Badja beaches are undoubtedly among the most picturesque beaches offering a large stretch of coast, several shingle beaches, swimming spots, and clear waters. A trip to Badija is an essential part of any visit to Korcula.
There are several beaches and swimming spots on the island – mainly pebble/shingle beach is situated in the vicinity of Badija Monastery and another one at the most northerly side of the Island. Both beaches are framed by mature pine trees offering welcoming cool and deep shade on warm summer days.
The crystal clear waters here are a favorite of local swimmers and visitors to Badija, perfect for the children and grown-ups to paddle and play. In the near vicinity of the beach is Badija Pier where the local boats and sailing boats moor on.
Next to the jetty/pier is an open-water swimming pool that is suitable for lane swimming as well as sunbathing or even serious training. The area is a good choice for people who like to jump in the sea as the waters are very deep and the jetty is pretty large, handy for jumping.
Years ago, this area used to be part of Croatia’s Sports Federation Centre, when Badija was a very popular destination for Croatian sportsmen and women to come and spend their summers.
Another pebble/shingle beach is on the northern part of Badija, facing Orebic and Peljesac. This large pebble beach is good for people who want to have some more privacy and perhaps get into a topless or naturist mood. All along that beach, there is a lot of pine trees too, so one can find a welcoming shade on a hot day.
Furthermore, on the numerous locations around the island, there are suitable swimming spots of white and golden rock slabs that are very comfortable to sit or lay on for sunbathing as well as to slide /step into the waters. These swimming spots with turquoise waters are also good for snorkeling as you can see all sorts of small fish and other underwater species such as sea urchins, octopus, seaweeds, and grass. Views from here are just gorgeous. (also, nice views from the top of the Island)
Being a well-liked place to visit, Badija can (sometimes) be busy in the summer peaks so I would recommend you to go early to take the best spot.
There is a small restaurant/ cafe on the southern side of the island that offers a limited range of food and drinks.
No shops nearby so it is recommended to bring a rucksack/day pack with food and drink for picnic or refreshment.
There is limited wheelchair/pushchair access to the pebble beach in the near vicinity of the monastery.
The island can be accessed by local taxi boats which will take you on a picturesque boat ride to the Islands pier. The water taxis run at least once an hour from East pier (Punta Jurana) in Korcula Town.
Location coordinates: 42.950858, 17.164111