According to many, Hvar is the most beautiful island in Central Dalmatia. Starting from Split, you will have time to discover Hvar and the surrounding region. In this article, you will find all the important information about the trip, marinas and landmarks.
Our article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Important information if catamaran from Split to Hvar
- Ports in route from Split to Hvar
- Catamaran routes from Split to Hvar
- One-way catamaran from Split to Hvar town
- 1-week catamaran around Hvar island
- Marine gas near Split, boat gas stations in route from Split to Hvar
Weather in the Adriatic Sea
The Adriatic Sea has a Mediterranean climate. The real summer heat starts in May. From here, average temperatures above 20 degrees are typical. The water is only 19 degrees at this time; it can be cool for many to swim. Summer peaks in July and August, when the average temperature is higher than 30 degrees. You can already swim in the sea, which is around 24 degrees. The wind highly depends on the current season. For the routes described below, the mistral blowing from the northwest can make your job a little harder in the summer. In spring and autumn, the winds are varied: the north-northeast bora and the southern Jugo blow alternately. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Dalmatia.
What costs do you have to count with?
The currency of Croatia is the kuna. We recommend that you change kuna at your local bank or non-airport currency exchange upon arrival, so the exchange rate is a bit more favourable. The price of the moorings does not change outside the high season, in which case they are only 5-10% cheaper. You will have to pay around 60-100 euros for each port you visit. If you are sailing a catamaran, calculate with 1.5 times the usual rate. Catamarans are subject to fifty per cent surcharge. Food and drinks are relatively expensive compared to other Adriatic countries.
What to see in Split?
Split Airport is located about 25 km northwest of the city. Many transfer companies are available, but you have to book a seat in advance. You can also take the bus that comes every 20 minutes. The trip to the city takes one hour. In the city centre you can find Inside you will find the ancient palace of Diocletian along with the Peristilium. Directly in front of them is the Cathedral of St. Domnius, whose tower offers a magnificent view. From here in good weather, you can see even to the island of Brac. If you love the fish, be sure to visit the city’s huge fish market as well. You will walk north from ACI Marina to the city centre. First, you will find yourself on the beautiful Riva promenade, which was completed a few years ago, where restaurants, cafes, pubs, and shops meet.
One-way or round trip?
Both routes are easy to do for beginners as well because the distances are shorter. Hvar has an elongated shape, you have to sail west and east quite a lot. Choose the one-way trip if you want the town of Hvar to be your destination. In summer, the mistral wind makes it a little more difficult to sail back to Split.
Port of Rogač
The SailingEurope Charter is located on the northern side of the island of Šolta, in a bay surrounded by pine trees. It has a favourable location, only 16 kilometres from Split. The main advantage of the port is that it is not too crowded. There are showers, free WiFi, a nearby gas station, a café and a pizzeria. The Bay of Rogač is well protected from winds, which mainly blows in the winter months.
Port of Stomorska
The port is located in a small natural bay, providing protection for boats. Only the Bora winds can cause bigger waves here. The port has 30 berths, 4 of them for boats over 50 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 2-6 metres. The port has drinking water, electricity and there are several cafés along the coast. Information about sailing in Stomorska, or rent a boat in Stomorska
Port of Maslinica
The Marina Martinis Marchi is located on the west side of the island of Šolta. It is part of the Martinis Marchi Heritage Hotel Group. The port has 50 berths for yachts up to 35 metres in length. Larger megayachts can berth near the breakwater. The depth of the seabed is 2-11 metres. Every berth has drinking water and electricity, and there are WiFi and showers available. The restaurant and bar are open from May to October, but the port is open all year round. However, in July and August, yachts arriving late are often unable to find a berth. It is therefore advised to arrive early or reserve a berth.
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. There are restaurants, bars, laundries and a fuelling station. Information about sailing in Split, or rent a boat in Split
Port of Marina
The Agana Marina can accommodate 134 boats with a length of up to 25 metres. The depth of water at the entrance is 7 metres. Every mooring has running water and electricity. They also have dressing rooms and laundry service at the Agana Marina, and you can find bars and restaurants here as well. Marina boat rental
Port of Trogir
The SCT Marina Trogir has 256 berths for boats up to 90 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 20 metres. There is drinking water, electricity, 24-hour security, free WiFi, laundry, refuelling station, and even ship maintenance is available. Yacht charter Trogir
Port of Supetar
There is only a limited number of berths in the port. Supetar’s outer port is reserved for ferries and commercial vessels. In contrast, mostly smaller boats and yachts use the inner basin. The depth of the seabed at the entrance is 6 metres, 5 metres in the outer basin, and 3-4 metres in the inner basin. Information about sailing in Supetar, or rent a boat in Supetar
Port of Podstrana
The luxurious Marina Lav belongs to the Le Meridien Lav hotel complex. It can accommodate 74 yachts with a maximum length of 40 m. The depth varies between 2-2.8 m. There is a water supply, and electricity in each berth; moreover, a 24-hour security guard protects the area. Information about sailing in Podstrana, or rent a boat in Podstrana
Marina Kaštel Gomilica
This is the only port in Croatia that can accommodate superyachts up to 140 m. The depth of the seabed is 5, 5 m. Refuelling is among the quality services of the port.
The recently built port is in the south-western part of Kaštela Bay. It has 420 sea berths, all offering water and electricity. The depth of the seabed is between 2, 5 m and 8 m. There are also 200 land berths. There is a reception desk, a self-service laundry, a yacht club and a refuelling station. As for restaurants, you can choose BavAdria café, Nautic restaurant or Spinnaker restaurant. In addition, there is a pizzeria next to the swimming pool. Information about sailing in Kastel Gomilica, or rent a boat in Kastel Gomilica.
Port of Omiš
This small Central Dalmatian town lies at the mouth of the Cetina River. It is surrounded by massive gorges. The Bora wind, coming from every direction, and the southern winds cause strong waves in the area. The depth of the seabed is 4 m. Information about sailing in Omis, or rent a boat in Omis
Port of Hvar
The town of Hvar Island, which bears the same name, is the most popular docking place on the island. The port provides safety against northern winds; however, southern and northwestern winds can cause significant waves. Docking is expensive on the town’s pier, but you can do it on the other side of the port for a fair price. You can choose from several services including fuelling. Information about sailing in Hvar, or rent a boat in Hvar
Marina Sveti Klement
ACI Marina Palmižana is located on the northeastern part of Saint Klement Island, which belongs to the Pakleni archipelago. This is one of the safest harbours on the Adriatic Sea. It offers 180 berths for ships as long as 30 metres. The depth of the water is 3–8 metres. It is open seasonally, from the 1st of April until the 31st of October. They provide showers, Wi-Fi, cafés, and if you are hungry you can also find restaurants and grocery stores.
The port of Brusje
The little port called Stiniva Marina can accommodate up to 8 boats. The depth of the water is 2–4.5 metres. There is also a small restaurant in the bay.
Marina Stari Grad
Stari Grad is the oldest town in Hvar Island, and its port can accept a total of 150 boats. The depth of the water is 13 metres at the entrance and 4–5 metres at the town pier. At the port, you can find cafés, restaurants and an information office as well. Information about sailing in Stari Grad, or rent a boat in Stari Grad
The port of Vrboska
ACI Marina Vrboska is famous for its beautiful surroundings. Beautiful lavender fields, ancient olive trees and vineyards can be found nearby. It can accept a total of 119 boats with a length of up to 20 metres. The depth of the water is 5 metres. The port offers several good-quality services including a fuel station.
Port of Jelsa
The port has 54 berths for ships up to 40 metres. The depth of the water is 2.70–4 metres at the northern and 1.50–3.70 metres at the southern shores. They offer water, electricity and shower cabins.
The port of Sućuraj
Sućurajis a small port and tourist establishment. It is located in Sućuraj Bay, in the eastern part of Hvar Island. It offers 9 berths for yachts, which are located to the west from the ferry port. The depth of the water is 2-3 metres.
Port of Sveta Nedjelja
Marina Zlatan Otok is a small port run by a family. It is located in a small village called Sveta Nedjelja on the southern shore of Hvar Island, app. 12 kilometres from Hvar city. The port can accept ships up to 18 metres long – the depth of the water is 4 metres. Ships up to 40 metres long can also dock on the outer side of the mole; the depth of the water is 7 metres here. The port opens in May or June and closes in October. It is also unique because it is exposed to the Mistral, causing waves.
The port of Zavala
The little port of Zavala is located on the southern shore of Hvar Island, near Šćedro Island. Smaller yachts can dock at the mole, while larger ones can dock at the bay. The depth of the water is 6–16 metres at the bay, and 2–3 metres at the mole.
This marina can accommodate 70 boats up to 20 metres in length. The Bora and Jugo winds can make berthing difficult, thus when they are blowing stronger, it is better anchoring at the quay at the nearby town of Kut. The depth of the seabed here is 2, 5-4, 5 metres. Marina Vis offers excellent services like a refuelling station. Information about sailing in Vis, or Vis boat rental
Komiža Town Harbour
The harbour of Komiža is in a wide, deep bay. It has 30 berths for boats up to 20 metres in length. The seabed is 6 metres deep. The harbour offers excellent protection from northern and eastern winds, but the southern Jugo can cause some waves. Information about sailing in Komiža, or rent a boat in Komiža
The port of Bol is located on the southern coast of Brač Island, about halfway between Milna and Sumartin. It is small, so it can be hard to find a free berth during the main season. The depth of the water is 6–7 metres at the entrance and 2 metres at the pier. It provides drinking water, electricity and laundry, as well as cafés and restaurants. Information about sailing in Bol, or rent a boat in Bol
Marina Vela Luka
The marina on the west side of the Island of Korčula has 45 berths for boats up to 17 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 3-4 metres. The marina has a refuelling station, directly next to the yacht pier. Information about sailing in Vela Luka, or rent a boat in Vela Luka
Starting from Split, you sail to the island of Hvar via Brac. You return your catamaran in Hvar. On this journey, you will have time to explore the island.
Day 1. Split – Supetar (Brac)
16, 12 km (10, 02 mi)
The first stop on the island of Brac is Supetar. Sailing southeast of Split, you arrive at Supetar. Already on arrival at the port, the three-bayed baroque church with a 35-metre-high tower stands out. Known as the capital of Brac, Supetar offers plenty of enjoyment. If you arrive between June and September, you will drop into the long-running Supetar Summer Festival. If you are interested in the history of the town, visit the Sveti Nikola peninsula, located west of the marina. There are a lot of things to see here, like a mausoleum, ancient Christian sarcophagi and a historic cemetery.
Day 2. Supetar – Stari Grad
40, 46 km (25, 14 mi)
Sailing west of Brac and then turning south, you approach the island of Hvar. You sail southeastward, into the bay of Stari Grad.
To the north of the harbour, next to the white cross at the top of Glavica Hill, there are great views of the city and the western parts of the island. If you love bike tours, take a short visit to the Stari Grad Plain, a World Heritage Site! From 1 May to 1 October Hora winery is open in the middle of the plain, where you can enjoy an unforgettable wine tasting. Read more about what to do in Stari Grad or Stari Grad sailing. Check our boats: boat rental in Stari Grad.
Day 3. Stari Grad – Vrboska – Jelsa
31, 42 km (19, 53 mi)
You leave the bay of Stari Grad, heading east. As you sail along the coast, you arrive at Vrboska. You have to turn west in the bay of the village. You can find here the Church of St. Mary of Mercy, built-in 1580. The tower offers a wonderful view of the area. If you are interested in fishing, visit the fishing museum. You can see old fishing nets, tools and a reconstructed fisherman’s cottage.
Sailing southeast of Vrboska, you reach the town of Jelsa. The Church of St. John the Baptist is located on the main square, surrounded by Renaissance and Baroque houses. In the park, you can see the statue of Captain Niko Dubokovic. If you are interested in the nearby archaeological sites, there are two of them, located west of Jelsa. Tor has a great view of the marina. In Galesnik, you can see the remains of a medieval settlement.
Day 4. Jelsa – Sucuraj
42, 66 km (26, 51 mi)
You sail east along the northern coast of the island. On the way, you can stop for a swim at some beautiful beaches. Finally, you arrive at the eastern tip of Hvar and turning south-southwest, you can drop anchor at Sucuraj. It is a quiet little fishing village with gorgeous coastlines on the east and south sides of the island. Compared to its size, it has many landmarks and historic monuments from different eras. The Franciscan monastery was built-in the 9th century, the Church of St. Anthony and the Fortica fortress in the 1600s, and the lighthouse in 1889.
Day 5. Sucuraj – Zavala
40, 45 km (25, 14 mi)
Heading west from Sucuraj, you sail along the southern coast of Hvar. You arrive at Zavala. It is a peaceful town with a beautiful coastline. There are no hotels or loud bars. Zavala is not crowded like the other towns on the island. The town is mainly famous for wine production. We recommend trying the local speciality, bogdanjusa. If you love nature, you can go to the island of Scedro opposite Zavala by taxi boat or a rented boat. There are beautiful bays and beaches.
Day 6. Zavala – Vis
42, 32 km (26, 30 mi)
We recommend spending a day at the island of Vis, southeast of Zavala. This Island is very popular with divers due to its many shipwrecks and rich aquatic life. Moor in the town of Vis, here you will find the archaeological museum in the old fortress. You should also check out the Rdošije Palace. If you’re interested in military stuff, take a guided tour to the nearby Soviet military bases and submarine bunkers. Read more about what to do in Vis or Vis sailing. Check our boats: Vis boat rental
Day 7. Vis – St. Klement-island- Hvar
27, 15 km (16, 87 mi)
Sailing northeast of Vis, you arrive at Sveti Klement. You can find some beautiful pine and laurel forests here. The shallow water of Palmižana Bay is perfect for swimming. Heading northeast from the island, you will arrive at Hvar. It is the sunniest town in the Croatian region with more than 2700 hours of sunshine a year. From the marina, you can walk to the main street where you find the most important landmarks. The cathedral is located in the main square, said to be the largest in Dalmatia. We recommend visiting the Spanjola Fortress on a hill above the old town, offering gorgeous views over the area.
It is a longer route with fewer stops compared to the previous one-way trip. Starting from Split, you will visit the island of Brac before sailing around Hvar. In summer, on the way back to Split the headwind makes it harder to sail.
Day 1. Split – Supetar (Brac) 16, 12 km (10, 02 mi), Day 2. Supetar – Sumartin (Brac) – Jelsa 55, 33 km (34, 38 mi), Day 3. Jelsa – Sucuraj 42, 66 km (26, 51 mi), Day 4. Sucuraj – Zavala 40, 45 km (25, 14 mi), Day 5. Zavala – Hvar 22, 55 km (14, 01 mi), Day 6. Hvar – Stari Grad 26, 81 km (16, 66 mi), Day 7. Stari Grad – Split 42, 62 km (26, 48 mi)
- SOLTA: Depth: 4, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.395533, 16.303849
- SPLIT: Depth: 3, 5-4 m, Working time: 6-24, GPS Coordinates: 43.502079, 16.427268
- TROGIR: Depth: 3 m, Working time: 8-19, GPS Coordinates: 43.513687, 16.248574
- MARINA KASTELA: , VHF: 17, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.546155, 16.405204
- PRIMOSTEN: Depth: 3-4, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.587926, 15.92353
- VIS: Depth: 2, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.057443, 16.190497
- HVAR: Depth: 1, 8 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.170339, 16.444642
- MILNA, HVAR: Depth: 3 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.327293, 16.448249
- VRBOSKA, HVAR: Depth: 2 m, Working time: 8-15, GPS Coordinates: 43.180978, 16.673233
- MAKARSKA: Depth: 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.293683, 17.019819
- PLOCE: Depth: 10-12 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.057252, 17.428057
- VELA LUKA: Depth: 3-4 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.959407, 16.714213
- ACI Marina KORCULA: Depth: 3, 5m, GPS Coordinates: 42.956744, 17.138561
- LASTOVO: Depth: 2, 5-4, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.745218, 16.824718
- SOBRA, MLJET: Depth: 5m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.740951, 17.598208
- DUBROVNIK, ACI Marina: Depth: 4m, Working time: 8-20, GPS Coordinates: 42.670687, 18.127007
- DUBROVNIK, Orsan: Depth: 3, 7-4, 9 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.660463, 18.079714
If you want to discover the most beautiful Croatian island, choose one of our routes! The journey offers unforgettable experiences, gorgeous beaches and beautiful little towns! Find more sailing trips from Split