Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park
|Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park
Parku Kombëtar Detar Karaburun-Sazan
Map of the National Park
|Location||Vlorë County, Albania|
|Area||12,428 ha (47.98 sq mi)|
|Designation||National Marine Park|
The park covers a marine area stretching 1-nautical-mile (1.9 km) along the coastlines of Karaburun Peninsula and Sazan Island near the Bay of Vlorë. The marine park is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) long, and covers 12,428 ha of surface in total. The Karaburun Peninsula itself is a Managed Nature Reserve, while Sazan Island is a military zone in Albania. In July 2015, Sazan Island was opened to the public by the Albanian National Coastal Agency.
In 2014, the Regina Blu ferry was established by a Radhime based hotel owner making trips to the above area and stopping along the secluded beaches. The marine park features ruins of sunken Greek, Roman and World War II ships, rich underwater fauna, steep cliffs and giant caves, ancient inscriptions of sailors on shore, secluded beaches, and scenic views of the coastline. Be advised that the park is located nearby military bases so permission may be required from local authorities first. The hiring of a professional local diver for serving as tour guide is strongly recommended. Roads are in inaccessible and the only ways to reach the above areas is by sea or through all day hiking.
Road from Kakomë to Sarandë
- Environment of Albania
- Biodiversity of Albania
- National Parks of Albania
- Karaburun Peninsula
- Sazan Island
- Albanian Riviera
- Tourism in Albania
- Protected areas of Albania
- Pasha Liman Base
- Proclamation of Karaburun-Sazan as National Marine Park, April 2010
- Semini, Llazar (May 12, 2015). "Albania sees tourism for island with military past". Yahoo. AP.
- Karaburun on Albanian-Riviera.net
- Documentary on Karaburun's Natural Heritage (Albanian), Youtube.com
- Documentary on Sazan Island, Youtube (French)