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Dubrovnik Sailing Spots you shouldn't miss

It’s been long known that Croatia is a cruising paradise, perfect for sailing. Croatia boasts 5835 kilometres of spectacular coastline, which includes over 1000 islands, making it hard to decide where to go. 


If you decide to drop your anchor somewhere in Dubrovnik archipelago (we, of course approve),
these are some things to consider, visit, taste and enjoy.

Where to?

If taking a longer sailing vacation some planning is of course required, but our tip would definitively be don't stress too much about it. Your' itinerary doesn't have to be set in stone. Dubrovnik archipelago is blessed with wonderful islands, small fishing villages, beaches, hidden coves and crystal blue waters just waiting to amaze you. Some of them you’ll never wish to leave (this is a promise), some might not quite work out due to the weather, some may already be taken … sometime it’s maybe best to spread your sails and see where the wind takes you.  

On the chance that we are beginning to sound like a life coach (a bit more than we would like to)

here is what we would do:

When you set sail from the ACI Marina bay, pass or stop along the Daksa islet and Koločep Island for a quick dip.

Continue to Lopud Island and make sure to stop at the famous sandy beach Šunj on the south side of the island of Lopud. This one kilometre long beach has knee deep water reaching up to 100 meters into the sea. This bay is a popular favourite.

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After a good swim continue north-east towards the island of Šipan. The coves, bays and beaches of Šipan were long ago recognized for their beauty, quiet and picturesque countryside by noble families of Dubrovnik who built their summerhouses in the early times of the Republic. A good thing to remember is that the port of Luka Šipanska provides a perfect shelter from all winds.

Lunch tip: “Kod Marka” is a small restaurant on the pear in Luka Šipanska – try their “black” seafood risotto, octopus patty or some fresh grilled fish.

Continue alongside the south-west coastline to the island of Jakljan or choose among other smaller ones like Olipa, which are perfect for a warm summer afternoon of swimming and sunbathing.

As the sun sets, you can go back to the port Dubrovnik and call it day, a long filled day. 

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Continuing on? 

If you are up to some more sailing adventures, we recommend going further to the Island of Mljet, also known as one of the favourable spot for sailors since friendly Maestral wind in the Mljet channel can give you an exciting sailing experience.

Half of the island of Mljet is a national park, with the most unusual feature of the island: two inland salt water lakes- Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero -connected to the sea by a narrow canal.

Mljet has few residents, no large towns and only one major road. It is believed that this is where Ulysses shipwrecked, spending 7 years on the island.

  • Visit Pomena located at the northernmost end of the island of Mljet where mooring is provided at the town waterfront. This is the best point from which to explore National Park whose entry ticked is usually included in the price of berth.
  • Okuklje is known as of the best sheltered bays located on the south-east side of the Mljet Island.
  • Saplunara bay is west from the southernmost end of the island. Nestled in a lagoon with its long sandy beach, Saplunara is considered one of the most beautiful bays on Mljet. Protected from all winds with a sandy bottom, Saplunara bay offers a safe anchorage and a perfect spot to spend a lazy and relaxing summer afternoon. And if the sun gets too hot you can always go to the Saplunara beach since the entire bay is encircled by a thick pine forest where you can find just the right place for resting under the shade of pine trees and enjoying the light summer breeze.
  • Diving lovers might wish to follow the route of ancient Greek galleys, Ulysses and Jacques Cousteau in to the purest waters of the Adriatic – make sure to check this post:


Now, forget what you have heard until now – on this island just opposite to Pelješac you will find the birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous word traveller who brought coined money and pasta from China to Europe. Korčula, with its most famous settlement Korčula, presents the most inhabited Adriatic island.

Korčula is known for its timber and ship building, and also for stone, which was used in the construction of many lovely Dalmatian cities and other famous buildings, such as the Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia) in Constantinople, the parliament in Vienna and the town hall in Stockholm. This is only a small fracture of what this island offers to its visitor, so please do not hesitate to set you sail for the 20 islands and islets of the Korčula archipelago.

So, hop on board and sail into a once in a lifetime experience.

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Bear in mind:

  • When: The season for cruising yachts starts at Easter extending through the end of October. The peak is in the July and August but with 1244 islands we’re sure you’ll find a cove to call your own.
  • Anchoring: Anchoring is possible in lot of bays. Before settling on a location observe how the local boats are anchored so you can see on which wind the bay is open. If plants and trees grow near the sea it is a sign that the place might be good for anchorage. 
  • Climate: You’re in the Mediterranean meaning the summer temperature you can expect are between 26-32 Celsius, and the sea in between 22-25 Celsius.
  • Currents: Currents are the average of 0.5 knots, but near the river mouth can reach up to 4 knots.
  • Tides: Sea tides have relatively small amplitudes (up to 1.2m).
  • Daylight: Summer daylight is between 6:30-20:30 hours
  • Know your winds
  • Fishing and diving licence:
    • Fishing: Licence for recreational (not professional) fishing can be bought in Ministry of the Maritime Affairs or some Harbour offices or diving centers. Electronic licence is available Please mind that many protected animals live in Adriatic sea: Dolphin, the Mediterranean monk seal locally called Morski Čovik, turtle, seahorse, shell Prstac, starfish (Asterina, Ophidiaster ophidianus), red coral etc. Penalties are from 20.000,00 HRK to 100.000,00 HRK.
    • Diving licence: Possible only with diving licence (CMAS,PADi,SSI,NAUI,NASDS,YMCA etc.). Bear in mind that some areas have diving restrictions (near marinas, in national parks, in protected Cultural areas etc.). Penalties are up to 15.000,00 HRK.



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