The National Park Kornati was declared a national park in 1980. The name Kornati derives from the name of the main island in the group “Kornat.” The park was set up to protect the waters, to allow all kinds of marine life to flourish, and to stop people building on the islands. The park is 22 miles in length and 4 miles wide and is made up of 89 islands of white stone. Nearly all the islands are uninhabited and have little or no vegetation. The islands are surrounded by clear blue sea with jagged coastlines, hidden coves, and underwater caves.