Kornati Islands – Excursions to Croatia’s nautical paradise
Explore the Kornati Islands 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 Islands National Park?
Boating to the Kornati islands felt like visiting a real island paradise. Not for nothing the Kornati National Park belongs along to Krka National Park 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.
Otok Levrnaka and Lojena Beach
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.
How to get to the Kornati Islands NP
Kornati day excursions from Zadar, Murter and Dugi Otok
In general, Excursions to the Kornati Park are offered from Zader, Dugi Otok and from Murter. We did the day excursion to Kornati National Park 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 or Zadar 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 places and we recommend to do a daytrip. We are no fans of big boat tours, best you take a tour with small boats or a private boat & skipper. 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. At some tours is also a visit to the beautiful Telascica Nature Park included.
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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