The Pakleni Islands are a group of small islands in the Adriatic Sea, near the coast of Hvar, Croatia. They are a popular destination for tourists who want to enjoy the natural beauty, clear water and secluded beaches of the islands. The islands are also home to some historical and cultural attractions, such as the Benedictine monastery on Sveti Klement island and the fishing village of Palmižana.
The islands are open to visitors all year round, but the best time to visit is from May to October, when the weather is warm and sunny. The islands are closed on some public holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. The opening hours of the attractions vary depending on the season and the day of the week, so it is advisable to check before you go.
There are several ways to get to the Pakleni Islands from Hvar. The most common and convenient way is to take a taxi boat from Hvar town or Stari Grad. The taxi boats run frequently and take about 15 minutes to reach the islands. The fare is around 50 kuna per person for a round trip. You can also rent a boat or a kayak and explore the islands on your own. However, you should be careful of the currents and the winds, and always wear a life jacket.
There are many things to do and see on the Pakleni Islands. You can relax on one of the many beaches, such as Ždrilca, Mlini or Stipanska. You can also go snorkeling, diving or sailing in the crystal-clear water and admire the marine life. You can visit some of the historical and cultural sites, such as the Franciscan monastery on Jerolim island or the botanical garden on Palmižana island. You can also enjoy some local cuisine and drinks at one of the restaurants or bars on the islands.
There are some prohibitions and rules that you should follow when visiting the Pakleni Islands. You should not litter or damage the environment, as the islands are part of a protected natural park. You should not make loud noises or disturb the wildlife, especially during the nesting season of some birds. You should not camp or light fires on the islands, as this is forbidden by law. You should also respect the local customs and traditions, and dress appropriately when visiting religious sites.