North Dalmatia stretches from the island of Pag in the north to Sibenik in the south. The region is richly blessed with natural beauties and cultural treasures. For example, historic Zadar, whose old town is located on an island, is a true open-air museum. Anyone planning to explore Zadar with their own boat should head for Marina Zadar. A few charter companies have their fleets here, too.D-Marin in Sukosan, slightly further to the south, and Marina Kornati in Biograd are popular with both boat owners and charter sailors. Marina Pirovac, in the town of the same name near Tisno, is new since 2017.
Kornati National Park
When you think of North Dalmatia, the Kornati National Park often comes to mind first. This archipelago, covering 220 km2 with roughly 89 islands and scattered reefs, is very popular with yachties. In summer, numerous yachts cruise past the barren islands through the labyrinthine archipelago. The sea is deep blue and crystal clear. In many bays you will find konoba owners who often bring fresh fish, seafood or lamb to the table. Anyone yachting to the Kornati should organise a ticket beforehand as admission is often cheaper in advance than from the park rangers on site.
Telaščica Nature Park
Telaščica Nature Park lies directly to the north of the Kornati. Telaščica Bay, in the south of the island of Dugi Otok, is the largest and one of the best protected bays in the Croatian Adriatic Sea. Telaščica Bay is divided into many smaller bays, some of which have a few buoys, such as the bays of Mir or Kruševica. The buoys are free, but you will also have to buy a ticket for the nature park. You will find good mooring options right in the north of the bay near the Skolji islands. You can also moor in the fjord-like Ćuška Duboka Bay, but you will have to put out your shore lines here.
The island of Murter lies to the east of the Kornati and it is also the administrative centre of Kornati National Park. Marina Hramina, ACI Marina Jezera and Marina Betina make up the three marinas on the island. From here, you can quickly reach the archipelago of Šibenik that consists of about 10 islands. It’s less hectic here compared to other places, the people look more relaxed. And that is probably also the secret of the small island group. The region is perfect for nature lovers and people who prefer to relax and enjoy life instead of living a fast-paced lifestyle.
A range of smaller islands such as Molat, Olib, Premuda or Silba are situated off the north Dalmatian coast. The islands are flatter here than elsewhere and are not swarming with tourists. The most northerly island of Dalmatia is Pag and it is not only famous for its delicious Pag cheese. ACI Marina Simuni on Pag is a starting point for many water sports enthusiasts.
Following you find a list of all marinas, harbours, anchorages, buoy fields, jetties, fuel stations and for boaters relevant restaurants in North Dalmatia: