Croatia: Dolphins & Islands Expedition – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Croatia: Dolphins & Islands Expedition

Dive deep and experience Croatia in a unique way as you lend a hand at the Dolphin Research Project. When you’re not venturing out by boat alongside conservationists, enjoy the stunning Adriatic coastline, rolling hills, and delicious Croatian cuisine.


Our Purpose

Croatia’s Adriatic coastline is home to a vast array of vulnerable marine animals, including sea turtles, giant devil rays, and the Adriatic dolphin. In order to ensure their protection, it’s important to continue to monitor and gather data on their status. To achieve our purpose, you’ll go behind the scenes at the Blue World Institute on the island of Lošinj, aiding researchers in dolphin monitoring expeditions – collecting data on dolphin behavior, environmental conditions, and numbers, locations and sightings of dolphins, and taking photographs for analysis. You’ll also get a taste of life as a marine biologist, learning how to read this information and why it is important for the wellbeing of the dolphins.

(Volunteer Time = 10 hours, or 2 half-days)

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What You'll Do

Go behind-the-scenes and aid in dolphin monitoring with the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, helping firsthand to preserve the threatened dolphins that reside in the blue waters just offshore. In addition to learning more about the species, get a taste of life as a marine biologist as you set out to sea for a dolphin monitoring project. Along the way, collect data on environmental conditions, locations and sightings of encountered dolphins, photographs of dorsal fins for photo-ID analysis, and data about dolphin behavior. We’ll also have a chance to visit a sea turtle rescue to learn about how these turtles are rescued as they make their way up the Adriatic coast.

Experience a tour of the island’s famous Blue Cave by boat, then it’s off to the Island of Hvar. Experience a three-course cooking class with a local chef at one of the town’s local taverns overlooking fields of vineyards, a hike through picturesque fields of lavender and olives to the village of Stari Grad, and a morning kayaking excursion to the Pakleni Islands, famous for having some of the clearest water in the world.

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What You'll See

Experience the rich landscapes of Croatia as you travel by land and sea. After a gorgeous drive from Zagreb all the way to the glistening coast, hop on a ferry to the quaint island of Losinj. Off the beaten track, this is one of Croatia’s largest Northern Adriatic Islands and offers some of the most pristine coastline in the country. Relax at one of the many outdoor cafes, search for dolphins off the coast, explore the trails that wind along the coast, and get adventurous with a tour of the Blue Cave.

Then journey to the southern islands of Croatia on by ferry, marveling at the truly remarkable panorama of Croatia’s natural beauty along the way. Spend three nights in the UNESCO World Heritage village of Stari Grad. Explore the charming stone alleyways, enjoy a glass of wine alongside the harbor and learn to cook traditional Croatian dishes with a local family. For those that want to continue the adventure, opt for the 3-day extension to stunning coastal town of Dubrovnik.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Dubrovnik (4 Days/ 3 Nights)

Dubrovnik (4 Days/3 Nights). While our core itinerary brings you to a less-explored island off the coast of mainland Croatia, Dubrovnik is a gorgeous city for those who want to continue their journey. Explore the island of Mljet with a gentle hike or optional boat trip for stunning hilltop views. The next two days will see you exploring the beautiful

walled city of Dubrovnik, taking in the famous red-roofed buildings and winding alleyways of the UNESCO-listed Old Town. There’s also a lovely beach to enjoy, while Game of Thrones fans can take a tour of the locations featured in the hit TV series. Learn more about this 4 Day/3 Night extension here.

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Where You'll Stay

Stay in a cozy European-style hotel in the heart of the small island of Losinj. Complete with all of your basic amenities and a pool, it is the sweeping views of the sea and outdoor restaurant that make this hotel one to remember. In Hvar, stay just outside of town in a newly-remodeled resort with gorgeous views of the sea. With free 10-minute transportation into Stari Grad, it makes it the perfect location to get away and enjoy the beauty of Croatia with easy access to all its neighboring town has to offer.

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Jeanne D.

Miami, FL

Traveler's Journal

I wanted to see as much of Croatia as possible and do something different. I truly felt like my contributions to the Blue World Institute made an impact on the small local community of Losinj and a big impact to the dolphin population. While this was the highlight for the family, the extension to Dubrovnik was also absolutely amazing. The beauty we witnessed throughout the trip, both in the unexplored Northern Islands and then the more popular Dalmatian Coast, was breathtaking and something I feel incredibly privileged to have seen. Truly a trip we will never forget!

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 days / 7 nights

Program Cost: $3,895 Adult / $3,495 Child*

2019 Dates

Jun 8-15, 2019

Jul 6-13, 2019

Aug 24-31, 2019

Sep 21-28, 2019

2020 Dates

May 30-June 6, 2020

June 27-July 4, 2020

July 18-25, 2020

August 1-8, 2020

September 12-19, 2020

  • All prices are double occupancy price. Single Room Supplement = $795
  • Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult

What's Included?

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • An active daily itinerary, with all activities included
  • All meals except for 1 dinner included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 7 nights lodging in  locally-owned boutique hotels in the 4-star range
  • Volunteer project with the Blue World Institute
  • Airport transfers and all ground and water transportation
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • All gratuities for hotels and meals
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance

What’s not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Tips for Discover Corps Guide
  • One dinner
  • Beverages at meals including alcoholic beverages
  • Phone calls, laundry, or Internet costs during the trip

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Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

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