Down the Croatian Adriatic – From Split to Dubrovnik
A one-way charter can really be fun. In the areas with constant winds, there are more or less steady weather conditions and there is no too much trouble with handling the sails. On the other hand, route planning is a lot easier because you do not have to plan your way back to the base. The cherry on top of the cake would be the fact that your charter agency has organized another one-way charter the week after you leave the yacht, but in the opposite direction from yours. Such a combination is possible if you begin your negotiations with the charter agency as early as possible. At the end of the day, you might cover a larger cruising area if you sail the same direction the entire week. Here is one suggestion for a one way charter itinerary from Split to Dubrovnik in the Croatian Adriatic.
Day 1: Split – Stomorska (island Šolta); 8.5 NM
- – Taking off from ACI marina Split
- – Sailing SSW
- – Landing at Stomorska port
Stomorska is located on the SE part of the island of Šolta, on its N shores, not far from the Split Gates, the strait that separates islands Šolta and Brač. The bay is well sheltered from most winds, except from the northern and northeastern ones. Yet, the wave breaker on top of the pier provides a good shelter even from those winds. Life in Stomorska is rather calm and easygoing while several taverns and neighboring family farms outside of the village provide delicious seafood and island delicacies. There is enough space on the pier to accommodate some 30 yachts, while depths vary between 4.7 m and 1.5 m. Day-trip cruisers sometimes make fuss on the pier but they are not there every day.
Day 2: Stomorska (island Šolta) – the town of Hvar (Hvar island); 14 NM
- – Taking off from Stomorska and heading SE towards the gates of Split Strait
- – Passing the Strait and sailing SSW towards Cape Pelegrin on the island Hvar
- – After passing the Cape Pelegrin, sailing SE towards Palmižana at the Paklinski Islands
- – A swim break in one of hidden bays and beaches within the archipelago of the Paklinski Islands
- – Mooring at ACI Palmižana
With its geographical location and rich cultural heritage, Hvar is a real gem of the Adriatic/Mediterranean region. Not only are the visitors attracted by its cultural and traditional atmosphere, but also by its extraordinary nature, excellent accommodation and authentic cuisine. It is possible to unwind in the romantic and pristine scenery, indulge in tastes and aromas of the Mediterranean, or stir the senses with a hot beat and icy cocktails at exclusive beach-bars and nightclubs. After a day spent at one of the virgin beaches of Paklinski Islands archipelago, yachtsmen usually moor at ACI Palmižana marina at Sv. Klement island. A speedboat taxi service between Hvar town and Palmižana is available 24/7. Anchorage is also available at numerous coves on the archipelago. Due to busy traffic and the popularity of Hvar town, mooring in Hvar port during high season is possible only if you are lucky or if booked with the port authorities in advance.
Day 3: Hvar town (Hvar island) – Korčula town (island Korčula); 25 NM
- – Taking off from ACI Palmižana and sailing E and SE alongside Hvar’s S shores with Šćedro island as the landmark
- – After passing Šćedro (from either side), sailing ESE through the canal between Pelješac peninsula and Korčula island
- – Swim break at island Šćedro or nearby Lovište on the NW point of Pelješac peninsula
- – Mooring at ACI Korčula
The town of Korčula is the cultural and tourist center of island Korčula. Inhabited from the times of ancient Greeks and Romans, Korčula reached its peak during medieval times. Numerous bars, restaurants and taverns, as well as jewelry shops and art galleries are located within the city walls. A traditional sward dance called Moreška takes place in the town every Thursday night. Since Korčula is also known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, the visit to his museum is inevitable.
Day 4: Korčula town (island Korčula) – Pomena (island Mljet); 15 NM
- – Taking off from ACI Korčula, sailing E and SE around island Badija and neighboring islets
- – Sailing SE towards island Mljet
- – Landing at Pomena, island Mljet
- – Swim break on one of the beaches or coves in the Badija archipelago (beware of the shallows), a sandy beach near Lumbarda, Korčula, Pržina bay on the SE shores of island Korčula round the cape of Ražnjić, a chosen cove in Pomena bay
Pomena is the northernmost end of the island. Mooring is provided at the town waterfront, near Hotel Odisej. There are several taverns which offer excellent seafood and safe overnight mooring for tavern guests. Mljet National Park is a short distance away from Pomena, where bicycles and scooters are available to rent.
Day 5: Pomena (island Mljet) – Okuklje (island Mljet); 17 NM
- – Taking off from Pomena bay and sailing SE alongside the N shores of Mljet island
- – Landing at Okuklje bay on the SE part of the island
- – Swim break in the mouth of Prožura bay, just before sailing into Okuklje
Okuklje is one of the best sheltered bays on the island. Mooring is possible on the town’s waterfront as well as in front of several restaurants in the same part of the town.
Day 6: Okuklje (island Mljet) – Šipanska Luka (island Šipan); 9 NM
- – Taking off from Okuklje ENE towards island Olipa between Pelješac peninsula and the Elaphiti archipelago
- – Rounding island Jakljan from the NW side and sailing SE towards island Šipan
- – Sailing alongside SW shores of island Šipan into the bay of Šipanska Luka
- – Landing in Šipanska Luka
- – Swim break on islands Olipa or Jakljan
Šipanska luka (the port of Šipan) provides a good shelter from all winds. There are only two settlements on the island – Suđurađ and Šipanska luka, which are connected by a 5.2 km long road. Coves, bays and beaches of Šipan were recognized by Dubrovnik’s nobility in the early times of Dubrovnik Republic for its beauty, quiet and picturesque countryside. The entire island exudes tranquility and peace while there is a supermarket, bakery and several bars and taverns in Šipanska luka and Suđurađ, as well as numerous medieval mansions and churches. Mooring is possible in the town port while the bay provides a good anchorage. The buoys in the bay belong to several restaurants among which “Konoba kod Marka” is the finest.
Day 7: Šipanska Luka (island Šipan) – Dubrovnik; 15 NM
- – Taking off from Šipanska Luka and sailing NW around the cape
- – Passing Harpoti strait between islands Jakljan and Šipan
- – Sailing SE alongside the S shores of island Šipan and around islands Lopud and Koločep
- – Sailing E into the mouth of Rijeka Dubrovačka, under the bridge
- – Mooring at ACI Komolac (Dubrovnik)
- – Swim break in Šunj bay on the SE end of Lopud island
The marina in Dubrovnik is located in Komolac, the village deep inside the mouth of Rijeka Dubrovačka, a few miles NE of the city. The marina is well connected with the port of Dubrovnik, the old town core, the airport and the bus station by public transport and taxi service round the clock. The marina itself is pretty pleasant since it is located on the site where medieval noble families from Dubrovnik used to have their leisure houses. Public facilities are clean and well maintained while the massage parlor gets more and more fans lately. You should definitely see Dubrovnik by night, so make sure you have booked your accommodation early enough. For more information about sailing the Croatian regions, visit Sailing Croatia Boats.
I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!