If you want to explore the islands of the southeast coast of Croatia, there is nothing better than a north-western yacht adventure. Below we briefly present the area, the typical weather and list the important ports.
Our article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Important information if sail from Dubrovnik to Split
- Ports in route from Dubrovnik to Split
- Sail from Dubrovnik to Split
- 1 week sail from Dubrovnik to Split one-way
- 7 days sailing from Dubrovnik to Split on a catamaran
- Marine gas near Dubrovnik, boat gas stations in route from Dubrovnik to Split
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. Food and drinks are relatively expensive compared to other Adriatic countries.
What to see in Dubrovnik?
A local bus or taxi will take you to Dubrovnik from Dubrovnik Airport, next to Cavtat. The bus, which takes half an hour after each flight, is the cheaper option, taking you to the city for 7.5 euros. If you arrive early enough, you will have plenty of time to look around the old town. If you like Game of Thrones, you may want to pay for one of the King’s Landing tours, including walking and sailing. As part of the sailing tour, you will sail around the walls of Dubrovnik with a large sailing boat, which was also in the series. If you’re a nature lover, visit the tiny island of Lokrum, right in front of the Old Town.
One-way or round trip?
The distances between the Dalmatian islands are relatively short, in some places you can stop at several ports. Choose a one-way trip if you want to spend more time in the archipelago, and Split is your final destination. In this case, you can return to Dubrovnik by ferry, bus, or Split-Dubrovnik flight twice a week. If you choose a ferry that also touches the islands, you will return on a similar route as the one you have sailed so far. On the round trip, there’s a good chance you’ll spend most of your time almost at the sea. In summer, this long section is easier due to the mistral. We recommend this route if you are not afraid of long distances, and Split is just one of your stations.
ACI Marina Dubrovnik
This well-equipped marina is 6 km from the old town of Dubrovnik. As you would expect, it is open all year round. It possesses 425 berths in the water and 140 on the land. There are water and electricity supply, exchange offices, restaurants, laundries, and shower rooms. It is also a Blue Flag marina. The berths are able to accept a maximum 60 m long yacht. After visiting all sights of Dubrovnik this marina can be an excellent starting-off point to visit the islands nearby.
Port of Dubrovnik
This port is located North-West 3 km from the old town of Dubrovnik near Gruz. There are restaurants, cafés, gift shops, exchange offices, and banks nearby. You can even rent a car here.
Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the size and length of yachts. The maximum depth of diving is 11 m. The water depth for anchoring is 42 m. Information about sailing in Dubrovnik, or rent a boat in Dubrovnik
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
Marina Baška Voda
The Marina Baška Voda can accommodate up to 180 boats up to 23 metres in length. The maximum depth of the seabed is 4 metres. The port has drinking water, electricity, and a restaurant. You can even get medical help if needed. Rent a boat in Baška Voda
The Marina Ramova is located in Krvavica, a town that administratively belongs to Baška Voda. It has 195 berths for boats up to 16 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 3 metres. The port offers many excellent services. The restaurant can accommodate up to 150 guests at once.
The port’s 225 metres long breakwater was completed in 2015. It provides protection from winds and waves coming from the south and southwest. The maximum depth of the seabed is 4.8 metres. The excellent services offered in the port include refuelling. Information about sailing in Makarska, or rent a boat in Makarska
The marina is right next to Slatina Beach. It has 200 berths, 50 of which are reserved for visitors and 150 for local boats. Marina Tučepi can accommodate boats up to 20 metres in length.
The marina, southeast of Makarska, is open all year round. It can accommodate 220 boats up to 20 metres in length. The maximum depth of the seabed is 3 metres. There are drinking water, electricity and a crane. Information about sailing in Podgora, or rent a boat in Podgora
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 fuelling station. There are restaurants, bars, laundries and a fuelling station. Information about sailing in Split, or rent a boat in Split.
This route has slightly shorter distances than the round trip, so you have time to explore each island. Each island offers a different experience, so you might want to take the time. You can flexibly customize which islands you want to visit. We visit the most popular ones here.
Day 1: Dubrovnik (ACI Marina Dubrovnik) – Koločep
10, 85 km (6, 74 mi)
You will sail west from the ACI Marina in Dubrovnik and then moor on the nearby island of Koločep. Called Kalamota by the locals, the island boasts many hidden small bays. Of these, Plava Splija, which is accessible only from the sea, is the best known. There are several short hiking trails to choose from if you want to go hiking a bit. If you’re interested in water sports, you might want to try kayaking, scuba diving, or surfing.
Day 2: Koločep – Sipan (Šipanska Luka)
17, 11 km (10, 63 mi)
Leaving Koločep in the west, you sail north of Lopud and then follow the south coast of Sipan in a north-west direction. Sailing around the long peninsula, you turn east to enter the bay of Šipanska Luka. You will also find several old churches on the island of Sipan, as well as traditional Croatian fishermen. If you like going hiking, you can do it on this island. You can enjoy many neat little Dalmatian villages and beautiful natural sights.
Day 3: Sipan – Mljet (Sobra)
22, 80 km (14, 16 mi)
Leaving the island of Sipan to the southwest, you will arrive on the island of Mljet, where you can choose from many ports in all parts of the island. We recommend the port of the fishing village called Sobra here because it is the largest. Like Sipan, this island boasts beautiful natural attractions. Its western third is a highly protected national park. Thus, the eastern parts of the island are better known to tourists, with only a few hiking trails and climbing trails in the west. Roughly in the middle of the island is a cave accessible only from the sea. Legend has it that Homer’s Odysseus landed here after a shipwreck. Mljet is an unforgettable, unique gem of the Croatian archipelago, so be sure to enjoy its natural beauties.
Day 4: Mljet – Korčula (ACI Korcula Marina)
47, 89 km (29, 76 mi)
Continuing northwest, you approach the island of Korčula. You will stop at the port of the town of the same name as the island at its eastern end. In the old town, north of the harbour, you will find Marco Polo’s birthplace, the museum connected to it, and a great lookout tower. If you arrive here at the end of July, don’t miss the Moreška Knight Games of the day! This series of events commemorate the Turkish threat, the most spectacular part of which is the sword dance held every year on 27 July. If there are no knight’s games at the moment, you can take a bus to the fishing village of Lumbarda, 7 km southeast. Here you will find beautiful Renaissance-style aristocratic residential buildings and great wine tastings.
Day 5: Korčula – Vis (Vis)
80, 11 km (49, 78 mi)
Leaving the island of Korčula to the west, you will sail along the north coast and then target the Island of Vis. 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 6: Vis – Hvar (Stari Grad)
40, 90 km (25, 41 mi)
Sailing north-east from Vis, you arrive in Stari Grad, the oldest town on the elongated island of Hvar. 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 7: Stari Grad – Brac (Supetar) – Split (ACI Marina Split)
57, 38 km (35, 65 mi)
Heading north-west from Stari Grad, you pass a narrow strait between the islands of Solta and Brac. Heading east along the coast of Brac, you will soon arrive in 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.
Sailing straight north from Supetar, you will arrive in Split. 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. 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.
It is a more difficult and much longer route than a one-way one. Going towards Split, the wind will usually make your trip difficult. If you go in the summer, the mistral backward will make it much easier.
Day 1. Dubrovnik (ACI Marina Dubrovnik) – Koločep 10, 85 km (6, 74 mi), Day 2. Koločep – Korčula (ACI Korcula Marina) 77, 85 km (48, 37 mi), Day 3. Korčula – Hvar (Stari Grad) 87, 83 km (54, 57 mi), Day 4. Hvar – Split (ACI Marina Split) 42, 26 km (26, 26 mi), Day 5. Split – Korcula (Vela Luka) 78, 88 km (49, 01 mi), Day 6. Korcula – Mljet (Sobra) 92, 34 km (57, 38 mi), Day 7. Mljet – Sipan (Šipanska Luka) – Dubrovnik 50, 28 km (31, 24 mi).
More Dubrovnik sailing itineraries or
- 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
- SOBRA, MLJET: Depth: 5m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.740951, 17.598208
- LASTOVO: Depth: 2, 5 – 4, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.745218, 16.824718
- ACI Marina KORCULA: Depth: 3, 5m, GPS Coordinates: 42.956744, 17.138561
- VELA LUKA: Depth: 3-4 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.959407, 16.714213
- PLOCE: Depth: 10-12 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.057252, 17.428057
- MAKARSKA: Depth: 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.293683, 17.019819
- VRBOSKA, HVAR: Depth: 2 m, Working time: 8-15, GPS Coordinates: 43.180978, 16.673233
- 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
- VIS: Depth: 2, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.057443, 16.190497
- SOLTA: Depth: 4, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.395533, 16.303849
- MARINA KASTELA: , VHF: 17, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.546155, 16.405204
- TROGIR: Depth: 3 m, Working time: 8-19, GPS Coordinates: 43.513687, 16.248574
- PRIMOSTEN: Depth: 3 – 4, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 43.587926, 15.92353
- SPLIT: Depth: 3, 5 – 4 m, Working time: 6-24, GPS Coordinates: 43.502079, 16.427268
Do not miss this trip if you want to visit the Dalmatian islands! Plus, you can explore two major seaside cities on the way! A pulsating nightlife, beautiful coastlines, varied daytime programs, and an unforgettable yacht adventure await you! Find more Dalmatia sailing destinations or choose another yacht charter in Dalmatia