Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter from Pula

Explore the unspoilt islands of the Kvarner Gulf as far south as the Kornati National Park.

Start your sailing holiday from Pula in the north of Croatia and visit the unspoilt islands in the Kvarner Gulf as far south as the Kornati National Marine Park. Visit the beautiful islands of Mali Losinj, Rab, Krk, Cres and Pag where towns still have a medieval heritage.

There is evidence of a long seafaring history starting with the legend of the Argonauts. Nowadays modern and well equipped ports and marinas welcome charter yachts or you can drop anchor in one of the many uncrowded bays. Everywhere there is the fragrance of lavender growing in the fields.

If you've sailed from Split before, come and explore the Kvarner Gulf with its clear seas and reliable winds on your next sailing holiday. Yacht charters start from marinas close to Pula airport, including Marina Veruda right in the heart of Pula, overlooked by the well preserved Roman amphitheatre which dates from the 1st Century AD but is still in regular use for concerts.

NEW Yachts are also available north of Pula from Rovinj and from Portoroza in Slovenia. You can plan your itinerary south via Pula into the Kvarner Bay or north to the Northern Adriatic coast and visit the Lagoon at Venice and the old towns at Grado and Trieste.

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

To book your next sailing holiday in Croatia, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

Sailing conditions

Croatia has ideal conditions for a sailing holiday with reliable afternoon winds. During the summer months there are steady afternoon breezes from the north-west averaging Force 2–5 dying down at night. Summer temperatures average 26-30ºC.

Sailing area

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 archaeological sites, sandy beaches, scenic coves and friendly waterfront restaurants. This area suits experienced sailors who want longer passages between unspoilt islands. See our suggested sailing itinerary below.

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.

Charter yachts

From one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, these charter yachts are based at Marina Veruda in the heart of Pula, as well as other marinas along the Croatia coast. Not all yacht models are available in every base in Croatia.

Yacht charters in Croatia start and finish on Saturdays.

We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets we work closely with in Pula so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday in Croatia.

Travel arrangements

Ryanair have flights from Stansted to Pula and Trieste on Saturdays. Thomson have flights Gatwick to Pula on Saturdays.

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).

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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.

FLIGHTS TO PULA:
Ryanair have flights from Stansted to Pula and Trieste on Saturdays. Thomson have flights Gatwick to Pula on Saturdays.

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).

 

"Just returned from a fantastic two weeks in Croatia. The service and organisation both here and in Croatia was superb, and the sailing was perfect, apart from the two days of Bora, which we spent quite happily storm bound in lovely Korcula. Our boat Dora III was a joy to live aboard and to sail, and Croatia itself was spectacular. We loved everywhere we stayed, and in every place we were able to go stern to with lazy lines. Croatia comes highly recommended."
Trogir 2014 - S.L.

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