Moor Your Yacht in Marco Polo’s Neighborhood – ACI Korčula
There are so many reasons to visit the island of Korčula, especially its capital with the same name – Korčula town. The town is situated on a small peninsula and is surrounded by some coves and islets, so there are several ways to reach it by a chartered yacht. The best way to enter the town is to moor your yacht in ACI marina Korčula.
The marina is located in the very center of the town, with a stunning view of the medieval city core surrounded by walls, and of the city of Orebić at Pelješac peninsula, just across a narrow canal. The marina is equipped with fresh water and electricity and is able to accommodate as much as 150 yachts in the water and 16 on a dry berth throughout the whole year. Aside from basic services, there is also a minimarket, a hairdresser, a nautical equipment shop, a 10 t crane and a mechanic, a laundry and shower/toilet facilities. The restaurant within the marina offers excellent choice of delicious meals for breakfast, as well as for lunches and dinners.
Bigger yachts are also welcomed to ACI Korčula, but they should be moored at the outer side of the pier. The moorings on that side are strong, but additional anchoring is recommended. Since there is a steep slope above Orebić, extra care is required due to strong gusts coming from that side, especially when a storm is expected. Additional care is also required when maneuvering inside the piers because ACI Korčula is one of the smallest marinas on the Adriatic.
There is also quite a lot of side wind in Korčula so you can never be too careful. Furthermore, it is recommended to announce your approach through VHF channel 17, or even better, to book your stay in the high season in July and August. Petrol supplies can be taken care of at a station located some 0.5 NM to the east from ACI Korčula, nearby the ferry port. The Captain’s house within the marina accommodates exhausted sailors in two luxury apartments.
Although maneuvering at ACI Korčula gets a bit tricky from time to time, it is a perfect place to take a rest from exploring South Dalmatia or to escape from bad weather and stay overnight in the embrace of the legendary adventurer Marco Polo. It is said that Marco Polo was born on the island of Korčula, so don’t miss an opportunity to visit his house.
I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!