The Gulf of Kvarner, thanks to its unique location, is a pleasant area for sailing. It’s the largest inland seawater area in Croatia. The ports provide safe mooring and shelter. One of them is Marina Punat which lies in a wonderful Mediterranean environment. Lovers of silence and intimacy will find tiny fisher villages, mountain hiking routes, and lonely gulfs. Families with small children can enjoy well-equipped beaches and playgrounds as they like. Visitors sailing to Punat and its vicinity have countless pastime opportunities.
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Punat, the all-time favourite of sailors
Punat itself has relatively few sights. It’s rather the Mecca of sailors where the can moor in a pleasant, tidy, and safe environment and go to explore other parts of the Krk island.
The residents of the small town make most of their living from tourism and serving sailors. Thus, the lovers of the sea have a very good time here. They usually gather and meet each other in the Hotel Kanajt only 50 metres from the port.
Ports around Punat
Marina of Punat
The Marina Punat is the largest and oldest port of the Adriatic. It’s able to host nearly 1200 boats. The peaceful town of Punat also lies in an environmentally protected gulf. It’s one of the most sheltered gulfs of the Adriatic Sea. Though the season lasts from April to October, naturally, the port operates all-year and has very high-quality equipment and service.
It lies on the navigable route that lasts until the Kornati islands, on the eastern side of the big Puntarska Draga. The entrance of the gulf is very narrow, thus, the sailing route marked with buoys is only 2, 5 to 3 metres deep. Due to the nearby beach and big traffic you’re strictly required to sail carefully and only between the buoys. Information about the charter in Punat.
Port of Mali Losinj
Mali Losinj is the most significant centre of the Croatian archipelago. It’s a cosy Mediterranean town in a fantastic location. Its port is a picturesque view with terrace inns and cafes all around. The port is on the northern side of the gulf right next to the Privlaka alley. There are 150 anchoring places with available water and electricity for each, petrol station, water block, laundry, a service department, diving centre, and a sailors’ shop with a variety of products only 500 metres away. The season lasts from April to October, but the port is open all year. Read more about Mali Losinj sailing, or yacht charter in Mali Losinj.
The port of Cres is located in the centre of one of the largest but least inhabited islands. It is a popular destination among those who love the unspoiled nature and sailing. The giant bay has 6-meter-deep waters, it can accept 458 boats and they offer 120 dry docks here as well. It is perfectly equipped and has everything you may need.
ACI Marina Rab
The marina lies on the North of Rab Island. The ACI Marina provides modern and high-quality services in Rab. There is a gas station close to the marina. If your yacht needs repairing or maintenance or you need to purchase any necessary equipment, you can all do these here in one place. There are 142 wet berths. The maximum draught is 5 m and the top length of yachts can be 20 m. There are free Wi-Fi, bathrooms and showers. In the neighbourhood, pleasant restaurants and cafés attract hungry visitors.
The Marina Novalja is located on the northern part of the island of Pag in the Adriatic Sea. The depth of the water in the largest marina of this wondrous touristic centre is 5 m with 100 berths for yachts with a length of up to 20 m. There are countless touristic and leisure activities with an amazing view and many seashore restaurants nearby. Information about sailing in Novalja or boat hire Novalja
Marina Veli Rat
The Marina Veli Rat is on the North-West side of the Dugi Otok Island by Croatia. It lies about 30 km from Zadar, the Dalmatian capital city. There are 207 berths in the calm marina for yachts with a length of 20 m, the maximum depth is 3.5 m. Although it is a small town the marina is quite modern and clean. You can use free Wi-Fi, clean and modern bathrooms and showers. Moreover, you can book a table in nice bars and restaurants nearby.
Sali Marina lies on the south-eastern part of the Dugi Otok Island, in about 20 km from Zadar. There are 90 berths, all supplied with electricity and water. The maximum length of yachts is 70 m, the depth of the water is 4 m. Regarding facilities, you can find bathrooms and showers here and emergency services, dentist and post office in the town.
The island of Krk and the town of Punat
Punat is the second-largest settlement on the island of Krk. They also call it the gate of the island. Its narrow streets and old stone houses provide an amazing view and environment for visitors. The sights and several restaurants, cafés, and wine vaults are in a walking distance to the port. The fish and seafood are guaranteed to be fresh and delicious.
The beaches are north from the port all along the coast of the town until the Gulf of Krk. It’s interesting how you can see the castle of Krk from the outer parts as well. A small electric train goes along the coast, and there’s an aqua park in the centre as well.
Before the departure of after mooring, you should definitely take a pleasant walk on the island of Kosljun, which is in the middle of the gulf only a few hundred metres from Punat. The rich greenery of the small island hides a monastery and a church.
The island of Krk is not only the largest Croatian island but also the most developed in terms of tourism in its region. They named it Golden Island after its unique sandy sections of seashore otherwise uncommon in the Adriatic Sea. Practically, you can swim on the whole shore. You’ll find any type of beach from the well-built and fully equipped sections to the small, untouched, hidden gulfs.
Around the island there’s a great area for diving, you can find numerous exciting places. Some of the most popular sites are a sank Greek barge, an underwater cave near Vrbnik, and the stunning red corals growing on vertical walls around the island of Plavnik – the latter is an especially beloved area.
Sail in Punat! Punat sailing itineraries:
Sailing in Punat: A one-week sailing plan from Punat
Day 1. Punat – Lopar (Rab)
23.59 km (14.66 mi)
Many people say Rab to be the most beautiful island in the Kvarner Bay full of picturesque gulfs and gorgeous beaches. It’s worth going diving in near the Cape of Sorinj. You can take pleasure in viewing the island’s wonderful, thick, green vegetation and pine forests. You might even meet deer and mouflons. There are some small islands nearby, like the Goli-otok and the Grgur. These are also fun to explore. Spend the night in the town’s port.
Day 2. Lopar – Opatija (Pag island)
42.52 km (26.42 mi)
The capital of Pag Island, Pag, would only be accessible from the Velebit canal which has the danger of bora in one-third of the year. On Pag’s western side only Novalja is suitable for mooring. Novalja has a great nightlife full of parties, it’s the favourite place of young people. For those who like diving, the peak of Pag could be interesting.
Day 3. Novalja – Susak
47.25 km (29.36 mi)
The island has only one small village called Susak. Here you can find beautiful shores with smooth sand, just like on the other parts of the island. Since Susak is a sand island, the wine here has a unique taste completely different from wines made of grape grown in stony soil. Islanders speak their own dialect that even Croatians don’t understand, and they wear a traditional costume at festivities. Most tourists don’t know about the island, so don’t miss the chance to explore this hidden gem yourself! Spend the night in the port of Susak.
Day 4. Susak – Mali Losinj
14.33 km (8.90 mi)
You can explore the stunning wonders of nature in Mali Losinj. The lovers of the sea and sailing can enjoy their passion in a safe environment. And wherever they land, they can enjoy the opportunities of vegetation, gastronomy, Mediterranean atmosphere, historical towns, and cultural treasures.
Day 5. Mali Losinj – Unije
25.68 km (15.96 mi)
The island of silence, peace, and sunlight. It’s known for the Vnetak lighthouse. Don’t forget to rent diving gear, the water is very clear in the gulfs. The island has a huge, long spreading, pebbly beach, it’s the most famous one here.
Day 6. Unije – Cres
44.43 km (27.60 mi)
The shore is quite indented with many hidden gulfs and pebbly beaches. Besides numerous diving centres, jet-ski rental and skydiving are also available. Lubenice is famous for the Blue Cave. You can swim into wonderland from the sea. Spend the night in the port of Cres.
Day 7. Cres – Malinska – Punat
79.09 km (49.14 mi)
Malinksa is located on the northern shore of Krk Island, in the Dubašnica bay. The conditions are perfect for anchoring, the bay is quiet and well protected.It is worth visiting the Agricultural Museum in the centre, where the watermill that gives the city’s name can be found. Within a short walk you can discover the main sights of the city, like the Church of Mary Magdalene and the Church of St. Nicholas.
The final destination of our itinerary is Punat. To sailors, the port of Punat means the centre of the island of Krk. They also call it the gate of the island. It’s an ideal starting point for discovering nearby islands or Istria. The basic activities in Punat are swimming and sunbathing by day and saunter on the 3 km long promenade by evening. The city also offers its visitors a great number of cultural programs: it is worth visiting the St. Donat’s Church, which was built-in the XII. century, and the typical 18th-century farmhouses in the historic village center.
7 days Punat sailing itinerary
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).
Sailing in Kvarner bay: 14 days sailing tour
Day 1. Punat – Lopar (Rab)23.59 km (14.66 mi), Day 2. Lopar – Opatija (Pag island) 42.52 km (26.42 mi), Day 3. Novalja – Susak 47.25 km (29.36 mi) Day 4. Susak – Mali Losinj 14.33 km (8.90 mi), Day 5. Mali Losinj – Unije 25.68 km (15.96 mi), Day 6. Unije – Pula 50.72 km (31.51 mi), Day 7. Pula – Medulin 27.90 km (17.34 mi), Day 8. Medulin – Rabac 41.84 km (26.00 mi), Day 9. Rabac – Opatija 33.26 km (20.66 mi), Day 10. Opatija – Rijeka 10.25 km (6.37 mi), Day 11. Rijeka – Crikvenica 29.77 km (18.50 mi), Day 12. Crikvenica – Senj 26.64 km (16.55 mi), Day 13. Senj – Baska 12.09 km (7.51 mi), Day 14. Baska – Island of Rab – Punat 38.29 km (23.79 mi).
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Punat is the tourist centre of the Krk island. The narrow, cobbled streets offer many sights as well. There’s an especially rich, subtropical vegetation, an untouched, inner natural area. The island has many amazing sections of shore. Its beaches are on the online top list of the best beaches in Croatia. Find more Kvarner bay sailing destinations
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