The epitome of the dazzling beauty of Croatia, Dubrovnik is an ancient walled city dating back to the 13th century, that is surrounded by lush nature and picturesque islands. In 1979, the city was appointed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walled fortress, you will find an abundance of museums and historical sites, as well as a fabulous collection of wineries, breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, and bars.
A yacht charter in Dubrovnik also offers over 1,000 beautiful islands, islets, and bays to explore. Out on the water, you’ll get a panoramic view so you can take in the splendor all around you. Relax on the beach, wander the gardens at Lokrum Island, or explore one of the sleepier seaside towns. You could even visit the first underwater winery on the Peljesac peninsula!
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There are various starting points for a Dubrovnik yacht charter with the most famous being the ACI marina of Dubrovnik. No matter which base your yacht is at, you can fly in and out of the Dubrovnik Cilipi Airport (DBV). Dubrovnik is a well-connected city and there are several flight routes from all over Europe. There are many low-cost flights from Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester.
The airport is about 10 miles from the city center. To arrange an airport transfer, speak with your charter broker! You could also take the airport shuttle bus for about 45 HRK, per person.
Transfer time from Dubrovnik Airport to base: 10 to 40 mins depending on the base.
The best time to rent a boat in Dubrovnik is from May through August. Summers along the Dalmatian coast enjoy wonderful temperatures between 21 to 28 degrees celsius. You will also have a very low chance of rain, and plenty of summer festivities! Summer is the peak season for tourism in Croatia however, so things could get busy.
September and early-October also offer a great opportunity to enjoy Dubrovnik. You will still get some lovely weather, with temperatures between 21-25 degrees celsius, but without all the crowds.
Dubrovnik's easy line-of-sight navigation is also accompanied by a warm climate and steady winds, making the area an ideal chartering destination for beginners and first-time sailors.
There are eight winds that you’ll find while sailing the Adriatic. You will mostly find light southern or westerly winds of 5 -15 knots. During the summer you can enjoy sailing with the westerly Mistral, that blows from the sea and reaches full force in the afternoon. Waves tend to be between 0.5 m and 1.5 m and the tidal range is quite small at just 40 cm.
For mooring, during your Dubrovnik yacht charter, you will find an abundance of anchorages, town harbors and some modern marinas available to all charterers. Mooring is very easy in the area of Dubrovnik especially in the organized marinas, where you can book berths in advance. Yacht4Less recommends the MySea app and Dockspot for online bookings.
Some interesting anchorages to check out include: Skrivena Luka in Lastovo, Slano Bay, Šipanska Bay, Šunj Bay in Lopud, Zaton Bay, Rijeka dubrovačka, Lokrum, Tiha Bay, and Donji i Gornji Molunat
There are no visa requirements for most travelers as Croatia is part of the EU.
For your Dubrovnik yacht charter, if you’re doing a bareboat charter, you will have to have a valid sailing license and VHF/radio license. Check with your Yacht4Less charter consultant for a list of sailing licenses officially accepted in Croatia.
For provisioning, there are plenty of options. If you like to order groceries online, you can order with Jam Yacht Supplies, who will give free delivery for any order over 100 euros. Yacht Gourmet is another great option, offering many fine cuisine essentials.
Also, as Croatia is known for its markets, you have the option to embrace the local food. Just get the most basic provisions at the start of your journey and stock up on fresh produce, fish, and meats along the way. During your charter, you will find an abundance of local street markets and butchers to explore.
⚓ Day 1. Dubrovnik (check-in)
⚓ Day 2. Dubrovnik - Okuklje, Mljet Island 20 NM
⚓ Day 3. Okuklje - Polace, Mljet Island 10 NM
⚓ Day 4. Mljet - Korcula Island 17 NM
⚓ Day 5. Korcula - Pomena, Mljet Island 14 NM
⚓ Day 6. Pomena - Sipan Luka, Sipan Island 24 NM
⚓ Day 7. Sipan Luka - Dubrovnik 15 NM