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Poreč: Aquacolors Waterpark Fast-Lane Entry Ticket

1. Poreč: Aquacolors Waterpark Fast-Lane Entry Ticket

Try out the biggest variety of water attractions in Istria, all gathered in one place. No matter if you prefer speedy water slides, relaxing pools, or a 500-meter long lazy river, the Aquacolors Waterpark offers something for everyone.  You will have access to all the slides and three outdoor swimming pools, including one that has a pebble beach and waves. The park offers beach umbrellas as well as sunbeds for free. There is also a variety of spots in the shade, where you can relax away from the hot summer sun. To wind down after the slides, there are around 140 massage water benches waiting for you in the chill-out area. Don’t miss out on the Lounge bar, consisting of an artificial beach, where you can sip on refreshing cocktails and try local dishes.

From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

2. From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Leave from Pula and embark on a sightseeing boat trip through Brijuni National Park, and take in the beautiful views of the 14 islands of the park. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and make a stop to watch the park's dolphins in their natural habitat. Depart from Pula in the boat Martinabela, and set out for Brijuni National Park, in the beautiful clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Try to spot various species of fish and other wildlife on the tour, as the park is a protected area known for its different wildlife species. Sightsee around all 14 of the park's islands, and enjoy a stop to watch the park's resident dolphins, and take beautiful photos and videos of these wonderful creatures. Luckily, dolphins are free animals and nobody can guarantee number of them, but we find them in 99%.

Vrsar: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour including Drinks

3. Vrsar: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour including Drinks

Embark at the port of Vrsar, and then head north along the water on this cruise. Watch as sunset breaks over the horizon and marvel in the magnificent skyline of Istria. Take in the breathtaking play of light created by the sunset's reflection in the water. Travel to the areas where the dolphins usually swim and admire the impressive marine animals as they play in their natural habitat. From the deck of your boat, relax and soak up the sun while sipping on a drink while enjoying the moment.

From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

4. From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

This is a pleasant evening tour that will last for about 3 hours and take you out to the sea, to hopefully see some dolphins. You will start by boarding your boat Orion-Ariete at the Pula harbor. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city’s amphitheater as you sail out of the harbor. You'll be heading straight towards the Brijuni archipelago where you can start watching for dolphins. Then as the sun sets, you will be served a delicious Mediterranean dinner on board. There are a variety of entree items that you can choose from during the booking process. There's something to suit every taste including vegetarians. Although it is not guaranteed that you will see dolphins, the captain will always push forward to find them and enable you to enjoy dolphins in their natural habitat. Most of the time, dolphin families are spotted playing in the sea at some point during the cruise. Once the sun has set, the tour is nearly over and you'll head back to Pula harbor. Sailing back to the city, you can enjoy the seaside panoramic view of the city’s harbor under the evening lights.

Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

5. Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

Your evening trip starts at Medulin harbour. After boarding, you will receive a welcome drink and the trip begins with a panoramic view of Medulin's archipelago. Throughout the boat trip, there is music on board which makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Dancing is also welcome. While you cruise along the Adriatic sea, keep an eye out for dolphins. There is a 50/50 chance you will see them, but if not, you can still make the most of the stunning scenery. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Austro-Hungarian lighthouse 'Porer' on the way, and later on, have the chance to admire a stunning sunset view. Dinner is served on the boat: fish, meat and vegetarian options are available with a cabbage salad and ciabatta bread. Drinks during the excursions are included in the price. The boat trip finishes by slowly heading back to Medulin.

Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari Cruise with Drinks

6. Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari Cruise with Drinks

Enjoy a drink and slowly sail to the open sea with a beautiful view of the Poreč Riviera. On the other side you can see the open sea and the sun meeting the horizon. Watch the elegant tricks dolphins can show you in their natural environment, in their complete wilderness and freedom.  This is not a dolphinarium, there is no trainer, and these animals behave in harmony with nature. It is particularly exciting to watch dolphins swimming at the side of the boat and in front of the bow.  If you are lucky enough, you can see a young dolphin that is usually accompanied by a smaller group of adults who keep a distance from the ship. For those who suffer from stress this is a perfect opportunity for therapy, for parents with children this is a perfect gift and surprise for their kids.

Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

7. Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

Visit the ancient amphitheater of Pula, where the inhabitants of the city once gathered to be entertained by gladiators and animal hunts. Beat the crowds and explore this magnificent ancient site with your pre-paid entrance ticket. See an amphitheater that has become the symbol of Pula one of the most popular and beautiful venues in Croatia for events, like concerts, festivals, and even recreation of gladiatorial tournaments in the summer months.  Get access to the permanent exhibition entitled "Istrian Olive and Viticulture in Antiquity" located in the underground area used by the gladiators during their tournaments.  See reproductions of tools and equipment for oil and wine production, such as mills, presses, and sedimentation tanks, as well as amphorae, which were used as packaging for oil and wine transportation.

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

8. Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

Kayak and snorkel your way along the coast of Pula to explore the city’s impressive sea caves. This fun and active 3-hour tour will take you to Seagull’s Rocks, where you’ll go diving inside a cave with snorkeling masks and underwater lights.  Your guides will document the adventure with GoPro underwater cameras, and share the photos with you after the tour. You will receive the link in a few days after the tour. The experienced guides will ensure your safety throughout the tour. Relax with a cold drink of water or beer after this amazing activity.

Medulin: Cruise to Kamenjak with Lunch

9. Medulin: Cruise to Kamenjak with Lunch

Begin your boat trip from the harbor in Medulin. Look out for the only red and yellow boat in the area, and then board “Sandra” ready for your trip. Marvel at a magnificent panoramic view of Medulin's archipelago and the Premantura peninsula as you set sail from Medulin. Cruise for 1 hour until reaching the southernmost point of Istria, the Cape Kamenjak Nature Park. See stunning cliffs, and admire diverse wildlife and breathtaking nature. Dive into and explore one of the underwater caves, accompanied by a crew member for your safety. After discovering the underwater world of Cape Kamenjak, continue to the Porer Lighthouse, a picturesque lighthouse on a small island built during the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1846. Next, stop for lunch and savor your meal aboard the boat. Choose between a delicious meat fish or vegetarian dish, depending on your preference. Drinks are included during the entire ride. Once you've eaten, head to the island of Ceja to enjoy two hours of sunbathing and swimming in the Adriatic Sea. On Ceja, you can also find a restaurant and a cafe bar, should you feel like another snack or some coffee and drinks. Soak up the last rays of Croatian sun before heading back to the point of departure.

From Pula: Brijuni National Park Guided Tour

10. From Pula: Brijuni National Park Guided Tour

Visit  Veli Brijun island and explore Brijuni National Park on a guided tour from Pula. Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of the island. Admire the beautiful plants and animals and take some free time to explore. Board the wooden ship to cross to Veli Brijun from Pula Harbour. Arrive at the central port of Brijuni on the eastern side of the island, where your guided tour will begin. Hop on the tourist train to discover the highlights of the island, as well as the beautiful scenic views of the surrounding coastline. The ride on the tourist train takes approximately one hour. Ride along the coast and all the way to the north of the island where the Safari Park is located. See the golf courses, a Venetian citadel, and old farm buildings built in the early 20th century. Before arriving at the Safari Park, see the second-largest island of the national park. Mali Brijun, north of Veli Brijun. Upon arriving at the Safari Park, see some of the 80 herbivore animal species, mostly from various parts of Africa and Asia. Continue the journey along the west coast of the island. Ride through forests of holm oak and laurel. See beautiful wild orchids and exotic plants such as umbrella pine, cedar, and sequoias. See the Austro-Hungarian fortress of Tegetthoff and the empty pools of the zoo that existed on the island until 1995. Visit the remains of a Roman villa on the shores of Verige Bay and visit the Church of St. Germaine. After some free time, head back to the port for the journey back to Pula.

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What people are saying about Istria County

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,590 reviews

The crossing and the program are very well organized and given the temperatures, we were grateful to be guided a bit. There were no significant delays or anything like that and all 3 guides from the Kompas team acted very professionally, always provided information in several languages, steered with a lot of friendliness, quickly grouped us before the boat trips and thus brought us a good deal closer to Venice. Great, that's how we imagined it. Thank you Team Kompas for a great day

È stata un'ottima esperienza. La nave è partita in orario, il personale è stato molto gentile. A metà del tour abbiamo potuto avvistare diversi delfini, meraviglioso poter osservare il tramonto mentre tornavamo verso Pola.

Fun tour, well worth the price. Once we showed up, there was even a surprise tubing experience. Our guide was friendly and fun and gave us good tips to make sure our experience was smooth. Highly recommend.

The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about scuba diving. They made us feel at ease and the diving itself was so relaxing.

I was in Pula arena (Rome koloseum) and everything was ok, no problem.