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Korcula Archipelago

The Korčula archipelago has almost twenty different islands, islets and reefs, collectively known as the škoji. Pronounced “schkoi“, the word comes from the Italian word ‘obstacle’. Their presence has been vital to the people of the surrounding area, frequently providing natural resources for a livelihood that has changed as time has progressed.

Their sunken, scattered natural position at the edge of the Pelješac channel created issues for maritime traffic. The old Croatian name for the island, Krkar, in fact, means ‘reef passage’ or the ‘obstacle passage’. Today these maritime flowers offer a delightful opportunity to swim in its crystal clear seas, relax on their shaded beaches or pretend to be Robinson Crusoe.

Exploring the archipelago by water taxi
Exploring the archipelago by water taxi

In the past, the islands were variously used as strategic outposts, spiritual serenity and quarrying for high-quality limestone. The stones were used to build most of the impressive buildings of the historic town of Korčula and beyond.

They continue to be a source of food, with its shores and shoals providing rich fishing grounds from antiquity to modernity.

Today the skoji are a favourite day-trip destination for tourists and locals alike. Poč u škoje (to go for an island outing) is a favourite past time for many locals who use their boats to visit the islands and enjoy their natural harmony.

Sandwiched between the karstic Pelješac peninsula and the Mediterranean island of Korčula, each island is an individual. Each one is a different shape and size. Some resemble hats (or original haircuts, others resemble various fish types that swim around them. Some are inhabited, most are deserted (apart from seagulls, deer and the odd rabbit). All contains something unique. For visitors to Korčula, they are a must-see.

Access is easy even for visitors without their own boat due to the taxi boat service that takes visitors to the largest ones. Prepare for your visit to the skoji by reading our introduction to each of them.

Getting to Skoji, Korcula archipelago
Getting to Skoji, Korcula archipelago

The islands are easily reachable by local water taxi boats or hop on hop off speedy water taxi from either Lumbarda, Korcula Old Town or Orebic, Kuciste and Viganj on Peljesac.

Popular Routes: Split to Korcula, Korcula to Split, Dubrovnik to Korcula, Korcula to Dubrovnik

Vrnik is the only inhabited island in the archipelago while Badija features Franciscan Monastery and Church. Badija, Vrnik and Stupe have also small restaurants.

The furthest islet is Bisace which is situated right across the Raznjic horn. The islet is well-known for numerous seagull nests and just one single pine tree that offers some shade.

The archipelago also features numerous hidden beaches as well as nudist beaches with plenty of opportunities for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing.

 The Archipelago viewed from Lumbarda
The Archipelago viewed from Lumbarda


 Map of the archipelago with names of all islets.
Map of the archipelago with names of all islets.

Here are the names of all islands:

  1. Badija
  2. Vrnik
  3. Planjak
  4. Kamenjak
  5. Baretica
  6. Lucnjak
  7. Vela Stupa
  8. Mala Stupa
  9. Majsan
  10. Majsanic
  11. Vela Sestrica
  12. Mala Sestrica
  13. Gojak
  14. Sutvara
  15. Skrpinjak
  16. Bisace
  17. Gubavac
  18. Knezic

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  • Badija

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  • Defora

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