Tribunj

On Sunday morning, Mercier retraced her course through the Krka River and wended her way north.  We decided to go to a very small island, Tribunj on our way to the Kornati Islands.  Tribunj was built in the 16th century by people from inland Croatia, fleeing the Saracens.  It is a very, very small island dedicated to Saint Nicholas who looks after wives, fishermen, children and the poor.  The town is famous for its famous donkey races.

Traditional boat with beautiful oars and fender
Traditional boat with beautiful oars and fender

Although you can stay on the town quay, you are only inches away from the restaurants, so we went to the marina proper – Marina Tribunj. We were very impressed by this marina:  great showers, a laundry which means fresh clean towels and a massage chair.  It is heaven to walk into the large reception area and sit in the massage chair which rubs your back and kneads your shoulders.

Sunset at Tribunj
Sunset at Tribunj

Having just left Skradin, we see that we need to by a National Park ticket for the Kornati Islands. Of course, it was available for purchase in Skradin.   If you are cruising here in Croatia, it is valuable to purchase the pass prior to arriving in the Kornatis.  In 2013, it is Kuna 500 if you purchase the National Park pass before arriving and Kuna 1200 if you pay upon arrival.  Marina Tribunj wasn’t on the list but did have the pass, so all was well.

Even in small Tribunj, the crew can find excitement.  In the evening, the sunset was amazing and we were joined by our neighbor, a film maker from Finland, here in Croatia to do a documentary for sailors and armchair travelers.

Islands off Tribunj
Islands off Tribunj

After laundry and provisioning, we left the tiny town of Tribunj and motored out to the Kornati Islands. We see dolphins this morning, so we are very happy.  Our first stop was Smokvica, a beautiful harbour for lunch and a swim.  Within minutes of the anchor resting, the National Park rangers were there to check our ticket.  The water is getting cooler; it says 24 degrees but Gaila and Lesley yelp as they jump in.

Swimming in bay of Smokvica
Swimming in bay of Smokvica

Happy Birthday to Graham Sommerville for the 5th, coverage is questionable in the Kornati Islands.

The Kornatis are bare and white stone with a light layer of soft green
The Kornatis are bare white stone with a light layer of soft green