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Rab with Accommodation (8 Days)

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"With accommodation“ type of expedition is designed for kayakers who prefer to have a nice shower, tasty dinner and a good night's rest in a comfy bed after a long paddling day. It is suited for beginners, families and experienced paddlers, small or large groups, and provides a flexible paddling routine and difficulty.

Based on the groups input and interests, we adjust daily route and mileage. The trip is limited to Rab, and since the area is well known to our guides, the trip is very safe, interesting and easy-going. Numerous beaches and roads allow us to transfer you to various points on the island, thus avoiding unfavourable wind conditions or crowded beaches.

Our goal is to circumnavigate the island but also visit the neighbouring island of Sv. Grgur and fjord Zavratnica on the mainland. Western side of Rab Island is greener, with numerous beaches, rocky capes and sandy coves in between. Sandstones and sandy beaches are characteristic for north-eastern side of the island, while the eastern side is very barren, with fewer beaches but amazing cliffs and interesting geological sights.

Rab Island is a „paddling heaven“ - rich with forest and marine wildlife, long limestone cliffs, intimate sandy bays, clean emerald sea and beautiful pebbly beaches. But there are also ancient historical sites, ruins of political prisons from the socialist era, hidden caves, villages - and plenty of bars along the way, where we usually stop for drinks.

First day is reserved for transfer, meeting and getting accommodated. Organized transfer is on the last day.

After each breakfast we'll transfer to various starting points, load the kayaks with basic supplies and start exploring the coastline. If you don't feel like paddling, you can stay at home and we'll suggest a few activities for the day.

The finishing point (as well as starting point) is always different and we usually finish between 3:30 and 5:00 pm, leaving you enough time to prepare for dinner, which is around 7:00 pm. After dinner, guests can enjoy free time in the town centre.

The following itinerary should be seen as an approximate guide only. Our program may change depend on the local weather conditions and preferences of the group.

Day 1 Arrival

Group Airport pick-up and transfer to our Family Residence Apartments or Hotel*. Dinner in local restaurant/tavern with traditional dish.

Day 2 | Town of Rab | 20 Km | 11 NM

Breakfast and trip presentation. Short transfer to near-by bay of Eufemija.Unloading Kayaks. Paddling along the coastline to reach the Town of Rab 2000.y.o. fortification walls elevated above the sea. After paddling along the Frkanj peninsula we'll enter the turquoise waters of Kalifront forest coastline. The part of this forest called Dundovo was declared in 1949 as a natural rarity place for its evergreen Crnika Tree (Helm Oak Tree). There are many emerald coves to stop on our way before we reach the bay of Kampor from where we'll have 15 min transfer back to our base.

Day 3 | Prison Island of Grgur | 24 Km | 13 NM

After breakfast we'll have a 20-minute transfer to Lopar from where we'll start kayaking around this unique peninsula. There are many sandy beaches surrounded by pine tree forests where we'll have a siesta. We’ll cross to former Political Prison Island of St.Gregory (Sv.Grgur) and paddle in Grgur Bay where we’ll have lunch in our friend’s restaurant*. Dish to serve is refreshing calamari on the grill with potato or some meat dish.

We’ll then paddle around the Island where we’ll enjoy under high cliffs with great geology difference. After surrounding it we’ll get back to Lopar and paddle the rest of the Sandy Beaches before we end in Crnika Bay. Transfer back to apartments for a shower and rest. Walk to Marko Polo restaurant where we’ll have some traditional dishes in a modern way. *Restaurant on Grgur Island is open from June to the end of September. If closed we'll have a lunch package.

Day 4| Geo Park Rab | 20 Km | 11 NM

Breakfast and transfer to Lopar from where we’ll paddle along the E side of Rab. We’ll explore the Geological Park of Rab.

Our first stop is Medova Buža - the cave where you can jump from the 4-meter high ceiling hole and refresh in crystal clear brackish water. The only way out is to have a short dive through the big underwater hole.

After refreshment we'll paddle to reach the amazing beach of Ilo where we'll have a rest but before we'll enter in one cave with a kayak and enjoy in high cliff scenery. Then we have one more cave to explore and many interesting sights before we reach the Moonscape Bay of Mag where we'll have our last rest stop or you can choose to have Overnight Experience camping under the stars. All camping gear like tents, sleeping bags and floor pads is provided by us. The next day, after breakfast on the beach, we just continue to Zavratnica.

Follows 1:30 hour of paddling to reach the Mišnjak ferry port where we'll load our kayaks on the trailer and go for well-deserved dinner.

Day 5 | Nature Park Zavratnica | 13 Km | 7 NM

Breakfast and short transfer to Pudarica Beach from where we’ll set off. Paddling along the coastline to reach Mišnjak bay from where we paddle across to the mainland and visit the Zavratnica Bay situated in Park of Nature Velebit. The bay is like miniature Fjord carved in massive Velebit Mountain. We’ll have a short swim in a bit cooler water than usual as there are many freshwater sources from the mountain. There is also one military shipwreck submerged in the bay and you can snorkel around it as it is in the shallow part, just a meter from the surface. Here we'll have our lunch and hike to Canyon top from where we can enjoy the spectacular view. On our way back we can stop in Jablanac village - known by the Mountain House that is situated on the lowest ground level in the world, on only 26 meters. After the visit, we’ll paddle back to Mišnjak where we’ll load our kayaks and finish our day. Organized dinner in the hotel.

Day 6 | Sandy Islands and Rocky Sorinj | 15 Km | 8 NM

Breakfast and short transfer to Bay of Kampor from where we’ll start our paddling day. We’ll paddle to sandy Islands of Maman and stop for a swim before we reach the next beach in crystal clear waters of cape Sorinj. We'll also visit one of the oldest water mills on the Croatian part of the Adriatic. After swim break, we'll continue paddling along the coastline exploring bays and small beaches before we reach Lopar and have transferred back to our base.

Day 7 | Goli Otok Political Prison Island | 22 Km | 12 NM

Breakfast and short transfer to Lopar from where we’ll paddle to the Island of Goli. Goli otok (Naked Island) or as it is known “The Croatian Alcatraz” is one of the best known and most infamous prisons in Europe following the Second World War, which opened in 1948 and closing in 1988. We’ll have a short walk as we’ll need some time to paddle around the Island and finish our circumnavigation of 3 Islands in total ( Rab,St.Grgur and Goli Otok). Transfer from Lopar to Rab and farewell dinner at our family house where we’ll serve you some good fresh fish on the grill and some domestic high-quality wine as we hold 4 golden medals for red wine.Happy Holidays

Day 8 | Trip Finish

Breakfast and organized transfer to Airport.

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7 Nights, 6 Paddling Days
Varied
Varied
6
12, Private groups up to 16 people
Easy to intermediate
Guide, Water, Transfers from or to airport, Meals, Transfer from ending point, Waterproof bag, Spray skirt, Kayak (double or single), Life jacket, Sojourn tax, Transfer to starting point
Orders in bars or restaurants, Entrance tickets to museums, national parks, theaters etc., Ticket to Zavratnica Fiord on optional day (+ 4,00 €), Drinks in bars or restaurants
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