Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter from Kornati

Explore the Kornati archipelago off the central Croatian coastline, protected as a National Park with over 100 islands and islets.

Just over an hour from Split airport, this area is a firm favourite for sailing holidays. Starting from Biograd or from Zadar you can visit the Kornati archipelago. There are over 100 islands and islets but Dugi, Pasman, Kornat and Zut Otoks are four of the largest islands and offer safe sheltered harbours.

On all the islands the many small coves are ideal for lunchtime anchorages and offer outstanding snorkelling and swimming. The Kornati islands and islets are mostly rocky and there are no permanent settlements on the islands only few houses, which are inhabited only during the summer months by fishermen and farmers. The Kornati islands are now designated as a National Park because of the natural beauty of their numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters.

Be sure to sail upriver to Skradin andvisit the Krka waterfalls.

For yacht charter in Croatia the skipper must have RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate or RYA ICC qualification.

Start your sailing holiday from Zadar or Biograd, two marinas on the mainland right opposite the beautiful Kornati archipelago. The Kornati Islands are now designated as a National Park and the many islands and islets offer idyllic anchorages with clear water for swimming.

The marinas in Croatia offer some of the best facilities in the Mediterranean and there are laid moorings on most quays and mooring buoys in many locations. There are however harbour and mooring charges - budget for an average £2/foot/night. 

Ideal conditions for sailors looking for reliable winds. During the summer months there are steady afternoon breezes from the North-west averaging Force 2–5 dying down at night.

Experience level 2.


DAY 1 : Embark at Zadar. Modern marina in this ancient city dating from Roman times.
DAY 2 : The Kornati Islands are now designated as a National Park and there are over 100 islands and islets offering idyllic anchorage swith clear water for swimming. Ravni Zakan (13nm) is one of our favourites. Moor in the small harbour or anchor in the bay. Visit Restaurant Konoba Larus, recommended for delicious food and very warm welcome.
DAY 3 : Going north to Kornati Island, there are several overnight anchorages. At the small bay of Lopatica (18nm) there is a restaurant ashore.
DAY 4 : Sail along the west coast of Dugi Otok to the cliffs and then turn back to the good shelter on the eastern side. Anchor in the small village of Sali (Dugi Otok) (14nm) with a small shop for provisioning.
DAY 5 : Brbinj (Dugi Otok) . Anchor in the small harbour or in one of the near bays. Provisions and restaurant in the village.
DAY 6 : Zut (Liman Zut) 18nm. Nice bay with only one restaurant.
DAY 7 : Before returning to Zadar (18nm) make a swim stop in one of the nice bays nearby.

From one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, these yachts are based at Biograd & Zadar, as well as other bases round Croatia. Charters start and finish on Saturdays. Not all yacht models are available in every base in Croatia.

We can also offer yachts from other fleets so please ask.

10% OFF Kornati sailing

10% OFF Kornati sailing

Book any Kiriacoulis yacht from Biograd or Zadar this summer and get 10% OFF + extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.


Explore the Kornati with 20% OFF

Explore the Kornati with 20% OFF

Sail from Sibenik into the islands of the Kornati National Park and get 20% OFF any Navigare Yacht!


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

Nautilus Yachting can offer special rates on Croatia Airline's direct flight Heathrow to Split on Saturdays. easyJet have flights from Gatwick, Bristol and Stansted to Split on Saturdays. Jet2 have flights from Manchester. Transfer time to Zadar 75 minutes, Biograd 60 minutes.

Ryanair have flights from Stansted to Zadar on Saturdays. Transfer time to Zadar 15 minutes, Biograd 40 minutes.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School


Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Split & Kornati

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper.

Experience Level 2: Pula & Dubrovnik 

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper.

Experience Level 3:  

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.


The Krka Falls are well worth a detour inland. Sail up the Krka river to the small marina at Skradin and take a bot trip further upstream. There are seven waterfalls in all  with a total drop of 242 metres. You can swim in the ice cold pool the falls have worn into the river bed, or if you don't fancy getting wet, just climb the path to the side of the falls and admire the view. 

The Sea organ at Zadar is a natural musical instrument on the waterfront - the world’s first musical pipe organ played by the sea. Under large marble steps there are 35 musically tuned tubes with whistle openings on the sidewalk. The waves push air through and create random harmonic sounds. The device was made by the architect Nikola Bašić and the site was opened to the public on 15 April 2005.

Kornati is an archipelago of 125 islets and reefs forming an elongated wall of sheer cliffs facing the open sea. Most of the islets in the archipelago are uninhabited. Many of the reefs and cliffs on Kornati are nameless, but some have unusual names that match their appearance: Klobučar (jellyfish), Balun (ball), Košara (basket), Mrtvac (dead man). 

"Very efficient and personal service from Nautilus. Yacht excellent and the base manager remained behind after 8pm to welcome us personally. "
Trogir 2013 - J.H.


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