Betina – a Calm Harbor with a Shipbuilding Tradition

The village of Betina is located on the northeastern shores of Murter island, and is known for its shipbuilding tradition and preserving of old wooden vessels. The name “Betina” comes from the ancient Celtic word for “mouth”. The bay of Betina is a natural harbor that protects vessels from heavy winds and seas.

Marina Betina has found its place in the center of this harbor. It offers 240 moorings and 100 dry berths. All berths are equipped with electric power and fresh water connectors. There are also security cameras, and the marina staff will take special care of your boat. The sea depth varies from 3 to 8 meters, which means that the marina can accommodate a wide range of vessels. The comfort of Marina Betina is emphasized by a recently finished toilet and showers area, the restaurant “Kalafat” that offers genuine sea food and a car park area where up to 120 cars can be parked, even for a longer period.

The marina operates throughout the year, and serves both transit visitors and yacht owners. A full repair and maintenance service is provided within the marina, and you can even build a new yacht there, since the marina operates within a shipyard, equipped with two travel lifts with the capacity of 20 t and 260 t. Do not worry, the vicinity of the shipyard does not ruin the intimacy and the comfort of this interesting place.

Marina Betina benefits from its location because the island of Murter is connected to the mainland by a drawbridge, while international airports in Zadar and Split are not far away either. Furthermore, Murter island is a part of the most popular sailing area in the Adriatic, which also includes the famous Kornati National Park, and other Dalmatian islands. If you choose Murter as the starting point of your next sailing trip, you can consider chartering a yacht in Marina Betina, since several charter agencies operate from here.

At the end of the post, I will mention the Regatta for Body and Soul, a race of traditional vessels that takes place in Betina, usually in August, offering visitors a unique chance to see what sailing looked like centuries ago.

I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!




Janko is a professional skipper in love with writing. Our most prolific blogger, he has sailed the Adriatic from the north to the south. With an incredibly broad array of interests, Janko is an expert in a variety of topics, all of which he delivers to our readers in a clear, imaginative and often humorous manner.

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