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

1. 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

From Hvar: Blue and Green Cave Day Tour

2. 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: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

3. Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

Sail toward the southern part of Dugi Otok Island. This is where the sea embraces Telašćica, whose name derives from the Latin "Telagus" (meaning 3 lakes). Relax on the boat with a book or sunbathe on deck. Enjoy views of the picturesque Mediterranean landscapes along the way. Chat with the skipper if you are interested in sailing and hear all the secrets of their ancient craft.  Upon arrival at Telašćica Nature Park, enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel. Go for a stroll and give a treat to the timid donkeys. There's a donkey reserve within the park and the coastal (or Dinaric) donkey is an indigenous Croatian breed. Currently, there are 14 donkeys living in Telašćica, while the entire area abounds with flora and fauna. The park has 3 smaller bays within its wider area. Telašćica is the largest and best-protected natural harbor on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. It has 5 islets, of which the small rock slab of Taljurić is the most extraordinary. Continue to Lake Mir in the southwestern part of the park. The salt waters of the lake derive from the underground canals that connect it to the sea. Archaeological excavations made in the area indicate the place was inhabited in the earliest periods. On the return journey, go to Stene (also known as the "Devil`s Cliffs"). Marvel at the vertical cliffs that rise up to 61 meters from the sea. They spread from Mrzlovica Cape on the northwest to the slopes of Veli Vrh on the southeast.

From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

4. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

Depart Zadar at 08:30, and journey towards Plitviče Lakes National Park. Drive through the hinterland of the picturesque Lika region for about 2.5 hours, and then enter the park for the start of your 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the natural scenery of the Upper Lakes area, where 12 of the 16 lakes of Plitvice can be found. Cross Kozjak Lake by boat to experience the largest and deepest of the lakes from a different perspective. Belonging to the Upper Lakes group, Kozjak Lake is the result of 2 smaller lakes merging into one and is the only navigable lake in Plitviče Lakes National Park. Glide across the serene waters, where the travertine Stephanie`s island was named by the Crown Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria) after a visit in 1888.  Admire the idyllic scenery of the Lower Lakes region, characterized by small waterfalls, turquoise waters and surrounding greenery. Nearby lies the underground cave of Šupljara, where the conditions have given rise to an abundance of unusual cave fauna. Go to the Great Waterfall within the Lower Lakes and see the water cascade from a height of 78 meters. Soak up the atmosphere with your guide before boarding the van for the trip back to your meeting point in Zadar.

From Zadar: Dugi Otok Half-Day Kayak Adventure

5. From Zadar: Dugi Otok Half-Day Kayak Adventure

Explore the natural beauty of the island of Dugi Otok on a half-day kayaking adventure from Zadar. Delight in the white sandy beach of Veli Žal, and swim in a hidden cave. Begin your tour by boarding a ferry at Gaženica port in Zadar and cruise for 1.5 hours to Dugi Otok. Admire the beauty of the magical Zadar archipelago on the sunny deck during the ride. Upon arrival in Brbinj, Dugi Otok, meet your guide in front of the ferry, then take a 15-minute ride to Veli Žal. Once at the beach, choose how you want to spend the first part of your adventure. Soak up some rays on the beach, go for a swim, explore the surroundings in a kayak by yourself, or join your guide on a ride around the island of Mezanj. 2 hours later, transfer to another bay where the real kayaking adventure starts. Paddle out in your kayak with a certified local guide, and try cliff jumping, swimming, and diving in an astonishing cave that changes color depending on sun reflection/the angle of sunlight.

Zadar: Ugljan, Ošljak and Školjić Islands Private Boat Tour

6. Zadar: Ugljan, Ošljak and Školjić Islands Private Boat Tour

Discover the beautiful islands of Ugljan, Ošljak and Školjić on a private 4-hour speedboat tour from Zadar. Escape the crowds and speed across the Adriatic Sea to the car-free island of Ošljak. Learn the history of the sparsely populated settlement from your knowledeable guide. Find a secluded beach and relax in the shade of the pine trees, or marvel at the marine life and snorkel in the sea. See the 19th-century windmills and discover a small church said to date back to the 5th or 6th century. Wander around the olive groves to find an old olive oil press.  Sail to the smaller island of Školjič and stroll to the Franciscan monastery. Visit the museum that has a copy of the Holy Bible from the 15th century. Then relax near the pier or at a sandy beach with shallow, crystal clear water. Head to one of the villages on Ugljan island to enjoy a snack in a local fisherman’s restaurant. Try some of the local wine, or go for a walk through the village and soak up the atmosphere.

From Zadar: Private Half-Day Sailing Trip

7. From Zadar: Private Half-Day Sailing Trip

Depart from Zadar in the early afternoon and sail across the Zadar Canal towards the island of Ugljan. The boat will dock at Preko, a small island village. You can take a walk around the small port, have a coffee at one of the beach bars, take a swim or visit the nearby islet of Galevac, a green oasis and the location of a 14th-century monastery. Get back on the boat and continue sailing towards a secluded bay where you'll be able to completely relax and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. On the way back to Zadar, your skipper will show you the basics of sailing.

Zadar Islands: Private Hidden Treasures Speedboat Tour

8. Zadar Islands: Private Hidden Treasures Speedboat Tour

Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion on a comfortable speedboat through the Zadar channel and around the island of Ugljan towards Dugi Otok, stopping along the way wherever you like. Once at Dugi otok, take a quick break to experience the slow pace of life on Croatian islands. Have an ice cream, coffee or a cold drink before head to a hidden bay near Dugi Otok. This beautiful, small and sandy bay, surrounded by wild nature, is a big secret of the area. Rest underneath the olive trees or chill on the boat under the canopy and enjoy the turquoise sea. Next, head to the island of Iž. On the way, see all the beauty of the Zadar archipelago. Discover the islands of Rava, Ugljan, Žut and Sit, before hitting a secluded bay on Iž island. Enjoy some snorkeling and swimming from the boat and make use of the sound system. Visit the village of Iž, an exceptional example of traditional Croatian island villages. Choose to have lunch there in a local restaurant. Last but not the least is a sandy bay on the uninhabited side of Ugljan Island. Enjoy shallow water and pristine white sand for some more fun and games. Sit down and unwind in the olive gardens, or under the pine trees and soak in the real Adriatic experience before you proceed back to Zadar. This tour lasts a minimum of six hours and can last more for your enjoyment at no extra cost.

Zadar: 3–Hour Kayak Tour

9. Zadar: 3–Hour Kayak Tour

Starting from Puntamika, paddle towards the old town, passing the modern tourist attractions of the Sea Organ and Salutation to the Sun on the way. Continue to the fabulous Riva with a view of millennial Roman Forum, and pass the unique St. Donat's church en route to the Foša port. In the 16th century city, this is where walls were erected and gates opened. During the tour, have time to stop for swimming and a drink in a beach bar. This tour is suitable for everyone; from experts and solo travelers, to beginners, groups and families. 

Plitvice Lakes National Park: Private Tour from Zadar

10. Plitvice Lakes National Park: Private Tour from Zadar

Explore the magnificent beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Plitvice Lakes with a guided tour of the Upper and Lower Lakes, Kozjak Lake and the Great Waterfall. Discover what many proclaim as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Learn about life and traditions of the people living in the area. Visit the Upper Lakes, a group of 12 of 16 Plitvice lakes separated by the travertine barriers. See Kozjak Lake, the largest and the deepest lake in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Immerse yourself in the idyllic scenes of small waterfalls, turquoise water and surrounding greenery of the Lower Lakes, with the underground cave of Šupljara situated nearby. Marvel at the Great Waterfall, with a height of 78 meters, the highest waterfall in Croatia.

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What people are saying about Zadar County

Absolutely incredible day Kayaking with Ivan!!! The booking agent kept us informed as there can be a turn of events due to weather! Super thoughtful and informed me the night before!! Great spots to explore, great restaurant to stop and grab lunch. The crew was absolutely amazing and can’t wait to go back!!! Morning to night nonstop laughs and great vibes !!! Thank you - kristina - New York

Nicely organized trip! Saw both green and blue caves (our guide was organized and planned out the perfect time to get there with minimal line ups!) Got to swim in Stiniva Bay and another bay in Pakleni, cruise around the yachts in Palmiziana, stop in Koniza for lunch and browsing shops. They even had goggles on board which came in handy when wanting to see the beautiful fish while we swam.

If this is your first kayaking experience this will be perfect! The hosts were great and friendly. Just one small note - it felt a tiny bit rushed. Would have been nice to have a slightly longer break, then we could have had time to swim in the river. Apart from that, 5 ⭐️

We had a great day. Good for those with little or no experience. Friendly group and great guides. Thank you

Todays activity is very great. Zoky is an amazing guide. Highly recommended.