Best places for kayaking in Croatia
The inviting waters of the Adriatic Sea and several whitewater rivers are a desired destination for kayaking in Croatia. Pleasant winds, no hazardous currents and myriad islands positioned close to one another provide excellent opportunities for exciting kayak adventures on the sea. The conditions for freshwater kayaking are as much amazing: green water rivers forming waterfalls and canyons and surrounded by a mixture of dense forests, fields, old mills, churches and bridges.
There are a lot of travel agencies in Croatia organizing guided kayaking tours of varied duration (from half-day to week-long trips) and renting safe polyethylene kayaks for individual tours. This popular sport is an exhilarating but not demanding adventure in terms of physical shape or previous experience, so it can be enjoyed by almost every person including 8-year old kids.
Kayaking in South Dalmatia. The Dubrovnik archipelago along the south Dalmatian coast has always been one of the most attractive destinations for sea kayaking in Croatia, regarding the variety of landscape and the abundance of historical sights. After paddling along the spectacular Old City walls you can head for the uninhabited Lokrum island and stop to visit the botanical garden and the saltwater lake. Sipan, the largest of the 13 nearby Elaphite Islands, offers both scenic bays fringed by lush greenery and barren cliffs to explore by kayak. Once you reach Island Lopud accompanied by tunas or even dolphins you will be fascinated by its palm-lined sandy beaches, peaceful countryside and majestic sunsets. The smaller Kolocep island offers a dramatic coastline that combines sandy and pebbly coves with rocks and solitary caves.
Kayaking in Kvarner Bay. One of the most interesting locations for sea kayaking in Kvarner Bay is Island Rab that is distinguished by the extreme indentedness of its 100 km long coastline abounding in pebble, rocky and sandy beaches, secluded coves, small capes, steep rocks and hidden caves. You can kayak beneath the 408 m high rocky Kamenjak mountain to enter the sheltered Ilo Bay or head towards the Medova Buza caves that are beautiful for diving. The island is also remarkable for its exuberant vegetation, such as cypresses, pines, oleanders, blackberry bushes, blossoming cacti and flowers. Paddling among the surrounding sun-drenched islets will enrich your sea adventure.
Kayaking in Central Dalmatia. Among the several rivers that are suitable for whitewater kayaking in Croatia is the 72 long Krka River in the Krka National Park not far from Sibenik in Central Dalmatia. Its gorges, caves and cascades bordered by dense forests of poplars, cypresses and oaks are great for experiencing by kayak. As you paddle down the river you will pass wooden bridges, old water mills and stop to admire numerous waterfalls, the most splendid of which is the 37 m high Skradinski Buk. After passing the 25 m high Roski Falls you will enjoy some peaceful time on the 13 m long Visovac Lake which has an islet with a Franciscan monastery dating from the 14th century. Have a swim in the brackish water that is teeming with fish or reveal other secrets of unspoilt nature.