Sail Croatia is pretty infamous for site seeing, partying and exploring a few of the best parts of Croatia. Sam and I chose to do it through Busabout after talking to some people at a travel convention and it seemed like a pretty good deal – plus we got 15% off for booking it on the spot. I know a lot of people are curious about what the Busabout sail Croatia experience is like so I’m going to run through some of my highs and lows of the trip as my Busabout Sail Croatia review, plus things to consider when booking it. Before I go into my Busabout Sail Croatia review though I want to give you a better idea of what the trip is because I had absolutely no idea what was in store for us before we got there.
The trip we booked was the “Croatia Island Hopper” which included a 8 day trip that started in Split, all the way to Dubrovnik and back. We stayed one short night on each island, so the trip looked like this: Split – Hvar – Mljet – Dubrovnik – Korcula – Markaska – Omis – Split. Everyday our group of 18 (19-26 years old) would be sailing by 6am to the next stop, eating breakfast by 8 and usually a swim stop around 10. Lunch usually was around 12-1 depending on the day. As soon as we docked at a spot we would first have a walk around the town with our tour guide sharing a bit of the history before being free to wander as you pleased. Dinner would always be booked by your tour guide for around 7-8 o’clock and although we always went, I’m pretty sure it’s optional if you want to go elsewhere. After dinner we would always be having a couple of drinks on the boat, before heading to a bar and followed by a club. People came in both pairs or solo and had just as much fun.
Something I think should be made more clear, and while it wasn’t much of an issue for me, others on the boat really struggled with – everything apart from breakfast and lunch has to be paid for by you. When I say everything I mean drinks on the boat/anywhere off, dinner, any attraction you see comes at a price and even toilets in Croatia (unless you use the ones at cafes etc.). Croatia in general is a pretty cheap place so you definitely don’t need to over spend and there are tricks to saving money along the way but if you’re already thinking the base price is expensive you’ll have to consider whether it’s worth it to see it this way – you can definitely do it cheaper solo.
We started sailing on the 18th of June and had been told July/August was the best time previously but I’d definitely recommend June for this trip because even as a write this now a week later I couldn’t imagine doing it now in this ridiculous heat, let alone mid summer in 40 degree weather. Plus Jordi our tour guide recommends June or September.
The last thing I’ll mention before my highs and lows is that the trip is a VERY quick way of seeing Croatia and while we saw a lot, I felt like we were always moving on to the next activity 5 minutes later. And if you aren’t on the boat by 5am they’ll leave without you (which happened to me on the first night.. oops). Plus, if you don’t gel well with your boat, the other Busabout boats dock beside you so go and say hi. Now, for the highs and lows of Busabout Sail Croatia..
Now my super quick tips are as follows:
Buy mini (and super cheap) vodka or whatever your poison is and keep it in your bag when you go out, it will save you so much on drinks. Cheeky, but make friends with your guide and free drinks will follow. You will need a million plasters, trust me and take them. Also, sunscreen is expensive there so take it with you.
Hope this Busabout Sail Croatia experience and review was helpful. I ultimately had a lot of fun and would recommend it if you’re looking for a good introduction into travelling as we were. Like anything, the trip is what you make of it so keep that in mind and let me know if you end up going!