1. Split – Šolta
2. Šolta – Rogoznica
3. Rogoznica – Tribunj
4. Tribunj – Kornati (Žut)
5. Kornati (Žut) – Kaprije
6. Kaprije – Primošten
7. Primošten – Split
It is possible to find a berth at one of the three ports on the island of Šolta: Rogač, Maslinica and Stomorska. Maslinica is a cove well protected from all winds, located in very indented deep bay called port of Nečujam. Roman imperator Diocletian once had fishpond in this area. Nowdays, ruins of it are left in cove of Piškera so you have to navigate with vigilance in order not to strand your boat or damage ancient edifice.
If you seek for more privacy, consider these anchorages aswell: Šešula – it’s protected from all winds except W. You are safe if you are properly anchored. If you are careless, you could end up on reefs because the cove is very narrow. If there are no free buoys, you’ll have to drop an anchor (2 to 7 m), but luckily the seabed is combination of sand, mud and seaweed. Watch out for the cages with fish from the hatchery which are placed at the external part of south coast. Šešula faces five islets you can visit and enjoy swimming.
Livka – spacious and indented but peaceful and uninhabited cove on the southern side of Šolta. It provides protection from all the winds, except southern. Anchoring is recommended at 15m on the north side of the cove. The seawater is clean and clear, so you can take pleasure in.
There are no hazards in the approach to Rogoznica bay, which is well known bay even since the ancient times. Pick up a buoy; drop the hook, back onto the quay or choose a marina berth, Rogoznica welcomes all yachts. Rogoznica has several options for mooring. There is one of the most modern and the best equipped marinas in Croatia. Marina Frapa is a very popular choice and occupies the most sheltered part of the outer bay.
It is well sheltered from all winds in its deep bay, Frapa is located in the bay of Soline and has 10 piers with 462 wet and 150 dry berths, with capacity to host yachts of over 40 metres. The Marina Frapa is open throughout the year. Opposite the marina is the place to head for. There are laid lines and power and water are available. This can be a very choppy place in the afternoon, but it is not always the easiest place to back on to as the prevailing wind causes significant sideways pressure so be prepared for anything before attempting your manoeuvres.
The third option is to head around the “island” and either pick up a buoy east of the causeway linking the old town to the mainland or anchor east of the buoy field or in the lee of the island. (Some yachts also choose to go past the buoy field and anchor in the head of the large bay near an old military jetty but there is no real advantage to this unless it is exceptionally busy.) Buoys placed east of the causeway have the best protection. There is a cable marked which you must avoid when anchoring. Try to anchor east and north of the buoy field just outside the small boat moorings for the best holding. Large fishing boats come and go at all times of the day and night so try and leave the western side of the inlet free.
Tribunj is a settlement west of Vodice built in the 18th century by refugees from the neighbouring mainland settlements. The port has two breakwaters and it’s accessible from the southeasterly direction. Small yachts can navigate between the islets of Lukovnik and Logorun. Small boats can berth on the western side of the bridge, while larger boats can berth in a harbour in the southern part, where the sea is up to 3m depth. Due to its two off-shore islands, the port is only exposed to southeasterly and westerly winds. There is a repair shop for small boats in the Sovlje Bay.
About 6 miles miles NW of Šibenik and just over a mile W of Vodice there’s the marina Tribunj a proud owner of Blue Flag, an exclusive eco-label that indicates a clean, safe and eco-friendly marina. It is opened all year round. The busiest time of the year are months of July and August. Marina offers 220 wet berths and 150 dry berths, all of which are equipped with water and electricity. Sea depth in the marina ranges from 3 to 5 m.The marina can accommodate boats up to 25 m in length and with a maximum draft of 4 m.
It’s time to head down to Kornati, Croatian archipelago consisten of 140 islands, islets and reefs, also called „nautical paradise“. Some of the islands, to be specific 89 of them, were declared a National park. You can buy tickets for vessel online. Sailing is allowed all around the Kornati National Park except in the zones of strict protections. No visitors are allowed around Purara islet, Klint and Volić reefs, islets: Mrtenjak, Kolobučar, Small Obručan and Great Obručan.
Žut has great port which is a part of Kornati archipelago but it’s not a part of national part of Kornati. ACI Marina Žut, on the NE coast of Žut Island, in a deep and over a mile wide bay, offers a safe shelter from all winds. However, during strongbura, it is recommended to moor alongside marina’s NW end of the pier, whereas during strong south winds it is more pleasant to moor on the SE end of the pier. The marina is open from April 1 to October 31 and has a 450 m long concrete pier with 135 wet berths, all of which are equipped with a limited supply of water and electricity. Water is supplied from 8 to 10 a.m., and electricity from 8 to 12 a.m. and again from 6 to 12 p.m. There are no dry berths, but there are 15 buoys east of the marina, which can be used when the marina is full. The marina can accommodate boats and mega yachts up to 40 m. Sea depth in the marina ranges from 1 to 4 m. Boats with a draft of more than 3 metres can moor anywhere on the south pier or at the very end of the north pier. When the marina and it’s buoys are busy, you are forced to anchor. Depth in the middle of port is 30-50 m, for smaller vessels it’s reccomended to find a spot northern from the marina breakwater, at place called Pod Ražanj where depth is 7-8 m, and the seabed is sandy. This place provides shelter from W and NW winds, but S and E winds can cause some waves, so it’s better to drop an anchor at 10 m depth in sandy coves Žešnja or Babin bok. Cove Saručica, situated in SE part of port Žut, is considered as a good sandy anchorage. Numerous small quiet coves around of Kornati with crystal clear sea will provide you perfect place to escape the crowd and noise of urbanised everyday life. But be aware sailing close to the islands because of many reefs and shoals.
Kaprije is an island in Šibenik archipelago. What’s so magical about Kaprije? There are no cars so it’s perfect for peaceful vacation. But this is also the reason why you have to get up early and hurry to occupy a berth in Kaprije bay. There are approximately 20 berths and 20 buoys. Anchoring is possible at the inner end of the bay at depths between 3 and 8 m. The bay is exposed to northwesterly winds. The holding is good but take care you do not interferre manoeuvre of passenger ships.
Primošten’s port has berths with moorings, electricity and water connection. The jetty with breakwater protects from the south and northwestern winds (jugo and maestral). On the promenade is approximately 20 berths but they are mostly taken. Dropping the anchor in front of it isn’t the best option because of the gravel seabed. But buoys are anchored in front of the local beach, along the north coast towards the east. The buoys provide comfortable and safe anchoring, especially during the winds. It’s possible to anchor between the breakwater and the shore. During the strong winds it’s safer to stay in Porat arm. If you want to have full comfort, there is a large Kremik marina in Primošten which is not overcrowded because it offers more than 400 berths and it is one of the safest Adriatic anchorages. If you want to enjoy the privacy, you can drop an anchor on the east side of the port but avoid anchoring during the maestral. Primošten is one of the hugely popular destination in Croatia you should visit. Once you dropped the anchor, you can enjoy swimming till sunset. At night take a long walk through town. After you get back on board, you’ll feel again like you are in some private anchorage.
When you arrive in Split, summarize your impressions sipping coffee at some sunny spot on promenade.
Šolta: anchorage, buoys, restaurant, fuel station, market, ATM
Rogoznica: buoys, anchorage, exchange office, water, electricity, restaurant, market, fuelstation, ATM, laundry
Tribunj: fuel station, market, restaurant, water, electircity
Kornati (Žut): anchorage, buoys, exchange office, ATM, restaurant, water, electricity, market
Kaprije: anchorage, buoys, restaurant
Primošten: buoys, water, electricity, market, ATM, restaurant, exchange office, laundry