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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

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

2. 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.

From Hvar: Blue and Green Cave Day Tour

3. 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: Speedboat Tour to Ugljan, Osljak, and Galevac

4. Zadar: Speedboat Tour to Ugljan, Osljak, and Galevac

Explore the islands of the coast of Zadar on this half-day experience. Travel between them in style by speedboat, as you experience Ugljan, Osljak, and Galevac. Meet at Jazine harbor in Zadar and board your speedboat. Look out for the city's famous Sea Organ as you speed away from the port. Travel across the crystal blue waters as you begin your island-hopping adventure. Alight from the boat for your first stop at Galevac Island. Once there, pause to visit the Franciscan Monastery of St. Paul The Hermit. Then head back across the water to Preko on Ugljan for a snack or ice cream (own expense). Ugljan is a delightful large island featuring medieval architecture and charming shops and cafes. Next, clamber back on the speedboat as you head for Osljak Island. Here, the azure waters are perfect for a refreshing swim. This is the smallest inhabited island in Croatia, so small you can circle it by foot in only 20 minutes. Enjoy another thrilling ride to the sandy beach at Kostanj. Take a final moment to pause once again away from the city heat and noise, before hopping back on the boat for the journey back to Zadar.

Zadar Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

5. Zadar Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

Visit a beautiful Croatian island on this boat tour from Zadar. Get access to areas that the larger tourist ships cannot reach. Marvel at the beauty of Ugljan island. Stop for a swim at the beach and see old villages.  Meet your guide at City Bridge and embark on your boat trip. Admire panoramic views of the city center from the water. Drive towards the island and enjoy the views of some pristine beaches and stop for a swim in the crystal clear water. Explore charming villages with coffee bars and souvenir shops. Admire the old red-roofed stone buildings on the shore. After some time learning about the history of the island with your guide, you will return back to Zadar.

Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

6. Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

Meet your guide at Mićanovi dvori. The 5-hour activity begins with instruction on how to use your equipment before heading out on a 14.5-kilometer kayaking experience. Depending on pace and physical fitness, the trip can last from 2.5-4 hours. The goal is for everyone to enjoy time in the water to the best of their ability! In the summer, when the water level is low, you’ll head down the river by kayak. The rest of the year, when the water is high, you’ll make your way down the river by raft. Kayaks can seat 2 people and a raft can seat from 6-10 people, including the skipper. You’ll be in a group of 30 people (15 kayaks), with 2 skippers to guide you.

Zadar: River Zrmanja Guided Kayak Safari & Waterfalls

7. Zadar: River Zrmanja Guided Kayak Safari & Waterfalls

The begging of the trip (clothes changing, instructions, boarding and start of the paddling down the river) is at village Kaštel Žegarski . The part of the route from the village to the mouth of Krupa in Zrmanja and Visoki buk (10 meters high waterfall, the highest on Zrmanja) is hour and a half long, and the waterfall will be bypassed by 5 minutes long walk. Going down the river lasts for approximately 4 hours of which one hour is spent on occasional breaks and swimming. Paddling isn’t hard or dangerous, during the summer; the water is clear and refreshing – perfect adventure for beginners. The trip ends in a village called Muškovci, with some free time for swimming before departure. If you have arrived with your own car, we will drive you to the start point, where you had left your car.

Šibenik or Vodice: Kornati Archipelago Day Tour by Speedboat

8. Šibenik or Vodice: Kornati Archipelago Day Tour by Speedboat

Enjoy a day on the water exploring the islands and beaches of Kornati National Park, the Kornati archipelago in Croatia. Get picked up from locations in Vodice, Šibenik, or from Šibenik’s Solaris Hotel Ivan and choose between a group tour or a private tour. After checking in with the crew at your meeting point, prepare to enjoy panoramic views of the St. Anthony Channel and Šibenik islands on the way to the Kornati archipelago. First, stop at Mana, one of the many islands in the Kornati archipelago. Marvel at views of the cliffs from the sea, a wild beach, and clear water. Continue your journey through the archipelago by visiting the next island, Levrnaka. On Levrnaka sits Lojena Beach, the only real natural sandy beach on the Kornati islands. The boat will leave you on the northeastern side of the island, next to a restaurant in case you would like to have some coffee or food. Lojena Beach is within walking distance of the restaurant. Next, marvel at the cliffs of Dugi island before getting to Kapri island where you will have a break for lunch. Relax and enjoy fresh local food served right next to the sea in a local konoba serving fresh, Dalmatian food. Finally, visit Zlarin. Due to its geographical position, the island is seen as St. Anthony Channel’s gatekeeper and the guardian of Šibenik. Use your free time to enjoy the pebble beaches with sand under your feet as soon as you enter the sea. Just before sunset, head back to the starting point of the tour.

From Zadar: Zrmanja River Canyon Kayaking Tour

9. From Zadar: Zrmanja River Canyon Kayaking Tour

Discover the beauty of the Zrmanja River that winds through the imposing Zrmanja Canyon on a guided kayaking tour. Explore this section of the Northern Velebit National Park with an activity that is perfect for both beginners and outdoor enthusiasts Start with pickup from your hotel in Zadar and travel by bus towards the small village of Kaštel Žegarski for the start of your kayaking adventure. Listen to a short introductory briefing on the route and general safety before getting set up with all the required equipment. Set off on the river and paddle across light rapids and serene stretches of calm water. Take some occasional breaks for swimming in the refreshing water, with drinks and snacks available. As you reach the end of the route, stop beneath a picturesque waterfall for a final swim. Afterward, hop back on your transportation to return to Zadar.

From Zadar: Dugi Otok Half-Day Kayak Adventure

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Zadar County

Overall rating

2.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

AMAZING, WAY better than expected!! Dante was our skipper-guide, super friendly and accommodating, spoke good English and was amazing. He would offer to take pictures for us, helped us with steep/rocky paths, gave us facts and indepth history about each place or attraction and he was lovely to be around! Also offered water, jackets and alcohol at the end! DEFINITELY BRING TRAINERS/SNEAKERS a lot of walking, not complaining, but walking up to the top of a steepish island wearing sliders/crocs isnt the best idea haha

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.

Amazing trip out! Danko was super flexible and took us to a really great swimming spot at the end of the island tour

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

great travel guide. Very nice and child friendly. Without time pressure