Zrmanja, the hidden beauty in the hinterland of Dalmatia (one hour drive from Zadar), is one of Croatia's most beautiful rivers: wild and unpolluted. The 200 m deep canyon with many rapids and a 12 meters high waterfall named "Veliki Buk" provides an exciting river-rafting adventure. The river springs below the mountain Poštak in the southern part of the Lika region, in the hinterland of Zadar, and flows into the Novigrad Sea, 11 km from the town of Obrovac.
Zrmanja is, thanks to the Adriatic Sea, suitable for rafting all year round (when the water level is high enough). Rafting is not possible when it blows a strong wind (Bura).
During the summer, the rapids are category I-II and easy to cross. In spring and fall (April to May, September to November), the rapids are mostly category II-III. May is the most attractive month. The rafting is still exciting, and nature is beautiful.
But if you are looking to rev up your adrenaline levels, you have to catch the rafting on Zrmanja after heavy rains. During this period, Zrmanja reaches the water level category V, and in several places, the rapids offer extreme challenges even for the most experienced rafters.
The Zrmanja rafting trip usually starts at the village of Kaštel Žegarski and ends in Muškovci village. The route is about 15 km long, and it takes about 4 hours, but it all depends on the water level. This route passes across the waterfall Veliki Buk, which you must bypass on foot (a 5min walk).
PRICE: 51 € per person
The price includes VAT, equipment, skipper, and insurance.
If the group has less than four persons, and the client wants the trip to be held anyway, the price increases by 20% per person.
LICENSED RAFTING GUIDES are experienced skippers who have an excellent knowledge of techniques and tactics for riding wild waters. They are ready to guide complete beginners as well as those more experienced. These trips don't require previous rafting/kayaking experience.
EQUIPMENT: helmet, life jacket, paddle, one waterproof container per boat for personal items, plus long neoprene suit & rain jacket in case of cold weather.
The best time for rafting on the Zrmanja River is in spring and fall when the river has the highest water level. In summer, the river is ideal for kayaking/canoeing.
*NOTE: the two-person sit-on-top kayaks will be used in case of lower water levels.
In the period after heavy rains, the Zrmanja River reaches difficulty level V. The huge waves and rapids offer extreme challenges even for most experienced rafters.