Dugi otok (Long Island) is an island of contrast. On one side there are high steep cliffs while on the other side you can find quiet coves and beautiful beaches. The island is 45 km long and is the largest island in the Zadar archipelago and the 7th largest in Croatia.
Dugi otok has some of the most beautiful natural resources in Zadar Region. Find out what you can see on Dugi otok, which tours are organized and some more interesting things about this unique island of the Zadar archipelago.
WHAT TO SEE?
Dugi otok has 12 settlements, and due to its indented coast it hides numerous beaches and bays with clear blue sea. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the sandy bay Sakarun, is located in the north of Dugi otok, while in the south is the Telašćica Nature Park.
Sakarun is a large sandy bay on the northwest coast of Dugi otok. The sea is crystal clear and has a specific turquoise color The extremely shallow sea is ideal for families with children. The beach is surrounded by a dense pine forest that provides shade during the summer months. Sakarun is a protected landscape and is member of the association 25 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Veli Žal is another beach on Dugi otok, located on an uninhabited part of the island facing the open sea. The beach is pebbly, in some parts there are limestone rocks, and below the sea surface the ground is covered with fine white sand. The sea is incredibly transparent, and the white sand reflects the light blue color of the sea.
Veli Rat is the northernmost place on Dugi otok. On the cape of the island that is situated 3 km from the settlement is the highest lighthouse on the Adriatic. The lighthouse was built in 1849 and is 42 m high. According to stories 10,000 egg yolks were used during the construction of the characteristic yellow facade of the lighthouse. A dense pine forest surrounds the lighthouse, and in front are beautiful pebble beaches with crystal clear sea.
Golubinka Cave is located in the Brbišćica bay. This unusual cave is a natural phenomenon because it hides a magnificent underwater beach, and due to the opening at the top, light refracts into the interior and illuminates the rock, creating a truly special effect, which you have to experience.
ZMAJEVO OKO (DRAGON′S EYE)
Zmajevo oko is located near the Golubinka cave, on the southwest side of the island. In the carbonate rocks formed a hundred million years ago, there is a sea basin deeply cut into the rocks.
TELAŠĆICA NATURE PARK
Telašćica is located in the southeastern part of Dugi otok and is the largest and safest natural harbor on the Adriatic. The bay is surrounded by 13 islets, and in 1988 it was declared as a Nature Park. There are three basic phenomena that are the main features of this area: the unique bay Telašćica, cliffs which rise up to 161 meters above sea level and descend to a depth of 90 m, and finally the salt lake “Mir” with healing properties.
SUNKEN MERCHANT SHIP
The sunken ship Michelle is located near Veli Rat. It is an Italian ship that carried cargo and stranded in 1984. The ship strayed into the indented archipelago of Dugi otok (Long Island) and stranded in the shallow sea.
In the bay north of Božava there is a secret military tunnel built by the JNA (Yugoslav People′s Army) as a shelter for the navy.
TOURS TO DUGI OTOK FROM ZADAR
Make your vacation unforgettable and get to know all the hidden beauties of Dugi otok in one of the day tours from Zadar that will enhance your memories of an unforgettable vacation in Dalmatia.
1. FULL-DAY TOUR TO DUGI OTOK BY SPEED BOAT
Full-day tour to Dugi otok by speed boat from Zadar provides the best of the island in just one day. You will see the magnificent Golubinka Cave and the Dragon’s Eye. You will jump into the deep, blue sea, dive on the beach Veli Žal, play picigin in the bay Sakarun, visit the mysterious military tunnel, the sunken ship and see the picturesque fishing village Božava.
2. DUGI OTOK KAYAK
Dugi otok Kajak is an attractive tour in which you will experience the best of Dugi otok. You will visit the sandy beach Sakarun, the rocks of Dugi otok, the hidden cave Golubinka and you will dive at the sunken ship.