As we have been reporting for years dolphins around the coasts and islands of Istria always seem to feel fine. They seem to have nothing against the daily visit of dolphin lovers from all over the world. They are in the boat tours again and again to meet in the same places and perform their jumps like in front of an audience.
For many tourists, a trip to the dolphins is one of the highlights of the holiday in Istria, the Kvarner region or even in Dalmatia.
About the dolphins of the Adriatic
Croatia has an extraordinary natural treasure: the last dolphins of the Adriatic. Only one species still lives there today: the bottlenose dolphins known from dolphinariums and the television series “Flipper” or “Good dolphin” (Dobri Dupin) in Croatian.
The “Adriatic dolphins” stay close to the Croatian coast and islands throughout the year, usually less than 5 kilometers from the land.
Bottlenose dolphins have a relatively large and curved back fin. They are very adaptable, active and curious. Their average life expectancy is 30 years, in some cases they can even be 50 years old. (Delphinschutz.org)
Boat trip Dolphins at sunset
The boat trip with the “Jelefrom Fazana starts in July and August always from the port of Pula at 19 o’clock and ends around 21 o’clock. In the months of May and June, the boat tour starts a little earlier (around 18-18:30). The excursion takes place in the high season daily, otherwise on Mondays and from Wednesday to Friday. For groups of 10 people or more, we recommend booking a little earlier. It is also possible to organize special trips for groups. The chance to see dolphins during the trip is around 90%. After the sighting you spend about 30 minutes in the company of the popular marine mammals.
For adults, the evening boat tour to the dolphins costs 150KN (around 20€). Children up to the age of 12 pay half price. Soft drinks are available on board for free. We recommend booking 2-3 days in advance. A deposit is not required for the trip!
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