The last night aboard

Bobovišće, Brač Island | Nautic
Apr. 24, 2012 @ 13:58 | MattK

The last night aboard
The last night aboard
The last night aboard
The last night aboard
The last night aboard

If you charter your boat from Marina Kaštela, which is one of the most popular and busiest starting points for sailing the Adriatic, a good spot to spend your first or last night aboard is Bobovišće anchorage.

Bobovišće is a deep bay with two smaller bays at the end. Both are quite narrow so during season there can be a bit crowdy. It is well protected from bora and jugo (NE and SE winds) and not so much from Maestral – wind from NW which is a sign of stable weather.

It is only 13 miles from Bobovišće to Marina Kaštela so in you can be docked in the marina in little less than two hours sailing.

Lučice anchorage, Brač Island

Lučice, Brač Island | Nautic
Apr. 23, 2012 @ 15:32 | MattK

Lučice anchorage, Brač Island
Lučice anchorage, Brač Island
Lučice anchorage, Brač Island
Lučice anchorage, Brač Island
Lučice anchorage, Brač Island

During high season, Lučice anchorage on Brač Island about a mile east of Split gate (Splitska vrata), is very crowded. We stopped there in April and we were alone there.

Lučice is well protected from all winds, except for from south mabye.

There is 20 buoys there mainly for the guests of restaurant Smrčeva. They are the oncessionaire at Lučice as well.

The prices vary from 80kn to 240 kn (for boats larger then 12m.

Lučice and the owners of the restaurant are well known for their care for the environment and clean anchorage.

A narrow bay

Uska, Lastovo Island | Nautic
Apr. 16, 2012 @ 12:52 | MattK

A narrow bay
A narrow bay
A narrow bay

Just west of Skrivena luka, there is a narrow bay we anchored at once.

We bought a nice fresh fish off a fisherman in Ubli where we poured some diesel into our tank (luckily the fishing boat was docked there otherwise we wouldn’t be able to fill up our tank because it is very shallow by the gas station – around 1.5 m) and we made a nice dinner in Uska.

Uska is a nice bay very safe if the forecast is bora (NE wind) and pretty ok in stable weather as well. I wouldn’t spend the night if winds from SW are blowing because Uska is open towards SW and the swells are pretty big.

Events on Sv. Marija Island at V. Jezero, Mljet Island

Sv. Marija Island, V. Jezero, Mljet Island | Party & Events
Apr. 14, 2012 @ 18:21 | MattK

Events on Sv. Marija Island at V. Jezero, Mljet Island
Events on Sv. Marija Island at V. Jezero, Mljet Island
Events on Sv. Marija Island at V. Jezero, Mljet Island
Events on Sv. Marija Island at V. Jezero, Mljet Island
Events on Sv. Marija Island at V. Jezero, Mljet Island

When we stopped at Polače Bay and had that magnificent dinner we also went to Sv. Marija Island on Grand Lake where there is a Benedictine monastery.

Tourist board holds various events; concerts, plays etc. on the terrace of the restaurant there and we went to listen to Ibrica Jusić – the legend of Croatian Chanson.

There were about three boats worth of spectators and the concert was great. Ibrica always brings along his dog Bond.

There are interesting events held there as a part of Mljet cultural summer festival so it’s worth checking out the calendar.

Prožura Bay and Snjevci Island

Prožura, Mljet Island | Nautic
Apr. 13, 2012 @ 16:24 | MattK

Prožura Bay and Snjevci Island
Prožura Bay and Snjevci Island
Prožura Bay and Snjevci Island
Prožura Bay and Snjevci Island
Prožura Bay and Snjevci Island

Prožura is a beautiful Bay on the NE side of Mljet Island. I even found a roadmap of Croatia with the cover photo of this bay on it.

Prožura is quite safe for anchoring except for the depth, which is too deep. You can tie your boat to a buoy of one of two restaurants or anchor by one of two smaller islands Planjak or Snjevci. The second restaurant has no buoys. You can anchor in the inner most part of the bay at about 4-10 meters.

Along Planjak the depth quickly deepens to 15 and more meters so you have to be close by. Snjevci is better but there is room enough for only two or three boats. Seabed there is sand and anchor holds well at about 3-4 meters.

Snjevci is an interesting island with stairs and a path that climbs to the top of it where view towards Elafiti Islands and towards Prožura opens up.

A beautiful anchorage on Mljet

Podškolj Bay, Mljet Island | Nautic
Apr. 13, 2012 @ 15:51 | MattK

A beautiful anchorage on Mljet
A beautiful anchorage on Mljet
A beautiful anchorage on Mljet
A beautiful anchorage on Mljet
A beautiful anchorage on Mljet

Podškolj Bay is one of the most beautiful places I stopped at when sailing southern Adriatic. It is situated between Mljet Island and two smaller islands Školj Veli and Školj Mali overlooking Jakljan and Šipan Islands of the Elafiti Archipelago.

Between the small islands and Mljet Island there is a weak current that makes swimming a bit of a challenge.

The bay is a nice place to spend the night in stable weather and not so much when bora (NE) or jugo (SE) are pounding the rocks. Anchor held ok and the depth varies from 3 to 7 meters in between the islands.

There is a cute restaurant there but we didn’t try it out because we just stopped there to take a swim.

Saplunara Bay and Blaca lagoon

Saplunara, Blaca Bays, Mljet Island | Nature & Attractions
Apr. 13, 2012 @ 15:27 | MattK

Saplunara Bay and Blaca lagoon
Saplunara Bay and Blaca lagoon
Saplunara Bay and Blaca lagoon
Saplunara Bay and Blaca lagoon
Saplunara Bay and Blaca lagoon

Saplunara Bay is situated on the SW side of Mljet Island and it is very popular anchorage for those who sail southern Dalmatia. Saplunara is well known for its nice beach and Blaca lagoon just SE of Saplunara.

Saplunara is well protected from bora (NE) and pretty ok protected from SE – jugo but totally open towards south and SW so check the forecast before spending the night there.

Blaca is an interesting lagoon SE from Saplunara. If you go there by a sail boat you have to anchor in front of the entrance, because it is very shallow. You can then go into the lagoon with your dinghy and bath in the warm water. The depth in the lagoon is around 0.5 meters.

Restaurants in Polače, Mljet Island

Polače Bay, Mljet Island | Food & Wine
Apr. 13, 2012 @ 15:14 | MattK

Restaurants in Polače, Mljet Island
Restaurants in Polače, Mljet Island
Restaurants in Polače, Mljet Island
Restaurants in Polače, Mljet Island
Restaurants in Polače, Mljet Island

When you sail to Polače Bay on NE part of Mljet Island you are greeted by restaurant owners lifting moorings and inviting you to come and try their cuisine. Indeed most of them offer nice meals including brunches and breakfasts.

We tried ham and eggs for brunch and roasted goat for dinner in between we took a walk to the lakes and took a ride to Sv. Marija Island with the monastery .

Antika restaurant in Polače, Mljet

Polače Bay, Mljet Island | Food & Wine
Apr. 13, 2012 @ 14:36 | MattK

Antika restaurant in Polače, Mljet
Antika restaurant in Polače, Mljet
Antika restaurant in Polače, Mljet
Antika restaurant in Polače, Mljet
Antika restaurant in Polače, Mljet

There are quite a few restaurants in Polače Bay on Mljet. Last year we went to Konoba Antika which is situated by the ruin where you can buy tickets for Mljet National Park.

We had fish soup for starter and then lobster and gilthead fish for main course and salt potatoes. With that we had a portion of shrimps in buzara sauce which is delicious and superb for dipping bread.

We had 1.5 l of white wine and a Coca Cola and we had pancakes for desert. The price: 1322 kn for 5 persons which is more than acceptable.

Telašćica National Park, cliffs and Mir Lake

Telašćica, Dugi otok (Long Island) | Nature & Attractions
Apr. 11, 2012 @ 13:29 | MattK

Telašćica National Park, cliffs and Mir Lake
Telašćica National Park, cliffs and Mir Lake
Telašćica National Park, cliffs and Mir Lake
Telašćica National Park, cliffs and Mir Lake
Telašćica National Park, cliffs and Mir Lake

Telašćica is always fun to visit and if you enjoy nice view I recommend taking a 10 minute trip to the cliffs and Mir Lake.

The stroll is nice and short if you don’t decide to go further along the edge of the cliffs. The path is nice, but do wear good shoes, because at some points the rocks are razor sharp.

If you come by a boat, the buoys are free of charge because each visitor pays entrance fee of 60 kn per person. Surprisingly not all the buoys were taken.

There are lots of donkeys there. They are your main hosts feeling quite at home there and they don’t let themselves be bothered by tourists.

You can stock up with fresh fruit and veggies and schnaps at Toni’s supermarket and Market Janko – both shops are floating (boat shops).

Viewpoint at Levrnaka Island, Kornati National Park

Levrnaka Island, Kornati National Park | Nature & Attractions
Apr. 11, 2012 @ 13:10 | MattK

Viewpoint at Levrnaka Island, Kornati National Park
Viewpoint at Levrnaka Island, Kornati National Park
Viewpoint at Levrnaka Island, Kornati National Park
Viewpoint at Levrnaka Island, Kornati National Park
Viewpoint at Levrnaka Island, Kornati National Park

Experience taught me that bringing good shoes along on a sailing trip is worth wile.

One cannot only sit in the cockpit of a boat and occasionally jump in the water – that becomes boring, so we try and climb the islands we stop at and the view is usually rewarding.

This time we climbed on both hilltops on Levrnaka Island. We dropped anchor in Lojena Bay on SW side of Levrnaka which is well known as one of the most beautiful beaches on Adriatic. If you’re wondering why, check out the photos.

The view is fantastic to all sides. Towards NW you can see nearby islands Aba Vela and Aba Mala, and even part of Katina Island which is situated between Mala and Vela Proversa – the northern entrances to Kornati National Park. You can also see Sestrica Island where one of the nicest lighthouses on Adriatic is and Šilo Velo and Šilo Malo Islands.

Towards SE you can see all the way to the 126 m high hilltop at Piškera, where ACI marina Piškera is and Mana Island with its ruins that remained from a film shoot in the 70-ies.

In short it’s worth a bit of sweat to enjoy the nice view.

Nice sunset on Kakan Island

Borovnjaci anchorage, Kakan Island | Nautic
Apr. 11, 2012 @ 12:56 | MattK

Viewpoint at Levrnaka Island, Kornati National Park

We spent the night at Borovnjaci anchorage on Kakan Island. The anchorage is situated between Kakan and two smaller islands called Borovanjak mali and Borovnjak Veli. The bay itself is called Potkućina.

There are about 10 buoys there and the rest of the surface is good for anchoring. The price for the buoys is about 200 kn for a 7-15 m boat.
Borovnjaci anchorage is especially nice at the shallowest point between Borovnjak Veli and Kakan Island because of its turquoise water.

In Tratica Bay, just SE of Potkućina there is a nice but simple restaurant run by a nice family. The prices are about the same as at Kornati (that is to say not too cheap).

The restaurant has a couple of their own buoys for their guest but if the forecast is bora (NE wind) I wouldn’t stay the night.

Oh and when going to the bathroom in the restaurant we recommend taking a headlamp.

Anon | Apr. 15, 2012 @23:16

I know this restaurant ! Probably best fish on Adriatic !

On the wild side

Rakovica Bay, Maun Island | Nautic
Apr. 10, 2012 @ 12:40 | MattK

On the wild side
On the wild side
On the wild side
On the wild side
On the wild side

Sailing from say Rab or Pag Islands towards south, Rakovica Bay on Maun Island is a nice place to spend the night especially because there are not many safe coves along Pags southern coast except ACI marina Šimuni.

You can spend the night in Rakovica as long as the forecast is not Bora (NE wind) towards which the Bay is open.

The bay itself is separated into two smaller bays with sharp rocks chiseled by sharp bora. The good thing about this bay is the depth and the seabed. In the middle of the southern part of the bay the depth is between 7 and 10 meters and the anchor held ok. We tied our stern to the rocky shore only about 5 meters off where more than enough depth was still under our rudder.

In the morning fishermen came and closed up the entire bay and put the nets all the way along the NE shore of Maun.

Again if the forecast is stable weather or winds from the south there is no problem anchoring there but if a front is coming in you better choose a safer spot to spend the night.

Škrila restaurant in Zapuntel

Zapuntel, Molat Island | Food & Wine
Apr. 10, 2012 @ 11:19 | MattK

Škrila restaurant in Zapuntel
Škrila restaurant in Zapuntel
Škrila restaurant in Zapuntel
Škrila restaurant in Zapuntel
Škrila restaurant in Zapuntel

If you sail in the Zadar area I recommend stopping in Zapuntel. It lies between islands Ist and Molat.

On both sides you will find buoys to moor your boat but on Ists side there is nothing on shore. On Molats side there is a small village called Zapuntel.

There is a nice simple restaurant Škrila right on waterfront with nice pine trees for shade and a delicious cuisine.

Last year we had shrimp in buzara sauce, sea bass of about 1kg, cabbage salad and some potatoes with that. With 1l of white wine it cost 720 kuna (about 100€) for 4 people. Nice to pay little less than usually for a great dinner, for a change.

Oh, the buoys cost 15 kuna per meter but I think it was around 13 when we were there.

Green Cave

Ravnik Island | Nature & Attractions
Apr. 08, 2012 @ 22:43 | MattK

Green Cave
Green Cave
Green Cave
Green Cave
Green Cave

When sailing around Vis Island Green Cave is a nice place to see.

It is a cave with two entrances, connected by a stone pillar. There is a hole in the ceiling of the cave, through which sunlight comes in illuminating it bright green.

Green Cave on Ravnik Island is not as well hidden as Blue Cave on Biševo Island and not as famous as the Blue Cave. There is no problem getting in the cave with the dinghy but it is not as fascinating as in Blue Cave.
Still, it is worth stopping by when sailing by.

Stiniva Bay – a must see

Stiniva Bay, Vis Island | Nature & Attractions
Apr. 08, 2012 @ 22:42 | MattK

Stiniva Bay – a must see
Stiniva Bay – a must see
Stiniva Bay – a must see
Stiniva Bay – a must see
Stiniva Bay – a must see

Stiniva is a bay, you can easily overlook if sailing too far off the coast.

Solid cliffs on every side, around 15 meters depth in front of the entrance where most boats anchor and a beautiful pebble beach inside.

In the middle of the cliffs there is an entrance through which only smaller boats can sail.

There is a small "konoba" (a small restaurant/bar) right on the beach and you can get a cold beer there and they even grilled lamb and fish when we were there.

When anchoring there a little warning: seabed is rock and it is pretty deep so check your anchor whether it holds or not before swimming to the beach.

Amara Zee in Vis

Vis, Vis Island | Party & Events
Apr. 08, 2012 @ 22:39 | MattK

Amara Zee in Vis
Amara Zee in Vis
Amara Zee in Vis
Amara Zee in Vis
Amara Zee in Vis

When we stopped in Vis Caravanstage theatre was giving a performance on their ship Amara Zee.

Caravan Stage is a theatre from Canada and the performers are acrobats from all over the world. They live off donations they collect at their performances though the shows are free of charge.

The performance we saw showed their view on current political and economical situation in the world today.

They had some trouble hanging onto their ropes dangling from the masts when a ferry Petar Hektorović docked in the port and produced a nasty swell so Amara Zee rocked for the next 10 minutes.

Wild and beautifull southern side of Biševo Island

Biševo Island | Nature & Attractions
Apr. 06, 2012 @ 11:12 | MattK

Wild and beautifull southern side of Biševo Island
Wild and beautifull southern side of Biševo Island
Wild and beautifull southern side of Biševo Island
Wild and beautifull southern side of Biševo Island
Wild and beautifull southern side of Biševo Island

Southern side of Biševo Island offers a magnificent view and there is a cave you can go into with your dingy. The depth falls fast from 25 meters right by the cliffs to 95 and over 100 m only about 50 m or so away from the cliffs.

Under the highest peak of Biševo – Stražbenica (239 m above sea level) there is a large cave you can explore with your dingy but a part of the crew must stay on the boat, because the seabed is rock and it is very deep there so you probably won’t have enough anchor chain to anchor your boat anyway.

Blue Cave

Biševo Island | Nature & Attractions
Apr. 06, 2012 @ 11:03 | MattK

Blue Cave
Blue Cave
Blue Cave
Blue Cave

Blue Cave is situated in Balun Bay on Biševo Island. It is one of the most famous attractions on Adriatic.

Because of the underwater tunnel the cave lights up in magnificent blue color. The sunlight reflects from the white basin some 10 to 12 meters deep. The best part of the day to visit the Blue Cave is from 11AM ‘till 1PM.

The cave is 24 meters long and it has 15 meters ceiling. Just under the surface there is an underwater stone bridge connecting the two walls of the cave.

Blue cave was originally accessible only through its underwater tunnel through which the light comes in. Baron Eugen von Ransonet who first discovered the cave and painted it, suggested that a small tunnel is dug for small boats to te able to get in the cave. It was dug in 1884.

More than 10.000 tourists visit the cave each year through the 1.5 m high and 2.5 m wide tunnel on small dinghies.

If you visit the Blue Cave and anchor your boat in Balun Bay – a fair warning: it is deep and rocky bottom so anchor won’t hold very well. It is best for a part of the crew to stay onboard and see the cave in two groups.

Restaurant in Porat and Mediterranean seal cave

Biševska luka, Porat, Biševo Island | Food & Wine
Apr. 06, 2012 @ 10:58 | MattK

Restaurant in Porat and Mediterranean seal cave
Restaurant in Porat and Mediterranean seal cave
Restaurant in Porat and Mediterranean seal cave
Restaurant in Porat and Mediterranean seal cave
Restaurant in Porat and Mediterranean seal cave

We stopped there last year and went to the restaurant Tomić. Simple but ok just a little steep considering we didn’t have exactly first class fish and only a couple portions of fries.

More like brunch really. 1900 kuna which is about 250€, for 6 people no desert, no coffee and not much wine. I don’t know. I’ve had better for such money at Kornati and it’s supposed to be expensive there.

We went there on a recommendation from a friend. The old Tomić used to grill fresh fish on a stone slab and it didn’t cost much. Now times have changed.

Anyway, Porat is interesting for the seal cave as well. It is situated on the northern shore of the bay and you can swim inside or take your dingy if it is not too big and the tide is not high. Inside there is a small pebble beach and the tunnel continues into the rocks.

Plavi Podrum restaurant

Volosko, Opatija | Food & Wine
Apr. 05, 2012 @ 00:27 | MattK

Plavi Podrum restaurant
Plavi Podrum restaurant
Plavi Podrum restaurant
Plavi Podrum restaurant
Plavi Podrum restaurant

Plavi Podrum is a restaurant in Volosko, near Opatija known for its outstanding cuisine.
We were pretty hungry so we started with dipping bread into different kinds of olive oil. The bread was totally black as if it was made with squid ink.

The real starter were shrimps with pines on rocket bed , the other was thin sliced mushrooms and tuna fillets also on rocket bed. Merlot sorbet was very interesting and the foam made of Campari juice.

With this we had some Malvazija – dry white wine of Veralda family.
There was risotto with shrimps from Dalmatia and asparagus mixed in for second course. It was accompanied by Sauvignon from Korak vineyard.

Third course was goose liver, soft as butter and ba bass filet and cod in a chunky tortellini which we dipped into a zucchini sauce. With that we enjoyed 2006 Pošip wine from Korta Katarina.

And desert: chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream and a few drops of olive oil. Odd but tasty combination.

We tried a few sorts of red vine – I remember 2007 Postup from Pelješac peninsula.
It really was a unforgettable culinary experience.

MattK | Apr. 05, 2012 @00:27

AdriaLog

This path goes along the coast from Opatija to Lovran and it’s a nice walk after a large meal.

Lunch by the sea

Umag | Food & Wine
Mar. 27, 2012 @ 20:39 | MattK

Lunch by the sea
Lunch by the sea
Lunch by the sea
Lunch by the sea
Lunch by the sea

Unlike the north coast, where you’ll only find a hotel and a view of the marina, the south coast of Umag hides several rastaurants (konoba), well protected from the bora (NE wind), where you can sit and enjox the auntumn sun.

We didn’t mind the menu with photos; we even got over the fact that there was no bakalar. There was, however, some excellent biska and medica, octopus salad, slaty sardelles and some more fish, mixed side dishes, and, of course, malvazija. And two sorbets. 250 Kn (35 €) per person seems like a good price for the pleasure we got, enjoying ourselves by the sea.

Meanwhile the Italians to the left gulped down their shrimps and the Germans to the right their mixed grill: everybody was happy. It was 100% more peaceful than Piran, and a bonazza instead of bora.

The food may not be exceptional, but the location is nice and well maintained It will tempt you to stay there instead of proceeding further into Istra. We also give extra marks for a really pleasant service.

Moli Onte restaurant

Milna, Hvar Island | Food & Wine
Mar. 27, 2012 @ 11:05 | MattK

Moli Onte restaurant
Moli Onte restaurant
Moli Onte restaurant
Moli Onte restaurant
Moli Onte restaurant

Moli Onte restaurant is where you feel like you’re visiting an old friend, where the food is great, especially grilled fish, and where prices are not as steep as at some places across Adriatic.

Do not ask for a menu. Take what has been caught in the morning and what they grew in their own backyard. They also offer delicious olive oil they produce themselves! We always leave with a couple of bottles.

There are buoys in front of the restaurant and if you are on a charter boat you don’t even have to lower your dinghy because they come and pick you up and deliver you back to your boat.

The bay itself is relatively open so there can be some swells from other boats and ships passing by as well as winds except bora (NE wind).

Alternative to Zadar

Preko, Ugljan Island | Nautic
Mar. 26, 2012 @ 11:49 | MattK

Alternative to Zadar
Alternative to Zadar
Alternative to Zadar
Alternative to Zadar
Alternative to Zadar

If you’re going to Zadar you can also dock in Preko. There is a really nice marina, where they take reservations (unlike Tankerkomerc for example).

You can cross the canal to Zadar with a ferryboat (www.ugljan.org) or with a shuttle boat organized by the marina.

You can swim in clear (considering that it is Zadar canal) water at the outer side of the peer. The toilets have air –conditioning and are well maintained. Another sign that they care, is that the marina keeps fresh flowers and spices in pots (which you can use to enrich your dinner).
The town is near; the store is even nearer and well stacked.

The bars along the shore are ok, they even include a lounge, where you can spend an evening drinking cocktails. The two night time photos show the view of Preko and across to Zadar.

The lines on the last one is the ferry Jadrolinija Jurij Dalmatinac, arriving in Preko. Somebody else will have to provide the daytime photos.

SkipperTim | Mar. 27, 2012 @10:31

The price for the marina is about average, it cost us 370 Kn per night, for a 40 footer. We were there in June, I expect that it is more expensive in high season.

Hvar 50 years ago

Hvar, Hvar Island | Culture & History
Mar. 25, 2012 @ 12:45 | MattK

Hvar 50 years ago
Hvar 50 years ago
Hvar 50 years ago
Hvar 50 years ago

This is how Hvar looked like 50 years ago. It didn’t change much as you can see from a more recent photo.

There are some new hotels, that lie on the other side of the bay and the town itself grew a bit, but other than that, not much difference.

If you stop by with a boat, there is not much chance you will be able to dock at the main pier or drop anchor in front of the port for that matter. Hvar is very busy during the season so getting a free berth is a matter of luck.

There is ACI marina Palmižana across on Sv. Klement Islands – a part of Pakleni Islands, but it is also quite full during season.

Natural breakwater

Zub od Zaraća, Hvar Island | Nautic
Mar. 25, 2012 @ 00:28 | MattK

Natural breakwater
Natural breakwater
Natural breakwater
Natural breakwater
Natural breakwater

About a mile and a half SE from Milna on Hvar Island there is an interesting natural port with a breakwater made of rock.

There are buoys in this natural port which belong to a local restaurant. This natural port called Zub oz Zaraća is protected from winds from all sides, except from SW to SE.

It is a good thing that the restaurant owner put those buoys there, otherwise no one would be able to stop there, because the depth is too big to drop anchor.

If there are winds from the South it is better to hide in Malo Zaraće on the West side-towards Milna.

Buoys on Olib

Olib Island | Nautic
Mar. 23, 2012 @ 11:59 | MattK

Buoys on Olib
Buoys on Olib
Buoys on Olib
Buoys on Olib
Buoys on Olib

If you visit Olib Island by a boat, you can either moor at the pier where you can get electricity and water, but you must choose the North side, because regular line docks on the other side of the main pier, or you can tie your boat to a buoy.

There are about 20 of them and the price is around 13 Croatian Kuna per meter.

There are some fun facts about the buoy and it concrete block on the seabed: the block weighs 800 kg, and its dimensions are 1.2 x 1.2 x 0.5 m. the rope is polyamide 20 mm thick, and the buoy itself is plastic (PVC) with 60 cm radius. It all says on the back side of the receipt along with the "How to Tie Your Boat to the Buoy" manual. If you didn’t know, you must tie one rope to the lower ring and one to the top ring on the buoy.

Though it should be protected from NE winds, we had a pretty rough night because Olib is very low and bora wind gets over it easily.

Oh, check out the last photo – quad with balls

Expensive daily berth in Maslinica

Maslinica, Šolta Island | Nautic
Mar. 21, 2012 @ 15:32 | MattK

Expensive daily berth in Maslinica
Expensive daily berth in Maslinica
Expensive daily berth in Maslinica
Expensive daily berth in Maslinica
Expensive daily berth in Maslinica

Maslinica is a nice little port on NW side of Šolta Island. It is protected by a group of small islands.

There is an ex-monastery turned into a nice hotel by a German owner. There are moorings also but they are a bit expensive. For 11.5 meter sailboat 460 kuna and they don’t even have showers for boating tourists.

Nevertheless it is a nice place to visit, but if the weather is clear, there is no reason to pay that much for a berth, especially when there is a nice, even better protected bay called Šešula just south of Maslinica.

Anon | Mar. 21, 2012 @16:27

Bedno za Maslenico. Mene ni več tam ......nikoli...

New buoys at anchorage on Susak

Susak Island | Nautic
Mar. 18, 2012 @ 23:41 | MattK

New buoys at anchorage on Susak
New buoys at anchorage on Susak
New buoys at anchorage on Susak
New buoys at anchorage on Susak
New buoys at anchorage on Susak

East of the Port of Susak, there are now buoys and official anchorage, which are very close to one another so you have to tie your boat into quarter mooring tying one line to stern and one to the bow of your boat.

The bay is open towards NE so you better do this right!

Spring in ACI Marina Piškera

ACI Marina Piškera | Nautic
Mar. 17, 2012 @ 9:52 | MattK

Spring in ACI Marina Piškera
Spring in ACI Marina Piškera
Spring in ACI Marina Piškera

Spring is here and everything is blossoming in ACI marina Piškera.

This marina is situated at one of the most beautiful places in the world – between two islands Piškera and Panitula at National Park Kornati.

It is open from April 1st until November 1st and it holds daily berths only. Depth by the piers varies from 2.5 to 3.5 meters so exceptionally large boats cant dock there. It also has limitations as far as water and electricity supply is concerned, because water is delivered by boat and electricity is produced by a generator.

Nevertheless it is well equipped with showers and toilets. The closest gas station is in Zaglav port at Dugi Otok Island 12 miles away.

there are quite a few restaurants around in Kornati National Park and none of them should be taken lightly. Dining at Kornati National Park is not so cheap.

A walk through Sečovlje Salina

Sečovlje | Nature & Attractions
Mar. 08, 2012 @ 13:19 | MattK

A walk through Sečovlje Salina
A walk through Sečovlje Salina
A walk through Sečovlje Salina
A walk through Sečovlje Salina
A walk through Sečovlje Salina

A friend took me to Secovlje Salina on Slovenian coast.

They still make lots of salt here and have a nice museum and walking paths, where you can watch autochthonous species of birds, some of them really nice looking.

You need a few hours if you want to see the whole Salina, because it’s pretty big but it’s worth the couple of euros.

You can check the site at: www.soline.si

Mul restaurant on Silba

Silba Island | Food & Wine
Mar. 07, 2012 @ 18:31 | MattK

Mul restaurant on Silba
Mul restaurant on Silba
Mul restaurant on Silba
Mul restaurant on Silba
Mul restaurant on Silba

Konoba Mul is one in my opinion the best restaurant on Silba Island. It is well known for its nice cuisine and fair prices.

We had some fish soup, black risotto and anchovies for starter and crawfish in buzara sauce with some pasta for main course. It was delicious! With cabbage salad, a couple of beers and 2 liters of wine it cost 1200 kunas, which is about 160 euros.

We didn’t sleep too well that night, because of the weather. There was pretty strong Bora wind that comes into the port on the east side of Silba, so I recommend either St. Nikola anchorage on Olib Island only 2 miles away or the other side of Silba, St. Ante bay.

Lonely beach at all times

Galjola Island and lighthouse | General info
Mar. 05, 2012 @ 1:27 | MattK

Lonely beach at all times
Lonely beach at all times
Lonely beach at all times
Lonely beach at all times
Lonely beach at all times

Whenever I cross the Kvarner I like to stop by Galjola – if the weather allows it. Last few times it didn’t. But these photos show, that it can be a very nice experience. Small island with a lighthouse and pebble beach.

Nautic tips: wach out for shallow waters on SW and NE side – do not go to close, but at the same time, on these spots is where you can drop anchor if you wish.

Maračol in September

Maračol bay, island Unije | Nautic
Mar. 05, 2012 @ 1:24 | MattK

Maračol in September
Maračol in September
Maračol in September
Maračol in September
Maračol in September

Island Unije in Kvarner has three nice bays to stay the night with a boat. Maračol used to belong to the Yugoslav army and was closed to general public for a long time.

Now there is an anchorage there with 50 buoys to tie your boat to. Off course they are full during summer and you have to be very early if you want one. The price is 13 hrk/m.

If you’re too late, there are still Podkujni and Vognišca but no buoys. Island Unije is the last island before crossing the Kvarner which can be pretty rough in bad weather. It’s very open and the winds are strong, especially NE wind Bora.

Miramare Castle

Miramare, Trieste | Culture & History
Mar. 05, 2012 @ 1:15 | MattK

Miramare Castle
Miramare Castle
Miramare Castle
Miramare Castle
Miramare Castle

Miramare is definetly one of the most beautiful castels in this part of Adriatic and best preserved.

It lies upon a peninsula Grignano (in Spanish Miramare means Ocean View) which from Miramare Castel it really is beautiful.
The Castel was built by duke Maximilian of Habsburg monarchy (the brother of Franz Joseph, the ruler of Austro-Hungarian monarchy) as his summer residence.

The castel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with plants from exotic places from all around the world.

Nice to take a swim, but don’t stay the night

Plijeski bay, Mali Lošinj | Nautic
Mar. 03, 2012 @ 15:33 | MattK

Nice to take a swim, but don’t stay the night
Nice to take a swim, but don’t stay the night
Nice to take a swim, but don’t stay the night
Nice to take a swim, but don’t stay the night

The last bay on SW side of island Mali Lošinj is called Plijeski. It’s relatively open so I don’t recommend staying the night but it’s very nice to take a swim because of its turquoise water and sandy beach.

If you want to drop anchor and stay the night I recommend coves Krivica, Balvanida or island Ilovik a little further to the south.

You may also get lucky and get a bite to eat from the tourist boats which come there every day and prepare barbecue – usually fresh fish and squid.
The most Famous of these boats is a small ship called Mate or Mateo.

Privlaka Bridge

Mali Lošinj Island | Nautic
Mar. 03, 2012 @ 15:25 | MattK

Privlaka Bridge
Privlaka Bridge
Privlaka Bridge
Privlaka Bridge
Privlaka Bridge

Privlaka Bridge is connecting the Lošinj channel with Port Mali Lošinj. It’s approximately 8 meters wide and around 80 meters long.

At the shallowest point there is about 2,5 m depth and there is strong current of 5 knots in under the bridge, so sailing boats must sail through with almost full power or almost none at all.
You’ll definitely feel which way you’re going.

Bridge clearance is also important information. It’s 2 meters at mid tide. Any higher and you get a convertible.

Opening hours are at 9 AM and at 18 PM. The bridge stays open for 30 minutes.

MattK | Mar. 03, 2012 @15:25

In high season everything runs slower, because of heavy traffic. Sometimes you have to wait as much as an hour. Anyway my point is don’t be hasty, you’re in no hurry, get yourself a beer and wait.

Ribic (Fisherman) restaurant at Sečovlje

Sečovlje | Food & Wine
Feb. 29, 2012 @ 12:15 | MattK

Ribic (Fisherman) restaurant at Sečovlje
Ribic (Fisherman) restaurant at Sečovlje
Ribic (Fisherman) restaurant at Sečovlje
Ribic (Fisherman) restaurant at Sečovlje
Ribic (Fisherman) restaurant at Sečovlje

Ribic is Slovenian word for Fisherman my host told me, when he took me to this restaurant in Secovlje.

He assured me that this was once again one of the best restaurants on Slovenian coast though their quality wavered in the past. And he was right about the first part as far as I was concerned.

For starter we had the octopus salad, haddock pate, scallops and anchovies and they were all delicious. For main course we had, approx. 2 pound Redfish with potato and a delicious sauce, all baked in an oven. With all that we drank about a liter of Malvazija white wine and coffee after that. There was no room for desert, though I was tempted.

I don’t know exactly how much we (he) paid but it was roughly around 80 Euros, so that’s not too much to spoil oneself from time to time.

Oh, the pan was already half empty when I remembered to take a photo… sorry for that.

Fort Nehaj in Senj

Senj, Croatia | Culture & History
Feb. 21, 2012 @ 20:29 | MattK

Fort Nehaj in Senj
Fort Nehaj in Senj
Fort Nehaj in Senj
Fort Nehaj in Senj
Fort Nehaj in Senj

The town of Senj is interesting, because it’s different from other, more touristic towns on Adriatic coast.
We took a trip along the coastal road called Jadranska magistrala and stopped in Senj.
The thing to see in Senj are the fort called Nehaj. It is located on the hilltop overlooking the town and nearby islands. The fort is a museum where history of the town and the fort itself dating back to year 1558 is on display. The tickets cost 7 kuna (which is about 1 €) and up to 20 kuna for adults. The museum is open every day from 10 AM till 6 PM off season and 9 AM till 9 PM during summer.

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