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? A place with over 300 sunny days per year, and a haven for magnificent nature? Come and experience the wildest place in Croatia – the Kornati Islands sea oasis.

Our newest 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 highly jagged and indented coast, 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 Zadar, a stunning Dalmatian old town with Roman and Venetian ruins. We ferry from Zadar out to the Kornati Archipelago to begin 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 as we approach Krka National Park paddling upriver from the ocean to the shores of the park. We enjoy a guided day hike to stretch our legs before ending the adventure in Split.

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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? A place with over 300 sunny days per year, and a haven for magnificent nature? Come and experience the wildest place in Croatia – the Kornati Islands sea oasis.

Our newest 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 highly jagged and indented coast, 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 Zadar, a stunning Dalmatian old town with Roman and Venetian ruins. We ferry from Zadar out to the Kornati Archipelago to begin 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 as we approach Krka National Park paddling upriver from the ocean to the shores of the park. We enjoy a guided day hike to stretch our legs before ending the adventure in Split.

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO CROATIA

Meet your Wild Women local guide and group in old town Zadar at our hotel at 3 pm.  We begin with a casual meet and greet before your guide leads the trip orientation. Trip orientation always includes full details about the trip logistics, how to pack for the kayak trip, ensuring everyone has everything they need and providing a space to ask any questions. We will then walk the old town and enjoy dinner together.

  • Arrival into Zadar
  • Easiest + Fastest Option is through Zadar Airport (ZAD). Well served by European budget airlines (from London, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf).
  • Local buses from the Zadar Airport to the Zadar main bus station depart from the front gate of the international arrival terminal.
  • Your second airport option is Split. Then take a bus north to Zadar. You can take a bus, train or ferry into Croatia as well.

 

DAY TWO: FULL OF ISLANDS

This morning we catch an early ferry to Dugi Otok island, about a 2-hour ride.

Geographically, Dugi Otok is an island of great diversity and contrast, and the largest island among the North Dalmatian islands. It justifies its name (Dugi Otok = long island) with a length of about 45 km. The south-eastern part of the island is protected and declared a Nature Park. This will be the starting point of our expedition.

As we arrive at Dugi Otok, we will drive to Sali. Sali has a thousand-year-old fishing tradition, which was confirmed by written documents from the 10th century. Ancient olive groves surrounding the village provide witness to the intensive agricultural activities throughout the centuries. If time allows, we will practice our kayaking skills in the warm bay in preparation for tomorrow’s departure.

We will enjoy a delicious dinner at a local tavern. Finish your packing this evening so we can start early tomorrow.

 

DAY THREE: KORNATI NATIONAL PARK

This morning we will gear up and leave Sali. We will 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. For its extreme beauty, richness, and importance, this bay was proclaimed a Nature Park in 1988. Telašćica acquired the status because of its valuable flora and fauna, geological and geomorphological phenomena, versatile sea bottom life, and interesting archaeological heritage.

We paddle until a narrow strip of land between Telašćica Bay and the open sea. Here we will take a break to hike to Lake Mir. After the last Ice Age, the global sea level rose by approximately 120 meters, and the karst depression was filled by sea water through numerous underground microcracks, especially numerous on the northern side. Cool off with a swim, have a snack and take a break before we launch again.

We will 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 will spend 2 nights at this base.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: Approx 15 km

 

DAY FOUR: EXPLORING KORNATI ARCHIPELAGO

After breakfast prepared by our host, we will continue the exploration of Kornati islands. Today we are exploring 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 FIVE: KORNATI ISLAND COASTLINE

Today we paddle further along the coastline of Kornat island – the largest island in the archipelago. We will enjoy views of huge vertical cliffs, enjoy swimming, and perhaps a hike on Mana island.

In the late afternoon, we will kayak to our sailboat accommodation in marina Piskera. Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant.

  • Distance Covered: Approx 18 km

 

DAY SIX: TO SMOKVICA ISLAND

After breakfast served on our boats, we will paddle to the final point of Kornati archipelago, the island of Smokvica. We will kayak around small islands, with stops for swimming.  We’ll spend one more night on the sailboats.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: Approx 15 km

 

DAY SEVEN: ŠIBENIK ARCHIPELAGO

After breakfast we’ll kayak away from Smokvica, exiting the area of Kornati National park and entering the Sibenik archipelago. The area has a substantial open crossing and the sailboat will support us here.

This idyllic archipelago is made up of 249 islands, with only six inhabited. The islands are still wild, practically untouched by tourism. Locals all live off the land and the sea, fishing, and growing olives and grapes.

Our overnight destination will be the small town of Kaprije on the island of the same name. The indented coastline is particularly beautiful on this 7 sq km island and there’s a tranquil sheltered cove. We get settled into our self-catering apartments and freshen up for dinner at a small local tavern.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: Approx 20 km

 

DAY EIGHT: JEWEL OF THE COAST

From Kaprije we will paddle to another jewel of the Sibenik archipelago. Zlarin is a small undiscovered jewel of the coast that is distinguished by its pristine nature and exceptionally rich historical and cultural heritage. Due to its geographical position, Zlarin has always held the strategic role of St. Ante Channel gatekeeper and the guardian of Šibenik.

Coral diving is the most recognizable cultural heritage and a centuries-old distinctiveness of the island of Zlarin. Since the 14th century, ancestors dove for and harvested corals. And now, just as they did then, corals amaze generation after generation with their colour and have become synonymous with Zlarin, as well as with health, wealth and love.

We will spend our night in Zlarin. Dinner at a local tavern.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: Approx 18 km

 

DAY NINE: PADDLE TO KRKA NATIONAL PARK

Another exciting day is ahead and it’s a big one!

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

After days spent in natural, wild and remote areas we will enjoy a short walk in this town to explore its magnificent cultural heritage and begin our transition back to civilization. After a short break, we will continue our route by paddling up the Krka River, passing Prokljan lake all the way to Skradin – the gateway to Krka National Park.

We will spend a quiet night in Skradin after our big final day of sea kayaking. We celebrate our paddling accomplishment with dinner at a local tavern.

  • Distance Sea Kayaked: Approx 22 km, the second half of the day is paddling upstream

 

DAY TEN: HIKING IN KRKA NATIONAL PARK

Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s most-visited national parks. It is spread over a 109 km2 area. This national park is a natural and karst phenomenon. Aside from 7 gorgeous travertine waterfalls, Krka is home to a number of 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. They are stunning in their beauty that they have become an indelible part of the postcard of Croatia.

Speleology lovers are particularly drawn to this national park because there are about 40 grottoes and pits here. This area is also well known for its archeological localities, medieval fortresses, and ethnography. It is an important ornithological area with 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.

Today we will enjoy a hike in the National park area, followed by dinner and a wine tasting in a small local tavern.

After the visit, we will drive to SPLIT, about a 1h drive away – where we will enjoy our farewell dinner.

  • Hike Details: 8.5 km, easy terrain

 

DAY ELEVEN – DOVIDENJA CROATIA

Relax over breakfast before parting ways. You can book flights for anytime today.

 

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