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Croatia is the pearl of the Adriatic. Just imagine yourself as the captain of your Saxdor boat, admiring the sea, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Without a doubt, choosing your mother port in Croatia is a sweet torture. It defines the destinations for your daily boat trips. In Croatia, unforgettable adventures await when you set out from any harbor. Historical sites, paradise beaches, and uninhabited islands are all an hour or two boat ride away with your Saxdor boat.
Historical landmarks & potential mother ports
The appeal of the Croatian coast in the passing ages is primarily due to the safety of the natural harbors, coves, and mostly mild sailing conditions. Whereas the bare and unindented Italian coast has much rougher weather circumstances. Today, the security of the natural bays, along with the natural and historic riches continue to attract sailors, but of a different kind.
Be that as it may, the Croatian coast can be divided into 2 main regions. Firstly, we have the North Adriatic with Istria and Kvarner. Then, there is Dalmatia, further south. Dalmatia consists of three parts with its own characteristics, cultural values and cities.
1. South Dalmatia – Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik’s old town stands on a steep promontory above the sea. It is famous for its 14th-18th century fortress walls that surround the city along the perimeter. Game of Thrones fans might appreciate these walls, and the town, as it was the filming location for many episodes of the series.
Don’t miss the Museum of Contemporary Art in Dubrovnik. Here you will see paintings, sculptures, prints, and art installations from Croatian artists from the late 19th century to the present day. The museum’s terrace with gorgeous sea views impresses visitors as much as the works of art, themselves.
2. Central Dalmatia – Split and Trogir
Many ancient Roman monuments and fine examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture adorn these museum cities. In Split, you need to visit the ancient palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, rub Grgur Ninski’s big toe, and make a wish. Diocletian’s palace was built from 295 to 305 AD, but it is remarkably well-preserved and still quite visible. Dine in a fine restaurant, charming tavern or quick snack stand within the palace walls, that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Shop in some small local store or fancy boutique, or just simply enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire city.
3. North Dalmatia – Zadar and Sibenik
Sibenik, for example, is home to the Cathedral of St. James, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And in Zadar you listen to the Sea Organ located on the city’s waterfront. It is an original system of 35 scaled pipes that are located under the steps of the seaside promenade. The sound of the air pushed out by the waves is brought to the surface of the embankment and gives rise to amazing melodies. Come listen to the music created by nature itself!
4. Istria and Kvarner
Choosing North Adriatic as your starting point had many advantages. For instance, the marinas in Istria and Kvarner are great places to keep your boat because they offer excellent facilities. Such as, modern docks, fuel stations, and repair services. Additionally, these marinas are located in some of the most beautiful areas of Croatia, with easy access to stunning coastlines, charming towns, and cultural attractions.
Pula, Rovinj, Cres, Porec, have some of the best marinas in Istria and Kvarner. Pula is known for its rich history and ancient Roman ruins, while Rovinj is a picturesque fishing village with narrow streets and colorful houses. It has one of the most luxurious marinas in Croatia. Porec is a popular tourist destination with beautiful beaches and lively nightlife. Whereas, Cres is a marina that has just recently acquired its 22nd Blue flag and a new sea garbage collector.
How to get from one port to the next?
The best way to travel between these towns is, of course, by sea. For instance, the motorboat Saxdor 320 GTO is perfect for family travel. It is very easy to drive, safe, and fast. With this powerful yacht, you could comfortably cover the distance from one region to the next in just one day.
Paradise beaches and islands – boat trip Croatia
From the mainland base, there are so many options for a daily-excursion or boat trip. The Croatian coastline is dotted with picturesque coves with sandy and pebble beaches.
Most of these are ideal destinations for water sports, SUP boarding, snorkeling, and hiking, or strolling. Take a look at the most interesting place for a daily boat trip in Croatia!
Boat trip Split number one island is surely the island of Brac. The Blaca Hermitage is also known as Blaca Desert. Due to the rocky terrain and limited sheltered areas, we advise anchoring closer to the shoreline, where you can find patches of sandy or gravelly bottoms. Be sure to check weather conditions beforehand and choose a calm day for your excursion. Once anchored, avoid damaging the delicate marine ecosystem by not dropping anchor near seagrass beds. Respect the natural beauty of the bay. Additionally, secure a line to the mainland for more stability.
Explore the renowned Hermitage of Blaca through a rewarding 45-minute hike. Remember to wear comfortable footwear and carry sufficient water and snacks for the hike, as the path can be steep and challenging in some sections. As you approach the hermitage, take the time to appreciate the fascinating blend of nature and human ingenuity that characterizes this remarkable site. Visit the well-preserved buildings, admire the intricate details, and learn about the monks’ way of life through the on-site exhibits: Monastery Museum, Astronomical Observatory, Living Quarters, Chapel and Gardens and Terraces.
In the summer season (16 June – 15 September) the opening hours are every day except Mondays, 9.00 – 17.00 Last admission for visitors is at 16.30. The entrance fee for adults is 7 € per person and there is no shop or store there, so bring your own water and snacks.
(not very suitable for toddlers or small kids because of the hike)
Stiniva Beach is a blue lagoon nestled among the cliffs of Vis Island. The closed bay is an ideal idyllic day boat trip site to escape from the world and it feels like you are on a private island.
If you are planning a romantic getaway with your beloved, then this place is for you. The view of cliffs and mountains that majestically rise above the sea is simply stunning. Trees densely growing along the coast and the high cliffs protect you from the summer sun.
Keep in mind, it’s very popular during the summer for daily boating trips and excursions. So if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet, get there early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Another isolated beach Bostra is located on the picturesque island of Bisevo. On the island, the famous Blue Cave is a must-visit, but be prepared for queues and crowds in the high season. Its sandy bottom reflects mesmerizing blue shadows and creates a magical glow.
If you prefer to avoid the busy Blue Cave site, just enjoy the stunning turquoise waters of the Bostra beach. Its pebble shoreline, and beautiful natural surroundings, make this beach a true haven of tranquility. Snorkelers will delight in exploring the vibrant marine life, while others can simply relax on the soft pebbles, soaking up the sun’s warmth. Most easily accessible by boat, Bostra Beach is not that crowded and provides a peaceful escape. Connect with nature and enjoy the pristine environment. Remember to pack essentials, such as sunscreen, water, and snacks, as facilities are limited on Bisevo island.
4. Prozurska Luka
In the South Adriatic, Prozurska Luka is a great day boat trip site. This is a tranquil retreat and a popular destination for boaters and sailors. Its well-protected harbor is a safe haven for boats of all sizes. Just relax on the pebble beaches, explore the nearby hiking trails, or indulge in delicious seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants. Prozurska luka is an enchanting experience for nature lovers and those seeking a slice of paradise on Mljet.
Once there you should visit the famous Mljet National Park which is packed full of a variety of flora and fauna.
Located on the island of Solta, it is perhaps the most comfortable beach with its gentle, shallow entrance to the water. The beach is made of smooth pebbles which massage your feet as you step on them. Famous for its blue crystal clear waters, à la Côte d’Azur. Every year it enchants thousands of guests from all over the world.
Brijuni is a group of islands located off the coast of Istria, just 3 nm from the town of Pula. The islands are part of a national park and offer a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and exotic wildlife. Some of the highlights of Brijuni include beautiful beaches and cultural attractions, such as the Roman ruins of the Villa Rustica and the Byzantine castrum of Verige Bay. Since the archipelago was the summer residence of the former Yugoslav president Tito, Brijuni is home to several species of exotic wildlife, including elephants, zebras, and llamas, that different statesmen presented to the late president.
A small island located in the Kvarner Bay, between the islands of Losinj and Cres is Susak. The island is known for its unique culture, stunning beaches, and relaxed atmosphere. Some of the highlights of Susak include beautiful beaches and fascinating folklore and traditions that are different from the rest of Croatia. It is a perfect destination for boaters who want to escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful and relaxed day excursion. The island has no cars, so if you want to explore the inland so it on foot or by bicycle.
8. Mljet – Odysseus’ Cave
Odysseus’ Cave is a unique attraction located on the island of Mljet, which offers a fascinating experience for boaters. It’s accessible on foot, as well, but the hike is a bit strenuous. According to a legend, this is where Calypso kept Odysseus after his shipwreck. Today there’s a Calypso Bar with a very limited offer and cliff diving is the most popular activity.
How to reach these sites?
The most convenient way to visit them is, of course, by boat. They are up to 30 nm away from the mainland ports, so a short one-hour drive is all it takes.
The Saxdor 270 GTO is a thrilling watercraft with a light twin-stepped hull, delivering remarkable speed, fuel efficiency, and enhanced stability. Its spacious front cabin and 6-person dining table make it ideal for unforgettable summer adventures.
For exceptional versatility and performance, the Saxdor 320 GTC is the perfect choice. You have the option to select a single-engine or twin-outboard engines. The spacious pilothouse comfortably accommodates up to 6 people, ensuring an enjoyable journey for everyone on board.
Experience the thrilling excitement of Saxdor boats! Whether you’re drawn to the speed and spaciousness of the Saxdor 270 GTO or the unmatched versatility of the Saxdor 320 GTC, your boating adventures will reach new levels.
Day Boat Trip Croatia with Saxdor
Nautika Centar Nava is the authorized distributor for Saxdor Yachts in Croatia and our team of experts helps you choose the best boat for your needs and budget.
No matter which place you select, Croatia is stunning. Day trips around Croatia with Saxdor motorboats is the best way to enjoy life! Contact our team and start your boating adventure!