Island Koločep (or Kalamota)
Koločep is the nearest among the three primary Elaphite Islands (Lopud and Šipan being the other two) to Dubrovnik and the mainland.
It has a population of approximately 300 people and is the smallest of the islands. Koločep, also known as Kalamota, was formerly known as Calaphodia and was annexed by the Dubrovnik Republic in the 11th century, where it served as a significant shipbuilding location.
The two settlements on the island, Gornje and Donje Čelo, have sandy and pebbly beaches that offer excellent conditions for enjoying the clear and clean sea. Dense pine forests cover the east and west sides of the island.
Koločep Blue and Green Cave, including Šunj Beach Tour from Dubrovnik
For active travellers seeking adventure.
The Elaphiti Islands offer stunning sea caves, especially on Koločep Island. The tour also includes a stop at the beautiful sandy Šunj Beach on Lopud Island, a cruise past Dubrovnik's city walls and Fort Lovrijenac, and the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the caves. To keep you fuelled, the tour includes a sandwich, soft drinks, and water. You can choose between a morning or afternoon tour to fit your schedule.
How to get to Island Koločep
To reach Kolocep, there are daily ferries operated by Jadrolinija with a journey time of 35 minutes. Water taxis may also be available from Dubrovnik. The ferries leave from Gruž Port.
View complete Dubrovnik to Elaphiti islands ferry timetable.
Where to buy tickets
The Jadrolinija office in Dubrovnik is situated opposite the pier where the ferry departs. To avoid missing the ferry, it is recommended to purchase tickets 30-40 minutes before departure.
Wondering which one of the Elaphiti Islands to visit? Visit our Elaphite Islands guide.
When to visit Koločep
The optimal times to visit Island Koločep are during the spring (June) and autumn (September) seasons when the island is less crowded with tourists. July and August tend to be busier months, attracting both visitors and locals to the island.
In addition to typical beach activities like swimming, sunbathing, and snorkelling, the mild temperatures during spring and autumn provide excellent opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking. With the average sea temperature hovering around 22°C in June and September, visitors can comfortably take a dip in the beautiful Adriatic Sea.
Can you stay on Island Koločep?
Accommodation on Island Koločep include hotels, villas, apartments, and private rooms. To fully enjoy the island's attractions and beaches, it is advisable to stay for at least two days. Booking your preferred accommodation in advance is highly recommended, particularly during the peak season in July and August.
Cars are prohibited on Koločep island, allowing visitors to enjoy tranquil walks along the pine forest paths and relax on the sandy and rocky beaches. The crystal-clear waters surrounding the island are ideal for swimming and discovering the various coves and bays, including the famous Blue Cave.
Moreover, the island boasts several charming churches, such as the Church of St. Sergius, the Church of St. Nicholas, and the Church of the Holy Trinity, some of which have origins dating back to the 9th century.