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How to Get to the Croatian Blue Lagoon From Split & Trogir

How to Get to the Croatian Blue Lagoon From Split & Trogir

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Looking for the best place to escape the city crowds that offers a mixture of crystal clear waters, soft white sand, and a relaxed ambiance, while still being close to Split or Trogir?

Well, you’ve found it, it’s the Blue Lagoon!

Located a short boat ride from Split or Trogir, the Croatian Blue Lagoon is the perfect choice for a summer vacation spot where you can snorkel, swim, and relax in shallow waters among the beautiful Dalmatian Islands.

In this guide, I’ll detail everything you need to know about the Blue Lagoon, including how to get here with photos and a quick rundown of my experience so you know what to expect.

Blue lagoon in croatia

About Croatia's Blue Lagoon

If you ask any Croatian, they'll tell you that there are dozens of Blue Lagoons scattered throughout the many islands of the Adriatic Sea.

However, the official and most famous Blue Lagoon is a shallow area just off the island of Drvenik Veli, in a small, sandy area called Krknjasi Bay. This island cove is immediately west of Split and neighbors Šolta Island and Drvenik Mali.

The lagoon itself is a wide bay with a white, sandy bottom, mostly protected from the wind by two small green islands called Krknjaš Mali and Krknjaš Veli.

The main draw is its crystal clear, turquoise waters and its reputation for being the perfect location to swim in clear water and relax on white pebble beaches close to the mainland.

Entrance fee: FREE - there is no cost to access this lagoon.

Blue lagoon croatia

How to Get to the "Official" Blue Lagoon in Croatia

In terms of distance, the Blue Lagoon is much closer to Trogir than Split. However, if you are staying in Split, don't worry, most Blue Lagoon trips running from Split will also visit the historic city of Trogir, a tiny port city that is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Below I'll go through the best ways to get to the Blue Lagoon, depending on where you're staying in Croatia.

Sailing boat in croatia
The famous Blue Lagoon

1. Blue Lagoon Boat Tour From Split

For travelers staying in the vibrant city of Split, the best way to get here is to book a Trogir & Blue Lagoon trip.

Not only is this one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of getting to this charming cove– it's also of the best bang-for-buck half-day trips in Split!

The boat trip includes:

  • Small group speed boat trip
  • A visit to the Blue Lagoon and beaches on the nearby islands
  • Guided tour of Trogir, including the St. Lovre Cathedral and the 13th-century Romanesque doors
  • Cocktail stop at the Laganini Beach Bar on Čiovo island
Blue lagoon from split

Private tour option: Traveling in a small group? Consider this speed boat option for a private way to get to the Lagoon. Obviously, this is a tad pricier than the shared boat option. But, it can work out cheaper for those in a larger group.

2. Blue Lagoon Tour from Trogir Town

For travelers staying in or near the beautiful town of Trogir, you'll also have convenient boat tour options to the Blue Lagoon. Similarly to the Split options, the best trips are nearly always half-day boat tours to the Blue Lagoon and the surrounding 3 Islands.

Below I've linked to the best Blue Lagoon tour from Trogir Town. This also includes a seafood lunch and has the best reviews on GetYourGuide.

Pier at the trogir blue lagoon

3. Independent Option: Hire Your Own Boat

For travelers with a boat license in their home counties, it's also possible to get to the Blue Lagoon by renting or chartering a boat in Split or Trogir.

Distance from Split: Split harbor to Blue lagoon is 14 nautical miles
Distance from Trogir: the lagoon is only 8 nautical miles away from Trogir

The majority of speed boat rentals on offer are small fiberglass outboard rigs with a center console. To find a boat charter company, I recommend walking down to the Split Riva Promenade. Here, you will find several agents offering boat rentals between 200 to 300 euros per day.

Hired speedboat driving at croatian islands

My Experience Visiting the Blue Lagoon

So, with the logistics out of the way, let's dive into what to expect at the beautiful crystal-clear waters of Blue Lagoon Croatia! As you know by now, visiting this awesome spot is one of the best things to do in Split.

However, if you're still not convinced, let me give you a quick rundown of my experience with some photos to help inspire your visit!

Blue lagoon split

Arriving at Krknjasi Bay

It wasn't until we finally entered the Blue Lagoon that we realized how clear and blue the crystal clear sea is here. That's because the surrounding waters around the islands of Drvenik Veli and Island Šolta (Solta Island) are quite deep. So, it's not until you actually reach the lagoon that it really shallows up to reveal the bright blue tinge.

The depth of this sandy lagoon is roughly 2-3 meters, making it a perfect place to swim!

Blue lagoon pier
Boat in crystal clear water

Snorkeling and Swimming at the Lagoon and Beaches

If you book one of the above lagoon and three island boat trips, you'll get snorkeling masks offered on board. While I'm going to be honest and say that Croatia is not the best place to see coral reefs, the visibility, and water clarity and the Blue Lagoon really make it worthwhile!

Furthermore, sandy beaches are not very common in Croatia, so to experience a white, sand bottom at the shallow lagoon is a unique feature of the Dalmatian Coast.

This also means the lagoon does attract some large fish and you'll spot plenty of sea shells too.

Travel Tip, The bottom of the sea is often lined with sea urchins, so it's a good idea to be careful where you step.

Aerial view of krknjasi bay
Boats in shallow lagoon, krknjas bay

Exploring the "3 Islands" - Drvenik Veli, Šolta, & Čiovo

One of the main draws to the Blue Lagoon is the freedom to explore the 3 islands. All islands are lined with beautiful pebble beaches surrounded by shrubs and some pine trees. The most famous beach at the lagoon is called Krknjasi Beach on the southeast coast of the Drvenik Veli.

Most tours will also stop on the island of Čiovo (closer to Trogir). Here there's a beach bar called Laganini, an excellent place to sip cocktails under the summer sun!

Most 3-island trips will also stop on the island of Šolta. Here, you have free time to explore the small village of Maslinica and experience a uniquely Croatian way of life.

All in all, a half-day trip to the Blue Lagoon and three islands is the perfect amount of time to enjoy this spectacular Croatian attraction. Those coming from Split, will have enough time to swim, relax, and explore the Trogir Old Town. Conversely, tours from Trogir spend more time at the lagoon and three islands for the same duration.

Travel tip: On the way back to Trogir or Split, make sure to keep an eye out for dolphins! Croatians will tell you that dolphins are a regular sight in this part of the Dalmatian Coast!

Croatian islands drvenik veli and krknjas mali
View of three islands in croatia

Should I Visit the Split Blue Lagoon or the Blue Cave?

While not as popular as the more famous Blue Cave, the Blue Lagoon makes for a shorter day trip, since it is much closer to Split and Trogir. However, I highly recommend both trips– if you have the time!

In saying that, if you can only squeeze in one island tour, I'd suggest picking the Blue Cave over the Blue Lagoon. The reason is that you'll get way more bang for buck. This trip includes a visit to:

  • Vis
  • Hvar
  • Stiniva Beach
  • another Blue Lagoon (Budikovac)
  • Blue Cave
Krknjasi bay near split and trogir
The Blue Lagoon near Split & Trogir
Boat inside the blue grotto of bisevo island
The Blue Cave - Biševo Island Day Trip from Vis
Blue lagoon near vis
The other "Blue Lagoon" at Budikovac Island near Vis
Trogir, croatia
Trogir Harbor

Where to Stay in Split

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia with a population of around 160,000 people. While most of the city likens modern suburbia, the best place to stay in Split is close to Split Old Town, near the harbor.

This area is by far the most beautiful and is closest to all of the main attractions and ship and tour departures. Below are my updated top three accommodation picks for each budget.

Radisson blu resort split bedroom with window view

1. Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Luxury

This 5-star resort provides guests with luxurious spa treatments, island views, an outdoor pool, and delicious food at their on-site restaurant

Korta apartments with bedroom layout and kitchen, split

2. Apartments Korta Mid-Range

Perfectly located near Split Old Town. This apartment offers its guests self-catered apartment-styled rooms. A terrace and children's playground are located on the property.

Ai hostel in split

3. AI Hostel Budget

A perfect choice for backpackers wanting a place just outside of Split Old Town. It features a shared kitchen, lounge area, and tour desk. Free Wi-Fi is located throughout the property.

I hope you've enjoyed this quick travel guide to visiting Blue Lagoon Croatia from either Split or Trogir.

Below are some additional guides to the beautiful historic cities and Croatian islands that I'm sure you'll find useful!

Thanks for Reading

I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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Tyhin Zoshav

Sunday 19th of June 2022

These articles are amazing. Makes me want to get out there and see the world. Thanks.