Renting a motor yacht in Croatia & discovering the Dalmatia, Kvarner-bay, or Istria Coasts? We will find the perfect boat for you. Wide selection – Get your offer! Croatia’s coastline is 5, 790 kilometres long and the country has 1, 242 islands. They all expect you for an unforgettable yachting holiday. Croatia’s climate is typically the Mediterranean, which means you can count on pleasant 28-30 Celsius degree weather on average throughout the summer and nice summer winds are also taken for granted. The temperature of seawater can rise as high as 25 degrees in the summer. The country hides many water sports opportunities, beautiful beaches, and lots of uninhabited romantic islands. No wonder Croatia and its whole coastline are considered to be among the best holiday destinations.

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Location of Croatia

The 5, 000 kilometre-long shore is divided into 700 islands with several anchorages and ports, abandoned and romantic bays. The country is located in the northwest part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its overall territory is 56 594 km2. It is bounded by Slovenia from the northwest, Hungary from the north, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from the east, and it also shares a borderline with Montenegro. It is bounded by the Adriatic Sea from the southwest. The country joined the European Union in 2013. The official currency is the Croatian kuna. The capital is Zagreb. With its clear sea, pleasant summer climate, historic towns, fishing villages and uninhabited creeks, the Croatian shores of the Adriatic Sea have a prominent place in the hearts of water sports enthusiasts.

Geographical features

The Croatian shores are often referred to as the Croatian Adriatic. The Croatian shores of the Adriatic Sea lie across a coastline of 1778 kilometers. Together with the perimeter of the islands, this number is 5835 kilometers. The archipelago consists of 1185 islands altogether and is the largest group of islands on the Adriatic and the second-largest on the Mediterranean Sea. 698 of these islands are inhabited, the largest ones are KRK, Korcula, Brac, Hvar and Rab. There are two peninsulas in the region: Istria in the north, and Peljesac between Split and Dubrovnik. There are more than 2600 ports in Croatia.

Can you rent a motor yacht in Croatia – do I need a license?

Small boats (under a certain horsepower or length), electric boats, crewed yacht charters, gulet charters may not require a license. Larger boats or those with more powerful engines need a skipper’s license. Before you confirm your sailing trip to Croatia, please send us a copy and we will check it for you. You need to have the original copies with you on-board, so don’t forget to take them.
To sail from Croatia, one of the following qualifications is necessary:
ICC (International Certificate of Competence), Int. IPC (International Proficiency Certificate, USA), NauticEd SLC (International Sailing License and Credentials), RYA Day Skipper Course, valid Navigational and VHF licenses
Alternatively: ICC (International Certificate of Competence), Int. IPC (International Proficiency Certificate, USA), NauticEd SLC (International Sailing License and Credentials, Int.)
[UK] RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate or higher, [USA] Sailing ‘Basic Keelboat’ or higher, [DE] ‘Sportbootführerschein See’ or higher, [FR] le Permis Plaisance
Additionally, the following documents are necessary: Valid travel documents: USA citizens: EU regulations mandate USA passport holders to have at least three months of validity beyond the planned departure date from Croatia., European Union (EU) citizens: No visa required. Canadian citizens: No visa required for stays up to 90 days.
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Motor yacht charter Croatia – the main ports

Croatia and the Adriatic Sea a famous yacht charter destinations. If we decide to go on sailing tours, we can visit the different rocky shores and sandy beaches and islands as well. The Split-Makarska-Mijet-Dubrovnik-Trstenik-Korcula-Hvar-Split route is amongst the most popular choices, and the Rijeka-Cres-Losinj-Molat-Zadar-Pag-Rab-Krka-Rijeka route, which passes by several islands, is also well-known. Croatia is a versatile travel destination. Young travelers can even find themselves on “party islands”. Nature enthusiasts may enjoy the glorious scenery, those interested in culture can visit the old city and couples can take a walk on the romantic beaches. You can read about the best marinas offering high-quality services. You can read about the best marinas offering high-quality services. The country has everything you need.

The best ports in Istria

Marina Nautica port of Novigrad

There are berths for 365 boats overall with a maximum length of 50 metres. The port in Novigrad is world-class, and there is also a 4-star hotel here where we can require maintenance for our boat and charge our batteries in the form of relaxing wellness. rent a boat Novigrad rent a boat Novigrad

ACI Marina Umag

The depth of water here is around 5 metres, and they offer the app. 480 berths for ships of all sizes. They can even accept 40-metre-long mega yachts. The port is clean, the staff is friendly and the restaurant is excellent. There is also free Wi-Fi, a charging station and a currency exchanger. rent a boat Umag rent a boat Umag

Marina of Vrsar

Vrsar is located in a bay perfectly protected by the surrounding islands. It is among the ports in the best condition on the northern shores of Istria. The port, which has 14-metre-deep waters, can accept 200 boats with a length of up to 40 metres. rent a boat Vrsar

ACI Marina Pula

The port of Pula can be found in a giant natural bay. They have 200 berths for mega yachts as long as 40 metres. It is perfectly equipped. They have laundry, ATM and currency exchange. There is also a petrol station nearby, and we can rent a car, too. sailing in Pula, motor yacht charter Pula

ACI Marina Rovinj

It is a modern and cosy port with a wonderful view. Thanks to a 20-million-euro investment, it is among the largest ports in Croatia. Everything is clean and in very good condition. They have excellent healthcare services. The port is divided into two parts. One of them is reserved for transit vessels, and the other was established for yachts stationing there during the whole year. 416 ships with a maximum length of 50 metres are allowed altogether. Rovinj sailing, yacht charter Rovinj

Port of Rabac

It is located in a natural bay on the eastern shores of Istria. The port is perfectly protected from the northern and eastern winds. It was rebuilt and developed further recently. Rabac sailing, boat rental Rabac

Ports in Kvarner bay

ACI Cres

The giant bay can accept 458 boats and they offer 120 dry docks here as well. It is perfectly equipped and has everything you may need.

Marina Mali Losinj

The bay is protected from northern and eastern winds. There are 80 berths here for transit boats with a length of up to 18 metres. They provide water and electricity, and there are many local restaurants and bars. Mali Losinj sailing, yacht charter Mali Losinj

Marina Punat

Nearly 50 years ago a port developed from the local heritage of boat manufacturing. It was the first port on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. First, it could only host 10 boats along a short pier. However, today it’s a modern yachting centre and a port for more than 1200 boats. Marina Punat was the first Croatian port that achieved a blue flag rating for its high-quality service and preserved the natural environment. It has won the award every year since 1998. Marina Punat has 850 places for boats on the sea and 500 on the coast. The port offers a wide variety of boats for sailors, with reparation and rental opportunities and culinary specialities.

It has earned several important awards. For example, it won the title of the best port in Croatia multiple times, and the recognition of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Punat sailing, boat rental Krk

Novi Marina

Marina Novi is a well-equipped small port. The maximum length of the boats anchored here is 60 metres, and the depth is 5 metres. You can reach Vinodol Riviera by boat and plane as well. The closest airport is only 30 kilometres away from the island of Krk. sailing in Novi Vinodolski, yacht charter in Novi Vinodolski

Port of Lopar

Lopar is located at the northern tip of the island of Rab. The port is small, but it has the essential equipment you might need. The port is protected from winds. The depth of the seabed is 5 metres, and the maximum length is 60 metres.

ACI Marina Pomer

Marina Pomer can be found in Medulin bay. It has a capacity for over 300 ships. It is fairly modern and clean and there is free WiFi access. Moreover, you can book a table in an exclusive spacious restaurant on the shore. Boatmen can find all the facilities here. There is also a warehouse for storing equipment like a bicycle or a surfboard. Medulin sailing, rent a boat Medulin

Marina Admiral of Opatija

The Marina Admiral on the North of the Adriatic Sea is one of the best starting points for an unforgettable sailing tour. The Marina Admiral is, actually, a part of the Admiral Hotel complex; therefore, all equipment and facilities of the hotel are available for boatmen. There are 160 berths in the marina with a maximum length of 20 m and 40 dry docks. Smaller yachts should go to the Abbazia Port. The hotel received four anchors which by this means is a five-star hotel. Every berth has its own electricity and water supply. Other services are healthcare, 24-hour surveillance and safety, rent a warehouse, welcome service, ecological waste management, and laundry. The marina is also accessible to handicapped people. Opatija sailing, yacht charter Opatija

Port of Rijeka

During the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy, it was Hungary’s after it became Croatia’s largest port. Any type of watercraft and cargo are allowed to enter the port. Today it also plays a significant role in the Far East and Middle European markets. The number of available berths is 58 plus 2 oil ports. Of course, it is fully equipped with diverse services; not to mention its outstanding safety. boat rental Rijeka

Port of Crikvenica

However, the Port of Crikvenica is not too large; you can find all the important facilities. It has three parts accepting transit ships up to 24. There is a gas station as well near the port. It provides electricity and water.

The best ports in Dalmatia

Marina Zadar

You will find the town’s port in the central part of the shores of the Adriatic, in the centre of Zadar. They have 200 berths and 100 on-land facilities. They offer access to water and electricity, and they have shower cabins, laundry service, groceries, and restaurants as well. The port – which has a certificate – also has a fuel station. Zadar sailing, motor yacht charter Zadar

Marina Kornati (Biograd na Moru)

The marina of Biograd, which also has a certificate, can accommodate 705 boats with a length of up to 23 metres. The entrance is 40 metres wide, and the maximum depth is 6.5 metres. They have a 24-hour security service, boat maintenance and a fuel station. There is also a restaurant with a capacity of 370 guests. sailing in Biograd na Moru,boat rental Biograd na Moru

Marina Frapa, Rogoznica

The port of Marina Frapa is in the picturesque Gulf of Solina. With nearly 400 places it’s suitable for docking or renting sailing and motor yachts. Its centre is an artificial island, on the land, there’s a sports centre, a nightclub, and even a pool complex. This 136 thousand m2 port is considered to be the most beautiful in the Adriatic region. The port is a full-service marina. yacht charter Rogoznica

Port of Trogir

This significant port offers 256 permanent berths for ships up to 70 metres long. The depth of the water is 20 metres. They provide several services such as laundry, fuel and maintenance. They also have drinking water, electricity and free Wi-Fi. Trogir sailing, motor yacht charter Trogir

Port of Split

The ACI Marina Split offers 348 berths for yachts of a maximum of 90 m. The breakwater provides outstanding protection from the raging sea and the southern winds. The water depth is 8 m. There are restaurants, bars, laundries, and a fuelling station. Split sailing, motor yacht charter Split

Marina Kaštela (Kaštel Gomilica)

The marina is in the southwestern part of Kaštela Bay. It has 420 sea berths and 200 land berths. The depth of the seabed is 2, 5-8 m. There is a reception desk, a self-service laundry, a yacht club, a refuelling station and a café on site. If you get hungry, there are pizzerias and restaurants. Kastel Gomilica sailing, yacht charter Kastel Gomilica

D-Marin Mandalina (Šibenik)

The marina is only a few km away from the historic centre of Šibenik. It boasts a Golden Anchor Award and a Blue Flag Certification. There are 429 sea berths and 50 land berths for boats. Of these, 79 are specifically for superyachts. D-Marin Mandalina is the only marina in Croatia that can accommodate superyachts up to 140 m. There is a grocery store, a bar and a restaurant. The marina is protected against winds and waves. Sibenik sailing, motor yacht charter Sibenik

D-Marin Dalmacija (Sukošan)

It is the largest marina in Croatia, offering 1200 sea and 300 land berths. It can accommodate boats up to 40 m in length, and superyachts in transit up to a length of 80 m. The marina has all the necessary services like boat maintenance and refuelling. sailing in Sukosan, yacht charter Sukosan

Makarska Harbour

The Makarska Harbour has a 225-metre-long breakwater that provides excellent protection against winds and waves. The maximum depth of the seabed is 4, 8 metres. The harbour offers quality services, and there is even a refuelling station. Makarska sailing, rent a boat Makarska

Port of Dubrovnik

The port is located only 3 kilometres away from the old city of Dubrovnik. They don’t have any limits in terms of yacht size; the depth of water is 42 metres. You can find everything that you may need in the near vicinity including cosy cafés and restaurants. Dubrovnik sailing, motor yacht charter Dubrovnik

Beaches in Croatia

The country is popular because of its beaches as well. Thanks to its diversity, we can find pebbly and sandy beaches as well. The most popular beaches are Punta rat, Rajska plaza, Prapratno, Plava laguna, Telascica, Banja, Bijeca, Kamenjak, Saplunara and Dubovica. Further information on other beaches can be found here.

Gastronomy of Croatia

Croatian cuisine is much more diverse than you might think, thanks to the fact that it has been influenced by the different nations’ gastronomy: Italy, Hungary, Austria and Turkey. You can even find the same dishes prepared differently within the country. The specialities that we should taste are brodet, crni rizot, riba sa zara, fuzi, manestra, pasticada, strukli, soparnik and fritule.


Croatia has several airports. This makes the country a good choice in terms of accessibility and internal infrastructure. The busiest airport is in Zagreb, but smaller national airports can be found in the following cities: Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula, Rijeka, Osijek, Boi, and Mali Losinj. As the country is rich in ports, travelling between the cities can be easy if we rent a boat or a yacht.

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Which period is best to sail to Croatia?

The climate of the country is diverse. The middle regions are characterized by a mild continental climate: summers are dry and hot and winters are mostly cold and wet. The beaches belong to the Mediterranean Arc: the summer is also dry and hot, but winters are milder. In mountainous areas, summers are cooler, and winters are cold and snowy. That is why we should seek information in advance on the weather of the chosen area or town so that we can enjoy an undisturbed holiday. This is especially important when it comes to renting a boat or a yacht. Read about sailing Croatia in september
Croatia has a long Adriatic coast and areas in the mountainous Balkans. Its weather and climate are as diverse as the country is. Croatia can be divided into three climatic regions. In the north are the lowlands with a continental climate. Central Croatia consists of the mountainous Dinara Region, with an alpine climate. The Adriatic coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate of cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Winter temperatures range from -1 to 30°C in the continental region, -5 to 0°C in the mountain region and 5 to 10°C in the coastal region.

Summer temperatures range from 22 to 26°C in the continental region. 15 to 20°C in the mountain region and 26 to 30°C in the coastal region. The coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate, with mild weather even in winter and moderate to hot dry summers. Humidity is quite low, making the summer heat less heavy than it might appear elsewhere.

Spring and summer temperatures are fairly mild, rarely ranging over 30°C, without rain. Prevailing winds in the interior are light to moderate northeast or southwest, and in the coastal area, prevailing winds are determined by local area features. Higher wind velocities are more often recorded in cooler months along the coast, generally as Bura or less frequently as Sirocco. If you want more accurate/detailed information about the weather and wind conditions, select a region from the The most wanted motor yacht charter Croatia destinations tab. Please search for the desired holiday destination within the region and you can find the weather tab under the city tab.

Motorboat charter Croatia itineraries

Dalmatia motor yacht charter itineraries

Day 1. Split (ACI Marina) – Kaštel Gomilica 9, 73 km (6, 04 mi), Day 2. Kaštel Gomilica – Trogir (ACI Marina) 15.47 km (9.62 mi), Day 3. Trogir (ACI Marina) – Primosten 38, 16 (23, 71 mi), Day 4. Primosten -Vis (Vis-island) 65, 08 (40, 44 mi), Day 5. Vis (Vis-island) – Stari Grad (Hvar-island) 40, 14 km (24, 94 mi), Day 6. Stari Grad (Hvar-island) – Sumartin (Brač-island) 37, 74 km (23, 45 mi), Day 7. Sumartin (Brač-island) – Supetar (Brač-island) – Split (ACI Marina) 52, 90 km (32, 87 mi).

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Day 1 . Trogir (ACI Marina) – Drvenik Veli 13, 59 km (8, 44 mi), Day 2. Drvenik Veli-island – Rogač (Šolta-island) 18, 35 km (11, 40 mi), Day 3. Rogač (Šolta-island) – Sutivan (Brač-island) 15, 38 km (9, 56 mi), Day 4. Sutivan (Brač-island) – Supetar (Brač-island) 6, 30 km (3, 91 mi), Day 5. Supetar (Brač-island) – Omiš 13, 10 km (8, 14 mi), Day 6. Omiš – Podstrana (Marina Lav) 15, 02 km (9, 33 mi), Day 7. Podstrana (Marina Lav) – Split (ACI Marina) – Trogir (ACI Marina) 36, 03 km (22, 39 mi).

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Day 1. Zadar (Marina Tankerkomerc) – Sukošan (Marina Dalmacija) 11.17 km (6.94 mi), Day 2. Sukošan – Biograd na Moru (Marina Kornati – south) 17.68 km (10.99 mi), Day 3. Biograd na Moru – Kornati National Park 27.86 km (17.31 mi), Day 4. Kornati National Park – Sali (Dugi Otok) 10.32 km (6.41 mi), Day 5. Sali – what to do in Brbinj (Dugi Otok) 23.54 km (14.63 mi), Day 6. Brbinj – Nin (Seaport Ninski 2) 31.76 km (19.74 mi), Day 7. Nin – Sutomišćica (Olive Island Marina) – Zadar (Marina Tankerkomerc) 34.79 km (21.61 mi).

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Day 1. Sibenik – Zlarin 6.83 km (4.25 mi), Day 2. Zlarin – Drvenik Veli 43.78 km (27.21 mi), Day 3. Drvenik Veli – Split 27.04 km (16.80 mi), Day 4. Split – Supetar 16.46 km (10.23 mi), Day 5. Supetar – Makarska 39.47 km (24.52 mi), Day 6. Makarska – Brac island (Port of Bol) 29.52 km (18.35 mi), Day 7. Bol – Rogoznica – Sibenik 95.44 km (59.30 mi)

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Day 1. Dubrovnik – Lopud 13.65 km (8.48 mi), Day 2. Lopud – Sobra (Mljet) 28.79 km (17.89 mi), Day 3. Sobra – Vela Luka (Korcula island) 94.69 km (58.84 mi), Day 4. Korcula – Vis (Vis island) 45.80 km (28.46 mi), Day 5. Vis – Rogoznica 58.47 km (36.33 mi), Day 6. Rogoznica – Zirje 31.36 km (19.48 mi), Day 7. Zirje – Murter 23.44 km (14.57 mi), Day 8. Murter – Pirovac 7.87 km (4.89 mi), Day 9. Pirovac – Tribunj 19.25 km (11.96 mi), Day 10. Tribunj – Krka waterfall 28.77 km (17.88 mi), Day 11. Krka – Primošten 36.04 km (22.39 mi), Day 12. Primošten – Stari Grad 72.01 km (44.75 mi), Day 13. Stari Grad – Lastovo 86.28 km (53.61 mi), Day 14. Lastovo – Saplunara (Mljet) – Dubrovnik 107.53 km (66.81 mi)

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Kvarner Bay motor yacht rental itineraries

Day 1. Mali Losinj – Susak 15, 20 km (9, 44 mi), Day 2. Susak – Unije, Day 3. Unije – Cres town 44, 76 km (27, 81 mi), Day 4. Cres – Rabac 24, 54 km (15, 25 mi), Day 5. Rabac – Trget 32, 92 km (20, 46 mi), Day 6. Trget – Medulin 34, 83 km (21, 64 mi), Day 7. Medulin – Vele Srakane – Mali Losinj 55, 99 km (34, 79 mi).

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Day 1. Punat – Malinska 31.42 km (19.52 mi), Day 2. Malinska – Opatija 29.15 km (18.11 mi), Day 3. Opatija – Rijeka 10.25 km (6.37 mi), Day 4. Rijeka – Crikvenica 29.77 km (18.50 mi), Day 5. Crikvenica – Senj 26.64 km (16.55 mi), Day 6. Senj – Baska 12.09 km (7.51 mi), Day 7. Baska – Lopar – Punat 38.29 km (23.79 mi).

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Istria motor yacht charter itineraries

Day 1. Medulin – Rabac 45.59 km (28.33 mi) , Day 2. Rabac – Fiume 37.04 km (23.02 mi) , Day 3. Fiume – Omisalj 14.99 km (9.31 mi), Day 4. Omisalj – Krk 38.47 km (23.90 mi), Day 5. Krk – Lopar 24.39 km (15.15 mi), Day 6. Lopar – Ilovik 47.98 km (29.82 mi), Day 7. Ilovik – Susak – Medulin 19.77 km (12.28 mi) – 46.19 km (28.70 mi)

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Day 1. Pula – Medulin 32.41 km (20.14 mi), Day 2. Medulin – Unije 33.34 km (20.72 mi), Day 3. Unije- Vele Srakane 11.65 km (7.24 mi), Day 4. Vele Srakane – Martinscica 27.22 km (16.91 mi), Day 5. Martinscica – Cres 27.05 km (16.81 mi), Day 6. Cres – Rabac 24, 28 km (15, 09 mi), Day 7. Rabac – Trget – Pula 90.16 km (56.02 mi)

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Itinerary from Venice to Croatia

Day 1. Venice(Marina di Lio Grando) – Cortellazzo 30, 10 km (18, 71 mi), Day 2. Cortellazzo – Grado 54, 50 km (33, 87 mi), Day 3. Grado – Trieste 31, 22 km (19, 40 mi), Day 4. Trieste Izola – Umag 38, 72 km (24, 06 mi), Day 5. Umag – Porec 25, 15 km (15, 63 mi), Day 6. Porec – Rovinj 17, 97 km (11, 16 mi), Day 7. Rovinj – Venice 105, 90 km (65, 80 mi)

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