Activities

Boat trips and rentals

Experiencing Kornati by taking a boat tour is a must-see attraction for visitors. It is only through navigation that you can discover the archipelago of Kornati in the fullness of its remarkable indented character and numerous coves. A lunch break rich in sea flavors, coupled with swimming in secluded locations difficult to reach from the mainland, provide a genuine hedonistic experience of the islands of Kornati. There are many excursion providers available during the main tourist season, with many excursion schedules on offer.

Boat trips and rentals

You can reach the Park area by your own (or rented) vessel, or by booking a trip organized by many boat operators and travel agencies throughout the Adriatic that offer excursions to the area of the National Park.

If you wish to visit Kornati by excursion boat, there are many boat types and sizes available. One-day visits to the Park are organized and offered by boat operators and various organizers registered for boat transfer of passengers that have signed the required agreements with the Kornati National Park Public Institution.

During the high season (in July and August), all vessels typically offer excursions to the Park every day. During the preseason and postseason periods (May, June, September and October), the excursion offer is typically focusing on tourist groups, and individual visitors can join such trips as well.

Excursion prices, routes, departure and return times, activities and other details are defined by excursion organizers. Typical offer includes daily excursion with departure in the morning (around 9 a.m.), and return in the afternoon (around 6 p.m.). 

Excursions typically consist of a boat transfer to Kornati, passage through the Kornati archipelago, a lunch break (on the vessel, or at one of the smaller Kornati restaurants), and one or two swimming and sightseeing breaks. The price includes boat transfer, entry ticket to the Kornati National Park, lunch and guide services, and prices typically range from 200 HRK to 300 HRK (depending on the organizer). The list of boat operators that have signed visitor transfer contracts with the Kornati National Park is available on the website of the Kornati National Park.

Note:

Navigation is permitted throughout the area of the Kornati National Park, with the exception of strict protection zones. 

Diving

Author: Najada Diving
The unique submarine face of Kornati played a major role in the establishment of the National Park in this area. Even without full scuba diving gear, equipped only with diving mask and snorkel, you can discover the amazing undersea world rich in fish and corals thanks to the remarkably clear sea. Trained divers will discover much more as they dive deeper into the rich submarine world of the Park, but they will need a permit and diving center assistance to engage in scuba diving. 

Kornat (Opat – Tanka Prisliga)

The site is located on the northeastern side of the island of Kornat. Divers pass a Posidonia oceanica habitat before they reach a coralligenous wall, where they can encounter red and common lobsters. Fish species such as common two-banded seabream, sharpsnout seabream and common dentex are quite frequent. There are several undersea caves on the site, and the largest cave (approximately 15 meters deep) is at the depth of 50 meters below sea level.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Suitable for experienced divers

Samograd

Diving takes place at a coralligenous wall with very well developed red gorgonian community. Many other organisms live on this site as well, and red lobsters are a regular occurrence. 

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Suitable for experienced divers

Mala Panitula

Diving takes place at a vertical wall rich in holes and covered in red gorgonians. Red and common lobsters are almost a regular occurrence.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Suitable for experienced divers

Vela Panitula

Diving takes place along a steep wall reaching the depth of 60 meters. The wall is rich in coralligenous organisms, in particular red gorgonians. Mediterranean morays, red and common lobsters can almost always be seen in holes and small caves.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Suitable for experienced divers

Rašip

Diving takes place along a steep coralligenous wall covered in red gorgonians. The wall has many holes where divers can see Mediterranean morays and dusky groupers. 

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Suitable for experienced divers

Kasela

The undersea wall is full of vertical recesses and holes inhabited by Mediterranean morays, red lobsters and catsharks. The coralligenous habitat is rich in red gorgonians, with catshark eggs frequently attached to them. 

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Suitable for experienced divers (begginers must be accompanied)

Mana

Diving takes place along a coralligenous wall with red gorgonians. At the base of the wall, approximately 60 meters below sea level, there are remains of a small wooden vessel that was used in the making of the movie As the Sea Rages in the late 1950s. The site is rich in fish, and schools of common dentex can be seen in the area as well. A small sea cave with a so-called chimney is visited during the rise to the surface.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Suitable for experienced divers

Borovnik

The site includes a coralligenous wall with red gorgonians, as well as three small sea caves. The area abounds in fish.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Suitable for experienced divers

Educational trails

There are two educational trails in the National Park: Trtuša and Vela Panitula. The first trail offers visitors an opportunity to discover the geological story of Kornati, and the second trail covers an entire range of characteristics that make the Kornati archipelago such a unique place – from geography, meteorology, terrestrial and marine biology to island traditions. Walking along these trails of knowledge is certain to provoke interest among visitors for the houses of Kornati and vessels that have always meant survival for the Kurnatari – the owners of Kornati islands.

Trtuša

The topic of this educational trail is the geological structure and human presence in the area. The trail includes an educational and information panel with general information about the area of the National Park.

Trail length: 1.4 km

Elevation difference: 25 m

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Number of interpretation panels: 7

Vela Panitula

The trail is located within the ACI Marina Piškera. Educational and information panels provide general information about the National Park, as well as interesting facts on geography, geology, meteorology, terrestrial and marine biology, culture and tradition.

Trail length: 0.165 km

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Number of interpretation panels: 8

Hiking/walking

A tour of the islands of Kornati gives visitors an opportunity to experience geomorphological phenomena such as the "crowns" of Kornati – vertical island cliffs facing the sea. The land of Kornati is privately owned, so visitors should exercise due care as they explore the area. Hiking to numerous viewpoints is not particularly demanding, but visitors are advised to always carry sufficient quantity of drinking water with them, and to use the existing island paths and trails. There are no marked hiking trails in the archipelago.

Hiking/walking

There are no marked hiking trails in the Kornati National Park. The entire land area of the National Park is privately owned, with the exception of the coastal area that is part of the maritime domain. Hiking is permitted only along paths and trails.

Accommodation and catering

Clear sea, stone and solitude – whoever recognizes the deepest meaning of leisure in these words is certain to find it in private accommodation on offer in the archipelago. The capacities are not large, but visitors can arrange boat rental or delivery of supplies with landowners, in order to make their island stay more comfortable, and in order to avoid trips to the mainland that might interrupt their rest in the unique atmosphere of the Park.

Tavern - Opat

Contact:

Address: uvala Opat, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter

Tavern - Mare

Contact:

Address: uvala Smokvica, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter

Tavern - Piccolo

Contact:

Address: otok Smokvica, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)98 183 2286

Tavern - Larus

Contact:

Address: otok Ravni Žakan, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)98 230 383

Restaurant - Žakan

Contact:

Address: otok Ravni Žakan, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)91 377 6015

Tavern - Beban

Contact:

Address: uvala Gujak, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)98 553 1588

Tavern - Idro

Contact:

Address: otok Lavsa, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)99 3438 726

Restaurant - Klif

Contact:

Address: ACI marina Piškera, otok Panitula, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)98 337 496

Tavern - Jadra

Contact:

Address: otok Piškera, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)91 434 2450

Tavern - Robinson

Contact:

Address: uvala Vrulje, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)98 388 667

Tavern - Ante

Contact:

Address: uvala Vrulje, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)98 237 665

Tavern - Sontele

Contact:

Address: uvala Vrulje, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)98 921 6254

Lounge bar - Core

Contact:

Address: uvala Vrulje, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)91 200 4045

Tavern - Quatro

Contact:

Address: uvala Strižnja, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter
Phone: 00385 (0)22 435 187

Tavern - Darko

Contact:

Address: uvala Strižnja, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter
Cell:

  • 00385 (0)98 435 988;
  • 00385 (0)92 129 5195;
  • 00385 (0)98 623 168;
  • 00385(0)98 940 9755

Tavern - Andrija

Contact:

Address: uvala Kravljačica, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)98 981 7743

Tavern - Levrnaka

Contact:

Address: uvala Anica, otok Levrnaka, 22243 Murter
Cell: 00385 (0)91 891 9934

Tavern - Andrija

Contact:

Address: uvala Anica, otok Levrnaka, 22243 Murter

Family farm - Lovrić

Lovrić family has approximately 350 sheep and 15 lambs. They produce olives, figs, sweet and sour cherries.

Contact:

Address: uvala Stiniva, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter

Restaurant - Suha Punta

Contact:

Address: uvala Suha Punta, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter

Tavern - Šoleta

Contact:

Address: uvala Šipnate, otok Kornat, 22243 Murter

 

Private accommodation to let

Contact:

Owner: Marija Rameša

otok Kornat, uvala Šipnate
Phone: 00385 (0)22 435 234
Fax: 00385 (0)22 435 824
E-mail: bragis@bragis.hr

Private accommodation to let

Contact:

Owner: Vitomir Rameša
otok Kornat, uvala Šipnate
Cell: 00385 (0)92 253 1171

Private accommodation to let

Contact:

Owner: Dragan Šandrić
otok Kornat, Lupeška vala
Nikole Škevina 4
22244 Betina
Cell: 00385 (0)98 557 548

E-mail:

Attractions

Crowns

Author: Ervin Silic

The famous "crowns" (steep cliffs) of Kornati are a characteristic feature of most of the islands of the archipelago that face the open sea, and also a unique value of the area. These "crowns" are results of cracks and faults in the Earth's crust, due to the slipping of the African tectonic plate under the Eurasian plate. Corrosion, erosion and abrasion processes added to the uniqueness of these impressive cliff phenomena, some of them diving over 90 meters deep into the sea (such as the "crown" of the island of Piškera). The highest "crown" in the Kornati National Park can be found on the island of Klobučar (rising 82 meters above the sea). The longest "crown" (above the sea surface) is on the island of Mana (1350 meters long).

Peregrine falcon, common shag and common swift have found their home on the "crowns", as well as the Dubrovnik knapweed plant. A very interesting phenomenon of the submarine world of the Kornati "crowns" is the coralligenous habitat. It consists of red algae that bind limestone from the sea, and it is home to diverse species adapted to less light – such as sponges, corals, moss animals, red and brown algae.

Climbing the "crowns" is not permitted!

Magazinova škrila on the island of Kornat

Author: Ervin Silic

The site of Magazinova škrila, also known as Ploča (Plate), is the largest layered limestone plate in the Adriatic. It is located near Metlina, the highest point of the island of Kornat (237 meters above sea level). This trapezoidal surface facing the northeast with the gradient of approximately 25° resembles a huge mirror. However, when looking up close, we can see the remains of fossilized bivalves that lived in the sea approximately 80 million years ago in longitudinal and lateral cross sections. At the base of this phenomenon, there are many stone blocks and small crushed stones that look as if they just broke off the larger rocks. There are many cracks on this locality as well, most likely the results of natural forces such as earthquakes. Water flows off through open cracks of Ploča along cascade beds of small streams of water, and closed cracks include shallow solution pans that serve as watering places for sheep, except in the summer months when the water dries up.

We recommend the coves of Kravljačica, Strižnja or Vrulje as your starting point for the exploration of Magazinova škrila. To get to the site, you will have to pass through private property. Therefore, we urge you to exercise particular caution and care, and to refrain from endangering the property of the owners in any manner (by jumping on and/or damaging dry stone walls built with immense effort, by picking fruits or disturbing sheep, etc.).

Illyrian hill forts

The first known colonization of the Kornati archipelago took place during the Illyrian times. Small individual or grouped rectangular dwellings (such as those below Pedinka, above Željkovci, at the locality of Pod selo near Trtuša and at Grba on the island of Žut), gradine or hill forts (Ščikat, Stražišće, Tureta, Grba) and grave mounds or tumuli (on almost all elevations of the islands of Kornat and Žut) testify to the significant human presence on the archipelago during the prehistoric times.

In addition to agriculture, most Liburnians (Illyrians) engaged in navigation, fishing, commerce and piracy.

Tureta fortress

Author: Ervin Silic
The Byzantine era left what is, according to many, the most remarkable historical monument in the Kornati archipelago – the fortress of Tureta on the island of Kornat, most probably built in the 6th century (late Classical antiquity / Early Middle Ages). It is assumed that the military garrison of the fortress controlled navigation through the Kornati archipelago and guarded the karst fields of Tarac and Željkovci against sudden attacks from the sea.

Tureta is the only fortress of its period that was not destroyed. Since there were no settlements in the vicinity of the fortress, the stone used for its construction was not reused as construction material by the inhabitants of the area.

Saltworks on the island of Lavsa

Author: Ervin Silic
The cove of Lavsa on the island of the same name hides the submerged remains of the saltworks and salt storage facilities from the second half of the 14th century.
During low tide, these stone remains rise above the sea surface.

Church of Our Lady of Tarac

At the base of the fortress of Tureta, probably built roughly at the same time as the fortress itself, once stood the Church of St. Mary. The church was probably used as refuge by sailors while waiting for favorable navigation conditions in the sheltered coves of Šipnat, Levrnaka or Telašćica, and by the military garrison of the fortress of Tureta.

The shepherds, farm laborers and fishermen of Kornati prayed to Our Lady for help in their hard quest for survival in difficult conditions in which they lived and worked.

Only the apse and part of the foundations have remained from the original Church of St. Mary. In the Late Middle Ages, a small church dedicated to the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in the nave of the original church. This small church is also known as the Church of Our Lady of Tarac.

In recent times, every first Sunday in July, the Holy Mass is held in the church together with the blessing of the fields and the sea. Hundreds of vessels can be seen on their way to Tarac on that day, and this votive procession of vessels is considered to be one of the most beautiful religious events in Croatia, attracting many tourists.

Early Christian three-nave basilica

Author: Ervin Silic
A very interesting monument from the Byzantine period is the Early Christian three-nave basilica located at the base of the Tureta fortress. Most of the apse and part of the foundations of the basilica can still be seen. Given the size of the church (30 meters x 13 meters), it is assumed that the archipelago of Kornati was home to significant population during that period of history.
In the immediate vicinity of the church (in what is currently used as a sheep pen), we come across the remains of a building that was once either a monastery of the Knights Templar, or a Benedictine monastery. One interesting fact about the island of Kornat is that it was referred to as Insula Sanctae Mariae, the island of Stomorin otok and similarly throughout the Middle Ages, precisely due to this church (dedicated to Our Lady).

Viewpoints

Author: Ervin Silic
The viewpoint of Metlina on the island of Kornat is the highest and the most impressive peak of the Kornati National Park (at 237 meters above sea level), but it is also the hardest peak to reach.
The peak of Opat (in the southeastern part of the island of Kornat) and the peak of Litnji vrh on the island of Vela Smokvica offer wonderful views of the sea around the island of Murter towards the northeast and of the archipelago islands on the other side. The peak of Otočevac on the island of Piškera offers views of the entire area of the Park.

Dry stone walls

Dry stone walls represent one of the most impressive cultural attractions in the Park area. Due to the elongated character of large islands of the archipelago, these dry stone walls were built across the entire width of the islands, spanning from one coast to another.

The height of these walls is such that sheep cannot jump over them and thus cross into pastures belonging to other owners, and their width is such that they can withstand gale-force winds. The total length of dry stone walls in the area of the National Park is 330 kilometers.

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