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Renting a boat in Croatia can be done easily, safely and quickly through Tubber. You can rent a boat in Croatia with or without a Tubber skipper. Rent a sailboat if you are sporty. If you want more comfort, rent a luxury sailing yacht or catamaran. Or rent a motorboat if you would like a little more speed. Whatever kind of boat you would like to rent, all boats are available with or without a skipper. In Croatia we only rent boats from professional owners, so no private boats. You can rent a boat in Croatia for 44 EURO per day.
More than a thousand islands with idyllic coves and rocks, ancient ruins and beautiful Mediterranean landscapes makes Croatia a paradise for sailors. Croatia has invested in modern ports with all the facilities we are used to in Western Europe. They therefore form a pleasant change from the untouched nature and deserted bays of Croatia. The local tourist office calls it ‘the European Caribbean’, but that is too much credit for the islands on the other side of the ocean, because Croatia is more beautiful for sailing! Countless islands and more than six thousand kilometres of coastline. Croatia is located on the Adriatic Sea and is the pre-eminent sailing destination in Europe. You have every opportunity to enjoy island hopping over azure blue water and to visit the many beautiful coastal towns. The coast consists of steep chalk cliffs, pebble beaches and forests. In fact, its coastal waters are among the cleanest in the entire Mediterranean!
Croatia is characterised by its dynamic past. Due to the deeply rooted culture, there is a diverse mediaeval architecture to be seen in Pula, Zadar, Trogir and Dubrovnik. Moreover, in many other picturesque villages you can get lost in the old streets. Such a culture also entails a traditional cuisine that is rich in many local dishes (and wine).
In the north of Croatia we find the Istrian peninsula, this area has heavy influences from the Italians. In places such as Porec, Novigrad, Rovinj and Pula you are surrounded by Italian architecture. For sailors, the west coast of Istria seems less interesting as there are no islands off the coast. Yet, this is what makes it so nice to rent a boat here, because the coast is lovely, with almost always an offshore wind. Croats themselves consider Istria the most beautiful part of their country, especially because there are less tourists there. Further, in the South (east) of Istria you will find more islands and if you descend further, the carefree islands below Mali Losinj are astounding destinations.
The Kornati begin in the middle of Croatia, near Zadar and Šibenik. These hundreds of uninhabited islands are rugged and barren, but they are truly incredible. On some of them you will find restaurants, bars and small shops.
South of Split are the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vela Luka. These belong to the Dalmatia region and are greener and more densely populated compared to the Kornati. Dubrovnik is Croatia's southernmost sailing location. Here you will find the nature reserve island of Mljet. And Vis, formerly the most important military island of Croatia, is located a little further off the coast and has astonishing nature. All islands in central and southern Croatia can be sailed in less than a day.
The sailing season in Croatia runs from May to September. The hottest months are July and August, when temperatures can rise above thirty degrees. With a mostly north-western wind of 3-4 Beaufort, sailing in Croatia is not difficult. The Mistral is the dominant wind in Croatia and can be quite strong. In the sailing pubs people will tell stories about a notorious wind phenomenon, the Bora. Do not be deterred, this wind is very predictable and does not occur often in the high season.
Another reason why people are attracted to sailing in Croatia is for the affordable prices. This makes getting acquainted with sailing and sailing with a skipper ideal in this country. Croatia is generally cheaper than nearby Italy, but it is just as breathtaking.
Most marinas are located near attractive old towns, where modern marinas merge unnoticed into old Croatia. In every city you will find museums, galleries, churches, palaces, castles and monasteries, providing a welcome for even the most inveterate saltwater sailor. In the summer months, locals use the small streets and squares as an open-air stage for various cultural events, from classical concerts to artistic and theatrical performances. This melting pot of cultures has a cosmopolitan character. Croatia is one of the most popular destinations for sailors around the world because of this, which further enhances its multicultural character. Sailing in Croatia is not only attractive because of its rich culture. Here you will find some of the most gorgeous beaches in Europe, coral reefs and even a dolphin sanctuary. This and many other sights make Croatia a phenomenal sailing area and one of the most popular water sports destinations in the world!
Croatia offers ideal conditions for those new to coastal sailing, with gentle winds and good weather promising many pleasant hours on deck. For those who like adventure, the wind (mistral) can sometimes increase, which makes for a somewhat firmer speed. Crystal clear blue waters give way to white sand beaches and secluded coves, while the thousands of Croatian islands offer endless opportunities for adventure.
When you go bareboat sailing in Croatia you must be in possession of a valid boating licence, licence 1 is minimum, however, licence 2 is desired. If you want to sail in our flotilla, you do not need to have a valid sailing licence, we can prepare a temporary sailing CV for you that is accepted locally.
Croatia is easily accessible by plane (airports Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik), but due to the central location it is also easy to do by car. The roads are in good condition and you can combine a journey by land with a journey by sea.
In Croatia there is a sea of possibilities and we certainly encourage free sailing! But of course we also like to recommend some places you want to see when you go sailing in Croatia. For those of you who like a little more structure or who just want to get inspired. Several itineraries have been put together to give you an idea of what a week on the water can look like in these regions:
For chartering your own sailboat there are a number of excellent marinas and you can choose from a wide range of first class sailing yachts and motor yachts. Rent a sailing yacht, catamaran or motorboat with which you can endlessly enjoy all the beauty that the Adriatic Sea has to offer in Croatia. The prices are modest, compared to other sailing areas around the Mediterranean. About 50 modern marinas with the best facilities and excellent service provide sheltered moorings in stormy weather. Through Tubber, you can rent a boat in Croatia and discover the beautiful waters and coastlines.
You can book a sailing yacht in Croatia with friends, and/or family and sail along in the flotilla that consists of a maximum of 10 sailing yachts. Flotilla sailing in Croatia is a perfect way to sail with your own family, but also to have the fun of a group.
We organise several English-speaking flotillas starting from Dubrovnik or Marina Agana nearby Trogir.
Croatia is an ideal place for both experienced and inexperienced sailors. There are considerable opportunities for cultural, picturesque and breathtaking sites both on the coast and on the many, many islands in the Adriatic. With a wonderful climate and excellent weather conditions, sailing in Croatia is fantastic and you won’t want to leave.
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