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Guide To Sailing In Vodice

Vodice is a small town on the Adriatic Coast almost exactly between Split and Zadar.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, there are relics in the town from the Roman era as an important trading post of the region. Today you will see several churches from different points of history that include the striking Church of St Cross that was built in 1746 and the 17th Century Church of Our Lady of Carmel. The Coric Tower is now an important attraction though it is too unstable to go inside - but forms an important landmark in a very beautiful and many say romantic town.

Today as a modern popular tourist destination you will find lots of konobas (Croatian pubs) in Vodice that serve traditional Croat cuisine with a Mediterranean flavor. Where it comes to beaches, these are gravel or pebble beaches but the likes of Blue Beach have excellent water quality and facilities such as children's play areas and showers. The pine forest locally reaches right down to the beaches, giving you a scented respite from the sun. Thanks to its location, Vodice is an ideal place to begin your Croatia yacht charter.

Explore Vodice By Renting A Yacht

A Vodice yacht charter is easily sorted out from start to finish - on a bareboat yacht charter, you need to present your sailing qualifications, pay the security deposit, inspect the boat, and off you go! On a skippered or crewed yacht charter it really is a case of turn up, meet your charter company, and find your cabin!

In Vrulje Cove, ACI Marina Vodice has some of the best water quality of any marina on the Adriatic Coast and has the European Blue Flag for its water cleanliness. It is also a hub for sailing charters and luxury motor yacht charters.

Vodice is almost the best place for a perfect yacht holiday in Croatia. After perhaps exploring the beautiful small town, the choice is yours where you want to go on your yacht cruise! To the south, you could get to Trogir or Split to the south or as far as Zadar or even Opatija to the north. Just to the south of Vodice is Sibenik and access up the Krka River to the inland Krka national park. If you are on a luxury superyacht you may find yourself mooring at Sibenik and perhaps blasting up the bay on a tender to get to Vodice - a worthy destination for a day away from your luxury bubble!

The islands to the west are a favorite of sailing boat charters heading out of Vodice. The larger island of Murter is nearby - sparsely populated but a nice introduction to the Croatian islands. Beyond is the Kornati Islands. These are uninhabited for much of the year but at the settlement of Vrulje, you will find that if you dock at a restaurant quay you don't have to pay national park fees to stay there.

How To Get To Vodice

Vodice is almost equidistant between Split Airport and Zadar International Airport.

Split Airport is one of the most important tourist airports in Croatia and has flights from all over Europe and other regions of the world. You can either hire a car or take a bus to get to Vodice from there - do remember that you will have to take a bus to Split Bus Station and connect to a long-distance bus onward to Vodice from there.

Zadar International Airport takes a number of international flights daily during the summer months from a number of European cities. To get to Vodice you then have to take a bus - as with Split, this is roughly 120km or 90 minutes.

Marinas In Vodice

There are two marinas within the range of Vodice, with the state-owned ACI Marina Vodice in Vrulje Cove in the town and the nearby luxury superyacht marina Mandalina Marina just a few kilometers down the road.

ACI Marina Vodice:

This is the only marina in Vodice and caters to most small and mid-sized yachts. There is a fleet of charter yachts that have gulets, motor yacht, catamaran, and monohull sailing yacht for bareboat charter and luxury yacht charter.

Berth Characteristics:

382 berths

Max Length 25m (82 Feet)

Max Draught 5.5m (18 Feet)

List of additional services: Water, electricity, waste disposal, fuel, WiFi, ATM, bar, shower, toilets, restaurant

Mandalina Marina:

This is Croatia's only formally recognized superyacht marina and caters to boats of up to 70 meters. In Sibenik, it is a short blast across the bay from Vodice by tender should you want a taste of local culture.

Berth Characteristics:

440 berths

Max Length 70m (229.6 Feet)

Max Draught 5.5m (18 Feet)

List of additional services: Water, waste, electricity, laundry, boutiques, restaurants, chandlery, bars

Suggested Sailing Routes From Vodice

With much of the best that Dalmatia and the Adriatic Sea have to offer within a fairly short sailing range of Vodice, you are spoiled for choice. Here we will give you some highlights of a 7 or 14-day yacht charter.

7 days - Trogir and Split: With the historic cities of Split and Trogir as your mid-point on the trip, you should take in the Krka National Park, mooning at ACI Marina Skradin for the evening. The Sibenik Archipelago has a number of islands that are inhabited and uninhabited - these are well worth a pause on the way back north towards Vodice as you return.

7 days - Zadar and the Kornati Island: The bustling port of Zadar has been inhabited since Roman times and has a number of relics throughout history, and would be the mid-point of your trip. If taking the coastal route north, do drop by the buzzing holiday town of Biograd with its beautiful beaches as you go. The legendary Kornati Archipelago lies offshore and should be a definite stop on your trip too.

14 days - Opatija and the Kornati Islands: On the Istrian Peninsula, Opatija is known as the 'Monte Carlo of Croatia' thanks to its colorful, aristocratic atmosphere. You can coastal hop north from Vodice to the city, pausing at Biograd and Zadar as you go. Heading back south you can go island hopping back via the butterfly-shaped island of Ist and then south to the Kornati Islands before returning to the charter base.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Vodice

The sailing vacation season runs from late April to October with July and August being the busiest months for yacht charter. The ACI Marina chain also adds 20% to their berthing fees at this time of year. If you can charter outside of the peak period you will find it far quieter and less expensive. The climate is mild most of the sailing season with occasional rain showers.

Sailing Weather In Vodice

April and May: There will be occasional rainy days but temperatures sit between 22-28C or higher. Winds are generally NW, 10-20 knots

June-August: You'll be unlucky if you see any rain, though it could be welcome in the summer heat! Temperatures are from 26C and up to the mid-30s. The wind is generally NW 5-10 knots

September-October: In this part of the world it rains more in October and the temperature falls away to 10 degrees C in the evenings, though it can get up to a comfortable 20C on an autumn day. Winds can get up to 20 knots.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when renting a boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

Do you have to pay a deposit when renting a boat?

​You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.

What happens if my boat breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.

What should I think of before I rent a boat?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat rental before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.

What qualifications do I need to rent a boat?

If you want to sail without a captain then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.