SAILING IN CROATIA
WHY IS SAILING IN CROATIA SO POPULAR?
Crystal clear emerald seas, the soothing sound of waves, and the oh-so-spectacular sunsets are just a few things that come to one’s mind when thinking about sailing in Croatia. The scenic views and affordable luxury make a memorable adventure for all types of travelers. Whether you seek a romantic getaway for your honeymoon, tranquil escape for your body & soul, or a once-in-a-lifetime adventure thrill, sailing holidays on the Croatian coast truly do nourish the best of all travel experiences.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON MY FIRST TIME SAILING IN CROATIA?
Croatia’s remarkable 1,800km coastline extending from Istria (North) to Dubrovnik (South) brings diversity in nature, landscapes, food, and even the locals’ accents! With over 1,200 islands and islets, there’s a spot to suit every taste. To reach the Northern part, fly into Pula or Rijeka; to reach the Dalmatian part, choose from airports in Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik. To get the best of our Croatia Island hopping, keep your focus on groups of islands that lie close to one another. Within just a week you could visit island groups such as:
- Elaphiti islands – Mljet – Pelješac – Korčula
- Split – Šolta – Brač – Hvar – Vis
- The mighty Kornati archipelago of 130 islands No matter the route, sailing in Croatia falls nothing short of exploring hidden caves, secluded beaches, Roman remains, and nature’s finest National Parks.
SAILING HOLIDAYS MUST-HAVES
The summer months of your sailing holidays can be a little intense. Carry high-factor sunscreen, cap or sun hat, sunglasses, and make sure you have sufficient water intake (especially if you plan on tasting those fine wines on your Croatia Island hopping adventure 🙂 ). Although summer days in Croatia are hot and sunny, night-time on the boat can get a little chilly, so bring some light jackets and cozy socks to keep yourself snug. Keep in mind Croatia’s local currency is the Croatian Kuna and the majority of shops, restaurants, museums and national parks/preserves do not accept foreign currencies. While the majority of the islands do have an ATM machine, it is preferable you keep some cash in hand while touring the mainland.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SAIL CROATIA?
First, pick the right destination! Visit Pag for the renowned beach parties and nightlife, Mljet for the tranquil nature, Brač for the best windsurfing, and Pašman to see the nearby heart-shaped island, Galešnjak. Then, pick your trip type. Half-day and full-day excursions, whether private or group, are a great way for first-timers to discover the surrounding islands, restaurants, and landmarks. Overnight charters are for those who wish to experience the sweet charms of living on the sea; even for our first-timers who can enjoy their sailing holidays on crewed charters.
WHAT TYPE OF BOAT DO I NEED TO SAIL CROATIA?
Choosing a boat type for your sailing holiday circles around two things: first, your trip needs, and second your budget. Rib boats and small motorboats are ideal for quick transfers between islands and the mainland. For half-day or full-day trips be sure to rent a boat with shade and a cooler. Motorboats and catamarans are fantastic for short trips. An affordable private tour offers starts from €800EUR, including a skipper! For all our tanning lovers: get yourself a boat with a sundeck! When looking for the ideal overnight boat to sail in Croatia, check the essentials: the number of cabins/beds, toilets, and indoor showers. Smaller sailboats are more affordable, while spacious gulets and luxury yachts provide comfort and amenities, but at a higher price.