Kornati Islands – excursion to Croatia’s nautical paradise

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Kornatti @ Jürgen Reichenpfader

Explore the Kornati National Park on a daytrip with a private skipper!

Croatia is well known for its beautiful endless coastal line, for the clean waters and the beautiful beaches. Plenty of skippers and boatmen are going to this country to sail from one island to another. The Kornati islands is an archipelago that counts 140 islands, 89 of these islands and islets belong to the Kornati National Park. Some of them are larger, some are smaller but most of them are having bizarre shapes looking stony drops inside the deep blue sea.

„On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath“ George Bernard Shaw


Why visiting Kornati Island National Park

Boating to the Kornati islands felt like visiting a real island paradise. Not for nothing the Kornati belongs along to Krka and Plitvice Lakes to the most beautiful National Parks of Croatia. The archipelago is exceptional beautiful – we got spoiled with amazing views all the time, the deep blue water in contrast with the raw beauty islets was immense.

Beside of cruising the archipelago, you can stop and explore some islands. Even that it can be hot during the summer, don`t miss to hike up to the top of an island and enjoy the unique panorama throughout many beautiful islands and islets.

It was George Bernard Shaw who wrote „On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath“. I just can imagine what he felt while he said these words.


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One of the most beautiful beaches you will find on Otok Levrnaka, the Lojena Beach. The water is turquoise blue and so incredible clear. By the way this beach made it up to our 7 best beaches list in Croatia.

Otok Levrnaka

Lojena Beach

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On the way back to Murter Island

How to do a daytrip to Kornati Islands

Kornati Excursions are offered from Zader, Dugi Otok and from Murter. We recommend to do a Kornati National park trip from Murter. Otok Murter is the closest spot to Kornati National park, so that position provides less time driving to the park and more time to explore islands, swimming and sunbathing.
There are no hotels just some basic houses inside the Kornati national park so it’s a good idea to stay on Murter island where it’s easy to arrange a boat trip. Additionally to that the island is a fantastic holiday choice, with wonderful beaches and tasty restaurants.
Plenty of boat tours are offered from that place and we recommend to do a daytrip. We are no fans of big boat tours, best you take a private boat & skipper from Murter so you can visit all this great places by yourself. We loved that we could stopped for a swim or to visit an island at any time we wanted to. The skipper was just amazing, showing us the best beaches and places.

If you are using your own boat make sure you buy a ticket for the national park before entering. The entrance fee can be done in Murter too.


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  1. All I can say is, wow! I been to Croatia before but never heard of the Kornati Islands. I would love to check these out for real soon. I am due another trip….hmmmm…. hint hint 🙂 Loving the photos guys

  2. Never thought about visiting Croatia. From the looks of all your photos it is a beautiful place to visit. That water looks so clean and beautiful.

  3. Beautiful photos. There is so much blue in the skies and water. Kornati looks like a desert little paradise. Good thing it wasn’t featured in GOT or it would be overrun with gaukers now.

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