SUP off the coast of the Kornati islands near Zadar
SUP off the coast of the Kornati islands near Zadar

Paddleboard in Kornati National Park, Kornati National Park


Mottled with patches of sage, the 140 islands of the Kornati archipelago range in color from gravelly white to pale ochre, together comprising Kornati National Park, a nautical paradise for watersport enthusiasts, particularly the sailing community. An alternative way to enjoy the park is to weave your way between several islands on a stand-up paddleboarding ("SUP") excursion. First, enjoy an introductory SUP course to get comfortable balancing on your board and gliding along the smooth channels of the Adriatic.

Depending on interest and fitness levels, this experience makes stops along the coast to check out the islands' stunning raw beauty: jagged rocks, indented coastline, and relatively untouched marine ecology. Of course, there's no shortage of stunning scenery as you get off the beaten path and paddle past mysterious caves, idyllic coves and islets, pebbled beaches, and craggy cliffs. Along the way, there will also be time to explore some of the islands and discover treasures, such as the 70-year-old stone movie-set village on Mana Island.

This experience is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, island hoppers, families, and sightseers alike! Discover more unique activities in and around Zadar and other family-friendly excursions in Croatia.

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A national park like no other, Kornati is an archipelago just off the Dalmatian Coast. With few year-round residents, they offer a rugged landscape and breezy beaches with sparkling waters. They may not be a breeze to get to, but they’ve charmed visitors for centuries with their remote “desert island” feel. Thanks to Croatia’s newfound popularity, taking a tour through the 140 islands (89 of which belong to Kornati National Park) is easier than ever.

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