Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter from Pula

Explore the beautiful islands of the Kvarner Bay, with a rich seafaring heritage starting with the legend of the Argonauts.

The Istrian coastline with its clear seas, gentle summer climate, quaint villages and historic towns, is a magnificent cruising area. Visit the beautiful islands in the Kvarner Bay as far south as the Kornati National Marine Park. There are many Roman remains on the islands, evidence of a long seafaring history.

Nowadays modern and well equipped ports and marinas welcome yachts or you can drop anchor in the many uncrowded bays. And everywhere the intoxicating fragrance of lavender growing in the fields.

Start your vacation trip from Pula, the main city on the Istrian coast. Charters from Pula start from the Marina Veruda right in the heart of Pula, overlooked by the well preserved Roman amphitheater which dates from the 1st Century AD but is still in regular use for concerts. If you've sailed from Split, come and explore the Istrian islands south of Pula on your next sailing holiday.

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

Head south on your sailing holiday from Pula to the beautiful islands of the Kvarner Bay and visit Cres, Losinj, Rab and Krk. The towns date from Roman times and still have a medieval heritage. On most of the islands, you will find archeological sites, sandy beaches, scenic coves and friendly waterfront restaurants.

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. 

This area suits experienced sailors who want longer passages between unspoilt islands. During the summer months there are steady afternoon breezes from the north-west averaging Force 3–5 dying down at night. Experience level 2.


DAY 1 : Embark at Pula. Marina Veruda is a modern marina right in the centre of this historic city.
Losinj CroatiaDAY 2 : Sail south to the island of Losinj. The main harbour, Mail Losinj (34nm) is a pretty harbour with bustling, noisy bars, clubs and restaurants.
DAY 3 : Further south the island of Ist (26nm) is shaped like a bow-tie and offers a very popular sheltered anchorage, with official mooring buoys.
DAY 4 : Heading north-east, be sure to visit Rab (30nm). The western side is well protected from the bora wind and the main town of Rab has many historic buildings.
DAY 5 : Sail round the southern tip of Cres to Osor (22nm) which lies at the canal separating the islands of Cres and Losinj. The bridge opens twice a day to let yachts pass through the canal.
DAY 6 : Due north on the mainland Luka Knica (21nm), just to the west of Zaljev Rasa. This is a picturesque, sheltered bay for an overnight anchorage at the end if your cruise.
DAY 7 : Sail along the coast of the Istria peninsula back to Pula (18nm).

From one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, these yachts are based at Pula and other bases round Croatia. Yachts are available from Marina Veruda in the heart of Pula. 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 Sailing from Pula

10% OFF Sailing from Pula

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


Early Season Sailing with 25% OFF

Early Season Sailing with 25% OFF

Getaway from it all before the Easter rush on a brand new Sun Odyssey 44i from Pula.
Available 12-19 April for JUST £1,420/week.
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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.

Ryanair have flights from Stansted to Pula on Saturdays. Transfer time to marina 20 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 Roman amphitheatre in Pula, called The Arena, was built in the 1st century AD and held 23,000 spectators in Roman times. During the entire months of July and August the amphitheatre hosts a series of concerts, both classical and pop, that attracts the best national and international artists. 

Losinj started life as part of Cres. The Romans dug the Osor Channel and made it a separate island from Cres, now connected by a bridge (which opens at 0900 and 1800 for shipping to pass up the canal).  Mali Losinj is the largest town but Veli Losinj, just 5km away is our favourite.  

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).


"The organisation and quality of the holiday was exceptional and we had a fantastic time on a fantastic boat so all thanks to you at Nautilus. We have been booking through you for the past 9 years and will continue to do so."
Trogir 2013 - S.C.


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