Worthwhile cruising destinations in Croatia: The Kornati Islands. What a visit costs. What a visit brings.

The Kornati Islands: Worthwhile cruising destination in Croatia
Of the 20 or so national parks in Croatia, the Kornati Islands are among the most visited. Below is a brief overview of why a visit is definitely worthwhile and what to look out for.

Why go to the Kornati Islands?

The aerial view above says it all, why go to the Kornati should not be carelessly left by the wayside. You can see a fascinating island landscape of countless islands in the great turquoise. In truth, it is one of the densest archipelagos to be discovered among the 10,000 or so islands of the Mediterranean. 150 islands in a very small area, the largest of them as large as Borkum, the smallest of the area of a yacht berth. The Kornati offer superlatives: all treeless, all almost uninhabited, car-free and without exception waterless except for a few freshwater springs below sea level, which can be discovered from the boat where wild goats lean into the sea to drink water.

Those who visit Kornati for the first time discover a landscape to come down to. A lunar landscape punctuated by elongated field walls that stretch vertically from the sea over the ridges of the hills. They are the only reminder, along with ancient fortress ruins and chapels, that the islands were not always as uninhabited as they are today.

 

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How to get to Kornati Islands?

From the popular charter marinas Sukosan/Zadar, Murter, Biograd or Sibenik it is no more than three to four and a half hours with favorable winds. From Murter the way is the shortest: the charming beat leads through the island world in front of the Kornati islands and is between 8 and 18 nautical miles.

However, there are only two entrances to the islands, because the 14 nautical miles long island of Kornat blocks the way from the east to the island paradise. You can either choose the access through the buoyed northern strait Mala Proversa. Or you take the way around the southern end of Kornat 14 nautical miles further south. Mostly the wind will dictate the better of the two options.

 

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Where to anchor or moor.

Unlike the northern Telascica Bay, there are two marinas at once: on the Island Zut on the way east, and in the national park itself on Piskera Island to the south. Both are in remote island location, but with small market for the most necessary needs, but without gas station and also without the amenities of a city. Fuel is not available on the islands, water and electricity only by the hour in the marinas, the islands are practically waterless, without rivers or springs. Therefore, one should approach the Kornati islands with full tanks and batteries.

 

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The opinions about both marinas differ – they offer a beautiful location and a safe place to spend the night.

As an alternative to mooring, there are about 20 conobens scattered around the islands. Which of them are really worth the visit, what you should pay attention to when visiting the two marinas, is written in detail in REVIER KOMPASS KROATIEN NORD.

What it costs.

Kornati National Park requires a separate Kornati ticket. It costs, if you buy it online at the link given here – for example, for boats between 11 and 17.99 meters in length per day € 79. That’s about the same as the fees and rules for Telascica National Park, which is adjacent to the north. Who wants to stay three days, pays only for two days – after all. Those who book with one of the park rangers who are out on their boats pay more. Large crews are clearly at an advantage, because the price of the visit is charged per boat, not by number of heads.

Tip: Passing through the islands is free of charge so far. Only those who stop, anchor or moor at a buoy are asked to pay.

In previous years, moreover – still applied – two special rules:

  • Whoever stays overnight in the Marina Piskera, acquires free entry with the overnight stay from the moment of entry until the following day 7 p.m.
  • In some selected Konoben is also included with the overnight stay at the buoy and restaurant visit a Kornati ticket for the following day. You should definitely call in advance before approaching a konoba or the marina Piskera to make sure that these special arrangements actually apply in the current year.

Important to know for Kornati:

The ticket for Kornati National Park is not valid for Telascica Bay and vice versa! Both are separate tickets.

 

 

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