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5 Best Things to do in Dugi Otok, Croatia [with Suggested Tours]

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor September 1st, 2021 Posted in Destination, Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Dugi Otok, Croatia soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Dugi Otok with suggested tours!

5 Best Things to do in Dugi Otok, Croatia
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Dugi took is located west of Zadar. It is also the 7th largest island in the Adriatic Sea, off the Dalmatian coast. The name “Dugi Otok” means “Long Island” as it is 45 km long. This island is ideal if you want to explore off the beaten destination in Croatia. The Saharun Beach on the north side and Telascica Nature Park on the southern part are some of the most visited sights here. Explore more of this island in this short guide.

List of Best Things to do in Dugi Otok, Croatia

1. Telascica Nature Park

5 Best Things to do in Dugi Otok, Croatia
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A very beautiful nature park, which is worth a visit both on land and on water. The Telascica reserve with the neighboring National Park of the Kornati Islands forms a truly unique whole where a large part of the islands, the color of the transparent sea, and the labyrinth of straits, channels, and various passages make the excursion time fly away.

Suggested Tour: Telaščica Nature Park Day Trip from Zadar

2. Sakarun Beach

5 Best Things to do in Dugi Otok, Croatia
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This beach is located all to the northwest of the island of Dugi Otok. A beautiful sandy bay with turquoise water. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella because there is no shade on the beach, if not a pine forest on the side, and there are also no establishments.

Suggested Tour: Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

3. Beach Veli Zal


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A wonderful white pebble beach, crystal clear, and fantastic sea. It is not equipped but there is a bar that sells drinks and you can also eat. In front of the beach is the island of rabbits, a small uninhabited island. A stunning, isolated beach surrounded by nature that is highly recommended for people who want relaxation and peace.

Suggested Tour: From Zadar: Dugi Otok Half-Day Kayak Adventure

4. Veli Rat lighthouse


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The Veli Rat lighthouse offers a wonderful view, especially at sunset. It is easily accessible and you can find large free parking on a dirt road in its immediate vicinity. Around the area, there are some enchanting pebble beaches with easy access to the sea.

5. Cave Strasna Pec

5 Best Things to do in Dugi Otok, Croatia
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It is a cave that can be reached after having traveled perhaps more than the 2.8 km road. The road is single-lane but two-way and not recommended for those suffering from vertigo. The cave itself requires at least 15 minutes to visit but with a torch.

Where to stay in Dugi Otok, Croatia

Budget Hotel

Picić Guesthouse

5 Best Things to do in Dugi Otok, Croatia

Picić Guesthouse is located in Luka on the island of Dugi Otok. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea from the balcony, each room has hardwood floors and a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. Featuring free parking and a children’s playground, it offers a garden and rooms with TV.

Price: Starts at $41 per night for the Double or Twin Room with Balcony, includes taxes and charges, add $11 for breakfast, and it offers a free cancellation.

Luxury Hotel

Villa Lapis

5 Best Things to do in Dugi Otok, Croatia

Villa Lapis features accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, free bikes and access to a garden with an outdoor pool. The villa has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 4 bathrooms with a shower. Saharun Beach is 2 km from Villa Lapis.

Price: Starts at $177 per night for the Villa, includes taxes and charges, and it offers a free cancellation.

These are the possible things you can do in Dugi Otok, Croatia. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Dugi Otok.

How to go to Dugi Otok, Croatia from London

The nearest airport in Dugi Otok is Zadar Airport.

Via Ryanair: (one way with one-stop)

*From London Stansted – Prague – Zadar

Ticket Price: £76.85

Via EasyJet: (one way with one-stop)

*From London Gatwick – Prague – Zadar

Ticket Price: £85.22

*How to travel from Zadar Airport to Dugi Otok

From Zadar airport, you will have to travel by car going to Zadar city, from there, ride a car-ferry going to Brbinj. And from Brbinj, you will again travel by car going to Sali, Dugi Otok’s largest town. The journey can take around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

*Prices are subject to change. You can visit Skyscanner for more details about the ticket prices.

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​​​​​​​



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