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44°0.13′N, 15°17.77′E Chart icon.png
Banj harbour from NE

The village and harbour of Banj is situated on the NE coast of the island of Pasman in Croatia, two miles SE of the Prolaz Mali Zdrelac, the narrow channel between the island and its close neighbour, Ugljan Island. The harbour here is very shallow, with depths of little more than 3.0 metres in the approach, and is therefore only suitable for shallow draft yachts or motor boats.


British Admiralty
Croatian charts
M25 (Otok Rab to Sibenik)


Diurnal winds among the islands are mostly moderate during the summer months, predominantly from NW and rarely exceeding force 4/5, although gusting is common in narrow channels between islands and on the lee side of headlands. At night, katabatic winds off the mountains affect some of the islands close to the mainland coast. During early spring and (especially) autumn conditions can be more unsettled, occasionally accompanied by violent thunderstorms - luckily of short duration - with winds of 30-35 knots or more and vicious, steep seas. In the winter the sudden, violent N wind off the mountains, the bora, is much to be feared, especially along the coast from Rijeka down to Zadar, although its effects can be felt as far south as Split.

Equally prevalent in winter - although not uncommon in summer - is the scirocco, a S/SE wind that blows up from North Africa, usually in advance of a depression moving E across the Mediterranean. Unlike the bora, the scirocco only occasionally exceeds gale force, but is still a phenomenon to be wary of, especially if on a lee coast.

For sources of weather forecasting, see Croatia.


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There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Banj, the chief problem being the shallow depths in the approach, which are little more than 3.0 metres. Banj should therefore not be approached with any swell running and certainly not by any yacht drawing over 1.5 metres. Depths inside are equally shallow, being just 2.0 metres at most. Shelter in the harbour is adequate in winds from W and S but poor in N and E winds.


Zadar is the nearest all-year round port of entry, or Sibenik if arriving from S. During the summer, Sali on Dugi Otok and Primosten on the mainland are also ports of entry.


If your draft allows you to approach Banj, the only realistic mooring option is alongside on the quay of the E breakwater, as close to the end as possible. Depths alongside here are just 2.0 metres. Further in the quay is occupied by small boat moorings and in any case shoals to 1.0 - 1.5 metres.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs




Marine Stores


Things to do Ashore


Really little of interest ashore.

Grocery & Supply Stores

No provisions shops.




No internet café in the town.



Motorbike & Car Rentals


Garbage Disposal



Local buses only.


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)


See Croatia.

References & Publications

See Croatia.


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