While Zadar is the closest to Novalja, flights can be hard to find. Split airport is the largest in the south of Croatia, just a few hours further down the coast. There are lots of good local buses – the area is so popular in summer that public transport has become very good. But as an idea, this route is probably one of the best:
TAXI TO TROGIR: Trogir is to the west of the airport – which makes it on the way to Pag – where the town of Split is actually to the east of the airport. A taxi costs about €25-30 for a 4-8 passenger car.
BUS FROM TROGIR TO ZADAR: Search for BusCroatia for exact times, as there are lots of departures but they can be really irregular. You'll pay between €12 and €19m, and the journey takes about 2 hrs 40 mins.
BUS FROM ZADAR TO NOVALJA: This bit's a shorter journey, about 1hr 30 mins at a cost of €10-15. There are not many departures per day, but they are usually well timed with incoming services.
Minimum age of entry is 18.