With over 150 islands, the Kornatis are the largest archipelago in the Adriatic, and the perfect sailing playground for sailors of all levels. The Kornatis were beloved by the great author George Bernard Shaw, and he once wrote, “On the last day of Creation God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath.” With natural beauty in abundance, it’s easy to see why he felt this way.
Cruise the deep-blue waters of the Adriatic with the stunning white rocky islands in the backdrop for a sailing holiday you’ll never forget. Totally secluded from the outside world, there are no ferries or public transportation to the Kornatis, and no way to get around without a boat. Also, since most of the islands themselves are uninhabited and part of the Kornati National Park, you can really find peace and unity within nature on our Kornati Islands itineraries. Search for dolphins at the wildest part of the park, the islet of Purara, or stop and admire the awe-inspiring cliffs on the outer side of the archipelago, and swim and snorkel amongst the spectacular sea creatures that call these waters home.
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You can start your yacht charter in Zadar by flying into the Zadar Airport, which is well connected to most European cities. For any North American travellers, you may have to fly into Zagreb or Dubrovnik, or another European hub and then take a connecting flight to Zadar.
To get to Zadar by car, we recommend flying to Split and then driving one-hour North. Once you get to Zadar, there are various marinas and smaller ports from where you can start your holiday in this area, with the most famous once being the Marina of Zadar. The marina is a mere 13 kilometers from the airport.
If you would like help arranging airport transfers, contact your charter broker today!
Transfer Time from Zadar Airport to Marina of Zadar: 20 mins by car
As with all of the Mediterranean region, the Kornatis follow the pattern of dry summers and mild winters. Zadar is considered a top chartering destination, as it offers reliable winds from the North-west, with an average force of 2–5 knots. Winds will also die down at sundown, allowing you to enjoy a nice calm evening after a long day of adventurous sailing.
The dominant winds in Croatia are north westerlies, which have an average force of 4 to 6 in-season. Watch out for the ‘Bora’ north easterly which can catch you off guard if you haven’t checked the forecast.
The best time of year for sailing holidays in Kornati is during the summer. Temperatures are usually around 25 degrees Celsius in mid-summer (July, August) and a little lower during spring and autumn. While the park is open year-round, the small restaurants inside the park will not be open during the off season.
There are a variety of mooring options in this area, from large marinas and smaller ports to the many safe anchorages where you can just free-swing for the evening at no cost. If you are on a tighter budget, you can use the marina facilities just to get water and electricity and then moor up at bays, using the dinghy to get to the shore.
Mooring within the National Park is regulated and only allowed in certain bays, including: Stiniva, Statival, Lupeška, Tomasovac – Suha punta, Šipnate, Lučica, Kravljačica, Strižnja, Vruje, Gujak, Opat, Smokica, Ravni Žakan, Lavsa, Piškera – Vela Panitula, Anica on Levrnaka, Podbižanj, and Koromašna. For marina spots, check out th ACI Marina Piškera or ACI Marina Žut.
To sail the National Park, you will need a valid ticket. Should you plan a visit to the Kornati National Park (highly recommended), our advice is to pre-book as soon as possible. Prices are calculated according to the length of the yacht and tickets can be bought online.
While sailing is allowed in the park, there are a few zones where sailing is prohibited. Please be aware of those areas and avoid. Areas of strict protection include: areas around Purara islet, Klint and Volić reefs (1), Mrtenjak islet (2), Kolobučar islet (3) and Small Obručan and Great Obručan islets (4)
Lastly, while there are many breathtaking spots in the Kornati Islands, you really shouldn't miss the magnificent Krka waterfalls near Skradin.
⚓ Day 1. Zadar (check-in)
⚓ Day 2. Zadar - Ravni Zakan 13 NM
⚓ Day 3. Ravni Zakan - Lopatica 18 NM
⚓ Day 4. Lopatica - Sali (Dugi Otok) 14 NM
⚓ Day 5. Sali - Brbinj (Dugi Otok) 10 NM
⚓ Day 6. Brinj - Zut (Liman Zut) 18 NM
⚓ Day 7. Zut - Zadar 18NM