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Kayaking in Croatia - Destination of the Year according to National Geographic
By Ilija Veselica | Published  08/17/2011 | Tourism , Environment , Entertainment | Unrated
National Geographic about Croatia, photos by Peter McBride, text by Rachel Scheer

It's a common practice in the town of Vis for fishermen to purposefully sink their boats to get the wood to swell, which prevents leaks. However, it is an uncommon practice to photograph this procedure. The locals were so baffled while I shot this that they gathered around to watch me. Then they recruited me to help them. Just ten minutes after snapping this image, I was sent to bring the boat to shore.

A team of local fisherman in Dubrovnik clean out their nets after an afternoon of fishing off the bay. Since overfishing is a growing problem in Croatia's Adriatic, catches are smaller and fewer. Case in point, in this frame, you can only see one tiny fish in the net.

The streets of Korčula are laid out from east to west, resulting in beautiful cascading light at sunset, as seen here in the cathedral in the center of the walled city, often referred to as a mini Dubrovnik.

Korčula is famous for the Moreška, the choreographed sword dance shown here. It tells the tale of two combating armies—one in fiery red, the other in vibrant black—battling over the love of a beautiful princess.

Two friends, Sid Mitchell and Turner Resor, jumped off the 50-foot (15-meter) walls of Dubrovnik to celebrate our arrival into their city.

Videographer Alex Nicks freeclimbs above kayaking teammate Steve Rogerson on a rocky arch on the shores of Sipan. Since we didn't have any climbing ropes with us, getting myself and my camera to a ledge where I could shoot made for some fun technical challenges.

A woman in traditional attire at a medieval fair in Dubrovnik stands in front of a bullet-ridden wall, evidence of the war that can still be seen in many parts of Croatia.


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