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Pakleni Archipelago [walking, diving & kayaking]

  • Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia

Last updated: 18 April, 2024

Just offshore from the town of Hvar, this archipelago of 21 islets is a paradise of pinewoods, secluded coves and fine pebble beaches.

Closest to Hvar lies Jerolim, which is predominantly nudist; next up is Marinkovac, with the chic Carpe Diem Beach Club and another lovely sheltered cove, Zdrilca. Sveti Klement is the largest island and is home to Palmizana Bay, a long, narrow pebble beach overlooked by five restaurants and a centuries-old botanical.

Alight the ferry at Palmižana Bay and walk the length of the islet to Vlaka, following the marked hiking path through unspoilt Mediterranean vegetation and swimming in lovely coves along the way.

Boating and kayaking are great ways to explore these small islands – both can easily be rented in Hvar. There are also 15 excellent reef and wreck dives for all levels; the Viking Diving Centre in Hvar can make arrangements.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Taxi boats for the Pakleni archipelago depart from the harbour in Hvar daily, with regular departures during the summer. Boats and kayaks can be hired in Hvar at the Luka Rental Agency, or you can book one of the many organised tours.

Each of the islets served by taxi boat is home to at least one, and in some cases several, informal eateries that stay open until sunset.

It’s worth noting that several bays are reserved for naturists. Taxi boats sailing to nudist beaches will carry the sign ‘FKK’, standing for the German expression Freikorperkultur (free body culture).

When to do it

The islets are accessible by taxi from Hvar between May and October, seven days a week. In peak season, there are boats every 30 minutes.

There’s not much point trying to visit from November to April; there’s little sunshine, the sea is too cold to swim and you’re unlikely to find a taxi boat to take you.

Who to go with: organised tours

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