The Adriatic Sea surrounding the island Dugi Otok near Zadar (Croatia) is the perfect location for a kayak tour. During our day trip from Zadar with Kayak & Bike Tours Zadar, my boyfriend Wiebe and I kayaked several hours on sea, jumped off a cliff, floated in a cave and snorkeled near a sunken shipwreck.
We started our Friday morning at 9 am with a walk from our Airbnb house in southeastern direction to the port Luka Gazenica where we had to catch the ferry to Brbinj, a small village on Dugi Otok and the starting point of our kayak trip. While the temperature was rising steadily and the first blister appeared, we realized the port was too far to reach by foot so we started to look out for a bus or taxi. However, the few taxis that passed were all occupied and at one of the bus stops we found out we would never reach the port on time with the local means of transportation…
With only 20 minutes on the clock to catch the ferry of 10 am, I knew we had to switch to plan B as the next ferry was hours away. We decided to hitchhike and thanks to Wiebe’s direct approach –speaking to car drivers in front of the red light-, we got a ride quite quickly. A friendly German driver made a detour and dropped us at Luka Gazenica at 9.55 am, just in time to buy two tickets and board the boat. We made it!
About 100 minutes later, we met our fellow kayakers and enthusiastic guides Sven and Filip in Brbinj. Distributed over 2 vans, we drove to a rustic beach were we could practice our kayak skills after some instructions. The kayak of Wiebe and mine flipped already after 2 minutes! A warning for both of us to cooperate more carefully! Luckily our stuff (sunscreen, bottle of water and camera) was safely stored in a dry bag or we could have gone fishing at the sea bottom…
With our group of seven kayaks we soon approached the spot for cliff jumping. I only jumped from the ‘baby cliff’ which is 5 meter high, but for the more brave ones there are cliffs of 7 and 10 meter too. We only had one fearless German in our group 😉
Our visit to the cave came at just the right time as the midday sun was burning my shoulders. As first and foremost, I swam towards the black entrance of the cave which had a mysterious appearance. There was, however, no way back as the waves were pushing my body inside the cave. Rays of light were lightening up the dark cave through a hole in the ceiling which was stunningly beautiful. Inside the cave we could either relax with a beer or use the snorkel gear. While Wiebe was spotting the clear water for fish, I was observing the rocks inside the cave. I am a geologist after all 😉
After lunch, we continued kayaking from another part of Dugi Otok with only one mission: reaching the shipwreck for snorkeling. This sunken wreck is home to a large diversity of fish, probably related with the nearby Telascica Nature Park and Kornati National Park where fishing is strictly regulated. I loved to see how the sponges and coral were claiming the wreck as homes.
Before taking the boat back to Zadar, we relaxed on the beach and had fun playing a Croatian game in the water called picigin. The goal is to keep the small ball in the air and out of the water by bouncing the ball with the palm of the hand.
We loved our day on the water with Kayak & Bike Tours Zadar and went home with many memories. This day trip is promoted as a kayak tour but it so much more. The diversity of activities and the fun guides made the time fly. Don’t hesitate to book (€75) this fantastic tour if you are looking for an active day in a stunning location.
Would you consider kayaking around Dugi Otok?
This story is brought to you in partnership with Kayak & Bike Tours Zadar. As always, all words, thoughts and opinions are my own.
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