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Kayaking and Rafting in Croatia

26 Sep Posted by in Croatia, Europe | Comments
Kayaking and Rafting in Croatia
 
Kayaking in Croatia

Kayaking in Croatia
Image Credits:Yannick François

Croatia is a country that one may visit for a lot different reasons as it can accommodate those who are seeking a relaxed holiday as well as the more active travellers. When it comes to being active though, few things will be more rewarding than a kayaking holiday in Croatia. Similarly, when it comes to kayaking in Croatia, there are various options for choosing the kayak trip that suits your specific needs.

Sea kayaking is one such option. The Croatian mainland coast line extends across the Adriatic Sea. Within the Croatian border, the sea is populated with island complexes such as the Elafiti and Kornati islands. Your sea Kayaking trip will entail the exploration of these islands.

Kayaking the Elafiti Islands

If you want to take the Elafiti islands kayaking trip, you will start from Lokrum, near Dubrovnik, and visit the island of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. In Kolocep you will find fruit orchards and pebble beaches while in Sipan you will see the old palaces of Croatian aristocracy that favored the island as a holiday spot. In Lopud, you will encounter a lush, green landscape and white sand beaches and also admire magnificent 16th century architecture churches and monasteries.

Kayaking the Kornati Islands

To take the Kornati islands trip, you will begin at Sali, the capital city of the island of Duji Otok. You will set off to explore an archipelago populated by the 147 uninhabited Kornati islands, passing through a dramatic landscape of steep cliffs and cave formations. If you wish you may combine your kayak trip with diving, so don’t neglect to bring a snorkeling mask with you.
The other option for kayaking in Croatia is river Kayaking. You may choose to Kayak in one of the four rivers of Karlovac: Dobra, Mreznica, Korana and Kupa, depending on what kind of trip you prefer. Dobra river is the most famous for kayaking. The trip down Dobra passes through a canyon and offers breathtaking views of a stunning landscape. If you prefer a shorter trip, then choose Mreznica. If you like kayaking in larger rivers then Kupa River, beginning in Risnjak National Park is the most ideal for you.

Cetina River

Apart from Karlovac, you may also river kayak in the river of Cetina that begins in the Dinara mountains and discharges to the Adriatic Sea. This river however, is more popular for rafting which you may also want to try if you have already been kayaking in Karlovac or at sea. In order to book a rafting trip you need to book ahead with a rafting club. You will then be picked up by a van at the town of Omis, in the Split Dalmatia County, and you will be transported to Pavica where your rafting trip will begin. Trained rafting proffessionals will accompany and guide you during your rafting experience which will last 3-4 hours.

Croatia provides a multitude of water activities, to give you an adventure filled vacation. Combine these activities with a relaxing beach vacation, or a vacation full of sight seeing and exploration.

Useful links:

Adriatic Kayak Tours


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