Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park

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Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park
Sazan Island
Location Southern Albania
Nearest city Vlore
Area 12,428 ha
The park's coverage area (green shaded areas encompassed by number '54')

Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park (Albanian: Parku Kombëtar Detar "Karaburun-Sazan") proclaimed in 2010 is the only national marine park of Albania.[1] 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 Vlora. The marine park is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) long, and covers 12,428 ha of surface in total. 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.


Bear Bay, in Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park.

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.[2] 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.

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  1. ^ Proclamation of Karaburun-Sazan as National Marine Park, April 2010
  2. ^ http://hotelregina.al/en/services

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Coordinates: 40°26′00″N 19°18′00″E / 40.4333°N 19.3000°E / 40.4333; 19.3000