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Kornati National Park and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Tour

1. 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.

Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

2. 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: Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

3. 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.

From Zadar: Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok

4. From Zadar: Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok

On this full-day kayaking excursion you’ll experience the natural beauty of Dugi Otok, a rugged island located to the west of Zadar. When you arrive, a van will transfer you to the bay, where the kayaking adventure begins. During the tour you’ll encounter secret bays, numerous sea caves and soaring cliffs. Later, when you return to the starting point you’ll be transferred to the north of island, where you’ll have lunch. Afterwards, you’ll paddle your kayak to a sunken ship, which offers a spectacular snorkeling experience. The final part of the tour is spent at the white sandy beach of Sakarun, where you can relax, swim and play the local game of picigin – a real treat for all.

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: Sakarun Bay, Golubinka Cave & Veli Žal Speedboat Tour

6. Zadar: Sakarun Bay, Golubinka Cave & Veli Žal Speedboat Tour

Hop on a private boat in Zadar and head to Sakarun bay, Veli Žal beach and Golubinka cave on the outer part of the island. Visit the most magical places to make your holiday getaway memorable. While cruising towards the uninhabited side of Dugi Otok, whose name (Long Island) uncovers its 45-kilometer length, cruise past the islands of Sestrunj, Rava, Iž, Zverinac, Molat. Stop near the sunken ship near Lagnići islands to snorkel and explore the shipwreck from the 80s. Proceed past the Veli Rat lighthouse towards Veli Žal beach which is home to the most turquoise waters of the Adriatic. The beach Veli Žal (Big Beach) is situated on the uninhabited side of Dugi Otok in the open waters. Explore this best-kept secret of the archipelago. Next, head to the remote Golubinka cave to immerse in the pristine wilderness and beauty of nature. The cave itself lets some light in, which then explodes in many beautiful colors making the water inside look and feel magical. Snorkel and swim in these waters to enjoy the cave. Then, start going back towards the famous Sakarun bay. Meet pristine white sand, turquoise waters, a beach bar, and a restaurant in the pine forest. Lie on the beach, dip your feet in the crystal clear water, and relax to the sounds of waves.

Zadar Islands: Private Hidden Treasures Speedboat Tour

7. 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.

From Zadar: Dugi Otok Guided Paddle Board Tour

8. From Zadar: Dugi Otok Guided Paddle Board Tour

Experience the natural scenery of Dugi Otok on a day trip from Zadar. Enter the military submarine tunnels on a stand-up paddle board tour and visit the Veli Rat lighthouse. Immerse yourself in local culture as you play a traditional game and enjoy a glass of local wine on the beach. Take a ferry from the Gaženička Port in Zadar to Dugi Otok and meet your guide there. Paddle along hidden beaches and see small islands. Navigate into old military submarine tunnels, always keeping your belongings dry with the included dry bag and waterproof phone pouch. Admire panoramic views from Veli Rat lighthouse's 36-meter masonry tower. Relax at Sakarun Beach, the most famous beach on Dugi Otok, and play a traditional game of 'balote' while savoring a glass of local wine or juice. End your journey with a ride in an air-conditioned van to your starting point.

From Zadar: Full Day Trip to Saharun Beach by Private Boat

9. From Zadar: Full Day Trip to Saharun Beach by Private Boat

Departure is at 7 am from the meeting point in Zadar. Upon departure you will be served coffee and donuts. The boat ride to the beach takes 3 hours. Along the way you will see lighthouses Mala Sestrica, Veli Tun and Veli Rat. About 30 minutes prior to arriving at Saharun you will be served a hefty sandwich, water and juice to hold you over till lunch. When you arrive at the beach you are free to enjoy the crystal clear waters and sandy bottom from the the boat... or swim to the shore and explore the beach. Lunch is usually a home made stew or risotto served with a half bottle of wine (white or red) per adult, unlimited natural and mineral waters and fruit juices. You can choose to have lunch at any time. If you don't want to waste valuable beach time on food you can have lunch during the return. During the return you are served a fruit cup.

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What people are saying about Dugi Otok

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,356 reviews

Boris was our host for the afternoon and he didn't disappoint. Chatty, personable and informative, he made the trip. A journey around the local islands with stop-offs for walking, stunning views and swimming. A lovely trip with a final visit to a tavern for a beer before retuning to Zadar as the sun set beautifully over the distant hills. Great experience, good customer service and excellent value.

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

We had a beautiful day out with Boris, who took us round the sea organ and city gate harbor before heading to 2 small islands about 25 minutes away. We had a

Ranco was an awesome skipper - meet up was easy to find, we got to learn more about Zadar’s history and then visited 3 islands

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