MTB Cruise South Dalmatia Special

MTB Cruise South Dalmatia Special (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 215 km , 5200 hm)


Our south Mountain Bike Cruise South Dalmatia Special  is perfectly suited to mountain bikers, an exceptional holiday, in which a thoroughbred biker can discover new horizons! Embark on board one of our charming motor yachts for a week and sail to the most beautiful islands of Southern Dalmatia. Šolta, Brač, Hvar, Vis and Korčula have everything to get your kick. From flow trails to technically challenging trails; the islands offer a rich variety for every biker.

This tour is offered exclusively as a mountain bike tour, optimized for the athletic requirements of a mountain biker. Every tour is guided by two MTB guides, who will give their best effort to provide tours at varying levels of difficulty. The tours vary according to altitude, kilometres, and difficulty of the trails.

A: aprx. 116 mi./215 km, aprx. 17,000 ft/5,200 m of elevation by mountain bike, S1 – S3 
B: aprx. 100 mi./160 km, aprx. 9,800 ft/3,000 m of elevation by mountain bike, S0 – S2, few parts S3

Our Southern Dalmatia MTB SPECIAL trip is offered as an exclusive mountain bike tour. Every tour is guided by two MTB guides, who will offer varying different levels of difficulty whenever possible. Also, the itinerary of this special MTB trip varies from our mixed hybrid bike / mountain bike standard cruise to Southern Dalmatia and is optimized for the more sporty requirements of a mountain biker.

Our standard MTB tour, Southern Dalmatia MTB from Trogir, which takes part simultaneously to the hybrid bike tour can still be booked. This is however a separate tour and offers a different tour course to that of the Southern Dalmatia MTB Special tour, with only one level of difficult. These tours have the advantage of giving couples/friends the opportunity to travel together and the flexibility for everyone to ride the bike/tour of their choice; hybrid bike, e-bike or mountain bike. We can gladly send a detailed tour summary of the standard mountain bike/trekking tour to you on request. 

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: A walk to the Spanish Fortress on Hvar
Nature: The vast lavender fields of Hvar in the months of June and July
Activity: Epic downhill ride from Vidova Gora to the Golden Horn on Brač
Culinary: Try a glass of the Dalmatian wine Dingac
Souvenir: The honey from our beekeeper on Šolta is very tasty and the perfect gift

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Trogir – Island Šolta (A & B: aprx. 4 mi./6 km; aprx. 590 ft./180 m of elevation)

Individual arrival to Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm, the first crossing to the Island of Šolta starts at 3 pm. There we will start off with our first tour, which leads us past kilometers of stone dry stone walls, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees. Sage and rosemary line the hidden paths and are the basis for the honey from the local beekeeper Goran, who, with wit and charm, brings us closer to the importance of bee’s lives. Short trails lead down to the sea and back to the ship, where we spend the evening in a charming harbor town.

2nd Day (Sun) Island Brač (A: aprx. 23 mi./37 km, aprx. 2,790 ft/850 m of elevation; B: aprx. 9 mi./15 km, aprx. 656 ft/200 m of elevation)

Today we will first bike on a wide nature trail along the coast of Brač. We bike past fish farms, old submarine bunkers and secret coves. As we bike up the mountain ridge in the middle of the island, magnificent views of the neighboring islands of Hvar, Vis and Šolta open up. Those who are interested can visit the former monastery, Blaža with its numerous relics. On the descent to Postira we take an impressive descent along technically demanding trails. The sound screams broken porcelain. Alternatively a rapid descent with beautiful views of the mountainous mainland coast and the Cetina Canyon leads us down into the small village of Dol. After a cappuccino break we continue in the direction of the charming harbour of Postira. With good weather conditions we will enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets of the tour.

3rd Day (Mon) Island Brač - Vidova Gora (A: aprx. 18 mi./29 km, aprx. 2,953 ft/900 m of elevation; B: aprx. 19 mi./30 km, aprx. 3,280 ft/700 m of elevation)

During breakfast we cross to Pučišća. Here we start the queen’s stage to the highest point of all Adriatic islands. The path leads us past olive trees, herb meadows and typical karstic formations such as sinkholes. The view from the 780 m high Vidova Gora is unique. You can even have a look down on Bol and its landmark Zlatini Rat – the Golden Horn. The descent into the valley is either via a technically demanding single trail or down to Bol on wide paths with wide sweeping and stunning views. On the subsequent crossing to Vis, we can again look back to the peak and end of the day relaxing on board.

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4th Day (Tue) Island Vis (A: aprx. 24 mi./38 km, aprx. 2,953 ft/900 m of elevation, B: aprx. 17 mi./27 km, aprx. 1,968 ft/600 m of elevation)

Vis is the farthest most island from the Croatian mainland. Numerous gravel roads and hiking trails offer us mountain bikers fantastic opportunities to explore this treasurable island. Wonderful views and unique single trails make the island a paradise for biking. The trip to the top/peak of the island is a worthwhile recommendation for advanced bikers as an additional option. Whilst daydreaming of the trails and sharing your impressions, the ship takes us to the next haven on Korčula Island..

5th Day (Wed) Island Korčula (A: aprx. 29 mi./47 km, aprx. 3,280 ft/1,000 m of elevation, B: aprx. 24 mi./38 km, aprx. 2,297 ft/700 m of elevation)

We start the day by following narrow paths along the shoreline. Through olive groves and past stone terraces we make our way to Blato. Strengthened from a coffee break we can bike back to Vela Luka on quiet side roads and flowy trails. Those who want to explore more, can bike to the viewpoint Hum. From there we can take a technical trail back to the harbour. Once back on the ship we set sail for Hvar.

6th Day (Thu) Island Hvar - Split (A: aprx. 24 mi./38 km, aprx. 3,280 ft/1,000 m of elevation; B: aprx. 18 mi./29 km, aprx. 1,148 ft/350 m of elevation)

After breakfast level A biker start from Stari Grad and bike to the top of the pass on an asphalt ascend to spare our strength. From there we can see Stari Grad and the ancient Greek wine fields of the island. Across gravel paths and trails, we reach the island’s capital of Hvar. Here we have the time to stroll through the streets, visit the Spanish fortress and watch the bustling city life from the comfort of a café. With picturesque views and many old houses, we continue on our bikes to a deserted village, where we wind our way through the town’s narrow alleyways. Whoever decides to bike option B will ride a richly diverse round tour from Stari Grad via Jelsa and Vrboska. The ship awaits us at the end of the tour for a crossover to Split. Enjoy the special atmosphere of the vibrant city with its famous Diocletian’s Palace in the evening.

7th Day (Fri) Split - Trogir (A & B: aprx. 9 - 12 mi./15 - 20 km, aprx. 656 – 1,312 ft./200 - 400 m of elevation)

We spend today’s morning in Split. On a whim we can either stroll through the alleys of Split or rock the diversified trails of the Marijan; the local mountain of Split. The last crossing takes us past the cliffs of the Čiovo peninsula, where we, if the weather conditions permit, anchor with the ship and take a swimming break. Then we will have plenty of time to enjoy the World Heritage town of Trogir and its many streets and cafes.

8th Day (Sat) Trogir (Disembarkation)

You are asked to check out after breakfast, i. e. around 9 am. Followed by an individual journey home or an extended stay. Would you like to see more of Croatia than Dalmatia? Then we recommend our extension program at Plitvice Lakes in combination with Zagreb (please see extended stay).

Ships

San Snova (Premium)

The wooden motor cruiser San Snova, 31 x 8 m in size, took to the water in 2009 and has worked exclusively with Islandhopping ever since. This magnificent construction took shape over the course of three years and sets a milestone in the boat building scene in Croatia as it is the last wooden boat of its kind to be built. The 14 guest’s cabins are welcoming and equipped with air conditioning and a private shower/WC. The salon and its wooden finish provides a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, supported by the many seating arrangements on deck as well as the possibility to lie comfortably on the sun deck. The crew on board pay special attention to cleanliness and maintenance on board and radiate a friendly and inviting atmosphere to the guests on board.

Rental bikes

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

For our mountain bike tours we use only high-quality full suspension rental bikes, with components perfectly suited to the Mediterranean terrain and the technical demands associated with it. In order to conserve energy levels on longer ascends and to maximize stoke on trail descents our lightweight fullys mainly host 27.5 inch rims, 140 – 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and break systems as well as a dropper post.

These high-quality full suspension mountain bikes are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

Those who wish to climb effortlessly and save their strength for the downhill portion of the ride are well catered for with our e-MTB rentals. Our reliable 27.5 inch e-MTBs with wide and robust tires are the ultimate shredding machines. A strong Bosch drive train with extended range, 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as a dropper post make the e-MTB the trail lover’s best friend on our MTB tours in the Mediterranean.

These high-quality e-mountain bikes are rented for 240 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

Journey

Trogir - Port of Embarkation

Individual arrival to Trogir. The harbour is located like the Old Town of Trogir on a small peninsula.
After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm, the first crossing to the Island of Šolta starts at 3 pm.


How to get to Trogir

For all tours starting in Trogir the closest airport is Split (SPU) that is situated at a distance of only 6 km/4 mi. from the town. To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

Airport transfers between Split Airport and Trogir Harbour

The harbour can easily be reached by taxi (ca. 20 euro per way). Or you can prebook an exclusive airport transfer from Split airport to Trogir harbour for 15 euro/person/way (day of embarkation/disembarkation only).

If you wish an exclusive airport transfer, please contact our office by email or phone:
Email: info@islandhopping.com
Ph: +49-(0)7531-361860

Alternative airports of Zadar or Dubrovnik & exclusive transfers to Trogir Harbour

Other possible airports are Zadar or Dubrovnik. From there we offer exclusive transfers to Trogir:

Zadar – Trogir: duration ca. 1,5 hrs – cost: 1 – 7 persons: 190 euro
Dubrovnik – Trogir: duration ca. 4 hrs – cost: 1 – 7 persons: 390 euro

If you wish an exclusive airport transfer, please contact our office by email or phone:
Email: info@islandhopping.com
Ph: +49-(0)7531-361860.

Extended stay

Extend your stay in Plitvice Lakes National Park in combination with Zagreb or stay longer in Trogir!

Would you like to see more of Croatia than Dalmatia? Then we recommend our extension program at Plitvice Lakes in combination with Zagreb!

Would you like to spend time in Croatia a few days in advance or after your bike & boat journey? We can arrange additional nights in Trogir or Split. Trogir is your embarkation and disbarkation port. The medieval town of Trogir is almost like a museum and belongs surely to the most worth seeing places in Croatia. The primal reason for that is its marvelously preserved old town, built on an island, which rates among the world heritage. Furthermore countless cafes invite you to relax with some coffee, ice cream or a piece of cake. Trogir is also an ideal starting point for excursions to the next-door Split.

Below mentioned prices include VAT and visitor’s tax.

If you want to book an additional program or additional nights, please contact us:

Phone: +49 (0) 7531-361860 or E-mail: info@islandhopping.com

3-day extension Module Plitvice and Zagreb, 2 nights (bookable POST Islandhopping experience)

Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days at the Plitvice Lakes and in Zagreb with a programme, which, on the one hand organizes adequate activities, and on the other hand offers you enough leisure time to discover the region on your own?

Saturday

After breakfast you disembark the boat and a transfer will bring you from Trogir to Plitvice. Today you are able to explore the most famous of the Croatian National Parks, the Plitvice Lakes. The natural beauty of this place is the reason why so many tourists come to visit the lakes from all around the world. The impressions which you take with you from this visit are unique. On arrival you will have enough time to enjoy an individual lunch, followed by a visitation of the National Park. In the evening you can enjoy a peaceful evening stroll before heading back to the comfort of your hotel.

Sunday

After breakfast a transfer will bring you to Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb. Spend the day exploring this bustling city. The old town, built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will charm you at every turn. During a guided city tour, our local guide will enlighten you on the city in its current position and its former past. The Kaptol (the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia) and Gradec (the upper old town) are of course included in the program. In the evening you will dine in a specially selected restaurant. The delicious local specialties will be a great way to end the day. Overnight stay in a hotel in the town center of Zagreb.

Monday

After breakfast transfer to Zagreb airport and journey home.

Included services

– 3* hotel close to Plitvice Lakes National Park
– Entrance fee to the park
– 3 hours transfer from Trogir to Plitvice Lakes
– 2½ hours transfer between Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb
– 3* hotel at Zagreb centre
Sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included)
– Dinner in a local restaurant
– Transfer from hotel to Zagreb airport
– Taxes

Optional additional services

– Sightseeing Zagreb by bike: 15 euro per person

Price per person

– 3 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 750 euro
– 3 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 850 euro
– 4 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 790 euro
– 4 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 890 euro

Price reductions
– People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 380 € off all prices mentioned.
– Group discount: 10% (14-19 persons) or 15% (min. 20 persons)

Book the additional package

If you want to book one of our additional tour modules, please refer to it in the comments field of your booking request or write to us at info@islandhopping.com (incl. module name):

– For how many people would you like to book?
– Which hotel category would you like to stay at? 3 or 4 star hotel? Single or double room?
– Do you prefer vegetarian food?
– Your flight details

Voucher delivery

After booking the additional program you will receive a basic invoice from Islandhopping. You will get the hotel as well as the activity voucher by e-mail in good time prior to start of your journey.

Hotel Concordia in the old town of Trogir

The 3-star-hotel Concordia is only an example for different small hotels that we can offer you in the old town of Trogir. The Concordia is located right at the waterfront of Trogir next to the medieval castle Kamerlengo. The cozy hotel rooms are furnished tastefully and have all include their own bathroom with shower/toilet. Because of its excellent location it is an ideal starting point for a stroll through the alleys of Trogir.

The rates for Hotel Concordia are as follows:

April – October 2019
– Double room incl. breakfast: 50 euro/person
– Single room incl. breakfast: 80 euro/night
– Double room for single use incl. breakfast: 90 euro/night
– Double room with sea view incl. breakfast: 60 euro/person

Hotel Pasike in the old town of Trogir

The 3-star-Hotel Pasike in Trogir is a beautiful boutique-hotel housed in two opposite buildings constructed in the typical Dalmatian stone masonry. It is located in the historical centre of Trogir protected by the UNESCO, in the part of the Old Town that faces away from the harbour. All rooms are comfortably and individually furnished, each with its own bathroom with shower/WC. The rooms are equipped with TV, telephone, air conditioning and a mini bar. The hotel has its own excellent restaurant. The room price includes a substantial breakfast.A room in the hotel Pasike can be booked for the following rates:

April and October 2019
– Double room incl. breakfast: 60 euro/person
– Double room for single use incl. breakfast: 90 euro

May, June and September 2019
– Double room incl. breakfast: 70 euro/person
– Double room for single use incl. breakfast: 105 euro

July and August 2019
– Double room incl. breakfast: 80 euro/person
– Double room for single use incl. breakfast: 115 euro

Hotel Tragos in the Old Town of Trogir

The 3-star Hotel Tragos is located in the heart of the old town of Trogir in a rennovated Baroque palace originally from the 18th centuary, and theredore listed under UNESCO World Heritage protection. The cities main square and the famous cathederal of St. Laurentius are located a stones throw away. The rooms boast modern furnishings, characterised by well preserved historical elements of the original building. Furnishings include air conditioning, hairdryer, mini bar, safe and wifi.

The stylishly rennovated 17th century wine cellar serves as a restaurant serving devine mediterranean specialties accompanied by a fine selection of local Croatian wine.

A room in the hotel Tragos can be booked for the following rates:

1st April – 15th June & 2nd October 2019 onwards:
– Double room incl. breakfast: 60 euros/person
– Double room for single use incl. breakfast: 100 euros/person

16th June – 01st October 2019
– Double room incl. breakfast: 85 euros/person
– Double room incl. breakfast: 120 euros/person

Hotel Peristil in the old town of Split

Alternatively to Trogir we offer you the Hotel Peristil in Split. The 3-star-hotel is located spectacular in the very heart of the historical centre of the City of Split. It is just situated next to the Silver Gate of the Palace of Diocletian. The hotel disposes with 12 luxury furnished rooms. 1700 year-old remains of the original palace, together with a splendid view of the Cathedral of Saint Duje inspire some rooms with a magical charm.

A room in the hotel Peristil can be booked for the following rates:

April and October 2019
– Double room incl. breakfast: 90 euro/person
– Single room incl. breakfast: 145 euro/night

May 1st – September 30th 2019
– Double room incl. breakfast: 110 euro/person
– Single room incl. breakfast: 150 euro/night

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin below deck)

San Snova (Premium)
– 1.190 Euro (SEASON A: from 30.03. to 06.04.19 // from 12.10. to 02.11.19)
– 1.290 Euro (SEASON B: from 11.05. to 05.10.19)

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 4 x full board and 3 x half board (option to have a picnic for lunch)
• guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
• Bed linen and towels
• English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services (on request)

• ½ a double cabin
• Surcharge for a cabin above deck: 150 euro/person
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 500 euro (limited)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 euro (limited)
• Rental bike: Full suspension MTB (fully): 180 euro/week; full suspension e-MTB (E-fully): 240 euro/week (limited)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: fully 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• A safe parking space: motorcycle: 30 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week (to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
• Customized transfers between Split airport and Trogir harbour: 15 euro per person/way (day of embarkation/disembarkation only)
• 3-day extension module Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb (only as POST-Islandhopping tour bookable) incl. transfer boat in Trogir – Plitvice Lakes // Plitvice Lakes – hotel in Zagreb // hotel in Zagreb airport Zagreb ; 2 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel; entry fee Plitvice lakes National Park, guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included), dinner in a local restaurant; price per person: 3 star hotel in a double room: 750 euro/single room: 850 euro; 4 star hotel in a double room: 790 euro/single room: 890 euro (People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 380 € off all prices mentioned)
• Additional night (B&B) near/in Trogir

Not included in the basic tour price

• Journey to Trogir
• Taxi transfer from the airport of Split to the ship in Trogir (one way ca. 20 euro)
• Flat rate for bottled water, Visitor’s tax and local charges 40 euro or 20 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
• Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
• Meals and beverages ashore
• Entrance fee for sights
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Price reductions

• You can book a cabin for three persons and get a 50 % price reduction for the third person (regardless of age). Three-bed-cabins are furnished with one double and a single bed. Further the third person doesn’t have to pay the on deck charge (not combinable with any other discount).
• Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount); Surcharge for single cabin use will be added.
• Early-Bird discount: receive a 5 % discount on the tour base price if your booking reaches us before the 31.01.2019 (combinable with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).
• SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount: all guests booking the third or more tour directly over Islandhopping will receive a 5 % discount on the tour base price (combinable with the Early-Bird discount).

Things to note

Language aboard

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Itinerary Changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Requirements of the biking routes (Level 2 – 3):

Moderate to challenging daily tours in hilly terrain. The terrain in this region is very diverse and changes from island to island: technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel 4×4 roads and in combination with quiet asphalt stretches; there are very few unridable points along the way. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to bike on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself.

Each day you are able to decide between tour variation A and B:

Level A: up to aprx. 50 km/32 mi. and aprx. 1,200 m/3,940 ft of elevation
Level B: up to aprx. 35 km/22 mi. and aprx. 700 m/2,297 ft of elevation

Single track classification

So that you are well prepared for your bike tour at Islandhopping, and that you know which technicality grade you should await to be confronted by, we have have comprised a classification for all single tracks which you will ride. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the German Singeltrail-Skala.

Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, small gully erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing, obstacles can be rolled over.

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins, permanent braking readiness, displacement of centre of mass to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, permanent body tension.

Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins, expert level of bike control/handling.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required). Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

Weight Limit of Bikes Brought on Board

Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bike/e-MTB on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board.

If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

Catering

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. A packed lunch instead of lunch on board is possible as well on our mountain bike tour. The catering consist of 4 x full board and 3 x half board and starts with dinner on embarkation day and ends with breakfast on disembarkation day.

Our ships

Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
March 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 30.03-06.04South Dalmatia MTB SPECIALSan SnovaTrogirTrogir1190 book
May 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 11.05-18.05South Dalmatia MTB SPECIALSan SnovaTrogirTrogir1290 book
 18.05-25.05South Dalmatia MTB SPECIALRomanticaTrogirTrogir1290 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 14.09-21.09South Dalmatia MTB SPECIALSan SnovaTrogirTrogir1290 book
 28.09-05.10South Dalmatia MTB SPECIALSan SnovaTrogirTrogir1290 book
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 19.10-26.10South Dalmatia MTB SPECIALSan SnovaTrogirTrogir1190 book
 26.10-02.11South Dalmatia MTB SPECIALSan SnovaTrogirTrogir1190 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com