It is precisely middle Dalmatia that is the region most visited by boaters in Croatia, with more than a thousand berths in nautical ports and in the small ports, which are safe from the wind and supplied with everything boaters may need. Sail, while listening to the waves and enjoying the unique islet landscapes on Brač, Hvar, Vis, Šolt, Drvenik, as well as in the coastal marinas and small ports – the dream of every sailor.
The sea route under the Biokovo Mountain leads from Split towards Omiš, a medieval pirate stronghold and then further south to Makarska, Tučepi, and in the far south of the region to the mouth of the Neretva River. Makarska, between the mainland and the coasts of the big islands, opens the door towards the west and sea channels of the islands of Brač, Hvar, Pelješac, Korčula and Vis. At the beginning of their sailing journey from Split travelling south, the islands of Šolta and Brač are the perfect choice for numerous boaters.
The villages of Bobovišća and Milna on Brač or Šolta with its northern coves and the village of Maslinica, situated on the western part of the island, are undoubtedly an excellent choice. This is where the pleasure for sailors begins: sailing along the southern coast of Šolta or through the Hvar Channel towards Bol on Brač will satisfy anyone wanting to tame the restless wind from the west and the open seas of the Adriatic. The wind blowing between Brač and Hvar provides pleasure for surfers on the Brač (Bol) – Hvar (Vrboska) route.
Hvar and the Palmižana marina on the Paklinski Islands are among the most famous spots for boaters. Hvar is on the route of ancient waterways, so is among the oldest ancient towns in Dalmatia.
Vis, an island of ancient roots and an unavoidable nautical attraction, defies the high seas and with its rocks witnesses the strength of the winds that wildly hammer the shore from the south and southwest. The most protected bay is situated to the north, in the port of Vis. The Vis seabed is an area protected by the Ministry of Culture, so diving is only allowed if accompanied by a guide from one of the authorized diving centres. For centuries, one of the most important fishermen’s tradition of the Adriatic – Komiža has been developing on Vis. Komiža fishermen have been fishing in Palagruža waters for centuries, they have lived off the sea and for the sea and that’s why they are considered as a symbol of fishermen and of Dalmatia’s nautical tradition. An indigenous boat of Komiža fishermen – the FALKUŠA – is a traditional fabrication of fishing boat whose construction has, over the centuries, been perfected for both maritime and nautical circumstances of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean as a whole. Do not miss visiting the natural sights of the Vis archipelago as well as the islands of Biševo, Svetac, Brusnik and Palagruža either.
Brač – during the summer, Milna is one of the safest bays for boats. There is a marina with 200 sea berths and 20 dry berths.
Šolta – on the west side of the island is the Maslinica, boaters’ favourite harbour, whilst in front of the heritage hotel a mooring was built for some 30 boats.
Hvar – there is marina with 40 berths in Stari Grad. The marina in Vrboska is well-known as a yacht charter destination. As opposed to Hvar, we can find the Pakleni Islands and the Palmižana Marina with 200 berths.
Trogir – on the Čiovo peninsula there is Trogir marina with 200 berths.
Split – just ten minutes’ walk from Diocletian’s Palace is the Split marina with 350 berths. The Kaštela Marina provides accommodation for boats of all sizes, including mega yachts.
Podstrana – the marina of Le Meridien Lav hotel provides berth to yachts up to 30 metres long.
Makarska Riviera – Baška Voda disposes of 200 sea berths and 30 dry berths, Podgora of 220 sea berths and with all the necessary amenities for boaters whilst marina Tučepi has 150 sea berths and an additional 50 dry berths.