Sailing the coast of Croatia, from Split to Dubrovnik with Med Sailors
If you like the sound of island hopping from Split down to Dubrovnik on a yacht with only 7 other people, then do I have something that will interest you! Over the course of a week, you can sail from one end of Croatia to the other, in our case we started in Split and ended up in Dubrovnik. It was one of the best holidays we had whilst living and travelling in Europe for two years!
What company do you choose for your sail Croatia trip?
We spent a bit of time researching the best company to go with. We wanted a small intimate group of people who were interested in relaxing, enjoying the scenery and have a few drinks during the day rather than simply partying until the wee hours of the morning. We decided to gather up a few friends and booked with Med Sailors on their Voyager tour from Split to Dubrovnik which is designed for those between 20-35 years old, during the booking process you’re also able to note what you’re looking for, if you’re a couple or single traveler and that allows Medsailers to pair you up with (hopefully) like-minded travelers.
Our one week itinerary sailing the coast of Croatia
After spending an incredible night and half day in Split, we departed on our week long sailing trip. Our stops included:
- Vela Luka
All of these stops were on our way to our final destination of the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik.
Why it is one of the best value sailing trips around…
We personally love Med Sailors and all they have to offer. The real benefits for us was that you can take your own drinks on board which saves you heaps of money as a lot of the larger boats require you to buy your alcohol off them. You also have your breakfast and lunch made for you fresh each day.
What is included in the price
Besides the best accommodation going around (because who wouldn’t want to be on a yacht!) and the breakfast and lunch made for you each day as mentioned above, you also get a heap more benefits and inclusions. These include:
- Drinking water
- Lessons from your skipper on how to sail (which I am pretty good at, but Jenna on the other hand…)
- Paddleboards free of charge
- Discounted day trips, scooter and car hire
You are able to book as a solo or you can book with a group of friends. That’s the best part! We were able to fill an entire yacht and had friends on another yacht who joined with another small group. We have stayed in contact with the friends we met on the trip and always talk about what an amazing time we had in Croatia!
What the yachts are like
We had the choice of a Premier or Premier Plus Yacht and they have now added the Catamarans to their fleet. We chose the Premier Plus yacht and found it perfect.
The Premier and Premier plus yachts are the same size, only the Plus is normally a newer boat with more or a modern design. Both have three double rooms and one bunk room, sleeping 8 guests. Our skipper used the lounge room (sectioned off) for his room.
We were lucky enough to have the double room at the bow (front) of the yacht which was extremely spacious and had plenty of room for our bags at the front.
The yacht had two bathrooms on board, which were fine for what we needed them for. Remembering there are a couple of stops along the way with shower blocks should you want to wash your hair or take a longer shower!
The deck of the yacht is the most important part. There was plenty of room at the back of the yacht for everyone to sit comfortably with the shade able to be pulled over if you want to escape the sun. The front of the boat was perfect for catching some rays.
Day One: Split to Sesula
Before departing on your sailing trip, be sure to explore the historical town of Split. For more on what to see in split, click here. From Split, you sail to a gorgeous pine tree framed bay of Sesula. This is an awesome spot to jump off some rocks into the Adriatic Sea, paddleboard or float in the water and enjoy your first day of the holiday. Dinner is with your yacht group and the restaurant overlooks the bay and you can enjoy some delicious Croatian cuisine.
Day Two: Sesula to Hvar
Probably the most anticipated stop on the trip would have to be Hvar. Your yacht will moor just outside of Hvar. Here there are shower blocks if you fancy a change from showering on the boat and plenty of space to get ready for a night out. A water taxi will take you to Hvar so you can enjoy a spectacular sunset at Hula Hula Hvar whilst sipping on cocktails.
Day Three: Hvar to Vela Luka
After breakfast, it is off to the next stop of Vela Luka. It is such a gorgeous little town, which apparently is the sunniest towns of the Adriatic! There are plenty of restaurant and bars along the promenade.
Day Four: Vela Luka to Korcula
Korcula was one of our favourite stops! It is such a beautiful town, with plenty of cobblestone streets leading you from one spot to another. It is easy to get lost! The best place to be is of course watching the sun go down at the famous Massimo Rooftop bar sipping cocktails. It really was amazing, but a bit of advice, get there early to get a spot! We were lucky enough to get a rooftop area big enough for our two yachts of friends.
Day Five: Korcula to Mljet
After a leisurely morning snorkelling and paddle boarding, it is time to head to Mljet, which is home to Croatia’s pine forest and national park. You can hire bikes and cycle to the picturesque lake and choose to hire a kayak if you want to check out the Med’s largest coral reef! If you are unable to cycle back to the yacht, they do have transfers you can take, which we decided to go with because I took a nasty fall on my bicycle and couldn’t ride back. Be sure to take out travel insurance!! The night is then spent on the yacht, with your friends (and new friends) after dinner at a restaurant at the marina.
Day Six: Mljet to Sipan
Just when you think the Croatian coastline can’t get any more beautiful, you arrive at Sipan. It is such a beautiful island and there is no better spot to relax on the deck of your yacht, grabbing a drink at a local bar before heading up for your last dinner as a group at a local restaurant with amazing views overlooking the bay.
Day Seven: Sipan to Dubrobnik
Enjoy one last jump off the yacht into the magical waters of the Adriatic before heading to your final stop of the trip, Dubrovnik. We were doing well for time so we were able to sail right down past the old town before circling back to moor the yacht. For more on what to see and do in Dubrovnik, click here.
What to do from Dubrovnik
If you have a day to spare after your trip and you’re looking for something extra to do, or tick an extra country off your bucket list, we can highly recommend visiting Kravica waterfall and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. For detailed information on this day trip, click here to read our post.
Here are a series of photos from the sailing trip.
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