The sun-kissed charms of the Dalmatian coastline, speckled with its fringe of islands lapped by a turquoise sea, now gain serious yacht charter appeal. Abundant with charming anchorages, diverse scenery, and adored by yacht charter guests for its long, balmy summertimes, every possible itinerary can be fulfilled in Croatia.
Culminating from Illyrian, Roman, Venetian, Christian, and Austrian empires all competing for Croatia’s ownership, the country is home to an astoundingly rich cultural heritage. This makes for a fabulous yacht charter: from the Venetian palaces and designer boutiques of the jet-set haven of Hvar; to the Benedictine beauty of the UNESCO-listed walled city of Dubrovnik; to the Italian infused architecture and cosmopolitan ambiance of Pula and beyond.
Verdant, secluded landscapes are of course aplenty in Croatia too. Soak up the stillness of the isolated Kornati islands, or down anchor at Korčula – replete with a rich tapestry of undulating vineyards and olive groves amid glittering waters. Venture south towards the unspoilt island of Mljet for exquisite wineries and seafood platters beneath fragrant pines, or opt for Brač's illustrious Zlatni Rat beach for idyllic bronzing and watersport opportunities.
- Lower VAT
Compared to other popular yacht chartering destinations in Europe: the VAT rate is just 13% for weekly charters.
- More than 1,244 islands
With no shortage of mesmerising anchorages for yacht charters.
- Diverse topography
From jagged cliffs to fine pebble beaches, to dense pine forests and glittering bays, guests will be kept entertained by the ever-changing backdrop whilst cruising.
- Suitable for a wide array of itineraries
For both family and friends alike: from sampling the finest gastronomy overlooking shimmering marinas, to swimming in crystalline waters on unspoilt islands: to dancing the night away under a canopy of stars and much more.
- Easily accessible
With four perfectly located main airports sprinkled along its vast coastline, your choices for embarkation are practically boundless.
With its vast array of picturesque islands, secluded coves and vibrant bustling towns, all steeped in a deeply rich cultural heritage, you will be spoilt for choice for destinations to choose from in Croatia. To make it a little bit easier, we have compiled a list of some of the best places to visit:
Mainland (Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, plus neighbouring Tivat and Montenegro)
Best for: UNESCO-listed scenery, sightseeing tours, Roman palaces, monasteries, upscale restaurants, cultural landmarks and vibrant nightlife
Dalmatian Islands (Hvar, Pakleni Islands, Mljet, Trogir, Vis, Korčula, Brač)
Best for: Picturesque harbours, secluded coves and golden beaches, crystal clear waters, lush National parks, historic monuments, scuba diving, windsurfing, watersports, hiking, wine tasting and olive groves
Far North - Istria Region (Pula, Kornati Archipelago)
Best for: Sandy beaches, sheltered waters, variety of anchorages, museums, Roman ruins, swimming and snorkelling
Croatia’s stunning coastline and idyllic verdant islands have made it one of the most popular regions for yacht charters. To truly experience the magic of Croatia, you should look to charter for at least a week to fully appreciate all the delights that Croatia has to offer, indeed you will surprised at how much you can see in a week!
Browse our selection of tailor-made Croatian itineraries to help you choose the perfect type of yacht charter vacation that’s right for you.
As one of the most popular destinations for yacht charters in the East Mediterranean, there should be plenty to choose from when it comes to luxury yachts for charter in Croatia. If you’re unsure about whether you want to book a motor yacht or a sailing yacht for your Croatian getaway, there are a few things you should consider first.
Motor Yacht Charter in Croatia
Whether you are interested in a small or large motor yacht, or somewhere in between, you should find something that will more than meet your expectations. With a luxury motor yacht you can truly relax; soaking up the stunning scenery, or scuba diving reefs and wrecks under clear aqua waters, or taking a tender ashore to explore ancient Roman palaces and monasteries, as well as sampling the local cuisine and wines.
You should note that berth options in Croatia for larger yachts (over 50m) are limited, however, with plenty of safe and tranquil anchorage spots to choose from amongst the numerous islands, islets, and reefs around this Adriatic hotspot you will be spoilt for choice.
Sailing Yacht Charter in Croatia
The Adriatic enjoys an average of 315 cloudless days a year, and with winds in Croatia generally around 10-20 knots, this can make chartering a sailing yacht a great option to explore the picturesque islands and secluded beaches at your leisure. The winds do tend to get stronger in the fall, so bear this in mind when booking your charter.
With so many options available, there’s something to suit every type of budget in Croatia. The average prices for motor and sailing yacht charters in Croatia are as follows;
Motor Yacht Charter
|Average Length||Average High Season *||Average Low Season *||Number of Guests|
|< 82ft (< 25m)||$34,157||$31,999||8|
|83ft - 99ft (26m - 30m)||$52,039||$48,822||8|
|100ft - 134ft (31m - 40m)||$103,602||$92,037||10|
|135ft - 164ft (41m - 50m)||$192,867||$163,172||11|
|165ft - 199ft (51m - 60m)||$294,692||$237,923||12|
|200ft - 234ft (61m - 70m)||$525,998||$485,735||13|
|235ft - 264ft (71m - 80m)||$812,634||$||18|
|265ft - 294ft (81m- 90m)||$933,825||$1,092,903||23|
|295ft + (91m +)||$1,882,222||$1,516,909||30|
* All prices are quoted per week plus expenses.
Sailing Yacht Charter
|Average Length||Average High Season*||Average Low Season*||Number of Guests|
|66ft - 99ft (20m - 30m)||$32,363||$26,498||8|
|100ft - 134ft (31m - 40m)||$71,646||$45,538||9|
|135ft - 164ft (41m - 50m)||$125,054||$101,903||10|
|165ft - 199ft (51m - 60m)||$214,027||$194,294||14|
|230ft + (70m +)||$582,882||16|
* All prices are quoted per week plus expenses.
Croatian Gulets for Charter
Gulets are traditional wooden boats originating from Turkey, but now widely available throughout Croatia and Greece. These types of boats offer a fantastic and cost-effective alternative to a luxury charter yacht, for those wishing to spend a bit less but still enjoy a fabulous yacht charter in the East Mediterranean. For a 7-day excursion, gulets are available to charter for around €13,500-€15,000. Generally included in this price will be all food, which can be expensive in this region, plus up to 4 hours of cruising per day – a good option for those not wishing to travel vast distances.
Gulets are fantastic for family charters, or those who simply enjoy spending their time out on deck – gulets are traditionally much wider than a normal sailing yacht, and can often also accommodate more than 12 guests onboard.
You should be aware that in Croatia port taxes will be levied on top of these prices, however, compared with other luxury yacht rates, chartering a Gulet is still an absolute steal!
- The VAT rate is 13% for weekly charters for EU-flagged yachts starting in Croatia
- VAT rate rises to 25% for day charters in Croatia
- VAT in Croatia is not due on delivery and redelivery fees, unlike a number of European destinations
- For yacht charters starting outside of the EU, VAT is applied on a pro-rata basis and calculated based on the number of days spent in Croatian water
- For all non-EU-flagged yachts, a Croatian charter license must be obtained prior to the beginning of the charter season
There are a variety of options, although most yachts charters tend to begin in Dubrovnik or Split in the Dalmatia region, both of which have major international transport links. Another popular option is to set off from Italy or Montenegro and then cruise the Adriatic down towards the Kornati archipelago or along the Dalmatia region – encompassing 233 miles of coastline stretching from Krk to Lastovo.
Croatia has numerous must-see destinations and you will be hard-pushed to fit them all in. For itineraries along the southern Dalmatian coast, some yachts may spend a day in port in Dubrovnik – ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’, before setting off for the picturesque surrounding archipelagos, which include the popular island destinations of Hvar, Mljet, Vis, and Brač. You can either finish your yacht charter back in Dubrovnik or continue on to finish up in Split – the cultural and economic center of Dalmatia.
For yacht charters in the north of Croatia, many like to begin in Venice or Bari, located in Italy’s Puglia (or Apulia) region, before crossing the Adriatic to Croatia's Istria region. From here you can explore the popular island of Pula, with its world-class Roman amphitheater, before cruising down towards Zadar and the Kornati National Park.
Alternatively, you can begin in Porto Montenegro – only an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik – although you may have to cover the cost of repositioning as many luxury charter yachts in Croatia are based in Split.
It’s simple enough to begin your superyacht vacation in a neighboring country before heading to Croatia. For more advice please speak to your yacht charter broker.
The optimal times for yacht charters in Croatia’s sapphire-hued waters span from May till October. During this time, you can benefit from calmer seas, reliably clement weather, and warm swimming temperatures. Croatia’s peak season is July and August, so expect both higher charter fees and packed marinas in these months.
There are hundreds of harbors, marinas, and ports in Croatia, so whether stopping off in Dubrovnik or sailing to the far side of the Lastovo Archipelago National Park there are sure to be facilities or an anchorage to suit your needs.
Popular Marinas in Croatia
There are 56 official marinas along the Croatian coast from Umag to Dubrovnik, 22 of these represented by ACI Marinas, and all are affiliated with the Associated of Croatian Marinas.
One of the most popular jumping-off points is Dubrovnik, which boasts several marinas, the largest of which is ACI Marina Dubrovnik, located within a short distance to Dubrovnik’s historic old town. It has 380 berths and can accommodate yachts up to 60m/196ft. For larger yachts, or yachts not requiring a berth, another popular option is to utilize the international cruise ship terminal quay, which is happy to facilitate yacht charter pick-ups and drop-offs.
For a stop off at one of the many island destinations on your yacht charter, we recommend ACI Marina Korčula (max length 40m/131ft) and Lumbarda Marina (max length 25m/82ft) – both on Korčula, and ACI Marina Vrboska in Hvar (max length 30m/98ft).
If you're struggling to find a berth in the summer, we also recommend Cavtat Marina (max length 60m/197ft) located to the south of Dubrovnik, which has 119 berths and enjoys good shelter from all winds.
Some of the best ports in Croatia are also located in the Istria region in northern Croatia. We recommend D-Marin Dalmacija, located a few kilometers south of the ancient city of Zadar, which is the largest marina in Croatia with 1,200 berths and can accommodate yachts up to 80m LOA. Also in the region are ACI Marina Rovinj (max length 25m/82ft) and Marina Funtana (max length 20m/65ft).
Large Superyacht Berths
For larger berths in the Split-Dalmatia region there is the ACI Marina Split, which has in excess of 350 berths and can accommodate superyachts of up to 90m/295ft LOA, and Marina Kastela – just 7km up the coast from Split – which can accommodate superyachts of up 150m/492ft in length, with a draft of 8m.
Also recommended are D-Marin Mandalina in the city of Šibenik, situated between two National Parks within a protected lagoon, boasting 429 sea berths. It has also been specially developed to accommodate yachts of up to 140m/459ft LOA.
South of Croatia, Porto Montenegro has been transformed from a historic naval base into a luxury yacht marina, boasting 450 berths accommodating boats ranging from 12m to 250m, with state-of-the-art amenities and facilities.
Although many marinas are developing their sites to cater to the larger superyacht crowd, there are still limited options available for yachts in excess of 50m. However, with countless picturesque anchorage spots dotted in and around the numerous islands that make up the western coastline of Croatia, there may simply be no need for one.
Anchorages in Croatia
With over 1,200 islands, islets and reefs there are plentiful sheltered anchorage spots, some equipped with mooring buoys.
You should note that if you anchor in one of the national parks you will be charged a fee for entering the park, regardless of whether you use the mooring buoys or jetties. The fee is usually charged per meter and will be collected.
You will find some of the best anchorage spots in Croatia located in the Dalmatian islands of Hvar, Mljet and Korčula.
Marina Availability in Croatia
Most marinas are open all year round and the price of berths will vary depending on the time of year, with marinas in popular destinations such as Split and Dubrovnik being the most expensive, especially in the summer months. The charge is also calculated based on the length of the yacht.
Your yacht crew and broker will know the most about the best marinas, bays, and sheltered coves where you can find suitable docking and anchorage options throughout your charter.
There are four main airports dotted across the sun-dappled Croatian coast: Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Pula — all of which are easily accessible from most European destinations. Zagreb airport could be an option too: but keep in mind that it’s a two-hour drive to reach the coast.
The best airport will be highly dependent on where your yacht charter route begins and ends. We recommend the following for yacht charters in Croatia:
- Split airport: perfect for adventures beginning in this buzzing city or the charming Sibenik or Trogir. This airport is also closely located in the pristine waters of Hvar, Vis, and Brač.
- Dubrovnik airport: ideal for yacht charters starting at its medieval port, as well as for the enchanting Šipan or Elaphiti islands. a great choice for reaching the glistening saltwater lakes of Mljet National Park too.
- Zadar Airport: fly here if you are looking to start your journey at the picture-perfect Kornati islands.
- Pula Airport: the best launchpad for voyages starting in this cosmopolitan city or nearby Pomer, and onto the mountainous Istrian coastline or the unspoiled Kvarner islands.
With its rich cultural and architectural history, along with lush national parks and secluded beaches, Croatia is fast becoming one of our most popular destinations. Therefore, we advise you to book your yacht charter well in advance of your trip to secure your perfect yacht on your preferred dates.
If you leave it too late, the selection of yachts at your disposal will be reduced and you may not be able to explore the destinations you have your heart set on. Plus, finding dates when everyone in your charter party is available can be tricky; the longer you leave it, the more challenging it will be.
Your yacht charter broker will also need plenty of time to tailor an itinerary to suit you, and enough time to book ahead for the nights you wish to spend in marinas. We recommend booking up to 3 months in advance to give your broker the optimum time to organise everything down to the last detail.
- The best month of the year to charter in Croatia is September, when the crowds have reduced but the temperature is still balmy and the sea has still retained its warmth from the height of summer.
- Yachts tend to spend more time at anchor in Croatia, so choose a yacht that is comfortable and spacious, with plenty of toys and accessories for jumping into the crystal clear waters.
- Avoid heading into Dubrovnik when the big cruise ships are in town, these vessels can hold some 3,000 passengers making the town uncomfortably crowded.
- You should also be aware that certain zones in Croatia's waters forbid fishing or diving, or require special permissions to do so. This is something you can discuss with your yacht broker, or yacht captain when deciding on your itinerary.
Related: Take a look at some of our Croatian itineraries for inspiration.
This is one of the most popular regions to visit on Croatia's southern coast, made up of 233 miles of coastline, islands, and reefs, and includes the must-see historic towns of Split and Dubrovnik, as well as hundreds of stunning verdant islands and national parks.
Croatia's second-largest city – its "crown jewel', Split has a history dating back to the 4th century. It is also home to the beautiful Roman Diocletian's Palace, a top recommended destination for your tour.
Split also boasts some of Croatia's largest marinas, and is within shooting distance of the celebrated islands of Korčula, Hvar, Vis, and Brač. Visit the world-famous Zlatni Rat beach on Brač's southern side, or sample the vibrant nightlife and clubbing scene on Hvar, which also plays host to several regattas over the summer season.
Further south is Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site of huge architectural prominence; from Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches to monasteries, palaces, and fountains – you will be practically tripping over ancient monuments as you explore this truly magnificent town. Take a meander along the 2km long city walls and visit the Revelin Fortress, Roland's Column, the Bell Tower, and Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan Monastery.
Just across the water from here you will find the popular honeymoon destination of Mljet National Park, where you can trek through miles of olive groves, vineyards, and lush forests rich in flora and fauna, as well as visiting a 12-century Benedictine monastery. Be sure to sample the local wines and excellent cuisine.
Located in the north of Croatia, this region has a distinctly Italian feel to it, and has plenty of fantastic places to visit. Pula, the region's capital, is crammed with museums, which isn't surprising given its history that dates back to 3,000BC. It is also home to a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre seating 26,000 spectators – one of the biggest in the world.
Across the water, lies the Brijuni National Park, a group of 14 small picturesque islands easily accesible from the mainland.
Slightly to the north, the beautiful old fishing port of Rovinj is also well-worth a visit, with its steep cobbled streets and charming piazzas.
Travel south to historic Zadar, where you can enjoy a quiet walk along marbled streets and pine-scented beaches. Further south you will find the Kornati archipelago, a group of 100 or so relatively barren islands and reefs which are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Cruising further afield from Croatia, many yacht charters venture towards the mountainous Montenegro. Situated south from Dubrovnik, the country is revered for the spectacular Bay of Kotor (commonly referred to as Mediterranean’s only fjord) — with its marina, Porto Montenegro, fast becoming one of the most coveted marinas for superyachts since opening in 2009.
Many yacht charters starting or ending in Venice (the “Queen of the Adriatic”) can incorporate the spectacular beauty of northern Croatia down as far as the ancient port city of Split.
Game of Thrones tour - through parts of Old Town, Dubrovnik where some of the most memorable scenes were filmed.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival, 10 July to 25 August - see dramas, plays, classical music concerts and much more.
360˚ Dubrovnik - Michelin-starred restaurant built into the walls of the old town, with exquisite views over the harbour.
Diocletian’s Palace, Split - UNESCO site within the walls of Split’s historic and thriving town.
Visit Hvar’s 15th-century Franciscan monastery and museum that overlooks a shady cove, and meander charming gardens that feature a 300-year old cypress tree.
Plitvice Lakes National Park - one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia.
Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) - located on the southern coast of Brač, regularly listed as one of the top beaches in Europe.
Blue Grotto, Bisevo - situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago, this waterlogged sea cave has an intriguing glowing blue light that appears at certain times of the day.
Pula Arena - one of the world’s six largest Roman amphitheatres, and certainly it’s most well-preserved.
Visovac Monastery - situated on a tiny island in the Krka National Park.
Mljet National Park tour - takes guests to the area of the first protected ecosystem in the Adriatic.