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CRUISE THROUGH A MAZE OF KORNATI ISLANDS

In tourist publications, the Kornati National Park is often referred to as ?a nautical paradise?. By taking a slalom-like cruise through 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs (as many as there are in the Kornati National Park), you will have a chance to test your nautical skills and abilities especially if the weather ?helps? you at it.

To take the cruise, you only need to have a valid entrance ticket to the Park.

DIVING AND SNORKELING

To visit the Kornati National Park and not dive into the fascinating undersea world is almost a sin. Qualified autonomous divers are in an advantageous position: they can enjoy those undersea natural values because of which (among other things) the area was designated a national park. To those who are not in possession of a diver's certification, we recommend they use a mask and a snorkel to take a peak at the deep blue of the crystal clear sea of the Kornati area, as there is an abundance of unforgettable natural beauties that can be seen from the sea surface as well.

No special permit is required for snorkeling i.e. diving without autonomous diving gear. If you intend to dive using the autonomous diving gear, you must do so only as part of an organized and approved group .

SWIMMING IN THE SEA

Take a swim in the crystal clear and warm sea of the Kornati area. It's an experience that speaks for itself!

No special permit is required for swimming within the Kornati National Park.

WILD BIRD AND ANIMAL WATCHING

The undersea world of the Kornati National Park offers you the pleasure of exploring the exceptionally rich flora and fauna. The land section of the Park, although it often gives an impression of a ?half-desert?, also abounds in plant and animal life. It is confirmed that 537 plant taxons exist on the Kornati National Park land and it is assumed that in total there are app. 700-800 vascular plant families. In-depth research of the animal life within the Park has not been conducted as yet. Beside rodents, snakes, lizards, insects and other living creatures that visitors mostly find uninteresting, the existence of beech marten has also been registered at the Park. It's very hard to find and see it from a close distance though. The Park includes an interesting variety of birds: Eurasian eagle owl, peregrine falcon, kestrel, common buzzard, shag, and seagull.

Avoid close contact with animals and do not disturb them. This area is also their home.

HIKING ON THE KORNATI ISLANDS

Numerous hilltop view locations offer unforgettable moments of pleasure and create unforgettable impressions! Interesting geological and geo-morphological phenomena that you will see from the hilltops are surely a sight to remember.

It is not hard to reach the hilltop view locations. Keep in mind that summer heat can make hiking unbearable. We recommend you take a hat and other sun protection products because there is not a lot of shade on the islands.

The land section of the Kornati National Park is privately owned mostly by the people from Murter, a town on the Island of Murter. During your hikes on the islands, please act as a good and considerate guest.

EATING IN RESTAURANTS AND TAVERNS

There are app. 20 restaurants and taverns within the Kornati National Park. With more or less success in their business, they offer quality domestic cuisine that mostly includes seafood specialties (fish and crabs) and domestic lamb from the Kornati area. Some restaurants also offer ?ordinary? food for those who are not very fond of the Kornati cuisine.

We recommend you visit some of our restaurants and/or taverns ? you will not regret it!

OVERNIGHT STAY IN THE KORNATI NATIONAL PARK

An amazingly rich starry sky that spreads over the Kornati National Park unspoiled by artificial lights, the quietness and serenity of the natural sea ambiance, the smell of the sea, the fresh air and the soft cooling breeze make the night in the Kornati National Park an outstanding experience, a unique experience! If you try it, you will know what we are talking about.

Anchoring and overnight stay in the Kornati National Park are allowed. There are 16 bays set aside for this purpose.

LIVING IN A KORNATI FAMILY

We highly recommend you ?taste? the life of a Kornati family. Try to live a special, different, simple yet complicated life that not so many people know about but that has been lived here, very close to us, for centuries. Regardless of the tourist season, try to feel it and take part in olive-picking, hunting domestic sheep ?turned wild?, sheep shearing, fishing to secure your own food etc. in the way in has been done for centuries by the people of the Kornati area locally known as Kurnatari - very simple, good-natured people and hosts.

To have a taste of the life in on the Kornati Islands, contact one of the tourist offices in Murter. They will gladly help you make the necessary arrangements.

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