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Tour Highlights

  • Take in the breathtaking landscapes of Kornati National Park with a combination of beautiful coastal swims and island hopping

  • Swim along the plunging ‘Stene’ sea cliffs of Dugi Otok – the biggest in the Adriatic!

  • Enjoy spectacular underwater views during the swim along the coast of Kornati Island

  • Complete a full circumnavigation of the small island of Farfariculak

Enjoy swimming in Croatia's crystal clear Adriatic sea, as we explore the scattered islands of Kornati National Park. Comprised of over 130 islands which are renowned for their barren, lunar-like appearance, this beautiful section of Croatia's famous Dalmatian Coast offers a huge range of unforgettable swims.

The lack of sand in this area makes the water clarity superb, while the islands, islets and bays in not only the National Park but also the Telašćica Nature Park offer a wide variety of swimming options. With an array of natural wonders to explore, both above and below the water, your swims give you the opportunity to discover this fascinating corner of the world from a truly unique perspective.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for the SwimTrekker that is looking for a combination of both island hopping and coastal swims while swimming between and along mostly uninhabited islands.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Croatia
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunch (except on Day 4 and Day 6)

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Lunch on Day 4 and Day 6
  • Evening meals

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Day 1

After your arrival at the Sali Hotel you will have a chance to relax before meeting in the early evening at the hotel for a pre-trip briefing in which the details of the week's plans will be discussed in detail. Following this we will hold a brief acclimatisation swim in the bay directly in front of the hotel.

Day 2

The first full day of our trip involves a nice introduction to the area with a swim starting directly in front of our hotel. From here we head west and travel down the coast of Dugi Otok towards Zaglav. This swim is an excellent way to follow both the coast and the sea floor which is only a few metres underneath you.

After a break for lunch and some time spent videoing your stroke, we journey by boat out to the island of Tukošcak. From here we carry out our first crossing to Mrtonjak Island. It’s a short crossing and when we hit land, we carry on circumnavigating the island. This finishes the day of both coastal and island hopping. In the evening we will hold a video session with your swim guides where we play back your stroke from earlier in the day and give you pointers to work on for the rest of the trip.

Day 3

Today we start off with a walk across the southern section of Dugi Otok and into the wonderful Telaščica Bay, an 8km long protected bay which is home to over 25 sub bays and 5 islands. The walk is pleasant and gives some stunning views. We arrive into the isolated hamlet of Magrovica from where we start our first swim of the day around the prominent twin islands of Skolja and Farfariculak and into the tiny fishing hamlet of Jaz.

Once dry we travel up Telaščica Bay by boat before walking to the famous Lake Mir salt lake (where you can swim!) and also take in the views from the top of the stunning Dugi Otok cliffs. In the afternoon we travel up Telašćica Bay by boat and swim from the lighthouse at Vidilica, across the National Park boundary to the island of Silo, which lies just off the main island of Kornati.

Day 4

We head back out to the Kornati National Park and undertake a coastal swim along the Coast of Kornati Island itself. While the landscape may be barren, the vista below the waterline as we swim is anything but. The straits between Kornati and the islands of Proversa and Svrsata are narrow and enjoyable to swim through. After returning to the hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Day 5

Today we travel north as we swim from the uninhabited island of Skala and island hop over 3 islands before we arrive at the narrow island of Sit. The water is shallow at various sections during this swim, so you have a good view of the seabed below.

In the afternoon we head to the nearby island of Žut, Adriatica's largest uninhabited island. Numerous caves and bays dot the landscape and the swimming here is varied and interesting.

Day 6

We travel by boat to the famous "Stene" of Dugi Otok, a dramatic series of cliffs (the biggest in the Adriatic) on the open sea side of Telašćica Bay. The cliffs are home to the nesting sites of Peregrine Falcons and Eleonora's Falcons. The swimming here is superb as we can see the cliffs fall to the ocean floor beneath. This is one of the undoubted highlights of the trip.

After lunch on board our boat, there is some time for exploring Dugi Otok’s south-eastern shoreline and also the near neighbour of Katina Island which acts as a near natural bridge to Kornati. Interesting rock formations and underwater scenery make this an explorer’s delight!

Day 7

A relaxed start, as we swim from in front of the hotel across the bay. It’s a short swim to end a fantastic week of swimming in this land of a myriad of islands!

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Hotel Sali, Dugi Otok.

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Hotel Sali, Dugi Otok

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Trip Information

Equipment to bring along with you

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Towel
Swimming Googles* (x2) Small Daypack
Sunhat and Sunglasses Windproof / Waterproof jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Sweater / Fleece
Walking Sandals/Trainers Insect Repellent
Aqua Shoes / Sandals

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats. We will have a limited supply/range of flippers, rashvests and wetsuits available on the trip, however we cannot guarantee sizes for all. If you have your own flippers, rashvest or wetsuit, we would recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip. Please note that SwimTrek will provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance
Sali - Zaglav 2km
Magrovica - Jaz 2km
Katina-Kornati 3½km
Žut Coastal 2km
Dugi Otok Coastal 2km
Tukošcak - Mrtonjak 2½km
Vidilica – Silo 3km
Skala – Sit 3½km
Stene Cliff Coastal 4km

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
June 20-22˚C / 68-71˚F 22-24˚C / 71-75˚F
July 20-22˚C l 68-71˚F 22-24˚C l 71-75˚F
August 23-25˚C / 73-77˚F 30-32˚C / 86-89˚F
September 22-24˚C l 71-75˚F 27-29˚C l 80-84˚F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Walking Distances

The walk on this trip, from Sali to Telašćica Bay, is around 4km long on walking tracks. If you don’t wish to do the walk you can travel by boat to the swimming location. We advise that appropriate walking shoes are worn.

Group Size

This trip has a maximum group size of 15 people accompanied by 2 SwimTrek swim guides and a local boat captain. The trip will be split into a maximum of 3 groups based on speed, each of which is accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort.

Getting There

To get to Dugi Otok (Sali), you will need to fly into either Split or Zadar airport and take the ferry from Zadar port. There are many different options for travelling to Sali, however the easiest is to fly into Split airport and catch the SwimTrek designated transfer from the airport to Zadar ferry port and then catch a ferry to Dugi Otok.

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We always recommend checking www.skyscanner.net prior to making a booking. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

For further details on all airlines that fly into Split and Zadar, please visit the following websites: www.split-airport.hr / www.zadar-airport.hr. For a comprehensive list of Croatian ferry ports, and ferry timetables please see the following website: www.croatiaferries.com.

Getting There via Split

A small selection of the airlines which fly into Split from various European cities are included below:

Airline Departure Airport Arrival Airport
Easyjet Berlin, Bristol, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Luton & Stansted, Manchester Split
Croatia Airlines Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich Split
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich Split
Norwegian Air London Gatwick Split
Thomas Cook Manchester Split

SwimTrek Transfer Service from Split Airport to Zadar Ferry Port

The transfer takes around 1½ hours with costs changing depending on the number of travellers that take advantage of the service. Please note, the transfer needs at least three passengers to run:

Number of Passengers Cost
3 Passengers (minimum required) €50 per person
4-5 Passengers €40
6-11 Passengers €30
12+ Passengers €20

The transfer departs at 12:30 from Split airport, arriving in Zadar in time for the 15:30 ferry. You will need to purchase your ferry ticket (40 Kuna) at the ticket office prior to getting on the ferry. Please contact the SwimTrek office if you would like to take advantage of this. The ferry journey time is approximately 1 hour, full details on the ferries and their timetables can be found at the following website www.croatiaferries.com.

Return transfers can be arranged on location.

Public Transport Options from Split Airport to Zadar Port

Split to Zadar

When leaving arrivals, make your way to the far side of the car park. The number 37 bus leaves from here and will take you to Trogir, buses travel every 30 minutes and will terminate at the main bus station. The fare is approximately 12 -15 Kuna (€2) and the journey takes 10 minutes. The bus timetable can be found at www.promet-split.hr.

At Trogir bus terminal there are a number of services to Zadar (www.buscroatia.com). The fare should cost approximately 70 - 80 Kuna (€10) and the journey should take around 2 hours. The bus timetable can be found at www.buscroatia.com. Upon arrival into Zadar we recommend you catching a taxi to the ferry port, which is 10 mins away.

How to Find Your Ferry

There are three ferry lines that will get you to the Hotel Sali in Dugi Otok. You have the choice of two national lines, the 405, the 405a and a national high speed line, the 9406. For more information on timetables and where to collect your ferry tickets please click on the following link www.gv-zadar.com.

Directions to Hotel Sali from Dugi Otok Port

When you get off the ferry, take a left and walk straight down the road, past the pizzeria. When you see Kornat Restaurant, walk straight up the lane to the left of the restaurant. Continue up this hill for around 400m; you will see Biffe Bocac Restaurant, after which you should take a right, and the Sali Hotel Reception is 50m ahead of you. This walk should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Getting There via Zadar

A small selection of the airlines which fly into Zadar from various European cities are included below:

Airline Departure Airport Arrival Airport
Croatia Airlines Berlin, Frankfurt, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Munich Zadar
EuroWings Berlin, Cologne, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London Heathrow, Stuttgart Zadar

Public Transport Option from Zadar Airport to Zadar Port

The regional bus departs in front of the International terminal, the journey to the port in Zadar is approximately 20 minutes and the bus stops at the main bus terminal and then continues to the old town and finally the ferry port. Departure times for the buses to and from the airport can be accessed at the following website www.zadar-airport.hr. The price for a one way ticket with the airport bus is around 10 Kuna (€1.50) and tickets can be bought on the bus. Alternatively, a local taxi from Zadar airport to Zadar port will cost 85 Kuna (€10).

How to Find Your Ferry

There are three ferry lines that will get you to the Hotel Sali in Dugi Otok. You have the choice of two national lines, the 405, the 405a and a national high speed line, the 9406. For more information on timetables and where to collect your ferry tickets please click on the following link www.gv-zadar.com.

Directions to Hotel Sali from Dugi Otok Port

When you get off the ferry, take a left and walk straight down the road, past the pizzeria. When you see Kornat Restaurant, walk straight up the lane to the left of the restaurant. Continue up this hill for around 400m; you will see Biffe Bocac Restaurant, after which you should take a right, and the Sali Hotel Reception is 50m ahead of you. This walk should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Practical Information

Accommodation

We are based at the Hotel Sali for the duration of the trip. The hotel sits in a tranquil bay with views of the mainland. The accommodation is simple and functional and 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 are available but these rooms are limited.

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches are included in your trip price, except lunch on days 4 and 6 which are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. The average cost of dinner in a local restaurant is around 100-120Kn (30€).

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, dinner, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is Croatian Kuna (Kn). There is a cash machine on the island but it is advised to draw some local currency out before arriving just in case. You can also exchange currency at the hotel. Most restaurants will need to be paid in cash. You should allow around 180 Kuna (€24) per day but this will vary per person.

Passports and Visas

Croatia is part of the European Union. Non-citizens of Croatia require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of most countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Montenegro for less than 90 days. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your personal visa obligations prior to travel.

Vaccinations

There are currently no essential vaccination requirements for Croatia, however it is advisable to re-check this information eight weeks before you travel. You should also ensure that your immunity to tetanus and polio is up-to-date.

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    Steven D. UK - 2016
  • A fantastic week swimming with new friends in crystal clear waters amongst beautiful islands and all rounded off with local cuisine and a comfortable night's stay in a stunning location! I will be back.

    Shirley K. UK - 2016
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    David R. 2015 - UK
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