An archipelago consisting of over 140 islands, this park in the Adriatic Sea spans 234 square kilometers (145.4 miles). Enjoy swimming or diving in gorgeous coves and lagoons or climb to a picturesque viewpoint at the top of cliffs like Klobucar, which is located on the main island of Kornati. For divers, there is intriguing sea life at sometimes minimal depths, like the south side of the island of Rasip, which is chock full of coral, sponge, and more. A number of tour groups offer day-long boat excurions from Zadar and often provide the best opportunity to enjoy the multifaceted allure of this island chain. If you love to dive, be aware that you need to acquire special permits, both for Croatia and the park itself, so plan accordingly.
Note:Most tours take off from Murter or (more conveniently) from the coastal city of Zadar and will run you about $45 US, including transport, a few stops, and lunch. If you'd like to go at your own pace, it may be best to rent a boat, get a map, and even camp in one of the few allowed camping areas.