In the central part of the Croatian part of the Adriatic sea, almost parallel to the coastline, a unique archipelago of the Kornati islands is scattered. The archipelago covers an area of 300km2 with 148 islands and islets in total surface of 62km2 and itís one of the favourite destinations for sailing charters and motor luxury rental yacht charters. Because of its unique natural beauty, numerous bays and coves, preserved nature and extremely rich sea ecosystem, bigger part of these island comprise a National Park founded in 1980. This Park cover an area of 220km2 and comprises 89 islands and islets and the coastal length parallel to it is 185km. The islands were named after the biggest of the islands - island Kornat. Nowadays these islands aren't permanently inhabited although someone spend here several months a year.
There is no electricity or drinkable water and the land is mostly barren although long ago they were covered with the Mediterranean oak forests. People from Murter island cultivate small fields in lime stone valleys where they grow olives, figs and wine grapes. On the island then, sheep can be found as well as the bee hives.
The Adriatic sea belongs to the bluest seas in the world. The colour of this sea is almost unbelievable. Crystal clearness of the sea enables you to see the sea bottom with its various shapes: crevices, holes, caves, red coral, shells and many sorts of fish. This National Park is unavoidable destination for all the sailors who can found safe haven in marinas on the islands of Zut and Piskera. On the island of Zakan you can find excellent restaurant for all those who prefer sea food and fresh fish specialities.You can be sure that the mild Mediterranean climate will suit you even in spring and in autumn. The National Park Kornati is made up of a group of 89 islands, islets and cliffs which stretch along the south western coastline of the island Pasman, in between Dugi otok and Zirja. It spreads over a surface of 220m2 and declared a national park in 1980 due to its unique shape and beauty. The park was named after the largest island, Kornati (32,6m2), and the name Kornati most likely came from the Latin name corrimare which means scattered islands. The larger islands in the group are Sit, Zut, Jadra, Kurba, Vela, Levrnaka, Piskera, and Lavsa. The numbers of inlets serve as shelter to fishing boats and sailboats during bad weather. It is more or less bare rocky ground but in its basins olive trees, fig trees and grape vines thrive. A larger part of the islands are private and they do not have any towns or inhabitants.