Fully equipped yacht
Taking a private skippered yacht tour is probably the closest way to experience the authenticity of the another Croatian coast. Sailing in Pula, Croatia will reveal you the beauties of Istrian peninsula and Kvarner islands in a 7-day sailing adventure. This hidden corner of the earth will uncover all the natural and cultural highlights in this parz of Croatia. Sailing through of the most intact habitats on the planet, you will have the chance to witness amazing architecture, wildlife parks, secluded coves, tiny isolated islands and amazing local cuisine.
With no large cities in the area, no heavy maritime traffic or industry nearby, this is one of the most remote and sailing areas in Croatia. Surrounded with aromatic pine forests, turquoise sea still swarming with fish, you will find tranquility and peace under the warm Mediterranean sun. If you want to taste the nightlife, sailing in Istria and Kvarner tour offers plenty of it. The island Pag, famous of top party venues is always on our map. Itinerary is completely flexible to your wishes. Our skipper is free to any suggestions and will be privileged to introduce you the beauty of living at sea
Upon arriving at the base marina, you will probably have some extra time before your tour will begin. We recommend you to check out the ancient Pula downtown, well know of the Roman amphitheater from the 1.st century. You can also use this time to shop for food or some basic supplies to fill the boat lockers. Maybe have a snack in one of the many town restaurants before the departure.
Your skipper will be waiting at the marina pier at 15h. He will assist you to accommodate aboard and together you will have a short briefing before setting the sails. In the afternoon you will pass Istrian peninsula to visit the wildlife park Kamenjak.
A great chance to swim or snorkel in natural surrounding. Only the brave ones can dive from 10 meter cliffs into the clear sea and later have a refreshing cocktail in a »safari bar«. First evening will be perfect to enjoy in a nice glass of Istrian Malvazija wine and try famous truffle dishes in a traditional Istrian eco farm just a couple of minutes away.
Leaving Istria behind, we will be crossing Kvarner channel, which curves into the mainland all the way to the port of Rijeka. There are swarms of dolphins in the channel, and if you are lucky, you can spot some.
Early in the afternoon we'll reach the largest island in Croatia, Cres. Of course you will have planty of time to take a swim in one of its many secluded coves before we dock in the heart of this colorful town.
Overnight in Cres town port, where busy ancient streets meet modern architecture. Here you will have the chance to first-hand discover the nightlife and visit one of the many seaside restaurants and bars. Island lamb »under the bell« is one of the traditional culinary highlights.
After the morning coffee in the town square, we'll set sails to the south of the island Cres, then take a break to swim in a turquoise water on an isolated island along our route. Here you can actually see that isolated Kvarner islands really have one of the cleanest seas in the planet.
Overnight in the ancient city of Osor, founded by Greeks millenniums ago. Centuries ago, a large seaborne trade post with 20.000 residents, today a small town on the shore banks of a narrow channel between the island Lošinj and Cres.
The bridge connecting the islands opens only twice a day for the passing yachts and it is a sight to see. You can dine in one of the local taverns and try freshly caught fish, done on a traditional grill. Later take a walk along the historic route of this city-museum.
In the morning you can ascend up the hill ridge, elevating over the town to catch the early sunrise. Sailing along the aromatic forrests of Lošinj island, we will soon reach the distant island of flowers - Ilovik.
With only 300 inhabitants this tiny island attracts mostly nautical guests. The main reason is its position. Almost forgotten island is the juncture of main course routes between Kvarner and Dalmatia. It is a charming fishing village with typical island heartbeat, small-run local restaurants, lovely sandy beaches and amazing flora. It is a special place to explore and mingle with same-minded sailors from all over the world. This little isle will leave you the impression of how very unique a private sailing tour really is. Don't forget to try the amazing food in a restaurant by the sea and amazing squid and octopus local dishes.
To buy some warm, home baked bread in Ilovik would be a good choice. The morning route will take us to the scenic sandy beaches of the island Susak, formed by an ancient river with accumulation of the sand from mainland and is geologically entirely covered in sandstone. Jump in the clear water and maybe take a refreshment in a local bar.
We overnight in Mali Lošinj, the largest town of all the Kvarner islands. Here you can take a stroll between the colorful painted house fronts and have one of the best ice creams in the area. Live music playing on the vivid streets is almost traditional in this town. And your best chance to have a taste of the island nightlife within your sailing week. Lošinj is besides the popular Hvar, one of the sunniest places in Europe. Don't forget to check out well-stocked fish market in the morning and have a nice coup of coffee on the vivid town square.
After purchasing basic provisions for the last 2 days, we'll have a short sailing to the one of the most isolated islands in the area Unije. This is the place where time stops and a perfect place to take a relaxing break. As we approach the island, you will soon smell the irresistible scent of rosemary and lavender. Turquise waters surrounding this place are your best chance to snorkel. In the evening you can walk up to a half an hour distant cliffs, shaped through the millions of years by forces of the sea
Feel free to also discover this colorful fishing village. The community of less then 100 mostly fishermen and farmers is nowadays more and more investing into eco production and trying keep the pace with the outside world. With its white stone houses and blue window shutters Unije really makes an impressive site. One of the best places to stay in a quiet picturesque setting of densely forested surrounding hills.
Our last day aboard we'll sail north to our home port and have one last chance for a quick swim. We'll dock late afternoon in the base marina.
If you didn't get the chance to visit Pula, you should check the vivid city streets and the 1.st century Roman amphitheater. A great opportunity to feel the nightlife of the largest Istrian city.
We say goodbye before 08:30 and hope to see you next year.