Private sailing charter is the exclusive yachting experience in Croatia allowing you to discover idyllic Croatian islands at your own pace with the company of the people you cherish. The itinerary for Croatia yacht charter holiday is 100% flexible and can be arranged with Active Sailing agency and your skipper before and during your 7-day cruising adventure.
Yacht charter prices vary and generally depend on the season, yacht size, age & equipment. We recommend that you first make your budget plan considering your expectations and travelling style.The cost for a 3-cabin sailing yacht in July and August is between 2.800 and 3.500€ per week.
Private yacht trip is ideal choice for the people with a little bit of adventurous spirit that want to spend a special kind of a vacation. Yacht charter holiday is suitable for everyone - a group of fun-loving friends wanting to bond or party in natural surroundings, families with kids, couples searching for a romantic getaway and all adventure seekers that want to have a unique vacation experience.
5 ultimate tips on how to plan a perfect sailing holiday:
7-day living on board takes some adapting and consider that you are limited with space so we recommend to rent a comfortable vessel with enough space and cabins for all the people coming. Skipper/crew also needs a separate cabin. We will be more than happy to advice you on what type and size of the boat to choose.
You can start by sending the inquiry form and specify your holiday expectations and what boat you prefer. Your yacht charter booking is secured when 50% of the yacht fee is paid. Balance payment should be settled no later then 4 weeks before your embarkation. Our crew will guide you safely through the booking procedure. Feel free to ask us anything no question is too hard for us.
There are three private yacht charter holiday types available in Croatia:
This is the most luxurious and relaxed way to spend your holiday on Adriatic. The skipper, hostess and chef are already in the yacht's inventory. They will take care of all the commodities aboard like shopping, cleaning and cooking. Full board meals are also included and multitude of items on crewed Croatia catamaran and luxury sailboat charters.
A 7-day private cruise with Croatian skipper is probably the most affordable, relaxing and flexible option. Skipper is already included when you book your vessel. Our 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, help you embark and provide you with best internal tips. You can also upgrade your charter with hostess service to suppy the food, cater and clean the boat.
3. BAREBOAT YACHT CHARTER
Chartering bareboat yacht in Croatia is most affordable option. However, it demands a certain level of self-confidence, sailing experience, and knowledge about the places where you are about to navigate. A valid ICC boat license and a VHF certificate are required to bareboat yacht in Croatia.
You can imagine sailing yacht as a large mobile home with everything you need already for a week of a care-free living on board. Yachts come in all sizes and types. Ranging between 2-8 cabins, measuring from 30-80 foot from economy to luxury line. Among 4.000+ sailing yachts for chartering in Croatia, you will certainly find a yacht to suit your needs. Your decision mostly results from your holiday expectations, habits and the budget.
Active Sailing crew will be happy to help and recommend the best sailing yacht to fit your standards and the budget.
Catamaran is much wider and stable and also brings larger cost for the marina fees and final rental price. Sailing yacht is perhaps a better choice for the first-time sailors on budget and the people who love adventure and in search for extra sailing experience. For its volumes, we recommend multi-hull for families with kids and clients who prefer commodity, extra privacy and unlimited space on board.
See also our blog about the differences between catamarans and sailboats.
Private sailing trips with Croatian charters usually last 7 days. Starting and ending on Saturday with standard time of embarkation after 16:00 and disembarkation by 09:00 the next Saturday. It is mandatory to return back to base on Friday evening for diver's inspection. It is also possible to book a short sailing trip upon your request. Short options are only possible in the off season in April May and October.
No. Your skipper navigates the yacht for you, so just relax and enjoy in your trip. If you desire, you are welcome to learn some marine skills. Our skippers will be happy to show you the basics of sailing and navigation if required.
With plenty of sun, Croatia is one of the sunniest European destinations. Climate along the Adriatic coast in summer is quite dry and hot. For sailing trips in summer, bring bathing suite, extra swimming towels, and your personal wardrobe. It is highly recommended to bring handbag, duffel bag instead of a plastic suitcase and remember to pack light
8 Things you shouldn't forget:
Please read about the Sail Croatia Packing List for newbies.
You will receive your boarding pass with all the booking details as you've completed the full payment for your yacht charter. You can contact your skipper for itinerary details, time of embarkation and route arrangement. We ask you to have some patience, for they are probably skippering in the weeks before your charter starts, so don't worry if they don't respond right away.
You can read HERE what are the hostess' duties on private yacht charters
Every vessel is equipped with 220V household plugs, but they only work when connected ashore with a power cable. Most boats have 12-volt DC power on board. While sailing, you can use the 12V plug-in as your phone charrger. There is at least 1 USB charging socket installed on every yacht that works also offshore, without being plugged in the marina.
It all depends upon where your chosen destination is. We will inform you 3-4 weeks before the departure where the yacht is moored specified in your boarding pass so that you can make your travel arrangements. You can also contact your skipper, and he will share all the necessary information on you whereabouts. If you are coming by plane, there is always enough transfers and taxis there to take you to 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. Embarkation is on Saturday from 15:00, check out at the same spot the next Saturday before 09:00. Return by Friday evening for underwater inspection is Mandatory for every charter in Croatia.
That is mostly up to our guests, and their general satisfaction at the end of the cruise. On our Crewed Croatia charters gratuities are discretionary, but it's customary to acknowledge the crew effort. We also believe, that the outstanding performances should be rewarded.
The usual tip for services aboard skippered yacht charters in the Mediterranean is 15-20% of weekly skipper fee and 5% of the full amount for the crewed luxury charters. The gratuity should be paid in cash to your captain.
There are many inclusions in a private yacht trip that you pay before the departure, so that you don't encounter any hidden fees during your trip. But there ar the some costs that can vary so the y are difficult to estimate (food, fuel consumption, transfers, island tours,...). We recommend a budget 20-30€ per day per person for food and extra 10-20€ for transfers, bars and marina fees.
THE USUAL YACHT CHARTER INCLUSIONS:
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. The engine runs approx.1-2 hours/day and the rest we leave it to the gods of the wind if the favour us.
The final sum also depends on the wind conditions, your itineraries and also the fuel prices during the season. On a sailing yacht fuel cost can be really negligible. Somewhere between 70 and 120€ per week. Catamaran around 200€.
Local port fees start at 40€/night for a 40 foot sailing boat (6 persons) and it can go up to 100€. 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 25-35€. Anchoring is free of charge. A mixture of above options gives the best balance through the week for most groups.
The charm of a private sailing trip is in flexibility. The route itinerary can always be tailored with your skipper before embarking. The itinerary demands vary form one clinet to another, that is why is difficult to speculate the exact port and marina costs during your week.
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 can 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). The cabins are bright and comfortable and absorb plenty of light through the with side windows. Even the largest yacht has the capacity of maximum 12 persons.
There is also a large bed in the salon which we don't recommend especially if you want more privacy and space. 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:
Absolutely! Nothing is better than a delicious meal cooked by a capable chef on board. A double gas cooker with oven is installed on every sailboat.
There is at least 1 bathroom with a shower installed on a sailboat and one shower outside with cold and hot water. You ned to bear in mind that the water tanks have limited storage, so be careful how much you consume, or you will constantly need to refill in the marinas.
Food and beverages are usually not included in your charter price.
It is impossible to speculate the cost on provisioning, since it all depends on client's habits and traveling style. Only in cases where APA is included ( advance provisioning allowance) and charter includes also a hostess to provide for boat's supplies.
It is rcommended for the guests to supply the boat before the embarkation. Your skipper can help you with giving you some tips on wher and what to buy. Every marina in Croatia has shops and supermarkets, where you can buy as much as you need for one week. Your sailing itinerary always includes plenty of stops You can always buy fresh bread from the market, fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. It is also expected to take care of skipper's food and meals.
Breakfast and a quick afternoon snack can be prepared on board. 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.
APA is the money that client pays in advance with charter price, so that we can take this money from our account and give it to the skipper. With that money skipper and hostess buy provisioning & food before and during your charter). Skipper also pays mooring fees, fuel and park entrances with that money. APA is very practical for the skippered charters and for the clients who don't want to bring much money with during charter and like their groceries to be purchased in advance. Skipper and hostess collect bills for everything they paid from APA, than at the end of charter, skipper returns the remaining money to the client.
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 tourist tax for every person on your boat (including the crew) for the number of days aboard. This is payable in cash at the charter office.
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 prefer more privacy. Please note that skipper will need 1 warm meal per day so kindly assure some pocket money for his meals (around 30€ per daily meal should be enough).
Please remember that your skipper and hostess are your best tripsadvisors - you cannot beat local knowledge.
Your sailing itinerary generally depends on current weather conditions. That is why it is impossible to set the exact route in advance. Your skipper is there to monitor the wather forecast and will recommend best itinerary considering the situation at sea. He will try to make your sailing holiday as comfortable and safe as possible. In case of a bad weather, your skipper will adjust the sailing dynamics following the maritime regulations and local forecast warnings.
Safety at sea is always first!
Most important is, that the full safety aboard is assured for our guests. This is only possible to follow the directions from your skipper and respect the sea. In this case, we kindly ask our guest to be patient and understanding to make skipper's work easier.
As we sailors use to say: "You can't change the direction of wind, but you can always adjust the sails"
On private Croatia sailing trips is mandatory to make a certain security deposit for the possible damages caused on a yacht during your charter week. Deposit is the insurance(assurance), that you will return the vessel back in its previous condition. Guests aboard are responsible for any direct damage caused by their negligence (clogging the toilet, 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 amount 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 (sail damarges, hull,...) are covered by the skipper's insurance policy.
In case of damages, the charter establishes the amount of the damage that is charged by the valid charter's price list.
Yes. But please let us know that you want it insured. Deposit insurance is the sum that you cover the damages. And it is non-refundable. The amount depends on the yacht age and length. Usually the amount is from (150-400€).
Not covered - fee for unblocking toilet, lost dinghy and/or outboard engine, gross negligence damage and missing fuel.
Yes. One-Way options (Split - Dubrovnik & Zadar - Split) or vice versa, are available. Please also note that one way fee costs extra 300-500 Euros with re-fueling included. One-Way itineraries do not include the port fees at disembarkation. We ask all our passengers to disembark by 10AM on Friday, to allow enough time for your skipper to return the yacht back to the base marina.
Yes. Although the official check in and check out charter days in Croatia are Saturdays, we've launched a special Wednesday - Wednesday charter program. You get plenty more by coming on Wednesday such as:
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). Beginning of June and late September just deduct 5 degrees in average.
Wherever 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 Adriatic
- 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)