Dalmatia (South): Ports

Descriptions of sailing destinations in south Dalmatia, in alphabetical order. Click the name to see full details. These give detail of what to see and do, and the facilities ashore. (I’m working on this section at present -ports without text are still to be done)

  • Badija / Otocic Badija (Korcula) Badija is an island located just east of Korcula town. This was once the home of a thriving Badija monastery and the building still makes a statement to all who anchor there. The monastery is currently undergoing restoration and is open to the public on a limited basis. Badija is a fantastic bay to have in such ... Read more
  • Banja (Korcula) Details coming soon. Read more
  • Cavtat and Uvala Tiha Cavtat and Uvala Tiha combine to create a small, laid back tourist village just south of Dubrovnik. It’s a great place to relax and watch the super yachts come and go on the customs quay or treat yourself to an ice-cream while promenading along the wonderful, shady paths that wind around the bays. Twice spared from destruction when war ... Read more
  • Donje Celo (Kolocep) Donje Celo may be the main village on the pretty little island of Kolocep but you still going to be off the main bareboat charter and flotilla routes. Don’t just follow the crowd though; Kolocep is a fascinating island and packs a lot of punch for such a small piece of land. There are many clearly ... Read more
  • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
  • Gornje Celo (Kolocep) On the south eastern side of Kolocep, Gornje Celo is a wonderful place to drop the hook and kick back for the afternoon or overnight. Approximately 3 nautical miles from Dubrovnik, it is very popular with locals and can become quite crowded during the afternoon and early evening but is all the more fun for it. ... Read more
  • Gradina / Sveti Ivan (Korcula) Gradina is a great bay for that last minute swim before heading into Vela Luka or as an alternative to anchoring or picking up a buoy in the harbour itself. Quite often the overflow of charter yachts from Vela Luka will make their way back out here to Gradina when they find no space on ... Read more
  • Hodilje Details coming soon. Read more
  • Jurjeva Luka (Lastovo / Prezba) Jurjeva Luka is an old naval harbour and as such affords near total protection from rough weather and strong winds. If you are looking for a good night’s kip in very peaceful surroundings on your yacht charter, this is a bay to aim for! Even in the low season you will find a number of ... Read more
  • Klek Details coming soon. Read more
  • Kneza (Korcula) Kneza is a wonderful anchorage on the north side of Korcula Island approximately five nautical miles west of Korcula town at the end of the Peljesac Kanal (the channel between Korcula and the Peljesac Peninsula). There is good shelter here from the fresh northerlies that can spring up in the summer months and sweep down ... Read more
  • Korcula Luka (Korcula) The Corfu of Southern Dalmatia, Korcula shares the same name in ancient Greek; Korkyra Melaina.  Heavily wooded and lush, the beautiful Island is indeed reminiscent of the Ionian Corfu. Korcula town is a fantastic place so make sure it is on your list of places to visit on your yacht charter. However, don’t expect to be ... Read more
  • Lokrum / Otocic Lokrum Anchoring at Lokrum Island makes an ideal alternative to anchoring your yacht near the old harbour of Dubrovnik. From here it is possible to take one of the many water taxis to Dubrovnik. Taxi boats cost around 35 Kuna and leave approximately every half hour between 9am and 7pm. The journey takes about 15 minutes and ... Read more
  • Mali Lago and Veli Lago (Lastovo) Mali Lago (small bay) and Veli Lago (big bay) are two bays formed by the man-made causeway that bridges the channel cut between Prezba and Lastovo islands. The tiny and pretty village of Pasadur, backed by dense pinewood forest, straddles the two bays. With its handful of restaurants and bars is a wonderfully tranquil place ... Read more
  • Mali Ston Details coming soon. Read more
  • Molunat A small sleepy fishing village, Molunat is a peaceful place. It’s an excellent natural harbour, in an area dotted with orange, lemon, kiwi and pomegranate trees. The village dates from at least Roman times, and one or two of the houses look like they may have been built back then! Though often described as Croatia’s most southerly resort, ... Read more
  • Neretva River Details coming soon. Read more
  • Okuklje (Mljet) Okuklje itself is not spectacular, rather, it is small, quiet and friendly. But the number and variety of restaurants make up for the lack of grand mansions and fancy nightlife, making it a great place to chill out on your yacht charter. It reminds me of Turkey – the quays are owned by the restaurants. As soon as ... Read more
  • Orebic Details coming soon. Read more
  • Podskolj (Mljet) Podskolj is a handy bay on the southeast corner of Mljet Island. Blessed with clear water, Podskolj affords good protection from the afternoon northwest summer winds in very pleasant surroundings. This is a popular area for bareboat yacht charters and flotillas so get in early if you want a buoy. [stextbox id=”Choices” caption=”Sailing Choices Top Tip” float=”true” ... Read more
  • Polace (Mljet) Polace is the main hub for yachts entering the stunning Mljet National Park on the northern end of Mljet Island. It is a fantastically well sheltered bay (the best on the island) and is utterly charming with is tiny village and heavily treed backdrop. Polace also comes complete with the ruins of an ancient roman palace ... Read more
  • Pomena (Mljet) Pomena is a lovely little harbour on the northern end of Mljet Island and lies within the Mljet National Park boundaries. Only a short sail from Korcula, it’s a popular hangout for local boats and charter yachts as well as playing host to a large number of hotel boats, trip boats and tour groups wanting to access the ... Read more
  • Prozura (Mljet) Prozura is another lovely bay on the delightful island of Mljet. Well sheltered, Prozura often plays host to flotilla groups as well as many bareboat charters. Peaceful and pleasantly wooded, there are several options for mooring in Prozura depending on the draught of your yacht. Option one is to anchor in one of the various sub ... Read more
  • Racisce (Korcula) Racisce is a quiet and free anchorage, just north west of Lumbarda and south of Vrnik Island, on the eastern end of Korcula Island. This a great place to anchor up during the height of the summer season when other areas can become very busy with charter yachts. There are a couple of restaurants in Racisce, ... Read more
  • Saplunara (Mljet) Saplunara is a pleasant, well sheltered bay on the southwest corner of Mljet Island. Its excellent beach and wooded backdrop makes it popular with charter yachts. Once upon a time this was a bit of a backwater but times are changing here and now there are several restaurants, each with their associated buoy fields. The “village” doesn’t have ... Read more
  • Sipanska Luka (Sipan) Sipanska Luka has an up and coming feel to it. Located on Sipan, the largest of the Elafiti or Deer Islands, Sipanska was once popular with the gentry of Dubrovnik and is now enjoying a renaissance. However, charter yachts should come prepared – facilities are still limited. The first thing you will notice on your left as you ... Read more
  • Skrivena Luka (Lastovo) Skrivena Luka or Hidden Port is a magical spot on a wonderful island. With its narrow doglegged entrance, this bay affords total protection for yachts of all sizes from rough seas and provides excellent holding in silty sand. There is also a fantastic small “marina” with one pontoon (Porto Rosso) located on the western side of the ... Read more
  • Slano / Neprobic Once the site of a beautiful seaside resort, Slano is only now rediscovering itself as a tourist and sailing destination. The grand old buildings may be gone but there is still a certain optimism to the place and plenty of activity with the ongoing building of a new ACI marina (late 2015), which will make it ... Read more
  • Ston Details coming soon. Read more
  • Sudurad (Sipan) Sudurad is one of those places that can be crawling with daytime visitors and then, as soon as the sun goes down, reverts to a sleepy village of a few tiny restaurants and bars. As the peace descends this gem of a place will really grow on you. Perfectly positioned for a quick sail to and ... Read more
  • Sunj (Lopud) Sunj is a very popular anchorage with bareboat charters and flotillas alike and is located on the southern end of Lopud Island. Don’t let its popularity put you off; Sunj makes an excellent lunchtime and swim stop when sailing en route to and from Dubrovnik. The sandy beach is surprisingly busy during the summer months when it is inundated by ... Read more
  • Trstenik Details coming soon. Read more
  • Vela Luka (Korcula) The pretty little town of Vela Luka is a located in a deep inlet on the western end of Korcula Island. This is a lively place during the summer months and has been home to mankind for over 20,000 years; with its sheltered harbour and myriad of coves indenting the inlet it easy to see ... Read more
  • Vilji Lago and Ubil (Lastovo) Details coming soon Read more
  • Zaklopatica and Lastovo A well sheltered wooded bay on the north side of the island, Zaklopatica is the nearest place to leave you charter yacht and explore Lastovo town. The bay is protected by a small island and you’ve a choice of quays. A couple of these are provided by local restaurants. Zaklopatica relies on tourism and fishing for it’s ... Read more