1) Day trip to Venice
Since there is no direct connection by boat from Novigrad to Venice, we begin with a free shuttle bus to Poreč or to Umag. The road distance is 15 km, so that the bus ride takes about 20 minutes. Transfer starting points are: hotel Maestral, transfers from Mareda and Dajla can also be arranged. The trip from Umag has the advantage of being closer to Venice than Poreč is, and ships go on more days each week, although the boat ride takes a little longer. Passport / EU ID required!
Price for adults: from 520 HRK. Price includes: bus shuttle and guide. Trip is canceled since 2020, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
2) Fish picnic to Rovinj by Lozna
Departure at 08.45 am. Boat Perla or Lozna. Welcome drink. Driving along the Istrian coast near small places on the coast. From Lanterna on the north, through Poreč, to Funtana on the south, among tiny islands and finally through Limski kanal to the Pirates Cave. A short break near cave, without landing, is followed by a boat ride to Rovinj, sightseeing of the historic center and lunch (2 hours). The next stop, Vrsar, (1 hour) provides chance for swimming or snorkeling.
Also, you can visit the old town, with a monastery on the hilltop.
Return at 6.00 pm.
Price for adults: 260 HRK Price includes:welcome drink, guide and lunch with drinks.
3) Fish-picnic by the boat Matek
Price for adults: 250 HRK and includes: welcome drink, guide and lunch with drinks.
In variant with transfer by bus, price for adults: 280 HRK and includes: bus shuttle, welcome drink, guide and lunch with drinks.
4) Seeking dolphins at sunset
Departure at 18.00. Boat Lozna. Cruise along the coast, about 2 hours.
Boat ride up to Lim Kanal where are often been seen dolphins. Return at 20:30.
Make sure you bring your camera.
The trip is very good for the children (although finding dolphins is not 100% successful).
Price for adults is 150 HRK and includes welcome drink.
Departure time varies depending on the date.
5) Boat trip to National Park Brijuni
Every Wednesday from 10. of June to 23. of September goes trip with beautiful boat to magnificent archipelago Brijuni.
Free bus shuttle pick-up times are: Karigador at 09:50, Mareda 09:55, Novigrad bus station and hotel Maestral at 10:00.
10:30 the ship Astral is departing from Porec.
12:00 departure from Rovinj, lunch.
A tour of Brijuni.
(about 4 hours)
17:30 departure from Brioni.
18:30 return to Rovinj.
19:30 return to Porec.
20:30 transfer to the hotel.
Price of the trip to Brijuni is 495 HRK for the adult and includes: a bus shuttle from your hotel, guide, lunch with drinks, a welcome drink,
ship and ticket to the National park (220 Kn = 30 euro). Trip is canceled since 2020, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Influence of the weather on the boat trips
The most sensitive are boat trips type fish picnic. In the case of the strong wind of the south (Jugo) and especially, the southwest (Garbin)
is not recommended going on this trip. In Novigrad, the harbor is not very sheltered, so large waves can be seen even before the departure.
Interestingly, any Northeast wind, even strong (and despite the name: Bura) makes here a quiet sea and favorable conditions for navigation.
If the weather forecast is not ideal, you can try a bus trip.
6) Bus trip to Plitvice Lakes
Very long but beautiful trip. More about trip to Plitvice Lakes.
Price in July and August: 750 HRK for adult, else 590 HRK. Price includes: a bus shuttle from your hotel, guide, lunch, and ticket to the National park. Trip is canceled since 2020, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.