We’ve had lots of questions from you all since our last blog post about what it was really like to be on a catamaran for a week, sailing from island to island in Croatia with Yacht Getaways.
Well, we can honestly say it was one of our favourite ways to travel! We are totally on board with #BoatLife!
As you know, over the last year we’ve been traveling full time and experienced every style of transport… nipping around by tuk tuk in Thailand, a 17 hour sleeper bus in Vietnam, a hot air balloon ride in Myanmar, and hundreds of planes, ferries and taxis along the way. But never a catamaran.
When we arrived in Trogir, Split at the beginning of the trip we were so excited, we had seen photos of the yacht online but we really couldn’t imagine what it would look like in real life.
We arrived at the busy harbour and were greeted by Alice and Nino, our host and skipper.
As they walked us along the wooden jetty, passing boat after boat, our excitement and anticipation grew as we began wondering which one was ours for the week.
Then we saw her; Mercurey I, a stunning white catamaran with huge sails and blue accents.
We stepped on board, took off our flip flops and went off to explore our surroundings.
We booked the Prestige Class catamaran, a 52ft yacht which sleeps 10 guests in five double rooms.
The rooms were surprisingly really spacious yet still cosy, there was plenty of storage space for all your belongings and portholes letting in lots of light.
Each room had an en suite bathroom and shower, with plenty of hot water to soak off all the salt after an afternoon of snorkeling.
There was also air conditioning too, powered for a few hours in the evening by the generator, for those warmer evenings.
Each day breakfast and lunch would be served on the boat by our host Alice, who would cook up a healthy and delicious feast.
In the mornings we helped ourselves to cereals, yoghurt, fruit and toast, alongside different hot accompaniments like Shakshuka, poached eggs with avocado, and buttery french toast with berry compote.
Around midday, we would moor up the boat in a quiet, secluded bay and jump into the sea for a swim and some snorkeling, giving Alice time to prepare lunch.
Lunch was always our favourite time of day, we’d get back on the boat, dry off and wait to see what delicious feast Alice had prepared for us.
She always used freshly-sourced produce, including some herbs she grew herself on the boat or picked from a nearby island.
We devoured fresh blue cheese, walnut and date salad, homemade nachos with guacamole and tzatziki, beef koftas with grilled vegetables and a panna cotta fit for the queen!
Occasionally she would also surprise us with a mid-afternoon treat; gooey brownies or chocolate-dipped strawberries!
Breakfast and lunch were always served alfresco, at the stern of the boat.
After lunch we would sail to our next destination, usually arriving around 2-3pm, giving us plenty of time to enjoy some relaxing on the boat.
I (Niki) would spend most of the afternoon at the bow of the boat, sunbathing on the netting, listening to the waves crash beneath me and the sea breeze twirl around me… bliss!
Dan was in his element on the top deck, spending time learning from Nino, our skipper, how to navigate and sail the yacht.
One of the best parts of the trip was how involved the crew get you in helping with sailing and mooring up the boat.
Whilst cruising we would learn how to put up the sail, how the wind impacts the speed, how to steer and use the advanced auto-pilot system.
But the fun part came when we were about to moor up at a harbour, it was all hands on deck to cast out the ropes, tie appropriate knots to hold the boat steady, and even occasional swim out with the mooring line to attach it to land (Dan’s favourite part!).
Once moored up, we would spend each afternoon and evening exploring a new island.
Check out our latest blog post here to see our full itinerary and what we got up to.
At the end of the day we would come back to the boat, drink some herbal tea and head off to our comfy double bed, ready to start the process all again the next day.
One evening we even set up camp on top deck and slept under the stars. It was absolutely perfect and waking up to sunrise was even better!
Sailing from island to island by catamaran is honestly the most relaxing and exciting way to travel, we enjoyed every second of it and would highly recommend it to everyone.
Check out our boat tour vlog below…
This post is sponsored by Yacht Getaways, however, all views are our own! We enjoyed our Croatia trip so much and we really recommend it be added to your bucket list immediately!
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