Kornati National Park
Kornati islands is a collection of approximately 130 islands, situated in northern Dalmatia close to Sibenik and Zadar, spread in the deep dark-blue sea of the Adriatic covering up an region of roughly 64 sq km. With their tremendous natural exquisiteness, unique coasts, and protected marine environment, the majority of the Kornati islands were proclaimed a National park in 1980. The Kornati have no permanent residents, even though today property owners from neighboring bigger Dalmatian islands regularly visit Kornati to tend their vineyards and olive plants, bringing their sheep to graze. The water around the islands is plentiful with fish and a range of marine life.
The Kornati islands are a genuine paradise for sailors, scuba divers and all those who take pleasure in the peace and quiet of unblemished and the spectacularity of nature. There are 20 taverns on the Kornati islands which offer seafood specialties. They offer top quality domestic dishes that primarily consists of seafood specialties (fish and crabs) and domestic lamb from the Kornati area. You can reach the Kornati islands by motorboat (if you own or you lease), or by organised boat trips provided by travel companies. To learn more you can check out the public bureau „Nacionalni Park Kornati "in Murter. The park is placed about 7 nms from the island of Murter.
The Kornati archipelago was named after its biggest island, the Kornati Island. The northern shore is much more indented and softer than the southern, where there are mainly cliffs immersing down to the sea. There are no water flows on the islands, and they are covered with rare bushes and grass. There's a completely furnished yachting marina on the island of Piškera, on the west side of the island chain, and an even larger one on the island of Zut, which is located just outside the park limits to the east. With crystal clear waters and quite unaffected ecology, the Kornati can also be a magnificent spot for snorkeling.
Dry stone walls
The walls are definitely the most remarkable and eye-catching man-made component of the Kornati. Or far better to say, the dry stone walls. The kilometres long walls that slice over the Kornati islands are absolutely one of the greatest traveler attractions. The main reason was to build perimeters between estates and separate fields.
Accommodation in and around Kornati National Park
There are no hotels and resorts on the Kornati Islands but there is a handful of private apartments and holiday houses that should be booked before you come in. Guests attracted to overnight accommodation in the region of the park may get in touch with any travel agencies (mostly from Murter) who rent holiday cottages on the islands, arrange transport to the park and also provides extra packages like boat rentals, periodic catering from the mainland.
Diving the Kornati Islands
The scuba diving is outstanding all over the Kornati Islands, particularly around Rasip. Diving around close-by Telascica Bay Nature Park on Dugi Otok is also sensational. Dozens of tiny coves and islands in Murter and Kornati area are the ideal for starters as well as expert diving enthusiasts. Dives in this area of the Adriatic are one of the most desirable and offer remarkable experiences.