Hi there. We would love to stay at hotel sipan but are worried about transport links to Dubrovnik. How regularly do the ferries run and how late do they return?
A quick google shows about 5/6 a day and they latest coming back at around 21:15. How long is the journey?
Secondly, how much is there to see/do on the island? Not talking loud clubs here but nice local restaurants and just places to walk or cycle.
Dear Mr. Andy,
Thank you for your interest in our Hotel Šipan!
There are regular local boat lines, operating several times daily, from Dubrovnik (from Gruz port) to Sipan island.
You can check the schedule for a regular ferry line, passenger boat and speedboat line on the offical webpage of Jadrolinija ferry company and GV line (speedboat company).
Ferry and boat of company Jadrolinija arrive to Sudjuradj, where you should catch a bus to reach Sipanska Luka. The price for a bus ticket is 15 Kuna (about 2 Eur).
Speedboat from company GV Line (boat Nona Ana) arrives directly to Sipanska Luka.
Island is basically very calm, not too noisy, and it's a perfect choice for a relaxing holiday, if you are up for that! :)
Untouched nature is great for a walk or bike tour.
Hope this was helpful,
Please do not hesitate to contact us back should you require any more assisstance.
The ferry from Dubrovnik takes 80 minutes and there are 4 a day plus the car ferry and the fast boat which arrives in the evening.
Walking hiring a bike hiring a kayak relaxing reading (if you enjoy that). Sipan is a quiet relatively undeveloped island. Around the hotel there are 5 places to eat, I think I remember, and another 3 cafes/bars.
The ferries from Luka start at 7am and take 40 mins. We caught this one and got to Dubrovnik before the crowds and the heat. The last one back is 2.30pm but you can get the later one to the other side of the island and this takes about 80 mins. There is always a bus waiting as the ferry pulls in and this takes 15 mins to get back to Luka. There are about 6 good and reasonably priced restaurants in Luka - very few in the other village. It is very beautiful but you need to be prepared for a slow pace. Walking good.
Hi, all replies are very true. In addition the hotel itself is well appointed with amazing sea front views & centrally located. Most places to eat on the island are faultless as well. It is a quiet laid back island perfect for a quiet getaway. Bikes, kayaks, walking, boat excursion hire are all readily available. The trip from Dubrovnik stops at about 3 other islands on the way (farm memory) so it takes just over an hour but beautiful scenery on the way.
How do locals get back to the island late? We'd love to be able to see Dubrovnik at night but are worried about being able to get back to the island
There a few ways to get to the island run by multiple operators. Some ferries land at "Luka" where the Hotel Sipan is but the majority land at Sudurad the other end of the island (about 30 min walk or catch the bus, from what I see the bus is timed inline with the ferries arriving\leaving).
The island is small, you can walk between the two towns as I said in 30 mins via the one road that links them. There are a number of walking routes to try and these were semi sign posted and not too strenuous (even easier with a bike).
You can rent bikes from the Hotel Sipan (€12 per day if I remember correctly).
In Luka there are many restaurants to choose from, local fish and octopus on the grill was our staple, the little restaurant on the left side of the bay offering a little more elegance to the food but this did not mean that the others produced bad food. The majority was simple, well cooks fresh fish.
As for noisy night life, you will not find that on the island unless one of the moored boats has a session but normally this is handled by the others sailors in the harbour so a quite nights sleep is assured.
Places to see at limited, but you can walk up the coastline and find your own little piece of "island" the further you walk the better (again about 20-30 mins to the end of the path).
One warning the sea is full of urchins so get some swimming shoes to avoid any hasty foot injuries and if you like snorkeling bring your kit as the sea is clear and you can go way beyond the path and find a more exclusive but of island all to yourself.
Imagine doing nothing, soaking in a beautiful view and enjoying some great sea food and you will love the place.
Hope this was helpful and if you need anything more just ask.
The fast ferry arrives back at Sipan at 19. 05hrs leaving Dubrovnik at 18.15hrs September. Check with Croatia Ferries for up to date ferry times. There are no clubs to my knowledge but plenty of walks, bikes and canoes available for hire too. Handful of restaurants that will not disappoint. It is very quiet but that is part of its charm. Hope that helps.
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