Bare boat charter in Croatia is a great experience. Skippered or crewed charter is relaxing and carefree and bareboat yacht charter in Croatia is a bit more demanding but fascinating and adventurous. The cruise is completely in your hands. If you are interested in bareboating charter in Croatia, you must have lots of questions, so here are the answers. 

When should I go?

The most popular season for bare boat sailing in Croatia is, of course, during summer. If you plan to book a bareboat in Croatia in July and August, make it sooner rather than later as the best boats get booked earlier . By March there is only a week here or there still available in high season. So you need to be more flexible with dates or be extremely lucky. The weather is really warm during these months, or too hot some might say, so you’ll be seeking refreshment in the sea, a lot.

Have in mind, though, that the sun is almost always shining from April until September. For those seeking a quieter cruise in Croatia, consider May, June and September and April and October could also be quite appealing. The off-season sailing conditions are much better for sailing aficionados. Bare boat yacht charter in Croatia or catamaran hire is also more affordable outside peak season.

What else should I consider when booking?

Arrival 

Book your flights well in advance to ensure your seats and good prices. In fact, Split, Dubrovnik, Rogoznica, and Pula airports are well-connected to all major European cities through some of the usual airlines. For instance; Smartwings, Eurowings, SAS, Finnair, Norwegian Air International, Volotea, EasyJet, Ryanair, Vueling, KLM Cityhopper, Transavia, Eurowings, Lufthansa, Iberia, etc. Just let us know if you need us to organize a transfer from the airport to our marina for you. 

If you are planning to arrive by car, make sure to plan the route and take traffic jams and delays into account, expect several kilometer-long queues in high season. For parking guidelines, check each base about costs to expect or recommendations.  

Insurance

While booking the flights consider taking travel insurance as well. The charter boats are, of course, insured, however, leaving a security deposit in the amount of the franchise is necessary during the check-in procedure. That’s why it might also be a good idea to get a damage deposit waiver insurance for your charter with your local insurance agent. Moreover, this way you’ll be able to sail away ready for any circumstance and insured no matter what.  

Where should I go?

With our four charter bases – one in Split, the second in Slano (at 35 km from Dubrovnik), the third in Rogoznica, and the fourth in Pula, the sea is the limit. Needless to say, it is good to have a planned sailing route. Choose from one of our suggested sailing routes or ask for our help in planning your own.

You can change your itinerary anytime, but it’s better to have something planned to minimize wasting time and stressing on board. This way, you can continue sailing towards your next destination and plan changes. Without a doubt, a good sailing route plan makes visiting everything that you want to see much easier.   

What licenses and certificates are required by law for bare boat charter in Croatia?

In order to be able to rent a bareboat, at least one person on board should have a valid nautical license and a VHF license. In Croatia, these licenses are issued by the Port Authorities. Here is the list of valid and accepted licenses for bareboat charter in Croatia. Please bring your original documents with you on board.

You will also need a crew list. Please, fill in the crew list link we send you or send us all the information of each crew member at least one week prior to your arrival. We require: name, date and place of birth, passport numbers, nationality, and place of residence of all your crew members before your arrival in order to speed up the embarkation process. At check-in procedure, we just confirm the crew list with you and print it out and insert it in the boat book along with other important boat papers (boat registration, insurance policy, radio frequency registration). 

Budget

It’s good to know how much it costs to charter a yacht to sail the beautiful Croatian coast.

Boat rent 

The majority of the total budget will be the charter price. It depends on the boat type, size, model and year of production. Here is the full charter price list of all our boats. The additional obligatory cost we charge with the boat price is final cleaning (comfort package for catamarans) and it depends on the boat size and type. Visitor’s tax (sojourn/tourist tax) is another obligatory cost that we charge during the check-in procedure at the marina and it depends on the number of persons staying on board. The cost is 10 HRK (1.35 EUR) per adult per day, 5 HRK (0.68 EUR) for teens and free of charge for kids. 

Fuel

…is next. This expense depends on your vessel’s consumption. The amount of fuel you will need also depends on how much you want to travel per day instead of staying at the same place and on the type of the boat. Obviously, sailboats consume the least. That is, between 4 and 10 l per hour. Catamarans consume between 8 and 18 liters, and motorboats between 70 and 150 liters. And let’s not forget that sailboats and catamarans sail and can, therefore, save you significant amounts of fuel (and money). From 200 to 500 € per week is the expected cost for sailboats and catamarans. Motorboats are harder to estimate because the cost depends on the engine power, speed, and the route you select. However, bear in mind that running the generator and the air condition (on boats that have them) means additional fuel costs. 

Provisioning 

You also have to eat while sailing, and usually, everyone is much hungrier when on board. There are two options; preparing your own meals on board or eating in restaurants. You will probably do both. Be that as it may, you might notice that groceries are a bit more expensive in Croatia. In particular, the prices are even higher on the (most popular or the most remote) islands. When it comes to drinking, be careful with alcohol. The designated skipper should avoid it when sailing. But when at anchor for the night, he/she can indulge in a glass or two. It would be a total shame not to try some of Croatia’s excellent wine sorts. In any case, your food budget should be anywhere between 100 and 200 € per person per week. Learn where to supply your boat in our main base in Split and second base in Slano

Mooring fees

The last expense that you should take into account with any charter, are mooring/docking fees. The fee depends on where you are mooring, how long (hours or days), the size (length and beam) and the season. Mooring a small to average boat (around 12 m long) for one day will cost you from 55 euros to 120 euros. These are prices from June to September. During the rest of the year, the cost is lower. That is, the average price for a day is approximately 65 euros. Don’t forget prices for catamarans are usually 50% or even 80% higher than for mono-hulls. Mooring in small coves is typically much cheaper or even free. That is, if you go out for dinner in the local restaurant that tends to the buoys or mooring lines. 

For more details on the yacht charter costs, check out our blog on what does it cost to charter a yacht in Croatia.

Plan activities off-board beforehand

Bareboat sailing in Croatia is great for tasting Croatian food and wines in restaurants, family farms or buying in small shops and at local markets. Other suggestions and ideas are: SUP, scuba diving, snorkeling, wine tasting, hiking, caving or canoeing excursions with local guides. In order to plan your sailing route better, and also to stay in budget, it’s better to know in advance what things you would like to do and where. We offer SUPs (stand up paddle boards), snorkel sets, water skis, jet skis or kayaks for rent in our bases, so you can explore the immediate surroundings at your own pace every time you drop your anchor.

If you have more questions or information you need about bare boat charter in Croatia, feel free to contact us at charter@navaboats.com. Undoubtedly, we’ll be happy to help you plan your bare boating vacation in Croatia by finding you a fine boat and arranging all the details with you. 

Sailing in Croatia and visiting all the breathtaking sights of the Croatian coast makes an average sailor hungry. While you should definitely visit some fine restaurants and discover flavors of Croatia bear in mind that cooking on board a boat can be fun and not at all complicated – the key is to plan ahead. Planning is crucial especially regarding any diet restrictions that your crew might have and to be sure to have everything on board before the boat leaves our marina. We bring you some general tips and notes to help you prepare better.

Preparing meals on board our catamarans will not be so much different than your average day cooking since the galley is excellently equipped and there is plenty of room. Sailboats and smaller motorboats may be a bit more challenging.

Important information on our boats and the Croatian coast

  • all boats are equipped with ovens and refrigerators and most of them even freezers
  • we can also provide a coffee machine
  • even in the smallest villages there are stores with all the necessary groceries (fresh bread, milk, butter, oil and similar)
  • bigger towns on the coast and on the islands have a green and/or fish market with excellent selection of local products – fruits and vegetables and fish and mollusks and the best time to check out their offer is early in the morning between 7 and 8 a.m., before you’ve had your coffee or croissant
  • bigger supermarkets with all kinds of vegetables and meat for selection are also quite common even in small towns
  • catching fish on your own may be fun but make sure to have your licence (can be acquired on the Ministry of agriculture, Department of Fisheries)
  • everything can be preordered (bottled water, wine, soft drinks, beer or other heavy stuff as well as all the small stuff such as flour, eggs, dairy products) and delivered to your boat before your arrival

Here are some ideas for planning your meals

Breakfast

  • French toast, eggs, bagels and fresh bread with bread spreads, ham, salami and cheese, 2-3 kinds of cereals, milk, tea, coffee.

Lunch

  • (many Croats cannot imagine a lunch without soup but on board it is a bit more difficult to make a soup every day so we believe nothing bad will happen if you skip soup every day, although fresh white fish simply calls for a boiling bath)
  • Pasta with sauces – salsa, mushrooms, zucchini, bolognese
  • or risotto with a variety of combinations available since the area is rich in vegetables and fish even in April,
  • or a simple and light salad with smoked or salted fish (available at practicaly any market)
  • or chicken with rice, grilled fish, grilled meat and vegetables, fried sardines with chard and potatoes

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  • Salads (green salad, lettuce, rocket, rapunzel, tomatoes, peppers, raddish, spring onion, potato salad)

Snacks

  • Pancakes, crepes, fruit salad with whipped cream, sandwiches, yogurts,
  • you should definately try Croatian platter with some local cheese, prosciutto and olives and plavac wine (don’t let different names of the wine confuse you – it depends on the locality but it is the same wine sort)
  • Don’t forget to taste the sweetest mellons and watermellons (thanks to sunny and warm summers in Dalmatia)

We recommend you explore Croatian cuisine in the evenings because you will probably be a little exhausted from all the swimming, sailing, exploring and maybe even cooking and doing the dishes

Other small tips:

  • all-day interaction with the sun, sea and waves tends to open up apetite so be ready for those hunger surges
  • prepare anything you can in the morning before you set sail or start engines to your next destination (for example sandwiches or sauces, wash vegetables etc.)
  • fresh food and expiry date food first then canned and similar food, leftovers are king!
  • plan meals that require less dishes to prepare
  • leave a tapas meal for the last day and include all that is left on board and enjoy a goodbye feast until your next cruise
  • keep in mind storage space is limited and electricity issues (if your boat is not equipped with a generator)
  • if you have kids on board – include them in the process (older ones can try chopping ingredients younger ones can bring stuff and help stirring or setting the table)
  • canned beer is easier to store and cannot break like bottles
  • water supplies – you should plan approximately 2 l of bottled water per person per day and store it on board before departure. Get big 5 L water canisters in shops to reduce plastic waste. It would be good if every crew member had his/her own glass or thermos bottle to refill several times during the day. If not they can also use glasses. 

There is of course the possibility to hire a hostess in which case most of these issues would be her job and she would most definitely make your sailing experience in Croatia a memorable one. Learn more on what the hostess does on board in our previous blog post.

Sun on your cheeks, foamy sea waves, gentle vibration of seagulls’ squawks, plenty of silence, fresh air and… well, wait a minute! – Before achieving all of this, you have to pack your oh-no-packing-again luggage! This is what is said to be the worst part of holidays. Don’t worry though, nothing worth having comes easy. Between chaotically recalling marvelous marine memories one after another and spreading the panic, we warmly invite you to read the following text. Will help!

Sailing must-haves

Suitcase is considered to bring bad luck among sailors. It is preferable to use soft bags with wheels or Duffel bags when packing. You can easily keep them in lockers on board. Everything you bring on board, must fit in your cabin. Storage is very limited, pack a few days ahead – so that you can have a good look at everything and evaluate what you really do and do not need. First of all – bring little! You can leave any unnecessary items or luggage at our marina and pick them up when you return (according to availability of storage space).

1. Paper stuff

Especially when you are going on sailing vacation abroad, you should remember about:

  • valid ID card/passport or visa and a copy of it
  • sailing certificates and VHF license
  • driving license, in case you would like to hire a car (in Croatia available above the age of 21)
  • travel insurance
  • cash / credit / debit / prepaid cards – pack them in different places in case one gets lost, damaged, stolen. Check to see the total cost of using an ATM abroad and what your daily limit is
  • enough currency cash (HRK) to get daily supplies when neede

2. Clothing

Remember, comfortable is much more important than stylish!

  • swimwear and a change of it
  • beach towels (you can also rent them at our Nava marina to save precious luggage room – they only cost 5 € a piece)
  • casual period-adjusted clothes such as a windproof and waterproof jacket and a hoodie (they might come in handy since the waters can be treacherous); for women a sarong could be useful
  • sailing hat that stays on and has a chin string or another headgear to avoid a sunstroke
  • sailing gloves might come in handy
  • sunglasses with a neck cord
  • You should pack non-slip shoes – a designated pair for boat use only. All-terrain open footwear for walking on land might prove to be useful. Reef shoes are good for walking around on the boat, they are quite cheap and handy if you swim ashore and then walk along the shore. No street shoes are allowed on board, using the same pair of shoes for both boat and land can damage the deck, as pebbles get lodged in the tread and they scratch the boat
  • some clothes for land use while eating out at night – the attire shouldn’t be too formal, so don’t take too much

3. Protection

  • sunscreen (super-waterproof, SPF 30 to 50) plus after sun, a good moisturizing cream, face cream or oil – your skin dries to an uncomfortable condition without it
  • lip balm with SPF 15 or better
  • a wide-brimmed hat (and a cord to make sure it stays on your head rather than fall over board) or a cap
  • toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, soap; in small plastic travel bottles)
  • prescription medicines and alert your crew if you have any allergies (e.g. bee sting or peanuts and always have medicines for such emergencies and introduce your crew what needs to be done if such occurs)
  • a basic first aid kit is already on board (band-aids, aspirins, motion sickness pills, gauze, waterproof band-aids, gloves, scissors etc.) but you must bring your own personal medications and you may consider adding ginger as a great natural treatment for motion/sea sickness. For instance ginger cookies, candied ginger and there’s no need to feel guilty over how much you’ve had! Many people find wrist seabands effective. We do not recommend the patches – they are too strong, and you may suffer more from the treatment than the seasickness itself. Herbal teas might also get you going again. We also recommend bringing insect repellent, anti-histamine for insect bites, antiseptic cream. For bruises and strained muscles – Arnica cream which is a homeopathic and painkilling remedy works perfectly.

4. Food

  • closed insulated sports type water bottles (tap water is safe for drinking in Croatia, however the water from boat tanks is not recommendable for drinking) – you must drink all the time to prevent dehydration. You will require much more water than usual because you are not accustomed to being in the sun and wind all day long. You can pre-order water and other supplies and have them waiting for you on board when you arrive, or buy them upon arrival.
  • if you have special dietary needs, buy supplies before reaching smaller islands
  • bring your own cotton (or similar) reusable grocery bags to keep the plastic waste to a minimum. These don’t take up much luggage space, and they will save you money in the supermarkets for the single-use plastic bags, plus you’ll get to feel good about yourself for doing something to help save the planet. Another tip – pack them where they are easily accessible, so you can take them out once you arrive to our marina and are ready to go shopping. 

5. Accessories

  • a dry-sack for taking things ashore
  • (waterproof) camera with memory card and a charger/batteries
  • cell phone with a charger (solar chargers are perfect)
  • books (e-book to save space), deck of cards, games, thumb drives with music
  • LED lamp
  • snorkel, fins and googles for snorkeling if you have your personal gear that you are used to, or you can also rent some at our Nava marina if you want to save room in your luggage (15 € per set)

What not to pack:

  • a hairdryer – it is available on the spot, just ask the Nava team or maybe try beach-waves-hairstyle that is quite popular
  • heeled shoes, as they could damage the deck
  • precious jewelry – it gets broken or lost on board
  • bed linen (all boats are fully equipped)
  • bath towels – we provide 2 large and 1 small towel on board
  • if you want to save extra space in your luggage: you can also rent beach towels with Nava (at 5 €/towel)
  • one more time: bring less! Do not take more than one large or two small soft sided bags, Duffels or backpacks 

Issues worth noticing:

  • remember about the dress code: it is not polite to wear bathing suits into town, restaurants etc. (some municipalities even have fines for walking in bathing suits)
  • obey the sailing procedures
  • keep the sea clean
  • in case you need help, contact our Nava team through our VPN mobile on board or call 112

There’s nothing left to say but – enjoy your freedom on board!

Check them out and let us know if you have your own personal favorites!

1. The sea

There’s no sailing without water and we have plenty of it. It  is so clear that you can see the seafloor down to 56 meters! Adriatic sea reaches 25+°C in the summer. Front row seats for beautiful sunsets, horizons full of stars, the moon reflecting off the surface…  all you need is a a short message to our team.

2. A thousand islands to get away to 

1246 islands (to be exact) of which only 48 are inhabited. Pure and clear coves, bays and beaches are awaiting for to surprise you with an exquisite experience. Obviously, you cannot explore them all in one week’s charter. Split and our marina have one of the best positions for reaching practically every region. Every island offers a unique and different experience of history, culture and nature

3. The beaches 

Long coastlines, clean environment, turquoise water, hidden coves and a bit of magic. Just to name a few (here are some of the most famous ones): pebble beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) which forms a unique V shape and extends into the Adriatic Sea’s Hvar Channel, referred to as one of the top beaches in the world! Stiniva is a hidden beach on the island of Vis, voted as the best beach in Europe. It is only accessible by hiking on a narrow path, but for you – our guests – it’s reachable anytime. Sandy beach Sakarun on Dugi Otok is surrounded by pine trees providing a welcome relief from the heat, shallow waters are ideal for the little ones.  Saplunara on the island of Mljet is a beautiful and quiet sandy lagoon.

4. Active vacationing

Sailing is a great physical exercise. You move more, even without thinking about it. Snorkeling, swimming, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, trekking, caving, SUP, quad adventures await on every corner. The choice of activities is countless on the sea, all of them are available with Nava. Read our blog to learn how you can upgrade your vacation with water toys. Explore the marine life underneath placid waters: fish, sponges, sea stars, corals, octopus. Since you are very mobile with your chartered boat, you can change your destination and underwater views as many times as you want.

5. Health from the Adriatic Sea

We totally agree with Euripides who said: The sea washes away all men’s illnesses 2500 years ago. The Adriatic Sea contains over 80 minerals and elements (such as magnesium, sodium, calcium, chlorine, bicarbonate, copper, manganese, selenium, zinc and many more). Salinity of the Adriatic is over 38% (well above average) and the whole Adriatic seawater exchanges in 3.3 years (some seas take up to 40 years to exchange).  Floating in seawater helps release stress and tension, while breathing in sea air helps microscopic atoms of salt to find their way into the deepest areas of pulmonary alveoli. Seafood provides essential nutrients, ensures heart health, enhances eyesight, boosts brainpower, fights against depression, and benefits your joints and skin. Natural environment helps more than any SPA in the world. And let’s not forget swimming as one of the best calorie burning activities!

6. Sunshine

The coastal region features anywhere between 2300 and 2800 sunshine hours yearly. This makes it one of the sunniest regions on the Mediterranean. Say goodbye to gloomy days and hello to eternal sunlight. The climate is perfect for recharging your batteries and soaking in that vitamin D by the sea.

7. Culinary Delights

Our local cuisine is a splendid mix of Italian and hints of French, Greek and even Turkish and Central European gastronomy. Delight your taste buds with a lobster or pogaca in Komiza, black risotto and octopus salad in Kut (Vis), gregada or scampi in Meneghello (Palmizana), sheep cheese and lamb from Pag with prosciutto from Istria or Dalmatian hinterland, fresh fish in Gariful, tuna specialties in the beach bar in Trpanj (Peljasac peninsula), oysters in Ston… 

8. Wines

Winemaking was introduced to the island of Vis some 2500 years ago by the Ancient Greek settlers. Nowadays we have 130 indigenous grape varieties. Sunshine and good climate conditions combined with Dalmatian tradition and knowledge have resulted in some marvelous wines. We can recommend the best ones: Plavac from Hvar, Posip and Grk from Korcula, Dingac from Peljsac, Babic from Primosten, Malvazija from Istria. Dalmatian wine grapes are incomparable with any other sort and you will definitely love the fresh and aromatic flavors.

9. Music and Parties 

There are number of music festivals held in Croatia, but the music giant – Ultra is held only in a few selected places in the world such as Miami, Tokyo and Split. Salsa, electro, ethno, classical music – we have them all!  Love International Festival in Tisno, Hideout Festival in Novalja;  Salsa Beach Splash in Sibenik, Split Summer, Dubrovnik Summer Festival; Ethnoambient in Salona… or simply choose one of the best clubs and join the party (Hoola Hoola or Carpe Diem in Hvar, Varadero in Bol, Fort George in Vis etc.).

10. Escape from the Fuss and Hassle

While exploring, you can get in touch with either nature or your inner child. Every day is a new experience. Sailing is perfect for being away from the crowd. You don’t feel any pressure as sailing is the most flexible adventure out there! Let the sea set you free, darling.

11. People

A sailing trip is one of the best bonding activities ever – it brings friends and family closer, it turns strangers into lifelong companions. During sailing you rely on your mates and they depend on you. You can experience what synergy really means. You spend quality time  with all the people around, age doesn’t matter here!

12. Learning  

When you have to work with nature to move forward you acquire new skills and learn. You realize that, actually, nature is more powerful than we are. Being onboard takes you outside the comfort zone. Sailing educates as well as entertains. Team work, learning new fish species, weather forecast in practice! It’s a great thinking game to learn strategy. Sailing becomes an ability to commit to a goal and a skill that we can all master.

13. History, culture, hospitality

Croatia is at the crossroads of the Western Roman Empire influences and the Byzantine Empire culture.  Almost every hill and stone has some legend, story or historic fact behind it. The hostile (or sometimes less hostile) takeovers from the past have left some incredible monuments – palaces, fortifications, churches, arenas, villas, paintings, sculptures. You might even come across a time portal and end up in the Medieval times (Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Fair in Medieval Sibenik) or the Roman Empire (Days of Diocletian in Split). Friendly locals with good knowledge of English are ready to help you any way they can – from the marina staff, guides, waiters and waitresses, shop assistants to receptionists and taxi drivers. The best way to experience this hospitality is to hire a local crew (skipper and/or hostess) and to let them guide and show you the best of Croatia. And here’s a useful blog on tipping etiquette in Croatia.

14. Game of Thrones

As if genuine history isn’t enough, Croatia has become a part of Games of Thrones history and stories. Šibenik, Split, Klis, Kaštela, Trsteno, Lokrum, Žrnovnica, Dubrovnik transfigured into a world of Braavos, Mereen, King’s Landing, Quarth. All of these locations can be reached by boat. You don’t need a TV screen to sink into remarkable magical experience.

15. Boating facilities 

Berths with power and water supply, showers, toilets, shops and markets, trawlers, mechanical assistance, receptions are available in around 50 modern marinas. Over 30 coastal gas stations will keep you fuelled throughout your cruise. All the most beautiful bays and coves as well as local ports and harbors feature moorings and berths.

16. Regattas 

For those of you that have never sailed (or never sailed in Croatia, although we highly doubt such individuals exist J ) an early-in-the-season regatta is the best way to get introduced to the destination with style and enjoy almost all of the aforementioned reasons – such is our Adriatic Lagoon Regatta. On this shorter cruise version we provide well organized and exciting races, excellent venues and restaurants with, parties, skilful skippers etc. It is held every year around May 1st and it is when Lagoon owners and lovers meet in Central Dalmatia every year.

So, when is the best time to sail in Croatia? If you prefer quieter vacation we highly recommend June, May and September (April and October are also a possibility). You can read our blog Why we love sailing in Croatia in the off-season. There will be plenty to do, see, taste, visit and with the weather not being too hot or humid you might even be more willing to try it all out. With a local and knowledgeable crew you can enjoy a private and fabulous sailing holiday even in July and August.

Such a perfect vacation can only be ensured by a charter company that has essential experience, crucial knowledge and local expertise and one you can trust. So write that e-mail or give us that call (+385 21 407700) and get that vacation you deserve!

There is nothing like sailing. In Croatia, the blue seas of the Adriatic will make you fall in love with the country and you will know right away you chose correctly. Although the sailing experience will take you to incredible places (check the 16 reasons why we love sailing in Croatia here), the journey could be quite a challenge if you are sensitive to motion because of seasickness.

You might not even know you have seasickness if you have never set foot on a boat (or a boat that is not a big cruiser). It can be really frustrating, after all, sailing vacation plans hardly ever include getting sick. Unfortunately, seasickness can affect everyone and it’s quite unpredictable. From beginners and first-timers up to the most experienced sailors in the world, everyone can get seasick.

Despite all of that, the good news is that there are some simple things you can do that will bring you closer to having a seasick-free sailing experience. Just check below Nava’s golden rules to avoid seasickness on your next sail vacation!

Be well rested

Our first golden rule is to just get a good night’s sleep before starting your sailing. This tip might seem simple, yet being well-rested can make all the difference. So, the night before departure from terra firma, make sure you’re fully charged (just like your phone)

Help your brain understand what’s going on

Usually, nausea and other motion sickness happens when our body receives different stimuli. Our brain has a hard time coping with them and we start feeling sick. While navigating in the sea, the waves often shake our boats from side to side and that’s when we can get seasick. To help that, it’s always a good idea to look to the horizon, this gives you a sense of movement and will bring some peace to our disoriented brains, most likely calming down your sickness. Another good practice is to avoid activities that require us to stare at a certain fixed point for a long time. We should stay away from reading and using binoculars for that reason.

Mind what you eat and drink

Some might say that getting on a boat and sailing away requires a strong stomach. There is some truth in that. Having a nice and light diet aboard a boat could be a life savior for avoiding seasickness. A good practice is to avoid greasy and spicy food, especially during your stay on the boat. Just stick to foods you already know do you no harm and you’ll be in the clear. Another tip is to not abuse alcohol. As much as we want to party and enjoy our time on board, keep in mind that a boat is not the best place for having a hangover.

Keep hydrated

Keeping hydrated is a really important tip, not just to combat seasickness, but to give you a strong and healthy body. When you sail, you are usually exposed to a lot of wind and sunlight. As beautiful and fascinating as this might be, it’s also the perfect recipe for getting sunburnt and sick. The recommendation is to drink around 2 litres of water per day, something close to 8 glasses will make all the difference in your sailing experience in Croatia, trust us. And don’t drink the water from the water tanks as it will taste funny and it’s not recommended.

Some natural allies

In the battle against motion and sea sickness, there is no better natural solution than ginger. It has been said that ginger has been helping sailors from different parts of the world since ancient times. And it does. No one quite understands why, but consuming ginger and products derived from it will help combat nausea in a natural style. If you are looking for a medicine-free solution to your seasickness and nausea, here it is.

Fresh air

Another natural ally for dizziness on board is to get some fresh air. Having the feeling of air blowing in our face helps our brain understand that we are moving and it can bring some relief for nausea.

Sleeping

If nothing else seems to work, sleeping could be a good idea. Staying in the lower part of the boat, where usually the beds are, is recommended only if you don’t have to be awake. Although in the lower areas of the boat the movement of waves is weaker, the close space may also cause disorientation and therefore sickness. This doesn’t quite apply when we are sleeping so it might be a positive choice to just sleep through this hard time. After a while, our body tends to understand what is going on and the sickness naturally goes away.

Medications

If you already know how your body reacts to motion and sailing and you don’t want to risk it, medications can be a good solution. Today, there are quite good options available in pharmacies, from pills to wrist bands and patches. Keep in mind that some medications may come with specific instructions and some unwanted side effects. Like any other treatment, it is important to consult with your doctor to see what will work best for you. The boat’s pharmacy contains among other medications DRAMINA pills for motion sickness. The correct dosage should be taken 30 minutes before the journey starts with plenty of water and just after a meal.

We hope this blog will come in handy for your sailing vacation in Croatia and that you’ll be enjoying our beautiful coastline rather than feeling sick. Your time This could be an endless list, there are a thousand tips on what to do and what not to but in the end, it all comes down to just trying to relax and enjoy our time on board doing what works best for us.

After all, sailing and exploring the wonders of the sea is worth it! Now it is your time, tell us, do you have any golden rule to add to our list? What makes part of your sail routine to avoid seasickness?

1. Preparation is key

Plan your route before the trip. Having a back-up plan in case weather or other conditions do not allow the original plan is also a good idea. If you will not be hiring a skipper we will be happy to help out but you should have a good idea of where you would like to go and what you would like to do. When you are making these plans keep in mind some boat’s features that might limit your boat trip (e.g. depth and height of your boat). In addition, you should check the weather and wind conditions in Croatia before your trip to be as prepared as possible. The official Croatian weather forecasts can be found on the meteo website. It might also be a good idea to check the Norwegian site.

We’ll provide a weather report when you arrive to our office and point out if there are any warnings but checking for regular updates of the weather conditions means staying on the safe side. Let us know if you have children or pets on board and you require a safety net. Ready for the next tip for sailing?

2. Life-jackets & Safety Equipment

It is important to be aware of all the safety rules and have the necessary safety equipment on board. Stay on the safe side and make kids wear a life jacket at all times (especially during sailing). During check-in procedure we’ll show you the location of all safety equipment and it’s a good idea to also brief your crew about it. A more detailed guide on how to be safe on board read our previous blog.  

3. Refueling

When refueling be careful which fuel you choose (inboards usually take diesel and outboard engines petrol/gasoline, if you are not sure, double check with our staff) and check that the nozzle is properly inserted.

4. Brief your crew!

Introduce your crew to the boat, the safety procedures and how to use the safety equipment and radio in case you as a skipper will not be able to do so. 

5. Anchoring

“Anchor as though you plan to stay for weeks, even if you intend to leave in an hour.” – Tommy Moran.

This is also an important tip for beginners in boating. Check the navigational charts and guides to find the best possible location for anchorage (keep in mind depth, wind, currents, permissions and vicinity to land).

6. Always one call away

In case of emergency or any kind of concern or if you just need to ask something, you can reach us via a VPN cellphone which is directly connected to our company (just dial 224 for base manager) or via the VHF station through the surveillance channel (channel 16).

7. Papers and Documentation

Always have your papers in order and ready for police or port authority control. They usually check IDs, boating and VHF license, crew list, boat documents and your crew’s IDs.

8. Watch out where you are going

Power boats are not allowed to plane within 300 m from the coast, otherwise you might be facing fines from 1.000 to 15.000 kn (130 to 2.000 €). Make sure that your boat is always at a safe distance from other boats at sea. Also keep in mind the depth of the area. 

9. Waste disposal and Black water tanks

Save your garbage until you reach a marina, where you might even be able to recycle some of it. Here is a map of all the recycle Bin locations along the coast. We can work together to keep the sea clean for generations to come. Emptying of black water tanks is allowed at a distance of more than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land or inquire if the local marina has a black water tank disposal system. 

10. Please be nice to our boat!

Take care of the boat and the equipment as if it were your own and make sure your crew does the same. As you have checked-in to a good boat, don’t forget that the next client would also enjoy this privilege. 

So here you have your 10 most important tips about boating. We’d love to hear any of your questions about sailing in Croatia or if you wish to add something to our boating tips for beginners list.

Once you’ve read our blog on how to ease and speed up the check-in procedure, you’ll most certainly want to learn about our charter check-out process.

Friday Charter Check Out

First of all, starting the charter check out on Friday is the best way to avoid stress! Official check-out time is at 8:30 on Saturday, but we highly recommend doing it on Friday in the afternoon. We are aware you want to enjoy your cruise to the maximum. You probably want to take advantage of every moment on board.

However, in order to avoid a lot of stress, heading back to the marina on Friday afternoon is advisable. Especially, if you have an early flight in the morning or plan to leave early. You also need to refuel the boat. Don’t forget, in high season Split refueling station is very crowded, so it might take an hour or even more to do it.

In case there is some damage on board, you need to pay for it (cash or credit card) and we issue an invoice. If you have travel insurance, this invoice should be enough to get a refund from your insurance company.

While in our office, feel free to arrange any additional services you might need, such as an early morning transfer or similar.

After the successful check out procedure, just decide with your crew members what you want to do. You can party, dine out, explore the city or just relax onboard.

Saturday check-out

If a Saturday charter check-out is the only way to go for you, then make sure you are at the marina before 8:30. You need to be ready to leave the boat at precisely that time. Any delay of up to 3 hours is charged extra. The charge is daily accommodation price, and for delays of over 3 hours a 3-day accommodation price. New guests would most certainly like to board the boat that same day, and such delays make our job very difficult.

The procedure is quite simple and the same as on Friday… Once you leave the boat our colleagues board it and check it thoroughly. A professional diver checks the underwater parts. Sometimes, if many boats opted for a Saturday check-out or the diver is not able to come before a certain time, the check-out can prolong even until early afternoon hours. This is probably the biggest downside of a Saturday charter check-out! Everything regarding the deposit retrieval and any possible damage payment is the same as on Friday.

Here’s what you get if you opt for a Friday check-out:

  • enjoy your last breakfast onboard in the morning, slowly
  • browse other boats if you are thinking of upgrading or simply changing your vessel for the next cruise
  • explore Split – as the second-largest city in Croatia, Split has a lot to offer. It is full of history, art, plenty of restaurants and a wide selection of bars and cafés

The charter check-out

Feel free to report any issues, even during your charter week, so our colleagues at the base can prepare for them. If it doesn’t affect your safety or comfort significantly, and can wait until your return to base, we’ll be prepared to solve it as soon as you arrive.

Once you get to the marina, the base manager and his colleagues board the boat and examine it thoroughly. You may want to join them, but it’s not mandatory. Usually, guests prefer relaxing with their crew while our team does all the work.

A professional diver checks the underwater parts of the boat. Once our base manager confirms everything is in order, you just need to go to the office to have the pre-authorized deposit sum cancelled. We’d also appreciate it if you could take part in a survey. Any suggestions or comments help us learn how to improve our services in the future.

In the end, all we can do is wish you a safe trip back home or the rest of your vacation and hope you’ll be joining us again sometime soon.

E-mail us to request your offer and our charter team will reply as soon as possible.

You’ve booked your boat and are looking forward to your well-deserved vacation. Boating most definitely has many advantages and thrills. 

But once you anchor for a swim, some lunch or for the night, water toys are maybe the only way to keep the thrills going. Especially if you have kids or teens on board. Keeping them entertained can sometimes be challenging! And you might even find yourself having more fun than you expected. Not to mention, water toys are also a great way to stay in shape while having so much fun.

Island hopping in a country like Croatia with 1244 islands, islets and rocks is definitely a great way to discover different bays, coves, and beaches, and what better way to do it than with water toys. Make sure you apply enough sunscreen on and explore away.

Here is a list of our top water toys that will upgrade your holiday.

Tiwal

Absolute novelty and hit in the water toys department! It is a small inflatable sailboat and anyone with some basic sailing knowledge can enjoy exploring coves and capes even in the lightest of breezes. The sailing dinghies are designed in France using the latest technology and innovation that make it durable, simple to maneuver and easy to assemble. The North Sails and carbon mast are built to withstand substantial wind speeds and scenarios. Being boom-less means fewer blows to the head and other body parts.

Rent a Tiwal 2 for 350 € per week and set sails instantly (skipping even the only-20-minute hassle of assembling and disassembling). You will take it with you onboard already prepped and ready to set sail. The Tiwal 2 holds up to 150 kg, one adult and one kid or one less heavy adult and two smaller kids. If the kids have the sailing experience they can even sail on their own because it is so simple and easy – just keep an eye out on them while they are alone.

SUP board

Stand up paddle boarding has been around for much longer than TIWAL. It’s one of the most popular water toys out there. This is an easy and fun outdoor water sports activity. It is considered to be one of the fastest-growing board sports in the world. You need good steady feet and balance, and a great workout and serious tanning are guaranteed! Kids can just sit or kneel in the front of the board or you can let them try it. You just need to adjust the height of the paddle. Do not worry about falling into the water since it is so inviting and refreshing.

Only top-quality SUP boards are available for rent and here’s our price list

SUP – 150 € / week

2 SUP – 120 € / week / SUP

3 SUP – 100 € / week / SUP

Fishing

Find your inner hunter and put some fish on the table! Croatian waters are full of delicious and nutritious fish species such as sea bass (orada), sea bream (brancin), common pandora (arbun), mackerel (skusa), chub mackerel (lokarda), monkfish (grdobina), dentex (zubatac) or John Dory (kovac).

Fishing equipment 150 €/week, includes a set of high-quality rods, leads, hooks and baits.

Apart from that you require a recreational license for fishing in Croatia (7 days license)- just obtain it at the website of the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture (Fisheries)

Kayak

Want to sail and have fun? Want to get a good workout and a great tanning session? Consider including a kayak on your water toys list.

Use the power of your muscles to explore the immediate surroundings once you anchor for the day or night. We offer two- or three-seaters so you can have all the fun while spending some quality time with your loved ones.

KAYAK from 220 € per week

Seabob

The seabob is specially made for swimming and diving. Enjoy safe diving and fish-like exploring of the surface and the underwater. Steer it just by shifting your bodyweight and admire the hydrodynamics of the machine. The electric engine lets you glide freely in the sea.

It sucks and releases water at high pressures and the energy consumption is really low, with high thrust power. Keep track of the battery level, power used, water temperature and the depth in the sea bob cockpit.

A more modern technology installed in the Seabob lets it control the speed and traction of it.

1200 € per week

1500 € per week for the new model with 6 gears

+ delivery fee for our base in Slano

Waterski

Water skiing is a water sport, where you are pulled by a boat through a rope. Usually dinghies do the pulling, but we recommend for the outboard engine to be at least 40 hp.

Tips for beginners:

  • make sure to wear the proper sized life jacket
  • bend the knees and ankles
  • keep your arms almost straight
  • keep your gaze forward and don’t look down
  • adjust the bend in the knees and the body position in order to move around
  • thumb up tells the driver to add more speed, thumb down to reduce it
  • when falling let go of the rope to avoid being pulled
  • tap the top of your head if you want to quit

Water Ski – 200€ / week

Included in the price of larger more luxurious catamarans.

Snorkeling

Swimming is probably one of the most common and pleasant things to do while sailing in Croatia. The beauties, life, and scenery underneath the surface are just as fascinating as the paysages, vistas, charming taverns, and towns above it. So, dive in and explore it, we have snorkel sets consisting of a mask, snorkel, and a pair of fins ready for rent. You are not likely to find Nemo in these areas, but some fascinating sea life is guaranteed – sponges, octopuses, crabs, anemones, seashells, starfish, sea urchins, all kinds of fish (sea bass, striped bream, mullet, rainbow wrasse, comber, white sea bream, bogue). 

Snorkel set 15 € / set / week.

So there you have the list of all the water toys!

Slect the water toys you like best and book them in advance to ensure availability and maximum fun for you and your family/friends while sailing the beautiful Croatian coastline. Contact our charter team to learn more about your options.

So, you finally booked your ideal boat and are ready for some serious planning. Firstly, you might want to see how you are actually going to take over the boat. At Nava Charter we like to keep things simple, so the check-in procedure consists of two parts: the paperwork in the office and the actual check-in on board.

As always, preparation is key.

What can I do before my arrival to speed things up?

​Send in your estimated time of arrival and request any additional services at least a week ahead. We need to plan additional service, such as, transfer or private parking space, water toys, provisions, beach towels, life vests for babies etc. in advance and order them from our partners. We recommend also planning your route and asking for any additional tips. If you have hired a skipper, just prepare some general preferences. What we absolutely need, in advance, are all crew list details:

  • Name and Surname
  • Birth date, and Place of birth
  • Passport number
  • Nationality and place of residence
  • A valid boat operator license and VHF license number in case you haven’t hired a skipper with us

Once you reach our marina…

While you wait for your boat to be ready for charter check-in and boarding, we suggest you go shopping for provisions. In our marina in Split, there are several good stores nearby. The biggest is KONZUM, just a 5 minutes’ walk in the direction of the city center. It is opposite the fueling station for boats. There are smaller Tommy and Ribola shops plus a bakery, all within close range. In case you arrive during the morning, we also recommend taking a walk to the local Fish market (15 minutes away on foot) or even the Green market (20 minutes’ walk). There you will really get the good local produce. Do not forget you have limited storing and refrigerating options on board. Plus, local stores on the islands are well stocked, so you only need to buy for 2-3 days in advance.

Before you are ready to start the actual charter check-in on the boat we need to:

  • check the crew list with you and confirm it
  • explain and pre-authorize the insurance deposit (the maximum amount you and your crew can be charged)
  • charge the visitor’s tax and any other additional services that you may have ordered
  • give you a short introduction to our marina and boat papers (the papers remain in the office until the actual check-in)
  • plus give you the weather forecast and some tips for your cruise

As for the deposit, we always warn our guests of the most common damages. Guests, especially those less experienced sailors, often forget that the toilets and the plumbing systems are not quite the same on a boat as the ones in homes. They get easily blocked. So the safest way to save 200 € damage cost for a blocked toilet is to avoid throwing toilet paper, food remains or wet tissues or anything else, into the toilet. You will find a waste bin with plastic bags in every toilet, so use it wisely!

Other common damages usually include forgetting cushions at the beach, damaging the propeller by catching a plastic bag at sea or even mooring lines in marinas. Therefore, be careful and mindful while cruising in Croatia.

Colleagues at the office in Split speak English, German, Italian, French, Spanish and some Russian and will do everything to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible. The colleagues in Slano and Rogoznica speak only English.

Now, you probably want to learn more on our check-out procedure, as well. So read away

Do you have any concerns regarding your charter with Nava? E-mail us and our charter team will get back to you as soon as possible.

When you rent a motorboat in Split you can go north, south, or just boat around Central Dalmatia. 

When chartering a sailboat or a catamaran your route needs to be more carefully planned. Unless you have extremely favorable wind conditions, you are not likely to sail more than 8 knots.

Go to North, South Dalmatia or stay Central

Split is ideally located and when renting a motorboat from Split you can easily adjust your route to your preferences. With a motorboat, you can go 50 or more nautical miles per day and not even feel it. It takes 2-3 hours to cover that distance with a motorboat whereas a sailboat or a catamaran would take at least 4-6 hours of sailing. This is particularly tricky if you have kids on board that might find it boring after the first excitement passes. Or even worse, if some of your crew members has seasickness.

Head north and visit the Kornati archipelago and the national park as well as the nature park of Telascica. The national park of Krka waterfalls is also in that area. The charming town of Skradin is where you’ll need to stop by in order to visit the waterfalls since only authorized vessels are allowed in the park area.

Stay in Central Dalmatia and visit the neighboring islands of Solta, Hvar and Vis with plenty of interesting locations and sites.

Go further south and enjoy Lastovo, Korcula, Mljet, Peljesac peninsula or even all the way down to Dubrovnik.

Or make your own list and mix and match as you please.

You won’t need to start your motorboat early unless you prefer it that way.

Motorboats:

  • are fast (18-22 kn on average)
  • are easy to handle and maneuver
  • dropping anchor and docking is a child’s play
  • have bigger ranges – select a route of 150 or 200 NM in one week

Rent a motorboat in Split and enjoy a carefree vacation

With over 30 years of experience in boating and boats and dealerships for some of the world’s most renowned brands, Nava Charter is the safest choice for motorboats. Apart from charter, Nava is a distributor for Beneteau motorboatsSea RayBoston Whaler and Saxdor Yachts plus a Volvo Penta center for Croatia. Full-time staff and experts examine, equip, and maintain our motorboat fleet. We have a workshop and spare part shop as well as a network of well-trained workshops throughout the Adriatic Coast.

In case something does happen to one of our vessels, our 24/7 support line is ready to sort any issue within 24 hours and have you boating in no time.

Charter with Nava! Send us an email and our charter team will get back you as soon as possible.

Your next dream sailing vacation doesn’t necessarily need to start in Split. Nava Charter also offers departures from Slano, as well. 

Slano is a little town just 12 NM north of Dubrovnik, and in 2017 a new modern ACI Marina opened for business. Here Nava Charter keeps several catamarans all year round and also offers one-way charters for all those that want to see the most of Croatia in one week.

If you are thinking of starting your next charter in the south of Croatia – good for you! Expect fewer crowds, pristine bays and charming villages, excellent local cuisine and plenty of sunshine. Rest assured, Slano Marina is very accessible, and we have prepared an overview of the best ways to arrive to the ACI Marina in Slano.

Where is Slano

The new marina in Slano is just 55 km (34 miles) north of Dubrovnik Airport and 35 km (21 miles) from the city center. This strategic location is perfect for those looking for adventure in the southern waters of the Adriatic Sea. Starting your journey in Slano also gives you a chance to do a one-way journey from Slano to Split and avoid the need to see places twice.

Arrival options

The nearest airport to the ACI Slano is the Dubrovnik Airport (DBV). Coming from this airport is a good option if you are interested in a quick start to your sailing adventures. If you are coming from other Croatian Airports like Zagreb, Zadar or Split, Nava Charter has special transfer options, just mention it to the booking team.

Getting there by bus

It’s a bit challenging because there are no direct lines connecting the airport and Slano. You’ll need to catch a Bus Shuttle at the Dubrovnik Airport (approximately 35 minutes). This shuttle takes you to the Dubrovnik Bus Station where you need to switch buses and find one to take you to Slano (additional 40 minutes’ drive). This whole route costs around 10 € one way. 

Taxi, please!

For a more direct route, there are taxis at the Dubrovnik Airport that take you directly to Slano. This trip takes approximately 1h and will cost around 80/90 €. For more information, you can check the Taxi stand located on Terminal B of the Airport (Domestic and International Arrivals).

From the city center, taxis usually cost 380-450 kunas (50 to 60 euros). This is a 35 minutes’ drive. Please note that all taxi drivers are obliged to issue a receipt for the drive upon request. So feel free to ask one if you need it.

Driving Your Way

If you rent a car, the trip is even faster. The distance between the Airport of Dubrovnik and the Marina in Slano is just about 55 km (34 miles) and should take around 1h drive to arrive there (taking crowded local roads into account). The ride from the city center to the Marina is just about 36 km (22.5 miles) and takes about 35 minutes to get there.

Driving from Split is also a great option. Enjoy a pleasant 2h30min road trip to Southern Croatia. Our guests can benefit from the option of Checking-in in Slano and Checking-out in Split. This is the ideal route if you are looking for a trip with no double stops on the way.

Looking for renting a car? Dubrovnik Airport provides a list of all the companies that offer car rental within the area. From Split Airport it is also possible to check the companies available to rent cars directly from the airport.

One important remark to have in mind is that the ACI Marina in Slano only has a parking lot that is charged: 1€ per hour and 15€ per day. Other facilities available at the marina are an ATM, Laundry, Swimming Pool with bar and restaurant. Futhermore, water and electricity usage in the marina are free of charge. In addition, they are also one of the rare marinas that offer blackwater tank discharge and at no cost. We recommend using this service since it’s the most environmentally friendly option and also because emptying your blackwater tanks closer than 12 NM from any shore you risk getting a fine of 1.000 €.

NAVA Special Transfer

Upon request, Nava Charter offers the best option of getting to our boats – a transfer organized just for you and your crew. We organize your trip having in mind all your requests. With a van transfer it is possible to choose starting your journey wherever suits you better, from Dubrovnik, Split or Zagreb. Just let us know upon booking that you need a transfer service and our team will get you one step closer to the relaxing while sailing in the Southern waters of Croatia.

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

In Slano, Check-in is available from 5 p.m. on Saturdays (learn more on the process in our previous blog) and Check-out should be done by 8:30 a.m on Saturdays (our recommendation is that arrivals and check-out are done on Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m). We also have a blog on the check-out as well!

We hope this blog helps you plan your vacation and arrival. The more you prepare beforehand, the more you’ll be able to enjoy while on board. See you then in Slano and welcome on board! 

Request your offer! Email us and our charter team will get back to you.

Learn more on the weather in Croatia, a small Southeastern European country. It covers a small area of land but is best known for its coastal experience, breathless ocean views, and scenic beauty. It is a well-known tourist spot and a honeymoon destination and perfect for sailing.

The Croatian coastline is beautiful and enchanting, and most travelers head straight to the Adriatic Coast.

Mostly, they pick a popular destination on the coast or one of the most famous islands, such as Hvar, Brac, Korcula, or Vis, and spend their vacation there. Croatia offers an amazing old town vibe with its historical monuments and turbulent history. Watching sunsets on stunning beaches and swimming in hidden coves is on every travel lover’s list. But, if you choose to charter a boat, you get to enjoy and explore more in just one or two weeks. Imagine changing your view at least once or twice a day and dipping into the crystal clear sea whenever you feel like it. We at Nava charter Croatia make all this and more possible.

Best vacation seasons

We recommend chartering in Croatia in one of the two low-seasons: from May to June or September to October. In these months, the weather in Croatia usually brings mild temperatures and plenty of sunny days perfect for enjoying a sunbath on the beach or the deck of your boat, and a refreshing swim in the sea. Sightseeing is even more enjoyable because of  pleasant temperatures unlike really hot summer days and nights in July and August.

In both these periods, the air temperature remains within 15 to 25 degrees centigrade. From May till June the sun is shining on most days, and coastal Croatia receives only 75 mm of rain in a period of 6-10 days. Seawater temperature is cooler in May around 18°C but grows to be 22°C in June; such water temperature is perfect for a dip.

In September and October, a cool breeze makes better sailing conditions, and the seawater temperature is still warm enough for a swim at approximately 23°C in September. In October, the rainfall increases and reaches 162 mm in about 11 days. October in Croatia is a perfect mix of cool and warm days.

Croatian Climate

Being part of the Mediterranean region and climate, coastal Croatia usually has dry, hot and warm summers and wet winters. The weather in Croatia remains somewhat moderate throughout the year, there aren’t that many extreme weather changes. That’s why it’s a great destination all year long. Summers often turn into long Indian summers and visitors get to enjoy fine weather deep into the autumn months, too.

Peak Vacation Season

Although it is very hot in July and August, most travelers come to enjoy the warm summer Mediterranean weather, especially along the beautiful Croatian coast. The weather is hot and dry with almost no rainfall in these months. In short, perfect for enjoying days at the beach and water activities, such as water skiing, SUP boaring, snorkleing. Beachwear is simply a must. Air temperatures vary from 20°-30°C whereas the water temperature rises to 25°C and above.

Off-season

October to March is known as the offseason in Croatia. Some destinations are then closed. Most tours and vacations are not planned in these months, so it gets really calm. People who enjoy peace and quiet chose to visit Croatia specifically in this period. They get to enjoy a mild winter and historic city cores of Dubrovnik, Split or Zadar without excess crowds.

Chartering in those months must be planned well ahead in order to ensure the availability of the boat. In this period most boats are „winterized“ and then slowly prepared for the boating season. In general, the winters are mild, but extreme weather conditions are more often than in the low and high seasons. Sailing in the off-season requires careful planning and heeding to all weather warnings, without exceptions. Most small restaurants and taverns as well as some marinas and sites are not open so you will need to adjust the route accordingly.

We really do have fine weather in Croatia most of the year, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have more questions. Or, if you are wondering which season to choose for you and your crew. We’re happy to help you any way we can!

Start sailing with Nava! Email our charter team to request you offer.

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