Our Kornati Island Yacht Charter Guide
Best for: Off the beaten track sailing, natural beauty, fewer crowds than the Dalmatian Islands, isolated restaurants
Look out for: Lack of nightlife, more intrepid destination, isolation may not appeal to families
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What to Expect
Rugged, barren and staggeringly beautiful, the Kornati Islands are a collection of hundreds of largely uninhabited islands scattered like pebbles along the northern Dalmatian coast of Croatia. You’ll find stunning isolated bays to enjoy quiet nights at anchor, hidden restaurants serving some of the best food in the Med and a few lively mainland stops to let your hair down!
Kornati Islands at a Glance
A stunning location with hundreds of rugged and dramatic islands scattered like pebbles along the coastline, providing endless isolated anchorages and hidden restaurants
The wider Kornati sailing area has three stunning archipelagos and two national parks, as well as numerous mainland based villages and attractions
Gentle sailing conditions throughout the summer with protection from all directions. Generally light conditions through peak summer and highs in the mid-30s.
Kornati Islands Sailing Itineraries
Our Kornati Islands section actually includes three island groups in northern Dalmatia - the northerly Zadar archipelago, the southerly Sibenik archipelago and the Kornati Islands in between. Don't forget the mainland, where beautiful fortress towns such as Sibenik, Vodice and Primosten await with bars, restaurants and even a night club or two.
This one week itinerary focuses on the southern islands of the Kornatis, including the Kornati National Park itself.
Venture further north into the Zadar Archipelago with a mulitude of islands, bays, harbours and coves to explore.
Cover more ground with slightly longer sailing legs, leaving from the Sibenik archipelago and exploring both the Kornati national park and the Zadar archipelagos.
Experience the entire length of the Kornati Islands with this fantastic two week itinerary that can start from any base.
The Kornati Islands Sailing Area
Where once forests stood, there now lies bare and arid land that creates a beautiful contrast to the blues and greens of the crystal clear waters. The only structures that remain are the stone fences built for long disappeared sheep, a smattering of small villages and isolated (and high class) seafood restaurants that now ply their trade to the yachting fraternity. Lively and picturesque mainland towns provide wonderful contrast, offering a place to let your hair down and stock up on supplies.
The Kornati National Park
This beautiful national park, which lends its name to the wider sailing area, lies south-east of Zadar and north-west of Sibenik. Covering a sea area of approximately 125sq miles, it is composed of 109 islands and is the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, despite the fact that 76 of them are less than one hectare in size.
In 1980 it was awarded national park status due to the sheer beauty of the landscape and the rich underwater ecosystem that flourishes around the rocky outcrops. Piskera holds the only marina of note in this area, though there are plenty of anchorages..
These islands stretch out from the mainland village Sibenik, which is located up a fresh water river, and also include the coastal town of Primosten. This small and perfectly formed village is one of our most favourite places in Croatia.
Like many (if not most) of the islands in Croatia, the Sibenik archipelago is best visited by yacht. ZIrje, Zlarin and Kaprije have been firm favourites of the staff here at Seamaster for many years. Quiet anchorages, traditional Croatian restaurants and relative proximity to each other make it a lovely sailing ground.
West and north west of Zadar is the Zadar archipelago, dominated by arguably the most beautiful and most dramatic island in the entire Kornati area. Dugi Otok (Croatian: 'Long Island'), is indeed long and thin and features a long dramatic west coast, with sheer cliffs plunging into the sea. Make sure you visit the celebrated national park in the south, Telesica, which offers a safe harbour, lots of wildlife, and even an inland saltwater lake.
Our Bases in the Kornati Islands
From south to north, we have bases for the Kornati Islands in Sibenik, Biograd, Sukosan and Zadar. The entire area is readily accessed from each of these bases. While the decision on which base to use may be best decided by yacht availability, their respective locations may be used to narrow down the choices, but no more.
Like the rest of Croatia, the winds in the Kornati Islands offer an excellent all-round sailing experience. Winds very rarely stronger than Force 4 (fresh winds) in peak summer. A wind called the 'Bora' does bring stronger wind, but this is a winter wind that only very rarely features even early and late season. Croatia is one of the most northerly sailing areas in the Mediterranean and therefore tends to have a slightly shorter season than other, more southerly countries. June and early September enjoy settled weather, with temperatures in the mid to late twenties. During the peak months of July and August, temperatures are consistently in the early 30s.
How to get here
Zadar Airport is the most convenient airport for our Kornati Island bases, with transfer times of between 15 - 30 minutes. There are flights to Zadar Airport from London Luton, London Stansted, London South End and Manchester.
Alternatively, you can fly to Split and transfer north to our bases. The transfer is between 60 minutes and 90 minutes, but Split has many more flight options.