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Croatia By Sea
Contributing Editor Jon Bowermaster files dispatches while paddling 600 miles (966 kilometers) along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast on his latest assignment.

Kayaking past the soaring sea cliffs of Croatia's Kolocep Island
Kayaking past the soaring sea cliffs of Croatia's Kolocep Island

Astronauts have claimed that the Adriatic Sea, with its limestone sea floor, is the bluest place on Earth. From May 27 to July 1, Contributing Editor Jon Bowermaster will be filing dispatches, submerged in the Adriatic, while sea kayaking 600 miles (966 kilometers) past the 1,200 islands that dot Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. The four-boat team—including photographer Peter McBride, paddling pro Alex Nicks, and a rotating crew of Croatian guides—will paddle through big winds and stiff seas from Zabar to Dubrovnik. "Our goal is to get a glimpse of the lives of people who depend on the sea and to understand how their lives have changed since the war ended seven years ago" says Bowermaster of his latest Adventure and National Geographic Expeditions Council project. "With our up-close access, we want to report about pollution, fish supply, and global warming issues that are currently a mystery," notes Bowermaster.

The prospect of sea kayaking in enigmatic paradises is a familiar one for Bowermaster. As the sixth stop on his Oceans 8 project, he's also paddled French Polynesia, the Altiplano, Vietnam, Gabon, and Alaska's Aleutian Islands. His purpose is steady—to uncover and celebrate the people who continue to depend on the sea. Read the dispatches >>

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Photography courtesy of Zeljko Kelemen

Additional Excerpts
From the print edition, June/July 2005

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Guns 'n' Butter: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Caputo talks about his new novel, Acts of Faith.
Pelton's World: Our man on the scene tells when to fight or take flight.
Croatia By Sea: Contributing Editor Jon Bowermaster's dispatches from sea kayaking along the Dalmatian Coast.
"Life's an Adventure" Reader Photo Album: See readers' photos and submit your own.


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More from Jon Bowermaster's previous Adventure expeditions with photographer Peter McBride

High and Dry in the Altiplano
Ready for the highest, driest, and most stunningly beautiful terrain ever? Bring your kayak and don't expect any rain.

Castaway in Paradise
Paddling the deep blue waters of French Polynesia's Tuamotu Islands at the heart of the South Pacific.

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