After visiting Dubrovnik it was hard to remember we were in a foreign country, that was until we reached the seaside town of Omis, not somewhere popularized in the guide books just yet but a hidden gem on the road to Zadar.We were dropped off in the middle of the night and were lucky enough to find a tourist office still open and a euro campsite right where the bus dropped us. We explored the 'open till late' town which was swarming with locals, pubs and youngsters. A vibrant town buzzing with youth and laughter not loud American accents and the pitta patter of Birkenstocks. We had been offered to do white water rafting which was an activity neither of us had considered before and I wasn't to keen especially with the early morning start. We started our journey through the mountains to reach a decent point to start our decline. We were welcomed by the organizers and were made to instantly feel safe and part of the team (no patronizing talks or telling off). We got put into a team with two others and a guide, a well spoken Croatian who was also part of the Olympic rafting team. On my whole journey I had never felt so content and at one with nature as we weaved down the Centina river through waterfalls, trees, lagoons, fish and caves. Of course there was the thrilling rapids in between all of this which resulted in the entire boat laughing with joy after the thrill. We were closely followed by other teams who had plenty of banter and splash fights to give (you're never too old). The best experience of this was our trip into the caves when on the command of 'go English' I was told to follow the torch light in to a dark pit of a below zero water across to slippery rocks and led up barefoot following the sunlight out through the mouth of a waterfall. The shrill squeak of my boyfriend closely following me is what kept me laughing the whole way. Afterwards we got to chill in the river, jump off rocks and free float (no boat) down a rapid. After I felt exhilarated and free. An experience of mixed emotions I will never forget and recommend all to do, if not even the town alone is worth a visit for a real taste of Croatia.
Omis is a town on the coastal rad between Dubrovnik and Zadar which is reachable by bus.
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