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Croatia Kayaking Adventure


This Croatia Sea Kayaking island hop is a perfect tour for travellers looking for the hidden Dalmatian gems and an authentic Croatian holiday: explore life on hard-to-reach small islands and in Zadar archipelago and live with the locals. We explore laid back fishing villages off the beaten path with the freedom that only sea kayak can provide. We sleep in local family owned b’n’b in shared rooms/apartments, relax on secluded tranquil beaches, eat in some of the most authentic local restaurants and kayak past shipwrecks, caves and reefs. There are plenty of short trekking routes to discover your own beach or enjoy stunning hilltop views of the 3 island archipelago: Molat, Ist and Zverinac.

Northern Dalmatia boasts amazing beaches, rich cultural heritage, and spectacular national parks. Follow the path less trodden with us to this stunning part of Croatia’s coastline and you’ll find shimmering turquoise waters, towering mountain peaks and deserted islands, as well as some of the country’s most charming towns.

Dates: Upon Request.


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Highlights Include:

  • Living with locals on the charming island of Molat
  • Kayaking around spectacular islands along the Northern Dalmatian Coast
  • Visiting ancient sites on 3 different islands
  • Learning about local customs and traditions
  • Sampling delicious Croatian cuisine
  • Wine, cheese, and olive oil tasting

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Day 1: Arrival to Zadar

This is the beginning of a grand adventure! Boasting an historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. It’s not too crowded, it’s not overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – need to be seen and heard to be believed.

This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of Zadar’s highlights with a local guide.

Meals: -/-/-
Overnight: Guesthouse in Zadar

Day 2: Zadar to Molat Island

This morning we meet at Molat dock as we get off your catamaran/ferry from Zadar. Nature dictates the pace on the island. The name of the island derives from the Latin word mel, mellitus, meaning honey, sweet as honey, and it perfectly illustrates the vacation time on Molat Island. Various activities in the nature are perfect for sailors, paddlers, adventurists and all those nature lovers who seek peace, quiet and privacy.

We check-in to our guest house before going on a 20 minute hike up to Straža for a spectacular view of the surrounding area and a welcome drink.

Highlights: Straža’s Stone Age settlement ruins.
Activity: 20 minute hike

Meals: B/L/-
Overnight: Molat Island Guesthouse

Day 3: Paddling to Zverinac Island

After breakfast, we personalize your gear and do an introduction course to sea safety and paddling. We begin paddling to Dugi Otok to explore ex-military submarine caves and continue our journey to Zverinac, a scenic little island home to less than 50 friendly folks. Here we sample its famous olive oil and go for a swim before paddling back to Molat.

Highlights: Military submarine caves, Sedmovraće (area of 7 passages between islands)
Activity: 16km kayaking (4h)

Meals: B/L/-
Overnight: Molat Island Guesthouse

Day 4: Kayaking to Zapuntel

After breakfast we paddle to Zapuntel and explore the beautiful reefs and small islands on the outer side of Molat. Along the way, we explore World War II military caving system (400m long caves). In Zapuntel, we leave our kayaking gear (van transfer to Molat) where we have dinner there with a local family. In the evening we return to Molat by van.

Highlights: kayaking in the open sea, traditional peka dinner in family setting

Activity: 16km kayaking (4h)

Meals: B/-/D
Overnight: Molat Island Guesthouse

Day 5: Hiking, Biking, and Paddling to Ist

After breakfast we drive 8k (optional bike trip instead of van) to Zapuntel, to board our kayaks and paddle to the island of Ist where we trek to Snow Lady’ chapel and enjoy brilliant views of the entire archipelago. Ist is a paradise for lovers of unspoiled nature, a small island for a great explorations. The sea water of Ist is clear, there is sunshine and shade, as well as a landward breeze – mistral if you feel like wind rider, there is plenty of fish, home made wine and cheese! Possible extension to Škarda and exploration of rock formations around Ist. We paddle back to Zapuntel and drive back to Molat (or cycle) to Molat.

Highlights: Stunning cycling vistas, ‘Snow Chapel’ hike and views
Activity: 15k kayaking (3h), 40 minute hike, 16k cycling (optional)

Meals: B/-/-
Overnight: Molat Island Guesthouse

Day 6: Paddling to Jazi Bay & Tovarjak

After transfering to Zapuntel by van and we paddle to Jazi bay. On the way we explore small coves and beaches, islands, lagoons, and reefs. We make a stop on pebble stone beach on Tovarjak island (optional hike to the hilltop for views of the area). We have a late lunch in a real konoba – traditionally a working area where people would get together and prepare fish on an open fire, ran by a local fisherman who prepares his catch with wild, fresh fish.

Highlights: Rock features and lagoon, real konoba experience
Activity: 8km kayaking (2h)

Meals: B/L/-
Overnight: Molat Island Guesthouse

Day 7: Paddling around Molat

On our last day we paddle the southern part of Molat known for its shallow turquoise waters (sand sea bed), small beaches and coves. We go through a tight passage with moderate currents to experience kayak’s performance on currents. Tonight we celebrate with our last dinner together!

Highlights: Turquoise waters, coves and beaches
Activity: 15km kayaking (3h)

Meals: B/-/D
Overnight: Molat Island Guesthouse

Day 8: Departure Day – Return to Zadar
We rise bright and early to catch a morning catamaran back to Zadar. Breakfast is packed as a lunch packet to allow for maximum sleeping time.
Overnight: Udaipur Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

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​Recommended gear is:
– cash (there is no ATM on the islands and all restaurants accept only cash. Local supermarket accepts cards but sometimes they don’t have signal, so cash is recommended)
– picnic food for lunch (some days you can get a lunch in the villages where we stop but sometimes we are out in the wild all day. Local supermarket has all the basics, but if you need any specialty foods or protein bars, it’s good to stock up on those in Zadar).
– hat (to reduce sun exposure)
– 2L water
– water shoes (for exit on sharp rocks)
– running shoes (for an optional hike)
– swimming gear (for kayaking)
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Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights B & B/Guesthouse accommodation (limited single supplements available)
  • Meals as specified
  • Wine & Cheese Tasting
  • Transportation as per itinerary (boats, vans, etc)
  • Kayaking gear
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights
  • Services not specified, meals not specified
  • Tips for local guides, restaurant staff at included meals, drivers, housekeeping staff, porters, etc
  • Mandatory travel insurance
  • Optional trip cancellation insurance
  • Personal items
  • Departure taxes (domestic and international if applicable)

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7 nights accommodation in locally owned and operated guesthouses
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Date: Upon Request

Final Payment
Full payment is due 60 prior to departure.