1. Split – Milna (island Brač)
2. Milna (island Brač) – Hvar (Palmižana)
3. Hvar (Palmižana) – Korčula
4. Korčula – Vela Luka
5. Vela Luka – Vis
6. Vis – Brač (Bobovišće)
7. Brač (Bobovišće) – Split
The Venetians called Milna „Valle di mille navi“ (the bay of a thousand ships) and it’s reputed as the safest and the most beautiful harbour of Brač. Bay Milna is located on the west side of the island, protectet from all the winds. ACI Milna offers 170 wet berths, 15 dry berths and high quality service even to the most demanding sailors. Have in mind that even the Russians harboured their fleet in Milna dring the Napoleonic war and they battled French in major naval battle in the waters of Milna. The islet of Mrdulja, 2.5 miles west of Milna, can serve as a landmark when approaching.
Palmižana is the most famous tourist resort and natural paradise with a nautic marina. ACI marina Palmižana lies in Palmižana bay on st. Klement island (the largest island of pakleni islands) just 2,5 miles from Hvar. Palmižana offers lots of exciting entertainments: hiking, swimming, surfing, kayaking, diving, great nightlife, but also perfect peace to relax your body and mind from the bustle of city life.
The marina has 180 wet berths, it’s extremely busy in high season, because it provides protection from strong winds. It’s open from April to October. Palmižana has excellent location so it’s easily to set off to explore numerous hidden coves and isolated beaches. Sometimes there is a chance of tidal wave in case of heavy west or southwest winds. In fornt of the entrance to marina lies baba Rock, marked by lighthouse. As the rock is wide, we recommend you not to sail too close to it, especially on it’s N side.
If you wish to see island of Korčula, you have two options to stay a night. You can try to find a mooring in the city marina ACI Korčula, which could be hard during the summer season becuase, aldo it has cca 160 wet berths and 16 dry berths, it’s usually extremely busy. But it is worth the trouble to see the birth place of Marco Polo, the famous explorer and seafarer.
ACI marina is located in the eastern part of Korčula harbour. When approaching from Hvar through the Peljašac (Pelješki) Channel you’ll notice a red lighthouse. The marina is sighted after rounding the lighthouse and the whole of the peninsula, which is encircled by prominent town walls, with the easily visible cathedral bell tower. When entering to the marina on the south side, a green lighthouse on the breakwater serves as landmark. The safest approach from the south is by rounding the Sestrice and Stupe Velike lighthouses from the north, and then using the green lighthouse in the eastern part of the town harbour as a landmark. During summer storms the western part of the town harbour should be avoided. The second option, if you had no luck finding a mooring in ACI Korčula, is to continue further south to the smaller but much cheaper Marina Lumbarda. It has 115 wet berths and 20 dry berths, equipped with water and electricity.
If you make it to the town of Korčula, you must see the st.Mark’s Cathedral, one of the finest examples ofDalmatianchurch architecture and design. Taking three centuries to build, it combines several styles, including gothic, romanesque and baroque. Don’t forget to look for the cannonballs and weapons from wars with the Ottomans, Cathedral treasury, Marco Polo’s house and town museum.
Vela Luka (literally means: Big Harbour) is a wonderful harbour in very deep inlet on the western end island of Korčula. The town quay offers lazy lines, power, water and very good protection but it can get a bit bumpy during the strong westerly winds. To the west of the town quay there is a fuel dock and to the right are mooring buoys. It’s possible to anchor in the harbour, but it’s limited due to moorings and depth of water. Important european arcehological finds are located in Vela Spilja (Big Cave), in Vela Luka on Tuesdays it’s possible to see traditional sword dance, and do not miss to visit Zlokić mill where you’ll find out how was olive oil made. There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Vela Luka. It’s ferry port aswell, so there’s ferry jetty.
There is also a good anchorage in the wide cove of Plitvine on the NW side of the harbour approaches. There is possible to find shelter in all conditions except strong SW winds. During the W winds, it’s better to anchor here than on the town quay. Holding is good in sand and weed. Anchor in 8.0 – 9.0 metres at the head of the cove, taking a line ashore if necessary.
Vis is most western island in Dalmatian archipelago. On your way from Hvar to Vis you can experience 6 miles wide wavey Vis channel so prepare your boat and sailing route according to winds, during summer months it’s mostly strong maestral. Vis port is spacious 1mile deep bay, open from NE, exposed to northern wind (bora) which blows directly, causing big waves. The port can accomodate over 100 boats, and there are buoys aswell but lately it’s overcrowded.
The part of port which is called Veli mir will provide you protection throughout bad conditions because it’s the most protected part of all the parts of this port.you’ll have good anchoring if you drop the anchore in 7 – 8 m depth. Since there is ferryboat port, gas station and catamaran passes aswell, you can’t count on completely silence.
About 6 km from town of Vis, there is Stončica cove, better known as swimming spot, than anchorage because many sailors rather choose to stay overnight in Vis or Komiža. At the end of Stončica you can spot beautiful sandy beach with lots of shade, Mediterranean vegetation, and the entrance to the sea is very shallow (more than 40m to get to sea-depth of 1m). Stončica is under the consession (Gradina d.o.o.) and you will recognize it by 38m high lighthouse. The cove indented for almost a half of mile so it’s protected from all the winds except northern. Drop an anchor in southern part of cove (5 to 15 m depth) but take care because of sandy seabed. It would be easier if you find a buoy. Port of Rogačić, just a 1 km far from town of Vis, consists of two coves – Rogačić and Parja which are protected by peninsula Rogačić. Compared to Rogačić, Pirja is a bit safer for anchoring because Rogačić is more exposed to N wind. You can drop an anchor in Parja at 4 – 10m depth, in Rogačić at 6m depth, but the seabed at both is similar: mud and seaweed. These coves are excellent choice for those who would like to enjoy peaceful vacation close to urban centre. It is possible to take a swim on lovely pebble beaches. In Rogačić there’s even an entrance to large tunnel used as a hidding place for military ships once the island of Vis was the most important military base.
Bobovišća is one of the Split’s closest coves, almost a mile indented in island of Brač. Aldo it’s inhabited, it’s peaceful. There are few berths on promenade, but you’can drop anchor in three places. Two of them has buoys under consession, but the most popular anchoring spots are in the northern side, called Vića luka, or close to the nearby cape, but anchoring is possible at the very entrance of Bobovišće cove. The system is to tie the prow to the buoy. Vića is shallow, 3 – 5 m depth, with seabed made of mud and seaweed. There is 8 – 12 m depth in front od Vića and entrance of Bobovišće. The cove is sheltered from all the winds except extremely strong northern wind and mistral which can cause some waves. Have a glass of wine while you enjoy the sunset from Bobovišća.
We hope you had lovely and quiet evening. Take some time and have another swim in crystal clear sea, enjoy the sun and nature of Bobovišća cove before you pack your bags and head down to Split.
Milna: fuel station, ATM, resuaturant, water, electricity, exchange office, market, laundry
Palmižana: exchange office, restaurant, fuel station, market, water, electricity
Korčula: exchange office, ATM, Restaurant, market, fuel station, water, electricity
Vela Luka: water, electricity, fuel station, buoys, restaurant, market, ATM, exchange office
Vis: buoys, anchorage, restaurant, ATM, electricity, water, exchange office, fuel station
Bobovišće: restaurant, anchorage, buoys, market