Cruising the Elaphite islands (northwest of Dubrovnik) is an easy, idyllic day trip. For €35 Euros (incl transfers, lunch, all-day wine) you can hop aboard a charming wooden vessel in Dubrovnik's Gruz port bound for three sparkling islands—Šipan, Lopud and Koločep. Each beautiful yet, slightly different. Sip wine as the scenery floats by, explore medieval towns and swim in crystalline waters. While many area beaches are rocky, Sunj beach (above) on the island of Lopud has a *sandy* bottom. For your own sandy bottom, snag a beach chair for 30 HRK ($5 US). BYO: sunscreen, drinking water, towel, water socks/shoes. To arrange, simply go to Dubrovnik's Old Harbour, throw a rock and you'll hit at least one sandwich board (possibly more) advertising an Elaphite Islands cruise.