adventure. The Gutsy Girls community is filled with bold and badass women from 18-60 years old, we never ask your age, just that you are up for an adventure! 

As a rough guide, most Gutsy Girls guests are 24-60 years olds, with around 60% in their 30s-40s. After a day the learning to surf, hiking to peaks for incredible views or exploring remote locations by paddleboard everyones ages merge together, all connected by their experiences.

 

DATES

Saturday 15th June - Friday 21st June - SOLD OUT

Wednesday 24th July to Tuesday 30th July - SOLD OUT

Sunday 11th August - Saturday 17th August -SOLD OUT

Saturday 7th September - Friday 13th September - SOLD OUT

PRICE PER PERSON

JUNE, JULY + SEPTEMBER

Twin Room* |1400€ / £1225

Private Room | 1680€ / £1469

AUGUST

Lodge with Pool + extra full day paddling

4 Bed Room | 1300€ / £1165

Twin Room | 1550€ / £1390

Private Room | 1750€ / £1570

*We’ll match you up with another Gutsy Girl

 

PAYMENT STRUCTURE

Deposit 30% of full trip cost.

Remaining balance due 80 days before travel.

Our provider works in Euros, the full trip cost will be the euro price shown above. Our payments are taken in GBP at currency conversion rate of the day. You can request to pay us in Euros via Bank Transfer.

GBP Price rough guide based on current rate.

ARRIVAL

July / September

You’ll need to catch the Ferry to Molat from Zadar at 2:05pm

August

You’ll need to catch the Ferry to Molat from Zadar at 8am

DEPARTURE

You’ll jump on the Ferry to Zadar at 6:50am, arriving at 7:50am, a packed breakfast is provided.

This is a 6 night trip, to accommodate the flights to and from Zadar.

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FAQ

 

WHAT SUP EXPERIENCE DO I NEED? 

Each day we’ll be paddling up to 20km, some of these sessions we will be crossing between Islands so we recommend that you have some SUP experience before arriving. Conditions can be varied, so you may be paddling in choppy water and against wind. Luckily if you fall in the water is lovely and warm!

Just to be aware, that paddling into wind can be tiring, so you may choose to paddle on your knees, just something to consider if you have had an injury in the past.

We’ll have great coaching throughout the week to boost your skills and techniques, and there’s always the option to kayak on longer paddling days.

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! 

FITNESS LEVELS AND SWIMMING ABILITIES

As with all our adventures, we recommend a good level of fitness. Our days are action packed with activities and the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy them :) We’ll always paddle as a group, no one is left behind!

As we are paddling in open water, we recommend being able to swim comfortably. We provide PFDs and leashes to stay safe when paddling.

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

The nearest airport is Zadar which has several low cost airlines offering flights from major cities. You’ll need to arrive Saturday morning to give you enough time to catch the Ferry to Molat.

The Ferry departs from Jadrolinija - Zadar Old Town, it’s a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport, Uber is available aswell as a local bus. We will connect you with the others on your trip, so you can travel together.

Ferry Tickets - You can buy there 100m from where the boat departs, tickets cost around 10€, there’s no need to book in advance.

FERRY TIMES

Make sure you have enough time to get to the Ferry from the airport!

Saturday 4th May - Departs at 13:30

Saturday 15th June - Departs at 14:05

Saturday 7th September - Departs at 14:05

GETTING BACK TO ZADAR

Return catamaran leaves at 06:50 (arriving to Zadar at 07:50) meaning you can grab an afternoon flight home or continue your travels in Croatia. 

The trip is a 6 night package, you’ll be staying on Molat from Saturday to Friday morning. Zadar is a beautiful town, so we do recommend staying there for the night!

In 2018 we stayed in this hostel and would recommend it! You’ll be connected with others on the trip so you can arrange to stay together.

I'M A VEGGIE/VEGAN/GLUTEN FREE/DIARY FREE, 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?

May - 19º - 25ºc, we’ve chosen May for our SUP x HIKE trip as it will be much more comfortable for hiking and climbing in cooler climates. There’ll still be plenty of sunshine in the Island section too!

June and September - 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! 

After the trip, most of our groups stay in touch and meet up frequently, we love how many incredible friendships form from our holidays.

IS THERE A HOST?

YEP! Every Gutsy Girl Holiday has a Gutsy Girl Host, who’s there to ensure you have the best experience possible. The host will join you on all activities, offer support when needed and there to make you comfortable. They’ll also be equipped with cameras and a drone to get amazing photos of your holiday!

ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

Nope! We pride ourselves on creating unforgettable holidays, making the most out of your annual leave days! This year we’ve chosen to go fullboard on our Croatia SUP Adventures as the food in 2018 was incredible. All your meals are taken care of, you’ll only need a money in your pocket for icecream and extra drinks!

Flights are not included.

WHAT IS THE TRIP COST IN EUROS?

Our provider works in Euros, the full trip cost will be the euro price shown above. Our payments are taken in GBP at currency conversion rate of the day payment. Please be aware this may increase or decrease the final price you pay in GBP.

You can request to pay us in Euros via Bank Transfer.

PRICE IN EUROS

MAY SUP X HIKE

1300€ Twin Room & Mountain Hut Dorm

1480€ Private Room & Mountain Hut Dorm

JUNE + SEPTEMBER

1300€ Twin Room Share

1600€ for Private Single Room

WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?

All Trips

We will provide dry bags and all the equipment needed for activities.

  • Hat/ Cap

  • 2L waterbottle 

  • Watershoes (shoes you can get wet for exiting the water on sharp rocks)

  • Running shoes for hikes etc

  • Swimming gear

  • Long sleeve top (incase of too much sun exposure) 

  • Cash - no ATM on the Island

SUP x Hiking Trip

  • Hiking Boots

  • Backpack - We’ll aim for 10kg of gear per person. We will provide a full gear list, most you will likely already own!

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

On Molat Island we will be staying in locally run apartments, which will provide a comfortable stay for your holiday! Each will have access to a kitchen, lounge space and bathroom, they are spacious and light.

You will buddy you up with another Gutsy Girl to share a twin room, or you can chose to stay in a private room.

In the mountains we will stay in a premium mountain hut, with full bathroom facilities. We’ll be staying in 4 bed dorms, private rooms are not available on this section of the trip.