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Best snorkeling spots on Premuda Island

calendar iconFeb 18, 2024

Premuda Island, a Croatian gem bathed in sunshine, might be small in size but bursts with underwater wonders.

Premuda is small, just 9 km long and up to 1 km wide, and covers about 9.2 km2. It is located southwest of Silba island and northwest of Škarda and is the westernmost island belonging to the Zadar Archipelago.

This car-free haven, adorned with secluded beaches and a rich tapestry of marine life, beckons snorkelers of all levels to explore its crystal-clear waters.

But with numerous coves and islets scattered around the island, choosing the best snorkeling spots on Premuda island can be overwhelming. For this reason, Zadar Archipelago speedboat excursions offer private speedboat tours to every corner of the greater Zadar archipelago area.


Snorkeling Bliss near Krijal Port

For a sheltered and relaxing snorkeling experience, head to the rocky shoreline stretching between Krijal Port and the four islets (Hripa, Masarine, Plitka Sika, and Bračići) that act as natural barriers. The shallow waters, rarely exceeding 3-4 meters, are perfect for families and beginners.

Imagine yourself floating amidst vibrant schools of damselfish, clownfish, and even the occasional octopus, all darting between colourful sponges and sea urchins clinging to the rocks.

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Keep an eye out for starfish, sea urchins, and playful damselfish darting amongst the rocks. Remember, the best discoveries often lie just beyond the first glance, so don’t hesitate to peek around each corner!

Thanks to a private speedboat tour, manoeuvre your way around these islets, discovering hidden coves teeming with diverse marine life.

Kamenjak Islet: A Snorkeler’s Sanctuary

Venture to the northern shores of Premuda , where the islet of Kamenjak calls with its rugged charm. This secluded haven, accessible only by speedboat or a challenging swim, offers a tranquil escape from crowds, perfect for those seeking a solitary snorkeling adventure.

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Embrace the dramatic coastline and explore the underwater world around the islet. Be mesmerized by the indented and rugged coastline, that hides life in every crack and crevass.

For that craving adventure off the beaten path, a journey to Kamenjak Islet promises an unparalleled snorkeling experience. Just a stone’s throw away from Premuda, this hidden gem boasts rocky beaches and untouched beauty, ideal for explorers in search of underwater marvels.

The Lopata Cape

Seeking solitude and serenity? Look no further than Lopata, the southeastern cape of Premuda Island. Here, tranquil bays and secluded coves await, offering the perfect backdrop for a peaceful snorkeling excursion.

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If you manoeuvre past the cape, there are still some excellent snorkeling possibilities along the rugged coastline

Venture further along the southwest coast, where the bay of Široka beckons with its crystal-clear waters, frequented by curious divers.

Beyond the Beaches

For experienced divers, a hidden gem awaits. Dive into the awe-inspiring system of caves known as the “Cathedral,” located in Široka Bay. Sunlight filters through openings in the cave ceiling, creating an ethereal underwater spectacle.

Surrender to the feeling of weightlessness as you explore this natural cathedral, surrounded by an abundance of marine life, including octopuses, lobsters, and even the occasional curious grouper.

 sunken ship
This protected site, resting at a depth of 40-60 meters, is accessible only to experienced divers with proper permits.

For history buffs and adventurous souls alike, a visit to the wreckage of the SMS Szent István is a must. Resting upside down beneath the azure waves, this relic of the Austro-Hungarian Navy from World War I beckons experienced divers to explore its hauntingly beautiful remains, now protected by the Croatian Ministry of Culture.

Best snorkeling spots on Premuda Island

Premuda Island may be small in size, but it packs a big punch when it comes to snorkeling adventures. Among its many attractions, snorkeling enthusiasts are in for a treat, with a myriad of captivating sites scattered along its sun-kissed shores.

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Premuda Island boasts an abundance of natural wonders and marine treasures

Each dive promises a unique glimpse into the island’s rich underwater heritage. So, book a tour with Zadar Archipelago speedboat tours, let us grab your snorkel gear and dive into the crystal-clear waters of Premuda, where every stroke reveals a new world of wonder and discovery.

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