5 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Booking Your Busabout Croatia Sailing Trip

By August 28, 2014 croatia, europe, go, travel
Sail Croatia | Busabout | Island Hopper | The Macadames

As they go to sleep – I wake up

Omish | Sail Croatia | Busabout | Island hopper

The top of the hike in Omish

Question 1 – Are you over 25?

Yes – this tour is not for you, unless you consider yourself young at heart then proceed to question 2.

No – proceed to question 2.

Note: I did actually met a 28 year old girl (from Australia) at Split airport who said she had the best time. It really just depends on the dynamics of the group.

Question 2 – Do you need to sleep more than 3 hours a day?

Yes – this tour is not for you.

No – proceed to question 3.

Note: If you want sleep and are willing to forego fresh air I would get a room below deck. It isn’t just people on your boat who are loud, it is mainly the boats moored up next to you. Poor Anisa and Ryan had one night of bad rap karaoke from the boat next door and another night where for 3 hours straight, a girl was chanting the classy statement “get it up yaaaaa, get it right in yaaaa”!

Andrew and I also witnessed some classy moments – the first night we could hear some of the guys from our boat trying to get some snuggles from some of the girls “okay let’s keep each other warm – but it has to be boy – girl – boy – girl!” On a separate night we were privy to a lovers tiff where one of the guys from our boat was clearly trying the ‘treat em mean keep em keen’ technique:

Guy: Im off ya

Girl: No your not

Guy: Yep, I’ve gone off ya

Girl: Nahhhhhh your just playing a stupid boy game

Me: How about we play a game of having this conversation in your room d*ckheads.

Another option is of course booking the luxury version of the boat – the ‘cruiser’.

Question 3 – Do you want to eat good food, drink good wine, see significant sites and immerse yourself in the Croatian culture?

Yes – this tour is not for you.

No – proceed to question 4.

Note: The Damaltia Coast is home to some of the best food and wine! Instead of going to the restaurants which the Busabout host recommends for the group – be sure to do your own research through trip advisor.

Question 4 – Do you want to meet / hang out with people from different countries other than Australia?

Yes – this tour is not for you.

No – proceed to question 5.

Note: We actually had one Canadian guy and one English girl – the rest were Aussies!

Question 5 – Do you like to make effort to understand / speak languages or are respectful of other cultures when you are traveling in a different country?

Yes – this tour is not for you. Find a skipper and a boat and sail the islands of Croatia that way – be sure to avoid docking where the busabout boats are!

No – go and book this tour immediately – you are going to have a great trip!

Note: See my quotes from the trip below.

My two favourite quotes from the trip include:

1 – “haha look at that girl she’s taking photos of the scenery”

Um yes she is, she is traveling in another country which is known for it’s beautiful scenery.

2 – “I f*cking hate Croatia and Croatians”.

Um, why didn’t you just stay at home and go to the pub every night for a week? These ‘Croatians’ are our lovely crew who cooked and cleaned up after us everyday. One crew member went above and beyond when he had to clean up after a girl who shat herself. Yes you read that correctly.

I have made this trip sound utterly horrible I know (or extremely fun depending on your point of view) which is a bit unfair.

To be truthful, we actually had an awesome week. We were kind of the outcasts of the boat because we did go and explore each destination and researched good restaurants and bars.

Some tips I would pass on to anyone who is thinking of booking include: booking a room below deck or booking a cruiser type boat, doing your own research on the islands and places to eat and drink before hand and getting off the boat as much as possible to explore the beautiful country!

I would definitely recommend going to Croatia to anyone – I saw some of the most beautiful scenery, ate some amazing food, swam in the Mediterranean ocean and had a lot of fun! For some tips on where to go in Croatia be sure to check out Anisa’s post on the Top 9 Places to Visit in Croatia.

Gelati | Korcula | Sail Croatia | Busabout | The Macadames

Gelati was a daily tradition

Makarska | Sail Croatia | Busabout | The Macadames

Beautiful sunset in Makarska

Peka | Makarska | Sail Croatia | Busabout | The Macadames

Delicious traditional dish called Peka

Croatia Sail | Island Hopper | Busabout | The Macadames

We are sailing…

Don’t forget to hashtag #travelwiththemacadames on your travel pictures – We love to see where you’re exploring!

Ash – The Macadames. xx

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  • Reply margaret August 28, 2014 at 7:11 am

    This was such an interesting review – made me laugh so much. Loved it.

  • Reply Ash August 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Thanks so much Margaret! I am glad you enjoyed it and had a laugh. It was certainly an interested week – one we won’t forget that’s for sure!

  • Reply Anisa August 28, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Love this post. So true! The best and worst trip ever 😉 next time we are yachting it!

  • Reply Tegan August 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Haha this is great, I went on a Busabout trip when I was 21 and I was borderline too old, I can’t imagine how it would feel now. Give me nice food, nice wine and an early night any day!! #goldenoldies

    • Reply Anisa September 2, 2014 at 4:23 am

      Love this – borderline too old at 21!

  • Reply Holly July 31, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I did a sail Croatia trip at 28 .
    Yes I was at the top end of the age range – but I didn’t feel the oldest. There was a mix of English Aussies and kiwis on my boat. This was similar mix on the other boast (we socialised mostly with 2 others as our captains were friends).
    Everyone was fairly tame on our boat I thought ( a group of them were working professional jobs in London and there was a number of couples) which I was happy about but they would still party off the boat till late at night. I got at least 6hrs sleep each night which was probably less than most of the others.
    It’s true it’s not the most cultural trip BUT people were definitely taking scenery shops, spending their days sifting through the towns and doing little tours etc.
    maybe you just got really unlucky – that said I did look at the busabout boats and think mine was better – maybe because I had a bit of busabout snobbery from earlier in my euro trip haha. And also my Croatian crew were a family and were amazing!
    I would go again -35 now – but maybe on a fancier boat with ensuite room etc.

    • Reply Anisa August 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Holly, thanks for stopping by. Its very interesting you had a different experience, I think we had an especially young boatload of people lol. Our crew was amazing too! Definitely an ensuite and AIRCON this time around!

  • Reply Graciela May 18, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Is there another way of island hopping that you would suggest? The tours seem easy, but it also seems like a hi or miss depending on who’s with you and I’m traveling solo so I’m fearful I’ll get stuck with 18-20 year olds! What other options are out there?

    • Reply Anisa May 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      I really didn’t know any options that were available for older people, i did look a lot. But I couldn’t find any. Maybe try hiring a charter?

  • Reply Natalija January 18, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    This is such a funny post. I would barely survive this trip! I need a lot of sleep. But on the other hand it can’t be bad in Croatia.

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