Last night as we wandered along the waterfront in Zadar, we checked out the Boat Excursions on offer for tomorrow. Kim had set her heart on a boat excursion from Zadar back in Australia prior to leaving on our holiday. We settled on Kornati Island Excursions run by an old sea salt named Ivo. When we asked him about the weather tomorrow and whether it would be suitable for a boat excursion, he expressed some doubt, and said he would make a decision in the morning. He provided his phone number and said to phone him early in the morning.
We set the alarm for 6.45am, and on waking, tentatively looked out the apartment window to find a relatively clear sky. We phoned Ivo and he said the boat excursion was on for today, and could we make it fifteen minutes earlier than our planned departure of 8.30am. It was action stations to get our gear ready and walk down through the Old Town to the jetty, but we made it with five minutes to spare.
We boarded the ‘Mirna”, and left the jetty, picking up lunch supplies at one of the
islands, and then proceeding to the Island of Levrnaka. Sailing through blue waters akin to the Mediterranean Sea, we arrived at Levrnaka in around an hour and a half. We thought we were going to swim next to the jetty where the boat tied up, however, the skipper directed us over a little rise to a secluded “blue lagoon” cove. He told us the water was the clearest anywhere on the Croatian Coast. I thought to myself you haven’t seen how clear the ocean is in Australia.
On entering the water with my goggles on (couldn’t fit snorkels into our luggage), I was astounded with the visibility of the crystal clear blue water. The water was just a perfect temperature and was literally as clear as that of Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island Australia, which is acknowledged to have the clearest water visibility in Australia.
We spent a couple of hours swimming in the cove before heading back to the boat. The skipper then took us on a tour of the sea cliffs of Kornati, before sailing to our lunch destination on another island in the Kornati Group. Choice of grilled fish,
chicken and meat was on the menu with salad. We enjoyed a good meal and I then went for a swim in the crystal clear water around the ocean front restaurant.
After a couple of hours relaxing in and around the water, it was time for the boat to head back to Zadar. Arriving back at the jetty at 6.00pm, we stayed in the Old Town and waited on the sunset, passing the time listening to the soothing sounds of the Sea Organ.
After watching the sun slowly set, and taking numerous photos, we headed back to our apartment very thankful that a day that was forecast to be rainy with storms, in fact turned out to be an almost perfect weather day. The weather even fooled an old sea salt named Ivo.