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Zadar Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Zadar Cruises & boat tours

Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

1. 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.

Zadar Canal 4-Hour Sailing Trip

2. Zadar Canal 4-Hour Sailing Trip

Explore the waterways of the Zadar Canal sea passage between Zadar and the island of Ugljan, and experience the stunning seascapes and rich underwater world of the Adriatic Sea. Encounter numerous islets spread all over the canal, each one with its own unique story. Depart from Zadar in the morning (09:00 AM - 01:00 PM) or afternoon (02:00 PM - 06:00 PM) and dock in the small island village of Preko. Take a walk around the small port or have a coffee in one of the beach bars. Go for a swim or visit the nearby islet and green oasis of Galevac, with its 14th-century monastery.  Then, sail towards a secluded bay and relax and enjoy the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Make your way back to Zadar and learn some basic sailing techniques from your skipper. 

From Zadar: Ugljan Beach and Villages Sailboat Tour

3. From Zadar: Ugljan Beach and Villages Sailboat Tour

The excursion starts at 09:00 from meeting point( Obala Kneza Branimira 27, Zadar- at pier next to the gas station), with a short welcome meeting. Cruising across Zadar channel and reaching the stunning bays on island Ugljan during the mid-day hours. Calm and relaxing bays on island Ugljan make a perfect setting for various activities like swimming, snorkeling, fishing and expedition. Depending on preferences, tour is continued with sailing to island Ošljak or charming local villages on Ugljan, and followed by break (lunch, coffee, walk). Enjoying in unique afternoon sailing experience on the way back, with the amazing overview at the islands and the old town panorama. Return to the marina by 17:00

Zadar: Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

4. 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.

Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip with Snorkeling

5. Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip with Snorkeling

Escape the city for a relaxing day at sea. Explore hidden bays, swim in bright blue waters, and explore beneath the waves on a snorkeling stop. This tour can be customized according to the preferences of the group and can even include a quick stop for fishing. Meet your guide at the pier for a quick safety briefing. Next, cruise across the Zadar channel to the island Ugljan. Catch a glimpse of the red-roofed fishing villages on these islands and admire the blue waters off their coasts. Reach the island of Ugljan by mid-day and stop for a swim in the beautiful Frnaža bay. Sail on to little fisherman island of Ošljak and the village of Preko, where the group can stop for lunch, coffee, or just a quick walk through the little town. In the afternoon, sail leisurely back to shore, taking in vistas of the different islands as you go. Snap a picture of Zadar's old town from the water as you return to the marina in the late afternoon.

Novalja: Day Trip to the Islands of Silba and Olib

6. Novalja: Day Trip to the Islands of Silba and Olib

This excursion offers sightseeing, swimming, lunch and relaxation, on the islands of Silba and Olib. Your boat departs from the port of Novalja in front of the gas station at 09:00 AM and sails directly towards Silba. Enjoy the 1.5-hour cruise on board, watching the calming waves and soak up some sun of the way to your first stop. Once you arrive on Silba, also known as the Gate to Dalmatia, you will have free time to explore the island, walk along the beach or go swimming in the deep blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Shortly after noon you will continue the cruise to the island of Olib. On the way, a delicious lunch will be prepared and served on board, so you can enjoy your meal without any hassle of getting to your next stop. After you arrive on Olib, you will have some free time to discover the island. Take in the atmosphere of an island or simply relax on one of its numerous beaches. Note: itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Zadar: Sunset Boat Tour

7. Zadar: Sunset Boat Tour

Admire the beautiful views of Zadar on a sunset boat tour, taking in some of its most magnificent sights from the water. Starting from the City Bridge, sail around the city and admire the views of the bustling city center coming to life as the sun goes down. Pass by the most significant buildings and sights of the Old Town. See the Zadar ramparts that are listed on the Unesco World Heritage List since 2017. Relax and watch the sun set on the horizon from the boat to end your day in Zadar.

Zadar: Ugljan, Ošljak and Školjić Islands Private Boat Tour

8. 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.

Zadar: Private Sunset Sailing Tour in Zadar Archipelago

9. Zadar: Private Sunset Sailing Tour in Zadar Archipelago

Your tour starts at 6 PM from the meeting point (Obala Kneza Branimira 27, Zadar- at the pier next to the gas station), with a short welcome meeting. Cruising through the Zadar channel on a sailing boat with a bottle of champagne and witnessing the spectacular Zadar sunset, one of the most famous sunsets on the Adriatic coast. An amazing overview of the sun-kissed islands and the old town panorama. Return to the marina at 8 PM.

Zadar Islands: Private Hidden Treasures Speedboat Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 247 reviews

Amazing tour- really special as we had the boat to ourselves! Our guide was fabulous! A great personality and shared loads of interesting facts about the history of zadar with us as well as some local Liquor! The sunset was perfect! Kids loved it- they felt like celebrities! I do this again and again!!

Boris was fantastic, knowledgable about the islands and gave good insights during his talks. Was very interesting to explore the islands and see things I wouldn’t have seen if I stayed in Zadar. Would highly recommend

Very pleasant day with a charming skipper. To do again with great pleasure…

a great experience with a visit to two islands just beautiful ❤️

Very nice time, professional service. We enjoyed it too much!