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Alan Mandić

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As the founder and managing director of Secret Dalmatia, Alan is personally dedicated to the vision of bringing the hidden beauties of Croatia to every Client. Alan has a deep connection to his country, so after finishing his university education at the New England School of Arts & Design in Boston, he decided to return to Croatia. The decision to found Secret Dalmatia followed an epiphany he had whilst wandering around Bribirska Glavica, one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. As the sunset settled in the distance, he stumbled upon two open sarcophagi and thought: "I must show this to the world!” Few months later, in 2005, he put together his passion, experience, and knowledge to create Secret Dalmatia and he has been dedicated to it full-time ever since.

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Secret Dalmatia is all about protection

Our passion for showing Croatia to the world stems from our immense respect for its known and unknown heritage, natural and cultural, material and immaterial. Croatian tourism relies greatly on this heritage, and as sustainable travel is of great importance to us, we find that remaining actively involved in its research and protection is both a way of giving back and investing into the future.

Every year, Secret Dalmatia partakes in regional projects intended to further preserve, research or promote Croatian heritage. We help both professionals and enthusiasts who care deeply about our land, wildlife and sea as well as about our historical and ethnological legacy. Our support is either through donations or simply through lending our voice to publicize threats to our heritage, like the lack of preservation and looting of archaeological sites, illegal bird and wildlife hunting...

To date, several projects funded from our donations resulted in extraordinary discoveries, such as the underwater Liburnian settlement dated to 3.500 years ago, discovered in collaboration with the University of Zadar.
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  • Hi! I know we still have a few days left but I can already tell that we will be sad to leave Croatia. It's been just great so far and I thank you for your planning! Before I forget I wanted to say how impressed and happy we have been with the guides and skippers… Read more...
    Wolf Family, USA
  • Hello Diana,Thank you for your note. Yes, Ivona was really superb, not only a great skippper butshe managed to show us places some others may not see. She even helped a groupof argentines in a catamaran whom we met in one of our stops. She has connectionseverywhere and can arrange docking when things are tight.The… Read more...
    Miguel & Elizabeth Fernandez, Canada
  • Dubrravka and Diana, Thank you for the greeting upon our arrival in split, one of our favorite cities of the trip (especially thanks to the staff at Palace Judita). It was so nice to meet you and be able to thank you in person for all you have done. We had an absolutely wonderful vacation.… Read more...
    Mckown family, USA
  • Thanks so much Dubravka for an amazing 9 day adventure thru Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia. People ask us what our favorite part was and the answer is that every day was a unique and extremely memorable experience. The guides, drivers and all the other people that hosted us were very friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining.You did an… Read more...
    Ed, Marilyn, Stephanie, Robyn, Leah and Mary Anne Malcolm, Canada
  • Dear Alan,We just wanted to thank you again for a marvelous vacation. It was perfect in every respect. Croatia is a beautiful country with a rich history, a vibrant folk tradition, fabulous food and amazing wine and glorious hotels.We especially liked our personal day with you at the Mestrovic Gallery and the wine pairing at… Read more...
    Joyce and Morley Helfand, USA
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