With a number of islands, lakes, and cascading waterfalls merging with canyons and rivers having rapids perfect for rafting, Croatia is emerging among the top adventure destinations in the world. The top adventure sports in Croatia can range from challenging the air with kiteboarding or braving the waves with canyoning, exploring the underwater life or conquering the mountainous roads on a bike. Various places like Dubrovnik, Omis, Hvar, and Split are the hotspots for such adventure sports where you will find efficient guides to train you at affordable rates on your vacation.
16 Mind Blowing Adventure Sports In Croatia
See where all you can indulge in some adrenaline rush in Croatia! Take a look at all these exciting Croatia water sports and pick the one that delights you most!
- Rock Climbing
- Basic And Extreme Canyoning
- Cliff Jumping
- White Water Rafting
- Bungee Jumping And Skydiving
- Windsurfing And Kiteboarding
- Sea And River Kayaking
- Paddle Boarding
- Trekking Race
- Scuba Diving
Taking off from thirty-five meters above sea level and soaring over the Crikvenica coastal region on a zipline is definitely one of the best Croatia adventure activities where you get to fly without wings. In just thirty seconds, the 500 meters descent is sure to get your heart racing! Other ziplining opportunities are available at Pazin Cave where you can take 40kmph ride of 220 meters and 50kmph ride of 280 meters. On Cetina River Canyon, an 8-wired ziplining of 2100 meters has a speed of about 65 kmph.
Average cost: INR 4266 in Omis | INR 1280 in Pazin Cave
Tip: Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes when ziplining.
Quite similar to ziplining but without the harness, paragliding is one of the best adventure sports in Croatia with a number of take-off spots like Istria’s Ucla and Mount Cicarija. From Raspadalica Camp, as you descend over the Cicarija Mountain where the South-western winds heavy with the smell of medicinal plantation will keep you intoxicated. Hovering over the 550-meter altitude, you can view the wild mountainous landscape and hamlets.
Mount Biokovo, Tribalj, and Lic in Gorski Kotar and Rijeka are other popular spots for paragliding in Croatia. Tribalj, with 790 to 700-meter elevation change, offers 15-25 minutes of smooth flight.
Average cost: INR 5147 for a tandem flight
Tip: Beginners should definitely opt for tandem paragliding.
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3. Rock Climbing
Mountain adventure in Croatia comes with the safety measures of using helmets, climbing harness, and shoes to brave the rugged rock walls standing as sentinels around Omis. It would take around three hours of perseverance to climb 30 meters and marvel at the Omis city, Cetina Canyon, and the Adriatic Sea.
One of the best rocks among 340 limestone rocks in Paklenica National Park is the Anica Kuk which is best climbed during April to October. Mostly bolted, the routes range from sports routes (single pitch) to 350 meters tall big walls.
Average Cost: Starts from INR 2,700 per person for half day
Tip: Make sure you have good physical strength and great practice before trying out the on the real mountains.
4. Basic And Extreme Canyoning
With the perfect balance of various activities like hiking, diving, abseiling, climbing, caving, swimming, sliding, and jumping, the best place for canyoning in Croatia is the Cetina River along with Omis, Rijeka, Badnjevica, and Split. 50 meter cascading waterfalls, limpid streams, subterranean tunnels, lakes, natural pools, 180-meter cliffs, and some breathtaking ascend-descend of the two-kilometer canyoning make Cetina a hotspot.
The 800 meter Devil’s Passage with 2-meter width and 100-meter height is another canyoning paradise.
Average cost: INR 2771 for Devil’s Passage canyoning
Tip: If possible, wear a helmet when playing this sport.
5. Cliff Jumping
Deep water soloing and cliff jumping are the challenging adventure sports in Croatia where you would get no safety gear but shoes. You will get to explore the off-beat cliffs, and depending on how adventurous you are feeling, choose the jumping base from two meters to ten meters in height! So this one certainly is not for the faint-hearted! When jumping from high above the sea level, the adrenaline that rushes through the veins is definitely unmatchable. This is one of the most thrilling advenutre sports in Croatia.
Average cost: INR 3166
Tip: Do not go cliff diving alone. And make sure that there are no hidden rocks beneath the water before jumping in.
6. White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting in Croatia is best enjoyed in Cetina River canyon that will take around three hours to pass through the deep river, rocks, waterfalls, and caves with various rock formations. 15 kilometer Una River rafting from Strbacki Buk to Lahovo offers Grade IV and V Rapids of Una National Park. Among other sites like Mreznica, Kupa, Dobra and Korana, only the Zrmanja River stands out for its 69 kilometer journey through 200 meter canyons and narrow valleys.
Average Cost: Starts from INR 2,200
Tip: Unless you plan on going for a swim, brace yourself to the rafting boat.
7. Bungee Jumping And Skydiving
Split is the Mecca for adventure sports, and offer skydiving opportunities at Dalmatian Coast over the Adriatic Sea, Hvar, and Zagreb where you can enjoy a 45-second tandem freefall experience. Alternatively, visit Sibenik Bridge from July 1st to August end to go bungee jumping in Croatia from the forty meter high bridge. To get an idea about how jumping from high above feels like, try paragliding first and then go for skydiving. It is one sport that makes one feel free and keep the blood pumping!
Average Cost: Starts from INR 3,400 for one hour
Tip: Eat less, healthy breakfast when planning to go for either of these sports.
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8. Windsurfing And Kiteboarding
Windsurfing, being one of the most popular adventure sports in Croatia, can be enjoyed at Viganj, Ravni, Baska, Brac, Preluk, and Premantura. Throughout the year, Viganj is bustling with beginner windsurfers during the morning and advanced windsurfers during the afternoon with around 20 knots wind speed. Other kiteboarding sites include Brac, Peljesac, and Nin, while Bol with its 15 to 25 knots wind-speed is complemented well with surveillance, the assistance of guides, and launching platforms. With a sandy beach, shallow water, and strong winds, kiteboarding in Usce is quite a unique experience in Croatia adventure holidays.
Average Cost: INR 800 per person
Tip: Keep the tides in your mind, do not go when the tides are dangerous.
9. Sea And River Kayaking
With warm and lipid Adriatic water and predictable heavy winds, Dubrovnik climate is perfect for sea kayaking through the thousand islands, rocky cliffs, Napoleonic and Roman ruins, hidden coves, limestone archways, and Elaphite Archipelago. One of the best family activity holidays in Croatia can be spent paddling over the coral reefs, underwater life, and sunken ships. Both single day guided tours and multi-day kayaking trips are available to Kolocep Islands.
Average cost: INR 4284 (5-day kayaking with 2-2.5 paddling hours)
Tip: Check the weather before you go for river kayaking.
Among various caverns with varying difficulty levels, Modrica Cave, 30 kilometers from Zadar is the perfect destination for Croatia adventure tours. The 829-meter long cave, with up to ten-meter tall chambers filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations, can be explored with a helmet and carbide lamp. Without any light, distinct steps and paths, the cave exploration is quite challenging but not so uncomfortable, with the inside temperature being at a constant 15 degrees. The narrow entrance and passages add to the difficulty quotient.
Other places for caving: Veternica Cave, Biserujka, Modra Spilja, Beredine, Romualdova Spilja, Grabovaca Cave Park, Festinsko Kraljevstvo
Average cost: INR 1710 for two hours
Tip: Make sure you are not alone. Go and stay with your caving team throughout.
11. Paddle Board
Croatia is a country that has plenty of adventure sports to offer, including paddle boarding. Paddle Boarding is one sport that this destination is famous for. There are numerous spots in various cities of Croatia where one can definitely try this out. Dubrovnik, Bacina Lakes, Split, and Hvar are the top spots where one can find turquoise sapphire-colored water and some of the most stunning underwater life to go paddleboarding. Paddleboarding across the coast of Croatia not only offers views of natural beaches but also gives one a chance to spectate the charming timeless ruins of the Roman empire.
Average Cost: INR 3,300 per person
Tip: Instead of spending money on your board, it is always better to rent one!
12. Trekking Race
Known as Skraping in Croatia, trekking race is a newly added concept to the adventure sports in this country and has already stolen the hearts of many thrill-seekers. This one of its kind sport is held annually in the month of March and combines two of the most thrilling aspects of life – adventure and competition. In this sport, the competitors are given a map right at the beginning of the map with certain checkpoints. There are three categories of this sport so that more and more trekkers can be a part of this thrilling sport and that includes an ultra trail of 47 kms, Challenger of 25 kms, and an Active of 12 kms. There is also light jogging of 6 kms for those who are just beginning. This takes place in Pasman every year.
Average Cost: Free of cost
Tip: Make sure you select the one that you can actually do. Do not over or underestimate yourself!
Have you watched Bang Bang and witnessed Hrithik Roshan doing this really cool stunt on a fly board that looked like Doctor’s hands from Spider Man-2? Flyboarding is one of those water sports that combines the equipment of snowboarding, skateboarding, and jet skiing. There is a fly board that is attached to the jet exit of the ski with the help of a hose. There are boot attachments for the feet so that the participant doesn’t fly off and the fly board hovers in the air with the help of thrusts from the hose. This sport is surely one of the most difficult ones but also the most exciting one!
Average Cost: INR 6,400 per person
Tip:Do not try flyboarding without wearing your safety gear!
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14. Scuba Diving
One of the best water sports that one can try is definitely scuba diving in Croatia. This sport gives one an opportunity to witness the charming and most vibrant underwater life of the country. Scuba diving is a great water sport for those who wish to get a glimpse of various marine species including fishes, whales, octopus, coral reefs, and much more. The most famous spots to try scuba diving in Croatia are Dubrovnik, Stara Baska, and Makarska. There are numerous centers that professionally train first and then tag along on the scuba diving excursions with you.
Average Cost: INR 8,400 for 1 dive, half day
Tip: Do not just go to any diving centre. Research thoroughly before finalising on the diving centre in Croatia.
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Fighting against the water and gushing through the rough waves is an adventure that takes doesn’t fail to give goosebumps. Croatia is home to beautiful azure waters that makes enjoying the watersports much easier. Water Skiing is a sport where an individual skims through the water, sometimes submerging under the water completely. The adventurer is on a board that hovers over the water and is attached to the end of a boat. They are then pulled and need to balance on the water as the boat moves forward at a steady speed. Whoever is a water baby out there truly loves this one sport.
Average Cost: INR 5,500 for 30 minute ride
Tip: Make sure you leave your body relaxed. Do not use much muscle.
For all the nature lovers out there, you have got to try hiking in Croatia. The number of gorgeous trails that this country has is impeccable. Some of the most famous spots that offer the finest landscapes and the most beautiful marvels of mother nature are Odysseus’ Cave, Biokovo mountain, Orebić to Sveti Ilja peak, Plješevica Mountain, and many more. These mountain peaks have some of the best sunsets and sunrises to show. The deep valleys and lush green jungles combine to form the stunning views that one can witness while hiking.
Average Cost: Varies with the trail and location
Tip: If you are a beginner, it is better to start small and less. Choose the trails that would be in line with your fitness level.
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These adventure sports in Croatia are sure to appeal to all adventure junkies as well as beginners looking forward to taking a thrilling vacation. Now take a trip to Croatia and experience them all! Don’t forget to tell us all about your fabulous holiday experience once you’re back from your getaway.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Adventure Sports In Croatia
Which are the major tourist attractions in Croatia?
Some of the best tourist attractions that you should explore in Croatia include:
Dubrovnik Old Town
Diocletian’s Palace, Split
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Zagreb Gornji Grad
Kornati National Park
Zlatni Rat Beach
Mljet National Park
Brijuni National Park
Trogir – UNESCO World Heritage Site
What are the things to do in Croatia?
Croatia is a heaven for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and photographers. You can hike in the numerous national parks, go on a food tour, walk over frozen waterfalls, attend festivals, surf at Zlatni Rat Beach, or even go paragliding in Croatia.
How to reach Croatia?
You can take a flight to any of its airports according to which city you wish to see first: Zagreb Airport, Split Airport, Dubrovnik Airport, and Pula Airport. Out of these, only Zagreb Airport has direct flights from major cities in the world. You can also opt to reach via the ever efficient and delightful Eurail that connects Croatia with other countries in Europe.
What is the best time to visit Croatia?
The most ideal time to visit Croatia is in May, June, September, and October. The weather is pleasant, cool, and sunny during this time and appropriate for indulging in various adventure sports across Croatia along with sightseeing.
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