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Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park

pristine beach in Karaburun Peninsula
Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park (Albanian: Parku Kombëtar Detar “Karaburun-Sazan”) proclaimed in 2010 is the only national marine park of Albania. The park covers a marine area stretching 1.9 km along the coastlines of Karaburun Peninsula and Sazan Island near the Bay of Vlora. The marine park is 16 kilometres long with a width varying from 3 to 4.5 kilometres, and covering 12,428 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. 
This marine park is considered the rich variety of underwater landscapes, habitats and species of marine fauna and flora as for accommodation, food and breeding for a number of species of national, regional and global importance. Distinctive features of its biodiversity are underwater meadows of Posidonia. Also, it is suitable for the growth of many plant and animal underwater organisms, starting with marine algae, sponges, molluscs, crustaceans, red coral, reptiles, mammals. Benefit from the creation of marine national park consists, besides the protection of the marine natural environment, biodiversity, underwater landscape, the caves, canyons, etc., but also to promote underwater tourism, including cultural and historical values inside the underwater surface him. Marine national park values are unique and interactive with the values of biodiversity and natural coastal land of the Karaburun peninsula and the island of Sazan, which complement each other and are characteristic of the landscape of this region.
Source: www.parksdinarides.org