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I have just returned from two weeks holiday in Bol on the island of Brac [Croatia] where I experienced a great time learning to Kite Surf. I had never done this before but wanted to try it after seeing it on a previous holiday. I chose Bol after seeing a website for YellowCat Kiteboarding [zutimacak]. I had researched tuition costs in different countries and found their prices to be competitive and Bol looked like a really nice resort to stay in.
I was not disappointed! The people at YellowCat were excellent and made this sport great fun to learn. The Team: Christian, Paul, Aron, Robbie, Anna and Antonia were all very friendly and spoke good English. I was impressed by how they adapted the course to the Individual and actually wanted you to succeed. All of the equipment was new and well maintained.
Another plus point is the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you whilst you practice in the sea. Instructors from the Kite centre are nearby in boats to offer advice and assistance in a patient manner. Don't worry Yellow Cats 1st priority is Safety.
When planning your holiday I would recommend making allowances for when wind conditions are not suitable as you may not be able to take consecutive days. However, the Instructors can provide forecasts for the following day and there is plenty of other activities to occupy you when your not Kiteboarding. For example:
*Hire a mountain bike [Approx Â£7 per day] from one of the many outlets and cycle 4km to Murvitsa along the coastal trial.
*Visit Hvar town [neighbouring island] using the boat trips from Bol harbour. Trips leave daily at 9AM returning at 6PM. Hvar is a very nice town with upmarket feel.
*Relax and Sun bathe on one of the many beaches.
*Watch life and boats go by in the harbour with a tasty Ice Cream [50p] or a large cool draught beer [Â£1.50].
The list goes on and on...what I liked about Bol was that you organise your trips and entertainment independently rather than having a big tour operator take their chunk.
If you fancy a rewarding holiday in a safe, clean and reasonably priced place, then try Kiteboarding in Bol. Take YellowCat's safety advice seriously and your sure to have a great time! They have a website and responded to my e-mails very quickly.
Few points on getting to Bol:
If you arrive at Split airport the transfer service to the port only appears to operate when Croatian Airlines flights arrive [correct at July 2006]. So basically be on your toes for catching the bus outside of arrivals, otherwise you could have a wait. Alternatively taxis cost about Â£29. Transfer time is approx 30 minutes.
Ideally you need to catch the 16:00 [correct at July 2006] Jadrolinija Catamaran from split harbour. Tickets about Â£3 one way, available from the Jadrolinija ticket kiosk close to where the Airport transfer drops off/collects. The Catamaran arrives in Bol at 17:00 in a convenient spot in the harbour/centre of town. Just to note on your return, the Catamaran leaves Bol harbour once daily at either 06:00 or 06:30, you'll need to check with Tourist Information, i'm unsure of the precise time.
If catching the Catamaran is not possible due to your flight times then the other alternative is to take the Jadrolinija ferry to Supetar [main port for Brac]. The crossing takes approx 1 hour. These services run frequently, are clean, modern and have onboard refreshments. This is the timetable correct at summer 2006:
The difference with this route is you have to take the air conditioned coach from Supetar to Bol [approx 1 hours travel time]. Or if you arrive out of the operating times shown below [correct at July 2006], then you need to take a taxi 6-8 seats costing approx ÃÂ£30 one way. But you can always share with other travellers to cut costs.
Safe travels and enjoy the thrills of Kite Surfing in Bol!
An excellent Kiteboarding company that operates in Bol. Use their services to learn how to Kiteboard or progress your experience in nice surroundings.
Pelinkovac - is available in most bars and supermarkets in Bol. It's worth a try with lemon and ice and cheaper than other spirits. You may hate it at first but try a few and you may end-up taking a bottle back from Duty Free. Costs about Â£4 a bottle at Duty Free.
The main operater of ferry and Catamaran services linking the island of Brac with Split
A useful website to use when researching the resort of Bol and organising all sorts of things e.g. somewhere to stay.