|Native name: Pakleni otoci|
|Major islands||Sveti Klement, Marinkovac|
|Area||7.165093 km2 (2.766458 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||94 m (308 ft)|
|Highest point||Vela glava|
The Pakleni (pronounced [pǎklɛniː]) or sometimes referred as Paklinski ([pâkliːnskiː]) islands are located off the southwest coast of the island of Hvar, Croatia, opposite the entrance to the Hvar (city) harbour. Usual local name is Škoji, which means Islands. The name is popularly translated as Hells' islands (pakleni: hellish), but it originally derives from paklina, an archaic word, from which pakleni is derived. too. "Paklina" means "tar", and in this case refers to the pine resin once used to coat ships that was harvested on these islands.
The islands are (from west to east):
The chain of islands is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long, formed of limestone, with a very indented coastline and low pine forest with black pine, and aleppo pine. The highest point on the islands is 94 metres (308 ft). The islands are a popular destination for visitors with smaller craft, especially yachts, providing numerous peaceful coves for diving, underwater fishing, swimming and water sports.
- Pakleni Otoci, Croatia Tourist Center, Croatia, archived from the original on 2009-02-21
- Island Hvar, retrieved 19 September 2009
- DRŽAVNI PROGRAM ZAŠTITE I KORIŠTENJA MALIH, POVREMENO NASTANJENIH I NENASTANJENIH OTOKA I OKOLNOG MORA[permanent dead link]
- Hvar, Hrvatski Leksikon (in Croatian), II, Zagreb: Naklada Leksikon d.o.o., 1997, p. 223, ISBN 953-96728-2-1
- Pakleni Otoci, Croatia Traveller: Southern Dalmatia, Croatia