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Zadar Island tours

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From Zadar: Ugljan Beach and Villages Sailboat Tour

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

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.

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: Ugljan, Ošljak and Školjić Islands Private Boat Tour

7. 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 Speedboat Tour of Kornati National Park

8. From Zadar: Private Speedboat Tour of Kornati National Park

Take a scenic ride on a speedboat through the Zadar Channel towards Komati island and see all the beauty the Zadar archipelago has to offer. This tour is designed to meet your requests and preferences. So while cruising along, let your skipper know what you're interested in doing or seeing, whether it's swimming, hiking, or just cruising through. Begin your tour with scenic views of the islands of Žut, Sit, Dugi Otok, Iž, Lavdara, and Kornati and pass the bridge between the islands of Ugljan and Pašman. Arrive at Kornati National Park and tour its 89 islands, islets, and reefs. Discover the many secrets that make Kornati so unique from your skipper who will take you by a historical defensive fortress that also once served as a movie set. Stop for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape before exploring the park further. Come across many secluded and private beaches and enjoy a quick dip in the refreshing water, some snorkeling, or a bit of sunbathing.  Since the Komati Islands are know for the freshly caught fish, let your skipper know if you'd like to stop for a meal at your own personal expense. They will be happy to recommend restaurants for a gourmet lunch or alternatively suggest picnic locations for those who have brought their own meals. Afterward, if time allots, have another swim before concluding your tour.

From Zadar: Dugi Otok Guided Paddle Board Tour

9. 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 Ugljan Self-Guided Bike Tour

10. From Zadar: Full-Day Ugljan Self-Guided Bike Tour

Fully equipped, you will go on a bike adventure at your own schedule and your own pace. The Ugljan Island, also known as "the Green Island" has plenty of bays, beaches and small fishing villages spread along the coast that keeps the secret about their past and the hard life of fishermen. From the lookout, St. Michael spreads a breathtaking view of the city of Zadar, the Velebit Mountain and numerous small islands. With a little bit of luck along with clear skies, you can even see the Italian coast. A fun downhill awaits you along the gravel path to the village of Kali, the place where the most successful fishermen on the Mediterranean live. In a traditional island tavern, you can taste fresh traditional Mediterranean food that will fill you with powerful energy. After lunch, you can take a swim on one of many sandy beaches or visit the Franciscan monastery on the small island of Škojić in front of Preko.

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 36 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…