Taking a ferry, or a catamaran, from Dubrovnik to Hvar, is a unique way to travel through Croatia. See the Adriatic sea, the island that holds the cities of Korcula and Mijet, all from the window of the ferry. This ferry is also a quick way to get across the water, with an air conditioned cabin and toilet on board.
After an amazing time spent in the Pearl of the Adriatic, it’s time to explore another not-so-hidden gem of Croatia. Hvar Island is rich with history, antique fortresses, cosmopolitan dining, and nightlife, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Soon enough, you’ll fall in love with this European piece of paradise.
When traveling the 210 kilometer (130 mile) distance between Dubrovnik and Hvar, you have one transportation option. The high speed ferry will take you from Dubrovnik to Hvar in only 3 hours. You’ll start the journey at Dubrovnik Pier, and your trip will end at the harbor of Hvar. If you’re staying in the Hvar town, you’ll be within the walking distance from your accommodation. However, if you are staying in some other place on the island, you’ll need additional transportation to take you there.
The best time to visit Hvar is during the summer when the weather is warm enough to enjoy the beaches and the party scene heats up as well.
The ferry you’ll be traveling on is a ferry that goes from Dubrovnik to Split, which means it will make a few stops on your journey to Hvar. The 3-hour long journey between Dubrovnik and Hvar is a sight for sore eyes. Endless views of the sun blazing across the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea will prepare you for the time you’ll spend in beautiful Hvar!
At the start of your ferry ride, you’ll be gliding between the coastline and the Sipan island, with an occasional lovely small town that will appear between the trees on your way. As you continue your journey, the boat will move closer to the Mljet island to make a few stops. Soon, you’ll move away from the island, and continue your journey towards another pearl of the Adriatic Sea, Korcula island where the ferry will make another stop.
After a stop in Korcula, the ferry will continue the journey toward Hvar. As you approach the island, you’ll be gliding through the waves of the sea right between Hvar and Vis islands. You’ll arrive in the harbor of Hvar, on one side of the island. Keep in mind that the island is around 70 kilometers long, and if you booked accommodation on the other side, you’ll need additional transportation to get there.
The first thing you should do during your stay on the island is to explore some of the beautiful beaches. Hvar has a rugged coastline, and most beaches are small, sweet, secluded, and rocky. Some of the best ones are Dubovica, Pokonji Dol, Jagodna, Milna, to name just a few.
In case you get tired of beaches in Hvar (like that could ever happen!), you can take a speedboat or a ferry to Pakleni Otoci or the famous Vis island, where Mamma Mia 2 was filmed.
Hvar is well known for its parties, and if that’s why you’re visiting, we have some good news for you. There are many beach bars, pubs, and clubs around the entire island. One of the most popular ones is Carpe Diem. Located in the small town of Hvar, this bar has gained a reputation as a VIP spot, where celebrities come to have fun.
If you’re looking to try a local specialty, ask for a gregada in a restaurant. This is a stew of fish, onions, potatoes, garlic, and some local high-quality olive oil.
Even though Hvar has gained the reputation of a party place over the past two decades, the island is rich with historical spots you can explore. Some of the ones you shouldn’t miss out on are Spanjola Fortress, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Square, Franciscan Monastery, Venetian Loggia and Clock Tower, and the village Sveta Nedjelja.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush during your stay in Hvar, you can always try out some of the water sports. Kayaking, snorkeling, diving, flyboarding, and jet skiing are some of the activities you can try out during your stay.
Taking a ferry
Getting from Dubrovnik to Hvar on a ferry is a fast and comfortable way of traveling between these two Croatian hotspots. The ferry is well-equipped with comfortable seating, air-conditioned cabins, and toilets on board. This ferry doesn’t have any outdoor seating, but there are a few window seats available. There’s a small bar on board where you can buy some coffee, snacks, or soft drinks.
The ferry operates from 6 April to 25 October, and it cannot sail in bad weather conditions. In case of bad weather, all passengers will have the option to take the next available ferry or receive a full refund of their tickets. This ferry is for passengers only. You won’t be able to transport your car on this ferry.
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