Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter from Biograd & Zadar

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

In the centre of the Croatia coastline lies the stunning Kornati archipelago, now designated as a National Park because of the natural beauty of the numerous islands and crystal clear blue waters. Start your yacht charter from Biograd or Zadar and explore over 100 islands and islets in the Kornati National Park.

On all the islands the many small coves are ideal for lunchtime anchorages and offer outstanding snorkelling and swimming. The Kornati islands 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. Dugi, Pasman, Kornat and Zut Otoks are four of the largest islands and all offer safe sheltered harbours for your sailing holiday.

This sailing holiday is ideal for getting away for it all. The crystal clear water makes swimming off your yacht a delight and the protected coves offer a tranquil night on anchor.

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

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. 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 Biograd and Zadar, 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 Biograd and Zadar so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday in Croatia.

Travel arrangements

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 30 minutes.

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.

Early booking offers in the Kornati

Early booking offers in the Kornati

Book your charter from Biograd or Zadar with Kiriacoulis NOW with 15% early booking offer


Explore the Kornati

Explore the Kornati

Set sail from Zadar and explore the beautiful unspoilt Kornati National Park. 


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. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

Croatia Airlines have 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). 

"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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