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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaNorthern DalmatiaDugi OtokSali
Port of Entry
43°56.179'N, 015°10.127'E Chart icon.png
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Sali harbour from NE

Sali lies on the SE coast of the island of Dugi Otok off the mainland coast of Croatia, 14 miles SSW of the city of Zadar.

Sheltered from E by the small island of Lavdara two miles offshore, Sali is the largest town on the island and the main ferry port (although U. Triluke now receives the car ferry from Zadar).

While the harbour still hosts a small fishing fleet, it is increasingly given over to tripper boats and yachts, with yacht quays on both sides of its harbour equipped with laid moorings, water, and electricity.

Formerly an important centre for salt production, the main industry of Sali today - other than tourism - is the large fish processing plant on the outskirts of the town.

Over the weekend prior to the feast of the Assumption (15 August), the town hosts the festival of Saljske Uzance, when locals dress in traditional costume and music and dancing is followed by a donkey race and concludes with a candlelit procession of boats around the harbour.


See Northern Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.



Luka Sali



There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Sali.

NB: there are shoal patches in the approach from NE off the island of Lavdara and between the two islets a mile NW of it.

Depths in the harbour entrance are 5.0 - 6.0 metres and on the quays 4.0 - 5.0 metres. The harbour is protected from S by a long breakwater with a light structure on the end.


Sali is only a seasonala port of entry/exit for Croatia. For details see Entrance: Croatia.

The nearest year-round port of entry is Zadar.

The ferry landing at the NE end of the N quay also serves for entry clearance purposes. A police booth is located there and the area is surrounded by a temporary fence.


Once past the outer breakwater (which is used by the fishing fleet), visiting yachts berth on either sides of the harbour:

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Sali, N quay

Sali N quay

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Harbour icon Sali N quay [[Sali#Sali N quay|Sali N quay]] 43°56.227'N, 015°10.016'E
Port of Entry
Note: ¹Seasonal.
A yacht temporarily moored at the ferry landing at the N quay
Sali, S quay

Sali S quay

Sali S quay/wiki/Sali#Sali_S_quay
Harbour icon Sali S quay [[Sali#Sali S quay|Sali S quay]] 43°56.153'N, 015°10.008'E
Port of Entry
Note: ¹Seasonal.

Depths are between 4.0 and 5.0 metres and there are laid moorings, water, and electricity on both quays. Shelter here is good in most conditions, although strong SE winds make the harbour very uncomfortable and it would be untenable in a gale from that direction.

The inner harbour is shallow and usually filled with local small craft.

Note: If mooring alongside take care of the step at the harbour wall just below the surface of the water.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



See Dugi Otok.


Water On both quays. Charged separately
Electricity On both quays. Charged separately
Toilets In the building at the middle of the N quay. Open 0700-1100, 1700-2200
Showers In the building at the middle of the N quay. Open 0700-1100, 1700-2200
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins behind the harbour
Fuel Zaglav/wiki/Sali#.5B.5BZaglav.5D.5DFuel icon Zaglav [[Sali#Zaglav|Zaglav]] 43°56.979'N, 015°08.657'E Fuel station at the NW corner of the bay, next to the ferry berth (in season: 07:00-21:00; out of season: 0700-1800), in two miles NW of Sali. Note: there are only 2 metre depths alongside
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs  /wiki/Sali#.26nbsp.3BService icon   [[Sali# | ]] Limited emergency repairs only
Internet WiFi at internet cafes in the town & along the quays, free for 2 hours per day
Mobile connectivity Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS on the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?
Money The only ATM on the island is next to the Tommy supermarket. Alternatively, money can be exchanged at the post office
Vehicle rentals  /wiki/Sali#.26nbsp.3BCar icon   [[Sali# | ]] Rental outlets in the town


Supermarket and other provisions shops in the town, butchers, fruit and vegetable market.

  • Tommy Supermarket/wiki/Sali#Tommy_SupermarketProvisions icon Tommy Supermarket [[Sali#Tommy Supermarket|Tommy Supermarket]] 43°56.253'N, 015°09.998'E At the N side of the habour (Mo-Sa 07:00-21:00; Su 07:00-20:00)

Eating out

  • Several restaurants and cafes in the town.



While not as attractive as some of the island capitals, Sali is not without its charm and it somewhat quieter than others. The highlight of the year is the festival of Saljske Uzance, held the weekend before Assumption Day (15 August), when locals dress in traditional costume and perform on musical instruments fashioned from cows’ horns. Three days of music, dancing, eating, and drinking culminates in a fiercely competitive donkey race and concludes with a candlelit procession of boats around the harbour.

Tickets to the Kornati National Park and the Telašćica Nature Park can be purchased from the agencies at the harbour.

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Sali, old harbour
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Chapel of Sveti Rok in Sali
Finale of Saljske Uzance festival


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


Also see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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