Island Partying around the Adriatic

Experiences

The Client

A large group of 16 young professionals were looking for a lively week’s holiday. A mixture of couples and singles, they wanted a skipper and hostess to make the trip straightforward and relaxing.

The Requirements

  • Enough comfortable space for 16 people, plus crew
  • Stable boats, as some of the guests were new to sailing
  • Lots of sunshine, and a mix of quiet bays and lively nightlife
  • Good sailing and watersports
  • Skipper and hostess
  • Air conditioning

Where and When

As the group wanted lots of sun and needed to travel in June, Croatia was the obvious choice of destination. Home to countless islands with vibrant towns – as well as secluded bays for day time anchorages – Croatia enjoys beautiful weather at this time of year.

Budget

£750 - 1000

per Person
Lagoon450Solta
The lagoon 450 is great for larger groups
Helm Hostess Sail
A Hostess makes charter life easy
Lagoon 450
The flybridge on the Lagoon 450 is a great social area

Two Lagoon 450s

Due to the size of the group we explored the option of a gulet, but soon decided that splitting the group over two yachts would be a more comfortable experience – and a better choice for their budget. The group opted for two identical Lagoon 450s, each with four queen-sized cabins with ensuite bathrooms and two separate crew cabins.

Ideally suited to larger groups, the Lagoon 450 boasts spacious living areas both inside and out, and lots of space for sunbathing on the flybridge and trampoline area. Importantly, the boats were also fitted with air conditioning and water makers. We also added a speedboat with a wakeboard, water skis and ringo to one of the yachts.

Lagoon 450 Cabin
The Lagoon 450 comes with four equal size double cabins
Lagoon 450 Cockpit
The cockpit area on the Lagoon 450 is great for groups
Speedboat Water Toys | Helm
We added a speedboat to our charter so we could enjoy watersports

Island Partying around the Adriatic

Trogir Croatia Friends Yacht Charter | Helm

Day 1

Let the Good Times Begin...

We arrived at Split airport at around 5pm. Our pre-arranged transfers took us into Trogir, where the crew were waiting with drinks on ice and some freshly prepared snacks. Saying spirits were high would be an understatement! After unpacking, we made a beeline for Trogir old town, where we enjoyed a meal of seafood and local beers.

Blue Caves Bisevo Croatia Charter | Helm

Day 2

The Blue Caves

An early start saw us cutting through the sparkling Adriatic sea to Bisevo, where we boarded a smaller boat to enter the Blue Caves. Inside we saw sunlight streaming under the wall of the cave, illuminating the sapphire sea as shoals of fish darted beneath us – it was a truly breathtaking sight. On emerging from the cave, we tested out our wakeboarding and waterskiing skills on the calm waters and worked up a serious appetite for dinner.

Our crew then steered us over to Komiza on the island of Vis, where we caught a couple of water taxis into town. Following a hearty meal of grilled meats, a party at one of the many beach bars was the ideal way to see out the evening.

Sailing-to-Korcula Croatia | Helm

Day 3

Lazy Day at Anchor

After last night’s partying, a relaxing day was in order. The crew cooked us some brunch to enjoy on deck before sailing us to Korcula, where we anchored in a quiet cove just south of Vela Luka. Here we spent a lazy afternoon sunbathing, snoozing and swimming in the calm, crystal waters of the bay.

Hvar Croatia Sailing Holidays | Helm

Day 4

Partying in Hvar

Feeling rested after yesterday’s relaxation, we were up early and soon on our way to Hvar – famous for its glamorous party scene. Here we moored in the Palmizana marina and hopped in a water taxi to Hvar town. Climbing a steep hill up to the town’s famous Spanish fort, we settled in to watch the sky turn pink and gold as the sun set over the Palinski islands.

After strolling back into town, we feasted on freshly caught lobster before heading to Carpe Diem: one of the island’s glitziest clubs. Our night passed in a blur of colourful cocktails, beautiful people and thumping basslines – the way holiday clubbing should be!

Bol Croatia Water Sports Water Toys | Helm

Day 5

Watersports at Bol

Breakfast on deck helped clear our heads from last night’s festivities, and we then set sail for Bol. Settling near the sand spit in the south, we tried our hand at windsurfing and got in a bit more wakeboarding practice. A low-key meal in a traditional Croatian restaurant helped close out another wonderful day.

Relaxing-in-Solta-Bay | Helm

Day 6

Lunch at Šešula Bay

Setting off around 10.30am let us to reach Šešula bay on the island of Šolta in time for lunch. We dropped anchor and had some fun on the ringos while the crew prepared our meal: mounds of shellfish pasta accompanied by crisp white wine, which we enjoyed with the serene bay as our backdrop.

Once we’d finished lunch we headed back to Trogir, where the crew joined us for dinner – it felt like a fitting way to thank them for an incredible week. A few grappas later we hit the bars of Split for a final night of partying: drinking and dancing the night away in Vanilla nightclub.

Quad-biking-on-Ciovo-island | Helm

Day 7

Quad Biking on Ciovo Island

The final day of our trip took us over to Ciovo island for an adrenaline-fuelled afternoon of quad biking. Twisting and turning over exhilarating terrain, it was a thrilling end to what’s been an unforgettable holiday.

Cost breakdown

Yacht and Skipper per lagoon 450: £5,900
Hostess/cook: £700
Speedboat and watersports package: £700
Fuel per yacht: £190
Marinas per yacht: £300
Food and alcohol provisioning: £1,600

£980

per Person

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