Recommended route 1/
Recommended route 1
- Punat (island of Krk) - Košljun Islet
- Rab (island of Rab)
- Novalja (island of Pag)
- Ilovik (island of Ilovik)
- Osor (island of Mali Lošinj)
- Cres (island of Cres)
Punat is situated on the southwestern part of the island of Krk is one of the most protected bays on the Adriatic Sea. Punat and the island of Krk have so much to offer – beautiful beaches (especially between Punat and Stara Baška), lush vegetation, excellent cuisine, and numerous activities particularly for those seeking an active vacation, with activities such as water skiing, wind surfing, paragliding rides, water slides, jet skiing and many other activities on sea and on land.
Marina Punat is one of the largest and oldest marinas in Croatia. It is positioned in a deep bay protected from winds, making it the perfect starting point for any adventure. The marina offers 850 sea berths for yachts up to 45 m in length, on 11 wooden docks. An additional 400 land berths are equipped with water and electricity. Within Marina Punat there is also the Punat shipyard and all services required for the maintenance of vessels.
According to a folk tale, the whole of the Puntarska draga, today a bay, was once a fertile field. The owners of the field were brothers, but one of them, the youngest, was blind. In the autumn, in sharing the harvest of their hard work, the older brother cheated the younger one. In the fashion of a tale of the Brothers Grimm, in righting the injustice, the skies became angry and punished the eldest brother. The seas penetrated into the Draga, drowning the elder brother, and flooding the land of both the older brothers with sea water. Only the youngest, blind brother was saved, as his land was on slightly higher ground. Today, this elevated land surrounded by the sea has lasted for centuries (in part due to his calm conscience), and is called Košljun.
A stone capital from the 8th century is kept here. In the 12th century, a Benedictine Abbey was founded on the islet, while in the 15th century, it was taken over by the Franciscan order. The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation of Mary was constructed in 1523. The monastery today houses an archive and library with incunabula, and a particularly interesting possession for sailors is the rare copy of Ptolomey's Atlas, printed in Venice between 1565 and 1570. If you have been dissuaded from sailing further due to the Bura wind at just the right time, you can take in one of the many concerts put on in the monastery. There is no need to stress than many of the preserved documents are written in the Glagolitic script. It is only possible to reach the islet by the boat service that runs from the Punat waterfront. The boat fare is HRK 20 per person.
The Old Town of Rab is the main town on the island of the same name, which is also one of the sunniest places in all of Europe. The town has about 3000 residents. The entry into the port is marked by the red lighthouse at the Cape of St. Ante and the green lighthouse on Tunera Islet. Due to the shallows near Tunera Islet, keep towards the red lighthouse. The ACI Marina Rab is situated within the Rab Harbour and offers 140 berths. The marina is protected by a jetty, marked with a green lighthouse. The maximum speed in the channel is 3 knots for all vessels. The western side of the marina docks is lit up. The Bura blows from the directions between the northwest and northeast and the water levels can drop by up to 1 metre. In the northern part of the town, there is a mooring area with several ancoring buoys, a workshop for engine repairs, crane and ramp, and a petrol station. During strong Jugo winds, staying in the town harbour is not recommended. The Bay of St. Fumija, situated in front of the Rab Harbour, offers protection from the Jugo wind, but not the Bura wind.
The Town of Novalja is situated in a small bay on the northwestern side of the island of Pag, and the town has about 2500 residents. In the harbour, the waterfront is reserved for the catamaran that is docked there from the evening until the following morning. The side sections of the waterfront are usually occupied by fishing boats, while small boats are anchored in the bay. Guests may use the available anchoring buoys. There is also a crane in the harbour. Novalja (Zrće Beach) is known for its parties that last 24 hours a day, and is a favourite party destination. This is a must visit place if you are looking for fun that lasts until morning. There is a train that runs between Novalja and Zrće Beach throughout the day.
The island of Ilovik is a favourite destination for sailors. The settlement is home to just 100 people, and it is the southernmost of the inhabited islands of the Lošinj archipelago. The largest cove with a sandy beach is Paržine on the southeastern side of the island. There is also a well protected channel, 2.5 km long and 300 m, between the two islands that serves as a harbour for local fisherman and a safe harbour for the many sailors who come here to enjoy the pristine nature. To the southern side are several berths with moorings. Other berths with moorings are tied to the south, where the sea depth is 1–2 metres, and north of the main dock at the entrance to the small harbour. The waters are protected from all winds, except the strong Jugo wind, and can offer safe shelter for yachts and smaller vessels. A strong Jugo wind (higher than 4 Beauforts) will create waves throughout the entire channel and on the northern side of the sea. There are about 100 anchoring buoys for yachts. Transport is available from the buoys to the harbour and back until midnight, at a price of HRK 10 per person, and calls are sent via the UKW channel 7 or by waving. Due to the island steam ship, all anchoring is prohibited in the area of the dock and in the navigation channel north of it.
This town stands at the point where the islands of Lošinj and Cres almost touch.
The entire town of Osor is actually an outdoor museum, in which artists of all eras have left their trace. During calm weather, it is best to dock on the northeastern side of the Kavauda passage (where the raising bridge is found). There is a 50 metre long waterfront, with a sea depth of 4 metres that is safe for mooring. The bridge is raised twice each day, at 9 am and 5 pm. The passage is 120 metres long and 12 metres wide. Near the shore, the depth is 2 metres. The current in the passage can be up to 6 knots. The first right of passage is for vessels approaching from the southern side. Boats may be anchored on the southeastern side of the concrete dock. At the end of the dock, the sea depth is 3.5 metres, which decreases towards the coast, making it secure only for smaller boats.
If the Jugo or Bura wind are blowing, it is best to anchor in the wooded bay Bijar on Cres Island. Bijar is just a 10 minute walk from Osor.
The town of Cres is the largest town on the island of the same name, and is its administrative centre. There are some 2500 residents in the town. The town of Cres is a very popular destination among sailors, with berths available in the town harbour or in the ACI Marina Cres. It is possible to dock on the right side of the dock at the very entrance to the harbour, where there are about 10 moorings with electricity and water. There is also a shipyard for repairs and land berth for overwintering, and 16 berths with electricity and water.
The modern ACI Marina Cres has an excellent position just south of the town. The marina can receive megayachts up to 50 metres in length, and has 473 sea berths and 120 land berths, a 10-tonne crane, 80-ton travel-lift, technical services, restaurant, stop, cage, currency exchange and petrol station. There are metal buoys in front of the marina without light markings.