Cruise duration: 1 week, sea miles: approx. 150 nm
Afternoon check-into at the charter base in Zadar, Shopping. Dinner in the old town of Zadar, directly at the water front, next to the old castle wall.
Last preparations in the morning. Course north top of the island Ugljan (approx. 7 nm), by the channel between Otok Rivanj and Otok Ugljan direction the south to Iz Veli, main village of the island Iz, very picturesque – 7 nm
Sail to the south in direction of Kornati islands, pass west of Otok Lavdara by the Prolaz-Proversa, the narrow part between the south top of Dugi Otok and the island Kornat, past at the old lighthouse on Sestrica to the Vrulje bay on Kornat. Lunch stop – approx. in front of the Konoba (pub) "Ante", well known for fish and cheese – 20 nm
Late in the afternoon sail to the Opat bay, shortly before the south top of Kornat. Marvellous view averlooking the bay, the green water and the rough hills from the Konoba – they serve fish, pig, chicken and cheese – 5 nm
Cruise direction mainland to Sibenik, by the channel to the bay of Sibenik, at the northern end of the bay steering into the river Krka upstream, pass the mussel cultivation plants (do not forget to shop for the dinner), pass by a continental lake, up to the Marina Skradin, below the Krka waterfalls – a very special experience – 30 nm.
Reserve day. Country excursion – you could take the ferry boat directly to the Krka waterfalls. From there you could climb uphill to the nature protectorate reserve and walk down on the opposite site – walk approx. 1 ½ hours.
In the afternoon sail back through the Krka ravines, to Sibenik and then again back into the Adriatic Sea to the little island Zarin (village port with pier), very idyllic – approx. 12 nm.
Sail north to the island of Murter, not into the great Marina but into the Zdrace bay northeast to the village port of Betina – 25 nm
Sail north through the Pasmanski channel, either directly to Zadar (25 nm) or make a stop in the village port of Pasman at the pier and walk (10 min.) to the hotel at the street to the town Pasman, very nice restaurant – 20 nm. Friday afternoon: sail 7 nm to Zadar for the check-out – 7 nm.
The area demands good navigation skills, there are many stones and cliffs, but with solid chart work and GPS cruising should not be a problem. This cruise shows the highlights of the area you can easily sail in one week to discover the Kornati islands and the Krka waterfalls.
This itinerary prefers the small village ports and not the big well known marinas – even in the small ports you will get fuel and fresh water. It should be sufficient to shop enough provisions for breakfast and lunch at Zadar for the first 3 days of your cruise – in the evenings you should enjoy the local restaurants with their traditional food. At the Krka waterfalls you should absolutely buy mussels, fishermen will bring them directly to your boat, swimmung!
The daily distances seem very short, but the wind blows not always like expected and thus you could comfortably make the distances under engine as well.
When you have more time and want to sail another week you should include Hvar and Korcula into your planning as well as an excursion to Split. This would provide you once again with a lot of interesting impressions – and with another approx. 150 nautical miles.
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