Kornati Islands Kayak Adventure

About the Experience

You’ve heard about Croatia. You’ve heard of the Adriatic Sea. But have you heard of the Kornati Islands? Come and experience the wildest place in Croatia – the Kornati Islands, a true sea oasis, on our Kornati Islands Kayaking Adventure! A place with over 300 sunny days per year, and a haven for magnificent nature!

Our sea kayak expedition will take you into one of the least accessible places in Croatia – Kornati National Park! This place is WILD, remote and rugged. The Kornatis are the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic. A highly jagged and indented coast, with rich communities of the submarine eco-system, natural beauty, and interesting geomorphology, made most of the islands a national park in 1980.

The adventure begins in Split, a stunning Dalmatian old town with Roman and Venetian ruins. We ferry from Zadar out to the Kornati Archipelago to start our sea kayaking expedition. Paddling through the Kornati waters, you may spot bottlenose dolphins and slow but lovable loggerhead sea turtles, one of the most endangered animals in the world.

We island-hop, exploring the labyrinth of small islands, reefs and islets that make up 12% of all the islands in the Croatian Adriatic. We paddle along steep cliffs and rugged coastline. We dine with fishing families who’ve made a life out here for generations. We swim in coves and shelter bays.  Each day has a gentle routine of packing up, paddling, exploring, and relaxing.

Our journey closes with a beautiful walk in Paklenica National Park, where we will enjoy a guided day hike to stretch our legs before ending the adventure in Zadar.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kornati Islands Kayak Adventure

About the Experience

You’ve heard about Croatia. You’ve heard of the Adriatic Sea. But have you heard of the Kornati Islands? Come and experience the wildest place in Croatia – the Kornati Islands, a true sea oasis, on our Kornati Islands Kayaking Adventure! A place with over 300 sunny days per year, and a haven for magnificent nature!

Our sea kayak expedition will take you into one of the least accessible places in Croatia – Kornati National Park! This place is WILD, remote and rugged. The Kornatis are the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic. A highly jagged and indented coast, with rich communities of the submarine eco-system, natural beauty, and interesting geomorphology, made most of the islands a national park in 1980.

The adventure begins in Split, a stunning Dalmatian old town with Roman and Venetian ruins. We ferry from Zadar out to the Kornati Archipelago to start our sea kayaking expedition. Paddling through the Kornati waters, you may spot bottlenose dolphins and slow but lovable loggerhead sea turtles, one of the most endangered animals in the world.

We island-hop, exploring the labyrinth of small islands, reefs and islets that make up 12% of all the islands in the Croatian Adriatic. We paddle along steep cliffs and rugged coastline. We dine with fishing families who’ve made a life out here for generations. We swim in coves and shelter bays.  Each day has a gentle routine of packing up, paddling, exploring, and relaxing.

Our journey closes with a beautiful walk in Paklenica National Park, where we will enjoy a guided day hike to stretch our legs before ending the adventure in Zadar.

 

 

 

 

 

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO CROATIA

Meet your Wild Women local guide and group in old town Split at our hotel at 4 pm. 

We’ll begin with a casual meet & greet before your guide leads the trip orientation. Our orientation includes full details about the trip logistics and how to pack for the kayak trip, so everyone has everything they need!

We’ll then walk around the old town together and enjoy our first dinner as a group.

 

DAY TWO: KRKA NATIONAL PARK 

Check out of your hotel in the morning and head to the water for a morning of sea kayaking and safety orientation on a local beach in Split!  

We’ll enjoy lunch together and then an afternoon exploration of the stunning Krka National Park. Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s most-visited national parks and spreads over a 109 km2 area. A natural and karst phenomenon, with gorgeous travertine waterfalls, and home to several endemic endangered species, as well as over 1000 picturesque plant species. The most-visited parts of the park are Skradinski Buk, Roški slap, and Visovac- stunning in their beauty; they are a memorable part of the postcard of Croatia. Speleology lovers are drawn to this national park because there are about forty caves and pits here. This area is well known for its archeological localities, medieval fortresses, and ethnography. It also has over 225 bird species!

The Krka River is 72.5 km long, including the submerged part of the river at the mouth. It springs from the foothills of the Dinara mountain range, 2.5 km northeast of Knin. With its seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon.

Following a hike, you’ll take a boat to Skradin, situated on the Krka River, where you will stay overnight.

 

DAY THREE: KRKA RIVER KAYAKING

An exciting day of kayaking is ahead, and it’s a big one!

We’ll depart from Skradin, paddling towards Šibenik, about eight nautical miles along the Krka River. Šibenik is in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, in the picturesque bay where the Krka River, one of the most beautiful karst rivers in Croatia, enters the sea. It is home to the UNESCO world heritage site – the Cathedral of St. James.

We’ll enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at the Testament Winery and then transfer by vehicle to Zadar, known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There will be some time to relax in this authentic coastal town before we catch an evening ferry to the small village of Sali, located on the island of Dugi Otok, where we check into our accommodations.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: Approx 15 km

 

DAY FOUR: KORNATI NATIONAL PARK

This morning we’ll gear up and leave Sali. We’ll spend our first-day exploring Telascica Nature Park and take the time needed to review any paddling skills the group needs. Then off we go!

Telašćica Bay is located in the southeastern part of the island of Dugi Otok.  Telašćica was proclaimed a Nature Park in 1988 because of its valuable flora and fauna, geological phenomena, versatile sea bottom life, and fascinating archaeological heritage.

We paddle until a narrow strip of land between Telašćica Bay and the open sea. We’ll take a break to hike to Lake Mir. Cool off with a swim, have a snack and take a break before we launch again.

We’ll continue to Kornati National Park – an archipelago exceptional in their raw beauty. 

At our arrival into Sipnate, we will enjoy a tasty dinner prepared by our host before settling in for a quiet night at our charming guest house. We’ll spend two nights at this base.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: Approx 15 km

 

DAY FIVE: KORNATI ARCHIPELAGO

After breakfast prepared by our host, we’ll continue the exploration of the Kornati islands. Today we explore the labyrinth of small islands, swimming in cute little bays and picnicking on a pebble beach.

In the late afternoon, we will kayak back to our base, where our host will prepare a delicious dinner.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: Approx 18 km

 

DAY SIX: RETURN PADDLE TO SALI

Depending on the weather, your guides will decide if your group will paddle back through Telascica as on Day Three or along the north coast of Dugi Otok Island directly to Sali. 

We’ll then take a passenger ferry from Sali to Zadar, which is a 45 min journey.  We will spend the night in Zadar.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: About 16.5 km

 

DAY SEVEN: HIKING PAKLENICA NATIONAL PARK

Today we’ll drive about an hour into the mountains and explore Paklenica National Park; a popular National Park loved by hikers and climbers. The hiking trails are for every skill level, from easy footpaths to demanding mountain trails leading to the highest peaks of Velebit. The karst and unique landscapes will make nature lovers happy!

We’ll aim to hike into Velika Paklenica – a vast valley with stunning views of the Velebit mountain range and hike up to a mountain hut.  As we walk along the ‘Pjeskarica’ educational path on the east bank of Velika Paklenica creek, you’ll see some ruins of old abandoned watermills.  Leaving the Pjeskarica path, we reach the most impressive part of Velika Paklenica gorge, which is also a very popular climbing zone attracting climbers year-round. After a half-hour ascent, we come to the Anića Luka plateau.  Looking to the east, you’ll catch sight of Anića Kuk: this almost 400 m high cliff is well known for its many long climbing routes, including the first route climbed here in the 1940s (the Brahms route).

Our walk continues along a shadowed path and brings us to the Ramića dvori rural household at 555 m above sea level. A charming spot to relax and view the Paklenica woods. After refreshments and lunch, a light descent follows the same route back to the parking place at Velika Paklenica, where our hike ends.

We’ll return to Zadar after 4 pm and enjoy a final farewell dinner with a good night’s rest.

Note: an optional guided tour of Zadar will be offered to anyone wishing to opt-out of the hiking in Paklenica National Park.

 

DAY EIGHT: ONWARDS 

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. You may book a flight out of Zadar for any time today. 

Alternatively, a transfer will be provided back to Split (approximately 2 hours) for return flights home, or you may continue your adventures in Croatia from there. It is recommended to book flights out of Split after 2 pm.

 

 

 

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