After the Kornati National Park Telascica should be the obvious stop, a blessed relief after the baron sun-blasted landscape of the Kornati Kanal. These two adjacent parks could not be more different from each other with Telascica offering a lush cool tree cover down to the shore of Dugi Otok, where it occupies much of the south east of the island. No visit to Kornati is complete without at least one night in Telascica Nature Park, having reached the marina at ACI Piskera or ACI Zut it is a matter of a couple of hour sail north to the sheltered anchorages of Telascica and the lushness the park offers.

Park officials tour the boats anchored in the park and take a fee for each person on board (at the time of writing this was 60kn per person according to the Telascica Park website). Generally the park encourages you to use mooring buoys where they are available and mooring is not charged for. The per person charge levied includes  a 1 night in the adjacent Kornati National Park within the cost.

Telascica Nature Park is what the Kornati National Park would have looked like were it not the victim of zealous over grazing during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is designated for its flora, fauna, geomorphology, seabed and landscape and has three primary features: Luka Telascica - a large inlet in the southern end of Dugi Otok around which the park is defined, the salt lake of Mir and the high sea cliffs that dominate the western shore of park.

Luka Telascica is entered from the south, via the northern end of the Kornati Kanal or through the narrows at Prolaz Proversa Mala the buoyed channel that lies between the South East corner of Dugi Otok and Otocic Katina. Once in the bay it is around 1nm wide for over half of its length and a total of 3.5nm long. Broadly it can be divided into three areas. The outer bay is broad and deep (40-65 metres) with several small islands in its centre (barely more than rocks). After about 1.5nm the bay narrows to less than 0.25nm before opening into Uvala Tripuljak, one of the park’s main anchorages. Here depths range from 10-35 metres and shelter can be found from just about all directions.

Looking south from Uvala Tripuljak to the entrance in to Luka Telascica

Beyond this is the bay of Farfariculac and then another narrowing (of around 0.1nm) which leads to Uvala Telascica. Here the outer bay has depths of 12-23 metres but north of the two large conical islands that dominate the centre of the bay the water shallows to 2-7 metres to provide another of the park’s popular anchorages.

While Telascica is worth a visit of several days, perhaps trying out more than one of the anchorages and taking time to explore and walk around the southern end of Dugi Otok, for a brief (or overnight) visit we would recommend the Uvala Tripuljak anchorage which has a series of laid moorings and gives immediate access to the park’ other town key features.

Mir Salt Lake

Mir Salt Lake is a few minutes walk from the landing stage in the south west corner of Uvala Tripuljak. Walking over a short rise you will come to a long narrow valley situated between the backs of the sea cliffs to your right and a small hill (100m) to your left. The lake itself is 850 metres long, a little under 300 metres wide and is no more than 6 meters deep. At its south end there is a natural dam of rock that holds it back from flowing into the sea. The lake is connected to the sea by  a series of underground fissures and is refreshed through them. Generally it is saltier than the surrounding sea water due evaporation that is caused as the water it holds heats faster and higher than the sea due to its constrained location and shallow depth.

Mir Salt Lake looking south.

The area surrounding the lake is home to the park’s heard of semi-feral donkeys. The lake itself is home to a limited range of sea dwellers that can survive harsh conditions that include temperature variations from 5-33degrees through the year. These include plankton, Goby, Sea Bass, some shellfish, crabs and a species of eel called the Kajman that can grow to be 3kgs in weight.

Sea Cliffs - Stene

From the same landing spot in the south-west corner of Uvala Tripuljak you can turn to the west and walk on a path that takes you up through the Alepo Pines that are distinctive of the tree cover in the park and past the remains of the cabins of a Yugoslav era youth camp until reach the high sea cliffs or Stene. From this point the path leads either north or south along the cliff tops providing excellent views of both the cliffs and the western shore of Dugi Otok as well as the sea birds that live along the cliff faces.

Cliffs near Uvala Tripuljak.


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