Croatia Boat Charter & Yacht Rentals
CroatiaCharters.net is a specialized online agency for boat charter and yacht rental in Croatia. We offer the largest boat charters database in Croatia including Sailing boats, Catamarans and Motor Yachts.
CroatiaCharters.net is a part of Danielis Yachting, a company formed by experienced professionals in nautical tourism in Croatia, who can help you with all the necessary information on sailing in Croatia
Various mono-fleet charters are available in Croatia. This is a very nice opportunity for larger groups, especially if they want to try sail racing.
For all more specific requests please contact us.
Here is just a short list of mono fleets which are available:
One-way charters are becoming more and more demanded and the most popular route is from Split to Dubrovnik or the other way around.
Some other destinations are available as well, but not so many boats are available for those one-way trips, so it is better if you organize your one-way trip at least about 6 months before you plan to go.
Also, please note that not many boats are available for any one-way charter route in Croatia and that for one-way charter additional one-way charter fee is obligatory. The rates for one way charter fees are variable, they depend on the route and each boat. The prices vary from € 280 - € 900 for some routes and boats.
Suggested sailing route for one-way Dubrovnik to Split:
DAY 1: Dubrovnik – Lopud (bay of Sunj) – Sipan port
Depending on the time of day you would like to start sailing on Sunday, the destinations may vary. For example, if you would arrive earlier in the day maybe the destination to reach during the day could be further, like, the island of Mljet, the bay of Prozura, or maybe Polace, the entrance to the National park.
DAY 2: Sipan – Mljet - Korcula
Korcula is a must-see on this journey, an old Venetian town, home place of Marco Polo, and lively nightlife.
The birthplace of Marco Polo was built on the foundations of a Greek colony and is the historical and tourist center of the largest island in the Dubrovnik region. It is famous for its streets that are shaped in the form of a fish bone and well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance buildings.
Among them stands out the Cathedral of sv. Marko [St. Mark], whose rich interior guards the works of great Italian painters. The people of Korčula have preserved their customs and the medieval knight’s game “Moreška” that takes place on the town streets. The gentle Mediterranean cuisine will challenge the palates of even the most fastidious gourmets.
Along with the gifts of the sea (mussels, fish, crabs), delicious desserts such as Cukarin, the Dubrovnik cakes rožata, and klašun go very well with the local Korčula wines - Grk, Pošip, Plavac and Rukatac
Near the town of Korčula, there is an archipelago of 20 uninhabited islands covered with dense thicket and an accessible coastline. Here is also the slightly larger islet of Badija with its pebble beaches and beautiful Franciscan monastery.
DAY 3: Korcula – Pakleni islands – Hvar
The center of the sunniest Croatian island of the same name - Hvar is a unique blend of luxurious Mediterranean natural surroundings, layer upon layer of a rich cultural and historical heritage and sophisticated tourism. Located in picturesque natural surroundings on the south side of the island, surrounded by mighty medieval walls, magical fields and the scent of lavender, Hvar is a never-ending treasure of monumental heritage, culture, and atmospheres.
Its name originates from the word PHAROS - the Greek name for the island of Hvar and the town which was formerly in the place of the present Stari Grad (the Old Town) from which it took over the title as island center in the 13th century. From its castle Španjol, high above the town, majestic views open up over the green Pakleni otoci (the Hell Islands) (ACI Marina Palmižana) and the open sea. The main city square in front of the cathedral by the Arsenal and the oldest European theater from the 17th century are a favorite gathering place for tourists. Many museums hide valuable works of art (The Last Supper from the 15th century in the dining room of the Franciscan Monastery) and the Benedictine Monastery, famous for its lace making from agave fibers, is often visited.
DAY 4: Hvar – Blue cave - Vis
Far from the mainland and its problems is the island of Vis, rich in citrus fruits, palm trees, and fishing areas. The farthest island of middle Dalmatia is Vis, famous for its clear sea and protecting the underwater world, rich in sunken ships and miraculous flora and fauna. Due to a large number of hidden bays, oases of peace which are hard to reach, it is a real paradise for sailors.
Vis is a historical monument in its entirety because of the many preserved facilities (remnants of the Antique town of Issa, Roman spa, Issa necropolis, summer houses, churches, Tito’s cave). From Komiža, the famous fishing village, a marvelous view opens up towards the most distant Adriatic islands of Palagruža, Saint Andrew and Biševo, where the beautiful Modra spilja (Blue Cave) emits a strong blue color because of the play of light.
The town of Vis, on the northern side of the island, is located in a wide peaceful bay, where sailors gladly drop anchor. This is exactly where Dalmatia's most important town, the Greek colony of Issa, was situated in 4th century B.C. Vis is also known for its gastronomic delicacies - the Vis anchovy scone (viška pogača) and Vis bread (viški hlib), a delicacy dating back to Antique times and made of figs.
Day 5: Vis – Brac - Starigrad
The island of Brač is the highest and third largest island in the Adriatic Sea. The island is well known for its quality stone used to build many palaces. This is the island with the only stonemason school in Croatia.
The Zlatni rat beach spreads to the west of Bol and is one of the biggest and most beautiful natural beaches on the Adriatic. Like a tongue stretching almost half a kilometer into the sea, it grows with the drifting deposits of tiny pebbles, changing its shape depending on the wind and the direction of the waves. Bol is a paradise for surfers because of the favorable wind, which always blows. There is an array of high-class hotel complexes and private apartments along the beach and the coastal promenade. In the vicinity of the town center are a baroque summer house, castle, parish church, and the small square “pjaceta”. On the eastern side, a Dominican monastery, one of the most beautiful in Europe, rises on the Glavici peninsula. Only two hours walk from Bol are sites of exceptional value - the Blaca desert (church and monastery from the 16th century) and Zmajeva spilja (a cave rich in reliefs, and home to Glagolitic priests).
DAY 6: Starigrad – Split
Stari Grad (the Old Town) - Pharos, the oldest city in Croatia, established by the Antique Greeks in 384 B.C., is the historical heart of the island of Hvar, one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world, known for the seductive scent of its lavender fields. The city is situated where the deep bay touches the greenery of the vast fields - the famous Hvar Ager (Starigrad field), which is included in the UNESCO list of World and Cultural Heritage.
The Starigrad field, the biggest and most fertile field on the Adriatic islands, stretches 6 km east to Vrboska, and it is bounded by the picturesque villages of Dol and Vrbanj on its southern slopes. This cultural landscape is the best-preserved site of antique parcellation of land (HORA, AGER) in the world. There are many remnants of antique farm buildings - the so-called villa rustic. The field is mostly planted with vines and olives, as it used to be in antique times, and it is a unique, live antique landscape on the Mediterranean.
The most valuable part of the cultural heritage of Stari Grad is Tvrdalj, the fortified Renaissance castle with a fish pond and garden (16th century), which was owned by the famous Croatian poet, Petar Hektorović.
We are glad to offer our services of crew – skipper, hostess, cook (chef), deckhand.
Our crew members are professionals and they all speak very good English, and most of them speak another foreign language as well. So, if you would like to have a crew member who speaks your language please let us know, and we'll try to organize it for you.
The prices are stated per day, and on top of that, when you hire a crew member, you should be aware that you should provide food and soft drinks for them as well.
Skipper – from € 150 - € 200 per day
Hostess - € 140 per day
Cook (Chef) – from € 150 - € 200 per day
Deckhand – from € 120 - € 150
Bareboat charter term implies the situation when you rent a boat or a yacht, or a catamaran, without hiring any professional crew. It means that you as a guest, or one of your friends who will join you on your boat trip, will be responsible for maneuvering and skippering the boat.
Experienced charterers and sailors have no problem with that, as they already have experience skippering the boat.
However, the one who will be that responsible skipper, or a 'captain' of the boat, must possess a valid sailing license. A 'valid' sailing license means that your international sailing license is recognized by Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.
This is the LINK to the list of recognized foreign sailing licenses by Croatian Ministry: SAILING LICENSES
*! Please note that Croatian Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure prescribes an additional condition for almost all foreign sailing certificates – and that is having a special separate VHF radio operations certificate on top of your sailing license.
Have you ever wondered:
What are the most stunning beauties of Croatia that I simply mustn’t miss during my stay in Dalmatia?
As you have noticed the first time you gazed upon the open landscape of the Dalmatian coast, there are so many islands that it would not be possible to visit them during your stay.
Not only does Croatia has one of the most beautiful coasts in the whole of Europe, but there are so many cities dating since the ancient times as well as cultural monuments that it is a challenge to make an itinerary that will leave you with a feeling of complete satisfaction.
How to get the most out of your sailing holiday in Croatia?
Undoubtedly, the best way to explore Croatia is by boat.
Only then will you get the true feel of the region, when you are sailing with a feeling of unbounded freedom and travel to distant attractions which are hard to reach any other way.
So without further ado, here are the 5 natural attractions in the area of Split that you simply must visit!
1. THE BLUE CAVE – BIŠEVO ISLAND
What is Croatia's most known natural phenomenon?
You must have seen this cave in many brochures already, so by now, you can guess that the attraction in question is Blue Cave located on the island of Bisevo.
Situated in the middle of Dalmatian archipelago and absolutely breathtaking in its beauty, the cave is a natures masterpiece.
During the morning hours, between 9 AM and 12 AM the sunlight shining from the hole at the entrance of the cave reflects off the bottom of the cave and lights up the entire interior turquoise blue! The Sun creates astonishing volumetry with different shades of shadow and the objects underwater suddenly appear silver and start to sparkle!
So, there you have it, the one cave you simply must visit.
Also, if you are in need of refreshment after a dive in this magical cave, there is only one restaurant on the island, but it will provide you with a perfect view of the surrounding islands together with a glass of best wine in Dalmatia and traditional food.
2. BLUE LAGOON – Island Drvenik Veli
Have you ever wanted to swim in crystal clear waters with sea animals surrounding you, like a scene from the movie „The blue lagoon“?
If the answer is yes, travel to Island Drvenik Veli. Situated in the middle Dalmatia, relatively close to Split and one of the most famous places to take a swim surrounded by colorful sea creatures.
It is the perfect place to take a dive and discover the world hidden beneath the waves.
Not only is the underwater stunning, but the island itself also has a charm of its own. If you wish to explore it though, be sure to take some suitable wearing shoes as the island is quite rocky.
Also, if you are going outside you can find only one place to drink coffee or even for lunch because there is only one restaurant on the island. It has a perfect view and a nice atmosphere for enjoying a glass of wine and many Dalmatian food specialties.
After a day of underwater exploration, we recommend you to visit the historical town and harbor of Trogir.
Trogir is a town that can be considered a work of art in its entirety and is listen in UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for its preserved 15th-century architecture.
3. THE GREEN CAVE – RAVNIK ISLAND
Blue cave has impressed you, but now you find yourself wanting more?
Have no worries, since Dalmatia is home not only to the Blue Cave but also to the Green one as well!
Green Cave located on the island of Ravnik is not as famous as its cousin on the island of Bisevo but is equally stunning.
One of the perks of visiting the Green Cave is that you will not be surrounded by many people so you can explore and enjoy it peacefully.
Why is Green Cave so special?
The shape of the cave is similar to the one found on the Bisevo island, so the sunlight entering on the top of the cave bounces off the sea walls that are covered with algae and paints the entire cave in an emerald green color!
You will not forget the moment when you enter the cave and find yourself in a magical place where the blue of the sea meets the green of Mother Nature in its enchanting interplay of colors.
4. THE PAKLENI ISLANDS
Do you wish to feel as Odysseus did, when he sailed through the labyrinth of Dalmatian islands?
If the answer is yes, sail to the unique set of limestone islands located off the coast of Hvar named Pakleni islands (Hell's islands).
Do not let the name fool you, these islands are one of the most beautiful ones in the whole of Dalmatia and beyond.
The name is derived from paklina, an archaic word, from which pakleni is derived too. "Paklina" that means "tar", and in this case refers to the pine resin once used to coat ships that were harvested on these islands.
The island forms a kind of a labyrinth, with each island only a swimming distance away from the other. Many of the islands are wooded and provide you with ample shade when deciding to rest after a swim in the sea surrounding them.
Most famous place there, as well as one of Croatia's best beaches, is a beach on the island of Palmizana. Considered by many as the most beautiful beach in the whole of Croatia, the beach is a pebble one, incredibly spacious and surrounded by dense pine forest.
While on the island you can also enjoy the Mediterranean seafood and delicacies at the front row of the sea, or you can have a drink under the Sun!
For those that like to feel a more intimate connection with nature, there is a nudist beach on Jerolim island in the Pakleni islands archipelago, which is the island closest to the island of Hvar.
5. MONK SEAL CAVE – BIŠEVO
We have a confession to make...we kept this one a secret to the end to surprise you, since the island of Bisevo is home to not only one but two enchanting caves that you must visit!
If you have headed to the island of Bisevo, Monk Seal Cave is the one that you must explore as well!
The cave got its name after the Mediterranean monk seals who called this cave their home. Unfortunately, the seals are all but extinct, except for a few sightings in the last decade.
Once you head to the cave you will understand why this shy sea mammal decided to make it its home.
The cave is 17 meters tall and 5 meters wide, so depending on the sea conditions, it might not be possible to enter it by boat, but you can certainly take a swim inside!
Quite impressively, the cave stretches for 160 meters so to explore it in full, truly takes a certain amount of courage and a bit of adventurous spirit. The cave is illuminated from its one and only entrance so that means that you will be surrounded by darkness the deeper you go. So, you will definitely need a waterproof flashlight!
If you are brave enough, deeper inside you will find a place where the Mediterranean monk seal used to take a rest after swimming along the Dalmatian coast. At the end of the cave, there's a little beach, completely in the dark, and it's an incredible feeling to reach that point and chill where a monk seal uses to live.
So there you have it, 5 natural attractions off the coast of Split that are simply too beautiful to miss! It seems as though nature decided to unleash its artistic talents when painting Croatia's numerous islands and has left many hidden treasures and secrets along the Dalmatian coast, so be sure to visit these five!
and How To Keep it Down
If you are planning to rent a yacht in Croatia, one of the first questions on your mind is probably, “Can I afford this? How much exactly does a Croatia boat charter costs?” Unfortunately, there really is no simple answer to this question. There are a number of factors which can all modify the cost, and you need to account for all of them when you are estimating your budget.
Factors which can impact the cost of your sailing holiday in Croatia include:
It is essential to remember that not all of your costs will be included in your booking fee.
Included in your yacht booking fee are:
What will it cost to book your yacht?
Obviously, you will find some variation from one charter company to the next, and the cost may also vary according to the date of your charter and how many people you will have onboard. But generally speaking, you can expect to pay somewhere between €500- €10,000 per person per week. Remember, a skippered boat will cost more than going bareboat. A full crew will, of course, be more expensive.
It would be impossible to provide a single cost estimate for these added costs because they depend entirely on how you plan to spend your time and your money. Some people will run up a bar tab in the hundreds of Euros, while other people will scarcely tack on any additional food and beverage costs. You might have a lot of expensive excursions on your itinerary, or you might plan to do mostly free activities.
How to Keep Your Costs As Low As Possible
All of that said, how do you keep your expenses down so you can enjoy a sailing holiday in Croatia on a budget? Here are some suggestions.
1. Visit Croatia off-season.
Peak season for tourists in Croatia is July 1st-August 31st. Obviously, the summer is a beautiful season to explore the coastline, but it is also the most expensive time. You do not necessarily need to charter a boat in the dead of winter to avoid peak rates; you simply need to plan around these dates. So if you charter a yacht in June or September for example, you can cut back on costs and still enjoy sailing in lovely conditions.
2. Look for ways to cut your mooring costs.
This part will depend significantly on the weather because we have to think about safety first, but in general is as follows;
If you are going to moor a 40-foot monohull vessel at a marina in Croatia during peak season, expect to pay around €50-€80 per day. This can add up quickly.
What can you do about it? Well, the smaller your vessel is, the less it will cost to moor it, so you can keep this in mind when you reserve your boat.
You can also look for alternatives to major marinas. There are a number of popular restaurants which will allow you to moor at their docks for free if you will be eating there. You might also be able to dock at a small fishing harbor; this opportunity is usually available during peak season. Finally, you can choose to latch onto a mooring buoy, which is one of the least expensive options—or you can simply drop anchor in a bay for free.
3. Spend each night on the boat, and try to eat most of your meals onboard.
If you can, you might want to consider avoiding the temptation of dining out every night or staying at land-based hotels. You can keep your budget to a minimum by eating all your meals onboard and sleeping on the yacht each night. The trade-off, however, is missing out on some unique experiences—so balance your budget and your's itinerary accordingly.
4. Look for fun free or low-cost activities.
There are many low-cost tours available in the cities, and quite a few national parks along the coastline charge minimal fees. There are also free activities to consider, like the water toys available on your yacht, not to mention sailing itself.
You might notice we did not recommend sailing bareboat as a means to cutting back on costs. Why not? While you can save money if you choose to forego hiring a skipper or full crew, your top concern should be safety. If you are not an experienced sailor, and you don't possess the valid license, it is obligatory to hire a skipper.
The bottom line is this: Whatever interests you, you do not need to pay an arm and a leg to have a great time on a Croatian sailing holiday. Draft up a budget, and then make up an itinerary based on what you are willing to spend. And don’t forget to ask your charter company, skipper and crew for recommendations. Their expert knowledge can save you a lot of money while helping you to experience the best of Croatia!