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Zadar: Day Trip to Kornati and Telascica by Boat with Food

1. Zadar: Day Trip to Kornati and Telascica by Boat with Food

Discover some of the most stunning islands in the Kornati archipelago and enjoy a visit to Telascica Nature Park on a full-day boat tour from Zadar that includes breakfast, lunch, and swim stops. Cruise past peaceful bays, rugged cliffs, and rocky meadows while listening to your guide's commentary. Meet the boat crew in the city harbor in the morning. Depart from Zadar and stop at the ports of Drazenica and Preko (Ugljan island). Soak in panoramic views of Mrtovac, Levernaka, and Mana islands on the way to Kornati. Savor a welcome drink and a sandwich for breakfast. Sail around the Kornati cliffs while your guide shares its history with you. Upon arrival in Kornati, enjoy 1 hour of free time to explore the island. Don't miss the 6th-century Fort Tureta standing high on Tureta hill, and the Church of Our Lady of Tarac. Then, get back to the boat to sail onward to Telascica. Tuck into your onboard lunch, with a choice of grilled fish with salad or vegetarian pasta made in tomato sauce, accompanied by wine. As the boat drops anchor at Telascica port, get ready to make the most of your 3 hours in the bay. Once in Telascica Nature Park, you can walk to the 150-meter-high lookout for stunning views of the Adriatic and the Kornati islands, swim in Lake Mir or the open sea, or simply chill by the catering facilities to sip on cold drinks. Finally, settle back in for the 3-hour return trip to Zadar, admiring the coastline along the way. If needed, the boat will make stops at the ports of Drazenica and Preko.

Zrmanja: Full-Day Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

2. Zrmanja: Full-Day Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe: perfectly clear warm water, spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls. They are easy and safe enough for beginner canoeists but their scenery makes them also very exciting. You will see many fish and birds and explore typical karst phenomenon – living travertine waterfalls. The trip begins in Kastel Zegarski, only one hour drive from Zadar. You will quickly learn how to handle sit-on-top kayaks as you slowly enter the canyon. After the first hour of paddling down easy rapids you will – if time and weather permit – visit beautiful Krupa waterfalls and swim under them. More waterfalls and rapids wait for you as you continue down Zrmanja towards Muskovci where the trip ends. At the end of the trip optionally you can enjoy refreshments at a nearby restaurant or take a picnic on your own. Itinerary: 10:00 AM - Arrival to destination – Kastel Zegarski village 10:30 AM - Preparing for the trip and safety instructions provided by the trip leader 11:00 AM - Trip starts 12:30 PM - Continuing down the river Zrmanja 3:00 PM - Finish at Muskovci village 3:30 PM - Optional refreshments 4:00 PM - Departure

Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

3. Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

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 Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

4. Zadar Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

Visit three Croatian islands on this boat tour from Zadar. Get access to areas that big tourist ships cannot get to. Marvel that the beauty of Ugljan, Ošljak, and Galevac 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. Sail towards Ugljan island. View some pristine beaches and stop for a swim in the crystal clear water. Explore charming villages with coffee bars, souvenir shops, and fresh seafood restaurants. Head to the smallest inhabited island in Croatia, Ošljak island. Admire the old red-roofed stone buildings on the shore. Continue to Galevac, a small island with a 15th-century Franciscan monastery that is only accessible by a paddle boat.

Zadar: River Zrmanja Guided Kayak Safari & Waterfalls

5. 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.

Sakarun Beach Full-Day Guided Tour from Zadar

6. Sakarun Beach Full-Day Guided Tour from Zadar

Board a boat in the Old Town and sail to the most beautiful islands of the Zadar archipelago on this 10-hour trip. Enjoy the panorama of one of the most stunning coasts in the world and take in views of the islands of Tri sestrice, Sestrunj and Molat. Have breakfast on the boat and enjoy unlimited water. Once you reach Dugi Otok, home to Saharun Beach, you will disembark in the village of Bozava. From there, a bus will take you to your final destination. You’ll be given a box lunch to take the beach, where you can spend time enjoying Saharun. The beach is protected as a significant natural area of the Croatian ecological network.

Zadar: Sunset Yacht Cruise

7. Zadar: Sunset Yacht Cruise

Experience the beauty of a Croatian sunset as you sail along the coast of Zadar on this cruise. Bring some snacks and beverages and keep things chilled in the onboard fridge. Board the yacht and set off from Zadar. Capture pictures of sweeping city views as you embark on your cruise. Admire the stunning red-roofed buildings as the sun begins to set. Watch as the city lights up for the night. Have the option of booking a group or private tour. Take a look at local marine life with the snorkeling gear or set off on your own adventure with one of the stand up paddleboards. Listen to the unique sounds of the Sea Organ, an architectural sound art object on the shore of Zadar. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise.

Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

8. Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

Meet your guide at Mićanovi dvori. The 5-hour activity begins with instruction on how to use your equipment before heading out on a 14.5-kilometer kayaking experience. Depending on pace and physical fitness, the trip can last from 2.5-4 hours. The goal is for everyone to enjoy time in the water to the best of their ability! In the summer, when the water level is low, you’ll head down the river by kayak. The rest of the year, when the water is high, you’ll make your way down the river by raft. Kayaks can seat 2 people and a raft can seat from 6-10 people, including the skipper. You’ll be in a group of 30 people (15 kayaks), with 2 skippers to guide you.

From Zadar: Dugi Otok Half-Day Kayak Adventure

9. 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: 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

We spent an amazing day at the beach! The water was unbelievable! The boat trip helped set the day right, offering amazing views of the islands and the staff was really friendly and fun, they even turned the music at a high volume which made the people dance - really nice atmosphere! They do inform you on the boat that there is seaweed in the water and due to its properties it is protected by law, therefore it cannot be cleaned. And anyway, it’s not the gross type of green seaweed, it’s mostly dry and once further in the water it’s not anymore - only a bit at the shore and on the beach (which honestly makes for a soft spot for your beach towels).One remark though: they could offer some vegetarian/vegan options for the food provided as not everyone eats meat - we gave our lunch wraps back and ended up taking the ham out of the breakfast sandwich. We came prepared with our own food anyway so it was no biggie. All in all, it was a great experience and we’ll go again!

It was awesome. Both guys we're super nice and funny. We had a great time with them and also learned something about the environment. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Too bad not enough to cover once there and even bringing our own parasol failed to plant it beach of large stones

Highly recommended my personally best day trip in Croatia

Everything was well organized. Very friendly and helpful.