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From Zadar: Sakarun Beach Snorkeling Speedboat Day Trip

1. From Zadar: Sakarun Beach Snorkeling Speedboat Day Trip

You will enjoy in scenic speedboat ride along dotted Zadar archipelago, and visit the Sunken ship Michelle near Veli Rat. You will explore vivid marine world, snorkel around shipwreck and discover the legend behid this majestic location. After your snorkeling adventure you will visit one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia - 800m long, sandy bay - Sakarun beach. On Sakarun, you will enjoy in best summer activities, enjoy its turquoise sea, sunbathe on white sand and relax under the shade of lush pine tree forrest. Sakarun is ideal location for families with children and non swimmers, due to its sandy coastline and shallow waters.

Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica National Parks Boat Trip

2. Zadar: Kornati and Telašćica National Parks Boat Trip

Embark on an inclusive boat trip with food and time for swimming. Combine your boat journey up the coast with exploring the National Parks at your leisure. Get ready for a sea adventure on the Croatian coast. Begin the tour at 8:15 AM as you board your ship. Immediately be spoiled with some delicious local Rakija and ham and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. Meet your tour guide and hear fascinating stories. Between 11:30 AM and 1:15 PM, enjoy free time to explore the Natural Park Telašćica on your own. Discover the views of the magnificent cliffs and bathe in the salt waters of Lake Mir. Also, go for a swim either in the sea or the lake. Admire the scenic views of the next stop, the Kornati National Park and Suha Punta Bay, before a delicious lunch of grilled meat, fish, and salad with Croatian wine. Enjoy some juicy watermelon to help you stay hydrated on the journey back, arriving back at the pier at 18:00 PM.

Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

3. Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

Sail toward the southern part of Dugi Otok Island. This is where the sea embraces Telašćica, whose name derives from the Latin "Telagus" (meaning 3 lakes). Relax on the boat with a book or sunbathe on deck. Enjoy views of the picturesque Mediterranean landscapes along the way. Chat with the skipper if you are interested in sailing and hear all the secrets of their ancient craft.  Upon arrival at Telašćica Nature Park, enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel. Go for a stroll and give a treat to the timid donkeys. There's a donkey reserve within the park and the coastal (or Dinaric) donkey is an indigenous Croatian breed. Currently, there are 14 donkeys living in Telašćica, while the entire area abounds with flora and fauna. The park has 3 smaller bays within its wider area. Telašćica is the largest and best-protected natural harbor on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. It has 5 islets, of which the small rock slab of Taljurić is the most extraordinary. Continue to Lake Mir in the southwestern part of the park. The salt waters of the lake derive from the underground canals that connect it to the sea. Archaeological excavations made in the area indicate the place was inhabited in the earliest periods. On the return journey, go to Stene (also known as the "Devil`s Cliffs"). Marvel at the vertical cliffs that rise up to 61 meters from the sea. They spread from Mrzlovica Cape on the northwest to the slopes of Veli Vrh on the southeast.

Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

4. 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

5. 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.

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.

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: Sakarun Bay, Golubinka Cave & Veli Žal Speedboat Tour

8. 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.

Kornati National Park and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Tour

9. Kornati National Park and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Tour

Discover the stunning Kornati National Park and Telašćica nature park by boat. Set sail from the port in Vodice, crossing the Adriatic sea to enter the national park. Cruise beneath impressive cliffs and admire the views as you enjoy lunch on board. Continue past the church of Our Lady of Tarac, and see the 16th-century Tureta fortress. Arrive at Telašćica and stop to appreciate this beautiful spot. Bathe in the salt waters of Lake Mir and swim in the clear blue sea. Visit a cliff-top lookout, relax in thick pine woods, or shop for souvenirs. Cruise back towards Vodice, passing Roman ruins and the Upper Kornati group of islands. See the fishing settlement of Tribunj before arriving back at the port in the early evening.

Zadar Islands: Private Hidden Treasures Speedboat Tour

10. Zadar Islands: Private Hidden Treasures Speedboat Tour

Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion on a comfortable speedboat through the Zadar channel and around the island of Ugljan towards Dugi Otok, stopping along the way wherever you like. Once at Dugi otok, take a quick break to experience the slow pace of life on Croatian islands. Have an ice cream, coffee or a cold drink before head to a hidden bay near Dugi Otok. This beautiful, small and sandy bay, surrounded by wild nature, is a big secret of the area. Rest underneath the olive trees or chill on the boat under the canopy and enjoy the turquoise sea. Next, head to the island of Iž. On the way, see all the beauty of the Zadar archipelago. Discover the islands of Rava, Ugljan, Žut and Sit, before hitting a secluded bay on Iž island. Enjoy some snorkeling and swimming from the boat and make use of the sound system. Visit the village of Iž, an exceptional example of traditional Croatian island villages. Choose to have lunch there in a local restaurant. Last but not the least is a sandy bay on the uninhabited side of Ugljan Island. Enjoy shallow water and pristine white sand for some more fun and games. Sit down and unwind in the olive gardens, or under the pine trees and soak in the real Adriatic experience before you proceed back to Zadar. This tour lasts a minimum of six hours and can last more for your enjoyment at no extra cost.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 526 reviews

We really enjoyed our boat trip, despite the storm. Boris was calm, reassuring and skilled at handling the boat. We stayed a little longer on Osljak island to allow the storm to pass however our boat trip then continued as planned and wasn’t cut short at all. Boris gave us some information on the history of the islands and suggested walking routes. It was well worth doing and I would definitely recommend.

Discovering the neighboring islands of Zadar with Captain Boris is part of the "Love boat" series. Very pleasant little cruise, with an exceptional guide and an experienced sailor. Always the same BORIS. The landscapes are breathtaking. I recommend this excursion which fits perfectly into a stay in Zadar.

My friends and I had an amazing time! The skippers are super friendly and the boat is very clean. Lots of time on the water to enjoy sailing between the islands. The islands have amazing cliffs and salt lakes that are right on the coast. This is my first ever review, but this tour is worth it!

Beautiful day out on the water. Winds were great and our skipper was amazing gave us a hands on adventure.

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