Middle Dalmatia’s true gem, Hvar is located on the eastern side of Split Bay. It is bordered by Brač Island from the north, and by Korčula Island and the sea from the south. From this article, you can learn about the weather you can expect when sailing on Hvar Island, and we will also help you with useful tips on how to make a one or two weeks long sailing trip.Sailing in Hvar Island

This article gives you an overview of the following topics:

Weather of Hvar island

Hvar is famous for its pleasant Mediterranean climate. It is the sunniest island on the Adriatic Sea, with warm summers and mild winters. The average temperature is 24, 8° Celsius in July and 8.4° Celsius in January. As for the winds, the Bora and the Jugo will be refreshing.Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Hvar island

Ports and islands around Hvar island

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 around Hvar island

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.

Marina Vis

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
Ports in Hvar island

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

Marina Bol

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

Sail in Hvar island! Hvar island sailing itineraries

Sailing in Hvar island: 1 week sailing trip

We are leaving from Hvar, which used to be an important port of the Republic of Venice. After exploring nearby places and wonderful bays, we will return here.Hvar island sailing trip

Day 1. Hvar – Vinogradišće-bay

5.58 km (3.47 mi)

The Bay of Vinogradišće is the largest and most famous island in the Pakleni Archipelago. It is on the southern side of Sveti Klement. It is opposite the ACI Marina Palmižana on the Hvar side. If the northern wind, the Bora blows, it is safe to drop anchor here. There is a great restaurant nearby like Zori or Toto’s, famous for the seafood dishes. There is a short promenade, embraced by plants from all over the world.

Day 2. Vinogradišće-bay – Brusje (Hafen Stiniva)

20, 11 km (12, 50 mi)

Brusje, along with the neighbouring Velo and Malo Grablje, has been a suburb of Hvar for centuries. It is famous for its church dedicated to St. George, built-in 1676. The little village on the hill offers magnificent views over the nearby island of Brač.

Day 3. Brusje (Hafen Stiniva) – Stari Grad

10, 14 km (6, 30 mi)

From Glavica Hill, we can both admire the town and Brač Island to the north. If you are interested in beautiful buildings, the most famous sights of the establishment are Hektorović Castle, Church of Saint Rocco and the Dominican Monastery. As for restaurants, we particularly recommend the Konoba Batana and the Antika. Read more about what to do in Stari Grad, Stari Grad sailing, or rent a boat Stari Grad.
Sailing around Hvar island

Day 4. Stari Grad – Vrboska (ACI Marina)

26.97 km (16.76 mi)

Vrboska is located in a hidden bay, which has its two sides connected by bridges. As a result, it got the name “Little Venice”. The town’s architecture sights include the Fortress-Church of Saint Mary from 1575 and the Church of Saint Lawrence. You can find the restaurant Trica Gardelin, offering traditional Dalmatian cuisine, at the centre of the establishment. Their menu includes fresh fish, frutti di mare, meat dishes and pizzas.

Day 5. Vrboska (ACI Marina) – Jelsa

2, 97 km (1, 84 mi)

Jelsa is located in the middle of Hvar, and it is bordered by forests as well as the two highest mountains of the island. One of Dalmatia’s largest and most beautiful parks is located here: Perivoj was established in 1870. You can also find several Mediterranean and tropical plants in the area. The town has been well-known for its excellent red wines.

Day 6. Jelsa – Bol

11, 75 km (7, 30 mi)

The largest establishment on the southern beach of Bol a Brač Island is located at the foot of Vidova Gora mountain. Out of all the sights here, it is important to mention its monuments from ancient Roman times, decorative Baroque manors and the Dominican Monastery from the 15th century. In the summer, they organize cultural programs such as Bol Summer Festival and the Night of Fishermen.
Coasts and islands in Hvar island

Day 7. Bol – St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) – Hvar

34, 57 km (21, 48 mi)

The main attraction of Sveti Klement is the chapel of the same name. It was built-in 1866, commemorating the Battle of Vis. The pine, cactus, rosemary and laurel forests enhance the beauty of the island.

After returning our ship and we still have some time, we should take a look around Hvar. On the main square, you will see buildings such as the Cathedral of St. Stephen, the Loggia, a semi-open arcade hall and the clock tower. If you are craving a delicious meal, choose the Dalmatino restaurant. They offer excellent dishes and drinks, a friendly atmosphere and attentive service. Read more about what to do in Hvar

7 days Hvar island sailing itinerary (longer)

Heading south from the town of Hvar, we recommend a longer route. During our boat trip, we will visit Vis, one of the greenest islands on the Adriatic Sea.

Day 1. Hvar – Vinogradišće-bay 5, 58 km (3, 47 mi), Day 2. Vinogradišće-bay – Vis (Marina Vis) 20, 00 km (12, 43 mi), Day 3. Vis (Marina Vis) – Vela Luka 44, 90 km (27, 90 mi), Day 4. Vela Luka – Lovište 42, 09 km (26, 15 mi), Day 5. Lovište – Sućuraj 22, 07 km (13, 72 mi), Day 6. Sućuraj – Zavala 40, 75 km (25, 32 mi), Day 7. Zavala – St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) – Hvar 30, 29 km (18, 82 mi).
Hvar island sailing itinerary

2 weeks Hvar island catamaran tour from Stari Grad

Heading from Stari Grad, we present a two-week-long route consisting mainly of shorter trips. We are going to sail to a small fishing village, Zavala, which is an exceptional wine-producing region of Croatia. If you visit the place, you should definitely try the local specialty, a white wine called Bogdanjuša.

Day 1. Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) – Bol 15, 59 km (9, 69 mi), Day 2. Bol – Sumartin 18, 33 km (11, 39 mi), Day 3. Sumartin – Povlja 13, 54 km (8, 42 mi), Day 4. Povlja – Pučišća 11, 06 km (6, 87 mi), Day 5. Pučišća – Supetar 17, 50 km (10, 87 mi), Day 6. Supetar – Rogač 21, 23 km (13, 19 mi), Day 7. Rogač – Maslinica 11, 38 km (7, 07 mi), Day 8. Maslinica – Rogoznica 29, 12 km (18, 10 mi), Day 9. Rogoznica – Vis (Marina Vis) 58, 50 km (36, 35 mi), Day 10. Vis (Marina Vis) – Komiža 19, 71 km (12, 25 mi), Day 11. Komiža – Vela Luka 57, 84 km (35, 94 mi), Day 12. Vela Luka – Zavala 25, 21 km (15, 67 mi), Day 13. Zavala – St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) 26, 04 km (16, 18 mi), Day 14. St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) – HvarStari Grad (Mooring Bouys) 26, 96 km (16, 75 mi).
Hvar island catamaran tour

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  • 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
  • VIS: Depth: 2, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.057443, 16.190497
  • BOL, BRAČ: Depth: 3, 5-4 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.260791, 16.654266
  • 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
  • SOLTA: Depth: 4, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.395533, 16.303849
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 would like to sail, the sunlit island of the Adriatic Sea, Hvar is an excellent choice. You can not only dock at the popular ports, but also at several idyllic and quiet bays. Find more Dalmatia sailing destinations or choose another yacht charter in Dalmatia.


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