Adventure tours

Dolphin research volunteering

Contributee to research and conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Adriatic sea.

Dolphin highlights

  • Observe dolphins in their natural habitat from a sea kayak
  • Contributed to protection of last bottlenose dolphins in the Adriatic
  • Learn about dolphins, their behavior and their life in Adriatic
  • Learn about and support Nature Val's Adriatic dolphin research project
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We have teamed up with Nature Val - non profit organization whose aim is to help protect last surviving Dolphins in the Adriatic sea.Our one day and two day activities are a part of their 2015-17 monitoring project based on Photo ID work. The goal is to recognize individual dolphins in the area around Molat and study their movement patterns.

Dolphing research volunteering with kayaks on Molat
Kayaking with last surviving Croatian dolphins near Zadar

Our activities include screening of key study areas at times of day and year when dolphins are most active: 6 to 9am in May and September. We go out with kayaks, Photo ID dolphins and file the reports back to Nature Val. This data contributes to their bigger information base and is correlated to their other research sources to establish a strong understanding of the number of animals and their movement patterns in this part of the Adriatic.

As a part of this trip you will be able to contribute to understanding and preservation of last surviving dolphins in the Adriatic, meet Nature Val team at their research center located on island Molat, and get insight... about the dolphins in the Adriatic andget insight into their research results and research methodology.

Part of the revenues from Malik Adventures and this trip is reinvested in Nature Val projects to help better understand, identify and protect dolphins in the Adriatic.

Kayaking dolphin research in Croatia
Trip 1

2 DAYS Dolphin monitoring by sea kayak

Daily activity
  • 3-6 hours kayaking (15-25km per day)
2017 departures
  • April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
  • July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • September 2nd, 23th, 30th
  • October 7st, 14th
  • 350 EUR per person for a group of 6 people
  • 400 EUR per person for a group of 4 people
  • 450 EUR per person for a group of 2 people
Includes
  • 2 days guide for kayaking and dolphin watching
  • Val Nature presentation and research lecture (1h)
  • 2 nights accommodation in family run rooms and apartments in Molat
  • 2 days breakfast
  • 2meals(1 lunch and 1 dinner)
  • Fully equipped sea kayaks (paddles, spray decks, life jackets)
Excludes
  • Return ferry ticket between Zadar and Molat
  • Drinks and remaining meals
  • Tips
Minimum travelers
  • 2 people
Itinerary

DAY 1
We meet on Molat pier as you get off Jadrolinijacatamaran or ferry from Zadar between 12h and 16h. In the afternoon we customize your gear, do a safety course and introduction to paddling. We do a short paddling trip to Brgulje bay or Bonastarto get a feel for the gear.
Included: dinner

DAY 2
We board the kayaks at 6.00am and go towards Sedmovraće (7 straights passage) and adjust our route to the weather conditions. We finish the monitoring and stop for a picnic breakfast at one of the islands at 9am and start returning to our base. We are back on Molat at 12h for a lunch prepared by a local fisherman. You have free afternoon to relax at the beach and in the evening we visit Nature Val research center and have a lecture by one of staff. We comparing our research results to Nature Val’s database and identify the dolphins.
Included: breakfast, lunch
Activity 4h kayaking

DAY 3
Your breakfast is packed for you to go. You catch the morning catamaran departing at 7.00am and arriving to Zadar at 7.45am
Included: breakfast and dinner

Trip 2

1 DAY Dolphin monitoring by sea kayak

Daily activity
  • 3-6 hours kayaking (15-25km per day)
2015 departures
  • May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • 90 EUR per person for a group of 6 people
  • 100 EUR per person for a group of 4 people
  • 105 EUR per person for a group of 2 people
Includes
  • 1 days guide for kayaking and dolphin watching
  • Val Nature presentation and research lecture (1h)/li>
  • 1 lunch
  • Fully equipped sea kayaks (paddles, spray decks, life jackets)
Excludes
  • Drinks and remaining meals
  • Tips
Minimum travelers
  • 2 people
Itinerary

Our destination is Island Molat and village Molat.

Preparation – day before: we customize your gear, do a safety course and introduction to paddling. We do a short paddling trip to Brgulje bay or Bonastar to get a feel for the gear.

Preparation – day before: we customize your gear, do a safety course and introduction to paddling. We do a short paddling trip to Brgulje bay or Bonastar to get a feel for the gear.

We finish the monitoring and stop for a picnic breakfast at one of the islands at 9am and start returning to our base. We are back on Molat at 12h for a lunch prepared by a local fisherman.

You have free afternoon to relax at the beach and in the evening we visit Nature Val research center and have a lecture by one of staff. We comparing our research results to Nature Val’s database and identify the dolphins.
Included: breakfast, lunch
Activity: 4h kayaking

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