What Are the Best Islands to Visit in Croatia?

Croatia dazzles as a European travel destination, not just for its breathtaking cities like Dubrovnik but for the myriad islands sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea, each offering unparalleled beauty. And there’s no shortage of choice! From the lively shores of Hvar to the serene embrace of Mljet, the Croatian coastline stretches nearly 2,000 kilometers and is dotted with 1,200 islands!

There are simply islands of every kind: verdant retreats, rugged karst landscapes, secluded islets with solitary lighthouses, and even islands almost untouched by time, save for the wildlife that calls them home. Croatia’s islands offer delights for the solitary, the adventurous, and those seeking the revitalising effects of nature.

With a vast majority of the islands remaining uninhabited, they promise beauty that is unmarred by the large tourist crowds found in high season. Some, like Brač, are expansive enough to host their own airports, while others are reserved for day visits.

In Croatia, the invitation to explore is open to all, offering a journey through a paradise where the sunlight dances on hidden caves, local delicacies delight the palate, and every island tells its own story!

We hope our choices give you plenty of inspiration. Please be sure to check our Private Dubrovnik Boat Tours before you go.


Amidst the Adriatic’s azure embrace lies Korcula, a verdant oasis filled with fascinating history and natural beauty. This island, with its dense pine forests, olive groves, and vineyards, serves as a tranquil retreat for travelers. 

The heart of Korcula, its Old Town, embodies the island’s Venetian heritage, drawing comparisons to our beloved Dubrovnik with its formidable walls and elegant architecture. It’s here that legend whispers of Marco Polo’s birthplace, adding a layer of mystique to its cobblestone streets. 

Beyond the historical allure, Korcula’s coastline, especially the serene beaches of Lumbarda, invites leisurely days under the sun. The island’s culinary offerings, from its exquisite olive oil to its robust wines and fresh seafood, are a celebration of Korcula’s rich bounty!

For those staying in Dubrovnik, we offer comfortable and convenient Speedboat Transfers to Korcula.


Mljet, often hailed as a true slice of paradise, offers an escape into an almost mythical greenery. This island’s lush landscapes are the perfect environment for the diverse marine life that thrives off its shores. 

The twin jewels of Mljet, Veliko, and Malo Jezero, are saltwater lakes that beckon swimmers looking for peace and tranquility a world away from modern urban life. 

Our Mljet Boat Tour commences at the island’s remote end, in the quaint village of Pomena – the gateway to the Mljet National Park. Visitors are given plenty of free time to then enjoy swimming, local cuisine, and historical sights, such as the picture-perfect Monastery of Saint Mary.


Primosten is just a stone’s throw from Split. Its storied past, dating back to the 16th century when it stood isolated by the sea, adds a layer of intrigue to its picturesque charm. Today, Primosten retains its island soul, with its time-worn streets and ancient churches. 

This locale, once secluded, now welcomes travelers to explore its rich heritage and stunning landscapes. Primosten serves as a bridge between the past and present, offering visitors a chance to wander a landscape almost untouched by history.


Hvar, home to the medieval Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Grace and the historic old town offers a window into the rich history of southern Croatia. Here, amidst the quaint cobblestone streets, one can indulge in the local gastronomy – savoring freshly grilled sardines, succulent olives, and the island’s famed wine. 

Hvar is an experience not to be missed during your time in Croatia. It offers a winning blend of historical charm and vibrant beaches and nightlife. The town’s Venetian Square and the Spanish Fortress provide breathtaking vistas, encapsulating the essence of the island’s great beauty. Beyond the nightlife and landmarks, the island’s lavender fields and vineyards are simply idyllic.

If you’re thinking of travelling from Dubrovnik to Hvar by ferry, we recommend opting for the added convenience, luxury, and efficiency of a Speedboat Transfer to Hvar!


Krk is connected to mainland Croatia by a striking bridge. The island beckons travelers with its Romanesque architecture, verdant vineyards, and serene fishing villages. The island’s konobe (taverns) offer a taste of authenticity, serving local delicacies like šurlice (handmade pasta) and Kvarner shrimps – it’s a culinary journey not to be missed. 

Krk’s allure extends to its landscapes, where hiking and cycling routes traverse fertile farmlands and rugged terrains, leading adventurers to the hidden depths of Biserujka Cave and the vineyard-laden village of Vrbnik. 

Those of you who love sampling the local food and produce when on vacation may want to consider booking a place on our Dubrovnik Food and Wine Tour.


Brač, the crown of central Dalmatia, is renowned for the beautiful Zlatni Rat beach and the island’s iconic radiant white stone The towns of Supetar and Bol serve as vibrant hubs, with Supetar’s lively harbor and Bol’s stunning backdrop of Vidova Gora, the highest peak on the Adriatic islands. This peak offers unparalleled views, making it a must-visit for those seeking both adventure and awe-inspiring scenery. 

Brač is an ideal sanctuary for those in need of relaxation and a touch of luxury. Don’t miss the island’s world-class cuisine and local wines. Accessible via a short ferry ride from Split, Brač is an unforgettable destination for all who visit.


Tucked away among the Elafiti Islands, Šipan is a true gem of an island, rich in historical architecture and lush with the finest Croatian produce. The island is celebrated for its delectable figs and melons.

There are two main settlements on Šipan: the historically rich Šipanska Luka, with its Roman villa and duke’s palace remnants, and the quaint harbor of Suđurađ, lined with majestic summer residences. 

Ascend Velji Vrh for unbeatable island vistas, and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this less-trodden destination.

Book your place on our Full-Day Elaphiti Islands Boat Tour to experience the best of the archipelago, including Šipan, in the company of expert local guides. 


Closed to the public for four decades, this remote island offers pristine beaches, Greek and Roman history, and exquisite locally-produced wines. Venture from the charming seaside promenade of Vis Town to uncover the island’s storied past and explore the iconic Stiniva beach, lauded as one of Croatia’s finest.


Cres captivates with its diverse landscapes, from the dense forests of the north to the majestic cliffs along its coast, and the enchanting ruins of hilltop towns. The island is a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts, especially for those keen to spot majestic eagles against the backdrop of an Adriatic sunset. 

Dugi Otok

Dugi Otok, with its impressive length and slender width, showcases nature’s artistry through dramatic cliffs, sandy shores, and the awesome beauty of Telascica Bay. The island’s southeastern quarter, a proclaimed National Park, invites adventurers to explore its diverse landscapes via trekking and cycling trails. Whether seeking adrenaline-fueled activities or tranquil moments in a picturesque setting, Dugi Otok offers an array of natural wonders and memorable vacation experiences.

This brings an end to our selection of some of our favourite Croatian islands. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
And be sure to check out our range of Luxury Boat Tours from Dubrovnik!

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