RokOtok – A Father’s Project to Swim to All Croatian Islands to Start

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We’ve already written about Domagoj Jakopović and his project RokOtok on TCN. Now there are more details on the endeavour available, as Ribafish (almost everyone in Croatia knows Domagoj by his nickname) has put out the planned schedule for this year. 

Domagoj plans to swim to all of the inhabited islands in Croatia, as a homage to his son Rok, who passed away last year.

Their idea was to visit all of those islands together, and they managed to “conquer” eight of them. Now Domagoj will continue the work on his own while trying to get children and their parents to come out to meet him on the islands, learn about the history and interesting facts, find out about the responsible garbage disposal and other sustainable practices, as well as find hidden treasures.

Domagoj was a geography teacher back in the day, so he’ll also tell the children about the various resources that will help them grow up to be responsible adults, and encourage them to do activities away from any screens, such as swimming with him and many others.

There are over fifty inhabited islands along the Croatian coast, so it would be nearly impossible for one person to swim between all of them in one year – even for Domagoj, who has been a long-distance swimmer for a while. So, when he published the schedule for this year, it came as no surprise that he chose to only swim to a portion of those islands in the first year.

This year, there are seventeen Southern and central Croatian islands on the plan: Koločep, Lopud, Šipan, Mljet, Korčula, Lastovo, Šćedro, Hvar, Vis, Biševo, Brač, Šolta, Drvenik Veli, Drvenik Mali and Čiovo (Prežba near Lastovo and Veliki Budikovac near Vis are not entirely inhabited, but will be a part of Ribafish’s journey this year.)

The schedule was posted on the project’s website,, and you can find it below:


For each leg of the trip, you can see the time of the start, the distance to swim and the projected time it will take Ribafish to do it; “dan odmora” means “rest day”. If you’re able, join Ribafish on the islands, bring your children along, let them learn something, swim with him, and enjoy the time spent with them outdoors!


The beginning of this adventure will be next Saturday, July the 6th, in Dubrovnik, on Lapad beach. The Croatian media will be following Ribafish’s journey with the idea of bringing children and their parents back together, in nature, without ant screens.

If you want to support the project, you can make a donation to the Rokotok Association, which has been established mostly for this purpose:

RokOtok, udruga za promociju aktivnog i zdravog života djece (the association for the promotion of the active and healthy lives of children)
IBAN: HR3224840081135112591
additional questions: [email protected]

(This is a multi-currency bank account and you should be able to send most currencies to it: EUR, USD or any other currency)



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