7 active experiences in Kotor Bay

Montenegro is a dream for fans of adventure sports. If you head to Kotor Bay from Tivat you’ll experience breathtaking nature while sporting as well.

Whether you are a professional or a beginner, paddling SUP in the crystal clear waters is a wonderful experience. Photo: Shutterstock

1. Sea kayaking and SUP

The calm waters and indented coastline of Kotor Bay are ideal for kayaking and stand-up paddle boards (SUP) – both of which do wonders for your torso. You can hire kayaks or boards by the hour, and tuition is available for those who have no prior experience. Both skills can be learnt relatively quickly and are suitable for those aged 8-years-old and upwards.

Kotor Bay

A sailboat glides elegantly over the still bay. Photo: Shutterstock

2. Sailing

Kotor Bay is relatively sheltered from strong winds, although the bura (chilly northeast wind) and jugo (warm south wind) do blow in parts of the bay. If you have no previous experience, a skipper will sail the boat. Tuition at all levels, including Royal Yacht Association (RYA) courses are available. For children, there are also dinghies.

Porto Montenegro marina, Tivat

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The mountains and the slopes provide a good workout and beautiful views over the bay. Photo: Shutterstock

3. Cycling

The Montenegrin mountains offer spectacular marked trails for mountain biking. Bikes are available for rent by the hour, and it’s possible to join guided cycling tours, with transfers to departure points included. You can also cycle a full circuit around Kotor Bay (45km), taking a ferry (15 minutes) across the strait at the narrowest point, from Lepetani and Kamenari.

Lovćen National Park

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4. Scuba diving

Numerous scuba diving clubs along the coast offer tuition at all levels and guided diving tours. Top dive sites include the Oreste wreck (an Italian cargo ship which went down during WWII) near Budva, the spectacular Galiola reef near Budva and the luminous Blue Cave on the Luštica peninsular.

Budva Riviera, Budva

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Once you reach the top and its views, the way up will be all worth it. Photo: Shutterstock

5. Hiking

The rugged mountains of the interior are a haven for hikers, with networks of well-marked paths leading through meadows, woodland and up rocky slopes to peaks of over 2,000m. Symbolically, one of the most rewarding routes takes you to the top of Bobotov Kuk, the highest mountain in Durmitor National Park. Be sure to wear good walking boots and carry plenty of water.

Biogradska Gora nationalpark

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6 Rafting

One of Montenegro’s top inland attractions is rafting down the Tara Canyon. Various companies offer rafting packages including transfers from various destinations around the country, all necessary safety equipment (lifejacket and helmet), and a skipper who will pilot the raft. Rafting is suitable for those aged 8-years-old and upwards. Bring swimwear, a towel and sports shoes.

Tara Canyon

Durmitor National Park

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Beginners are advised to try wind surfing at the beginning of the day when the wind is weak. Photo: Shutterstock

7. Windsurfing

Wind surfing and kite surfing are becoming increasingly popular water sports in south Montenegro, off Velika Plaža and Ada Bojana, where clubs offer rental equipment and tuition at all levels, from mid-May to late-September. Winds tend to gentle in the morning, ideal for beginners, while mid-afternoon sees stronger gusty winds, excellent for experienced surfers.

Velika Plaža och Ada Bojana


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