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Best beaches for snorkeling near Zadar

Jan 28, 2024

Zadar is a beautiful city in Croatia, located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. A historic settlement rich in all of life`s wonders, Zadar beckons tourists with its varied offer of curious and fascinating places to explore and wonderous things to experience.

This also includes the Zadar archipelago, which is home to more than 300 islands, big and small. These islands offer incredible beaches that were made for snorkeling, due to the relatively shallow coastline with rock formations about 2-4 meters deep.

This unique seascape offers sanctuary to countless marine lifeforms, making the experience of snorkeling around these special locations a unique experience.

Here are some of the best beaches for snorkeling in the Zadar area


Jaz Beach, Ugljan Island

Jaz Beach is a large, sandy beach located on the western side of Ugljan Island. The water here is crystal clear and there is a lot of marine life to see, including octopuses, sea urchins, and fish of all colors and sizes.

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When you arrive by Zadar Archipelago`s speedboat, snorkeling gear will be provided, so you can enjoy the lively display of underwater life.
Jaz Beach also caters to families with children, with amenities such as sunbeds, umbrellas, restaurants and showers available.

Jaz Beach is a great place to spend a day sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling, which makes this beach a popular sport for snorkeling.
That is why Zadar Archipelago speedboat tours regularly offers private speedboat transport to this incredible location for beach snorkeling.

Puntamika Beach

Puntamika Beach is a small, sandy beach located on the mainland, just outside of Zadar. The water is shallow and calm, making it a great place for snorkeling with kids. There are also a few restaurants and bars close by, so you can grab a bite to eat after your snorkel.

A speedboat approaching the old core of Zadar city
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The beach is well-maintained and has plenty of amenities available and the vicinity of the beach with the city of Zadar enables guests to tour more than one beach in a day.

For the most varied beach snorkeling experience, guests on a speedboat can experience Puntamika Beach and then another perfect snorkeling location just 15 minutes away.

Dugi Otok Beaches

Dugi Otok hides plenty of incredible spots for snorkeling, like sunken ships and underwater caves, but also incredible beaches. Among all the beaches that offer perfect snorkeling conditions, it is hard to choose just one. That is why the local tour operators from Zadar Archipelago boat excursions offer their local know-how in the service of providing the best possible snorkeling experience.

You can enjoy snorkeling in one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, Saharun Beach. This sandy lagoon, with its blue luminescence, reminds of far-away Caribbean beaches.

aerial view of sakarun beach
For snorkelling enthusiasts, the seamlessly endless sand of the beach hides numerous sea shells and other similar underwater trinkets, just perfect for kids who want a snorkel treasure hunt.

On the other side of the island, not far from the main port of Sali, Sail Cave Beach is a hidden cove located on the island of Dugi Otok.
The beach is well-maintained but there are no amenities available. However, it is a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Adriatic Sea.

Sail Cave Beach is a great place to spend a day snorkeling and exploring the underwater world.

Vela Draga Beach, Kornati

Vela Draga Beach is a large, sandy beach located on the island of Kornati. The Kornati National Park hides many treasures and secrets – most of which can be found below the surface of the sea, and not above it.

For this purpose, snorkeling is the perfect way of discovering the countless treasures that this National Park hides. From fish schools and corals to rocky beaches and sandy shores, filled with incredible snorkeling options.

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The water at Vela Draga beach is crystal clear and there is a lot of marine life to see. One of the best options to reach Kornati National Park, and the Vela Draga beach, is to book a tour of Kornati with Zadar Archipelago speedboat tours. Enjoy the best summer snorkeling experiences in Vela Draga, thanks to Zadar Archipelago.

Sabuša Beach, Molat Island

Molat Island is a haven for snorkelers seeking an unforgettable underwater adventure. The island’s pristine waters teem with an abundance of marine life, making it an ideal destination for exploring the wonders of the Adriatic Sea.

One of the island’s crown jewels, Sabuša Beach, stands out as a snorkeler’s paradise. Renowned for its soft, white sand and shallow waters, Sabuša Beach provides an ideal entry point into the underwater realm. As you venture into the clear turquoise depths, you’ll be greeted by a vibrant kaleidoscope of marine life.

Zadar Archipelago speedboat tour of best beaches for snorkeling
The gentle waves and calm waters make Sabuša Beach a perfect spot for snorkeling, even for those with limited experience.

Arriving at Sabuša Beach by speedboat is an exciting and time-efficient way to reach this snorkeling paradise. Speedboat tours from Zadar typically depart in the morning and take around one hour to reach the island. Once you’ve arrived at Sabuša Beach, you’ll be greeted by the warm hospitality of the locals and the serenity of the island’s natural beauty.

Best Beaches for Snorkeling near Zadar: A Sensational Experience

The Adriatic Sea, with its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life, is a haven for snorkeling enthusiasts. And when you’re near Zadar , you can experience the best of this underwater paradise with speedboats from Zadar Archipelago speedboat tours.

Picture this: you’re gliding through the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, the sun warming your skin and the gentle breeze tousling your hair. You’re surrounded by the sounds of the sea – the gentle lapping of the waves against the boat, the cries of seagulls, and the occasional splash of dolphins.

As you approach your snorkeling destination, a jump into the refreshing sea reveals an underwater wonderland. The water is so clear that you can see every detail of the rocky seabed below. The sensation of weightlessness is exhilarating, and you feel a sense of peace and tranquility as you glide through the water.

snorkeling in lojena bay during a boat tour
As you explore the underwater world, you’re amazed by the diversity of marine life that you encounter; with each turn, you discover something new and fascinating.

The speedboats from Zadar Archipelago tours play a crucial role in making this snorkeling experience possible. They quickly transport you to secluded coves and hidden reefs, saving you time and energy so that you can focus on enjoying the underwater world.

The experienced and local guides on these speedboats are also a valuable asset. They know the best snorkeling spots in the area and can provide helpful tips on how to spot and interact with marine life.

So, if you’re looking for a truly memorable beach snorkeling experience, book a speedboat tour from Zadar Archipelago speedboat tours.

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