Look out for dangerous creatures
Sea Urchins live on the seabed of the Adriatic coastline in great abundance. In many places, especially isolated beaches, you will find them, which is a good reason to have some sort of foot wear. But be glad when you see sea-urchins, it means the water is absolutely clean because they live only in especially clean waters.
Wear old sneakers or plastic swim shoes, when you get there. Maybe it does not look the best, but it will help, to avoid pain if you step on them.
Another danger may be caused by the jellyfish, which may be found on the Dalmatian coasts in big swarms. Once you've been stung, little red welts will arise and they will itch three or four hours later. There are some "jellyfish sting" suntan lotions but bottom line is, they do not work. The best way to treat a jellyfish pinch is to put vinegar on there. If you don't have vinegar, urine will work in a pinch … But I haven't tried it.
The sharks are considered as the highest danger by the bathers, however in the Adriatic the little dog-fish lives mostly, which is max. 70 cm long, one of the world's most abundant species of shark. It lies in the big part of the day on the seabed, takes little cancers and fish. It is sold on the Dalmatian fish-markets, commonly used as the fish in "fish and chips". It is totally unharmful to the people.
Larger sharks very seldom stray into the Adriatic following ships; but they do not like the saltish water of the Adriatic.
acqua shoes are advised
09/03 - While I was careful all week not to step on any sea urchins, on my last day I must have brushed one because I got a few spines in one of my toes. Not only will the acqua shoes protect your feet but when you go swimming will make climbing the rocks easier . You can buy acqua shoes there.
09/04 - I was able to avoid sea urchins this year - while I didn't find any on the pebble beaches I did see them on the rock/shingle beaches - just watch where you step
- Sailing and Boating
Local Wines - Great & Strong!
Local wine is very strong, like everywhere in Dalmatia they make it with higher content of alcohol (15%) simply because their grapes have more sugar and also they have to make it that way to preserve it in warm climate.
So be careful. I'm aware that seeing two Moons might feel twice as romantic, but be careful.
I will repeat this several times - new law in Croatia is so strict, the driver isn't allowed to drink not even a glass of beer!
To be honest, I have no idea how this happened, I was sober.
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
Make sure you take precations. Wear a hat!! The sun is so strong and with the breeze on the ferry it's easy to get too much sun. It is also quite humid .On the blistering hot day we were there we had to drink lots of water and try to take lots of breaks in the shade. Even with that we got too much sun and had to cool down when we got back to our room.
Have plenty of cash in your account, this world does not run on plastic. Expect to pay at least 20% more if you charge anything here, that is, if they even accept your plastic. ATM is easily reached, no problem there, but be warned Croatia is a cash economy!
renting a boat to the Pakleni: very dangerous !!
We rented a boat to visit the Pakleni. The price was 400 kuna for a day. (in august)
When we left, it was very sunny. However, when we were in St Clements, the weather changed suddenly and we had to come back with heavy rain and some wind.
My wife thought we were going to drown. We came back to the port completely wet and very cold. It was a very bad experience.
Be warned that hiring a small boat is very risky, in case the weather changes. The boat owners don't check the weather, so be careful.
- Sailing and Boating
The Night boat taxis
When there are events at Carpe Diem Beach club, then it's free taxi boat from the Carpe Diem Bar. These range from generally between 1:15 am, some people have drowned. Maybe a little too much, and these taxi boats are pretty crowded, as a "a boat with cows." It seems that there are no rules about how many people you can push up every boat should have taken a picture of the one, the people set to even up the cabin of the boat.
A tip is to not just take the first taxi-boats, but rather wait. But do not wait too long until the bar closes on Hvar!
The trip takes about 15-20 minutes!
DONT USE ATLAS TRAVEL
The people at Atlas Travel in Hvar are thieves. They stole money from us and blamed it on a language barrier despite my Croatian friends translating for us. Use any other travel agency to find apartments!
Gas & water
When it was time to return the scooter that we had rented, we discovered that both the 2 gasstations that Hvar has was out of gas. Apparently this is a common thing during some periods of the summer. We were also told that sometimes during really hot days all the islands water can be sold out.
Keep this in mind if visiting the island of Hvar by car, scooter or great thirst.
The seas really nice but it can be full of sea urchins. How do i know this ,because i bloody trod on one. Hurts like a bastard and i pulled the tips of two spines out of my big toe three days later with a pair of toenail clippers.
In The Darkness
If you decide to climb to the fortress when it's dark, make sure to take along a flashlight. There are no lights and you have to be very careful not to stumble over some root.
Or, it can happen, like it did to me, that you take a wrong turn and end in a dead-end path.
But the sight up there payed off all the struggle.
- Hiking and Walking
Sunburn, it's gonna find you!
Hvar is a wickedly hot place, well maybe it's just got a powerful sun. I got torn to pieces and looked like an overcooked piece of fried chicken after baking out on a beach on Hvar's southern side. Bring your heavy sunscreen, you'll need it.
Burning sea urchins
Invest in a pair of “plastic” shoes the moment you arrive. Best investment I made as the sea urchins are hidden between rocks in the sea and sometimes very difficult to spot. I was told that if you do step on one then it will sting tremendously, but you must keep your foot in the seawater for a few minutes. I helps they say.
too much development?
On the very western tip of the island, quite a large area of 600 hectares of seafront, plans are afoot (2007) to turn the natural scrub intothe Floriana Wildlife Reserve and Leisure Resort. It promises to be Croatia’s first environmentally-integrated resort development. However, there is quite a lot of protest (see, for example http://cnn.blog.hr/arhiva-2007-01.html).
The following text is what the resort promises to be:
The Floriana Wild Life Reserve and Leisure Resort will be an exclusive and private idyll in a romantic and beautiful island setting.
Guests and residents will have private access to the resort’s picturesque harbours and the opportunity to view and be amongst the island’s natural reserves of plant and animal life.
This exclusive and integrated resort destination is likely to appeal to a discerning and affluent clientele.
The development will consist of six hotels, villas and residences, all of four or five-star standard.
As well as accommodation, the resort will include a commercial marina, an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, tennis club, health and wellness spa, natural game reserve and a private village chapel.
The resort will offer facilities for activities such as hiking and jogging, with footpaths and hiking trails, as well as dedicated areas for water sports such as swimming, sailing, diving, water skiing and parasailing.
This is an exciting opportunity, where everything combines harmoniously to create an exclusive and integrated resort appealing to the world-class traveller.
Decide for yourselves!
Planning your visit.
When planning a holiday in Hvar, I highly suggest visiting off season, say end of September or early October. The island has some 50,000 visitors at a time during each month from May thru the end of August. The locals will tell you, its a horrible time of the year to visit and really enjoy what Hvar has to offer. In September through mid October the town has quited down, the water is still warm and the sun is still shining.