The position of the Elaphite islands makes them perfect for some island-hopping. The islands are situated to the north-west of Dubrovnik and the most popular among tourists is Lopud.
Getting to the Elaphite islands from Dubrovnik is easy, as there is a regular boat service from Dubrovnik port with several daily departures in both directions.
You will board the boat on the pier across from the Jadrolinija office in Gruz. This boat first stops on the island of Kolocep (30 minutes), before arriving on Lopud (a further 25 minutes) and then continues for 15 minutes sailing to Sipan island (Sudjuradj).
During the summer, there are 4 daily departures from Dubrovnik (10am, 2pm, 4:30pm and 8:00pm) with regular returns from each island (see here for timetable).
Make a day trip to the Elaphites by taking the morning boat and returning in the evening. Or just do a half-day trip and return in the afternoon.
The one-way boat ride costs €4.91 for the age of 12 and over, while children from 3-12 pay €2.13. The boat tickets can be bought from Jadrolinija office or online.
You will travel to the Elaphites on the Dora catamaran and you'll enjoy the ride. The inside space is airconditioned with plenty of comfortable seats and tables. Or grab one of several seats on the open deck from where you can enjoy open-air views of the islands and passing yachts and vessels.
Just be sure to be on time for boarding (be there at least 30 minutes before departure), especially during the peak summer months.
In addition to this catamaran, there is also a Hanibal Lucic ferry (taking both cars and passengers) that departs from Dubrovnik and sails to Lopud and Sipan (Sudjuradj), 3 times a day in both directions.
If landing at Dubrovnik airport and heading to one of the Elaphite islands, you'll first need to reach Gruz port and from there catch one of the boats to the islands.
To reach the port from the airport you have several options: an airport shuttle bus (the cheapest), taking a regular taxi or booking a private car transfer (book with Welcome Pickups for the same price as local taxi).
If you pre-book a car transfer, your driver will meet you at the arrivals terminal, help you with your luggage and drive you to the port, where you can wait for your boat.
If taking a shuttle bus, you'll need to get off the bus at the bus station which is conveniently located next to Gruz port. From there you can easily walk to the pier to embark the boat.
The airport shuttle bus runs frequently throughout the day and you can catch it just outside the airport building (to the right). Tickets can be bought from the airport counter once you leave the baggage claim area or online.