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Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park

Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park proclaimed in 2010 is the only national marine park of Albania. 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 with a width varying from 3 to 4.5 kilometres (1.9 to 2.8 mi), and covering 12428 ha of surface in total. Karaburun Peninsula itself is a Managed Nature Reserve while Sazan Island is a military zone in Albania.


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 breathtaking 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 way to reach the above areas is by sea.