Between Trogir and Split in the north to Dubrovnik in the south, there are seven large islands and numerous medium to small islands that offer a heady contrast of lively, exciting harbours, imposing fortress towns, restaurants, bars and conversely - small bays, hidden coves, quiet moorings and traditional Croatian restaurants. Don't forget the Italian influenced food, crystal clear waters , excellent sailing breezes and wonderful Mediterranean climate either.
The largest islands in the Dalmatians are Solta, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Lastovo, Korcula and Mljet. It is Hvar that has drawn the most attention in recent years, with a justified and growing reputation as a lively, cosmopolitan party town with direct and fast ferry links to Split on the mainland. It is typical of Croatia however, that only one mile from Hvar lies a small and perfectly formed archipelago called the Pakleni Islands, offering an idyllic haven for yachties beyond the crowds with numerous peaceful and relaxing bays in which to anchor.
There are plenty of other hidden gems as well, off the well beaten 'ferry track'. Steer away from the main ferry ports and you'll find some gorgeous spots. Look up Stiniva Bay on Vis, Maslinica on Solta and Pasadur on Lastovo. Also, many other islands such as Bisevo and Scedro have very infrequent ferry connections anyway.
There are mooring fees in Croatia. Simply, this is a charge incurred for mooring your yacht in marinas, on buoys, or on town quays. The prices are based on numerous factors including the type of mooring, the whim of the town doing the charging, and the size of the yacht. We recommend that you budget €400 for an average sized yacht doing a 'normal' mixed itinerary of anchorages, marinas, town quays and mooring buoys.
Wind and weather
Croatia is one of the most northerly sailing areas in the Mediterranean and therefore tends to have a slightly shorter season than other more southerly countries. June and September enjoy settled weather, with temperatures in the mid to late twenties. During the peak months of July and August, temperatures are consistently in the early 30s.
The sailing winds in Croatia are generally excellent, with winds very rarely stronger than Force 6 (strong winds) in summer. A wind called the 'Bora' does bring stronger wind, but this is a winter wind that only very rarely features even early and late season.
How to get there
There are a range of flights to Split airport on offer from around the UK, including London, Bristol, Manchester and Leeds.
To Dubrovnik, there are flights again from London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh has a direct flight too.
None of our bases are more than 40 minutes from their respective airports.
Our Bases in the Dalmatian Islands
Due to the relatively small size of a lot of the bases in Croatia, our yachts are shared amongst five bases; Trogir, Kastela Marina, ACI Marina Split, Solta and Dubrovnik.
The first four of these bases are in very close proximity to each other in the north of the Dalmatian Islands and aren't more than 30 minutes from Split airport.
Dubrovnik stands alone in the very south of Croatia and offers a completely different entry into the Dalmatian Islands. Dubrovnik Marina is 40 minutes from the airport.