Thursday, January 1, 2009

Croatia Overview

Croatia Overview

Yachting is Croatia's trademark throughout the world. With its 44 fully equipped marinas, and hundreds of harbours, natural coves and bays on the islands and along the coast, the Croatian Adriatic coast is a must for all yachting aficionados. The solitary and uninhabited places and islets, and the beauty and serenity of virgin nature, are a true paradise for yachting visitors.
Clients are able to sail anywhere along the whole of the beautiful Croatian coast within 3 sailing areas.

Kornati – central to the Kornati Islands.
Kremik – central Croatian Adriatic.
Dubrovnik – southern Croatian Adriatic.

In between are a myriad of islands, inlets and anchorages in mainly sheltered waters. To the North are the Islands of Krk, Rab, Cres and Losinj. Centrally are the Kornati Islands, dramatic, deserted and barren, but forming some of the most interesting sailing in the area, their stark beauty contrasting greatly with the lush, green, pine-clad islands further South, such as Brac, Hvar and Korcula.

The coast and islands of Croatia are a yachtsman’s paradise with plenty of good marinas and harbours at convenient intervals throughout the cruising area. Known as the ‘Coast of a Thousand Islands’, the Dalmatian coast of Croatia is a charterer’s delight, with not only beautiful scenery around every corner, but stunning Venetian architecture in most of the island and mainland towns.

The sailing in Croatia can be easy during the high summer with predominantly light to moderate winds blowing from the North West, force 2 to 5 and sheltered by the many islands lying between the open Adriatic and the mainland. During the early and late season some strong winds can be experienced but not generally for prolonged periods.

All in all, Croatia is a delightful area, full of friendly, welcoming people, who are only too keen to open up their country again to tourism from both land and sea.

Country Information
Capital: Zagreb
Area: 56,538 sq km
Population: 4.78 million
Currency: Kuna

Time Difference
GMT + 1 (during summer time BST + 1)

Passports & Visas
A valid passport is sufficient for a tourist visiting Croatia for up to 3 months. Citizens of EU countries do not require a Visa. Non EU passport holders should check with their nearest Croatian embassy, consulate or office. Vehicle papers required are the registration booklet, and an international motor vehicle insurance certificate (a green card). You are also advised to carry an international driving permit (issued by motoring organisations) for driving within Croatia.

The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna (HRK), divided into 100 Lipa.
In Sep '08 one dollar bought 5 Kuna.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds. Banking hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are open until 1 p.m. Banks are usually closed on Sundays.
Credit cards: Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa) in larger towns, however credit cards are not widely accepted in smaller towns and villages on the islands.
Cash dispensing machines are readily available in most of the larger towns, but less so in the smaller towns and villages on the islands.
We advise that clients always carry cash in Kuna.

Cost of Living The following is a guide to prices in Croatia:
��A bottle of wine starts from about 30 Kuna (£3)
��A bottle of beer costs about 10 Kuna (£1)
��A cheap snack can be bought for about 30 Kuna (£3)
��A three course meal is likely to cost 160 Kuna (£15)

It is particularly worth buying articles of leather, crystal and china, ceramics and handicrafts.

1 January - New Year's Day; Easter, including Easter Monday; 1 May - Labour Day; Corpus Christi (Movable feast); 22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day; 25 June - Statehood Day; 5 August - Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day; 15 August - Assumption; 8 October - Independence Day; 1 November - All Saints' Day; 25 and 26 December - Christmas Holidays.

Main power is 220V. Two pin round plugs as in the rest of continental Europe are standard.

Working hours
Shops and department stores are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., or to 3 p.m. A smaller number of stores close between noon and 4 p.m. Many stores are also open on Sundays, especially in the summer. Public services and companies usually work from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Immunization or tablets are recommended for protection against Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. For up-to-date authoritative advice on health protection, we recommend that you consult your family doctor.
Foreign visitors coming from countries that have signed health-care conventions with Croatia do not need to pay for any medical services during their stay in Croatia, apart from the small standard charge.

Tap water is drinkable throughout Croatia.

Charts & Pilot Books
Charts, pilot books and / or Sunsail area guide will be provided onboard the yachts, which are local Croatia charts. The British Admiralty Charts which cover the following areas are:-
Southern routes towards Korcula: 2712 1574 and 1580
Northern routes towards Zadar: 2711 and 515
On board our yachts in Croatia is the Navigational Guide to the Adriatic – Croatian Coast by Leksikografski Zavod Miroslav Krieza (Krleza) (The Miroslav Krieza (Krleza) Lexicographical Institute)

We also recommend the cruising guide to the Adriatic (soon to be) published by Nautical Data Limited
Charts and pilot books can be purchased from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting them direct on 02380 634911 or

Croatia Cruising Area Limits
Umag in the North (from Pula Base) to Dubrovnik & Montenegro in the South (excludes Italy).
NOTE FOR VISITING MONTENEGRO: A permit must be obtained from the Harbour Master, usually in Dubrovnik, in order to cruise in Montenegro. Clients must advise Sunsail in advance (at the time of booking if possible) if they plan to visit Montenegro. There is usually a charge of up to €100 for the permit.

National Parks
Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklencia, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and North Velebit

Certificates of Competence
If you have a sailing certificate please bring it with you to Croatia.

Areas of Interest Croatia is one of the few European countries which can pride itself on its clear environment and rich flora and fauna. Today some 7.5 per cent of Croatian territory is protected within the national park system or under other regional protection. The National parks include the archipelagos of Brijuni and Kornati, Island of Mljet, Paklenica Canyon, the Risnjak mountain, the Plitvice lakes area and the Krka river basin.

Hikers and mountaineers who visit the numerous mountains can avail themselves of eighty-odd mountain lodges and huts. Particular hiking attractions include the mountains in Gorski Kotar with the Risnjak National Park, the Velebit mountain range with the Paklenica National Park and the mountains close to major cities.

Croatia, a unique tapestry of various cultures and peoples, ideal climatic conditions, abundant natural beauty - is an ideal destination for activity holidays, i.e. sailing, cycling, sea and river kayaking, canoeing, rafting, diving, hiking, ballooning and paragliding tours and climbing courses. Fishing with fishermen, by day or night, motorboats, rowing boats, as well as all kinds of sea equipment are available and can be organised locally, but not by the base. Appropriate agents will be used.

In northern Croatia the climate is of the continental type, in the central part it is semi-mountainous or mountainous, and along the Adriatic the climate is Mediterranean. With an average 2,600 hours of sunshine a year and a summer temperature of between 25 and 27 degrees centigrade (20c=68f, 30c=86f), the Adriatic coast of Croatia is one of the sunniest areas in Europe. Spring and autumn are very mild along the coast.

Weather conditions in the Adriatic are affected by the general weather situation in the Mediterranean and local climate conditions. Generally speaking, light to moderate winds with few storms prevail until June. In July a period of calm sets in, with maybe an occasional thunderstorm. From September on winds become very variable.
The Bora and the Jugo-Sirocco are the main winds in the Adriatic through the winter months (September to May). The prevailing wind in the summer is the Maestral.
The Bora is a cold and dry northeasterly wind. It blows from the continent, i.e. from the coast of the Adriatic towards the open sea and brings bright weather. It starts abruptly and squalls towards the sea. It is strongest in the Velebit Channel and the Gulf of Trieste. Typical “Bora” corridors (1) Golf of Trieste, (2) Kvarner, (3) Velebit Channel, (4) Peljesac, (5) Dubrovnik. In the summer the Bora can blow for a few days. In the winter it may continue for up to 14 days.
The Jugo is a warm, humid east-southeast wind. Heavy clouds and electric storms accompany it. It is not a sudden wind like the Bora, it takes 36-38 hours to develop, building a large sea. It blows throughout the summer and can appear to be a local wind. It is more frequent in the south region, between March and June it blows in the north as well.
A sudden change from Jugo to a violent Bora is not uncommon. This possibility should be considered when anchorages are open to the northeast.
The Maestral is a local wind, which blows from the sea, mostly in the summer. It starts between 10 and 11 in the morning and reaches it’s greatest strength between 2 and 3 in the afternoon, slowly dying out at sunset. It brings good weather. It is usually accompanied by white cloud.

Other Winds
• The Tramountana is a type of Bora, northerly.
• The Levante again is another type of Bora, easterly.
• Pulenat blows from the west and the Lebic from the southwest.
• The Nevera, a violent westerly, comes as a storm or squall in the summer months. It is sudden and
violent and produces a short lasting swell. The advantage is the storms do not last long and leave behind a pleasant cool breeze.
During periods of high pressure, the Adriatic also has the classical rhythm of wind: prevailing from the land at night and the sea in the day. A consideration when choosing anchorages.


Base Address
Sunsail Croatia – Kremik Base
Sunsail Base
Marina Kremik
22202 Primosten
Tel/Fax: 00385 (0) 22 571760

Base Open Hours
Mon - Thur: 0830 - 1730
Fri - Sun: 0830 - 1900

Sailing Experience Level
Experience levels are based on sailing conditions.
This rating scale is designed as a guide based on the prevailing conditions during the most popular season

Croatia: Kremik Description
Level 2 Equates to 10 days sailing on an equivalent yacht
WIND / WEATHER: 12 – 17 knots
NAVIGATION: Line-of-sight sailing
Basic knowledge of charts
Ability to plot a position
ANCHOR / MOORING: Primarily Mediterranean-style mooring on town quays and/or marina slips
Protected anchorages

Driving Instructions to the Kremik Base
From Zagreb
Take the motorway (A1) towards Zadar/Sibenik/Split.
After Zadar, turn off at the Sibenik exit. Continue on the coast road towards Primosten. Marina
Kremik is located approx 3km south of Primosten.
Total journey time = approx 4hrs.
From Split
Take the coast road signed to Sibenik. Pass Trogir, Marina, and Rogoznica. Marina
Kremik is located approx 5km north of Rogoznica.
Total journey time = approx 40 min.

The marina in which we are based has parking spaces available. However, we cannot guarantee anyone will get parking spaces and we are not able to reserve parking spaces for people. The marina operates these spaces on a first come first serve basis. Also, the marina will not take any responsibility for anything that happens to vehicles using the car parking spaces. The cost for parking is between 3 Euro per day for cars and 12 Euro per day for caravans/campers – this is arranged and payable directly to the marina, not Sunsail.

Shore Facilities
The marina has toilet and shower facilities, restaurant, bar, supermarket, chandlery, and money exchange. There are two sets of shower and toilet facilities – the main one is conveniently situated next to the Sunsail office.
There is also shore power and water available for all Sunsail yacht berths. The marina itself is surrounded by 800 year old vineyards.

Local Town
The nearby town, Primosten, is approx. 20 minutes walk around the bay or a short dinghy ride or taxi ride away from Marina Kremik. It has all the facilities required, i.e., post office, shops, barber, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, bank (with ATM), fresh produce market, etc.
Rogoznica town is also only a 5 minute taxi ride away. Rogoznica offers some excellent restaurants, and has a larger choice of places to eat than Primosten.

Cost Guide: £0.80 per litre
Fuel Station Location: In Marina Kremik

Sailing Area
Northern Limit described as being a line of latitude at RT Radman (just north of Zadar).
Southern Limit described as being a line of Latitude at Lumbarda on the Island of Korcula.
(NOTE: clients on a 2 week holiday with good sailing experience, are able to sail as far south as Dubrovnik)
Seaward clients must stay within 12 miles of coastline at all times.

Other Sailing Information
General Weather – North Westerlies or light variable.
Bora – dry cold, blowing locally N to ENE. Brings fine weather. Bit mad in the Velebit Channel.
Jugo – warm, humid wind blowing from SE

Weather Forecasts
The weather forecast is continually broadcast on channel 67 in Croatian, English, German, and Italian. (must be within VHF range however). Forecasts displayed in most marinas (including synoptic charts) or ask local port police.

Best Sailing Season
The best season for sailing in Croatia is early summer. There are good winds in May and June. In July and August when calm winds prevail conditions are ideal for those who enjoy the calmer conditions, but August is very busy. September and early October are also highly recommended, with the area being less crowded. Generally throughout September the weather remains excellent.

Calling Channel
To call Sunsail use Channel 8. Harbour master is Channel 10. Marinas are 17. Emergency services monitor CH16 (Split Radio) and they will do ship to shore, very good service.

Moor on the town quay. A lovely little town, great place to have dinner, and only 45minuts from Marina Kremik. Ideal for the first night if people want to leave on the first night (light permitting).

Mooring – is best in the Marina, the quay is usually full of fishing boats.
Facilities – shops, bars, restaurants, market, HPT, banks, hospital, ACI Marina.
History – ancient walled city is actually on an island. Many houses date back to 13th century and in 1997 UNESCO placed it on the world heritage list. There is also a fortress, which is now used as an open-air theatre and the Cathedral of St Lovro in the town square. Also famous for its shipbuilding.
General – Busy town, lots to see and do. The Marina is joined to Trogir by bridge. Good stop to re-fuel before return to Sunsail base.

Mooring – Best in Split Marina.
Facilities – shops, restaurants, bars, duty free, market, HPT, hospital, ACI Marina.
History – Second largest city in Croatia and principal port to Dalmatia. Ancient walled city, remains of Diocletian’s Palace (AD300), cathedral, Archaeological Museums, and Art Gallery. Diocletian famed for throwing Christians to the lions! The palace in Split is his retirement home.
General – Good shopping, souvenirs, nightlight. Good facilities in marina (10 mins walk from town). Busy city harbour with lots of ferries and hydrofoils.
Nothing else on mainland until Makarska – Long haul down there, not really worth it.

Drvenik, Drvenik Veli
Mooring – Harbour on the NW coast. Yachts on the eastern quay, Northern quay reserved for bigger boats. Tie up alongside. If busy, stern to lots of anchor, very deep.
Facilities – two restaurants, limited supplies
General – Inhabitants all fisherman or farmers.

Southern Bays, for lunchtime stops
Largest on the SE corner

Vela Rina, Drvenik Mali
Mooring – Cove on the South coast. Very exposed!

Rogac, Solta
Mooring – (not good in Northerlies). Berth between 2 small piers on the western coast. Stern to, dropping your anchor. Or anchor in the west part of the cove. Ferry comes in from Split.
Facilities – food supplies at the shop up the harbour, water. Restaurant Solta up the hill (bear right).
History – Walk to hilltop village to see the Roman remains, some bits are built onto the houses.
General – small attractive village in cove.

Maslinica, Solta
Mooring – Protected anchorage from most winds except westerlies. Yachts on lazy lines – Northern part is reserved for ferries. Water, electricity – enough room for 8 yachts.
Facilities – Some provisions, restaurant
History – 17th century watchtower
General – Fishing village

Big bay on N coast of Solta. Nice for anchoring – dinghy ashore. Holiday centre for supplies – if open.
South Coast – Strancinska – Fish farm. Vela Travna – small but good. Livka – good several inlets.

Milna, Brac
Mooring – (not nice in Bora) ACI Marina will whistle you to a berth.
Facilities – ACI Marina with all facilities. Also supermarket, bars, restaurants, HPT.
History – Brac main export is stone. Both Diocletians palace and the White House, Washington DC were built with Brac stone. Beautiful 18th century church.
General – Busy, but attractive harbour.

Bobovisca, Brac
Mooring – (bad swell in SW) Anchor in next bay. Surrounded by holiday homes and small boats.

Brac – North Coast
Trstena/Lovrecine – wide beach, lots of tourists and tripper boats.
Konopjikova – deep bleak inlet
Povlja – mooring on the quay with water and electricity
Sokuna – fishing boats behind pier/many GB soldiers on Hols!
Luka – with its 3 inlets are good anchorages with all round protection
Tocinjak – wide and open

Brac – South Coast
Studena – small
Smrka – boat tunnel
Lucice – several good inlets
Orska – small
Maslinova – fish farm
Oriba – full of holiday homes, small boats and tourists

Bol, Dugi Rat
Interesting sand spit – Made of small pebbles, the tip of the beach changes shape according to the wind and waves. Bol itself is a tourist town, not very nice, not suitable for overnight. Windsurfing capital of Croatia.
Smrka – James Bond bay.

Vrboska, Hvar
Mooring – ACI Marina on the left hand side.
Facilities – All facilities
History – Fortified church of St Lawrence, good collection of paintings. Fishing museum.
General – Narrows into a tiny river inlet, with little bridges.

Jelsa, Hvar
Mooring – Stern to the quay. Watch out for the hydrofoil quay.
Facilities – restaurants, bars, duty free, HPT, market. Restaurant Napoleon on the North Quay.
History – Funny shaped church.
General – busy village, everything for the tourist. Very smart little town.

Stari Grad, Hvar
Mooring – Stern to the quay on lazy lines.
Facilities – restaurants, bars, HPT, shops, duty free.
History – 16th century Poet’s house Petar Hektorovic, Art Gallery
General – pleasant town, picturesque back streets.

Hvar Town, Hvar
Mooring – Stern to the quay. If there is any wind just stop for lunch as it can get lumpy.
Facilities – shops, restaurants, bars, HPT, market, duty free.
History – Medieval Citadel on the hill, the Arsenal (used to refit war galleons), first theatre in Europe, cathedral of St Stjepan (four storey bell tower), old walled town. One of the largest old squares in Dalmatia.
General – Busy, touristy harbour, very attractive, worth a good wander. Traffic free streets have an air of Venice. Lavender, lavender and more lavender.

Palmizana, Sv Klements Island
ACI Marina – all facilities. Wander over the hill to restaurants. Or moor up in the bays. There is a water taxi between here and Hvar Town (but not in quiet season). Usually runs from 5-11pm.

Three bays on the northern side. Some restaurants ashore – may not be open out of season.

Korcula Town (NE coast)
This is a long trip from Hvar (35m) so plan your day. Nowhere to really stop on the way – but well, well worth it! Known as the mini-Dubrovnik. Alleged birth place of Marco Polo.
Mooring – In the bay to the East of the town. ACI Club Marina – very , very nice with all facilities.
Facilities – ACI Marina – all facilities. Restaurant Adio Mare – near to Marco Polo’s House.
History – walled town, Cathedral, and supposedly the birth place of Marco Polo, Moreska dancing on Thursdays (in season – Black emperor captures White emperor’s wife …)
General – Large town, lots of see and do, nightlife etc.

Vela Luka, Korcula
Mooring – Anchor alongside.
Facilities – busy scruffy little town, with all the facilities.
General – a not terribly nice place, bit scruffy, but useful if you want to break up the long trip back. Large health spa if you feel like it with thermal baths – treatments for rheumatism, respiratory probs. Must have doctors certificate!

Vis Town, Vis
Mooring on the quay with lazy lines. Ensure you’re well off the quay as large ferries come in at night.
Facilities – all main facilities, supermarket, restaurants. AS Restaurant free bottle of something! Restaurant Kaliope.
History – former military base of the Yugoslav army – demilitarised in 1989. British ruled for 4 years during the Napoleonic Wars.
General – interesting place, in a short walk you can see the remains of a Greek cemetery, Roman baths and an English Fortress.

Komiza, Vis
Mooring – Lazy lines on the quay. Keep clear of hydrofoil berths. Exposed to west/south westerlies.
Facilities – all facilities, nice restaurants and a small beach.
History – Falkusa, famous Komiza fishing boat – one in the museum.
General – a developing sea resort, with good amenities.

Bisevo and the Blue Caves – Modra Spilja
Best at Midday when the sun comes overhead, and the white rocks are lit up from underneath and all the caves turn blue. Caves on the East side of the island – get a good map from Tourist Office.
- Day trip organised by the tourist agency. Whole day 9-5 which means 2 days in Komiza.
- Take your yacht round. It is a very deep anchorage, get in as close as possible. Then take a local
fishing boat and pay a few Kuna.

Mooring – Stern to the quay (quite small harbour) on lazy lines or anchor off. Facilities – supermarket, restaurants, bars, HPT, Aurora night club. General – Exceptionally pretty town, busy in summer.

Grebastica (north of primosten)
Anchor off, not special. Restaurants ashore.

Home of the new Sunsail base at the 5 Star Hotel Spongolia.

Mooring – alongside mooring. Fuel quay in the middle left (West) is for yachts, right (East) is for customs. Tie up well as a lot of sea traffic through this area.
Facilities – good facilities (fuel station)
History – Lots of churches, most important is the Cathedral of St Jacob – its most unusual feature is a frieze of 71 heads which are all character studies of 15th century citizens. Network of street and squares originally set out in 15/16th centuries.
General – nice old town, good shopping, not well protected.

No problems with clearance under the bridge, stay central – no real river flow. Sail the first part, motor the second, sail the lake, motor the last bit.
Mooring – ACI Marina.
Facilities – all facilities (try the eel in the restaurant). Golden Shell. Also restaurant Pini on the patio. Tony’s at the back of town.
History – The line of the troubles. Bullet holes in the church alter and on the outside of a few buildings.
General – Really pretty little place, well worth a 2-day visit with a trip to the falls.

Krka Falls (12 waterfalls)
Take the water taxi up to the falls. Then you pay an entrance fee at the park gate (40 kuna). Make sure you see the water mill and the washing machine, and wander around the paths. There is then another boat that takes you higher up the river to the Visovac Monastery. This lake is famed for its otters.

Mooring – Large modern, good marina. Note that the fuel dock is outside the marina!
Facilities – all facilities
History – Up until the war this was one of the main tourist areas
General – Not very pleasant town but lively as tourism is reviving. Fab Balote court!

Mooring – Anchor off to the SE of the village.
Facilities – some provisions. Restaurant by quay or in town.
General – Strange harbour bit of a mess but quaint. It claims to have the largest fishing fleet in Dalmatia.

Murter Island
There is no clearance under the joining bridge. Just about for a dinghy.
Mooring – Three large marinas, Hramina, Betina and Jezera Marina is the best.
Facilities – all facilities

Pirovac and Zadar
Avoid this area, as it is fairly shallow. Mainly large marinas – not best bit of Croatia. Mainland coast between Sibenik and Zadar ain’t really worth it.
Zlarin & Prvic
Zlarin has a harbour on the North side, Prvic is on the South side. Moor up dependent on prevailing wind. Zlarin either moor alongside the long quay at the entrance or use buoys on the smaller quay (line must be put through ring on buoy). One restaurant, some provisions. Prvic stern to town quay dropping anchor – not a lot to tie to. Two restaurants – big supermarket upstairs.

Kornati Islands
George Bernard Shaw – On the last day of creation God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath.
Apparently astronauts agree, that from space the water around these islands is the clearest blue in the world. Nowhere else in the world are there so many small islands in such a small area. This is a national park and you may have to pay a fee if they approach you (40kn). Islands are mostly owned by the residents of Murter.
Quiet and deserted – although a few marinas and fishing villages. Lots of lovely bays for lunch stops. Marinas at Piskera and Zut very small but nice, expect basic facilities, limited water and power, and higher prices. Maybe not early season, suggest clients carry supplies in this area … just in case. Bay next to Piskera has nice fish restaurant but do not anchor as huge ground chain!! Zut – Hiljaca has 2 small restaurants with mooing buoys and a boat shop.

Kornat Otok
2 Small restaurants have mooing buoys. Boat shop comes in the morning.
Not ideal in unsettled weather, in quiet seasons send clients to larger southern Islands for better shelter.

Do not go under the bridge!
Uvala Soline – deserted bay, man arrives by boat (evening) for mooings fees – buoys, good shelter.

Quiet anchorage, nothing ashore, very peaceful.

Dugi Otok
General – Similar to Kornatis. Dugi Otok means long island.
Telazcica Bay on south of Dugi Otok famous, anchor off if calm. Largest and most beautiful natural bay in the Adriatic. Again National Park (40kn). Man arrives by boat (evening) for mooing fees.
Katina – nice restaurant – north and south now have passages.
Brbinj – unspoilt small village. Quay has lazy lines or buoys in the NE corner. Restaurant Antonio, very friendly. Sali is fishing harbour (largest village on Dugi Otok) moor against the wall. Provisioning.

Marina in Iz (Eastern end of island) small and quiet. Uvala Knez – small fishing village – cheap Pizza!

Kaprije (43° 41’N: 15°42’E)
The island’s name comes from the local produce of the caper buds, which after picking, are stored in vinegar. They can be found in the local cuisine. Tiny little village, which has a small quay to moor stern/bows to against, no lazy lines are in place so you will have to use your anchor. Do watch out for the ferry which arrives very early in the morning and ties up on the outside of the quay. There is a small supermarket that has most produce.

Very quiet and peaceful anchorage behind two smaller uninhabited islands. There are now approximately 20 mooring buoys in the bay for your use which you could be charged for, but it will be minimal. This is the perfect swimming/lunch stop with clear blue water. No facilities ashore.

Island of Zirje
As one of the larger islands in this group, Zirje has a few more bays to stop at but remember it only has neighbouring islands to its east so the west is unprotected from most wind directions.

Small harbour that provides the island’s ferry link, which makes it busier and therefore probably not the best place to visit in a yacht, the facilities and space is poor. Moor stern/bows to the quay, avoiding the ferry berth. Very limited facilities. Take a walk to the village of Zirje.

This the bay that faces south on the NW part of the island. If approaching from the north look out for the shoal off the point of Ljuta, otherwise no dangers. Anchor in an appropriate depth and if you can take a line ashore then do, the Bora can blow hard from the north right over the bay and winds from the S/SW can cause a nasty swell.

Stupica Vela
This is the large bay on the southern end of the island (also known to us as 10 Fish Bay!). There are approximately 26 mooring buoys and one restaurant. If you want to eat it is advisable to row ashore on arrival, and order your food and let them know when you will be back, that way you can guarantee a delicious fish or steak dinner. They have been known to run out of food so be warned. Roman fort on the hill.

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