Kornati are the most diverse island group of the European Mediterranean. They consist of a labyrinth of 140 islands, islets and reefs that was proclaimed a National Park in 1980. In view of the overall abundance of marine fauna it is the most fertile region of the Adriatic sea. There are no permanent settlements in Kornati. Simple houses in well-protected coves such as Vruje, Kravjačica, Lavsa and others are used by land owners as temporary shelters. The park borders delimit two main island groups of the Kornati (the Lower Kornat) with adjoining sea and the southern part of Dugi island with the Telascica bay.
This is a marine national park - a greater proportion of its surface belongs to the sea. One of the greatest littoral values of Kornati consists in its high cliffs, formed by the structure of layers and the breaking of incoming waves from the open sea. The greatest elevation is the Klobucar rise, 99 m tall above sea level. The Telascica bay is one of the largest and most beautiful on the Croatian coast. It is 8 km long and 150-1,500m wide, characterized by an unusually indented shore with 15 small coves and 6 islets. It is well protected from winds.
This empire of sea and stone is well suited for visitors. Two nautical centres have been built there for boating enthusiasts who find these islands especially attractive. Within the Kornati National Park diving visits are allowed only if organized by one of the legal and/or physical entities which are registered as providers of such services and which have been granted permission by the Kornati National Park Public Institution to organize and execute diving visits within the Kornati National Park.