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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

Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

2. Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

Glide down the easy rapids of the Zrmanja River on a scenic kayak or canoe tour from Kaštel Žegarski. Join your guide on a breathtaking journey through a spectacular canyon. Swim under the Krupa Waterfalls and arrive at the village of Muskovci to purchase a meal. Begin your trip in Kaštel Žegarski, a striking area with safe and gentle rapids for beginners. Learn how to handle your kayak or canoe as you slowly enter the canyon. Allow your guide to point out fish and birds, and teach you about the natural phenomenon of karst. If time and weather permit, stop by the beautiful Krupa Waterfalls and enjoy the chance to swim under them. Come across more beautiful waterfalls as you make your way down to the town of Muskovci. After the tour, your group's driver will be transported back to the starting point to pick up your car. While you're waiting to be picked up, you can relax and buy some snacks or lunch.

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.

Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip with Snorkeling

4. 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.

From Zadar: Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok

5. 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.

Zadar: Zrmanja River Canyon Kayaking Tour with Hotel Pick-up

6. Zadar: Zrmanja River Canyon Kayaking Tour with Hotel Pick-up

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

7. 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: River Zrmanja Guided Kayak Safari & Waterfalls

8. 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.

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

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

2.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Great day out! Very easy instructions to find the start point, there are a couple of rafting companies all in the same area but we were told to follow the green sign with the indian in a boat. Immedietly met by a member of the team who checked us in and told us what to do next. We were provided with wetsuits and the team gave guidance on what to take in the waterproof bucket, all other belongings were left in the car. Definitely take yourself a sandwich or snack as there is a half way point where you stop to eat. At the end fruit and drinks are provided which is lovely. One member of each party travels back to the start in a minibus to get the car and then come back to get you, this takes approx 40minutes so just be prepared for waiting around. Good phone signal in the area. There are changing rooms and toilets at both the start and end.

The experience was brilliant and the guides were helpful and cheerful. The scenery is awesome. Wet shoes are good to have, however if you dont, you can get away with using sandals as well. The return journey to the starting point is only for the driver, but it is easy to get back. If unsure the guides are happy to put the address into your navigation. Highly recommended.

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

Super nice guides who led through the day. At the end there was fruit and drinks. Great, keep it up. Super nice guides who led us through the day. At the end we had fruit and drinks. Great, keep up the good work.

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