From Zadar to Dugi otok and Kornati
When renting a catamaran charter in Croatia, your are not renting just a vessel. You are renting an experience. We have several routes prepared for you and will publish them here. Along with all the links necessary to get even more information about places to visit. Normally you charter a catamaran from Saturday to Saturday. So our routes suggestions are made so as well.
Here you will find a suggestion for a trip around Zadars archipelago. The untouched nature and other natural wonders will definitely keep you coming back for more. This route is meant only as a suggestion and is due to change on your wish or because of weather conditions.
Day 1 : Zadar to Silba
After your check-in, sometime from 15:00 ( 3PM ), you set sail with your catamaran charter towards the island of Silba. It’s a 30 NM to go so you’ll get there in about 3h – 4h.
Island of Silba most probably got the name from a Greek word ‘’salbon’’ meaning sand. It is an island in the Croatian Adriatic, part of Zadar region in northern Dalmatia. Silba has an area 15 square kilometers with the village of Silba located at the narrowest point in the middle. The whole island is a pedestrian zone. Therefore no traffic is allowed with the exception of vehicles supplying the local businesses.
The island has numerous small beaches and coves. The main public beach Sutorišće is located close to the harbor of Mul. It has very clear shallow waters with sandy bottom. On the north side of the village is the highest point on Silba, Varh (86m). The northern shore is less accessible than the southern due to rocky shores. However there is a path leading north out of the village to the small port of Papranica.
Silba’s most popular landmark is Toreta. A sleek tower with a spiral staircase, from which there is a wonderful view of the surrounding islands. It is in the center of the village right on Veli Put – Silba’s High Street. The village has several cafés, four restaurants, a number of shops, post office and a local GP. From any point in the village it takes only around 10 min or less to walk to the nearest beach.
Toreta, a sleek tower with a spiral staircase
Silbas clear waters and it’s beach.
View of Silbas street. Awesome.
Panoramic view of Silba.
A street on Silba. Magical.
Day 2 : Silba to Molat
Sailing to Molat takes app. 4h if you take it arround Silba and pass another island named Premuda. If you don’t anchor to go ashore, at least you will see it from your catamaran. The island of happiness.
Once you arrive to Molat, a truly Mediterranean comfort is guaranteed. Serenity, emitted by the island, can only be found in the untouched nature. This North-Dalmatian Island will offer you a move away from the city bustle to relaxation and peace. To any sailors it offers a safe haven from all the winds. At the arrival, watch out for rocks between the Molat and the neighboring islands especially on the reef with the picturesque name of Skrivalica.
Molat is overgrown with pine trees and marquis. In the Interior of the island lie three settlements: Molat, Olib and Silba. Each of these settlements along the coast has its own port at which they developed smaller hamlets. Though you should moor your catamaran in Brgulje. By reason of its position, they represent the ideal starting point to any destination on the island. From there you have a 30 min walk towards any destination on the island.
Molat beach, view from your catamaran charter.
Brgulje and their small marina.
Panoramic view of Brgulje.
View of Molat from catamaran.
Zapuntel, a settlement on Molat.
Day 3 : Molat to Dugi otok
In the embrace of nature
Dugi otok is full of contrasts. It is the largest island in the group of North Dalmatian Islands. It’s approx. 45 km long and between 1 and 4 km wide. It’s highest peek is Vela Straža 338 m. The pride of the island is a lighthouse on the northwest side, with a panoramic view of Kornati archipelgo. And Telašćica, nature park to the Southeast.
The beaches on Dugi Otok are relatively little known, but whoever had the chance to visit them, considers them among the most beautiful in the Adriatic. Often jealously guards the secret of some island beaches. Still in the first place you need to know that the best are located outside the villages. They are all almost always possible to reach by car or a 5 minute walk. Or by a catamaran charter from the seaside.
Nature park Telašćica is situated on the southeast part of the Dugi otok. With the surrounding seabed and 13 Islands it comprises up to 70.5 km2. It has a Mediterranean vegetation with over 400 plant species and rich animal life. Many plants are rare and endemic. Maritime life counts to app. 250 plant and cca. 300 animal species.
Park characterizes the three phenomena:
- The Bay of Telašćica, one of the safest, most beautiful natural ports on the Adriatic Sea. Within are 6 Islands, 25 bays and 69km of broken down coast attractive primarily as a berth for a number of sailors.
- ”Dugootočki-strmac” walls rising to 200 m above sea level, and descending steeply into the sea up to 90m deep. Many birds nest here, like gray falcon and Falco Eleononarae.
- Salt Lake named “peace” with therapeutic sludge and it’s a home to an endemic species of eel called “kajman”.
Dugi otok. Panoramic view.
Salt lake on Dugi otok.
Veli Rat on Dugi otok.
Day 4 : Dugi otok to Kornati
Legend has it, that this unique archipelago was formed after when God created the world. And at the end he was holding some fragments of rocks in his hands. He’d sprinkle those at sea and the results are attractive Islands and islets in a variety of shapes, which are today known as the Kornati Islands. Kornati are a group of 125 Islands, islets and sea underwater reefs in the Zadar archipelago. Kornati Islands lie Southeast of the Pašman Island, between Dugi otok and Žirjami. The entire archipelago is spread out on the surface of 320 km ² of the marine territory. Perfect for a sailing holiday with a catamaran charter.
The name Kornati most likely derived from the Latin word ”corrimare” – bulk, scattered islands. The Islands are mostly built of limestone from the Cretaceous beds. The highest peak of the archipelago is 235 m high Big Top, lying on the island of Kornat. The North coast of the Islands is run down flatten towards the sea, the South coasts are a fierce cut down cliffs and descend steeply into the sea.
Many of the bays of the Islands provide good shelter for ships and fishing boats before the Gale. In the whole archipelago there is no water source, with the exception of a few small wells in the bay of Statival on the island of Kornat . The entire archipelago is covered by dry grass and pine trees.
Day 5 : Kornati
There are no permanent settlements in Kornati. Simple houses in well-protected coves such as Vrulje, Kravjačica, Lavsa and others are used by mainland landowners as temporary shelters.
The most important places on the Kornati islands are: the shallow channel Mala Proversa, the oval-shaped Taljurič island, Špinuta Bay, Stivina Bay, the fourth largest island Levrnaka, the second largest rock-area Tarac, Svršata Vela island, Mana island, Piškera island, Panitula Vela island, the picturesque Lavsa Bay, the resort island Ravni Žakan, Smokvica Vela island, the Opat peninsula, Samograd island, the Purara reserve for marine life, Vrgada and Gangarol islands.
Delights in secluded bays of Kornati Islands
The Kornati are a true paradise for catamaran charterers. For all those who want to peacefully enjoy the secluded inlets, surrounded by a magnificent unspoiled nature and with crystal blue sea. The latter hides in its depths an unimaginable beauty. Dynamic seabed, corals, shells and more than 150 species of fish. They inspire a number of scuba divers. After a day on the sea, or under it, you absolutely need to go for an excellent dinner in one of the 20 restaurants and taverns. They are sown in the area of the National Park Kornati and offer mostly seafood and homemade lamb.
Attractions in Kornati archipelago
In addition to the joys of renting a catamaran charter to explore the sea and the beautiful creeks in the Kornati National Park, it’s also possible to see quite a few attractions. One of the most memorable phenomena of the Park are the so-called “Crowns”. Vertical walls or cliffs on the external sides of the Islands, which have views of the sea and range well below sea level. The highest, stretches up to 82 meters above the sea level on the island of Klobučar. Island Piškera can boast with the deepest crown reaching more than 90 meters below the water. Due to the specific geological formations, which are reminiscent of the Kornati Islands, many refer to them as “the crowned Islands”.
For lovers of history there is an interesting ancient fortress Tureta with Basil in the foothills, medieval church of Lady Tarca, the Venetian castle on the island of Vela Panitula and on Mala Proversa some remnants of Roman buildings, and much else.
View of Kornati from Vila Maremonti.
View of Kornati from a catamaran charter.
Church of Lady Tarca.
Underwater world of Kornati.
Ancient Byzantium tower.
”Crowns” of Kornati.
Day 6 : Kornati to Pašman
One of only three islands in the world with the natural shape of the heart.
It lies south of Zadar and has an area of 63 km ². The island consists of limestone from the Cretaceous beds in the West and of dolomite to the East. The highest peak on the island is Bokolj, which reaches a height of 274 m above sea level. The West Coast is steep with numerous coves, protected from the Bora wind. Pašman is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and pine forests. On a less broken down and more flatten eastern coast of the island, are all the settlements.
In the Adriatic the purest, and in the hearts of men, the most favorite. Pašman channel, due to the changes of sea currents every six hours, really, is the cleanest part of the Adriatic Sea. Its rich flora and fauna go in favor of the fact, and it is increasingly an adventure destination for catamaran charterers and lovers of still largely untouched nature. The underwater world, in some places, jealously guards the secrets of the past. Still it is not rare to encounter a shipwreck or find remains of a Roman city. The sea here is from time immemorial, and will live out our memories as well.
The southern side of the island of Pašman is a dream come true for many. Nature and you. One of the most famous beaches is a sandy beach Matlovac in the town of Ždrelac. It is characterized by crystal clear waters and shallows, and as such is ideal for families with small children. Island Pašman is excellently revealed through bike paths that traverse the entire island and which are designed to lead you through the numerous beautiful natural topography of the island. You will find some caves and stone remains of ancient times, churches and original stone houses.
Island of Pašman in the shape of the heart.
Worlds cleanest channel Pašman.
Famous Matlovac beach.
Mrljane beach on Pašman.
Day 7 : Pašman to Zadar
This is your last day of catamaran charter from Catamaran rent Croatia. Check out is normally till 9:00 am. Though this doesn’t need to stop you from exploring this wonderful city. If you have time before departing Croatia , go and see Sea organs, Zadar´s Riva, forum from Roman era, five wells square and much more.
Zadar is an ideal gastro-location for those who enjoy good food, wine, scents and the atmosphere of Dalmatia. The best-known local delicacy is lamb and as an appetizer one should also try the well-known sheep’s cheese and Dalmatian smoked ham.
Zadar airport is located in Zemunik Donji in the near vicinity of the Zagreb-Split A1 highway connection (Zadar 2). It is about 8 km far from the center of Zadar and it represents a vital connection of northern Dalmatia. The local airliner is a member of Star Alliance airlines association.
The city of Zadar.
Zadar sea organ.
Greetings to sun in Zadar.