From Split it was extremely easy to catch the ferry to the island of Hvar. We walked with all our gear for about ten minutes to the ferry terminal in Split, proclaimed that we wanted to go to Hvar, and paid $6 AU for a ticket. Thirty minutes later and we were on our way to Hvar, the fourth most populated island off the Croatian coast.

Lorna and I were expecting quite a lot from the island of Hvar. I’m not saying it was a bad place, but . . . it’s pretty small. You can pretty much do the town and castle and have something to eat and then be on your way in about four hours. Basically there’s one main street and a port. There are however a lot of bars and restaurants to eat and drink at. And there’s no questioning it’s beauty.

There’s also a castle to hike up. I took some amazing sunset photos from the top of the hill and on the walls of the castle, all while holding a pint that I got from the one and only bar up there. I wasn’t sure if the hike would be worth it, but as you can see from the photos, the view and the pint were definitely worth it.

If you want to swim on Hvar though, the best thing to do is leave the island for a better beach. You can hire a private boat for $50 AU, including a driver, to boat you over to one of the five smaller islands off the coast.

The boat will leave you to your own devices, for about five or six hours on an almost-deserted island, and then pick you up again at a later-arranged time.

Lorna and I chose to spend a good day on Mlini Beach. It took about twenty minutes for our private little boat to take us there.

We explored the natural, practically untouched island for most of the day, sunbaked and then had some food and beer at the restaurant. Again, it was quite cheap, but Lorna was shocked when she asked for the calamari and chips meal, only to be given literally that. They must have pulled the calamari out of the sea about half-an-hour earlier and just chucked it straight on the grill!

After spending two days in Hvar, we said goodbye and hopped on a ferry to Korcula.

Rob Kaay is an Australian author & musician.

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