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All along the coast of Croatia there are smart marinas, picturesque harbours and little ports with long histories waiting to be discovered on your next sailing holiday.

A sailing holiday in Croatia is the best way to discover a string of offshore islands which provide stunning scenery and quaint towns. Modern marinas provide safe overnight harbours and reliable afternoon winds make sailing your yacht a pleasure. Fortified castles and Byzantine palaces reflect Croatia's great trading history and the towns come alive at night with harbourside restaurants and street cafes emphasizing Croatia's strong cosmopolitan nature and a sophisticated cafe society.

For yacht charter or flotilla sailing in Croatia the skipper must have RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate or RYA ICC qualification. One member of the crew should have a VHF licence.

Sailing areas for Croatia Yacht Charter

  • Overview

    Dubrovnik Old Town




    Kornati National Park


    Krka Waterfalls


    Murter Marina




    Rab Island





    • Modern marinas, National Parks & unspoilt islands
    • Visit the stunning Krka Waterfalls near Sibenik
    • Taste Croatia's infamous 'Gregada' fish stew from the island of Hvar
    • Average summer temperatures of 25-28 degrees
    • The North of Croatia enjoys stronger winds & fewer tourists
    • Hide away in secluded anchorages in the Kornati National Park
    • Marvel at the old world charm in Dubrovnik's Old Town
    • A wide range of yachts based in Split & options to sail north or south
    • Experience Montenegro's breathtaking coastline before the crowds arrive
    • Flotilla options from Trogir & Dubrovnik
  • Split

    Split sailing holidays

    A great central location giving a choice of itineraries north into the Kornati National Park or south to the Dalmatian islands. With daily and economical flights into Split and a large range of yachts on offer here, it is easy to see why Split is our most popular base to charter from in Croatia.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info)

  • Kornati

    Kornati sailing holidays

    Zadar and Biograd give easy access to the beautiful Kornati archipelago - an unspoilt natural park. Enjoy secluded anchorages, breathtaking scenery and uninhabited islands. A fantastic 'get away from it all' holiday.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info)

  • Pula

    Pula sailing holidays

    Great sailing among the beautiful islands of Cres, Rab and Ist in this unspoilt area of northern Croatia. Slightly stronger winds in the North mean it is popular with more experienced sailors or those who have visited Croatia before and are looking to explore a different area.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info)

  • Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik sailing holidays

    From the most southerly city in Croatia visit the islands to the North, sail one-way to Split or go south, cross the border and sail down into Montenegro for a truly memorable holiday.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info)

  • Montenegro

    Montenegro sailing holidays

    Famous for the beauty of its coastline, Montenegro is perfect for a sailing holiday. Medieval coastal towns, sandy beaches and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit before the crowds arrive!

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info)

Sailing holiday experiences for Croatia Yacht Charter

Yacht Charter Sailing Holidays in Croatia

Yacht charter

Perfect for bareboat yacht and catamaran charter with so many marinas, harbours and secluded anchorages waiting to be discovered. We offer bases all along the Croatia coast - Split, Kornati, Pula and Dubrovnik as well as Montenegro.

Yacht charter

Flotilla Sailing Holidays in Croatia


A great way to explore the best of the Croatian islands in the company of other yachts. The Trogir flotilla sails south to Brac and Hvar one week and north to the Kornati islands and Krka Falls the next. The Dubrovnik flotilla starts at the historic city of Dubrovnik and either sails north to visit Mljet, Lastovo and Korcula or south into Montenegro.


Motor yacht Sailing Holidays in Croatia

Motor Yacht

We offer an excellent range of flybridge motoryachts and sports cruisers for bareboat charter in Croatia, giving easy access to the beautiful Kornati islands. Crewed motor yachts allow for ultimate relaxation.

Motor Yacht

Learn to Sail Sailing Holidays in Croatia

Learn to Sail

Book an RYA course from Sibenik and brush up on your skills whilst sailing in a beautiful stretch of coastline.

Learn to Sail

"Helen and Harley are outstanding in every respect and are a great asset to Nautilus. They both are always more than willing to help all flotilla guests whatever the situation - always going above and beyond with humour and respect. Thank you Nautilus!"

Trogir Flotilla 2019 - E.D.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.