You will find plenty of attractions to see on the Dalmatian islands, located between the two most important coastal towns in the southern part of Croatia. To make your trip easier, we introduce some interesting destinations and ports. In addition, we will give you some useful sailing advice.
Our article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Important information if sail from Split to Dubrovnik
- Ports in route from Split to Dubrovnik
- Sail from Split to Dubrovnik
- 1 week sail from Split to Dubrovnik one-way
- 14 days sailing from Split to Dubrovnik on a catamaran
- Marine gas near Split, boat gas stations in route from Split to Dubrovnik
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 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?
Your choice of route depends on your sailing experience and destination. Both routes are flexible, and you can stop at many islands or Croatian towns along the way. The one-way route is perfect for beginners because the mistral wind makes it easy to sail in a south-eastern direction. If you want to return your boat in Dubrovnik, choose this plan. You can go back from Dubrovnik to Split by ferry, plane or bus.
If you choose the round trip, you arrive in Dubrovnik only halfway. This route is recommended for experienced sailors because headwinds make it harder to sail, depending on the season. You spend more time at sea, so you also have less time to explore Dubrovnik.
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 fuelling station. Information about sailing in Split, or rent a boat in Split.
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, 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 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
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
It is an easy, relatively short route. Starting from Split, you visit some Dalmatian islands, and then you arrive in Dubrovnik. In another article, we have introduced a route from Dubrovnik to Split. You can even do that one in the opposite direction. This one is slightly different.
Day 1. Split (ACI Marina Split) – Solta
15, 77 km (9, 80 mi)
From Split, you sail to the island of Solta. Locals live on the northern part of the island. The southern part is characterised by steep cliffs. If you like Dalmatian architecture, you can find many Dalmatian buildings in the towns on the island. You will find most of these buildings in their original form in Grohote.
Day 2. Solta – Hvar Town (Hvar island)
34, 63 km (21, 52 mi)
Hvar 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.
Day 3. Hvar – Vela Luka (Korcula)
33, 75 km (20, 97 mi)
Heading southeast from Solta, you cross the strait between Brac and Solta. After a short cruise, you arrive at the western port of Korcula. As the port extends deep into the bay, it is one of the most protected bays of the Adriatic Islands in terms of winds. Vela Luka is one of the most populated towns with five thousand residents. The town is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, fig and pine trees. If you are interested in the history of the region, you can find the archaeological collection in Villa Kaštel. The slopes of Pinski rat offer beautiful views over the bay. You can also find the Vela špilja archaeological site here.
Day 4. Vela Luka (Korcula) – Korčula (Korcula)
51, 17 km (31, 79 mi)
You go north from Vela Luka, following the coast of Korcula. 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 – Orebic – Zuljana
28, 19 km (17, 52 mi)
Sailing east from Korčula, you follow the coast of the Pelješac peninsula. You can stop at some beautiful beaches along the way. We especially recommend visiting Orebic and Zuljana.
Orebic is a quiet little holiday resort with a sandy beach. It is definitely worth a boat trip. Boats crossing the Pelješac Channel still honour the old captains by sounding their horns. In the village, there is a fishing museum, housing Roman and early Christian objects.
Zuljana welcomes tourists arriving by boat with a beautiful pine forest. There are no hotels here, so fewer people visit Zuljana. That makes it a great place to relax. You can dive and swim in crystal clear water.
Day 6. Zuljana – Sobra (Mljet)
24, 85 km (15, 44 mi)
Mljet 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 7. Mljet – Lopud – Dubrovnik (ACI Marina Dubrovnik)
45, 27 km (28, 13 mi)
Leaving Mljet, you head to Dubrovnik. On the way, you stop at the island of Lopud. You drop anchor at the beautiful, almost semicircular bay on the west side of the island. Lopud is a peaceful little island where you can go for a swim or go hiking undisturbed.
At the end of your journey, you arrive in Dubrovnik, known as King’s Landing from the Game of Thrones. If you like the series, 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.
Compared to the one-way route, this cruise is longer and more difficult. Half the way you sail against headwinds. Heading towards Dubrovnik, you are sailing around the Dalmatian islands. On the way back from Dubrovnik, you follow the Croatian coastline before arriving in Split.
Day 1. Split (ACI Marina Split) – Solta 15, 77 km (9, 80 mi), Day 2. Solta – Stari Grad (Hvar) 35, 31 km (21, 94 mi), Day 3. Stari Grad (Hvar) – Vis (Vis) 39, 98 km (24, 84 mi), Day 4. Vis (Vis) – Komiza (Vis) 19, 75 km (12, 27 mi), Day 5. Komiza (Vis) – Vela Luka (Korcula) 57, 31 km (35, 61 mi), Day 6. Vela Luka (Korcula) – Korcula (Korcula) 51, 17 km (31, 79 mi), Day 7. Korcula (Korcula) – Sobra (Mljet) 92, 34 km (57, 38 mi), Day 8. Sobra (Mljet) – Dubrovnik (ACI Marina Dubrovnik) 44, 51 km (27, 65 mi), Day 9. Dubrovnik – Kolocep – Lopud 17, 74 km (11, 02 mi), Day 10. Lopud – Zuljana – Orebic 74, 23 km (46, 12 mi), Day 11. Orebic – Sucuraj 37, 32 km (23, 19 mi), Day 12. Sucuraj – Makarska – Sumartin (Brac) 36, 43 km (22, 64 mi), Day 13. Sumartin (Brac) – Brela – Omis 33, 94 km (21, 09 mi), Day 14. Omis – Supetar (Brac) – Split (ACI Marina Split) 28, 59 km (17, 76 mi)
- SPLIT: Depth: 3, 5 – 4 m, Working time: 6-24, GPS Coordinates: 43.502079, 16.427268
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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