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Historic Zadar will welcome you with its stunning beauty and rich history. Join SUP Wilderness Adventures for the trip of a lifetime. Experience authentic Croat culture as you explore the archipelago and paddle on the Adriatic’s sparkling clear waters to multiple picturesque fisherman ports. Pack you bags and prepare to see a whole wonderful world.
You will be staying in various accommodations for this program. All rates are based on twin share accommodation.
This SUP or kayaking touring trip will kick off in Zadar, Croatia's oldest continuously inhabited city, which is located on the Dalmatian Coast. After visiting the famed Plitvice Lakes and exploring Zadar's Roman and Venetian ruins by bike, you will hop across to the islands of the Zadar archipelago for a truly local experience.
For the majority of the trip, you will be based in a quaint town of Molat, and it is from there that you will stand up paddle board daily, across the Adriatic’s sparkling clear waters to multiple picturesque fisherman ports, beaches, and tunnels that were used during the Cold War to hide submarines.
On arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to your accommodation in Zadar, which is located in the very center of the historic Old Town - on the Old Roman Forum. The Forum is to Zadar the equivalent of what Saint Mark's Square is to Venice, so you really can’t beat the location. Get lost in the maze of the decumanum (a grid of Roman streets that still remains today) and step back in time on thousand-year-old stone roads.
The group will meet in the mid-afternoon to take a bike ride along the city's coastline and watch the sun set behind the offshore islands that will be your paddling ground. Afterwards, in the evening, you may head to a local eatery for a meal and drink, or explore the many points of interest in the Old Town, at your leisure.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Plitvice National Park. It is hard to find a place to rival the natural splendor of the 295-square-kilometer forest reserve, which is considered a must-see attraction. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey, or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
A chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and four lower lakes. The latter are the site of Veliki Slap, a 78-meter-high waterfall. Plitviče is one of the oldest and the largest national parks in Croatia and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage register.
In late afternoon, you will return to Zadar, and the evening is free for you to continue exploring the narrow streets of the Old Town and enjoying some local wines or beers.
After breakfast, catch a boat to Molat Island, which will serve as your base for the remainder of the trip. Molat has three villages and a total population of just 150 in winter and 500 in summer. You will stay in the biggest village (also called Molat).
Once you have settled into your accommodations, you will paddle out of Jazi Bay to circumnavigate the south side of the island, where the waters are shallow and stunningly turquoise in color. The first stop is a pebble stone beach, where you can enjoy a swim or snorkel. A little further on and stop for a bit longer at Sabuša, where you can play a round of picigin (a Dalmatian water ball game). The paddle excursion ends in Lučina harbour, after which you will rest a while before the evening meal accompanied by local wine and spirits.
After breakfast, you can either ride a bike to - or transfer by van to - the village of Zapuntel. From there, paddle across to Ist Island and its stunningly sandy beach. Then hike up an ancient pilgrimage route toward Snow Lady Chapel to take in some spectacular views of the archipelago.
After lunch, those with the energy can join a trip to an island that was once used by the Romans as a quarry, before returning to the base in Molat.
Spend a relaxed kind of day with a paddle in the sheltered waters of Brgulje Bay and a stop in at a small village pizzeria for coffee. On the return route to Molat, the wind should be at your backs.
After breakfast, paddle from Molat Harbor to the Bonastar Peninsula to explore a network of 400-meter-long caves that were used in World War II. Continue to the shipwreck of the Michelle, which sits partially above the surface. After a snorkel stop, continue to Veli Rat lagoon and take a break to explore the pebble stone beach and – for those feeling energetic - the nearby lighthouse, which is the tallest in North Dalmatia. Return following the coast of Dugi Otok and take in a number of interesting stone formations.
After breakfast, paddle to the island of Brščak for a snorkeling exploration of its southern side. Continue to Dugi Otok to paddle within the 150-meter-deep submarine caves that were used during the Cold War. Continue from there to island of Zverinac to sample its famous olive oil, have lunch, and enjoy a refreshing swim before returning to Molat.
The catamaran departs Molat at 6:50 a.m. for Zadar (arriving at 7:50 a.m.), so breakfast is packed to go. Bid the group a fond farewell. Those who wish to remain in Croatia longer may then travel on to Split, Zagreb, or Dubrovnik and reacquaint themselves with the more tourist-heavy side of the country.
This SUP tour will start in Zadar. If you drove the length of the Dalmatian Coast from Italy to Montenegro, you would be excused for thinking you’re travelling along Europe’s most beautiful coastline. Olive groves and pine forests cloak the land and the green of cyprus trees contrast with an impossibly blue sea. Craggy cliff-faces drop away to reveal hidden coves where deserted beaches beckon. Islands dot the horizon as far as the eye, with most being small and uninhabited.
The area of present-day Zadar traces its earliest evidence of human life from the late Stone Age, while numerous settlements have been dated as early as the Neolithic and the ninth-century BC. In 59 BC, it was renamed Iadera when it became a Roman municipality and then in 48 BC, Zadar became a Roman colony.
Zadar is a historical center with astoundingly beautiful ruins displaying layers of culture and history. It is one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations and was named "the entertainment center of the Adriatic" by The Times and "Croatia's new capital of cool" by the Guardian.
Authentic Croat culture still dictates the slow pace of island time where pig is roasted on a spit to tender perfection, the potato salad is sweet, and the fish dishes are cooked in the old manner - over hot coals.
You will enjoy seven breakfasts and three dinners. This SUP tour does not include food and beverages that are not stated.
Please book your flight to arrive at Zadar Airport (ZAD). Transfer from the airport on arrival is included. SUP Wilderness Adventures will pick you up from the airport.
Alternative airports are Split Airport (SPU) and Zagreb Airport (ZAG).
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