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Pag Bay: Sea Kayaking

1. 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.

Novalja: Zavratnica and Rab Boat Tour

2. Novalja: Zavratnica and Rab Boat Tour

Your tour will depart from the village Lun, at the port Tovarnele. From here, sailing starts towards the nature park Zavratnica, one of the most beautiful bays on this side of the Adriatic. Zavratnica is a 900-meter-long narrow inlet located at the foot of Velebit Mountain, where you can explore the easily visible remains of a sunken warship from World War II. Whilst at this picturesque and historically-significant location, you will also have some free time for swimming. The program will then continue as you sail towards Pudarica Beach on the island of Rab, where a break is scheduled to have lunch and relax. Following lunch, the final stage of the trip will be a visit to the old town of Rab where you will have free time for a walk and activity of your choosing, followed by your return journey to Lun.

Novalja: Afternoon Party Cruise

3. 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.

Novalja: Day Trip to the Islands of Silba and Olib

4. 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.

Novalja: Daytrip to Krka National Park

5. Novalja: Daytrip to Krka National Park

Meet your guide in Novalija in the morning and drive to Krka national park. After an approximately 1.5-hour drive, you’ll arrive at the park to enjoy a guided tour. See the most beautiful waterfalls and enjoy stories about how the power of water was used to soften wool. Explore the Skradinski Buk waterfalls in just 17 steps. After the guided tour you will enjoy free time at the park to have lunch at one of the various catering services and to explore the park on your own. The Krka National Park covers 109 km² of the most beautiful parts of the Krka River and the lower course of the Čikola River. Enjoy the beautiful nature, fresh air and have a relaxed guided transfer back to Novalija.

Novalja or Šimuni: Private Transfer to/from Zadar Airport

6. Novalja or Šimuni: Private Transfer to/from Zadar Airport

If we are picking you up at Zadar Airport and you provided a flight number, we will track your flight to see if there are any delays to ensure on time pick up. No need to worry if your flight is delayed, your driver will be waiting for you when you land free of charge. If you are traveling to Zadar Airport we can pick you up from anywhere in the Novalja, Zrce, Pag area. The ride takes around 80 minutes. If you need to make a quick stop to pick up some necessities or snacks and refreshments, just ask your driver and he will take you to the right place, there are many stores and shops along the way.

Novalja: Life on Mars Hike

7. Novalja: Life on Mars Hike

Your program begins at Ručica beach, from where your tour moves along the karst landscape of Pag Bay towards Stogaj. Stogaj is a peculiarly shaped rock that attracts a large number of mountaineers each year. From there the route continues towards Beriknica Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is known for its natural installation consisting of three unusual rock patterns created by the millennial of exposure to the “bura” wind. From there the trail continues towards Slana Bay, which is overlooked by remnants of a World War II concentration camp. Seline Bay also offers wonderful views over the Podvelebit Channel. The tour eventually ends at its starting point, which is reached through a hike of the upper side of the island along the Podvelebit Channel.

From Novalja: Svetojanj Bike Tour

8. From Novalja: Svetojanj Bike Tour

Start the bike tour in Novalja and travel though the nearby fields to the water spring Škopalj, close to the church of St. Anton. Hear the story of the peculiarities and the significance of the area from your guide. Continue towards Stara Novalja to Jadra beach. Cruise around Zaglava and enjoy the magnificent views of the Kvarner Islands and the Podvelebit Archipelago.

From Novalja: Plitvice Lakes National Park Full-Day Trip

9. From Novalja: Plitvice Lakes National Park Full-Day Trip

Your excursion starts in the morning in Novalja on the island of Pag, where you will be transferred to Plitvice Lakes by your tour guide in a comfortable bus. The arrival at Plitvice is planned around noon. Upon arrival, you will have a guided tour through the national park. The National Park Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and biggest national park in Croatia. It has been on the Unesco World Heritage List for 40 years. It has 16 connected lakes of sparkling blue-green water, which are continually forming the tufa barriers, special limestone formations, and unique to the national park. You will experience the mesmerizing beauty of the area while walking along the forest paths, crossing wooden bridges, taking a cruise on an electric boat and experiencing a panoramic view of the lakes.

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What people are saying about Novalja

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 50 reviews

We had booked the excursion for another day. The excursion was postponed due to wind and the agency offered us an alternative date. Really uncomplicated. The excursion was well organized, the guide (Iwan) was super nice and informative. He paid attention to the needs and condition of the group. We drove to the cave and the beach stops were beautiful too. We would immediately recommend this excursion.

It was a nice trip with a very experienced and relaxed guide who drove/rowed with us to some beautiful beaches. :) Although rowing the kayak is a bit exhausting and it was generally very warm, it is always a lot cooler close to the water than on land and if necessary you can easily cool your feet in the water. :D

Wow. what an amazing place, and kayaking is a perfect way to see it. The guides were professional, very friendly, and set a great pace suitable for the group. would highly recommend.

Great experience. Both guides, Ivan and Marion, were so friendly and made the whole experience a lot of fun. We got the transfer from Novalja and it was seamless.

It was a very nice experience and the guide made his job very good ! Thanks to him we had a special day ! Greetings to Robert!