Una Regatta Bosnia and Herzegovina

Una Regatta

The Una Regatta is a traditional international sports and cultural event attracting fans of rafting from around the world. The regatta takes place in 3 stages and lasts for 4 days. In addition to rafting, it also offers other cultural and recreational events, such as jumping off the Bihać and Bosanska Krupa town bridges and various concerts.

The first Una Regatta took place in 1964 and has been attracting and bringing true rafting and Una River enthusiasts together thanks to its charm and recognizable image. The challenge that the river puts before the participants is exactly what makes numerous people visit the regatta year after year.

Clean and untouched nature on more than 200 kilometers attracts a large number of both domestic and foreign tourists that are visiting this part of BiH just to enjoy this endlessly green color and to try some of great activities that are offered here. One of them, and according to many the most attractive one, is rafting on Una River. Hundreds, and maybe even thousands of lovers of nature and adventurous sports, are visiting Krajina every year just to participate in rafting or the traditional Una Regatta.

Rafting on Una River represents a true tourist attraction and an unforgettable adventure for everyone who loves pure nature. It takes place on more or less wild rivers in a special boat called the raft. Rafting guides are experienced kayak-skippers, and they know these wild waters very well, especially Una River and its canyons.

Lot of tourists come from Europe, as well as Arab countries. Most of them are from Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. The most popular route is Strbački buk, which represents an attraction to all tourists. Rafting is very important for the city of Bihać, and is one of the main and most attractive tourist attractions in this part of Una-Sana Canton.

The Una itself holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the people residing on the land through which its sapphire waters meander, who often speak about it as if it were a member of their extended family. They are also quick to explain the history of the river’s name: when the Romans first happened upon the previously unknown waterway, they found its beauty so perfect that is was immediately christened as the One.

A practical outcome of this collective reverence is the great care which has gone into preserving the Una and its surroundings, leaving it largely unspoilt and free from pollution. Thus, more than just being a simple boat race, the Una Regata is actually a celebration of the river itself and the important role it has played, and continues to play, in the lives of the people who live along its banks.

The one and only Una River

The Una is a river in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The river has a total length of 212 km (132 mi) and watershed area of 9,368 km2 (3,617 sq mi).

River Una got its name from ancient Romans, who, when they saw its lively colors and heard the gurgle of its waterfalls shouted: “UNA”, which in Latin means the one, the only one, the unique one. The first big waterfall is in Martin Brod, a small town some 50 kilometers away from Bihać.

This is the spot where Una takes the viewer’s breath away as the travertine created numerous canals, rapids, small islands and few waterfalls, the biggest one of which is close to 35 meters high.

Second biggest waterfall on Una river is Štrbački buk, located next to the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Štrbački buk is made of several waterfalls close to one another and it is a magnificent image a man can enjoy for hours. Traditionally, the international Una Regatta takes place on this river every year. Bihać and Una are famous across Europe for white water rafting, so it attracts large number of people from all parts of the world.

Una as the greatest natural value, after which the National Park got its name, rises in the village Donja Suvaja below the mountain Čemernica in Croatia. In this section, Una has features of a real mountain river and its travertine waterfalls, cascades and falls are a true jewel of beauty.

The living world in Una, which itself contributes to the creation of travertine formation is particularly interesting. With its structure, mosses – bryophytes are suitable for retention of precipitated calcite, that way making an indispensable link in the creation and growth of travertine formation.

Una, as a jewel of the natural heritage of the National Park “Una”, make a combination of valuable natural features, of diverse and preserved natural landscapes of exceptional beauty and rich cultural and historical heritage.

National Park Una

National Park UNA is one of three national parks in Bosnia and Herzegovina and first in Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was established in 2008. It covers the area of the upper canyon of river Una upstream from Lohovo and lower canyon of river Unac all the way to the small river Krka in the west. Along the valley of river Una, in the most part of National Park Una, you can find cultural monuments, fortresses, towers and towns which present the additional value to the National Park. This area was undoubtedly settled since the ancient times until today. Evidence to this could be found in numerous archeological sites, remains of many fortresses as well as still existing medieval fortresses. Štrbački buk is an impressive beauty and water force diving over the smaller and bigger travertine barriers. It is the highest waterfall on Una river and the biggest natural attraction in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is around 40 meters wide and 23.5 meters high. Second, and the biggest waterfall on Una river, known as Milančev buk, is situated in a small town of Martin Brod.

Participation

Una Regatta takes place on last week of July and is organized by JP National Park „Una“.

Registered agencies that organize sports activities on the waters of NP Una:

  • Una RC Kiro rafting, 037 361 110; 061 192 338, extreme@una-kiro-rafting.c om
  • Una- regata Sport Bijeli, 061 100 790; 061 138 853; raftbeli@bih.net.ba
  • Una Aqua, relaxing and rafting centar, 061 604 313; info@una-aqua.com
  • Green river, rafting centar, 00385911811819; info@unarafting.com
  • Rafting centar Discover Bihać, 062 229 259, 061 149 799; info@discoverbihac.ba
  • Una Aquarius Diving and Rafting Centre, 061 034 326
  • Una Unique , 061 444-532, una-unique-rafting@hotmail .com
  • HUT Aduna, 037 221 431, info@aduna.ba

Participation fee is 40.00 BAM (20€) per person.

No previous rafting experience is needed.

Participants who do not intend to sail and participate in the entire Una Regatta can choose to sail by stages at the following prices:

  • stage Martin Brod – Strbacki buk – 15.00 BAM (7.50€)
  • stage Strbački buk – Bihac – 20.00 BAM (10€)
  • stage Bihac – Bosanska Krupa – 15.00 BAM (7.50€)

Participation fee ensures:

  • camping area (NOTE: All participants should have their own camping gear)
  • free entry to all zones of Una National Park
  • insurance of participants by an authorized insurance company
  • experienced kayakers and divers who will ensure the safety of participants
  • fire and medical services
  • tickets for the concert of pop – rock band

Equipment transportation and personal vehicles of the participants

Organizer provides transport of personal camping equipment and personal belongings from Martin Brod to Bosanska Krupa. Equipment and goods are transported by a truck therefore belongings and equipment has to be well pack and stitched together in order to avoid possible loss or damage during transport.

Participants who came with the personal vehicle but do not have a person who will transport it from camp to camp, have the following options:

  1. Leave a car in Bihać and take the regular bus lines in order to reach Kulen Vakuf. From Kulen Vakuf to Martin Brod organizer will ensure transportation (NOTE: it is necessary book transportation by contacting the organizer at least 48 hours prior to transport).
  2. Organizer can make arrangements to hire a private driver to drive personal vehicle from camp to camp for a fee (price: 50.00 KM (25€) for the whole Una Regatta). Engaging the driver is at your own risk.

Getting there

Closest international airports:

  • Zagreb – Pleso (HR) 158 km
  • Banja Luka (BIH) 160 km
  • Split (HR) 195 km
  • Sarajevo (BIH) 320 km
  • Golubić – Bihać (BIH) – there is a possibility to fly with smaller planes (general aviation) to the airfield Golubić in Bihac. During the summer season (June – September) there is a temporary border crossing at the airfield therefore it is possible to make a direct flight to Bihać from any destination (prior announcement is necessary). Golubić airfield is located approximately 6 kilometers from Una National Park and Bihać.

Nearest border crossing points:

  • Uzljebić border crossing (BIH – HR) is situated 3 kilometers from the National Park.During the summer tourist season this boarder is recommended for the National Park visitors especially to the passengers who are traveling from Croatian coast. This border crossing is not intended for cargo but only for passenger traffic therefore there is less traffic.
  • Izačić – Ličko Petrovo Selo (BIH – HR) is 13 km away from Bihać and 23 km from Una National Park and is intended for all categories. During the summer tourist season there is a possibility of traffic jam and longer retention at the border.
  • Strmica border crossing (BIH – HR) is the closest to the southern part of the National Park and it is recommended for visitors coming from the Dalmatian coast (Šibenik, Split or Dubrovnik).

In the case of heavy traffic for travelers coming from the north and the north – west of Croatia to enter BIH we advise a route via border crossing Užljebić: Plitvice Lakes – Bjelopolje – Donji Lapac – Frkasic – Uzljebić – Una National Park. For the visitors coming from the south of Croatia (Dalmatian Coast – Šibenik, Split, and Dubrovnik) we recommend Strmica border crossing.

Distance from the major cities from Bihać:

  • Sarajevo (BIH) 310 km
  • Mostar (BIH) 305 km
  • Tuzla (BIH) 325 km
  • Zagreb (HR) 150 km
  • Split (HR) 222 km (via highway 277 km)
  • Belgrade (SRB) 438 km
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