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Zadar: Day Trip to Kornati and Telascica by Boat with Food

1. Zadar: Day Trip to Kornati and Telascica by Boat with Food

Discover some of the most stunning islands in the Kornati archipelago and enjoy a visit to Telascica Nature Park on a full-day boat tour from Zadar that includes breakfast, lunchbox, and swim stops. Cruise past peaceful bays, rugged cliffs, and rocky meadows while listening to your guide's commentary. Meet the boat crew in the city harbor in the morning. Depart from Zadar and stop at the ports of Drazenica and Preko (Ugljan island). Soak in panoramic views of Mrtovac, Levernaka, and Mana islands on the way to Kornati. Savor a welcome drink and a sandwich for breakfast. Sail around the Kornati cliffs while your guide shares its history with you. Upon arrival in Kornati, enjoy 50 minutes of free time to explore the island. Don't miss the 6th-century Fort Tureta standing high on Tureta hill, and the Church of Our Lady of Tarac. Then, get back to the boat to sail onward to Telascica. Tuck into your onboard lunch grilled fish with salad or vegetarian pasta made in tomato sauce, accompanied by wine. As the boat drops anchor at Telascica port, get ready to make the most of your 2 hours in the bay. Once in Telascica Nature Park, you can walk to the 150-meter-high lookout for stunning views of the Adriatic and the Kornati islands, swim in Lake Mir or the open sea, or simply chill by the catering facilities to sip on cold drinks. Finally, settle back in for the 3-hour return trip to Zadar, admiring the coastline along the way. If needed, the boat will make stops at the ports of Drazenica and Preko.

Pag Bay: Sea Kayaking

2. Pag Bay: Sea Kayaking

Explore the hidden coves, beaches, and caves of the island of Pag by Kayak on this guided day trip from Metajna or Novalja. Keep your things safe along the way with the provided dry bad. Enjoy views of the Stogaj rock formantion and Veli Zaton beach.   Start your tour in Metajna or Novalja and listen to the guide's introductory instructions. Recieve your kayaking equipment and set out from Ručica beach. Paddle south-east along the coast towards the beach of Beriknica. Reach Beriknica and stop to go for a swim in crystal clear waters. Above Beriknica stands Stogaj, a peculiarly shaped rock that attracts a large number of rock climbers from all over the world.  Continue towards the Rt Sušac, with long sandy beaches stretching one after the other in front of your. Stop at Malin Beach, a secluded pebble beach located near the Paška Vrata passage with a freshwater source in its proximity.  Make your way towards Veli Zaton, a beach of interesting configuration and a crystal-clear sea that forms part of the Pag Bay ring that consists of up to 27 km of beaches. After Zaton, the tour goes across the bay to the Gače Cave. Arrive at Gače Cave, marvel at an approximately 100-meter-long cave with an exit to the other side. After a break return to your meeting point in Ručica by kayak with a few pauses to rest along the way.

Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

3. Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe: perfectly clear warm water, a spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls. They are easy and safe enough for beginner canoeists but their scenery makes them also very exciting. You will see many fish and birds and explore typical karst phenomenon – living travertine waterfalls. The trip begins in Kastel Zegarski, only one hour drive from Zadar. You will quickly learn how to handle sit-on-top kayaks as you slowly enter the canyon. After the first hour of paddling down easy rapids you will – if time and weather permit – visit beautiful Krupa waterfalls and swim under them. More waterfalls and rapids wait for you as you continue down Zrmanja towards Muskovci where the trip ends. At the end of the trip optionally you can enjoy refreshments at a nearby restaurant or take a picnic on your own. Itinerary: 10:00 AM - Arrival to destination – Kastel Zegarski village 10:30 AM - Preparing for the trip and safety instructions provided by the trip leader 11:00 AM - Trip starts 12:30 PM - Continuing down the river Zrmanja 3:00 PM - Finish at Muskovci village 3:30 PM - Optional refreshments 4:00 PM - Departure

Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

4. Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

Unwind and get back to nature with a cruise from Zadar to the Kornati National Park and the salt lake in Telascica. Savor a delectable lunch and breakfast onboard and relax with a refreshing glass of wine and an aperitif. Take a dip in the Adriatic and in a salt lake. Meet your captain at the boat in the morning and embark on your cruise to the Kornati National Park. Enjoy the Adriatic sea as you snack on a scrumptious breakfast sandwich on the way to through 109 islands that make up the Kornati National Park. Admire soft grassy hills, steep rocky cliffs, and the dramatic karst-limestone formations from the boat. Stop to swim through the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. Sit down to a delicious packed lunch. Visit Telašćica Bay, one of the largest natural ports in Adriatic, with 25 small beaches. View the cliffs of Dugi Otog which rise up to 161 meters above the sea and reach down to 90 meters below sea level. Keep an eye out for the local bird population that frequents the Mir salt lake. Hop into the salty lake for swim in water that's warmer than the sea. Return to your meeting point in Zadar at the end of your tour.

From Zadar: Full-Day Boat Trip to Sakarun Beach with Lunch

5. From Zadar: Full-Day Boat Trip to Sakarun Beach with Lunch

Discover the natural beauty of Sakarun Beach on this full-day catamaran trip and explore northwestern shores of Zadar. Sip on a welcome drink as you sail and start your trip off with a breakfast sandwich. Savor a lunch wrap with fresh fruits as you sail. Meet the crew in the city harbor and hop onto a spaciouos catamaran that will take you along the northwestern shores of Zadar on the way to Sakarun Beach. During the journey, enjoy a breakfast sandwich on board before entering the port of Božava. Hop on a bus and travel to Sakarun Beach. Have 4 hours of free time to explore the area at your own pace. Relax on the white sand beach, swim in the turquoise-colored waters, or grab a bite to eat at one of the beach's many restaurants.  At the end of the day, hop back in the bus and travel back to the port for your return boat journey to Zadar. 

From Zadar: Sakarun Beach & Sunken Ship Snorkeling Tour

6. From Zadar: Sakarun Beach & Sunken Ship Snorkeling Tour

Discover the scenic Sakarun Beach and a sunken ship on a guided snorkeling cruise from Zadar. Swim beneath the waves to watch the colorful fish darting out of the wreck before taking a break on the idyllic beach. Make your way to Marina Tankerkomerc and meet your friendly captain and group for the day. Climb on board your boat and wave goodbye to the city as you sail out to sea. Arrive at the shipwreck and slide into the water with your snorkeling equipment. Drift along the surface of the ocean peacefully or dive below to get up close and personal with marine life and study the sunken ship. Get back on board the boat and dry off as you speed across the waves to Sakarun. Feel the warm white sand beneath your feet and relax under the lush pine tree forest offering shade. Soak in the sun before taking a swim in the turquoise waters.

Novalja: Afternoon Party Cruise

7. Novalja: Afternoon Party Cruise

Enjoy an afternoon cruise from Novalja and party with people from all around the world. When your boat reaches the open sea, the music will be bumping and become all-encompassing. Even the shyest dancer won't be able to stop themselves from joining in on the fun.  While touring around the island of Skrda, dance to the rhythm of the DJ's music, sunbathe on the deck, and enjoy drinking from a selection unlimited refreshing beverages. Be sure to take advantage of your stop at the sandy beaches of Maun island. Take a dip to cool off and relax before dancing more while you head back to Novalja.

From Hvar: Blue and Green Cave Day Tour

8. From Hvar: Blue and Green Cave Day Tour

Enjoy a speedboat tour from Hvar to the Green Cave on Ravnik. Enter the Blue Cave on Biševo island and stop for a refreshing dip at Stiniva Cove. Cruise through the Paklinski islands and visit the turquoise waters of Vinogradišce bay.  Take a speedboat to have an extraordinary experience swimming in the Green and Blue Caves. Swim, sunbathe, and relax in pristine waters and amongst stunning scenery. Meet your skipper and other tour guests at the seafront in Hvar where you'll board a speed boat for an adventurous ride while enjoying the sun and waves. The first stop is the Green Cave on the Islet of Ravnik, well-known for its gorgeous color. Here you will have the chance to swim inside the cave and enjoy the natural, emerald light show. Your skippers will share interesting stories and fun facts about the places see. Next, head to the Island of Biševo, where the Blue Cave, one of the wonders of the Adriatic coast, is located. After reaching Biševo, disembark from the speedboat and board the Blue Cave’s shuttlecraft, which will take you directly inside the cave. You will have enough time to take pictures and enjoy the silvery-­blue color created by the sun as it bathes the inside of the cave through an opening in the roof and is reflected back by the sandy sea bottom below. From the Blue Cave, head to a small, hidden bay named Stiniva Cove where you can jump from the speedboat into the sea to take a short swim through the Stiniva Gates. You'll find yourself inside a beautiful cove, surrounded by magnificent rocks. Enjoy swimming or get out on the pebble beach of Stiniva to take breathtaking photos, sunbathe, or have a cold drink at the beach bar. The Pakleni Islands, a chain of islands located right opposite the town of Hvar, are the final stop on the tour. Discover one of the archipelago’s most popular bays, Vinogradišce at Palmižana, where you can have a seaside lunch at one of the best restaurants in the Adriatic (at your own expense). After lunch, you'll have time to enjoy more swimming, relaxing, or sunbathing before you head back to Hvar at sunset.

Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica National Parks Boat Trip

9. Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica National Parks Boat Trip

Embark on an inclusive boat trip with food and time for swimming. Combine your boat journey up the coast with exploring the National Parks at your leisure. Get ready for a sea adventure on the Croatian coast. Begin the tour at 8:15 AM as you board your ship. Immediately be spoiled with some delicious local Rakija and ham and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. Meet your tour guide and hear fascinating stories. Between 11:30 AM and 1:15 PM, enjoy free time to explore the Natural Park Telašćica on your own. Discover the views of the magnificent cliffs and bathe in the salt waters of Lake Mir. Also, go for a swim either in the sea or the lake. Admire the scenic views of the next stop, the Kornati National Park and Suha Punta Bay, before a delicious lunch of grilled meat, fish, and salad with Croatian wine. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Enjoy some juicy watermelon to help you stay hydrated on the journey back, arriving back at the pier at 18:00 PM.

Kornati National Park and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Tour

10. Kornati National Park and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Tour

Discover the stunning Kornati National Park and Telašćica nature park by boat. Set sail from the port in Vodice, crossing the Adriatic sea to enter the national park. Cruise beneath impressive cliffs and admire the views as you enjoy lunch on board. Continue past the church of Our Lady of Tarac, and see the 16th-century Tureta fortress. Arrive at Telašćica and stop to appreciate this beautiful spot. Bathe in the salt waters of Lake Mir and swim in the clear blue sea. Visit a cliff-top lookout, relax in thick pine woods, or shop for souvenirs. Cruise back towards Vodice, passing Roman ruins and the Upper Kornati group of islands. See the fishing settlement of Tribunj before arriving back at the port in the early evening.

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What people are saying about Zadar County

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,188 reviews

Excelente passeio de barco, embarcação bastante estável. Gostei do fato de não estar na lotação máxima, o que nos permitia trocar de lugar na embarcação e acessar os pontos de fornecimento de água e de atendimento sem demoras. Atrações maravilhosas e tripulação gentil e atenciosa.

Very nice crew and boat. Smooth and pleasant ride to the snorkeling spot. Then went to a nice place with about 1 hour of free time to go swim at the beach, visit or have lunch. Wish the snorkeling experience would have lasted a bit longer.

I was really undecided about booking this trip but so glad we went. Really worth it

Everything was super! The trip was amazing and very interesting!

Our guide was very knowledgeable and perfect for this tour.