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From Zadar: Sakarun Beach & Sunken Ship Snorkeling Tour

1. From Zadar: Sakarun Beach & Sunken Ship Snorkeling Tour

Discover the scenic Sakarun Beach and a sunken ship on a guided snorkeling cruise from Zadar. Swim beneath the waves to watch the colorful fish darting out of the wreck before taking a break on the idyllic beach. Make your way to Marina Tankerkomerc and meet your friendly captain and group for the day. Climb on board your boat and wave goodbye to the city as you sail out to sea. Arrive at the shipwreck and slide into the water with your snorkeling equipment. Drift along the surface of the ocean peacefully or dive below to get up close and personal with marine life and study the sunken ship. Get back on board the boat and dry off as you speed across the waves to Sakarun. Feel the warm white sand beneath your feet and relax under the lush pine tree forest offering shade. Soak in the sun before taking a swim in the turquoise 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.

From Zadar: Kornati, Telašćica, and Ugljan Island Boat Tour

3. From Zadar: Kornati, Telašćica, and Ugljan Island Boat Tour

Discover some of Croatia's lesser-known islands on this boat trip from Zadar. Visit the charming fisherman's village of Kukljica on Ugljan Island, the picturesque Lake Mir in Telašćica, and the deserted Suha Panta bay. Stop for lunch at a seaside location that will remind you of Robinson Crusoe. Meet your guide in Zadar and hop on the boat that will lead you around the islands. Enjoy a breakfast of sandwiches as you listen to fascinating stories about the sights from your guide. Your first stop is at Telašćica Nature Park on Dugi Otok island. Enjoy some free time to explore the island at your own pace. Stroll around the picturesque Lake Mir, climb to a viewpoint for breathtaking views of the cliffs and sea, or go for a dip in the lake or sea. Next, head to Suha Punta bay and take in breathtaking views of the Kornati National Park. There are no ferries, running water, or electricity at the bay, so prepare for a real-life Robinson Crusoe experience at lunch. Feast on grilled meat, fish, and salad, all washed down with local Croatian wine. On your way to the next stop, enjoy some organic seasonal fruit before arriving at Kukljica on Ugljan island. Enjoy some free time to explore this fisherman's village at your own pace. You could go for a swim, see the sights, or pick up some fresh locally made ice-cream. At the end of the day, sit back and relax as you take in some final views of the islands before arriving back to Zadar in the evening, just in time for dinner.

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.

Kornati National Park and Telašćica Full-Day Boat Tour

5. 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: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

6. 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

7. 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.

From Zadar: Dugi Otok, Bozava, and Sakarun Beach Boat Tour

8. From Zadar: Dugi Otok, Bozava, and Sakarun Beach Boat Tour

Explore the Dugi Otok island, Bozava village and Sakarun Beach on this half-day experience. Travel in style by speedboat. Meet at Jazine harbor in Zadar and board your speedboat. Look out for the city's famous Sea Organ as you speed away from the port. Travel across the crystal blue waters as you begin your island-hopping adventure. Alight from the boat for your first stop at Submarine shelter. Once there, you'll enter inside the tunnel with a boat. Then head back across the water to Bozava village for a snack or ice cream (own expense). Bozava is a delightful little island featuring medieval architecture and charming restaurants and cafes. Next, head up to Sakarun bay with a cute little train (if available) or local's car within 10-15min drive. Here, the fascinating azure waters are perfect for a refreshing swim. Head back to Bozava village and enjoy another thrilling ride back to Zadar.

From Zadar: Dugi Otok Island Boat Tour

9. From Zadar: Dugi Otok Island Boat Tour

Enjoy a Dugi Otok boat tour and discover numerous private bays, beaches, and secret spots. Jump from the cliffs and explore the majestic Golubinka Sea Cave, the largest sea cave in the whole archipelago. Swim in the crystal-clear seas of Great White Stone Beach - Veli Žal. Snorkel around a shipwreck with wild fishes, relax at the sandy Sakarun Lagoon, and discover the highest lighthouse in the Adriatic Sea. Take a ride through military tunnels, visit the charming Božava village, and discover the island lifestyle.

Sakarun Beach Full-Day Guided Tour from Zadar

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Dugi Otok

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 526 reviews

Very nice crew and boat. Smooth and pleasant ride to the snorkeling spot. Then went to a nice place with about 1 hour of free time to go swim at the beach, visit or have lunch. Wish the snorkeling experience would have lasted a bit longer.

Great tour with a new speedboat! Guide was nice, snorkel stop at the sunken ship, then continue to Sakuna beach about 70 minutes stay, then return to the port. Beautiful nature and crystal clear water!

Great places to be visited. Beautiful trip, and nice wines on the boat :)

It was amazing day, with wonderful people and very nice place

Was just beautiful. Definitely a clear recommendation!