Private Yacht Trips

 

Croatia is the most popular sailing destination in Europe. With warm Mediterranean climate, calm seas and moderate winds during summer season. Private yacht tripis the perfect choice for anyone with a little bit of adventurous spirit. A group of friends, families with kids, couples searching for a romantic week and all adventure seekers that want to have a unique travelling experience. Sailing holidays in Croatia is basically for the people feeling young at heart and want to make the best of their vacation. A skippered yacht tour is an excellent opportunity to discover Croatian coast on a relaxed Adriatic yacht holidays.

 

Great!

Your plans for this vacation is taking a sailing trip in Croatia. You fixed the date and preferred destination. And the first thing you should consider now, is what type yacht vacation is suitable for me.

When it comes to yacht charter holidays in Croatia, there are three types available:

1. CREWED YACHT CHARTER

this is the most luxurious and relaxed way to spend your holiday on Adriatic. The skipper and hostess are already in the yacht's inventory. They will take care of all the commodities aboard like shopping, cleaning and cooking.There are multitude of inclusions already on our crewed Croatia catamaran holidays. Please check some of our Crewed chartered yachts.


2. SKIPPERED YACHT CHARTER

a 7 day skippered private yacht tour is still affordable and hassle-free way to sail Croatia. Skipper is already included, so no sailing skills are            needed. Our local skippers are knowledgeable and know the sailing areas as the back of their pockets. They will take care of the check in                procedure at the marina and help you embark on your vessel. With our skipper you will feel safe and get to visit your chosen destination.                       
3. BAREBOAT YACHT CHARTER

sailing a bareboat yacht on your own is probably the least expensive option. If you are a skilled skipper with a valid boat license, this is how            you get the ultimate freedom at sea. A bareboat charter also gives you more  privacy and intimacy aboard. It is the excellent chance to design       and plan your own itinerary.

Your itineraries are flexible and can be adjusted as you go along your route. Please check some recommend pre-set itineraries

It is all up to your expectations, your budget and and how do you want to spend your vacation.

In Croatia you can charter almost everything that floats. But one-week charter, with the option of overnight is only posible ona a Sailing yacht, Catamaran or Motor Yacht. With sailing yacht you are mostly dependable on winds, but it will give you more sailing pleasures and quiet with minimum consumption. Cat is much wider and comfortable, but it also demands more place (and cost) on berths. Catamaran is really somewhere between a motor boat and a sailboat but can provide even more space then on a motor boat sometimes. If you want to move faster and your main concern is not large fuel consumption, simply hire a motor yacht. 

To narrow your choice, you should also estimate how much space do you need and how high your budget is. Larger the group, bigger the yacht. You can check out some of our yachts in our bareboat charter Croatia offer that range from budget to luxury line. Make sure to specify your wishes, the estimate number of people, preferable sailing period and the itinerary requirements.

 

Congratulations! Your plans for this vacation is taking a private sailing trip in Croatia. You fixed the date and preferred destination (Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar or Pula). But before you hire a suitable yacht for your tour, there are 4 things that you should keep in mind:

  • What type of a yacht do I rent - a catamaran a sailboat or a motor boat
  •  How many people is coming  - is very important, so that you book the yacht of suitable size and capacity for the whole group
  •  Your estimated budget - is probaly the most important before renting a boat. You can choose from economy to luxury line yachts
  •  Your expectations and habits - do you need a full board crewed yacht charter, or only a private skippered tour

Please consider, that you will be on a sailing yacht for one week. There will be other people aboard and everybody should be cofortable and have a great time. This is why is advisable to take a comfortable vessel with enough space for all the guests and a cabin for skipper. If you are not sure about the yacht type and size we can recommend the best possible option for your party.

 

Please fill in the inquiry form below one of our tour packages that you want to book (activity sailing, catamaran holiday, culinary tour, family sailing holidays). Your yacht trip is guaranteed after you make a 50% of the deposit. The rest you pay one month before your embarkation or if it stated otherwise in your booking contract.

The 2.nd payment is payable 1 month before the embarkation. Our crew will guide you through your booking procedure, so don't worry, and leave yourself into our capable hands. Feel free to ask us anything.

 

You can imagine a sailing yacht as a large mobile home. Yachts come in all sizes and models from 2 to 6 or even 7 cabins. From 30 - 70 foot a yacht can accomodate up to 12 guests. It all depends on your budget and needs. Cataman or a sailing yacht? Catamaran is much wider and spacier, but it also consequently bring larger cost for the marina fees and final rental price. Sailing yacht is always better choice  for the first-time sailors and will give you all the space and privacy you need on your vacation.

Below check the outdoor, indoor and layout of the 4 - cabin yacht that can accomodate up to 8 persons:

 

 

 

 

 

No. You skipper naviagates the yacht for your, so just relax and enjoy in your trip. If you desire, you are welcome to learn som basic sailing skills. Our skippers will be happy to show the basics of sailing and navigation.

 

With plenty of sun, Croatia is one of the sunniest European destinations. The climate along the Adriatic coast in summer is quite dry and hot. If your sailing trip is in summer, just bring bathing suite, extra swimming towels, and your personal wardrobe (not too much). In case of rain you need to bring some warm clothes, maybe a light sweater, water resistant wind jacket and a pair of sneakers with rubber sole. It is highly recommended to bring your soft hand bag a duffel bag or rucksack instead of a plastic suitcase, simply to gain more space in your cabin. Please read about the Sail Croatia Packing List for newbies.

8 Things that you Don't want to forget:

  •   boarding pass
  •   sun portection items (sun lotion, sunglasses for UV protection, hat)
  •   bathing suit or a swim suit
  •   your passport, or personal ID, enough cash
  •   swimming towels
  •   your personal items (prescription pills, medicine for allergy...)
  •   a windstopper or a wind breaker in summer a long-sleeved cardigan would do
  •   positive vibes (leave your worries at home)

 

It all depends upon where your chosen destination is. We will inform you at least 3 weeks before the departure where the yacht is moored specified in your boarding pass so that you can make your travel arrangements. Don't worry you won't get lost. If you are coming by plane, there is always enough transfers and taxis to take you to the marina on time. We can also arrange your taxi transfer if needed.

If you travel by car, you can always find free space in marina. Check in is on Saturday from 15:00, check out at the same spot the next Saturday before 08:30, so that our staff will have some time to clean and prepare the boat for the next departure. We usually moor at our base marina on Friday night.
 

 

There are many inclusions in your private tour, that you pay before the departure, so that you don't encounter any hidden fees on your trip. It all also depends on what your expectations and habits are. We recommend budget 20-30€/day/person for food and extra 10-20€ for transfers, bars and harbour fees.

THE INCLUSIONS:

  •   end cleaning, handling fee and charter base costs
  •   bed linen, cooking gas
  •   towels (only for bathroom use)
  •   Wi-Fi connection up to 5GB
  •   outboard engine and dinghy

THE EXTRAS: 

  • a friendly and reliable skipper from 120€-150€/day (80% Payable at embarkation)
  • sojourn/tourist tax 1.3€/person/day
  • fuel for the boat app.100€/week for a 45-foot sailboat
  • port and mooring fees (from 50-120€ for a 45 foot sailboat)
  • taxis and transfers (water taxi 10 -15€/person)

 

Fuel consumption on a 45-foot sailing yacht is approx. 4L/hour. On a 40-foot catamaran is double, Motor yacht consumes app. 70L/hour. Small distances between the islands in Croatia are affecting on your consumption. On our sailing tour we usually use engine max.1-2 hours/day and the rest we sail.

The final sum also depends on the wind conditions and your itinereries. If you sail more, you consume less, if you use engine more, it is the opposite. Especially on a sailing yacht that cost can be really negligable. Sometimes even less then 50€/week.

 

Local port fees start at 50€/night for a 45 foot boat (8 persons) and it can go up to 120€. For catamaran is extra 50%.It depends on the boat length and marina quality service. Price usually includes fresh water refill, shore power, toilet and bathroom facilities. Buoy charge ranges from 30-50€. Anchoring is free of charge. In our experience, a mixture of above options gives the best balance through the week for most groups.

 

Since our client's itinerary wishes vary it is difficult to speculate port and marina costs on your yacht tour. That is why the mooring fees are usually excluded from our package price. The same thing is with the national parks and transfers. You can decide on spot what itinerary suits you best and what to visit or not. Skipper is here to give you some tips where to dock or moor to save some money.

 

We usually say that a yacht is an »apartment on water« with a far better view. Each sailing boat has spacious cabins for 2 persons, with double / bunk beds (160x200). Even the largest yacht has the capacity of maximum 12 persons. There is also a large bed boat's salon, but we don't recommend to sleep there, especially if you want to have more space and privacy. One cabin or salon bed belongs to your skipper. We tend to accommodate our guests aboard accordingly to their wishes. Don't bring your bed linen, pillows and blankets, because they are already included. This is how a sailboat cabin looks like:

 

Food and beverages are not included. You can make your supplies and buy the provisions at the embarkation - your skipper can help you with that. Every marina in Croatia has shops and supermarkets, where you can buy as much as you need for one week. There will be plenty of stops within your sailing tour. You can always buy fresh bread from the market, fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and fish.


A double gas cooker with oven is installed aboard every yacht. Breakfast and a quick afternoon snack can be prepared aboard. You will have lots of options to dine in local restaurants, that our knowledgeable skippers can recommend. If you are dining outside, it is customary to invite your skipper to join you at the table. If you prefer to dine in privacy, your skipper can eat separately. Please assure some pocket money for his meals.

 

On every private sailing trip is required to make a certain deposit for the possible damages caused on a yacht during your tour. Deposit is the insurance(assurance), that you will return the yacht back in its previous condition. The guests aboard are responsible for damage caused by their neglegance( clogging the tolilets, vandalism, damaging the yacht or its parts deliberately,..).

The deposit is charged at the embarkation and it is refundable, if the boat is returned undamaged. The deposit ammount is set by the charter policy (depends on the boat length, age and insurance rate) payable by VISA, AMEX, EUROCARD, DINERS or cash). If you wish, we can arrange a deposit insurance with non-refundable fee (app 10% of the full insurance sum) It can be pre-charged.

The damages caused regarding the skipper's navigation (damage of the sails, hull, engine ,...)  is covered by the skipper's insurance policy.

In case of damages, the charter establishes the ammount of the damage that is charged by the valid charter's pricelist.

 

Yes. On all our private skippered yacht tours It's customary to pay for your skipper's expenses for the week. That means that you take care of his meals and drinks during your trip. It is obligatory to pay the local tax for every person on your boat (including our crew) for the number of days aboard. This is payable in cash at the marina. 

If you are dining outside, it is customary to invite your skipper to join you at the table. They will rarely turn down an invitation to dine out as a member of your party, but they also won’t mind dining separately if you need more privacy.

 

Yes. One Way options (Split - Dubrovnik & Zadar - Split) or vice versa, are available. Please also note that one way fee costs extra 300-400 Euros with re-fueling included. One-Way itineraries do not include the port fees at disembarkation. We ask all our passengers to disembark by 11:00 am on Friday, to allow enough time for your skipper to return the yacht back to the base marina.

If you are interested in a one-way trip, please let us know, so that we can tailor your special itineraries. ONE WAY INQUIRY

 

Think casual and sporty

What to wear, generally depends on the sort of trip, the trip length, and the season. Sailing trip in Croatia or in any other country usually takes 7 days. That is why I suggest that you pack everything that you need for one-week. Bear in mind, that wind, sun and water are the 3 factors that you should count on. If your sailing trip is in summer season (middle June, July, August) pack accordingly to the weather. The air temperature peaks 30 (86F) and the sea temperature at constant 25 (77F). Begining of June and late Spetember just deduct 5 degrees in average.

Wharever you take, please don't overpack, don't complicate and please don't take hard suitcases, take a soft or a duffel bag. here are some tips on what to pack:

- Swimwear take at least 3 pcs.

- Shorts 2-3 pieces of board shorts and 2 pieces of casual shorts

- Shirts for a week you'll need 5-7 t-shirts, one with long sleeve, a cardigan or a light pullover 

- Dress Clothes a pair of decent button down shirts or casual sundresses are excellent choice for a nice dinner on island Hvar or Vis. 

- Shoes It's a fact that you will be barefoot all the time, but 1 pair of shoes with a rubber sole is a must have on a sailboat. Mostly to avoid scuff marks and ensure that you don't slip. A pair of flip flops and a pair of tennis shoes in case you go hiking the islands

- Hats Take a hat with strings if possible. You don't want your hat to be ending in the blue Adiatic

- Waterproof jacket or waterproof windbreaker - you might need one in case of strong wind combined with rain (especially in off-season)

- Other (but also essential items) underwear, 3-4 pairs of socks, sailing gloves (bike or fitness gloves)

Here's some tips for your boat sailing trip.  

 

We also offer one-way trips on our bareboat charter. One Way options (Split - Dubrovnik & Zadar - Split or vice versa) are available. Please also note, that one way fee is extra 250-350 Euros with re-fueling included. One-Way itineraries do not include port fee at disembarkation. We ask all our passengers to disembark by 11:00 am on Friday, to allow enough time for our skipper to return the yacht back to the base marina.

If you are interested in a one-way trip, please send us ONE WAY INQUIRY

General Tips About Sailing in Croatia 

 

Congratulations! Your plans for this vacation is taking a private sailing trip in Croatia. You fixed the date and preferred destination (Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar or Pula). But before you hire a suitable yacht for your tour, there are 4 things that you should keep in mind:

  • What type of yacht do I rent - a catamaran a sailboat or a motor boat
  •  How many people is coming  - is very important, so that you book the yacht of suitable size and capacity for the whole group
  •  Your estimated budget - is probably the most important before renting a boat. You can choose from economy to luxury line yachts
  •  Your expectations and habits - do you need a full board crewed yacht charter, or only a private skippered tour

Please consider, that you will be on a sailing yacht for one week. There will be other people aboard and everybody should be cofortable and have a great time. This is why is advisable to take a comfortable vessel with enough space for all the guests and a cabin for skipper. If you are not sure about the yacht type and size, we can recommend best possible option for your group.

 

The sailing season in Mediterranean runs from April to October. There are, however, some different factors to consider before you set sail, such as the weather, your holiday expectations and budget. Prices between pre-season an peak-season can fluctuate considerably. This will not only have an effect on your travel plans, but your overall holiday budget too. 

1. Budget

Croatia is still considered one of the cheapest sailing destinations in Europe. There is definitely a yacht charter affordable for every pocket. Yachting holidays are comparable in price to many other summer holidays for example a 4-star hotel. But instead of a hotel, you have a "apartment that moves and floats". Charter yacht prices and skippered packages, can be considerably cheaper during the off season in April or  May, even mid. June. Peak of the season is in July, August until middle of September. The yacht prices (and the prices in general) reach its top from middle  July until middle of August. For example - a 40-foot economy sailing yacht that can accommodate up to 6 people is app.1.850€ in peak season. Plus the extras (see our skippered programs).

2. Expectations

Your tastes and vacation preferences can also influence your budget. 

Are you a type of person that likes vibrant cities and harbors rammed with ships, crowds and buzzing summer Riviera? Or someone who would like to avoid masses and prefers tranquility and less traffic at sea. If you are adventure seeker that likes more action at sea, then our Croatia activity yachting tour in May or September is you cup of tea. 

If you wish, you can either sail away from the crowds in summer months, or you can visit the vibrant cities Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar or Pula in off season. You have variety of options. We will be privileged to recommend the itineraries considering your expectations and personalise your tour.

If you sail with kids, we recommend summer months August and July. It its warmest across the region, there are plenty of hours of daylight for various outdoor activities. For experienced sailors, that want to sail Croatia on a bareboat yacht, Spring or Autumn is also an excellent choice.

3. Weather

The weather conditions in certain region play the main role when you are considering of setting the date. What season to choose, is entirely your decision. If you prefer boiling under the warm sun, taking a sailing trip in summer is your best decision.  But if you are sensitive to heat, then you should consider taking  your trip in April, May, September or October. The air temperature in April and May can reach  25 degrees, however the sea is still a bit cold 15-20. The peak season from middle June until September, the mercury is at consistent 30+ degrees, with often peaking well into the 40's. Pushing towards Autumn, temperatures drop to the mild 25, however the sea until the end of October can still hold the temperatures above 20. 

The weather along the Croatian coast can be quite tricky though. Mostly due to the closeness of mountain barriers, a light summer breeze from the seas, can easily turn into the near gale force winds from the mainland. Even though that only happens rarely, and there is always a weather warning issued beforehand. Please consider this when you start to pack for your trip.

For the first-time visitors/sailors we highly recommend the summer season in July or August. Generally because the weather on Adriatic is hot, the water is warm, cool soothing breeze comes from the seas and no precipitation or temperature extremes are expected.

 

For citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, USA or Canada visas are not required. Citizens from South Africa require visas, including a Schengen visa since Croatia joined the EU in July 2013.

 

It is highly recommended to arrange the traveller's insurance policy in your country. Every person is sailing at their own risk. Your skipper will give you some basic safety instructions at the embarkation. And if you follow them, everything will be fine. Generally, how to move aboard, what to be careful of while sailing,... Most of the guidelines are for your own safety! Please bear in mind that a vessel is a moving object affected by the waves, current and winds. ACTIVE SAILING charter agency does not carry any further responsibilities for injuries or accidents of clients during the sailing period, before or after your embarkation.

 

Even though Croatia is a member of the EU, the official currency is still Kuna. But you can (almost) everywhere pay in Euros.

Current exchange rate: 1€ = 1.1$ = 7.4 KUNA.

How much do you want to spend depends upon your budget and your expectations.

Usually in the restaurants, marinas,...but not in grocery shops, super markets and 24/7s. However, credit cards are always accepted. ATMs are available in every marina and town port in Croatia. In any case, we recommend to have some KUNAS in you pocket at all times. Don't leave you money and valuable things aboard, if you leave your yacht. It can attract unwanted attention.

We recommend budget 20-30€/day/person for food and extra 10-20€ for transfers, bars and harbour fees.

 

You will receive all the embarkation details in your boarding pass. Your boarding pass is issued when booking is payed in full. If you travel by car, you can always find free space in marina. If you are coming by plane, there is always enough transfers and taxis to take you to the marina on time. We can also arrange a taxi transfer if needed. Please inform us beforehand if you need your transfer.

Bareboat Yacht Charter

 

Simply fill in the form below the vessel or a yacht charter that you are interested in, and send your inquiry. We will answer as quickly as possible and prepare a suitable offer. Or you can write us your yacht preferences in the general inquiry. and specify as many information as possible:

  • Departure date
  • Preferable destination (region) in Croatia
  • Yacht type (catamaran or sailboat)
  • Yacht preferences (yacht age, yacht brand, type of sails, A/C, generator, specific equipment,...)
  • Special wishes regarding your charter or extras(taxi transfer, yacht deposit insurance, extras aboard, pets, safety net for kids, SUP,...)

Your booking is finalised after you sent us the final conformation,signed charter contract and make the 50% of the advanced payment of the full sum. The second rate is payable one month before your charter starts. You will receive the voucher/boarding pass with all details after the 2nd. payment. Due to the general charter conditions in Croatia, the advanced payment of 50% is nonrefundable. In case of cancellation please read our terms and conditions.

 

Due to charter conditions (unless is stated differently in you boarding pass) your check in starts on Saturday from 16:00, disembarkation at the same spot the next Saturday before 09:00. Please notice, that is advisable to appoint your check out time with the charter staff.

It is also expected to return the yacht fully charged with fuel until Friday evening due to underwater inspection

 

Deposit is the insurance (assurance), that you will return the yacht back in its previous condition. When you hire a bareboat charter, you also take the responsibility for damages caused during your trip. The deposit is charged at the embarkation and 100% refundable, if the boat is returned undamaged. The deposit amount is set by the charter policy (depends on the boat length, age and insurance rate) payable by VISA, AMEX, EUROCARD, DINERS or cash).  We can offer a deposit insurance with non-refundable fee (app.10% of the full insurance sum).

 

When you hire a bareboat charter, you already pay for some items, besides the yacht beforehand. The inclusions vary from boat owner's policy. They are much dependable on you Charter Package. But usually the items that you prepay are:

  • Fully Equipped Yacht
  • Full fuel tank and water tank
  • Handling fees at the check in and check out
  • Tranzit log & End cleaning
  • Wi-Fi up to 5 GB
  • Bed linen
  • Gas for cooking
  • Dinghy with outboard engine
  • Diver's Inspection at check out
  • 24/7 assistance during you charter period

 

Obligatory extras are additional items that you will be required to pay at the charter office when hiring a yacht. Some of the items you already payed when you hired a yacht. However, there are some, that you need to pay at spot like:

Croatia local tax (1,3€/day/person), Deposit (view our section on Deposit. All the extras, you need to pay are specified in your charter contract. It is also expected to refuel the yacht before returning to base.

The optional is considered the items that your charter offers extra. It is desired to order your extras beforehand. So that they can be prepared for you at check in. The extras:

  • SUP and various water toys (80-100€/week)
  • Early check in (100-150€)
  • Railing net for kids (50-130€)
  • Wi-Fi over 5 GB (app. 20€/week)
  • Provisioning - you can pre order your food and drinks aboard
  • Taxis and airport-to-marina transfers (app. 30€ one way)
  • Car parking is charged by the valid marina price list. (usually from 6-11€/day)

The extras are charged according to the charter's price list. Some of these items, are offered as a welcome package and are included.

 

SUMMER TIME IS ALWAYS BEST TIME

Croatia weather is pretty much the same as everywhere else in the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece). The forecast for the region you are about to visit plays the main role when you are considering of setting the date. If you prefer boiling under the warm sun, swimming in warm sea and light winds, taking a sailing trip in summer is your best decision.

Generally, the temperatures on Adriatic also vary from north to south. In northern parts (Istria, Kvarner) it can be extremely hot during summer months with almost no winds and average 2 or 3 strong thunderstorms a month. More to the south, a passing summer storm is less likely. Plus, there is always constant moderate wind blowing in Dalamtia in July and August.

As the temperature in Spring rises, so does the sea temperatures. Anchoring in a secluded cove is a perfect opportunity to take a dive in a crystal water. In the beginig of June, just go for it.

HIGHER TEMPERATURES AND ENOUGH WIND IN SUMMER

So basically, if you are sensitive to heat, then you should consider taking your trip in April, May, September or October. Air temperature during the daytime in April and May can easily reach over 25 (77F). However, the sea temperature is still a bit cold 15-20 (68F).

The hight of the season is from the middle of June until middle September. The mercury is at consistent 30 (87F) degrees, often peaking well into the 40's (104F). Pushing towards Autumn, temperatures drop to the mild 25-30 (77-86F). The sea until the end of October can still hold the temperatures above 20 (70F) degrees.

The prevailing winds on Adriatic are Jugo (SE), Bora (NE), Maestral(NW), Tramontana (N), Pulenat (W) and Levant (E). In the summer monts you will most likely have moderate termincal NW maestral winds durng the day and light Burin (NE) during the night. Don't mistake Bura with Burin! Although it has the same direction, has completelly different character.

Croatia weather can be quite tricky though. Mostly due to the closeness of mountain barriers, a light summer NW "Maestral" breeze from the seas, can easily turn into near gale force "Bora" winds from the NE mainland. If bora warning is issued - don't push your luck, there are many sailors that tried, and got "burned". Even though it only happens rarely in summer and more often in Spetember then in June. There is always weather warning issued beforehand.

Convert degrees Celsius to degrees Fahrenheit with this simple formula:

Degrees Fahrenheit = [°C] × 9 / 5 + 32

 

If you rent a bareboat yacht charter in Croatia, you need a valid skipper's license that is issued by the state authority of the country that you are coming from. For sailing in the Croatian territorial waters, you need a valid boat license and VHF radio license. If you are nor sure that your licence is adequate for the yacht you are about to hire, send us the copy and we will check for you or view here, what kind of a license you need for sailing in Croatia and click here

 

Local port fees start at 50€/night for a 45 foot boat (8 persons) and it can go up to 120€. It depends on the boat length and the quality of marina /port service. Price usually includes fresh water refill, shore power, toilet and bathroom facilities. Buoy charge ranges from 30-40€. Anchoring is free of charge. In our experience, a mixture of above options gives the best balance through the week for most sailors.