A perfect June Saturday, early raise... it is ideal for day out and a bit of action. Today we decided to go for kayaking, destination Zrmanja! Zrmanja is river in the northern part of Dalmatia, which rises in Lika with mouth in Novigrad Sea. Its beauties are “praised” countless times, perfect canyons, waterfalls... From all what I know about it, what I think, read and saw I believe that we will have unforgettable special experience of nature and a real sense of Waterscape. Hey, in this area is recorded and the legendary Winnetou!
Organization and selection of a travel agency and kayaking service I let to my faithful friend who lives in Zagreb. Mutual agreement was to meet approximately around 8:00 AM in Obrovac, where “Beauty and the Beast” flows through. Of course, I will depart from Split and I think that it will take me about hour and a half to the meeting point. The same time will take to my friends from Zagreb.
I’ve had my morning cup of coffee, my stuff is packed, I’m sitting in the car and off we go….We are entering the highway in Dugopolje and we are getting ready for lullaby (half-empty highway driving) ... the weather is perfect, sunny, 28 degree temp ... we are synchronizing our drive, Zagreb and Split expedition ... We are relatively tuned in our arrival. We set out the alarm so it can wake us up before the highway exit Maslenica. Exiting Maslenica took us some time to look for direction Obrovac. After arriving to Obrovac, we are meandering down the road towards the city center along the river coast, seeking parking and the most beautiful café to have a second cup of coffee. While we enjoyed the coffee slowly reading local newspapers “Slobodna Dalmacija” (meaning Free Dalmatia) Zagreb team had arrived. We are greeting each other and hugging… and immediately searching for our agency to which we consent our Zrmanja adventure. Our search was successful and soon we have found ourselves in a passenger vehicle, which led us to the part of the river selected to start our kayaking “fleet”.
We arrived to the place of departure, Kastel Žegarski; our instructors quickly outfitted us with the necessary equipment like neoprene suits, protective vests greeted us. After we got “dressed up” for kayaking adventure, instructors gave us a brief training and provide us some information on our downstream. We finally got into our kayaks and went downhill to the river. Kayaks designed for two, also had paddles but we also had a bucket for personal items, especially beverages, some food, and of course the camera. The feeling was phenomenal from the very beginning; the scenery is gorgeous, the water refreshing... clear, real Dalmatian.
The first section on our downstream was casual, light, pure delight... it was not challenging obstacles and rapids; we used the opportunity for messing around and racing among ourselves. We had bets on the first kayak that will try to arrive first to the narrow passage between two rocks. Ones would not manage to go through the narrow passage would got stranded, ha ha. That's was it, we were socializing and staying active in this beautiful nature; everything that is required in this crazy life where obstacles and waterfalls are anything but predictable. After some hour after we arrived to the part where we should leave our kayaks and do some short trips by foot. We passed the by a breathtaking waterfall over which our instructors subsequently crossed over with our kayaks. With a remark - the kayaks were free from people and things...
In the next section we met a bit vigorous rivers with some adrenaline waterfall, but no one expected that this Zrmanja “ride” will make us “do something messy in panties”. Until we arrived to our final goal - Muškovci, our kayaking adventure fulfilled our expectations. We are on one, out of three, the most beautiful rivers in Dalmatia, Croatia and beyond. We enjoyed the stunning scenes, had bath on gorgeous beaches in crystal clear water. This time “The Beauty and the Beast” showed us her beauty and romance.
Zrmanja we love you!