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Kornati Sea Kayaking Adventure

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6 days, 5 nights
Availability : March - November
Return trip from Zadar
Open tour
Max People : 12

Kornati Sea Kayaking Adventure

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  • Why you'll love itBecause it's so unique, so different
  • Breathtaking views, sunsets and night skies
  • Last untouched and pristine archipelago in MediterraneanNational park, no permanent population, traditional life
  • IslandsLevrnaka, Kornat, Piškera, Lavsa, Mana
  • TownsZadar
  • Special locationsNational Park Kornati, Nature Park Telaščica, Salt lake Mir, 180m cliffs, Lojena bay

What to expect

Expect a true Adriatic kayaking expedition trip. Croatia is one of the best Sea Kayaking regions in the Mediterranean and we will combine it with hiking. Our base will be the island of Levrnaka in the heart of more than 100 islands forming Kornati National Park, where we will set a camp which brings another dimension to our sea kayaking adventure.

Kornati islands are really unique and different than any other island or archipelago in the area. On one side they are close to land and civilization but on the other, they are remote, uninhabited (only in summer) and unexploited. Life here is slow and in coexistence with nature. There are around 90 islands on a small area, sea kayaking between them is spectacular and impressive, especially when one paddles under 180-meter cliffs. Views and sunsets on Kornati are really spectacular and we will hike to the best places to enjoy and admire this pristine and untouched paradise.

Activities

Sea kayaking adventures demand some physical condition as we will be active from 3 to sometimes also 8 hours a day. Besides sea kayaking, there will also be quite some hiking, as well as swimming and snorkeling. If you are in good condition you can join as a first-time paddler.

Price includes

What's included in the price
  • Expert guide (BCU 4 stars)
  • Life jacket, spray skirt, dry bag
  • Food & waterAll meals starting from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
  • Camping site
  • Tourist tax

Price does not include

  • Sleeping bagBring your own or you can hire it from us for 15€/tour
  • Tent - single or doubleBring your own or you can hire it from us for 25€/tour
  • Optional entrance ticketsSome tours offer optional activities, which you can choose to take part in
  • Food & drinks in restaurants
  • Any transfers not described in itinerary

What to pack

Suggested items to bring on this tour
  • Bathing suit, clothesInclude some warm clothes
  • Sun hat, sun cream
  • Sleeping bag and tentCan also be hired from us for a small additional fee
  • Personal stuffDocuments, medicine, ...
Itinerary

Day 1

  • Location
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Zadar – Levrnaka

We will start this sea kayak tour near the town of Zadar, more specifically in Sv. Filip Jakov. As Kornati National Park is a remote archipelago we will prepare all the equipment and load it to our motorboat that will take us on a nice journey through the islands of Zadar archipelago to finally reach Kornati islands and our expedition base in one of the most beautiful bays in Croatia, Lojena bay on the island of Levrnaka. Our first mission after arrival will be setting up a camp and after the rest of the day will be free to explore the wilderness of the island and some swimming on our beautiful Caribbean-like home beach, just meters from the camp. The night will be dedicated to socializing and briefing about our kayaking adventure that is ahead of us.

Day 2

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Levrnaka – Nature Park Telascica

Today our kayaks will take us to the nearby nature park Telaščica. Telaščica is an amazing place that borders with the Kornati archipelago. Its big cliffs are perfect to paddle under, but also the Salt lake Mir in the middle of the park on an island Dugi otok is worth a visit. When we reach Lojišće Cove on Dugi otok, we will secure our kayaks and hike to Lake Mir and to the top of big 186m cliffs. We will use great atmosphere of the lake for our brake and picnic-lunch. Afterward, we will paddle back to camp for a good dinner and great night sleep.

Day 3

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Levrnaka – Kornat

Strong breakfast is a must for a fun kayaking day. After breakfast, we will go through some paddling techniques and safety measures. On a first day, we will kayak to the island of Kornat, where we will visit Fort Tureta from the 6th century and little church called Tarca, Queen of the sea from the Byzantine era. After that, our sea kayaks will take us to nearby mysterious island of Mana where there are remains of a fort at the top of the cliff. Mana will also impress you with its 1350m long cliff crown.

Day 4

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Levrnaka – Piškera – Lavsa

Today we will paddle south towards island Piškera where your guide will tell you a bit about this interesting once fishing village island. At its peak, in the 16th century, the island had 40 houses that fisherman used when setting offshore for fishing. The story will be served together with a delicious lunch. Remains of this Roman village can still be seen in the sea. After lunch, we will kayak all the way to the island of Lavsa, before returning back to the base on Levrnaka. As this is quite a long day, we can make a decision to stay overnight On Lavsa and paddle back the next day.

Day 5

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Spontaneous paddling day

Today we will paddle freely around Kornati and explore some more interesting places, but it will all depend on the previous days and weather. One of the option is to kayak to the nearby cove of Kravljačica where we will hike to the highest peak of Kornati islands, Metlina (237m). The hike takes some 20 minutes and is more than worth the hike. From the top, we will have a breathtaking view over the whole National Park Kornati with more than 100 islands, islets, and rocks as well as some other islands and the mainland. After our descent, we will enjoy life on a beach in Kravljačica and later paddle back to our camp for dinner and good night sleep.

Or maybe a short kayaki trip to Vrulje “the capital” of Kornati National Park and visit Trtuša educational trail.. One last dinner awaits us and hopefully a long night of stories and impressions. Not to forget, just above the campsite is a nice peak for breathtaking sunsets.

Day 6

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Levrnaka – Zadar

Unfortunately all good things come to an end so today it’s time to pack and sail back to reality.  After 4 hour sail back, arrival in Zadar is planned for 1:00pm or by agreement.

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FAQ

  • Booking & Payment

    Booking through our website is quick and easy and our system will guide you through the process.

    All payments are processed securely through PayPal where you can pay with your paypal balance and all major credit cards. Additionally we accept direct money transfers made to our bank account.

    Bookings are not final until a 50% security deposit is paid to reserve your spot / boat.

    More information can be found in our section about Booking & Payment.

  • Cancellation policy

    Customers are free to cancel their bookings, however we do keep a percentage of the payment depending on the situation.

    Please read more about it in our Cancellation policy.

  • How do I travel to the starting point?

    We will provide you with all the necessary travel information, including nearest airports, parking spots and other means of travel to and from the starting location.

    Prior to your departure, you must make sure that you have the necessary visas and/or other paperwork you might need for your travel.

    We are happy to arrange transport for you to and from the nearest airport. Some tours may already include this cost. Please read the tour details for more info.

  • Are there any additional / hidden costs?

    Your payment to us covers all the expenses for your accommodation and activities during the adventure. However, any personal expenses, such as food and leisure shall be covered by you. Please read the adventure details and our Terms & Conditions page carefully for more info.

  • Do I need to take care of travel insurance?

    Yes. Clients are obliged to take care of their own travel and medical assurance. Please read more on our Terms & Conditions page.

  • What if I have never been on a boat before?

    If you don’t know how to sail, no problem – that is why you have us. Don’t worry, very few of our guests have been on a similar holiday before they met us.

    Boating is just a different way of travel or spending holidays, it is a mix of luxury and camping – and it is a great way to see the world from a different perspective.

  • What is life on the boat like?

    Our sailboats are modern and comfortable, though this is very diferent comfort from what you are used to on land.

    You will share a cabin and usually a double bed. Each boat has multiple heads and showers. Every boat has a full kitchen (galley) and a dining table inside.

    The boats have full refrigeration, electricity (220V when conected to shore, and 12V when sailing or when on anchor) and other amenities that you would expect in a normal apartment – but although the boats are modern, they are not luxury hotels.

    Cabins are not as big as in a land apartment, so you only have a small closet and cubbies for your clothes. But when the weather is good (and most of the time it is) you will not want to spend time inside, you will rather be outside on the deck enjoying the sea and the sun.

    Every day you wake up in a different place and you go to bed each night with a different view and you can swim in crystal clear water just a minute after you wake up. Priceless!

  • What do I need to bring with me on a boat?

    1. Travel documents

    If you are traveling outside your home country, make sure you’ve got the necessary travel documents in order and ready to go: passports or visas, tickets and cash/credit cards. A passport or other internationally recognized identification document is required for entering Croatia. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months.

    2. Use soft-sided bags only!

    Luggage storage on boats is limited, and hard-sided bags can cause damage to teak decks and other wood trim and there is no space to store them. Soft bags can be easily folded and stowed after you’re unpacked.

    3. Fill your medium-sized soft-sided bag with everything you want to bring – then reduce it by half!

    The single most common mistake people make on a yacht-charter vacation is bringing Too Much Stuff. On all but very formal charters, the lifestyle is very casual, so you won’t need to bring too many clothes to meet your daily needs.

    4. Bathing suits (you’ll live in them)

    During a day of sailing, your attire will likely consist of bathing suits and a simple cover up of some sort. Even going ashore for dinner doesn’t usually require a change out of the garb you’re wearing during the day, unless you’re feeling the need to freshen up. Don’t forget your favourite beach towel, because there will be a lot of swiming.

    5. Cover ups, street clothes

    Tee shirts, tank tops, or sarongs for women are all a good bet to wear over bathing suits and protect you from the sun. For leg protection, plan on shorts, jeans, or other lightweight long pants; those that have removable, zip-on or –off legs so they can be either shorts or long pants are very handy. For shore clothes, you can “go as you are” almost anywhere in Croatian islands – shorts, tees, jeans. The only exception is if you choose to visit a church or a monastery, where conservative dress is required – covered legs and arms. At such places they generally have racks of clothing for visitors to don when they arrive.
    Some hiking shoes as there will be great oportunities of short hikings to reach amazing spots with unforgetable views and sunsets.
    Ladies, if you do feel the need to dress for dinner, sundresses are good—or simple lightweight slacks and shirts. Capri pants are cool and comfortable. For men, lightweight slacks and tees or cotton shirts are fine. For all, jeans are fine everywhere.

    6. Lightweight sweater or fleece

    Most of our charters are during the warm summer months, but, warm fleece, leggings, socks, and a warm sweater should be added to this list, as nights can get quite cool after a summer storm (there are not many, but still).

    7. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses

    These are a must. On the boat there is always at least a small breeze and you do not feel the sun in all its power, so hats, sunscreens and sun creams must be one of the first things in your bag.

    8. Lightweight foul weather gear

    Bring a waterproof jacket and pants if you have them. (If you do not have any you can rent them from us)

    9. Earplugs

    If you’re a noise-sensitive sleeper, other crews (or your own) can sometimes be noisy.

    10. Electronics

    Chargers: You’ll be able to recharge your cameras, computers, and other electronicsonboard when in port, out on the sea or anchorage you need 12V charger. In ports there is a European Voltage system 220V. Check if you need a converter plug.

    11. Medications
    Be responsible and bring what you need, also think about seasicknes. If you have experience with seasicknes bring some seasicknes pills. If you are not sure we will have some too.

    12. Most important thing

    Good will and smiles! :)

  • What if I want a custom tour?

    A lot of our trips are custom adventures based on our customers' wishes, so feel free to contact us and we will gladly cater to your needs.

    We do not charge any extra fee for custom departures for groups with at least 4 people.

    We fully understand that some couples want to do the trip privately or spend their Honeymoon guided by our company, so we will gladly provide a custom quote for two people as well.

  • Who will be our skipper?

    All of our skippers are hand-picked local professionals with years of experience sailing the Croatian seas. We have gone through extensive lengths to provide you with who we think are the best skippers Croatia has to offer, all to ensure your safety and maximum satisfaction.

  • What happens in case of bad weather?

    We reserve the right to delay, postpone, substitute or cancel a trip as a matter of safety for our guests and guides. We will make the final call whether to cancel for safety reasons on site at the time the event is scheduled to begin. If we must cancel for any reason, we are happy to reschedule where possible or give you a refund less any booking fees. In case of cancellation during the tour, we will only charge you for used days except for any included transfer.

  • What is Croatian gastronomy like?

    There are many regions in Croatia and as much gastro regions. As we will sail in the region called Dalmatia, here are few facts about their cousine, which can and should have a big impact on your sailing holidays in Croatia.

    Dalmatian gastro identity is created under the influence of diverse cultures throughout the centuries and is today greatly appreciated for the most delicious offering. The highest mark was given by the Venetians, French and Austrians. On one side we could easily say that Dalmatian cousine is classic Mediterranen type, healthy-light food, with plenty of fish, other seafood and homegrown vegetables, but on the other side it is specific, especially when it comes to food preparation. Richness of the sea and sea life, combined with herbs like rosemary, bay leaf, basil and olives gives extraordinary smell and taste. Most of the food is grilled or prepared in olive oil, but one of the best specialty, which is really hard to find elsewhere in the world is meat or seafood »baked under bell« (»izpod peke« as locals call it). Beside seafood, lamb is also a specialty and of course famous Dalmatian Parma ham in combination with Paški sir (cheese from island Pag). But for locals good food is nothing without a glass of wine.

    In Dalmatia, the Greeks and Romans first started growing vines and Croats continue to do that. Dalmatia's history is closely connected with vine growing and wine making. Dalmatian wines are of the best quality because of the abundance of soil crag and solar heat.

  • What about food and drinks?

    Food and drinks are not included in our private sailing tours, however, all our boats have a fully equipped galley (gas stove, oven, fridge, cutlery, plates...) where you can prepare delicious meals. Please budget to include food and drinks for your skipper as well.

    If you prefer not to cook on your vacation, we can provide a chef or a hostess to your tour who will prepare meals for you for an extra fee (let us know you are interested in your enquiry).

    For buying your starting supplies there is a small grocery store at the Marina, as well as a bigger ones close by (our skipper will guide you). If you wish, we can buy the supplies for you (we offer different starting packages of local produce to help you start the week and save you the hassle of shopping on the first day). Restocking is usually done on the islands where they have grocery stores as well as markets with fresh local produce.

    We believe sailing in Croatia should also be about trying local home-grown food and we know some of the best traditional restaurants (konoba) in stunning locations, where you can dine out and try local specialties.

  • What are the sleeping arrangements on a yacht?

    Our sailing yachts and catamarans all have double cabins, however on a 5+ cabin boat, one of the cabins is usually a twin/bunk cabin.

    One of the cabins is reserved for the skipper and on bigger boats he can sleep in a separate cabin on the deck.

    There are usually 2 bathrooms on the yacht and one of those is shared with the skipper.

  • When does the tour start?

    All our tours are from Saturday to Saturday. We expect guests to be in the marina at around 2-3 PM and the boat to be ready no later than 5 PM (the boat needs to be cleaned and thoroughly inspected for damages before check-in). While waiting, you'll meet your skipper, who will, once he has your documents, arrange all the paper work and do the check-in of the boat. In the meantime, you can do the provisioning for you trip.

  • When does the tour finish?

    We'll be back in port on Friday night and the check out will be by 9 AM on Saturday morning.

  • Who are sailing tours suitable for?

    Our sailing tours are suitable for families, couples looking for a romantic week away, or groups of friends wanting to do something completely independent. We will always do our best to customize the tour to your needs, wishes and expectations.

    All ages are welcome aboard our yachts and we are very keen on having families with us.

    Please keep in mind if there are any mobility issues in your group, our sailing adventures might not be the most suited for the disabled, since moving around the boat, especially getting on and off would be quite tricky. If there are any special needs or concerns for your group, please let us know up front in your enquiry.

  • What is a safety deposit?

    The safety deposit is an amount of money you need to down-pay at check-in when you rent a boat in Croatia. The amount is dependent on the boat you choose and we'll let you know the amount when you pick your desired boat.

    The safety deposit is fully refunded to you, if the boat is returned on time and without damages. The deposit can be paid in cash or with a credit card and is returned to the guest after check-out.

  • Are the skipper's services included in the price?

    When you book a sailing package with Frontier Adriatic, the skipper's services are already included in the price!

    The only thing that's not included however is the skipper’s food. It is the industry practice that the skipper takes care of the boat and guests, and in return the guests make sure that their skipper is not hungry :)

    This doesn’t mean you need to take him to fancy dinners each time you are dining out (of course you are free to do so, as most guests find great entertainment with our skippers and treat them as a member of the group).

    It does mean however that some extra food needs to be in the fridge so that the skipper is not hungry, or if you choose to cook on board that you cook enough for 1 extra person. Something to keep in mind when you are doing the provisioning for your trip.

  • Would you prefer a custom tour?

    No problem :)

    All our kayaking tours can be fully customized and tailored to your group’s preference. Don’t hesitate to send an enquiry and let us know your wishes.