We (finally) leave Skradin on Monday and head towards Island Zlarin. The weather is absolutely feral but we are promised that from Tuesday the blue skies will appear and we’ll quickly forget what it’s like to feel rain and wind hit our skin. So far my whole view of yacht life is a little interrupted with the fantasy vision I had in my head. It’s cold, it’s rainy and it’s windy but I take this weather as an opportunity to switch off from the world and chill. I was expecting to be sea sick for the first day but didn’t feel ill, thankfully.
As we approach the Marina on Island Zlarin, the rain clears up and slight glimpses of sun appear. I decide to test Yuya’s photography skills and ask him to kindly take a photo of me and make it look sexy with all these grey clouds. I believe he succeeds. This picture is a little special because it was taken on the day I celebrated my one year sober anniversary, a day I privately celebrated my greatest personal success.
Island Zlarin, also referred to as “Coral Island” and for centuries has been known for it’s corals. After lunch we head over to the Museum of Coral and then visit Koralji Zlarinka, that operates as both stand alone store and workshop, creating some of the finest pieces from Zlarin’s red corals. We literally spend over an hour observing owner, Miro Besker in his element as her creates his fine jewellery.
The following day we finally meet blue skies as we enter nautical paradise, Kornati National Park. We dock our yacht in the middle of the sea, connect it with our fellow sailing crew and begin to embrace what sailing in Croatia is all about, jumping into the sea. I of course, remain a professional poser and am not in the mood to get wet. We also end up having lunch here on the yachts surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters.
Kornati National Park consists of 89 islands and is located in the northern part of Dalmatia. If when you think of Croatia you think of over-crowded and somewhat commercial, Kornati would expel that stereotype, it’s simply unspoiled. Considering most people will never experience the beauty of Kornati Islands, I considered myself even more fortunate have ticked off such an unforgettable part of Croatia off my bucket list.
We arrive to Croatia’s 16th largest island, Otok (Island) Kornat in the late afternoon, before the sunset and one we are told will be the most beautiful of the entire trip. The bay we dock in is called Vrulje. All I can think about is 1. Charging my iPhone, Canon G7x, other Canon camera, external battery pack and MacBook 2. Washing my hair (finally, after 4 days of travelling) 3. Connecting to wiFi 4. Eating food.
Would you believe that none of these happen for me, except for the food part, about 3 hours later. Island Kornat has no electricity or power until 6pm and when I finally do connect my tech gear, it’s so slow to charge, I feel like I’ll blow up the entire circuit. I also don’t get to wash my hair because there are no external bathroom facilities like at Skradin, that Marina is world class. Vrulje Marina at Island Kornat is gorgeous though and the tiny little tumbledown village is exciting to walk through.
To distract myself from failing to connect with the rest of the world, I follow the team up the large hill that overlooks the entire Kornati region for sunset. From a distance, it doesn’t appear to be too difficult but up close I’m met with a completely different mission, one that involves vlogging and not breaking a leg.
I manage to capture so many stunning shots of Vrulje Bay and as I near the top of the hill I hear Annie call out, “Adriana!!! Wow!!” Again, we’ve wow-ed our international guests, as promised.
We have dinner at Konoba Robinson, a family run restaurant with fresh local produce. It’s our first “peka” experience, where our lamb and octopus is slow cooked for several hours earlier. Peka is very common on the Dalmatian coastline of Croatia and once again, we are spoilt with excess amounts of food.
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**This post is in collaboration with The National Tourism Board of Croatia**0