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This introductory trip explores the idyllic Croatian coastline, and the waters we swim in are part of the Telašćica and Kornati national parks. The swims are a combination of island hopping and coastal swims with distances averaging 3km a day and are designed for those who prefer shorter swim distances and would like more time to relax or have less open water experience
Take this trip and swim under the famous 'Stene' of Dugi Otok, explore the inlets of Telašćica Bay and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Kornati National Park.
Scattered in the Adriatic are the islands of the Kornati National Park. Kornati is comprised of over 90 islands which are renowned for their barren, almost lunar like appearance. The swimming here is superb and as the islands are densely packed, this makes it ideal for this Short Swims tour. We are based in the coastal town of Sali on the island of Dugi Otok. It is a place surrounded with natural parks, thousand years old olive trees and a very rich cultural identity.
The trip brings together swimming and walking, so that our swims take in some of the most beautiful places in Croatia, such as swimming in Telašćica Bay, trekking down the Priseka Peninsula, swimming to Croatia's largest uninhabited island, Zut, and experiencing the lunar landscape of the Kornati Natinoal Park.
Fully guided tour with full safety escort for the number of days specified in the tour summary, swim guiding, technique analysis, accommodation; breakfast and lunch.
What's not included?
The prices do not include:
- Travel to and from the start of the tour.
- Evening meal
These temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily/weekly basis
There are 2 main walks on this trip, both of which are around 4kms long on walking tracks across the island of Dugi Otok. If you don’t wish to do any of the walks you can remain on-board our main escort boat. We would advise that appropriate walking shoes to be worn for all walks.
Equipment to bring along with you
In addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*It is advisable to have a pair of tinted goggles to cater for the sun’s glare off the sea during swims.
Swim Hats, Flippers, Rashvests and Wetsuits
Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. If you think you will want to use a wetsuit, flippers or a rash vest, we recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
This trip has a maximum group size of 15 people. The group will be split into 3 based on speed. Each group is accompanied by their own safety escort/vessel.
To get to Sali and the island of Dugi Otok, you will need to catch a ferry from Zadar port.
To get to Zadar, you can fly into Zadar airport, which is a short journey from the port. Alternatively, you can fly to Split airport which is approximately 2½ hours by bus to Zadar.
There are a number of scheduled services to and from various British and European cities.
For details details on all airlines into Zadar & Split visit the airport websites. A selection of airlines is listed below:
From either airport we would advise using one of the following transport options:
Public Transport Option from Zadar Airport
The Airport bus departs in front of the international terminal. Driving time to the port in Zadar is approximately 20 minutes. The bus stops at the main bus station and then continues to the old town and port. The price for a one way ticket with the airport bus is around 10 Kuna (£1) and tickets can be bought on the bus.
Public Transport Options from Split Airport
Split to Trogir
Once outside the airport terminal building, make your way to the far side of the car park. The number 37 bus leaves from here and will take you to Trogir where it will terminate at the main bus station (buses leave every 30 minutes). The fare is approximately 15 Kuna (£1.50) and the journey will take 10 minutes.
Trogir to Zadar
Change at Trogir Bus Station for the bus to Zadar. The fare from Trogir to Zadar should be around 150 Kuna (£15) and the journey should take around 2 hours. On arrival into Zadar bus station you should catch a taxi to the port, which is about 10 mins away.
Zadar Airport to Zadar
Once outside the terminal the bus to Zadar stops on the right hand side. You need to get off at the main bus station in Zadar. The journey takes roughly 20 minutes and costs around 25Kuna (£2.80).
Ferry from Zadar to Sali
There are 3 sailings with G&V Line each day. On Both Friday and Saturday the sailings are at 05:30, 15:30 and 20:00. Journey time is around 1 hour and tickets are purchased at the ticket office prior to getting on the ferry.
Return ferries from Sali to Zadar are at 06:25, 16:25 and 20:55.
These ferry times were correct at the time of publishing and full details on ferry timings can be found at www.gv-line.hr
A pre-arranged taxi can be organised by contacting Terra Travel, our Zadar agent firstname.lastname@example.org (www.terratravel.hr)
We are based at the Hotel Sali for the duration of the trip. It sits in a tranquil bay with views of the mainland. This simple accommodation is ideally placed for our week of open water swimming. All rooms are based on twin-share and all have en-suite facilities. Single Supplements will apply and there is limited availability
All breakfasts and lunches are included, except lunch on Day 4 when we have the afternoon off.
Dinners are not included, but this gives the ability to choose where, when and with who you would like to dine.
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, dinner, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is Croatian Kuna and it is advised to draw local currency out before arriving on the island. You can exchange currency at the hotel or there is a cash machine on the island, however it is advisable to arrive with cash to avoid any problems. Most restaurants will need to be paid in cash and allow around 180 Kuna per day. This will vary per person.
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport, that should be valid for 6 months beyond the expected length of stay. You should check if you require a visa. Most nationalities including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter Croatia. Visa regulations do change. Please check!
There are no essential vaccination requirements for Croatia, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.
Located within a lush pine forest the Hotel Sali provdies direct access to a stoney beach in the small Saščica Cove.