The ideal way to explore the Kornati islands is by boat and the Kornati islands are an island hopper’s paradise. The jewel in the crown of the Adriatic sea, each island has its own personality for you to experience. Chartering a boat around this part of the world, will make for an unforgettable week.
DAY 1 – SUKOSAN
You’ll be starting this amazing week sailing Croatia in Sukosan – just 15 mins from Zadar airport and 1.25 hours from Split airport. Sukosan is a wonderful new marina with a trendy beach club, bar and swim pontoons built into the Adriatic Sea. Drop your bags, check out the yachts, relax and enjoy a drink. There is always an amazing vibe here. We’d suggest grabbing a drink in one of the awesome harbour side bars and get yourselves set up for the week ahead.
DAY 2 – TRIBUNJ
We’d advise setting sail in the morning and heading south along the coast passing Biograd and the island of Kraj. Pine clad forest surround you and crystal-clear turquoise waters, disturbed only by passing yachts and fishing boats. This is a magical journey passing close to numerous small islands where you can stop and swim throughout the day. End your first day sailing by arriving at the small and picturesque town of Tribunj. Après sailing drinks on the yachts are a must before a very short walk (20m) to the bars and restaurants.
DAY 3 –PRIMOSTEN
If you fancy a little water sports, then take advantage of the facilities in Tribunj. Here you can arrange speed boat hire and associated skis and wake boards. Just make sure you have health insurance!
In the afternoon we sail south through not less than 12 islands before reaching one of the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast. Bustling in summer with a cobbled streets and water’s edge bars and restaurant, Primosten has managed to maintain all of its old world charm. You could arrange a wine tasting or enjoy supper in one of the charming restaurants in the old part of town.
DAY 4 –KORNAT
There is nothing more satisfying than a morning swim in the med, so we recommend starting each day off with just this, before sailing north. You should enjoy excellent sailing heading from the mainland across to the island of Kornat. Our choice would be a Mediterranean style lunch on as you sail along the barren landscape of the island of Kornat, take the time to relax and admire the contrasting beauty of the islands. Spend the evening lying at anchor in a stunning natural harbour, take the dinghy ashore to explore and take advantage of the spectacular photo opportunities.
DAY 5 –DUGI OTOK (SALI)
You’ll awake anchored within the confines of the Natural park and for those keen a visit ashore to the inland saltwater lake will refresh and revive.
Sail north to the island of Dugi Otok, the 7th largest island in the Adriatic sea. The crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches here are some of the best in Croatia, yet for some reason have not yet been as discovered by tourists as much as other places in this wonderful country.
DAY 6 –SAKARUN
We’d suggest spending this day sailing north along Dugi Otok towards the most stunning beach in the Kornati island chain (Sakarun). Wonderful shallow and electric blue in colour, you can moor up and attempt to exhaust all supplies before your final day.
See from the hillside above the bay, the sea in Sakarun is an intense turquoise blue, more akin to the Caribbean than the Adriatic. Sakarun beach is rimmed by an 800-metre arch of smooth white stone, which in turn is backed by lush green pinewoods. Even 350m from shore the depth here is just 3.5m allowing endless snorkelling opportunities.
DAY 7 –SUKOSAN
For the final day onboard, we’d advise a comfortable downwind sail weaving your way between 8 different islands as you sail back towards your starting location (Sukosan). Stop by the famous city of Zadar, take a swim anchored near the outer sea wall and look at the famous Sea organs which are powered by the waves. Stay your final night on the boat and enjoy a last dinner at D-Marin beach club.