We are a group of enthusiasts, who can not live without the sea and wind. From an early age we grew up in an environment of water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. For years we searched the vessel, which will enable us to carry out adventurous voyage by sea to places hidden from civilization and experience the sea in another time dimension, as our ancestors many years ago - only with manpower and wind. Now there is a craft, it's Hobie Tandem Island, perfect for our lifestyle. If you like adventurous trips and you do not mind a bit of sea water in the face come and get to experience the pure joy of free navigation on the sea. Craotian coast of Adriatic sea is considered as one from most beautifull in the world because of rugged wild coastline with cca 1200 islands (66 inhabited), clear turquoise sea and many historical monuments, some thousands years old. We are located on the island of Lošinj, beautiful green island in north part of Adriatic sea. Our center is situated on south-west coast of island, in Čikat bay, on the base of diving center DIVER www.diver.hr .
Centre COYAK is operated by Vela Ventis d.o.o, official dealer of Hobie Kayaks in Croatia. We cooperate with diving centre DIVER, so you can experience with us really active and adventure holiday with services provided by professionals (SSI diving center and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore in CROYAK staff).
About the island of Lošinj.
The Island of Lošinj is part of the Cres-Lošinj island group, which constitutes the western segment of the Kvarner’s islands inside the Kvarner Bay. The Kvarner Bay together with that of Trieste forms the most inland point of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Cres-Lošinj island group extends in a northwest-southeast direction for 99 kilometres with a total area of 513 km², which comprises 16% of the total area of the Adriatic islands. The west part of the Kvarner islands consists of the following islands: Cres (409 km²), Lošinj (75 km²) and smaller islands of Unije (17 km²), Ilovik (6 km²), Susak (4 km²), Vele Srakane (1 km²), and a series of smaller uninhabited islands.
The islands of this archipelago form the natural bridge between Istria and Dalmatia.
This archipelago lies in the middle of the northern hemisphere because a part of it goes through the 45th degree of the northern latitude. The biggest part of the archipelago is in the sub-tropical zone of the southern half of the northern hemisphere, which influences its climate and the way of life of its inhabitants.
Lošinj is the 11th biggest island on the Adriatic Sea, 33 km long, with the width varying from 4,75 km in the north and middle of the island, to 0,25 km near the town of Mali Lošinj. The total coastline of the island is 112,7 km.
Lošinj’s highest hill is the wooded hill of Osoršćica (588 m), which is some 10 kilometres long and stretches along the northern part of the island.
On the island of Cres, which is generally higher than Lošinj, the highest hill is Sis (650 m). Cres has a freshwater lake, which is a natural phenomenon. It is needless to say that so much drinking water on a karst island represents a real treasure. This enormous natural tank of fresh and healthy water contains more than 200 million m³ of water and supplies all the towns and villages on the islands with fresh drinking water.
History of Lošinj
In ancient times the Cres and Lošinj archipelago was known as the Apsyrtides. The name is derived from that of the mythical hero Apsyrtus.In times of old the islands of Cres and Lošinj used be a whole. The islands were later separated by an artificial canal at Osor to satisfy the needs of sea trade on the so-called Amber Route.
Historical changes have hit these islands like sea waves. Millennia have passed like a storm. The presence of small and big nations that have conquered this area has left permanent traces of their material culture, brought with them or created on this soil.
The oldest island settlements (Lubenice, Osor, Beli) have more than 4000 years of history. The Roman town of Osor was the seat of the bishopric in the 9th century.
Lošinj, which had been almost uninhabited until the middle of the 13th century, developed into a leading regional maritime power by the 19th century. The town of Lošinj became the second most important port in the Adriatic, immediately after Trieste. The inhabitants of Lošinj were not only known for their skillfulness in constructing sailing ships but they were also known as the best seamen in the Mediterranean. The architectural appearance of the centre of Mali Lošinj, which has remained almost the same until the present day, was determined in that period.
The beginnings of tourism date back to 1885, when health tourism began to
develop on the island.
On 21st January 1885 the first tourist was registered.
The first hotel in Mali Lošinj, named Vindobona, was built in 1887.
Owing to the exceptional characteristics of the climate Lošinj was proclaimed a climatic health resort by a decree of the Ministry of Health of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy in 1892. Soon it became a popular holiday destination of the Austrian-Hungarian aristocracy, who built numerous villas and summer residences on the island.
Lošinj is still a famous climatic health resort suitable for treating diseases of the respiratory tract and allergies. The island offers ideal conditions for a physical and psychological recovery, particularly during the winter, spring and autumn. The local hotels offer weekend and week’s anti-stress and wellness programmes.