Various long or short excursions can be organized from the island of Korcula. The most attractive are those by sea: by scheduled car ferry lines, motor boats, excursion yachts, hydrofoils, taxi boats.
People go to the nearby islets to bathe, for sports (to Badija), to go for walks, or to visit archaeological sites (Majsan, Lucnjak, Sutvara).
On Vrnik a special adventure is walking through the deserted medieval stone quarry. Boats run from Vela Luka to Proizd and Osjak, and to neighbouring bays.
Proizd island beach
Car ferries or boats quickly (15 minutes) take passengers from Korcula to Orebic, a picturesque village of sea captains with splendid shady green gardens and a Maritime Museum. A walk along the seashore through a thick pine wood leads to nearby shingle beaches and hotels. From Orebic one can walk or drive up to the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of Our Lady of the Angels.
Vela Luka beach
Hill walkers can take marked footpaths to the highest peak of Peljesac, Sv Ilija (961 m). Pleasant excursions by boat or car can also be made to other places on the Peljesac coast, Kuciste, Viganj and Loviste, where there are fine beaches and fragrant pine woods.
The Peljesac road leads east through large vineyards and picturesque villages to the small town of Ston (Veiki and Mali).
It is surrounded by high defense walls built in the 15th and 16th centuries by the Dubrovnik Republic. This is a planned town with old salt flats that are still active, and beds where various kinds of shellfish and oysters are cultivated.
Further south the coast the Adriatic Road leads to Dubrovnik (3 hours from Korcula), and westwards it leads to the mouth of the river Neretva with the natural preserve of Hutovo Blato. Car ferries and excursion boats (hydrofoils) sail to Dubrovnik and Hvar and to the nearby island of Mljet, which is a splendid national park.
Mljet national park
A car ferry from Vela Luka leads to the island of Lastovo, which is especially attractive because of its untouched nature and traditional way of life.