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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaNorthern DalmatiaDugi OtokBožava
Port of Entry
44°08.363'N, 014°54.404'E Chart icon.png
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Bozava harbour from E
Seasonal Port of Entry

The village and harbour of Božava are situated on the NE coast of the island of Dugi Otok ten miles W of the mainland coast of Croatia and facing the island of Sestrunj.

The surroundings of the village are leafy and attractive and Božava is consequently a popular port of call for yachts cruising the area and sustains a fair amount of local tourism at its two sizeable hotels. Shelter in the harbour is good in all conditions except strong SE winds.


See Northern Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.



Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see Cruiser's Nets


There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Božava. The white-painted light structure on the headland of Rt Sv Nedjelja at the N entrance to the inlet is conspicuous from some distance. Closer in, the breakwater extending SW from the N side of the harbour will be evident. Arriving from N, the large hotel on the S side of the inlet is very prominent. Depths in the approach are considerable until approaching the harbour entrance, where depths reduce to 7.0 - 8.0 metres.


Božava is a seasonal port of entry. The nearest year-round port of entry is Zadar.

For details see Entrance: Croatia.


Yachts moored on Bozava quays

There are three mooring options for visiting yachts:

Božava, breakwater quay

Božava, breakwater quay/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#Bo.C5.BEava.2C_breakwater_quay
Harbour icon Božava, breakwater quay [[Božava#Božava, breakwater quay|Božava, breakwater quay]] 44°08.378'N, 014°54.416'E
Port of Entry
The inside of the breakwater is quayed along its whole length. There are laid moorings here for around 8 yachts in depths ranging from 2.0 metres at the root to 8.0 metres at the end. These moorings provide good shelter in winds from all directions except E round to SE. There are water and electricity points on the quay. Cost for 15m was 420Kn in May 2014 including electricity and water.

Božava, north quay

Božava, north quay/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#Bo.C5.BEava.2C_north_quay
Harbour icon Božava, north quay [[Božava#Božava, north quay|Božava, north quay]] 44°08.409'N, 014°54.400'E
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There are a further 12-15 moorings laid along the quay on the N side of the harbour, at right angles to the breakwater. Depths are shallower here, mostly around 2.0 meters or less, and it is advisable for all but shallow draft yachts to go bows-to. Again, the shelter is good in winds from all directions except E round to SE. There are water and electricity points along this quay also.

Božava, outer quay

Božava, outer quay/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#Bo.C5.BEava.2C_outer_quay
Harbour icon Božava, outer quay [[Božava#Božava, outer quay|Božava, outer quay]] 44°08.386'N, 014°54.452'E
Port of Entry
There is a short quay outside the harbour on the N side of the inlet, just outside the breakwater, where around six yachts can moor, using the laid lines provided. Depths here are 5.0 - 6.0 metres, making these berths suitable for deeper draft yachts. Shelter is adequate here in all except E and SE winds, though there is slightly more swell in any wind conditions than inside the harbour. There are water and electricity points on the quay.

In approx 1.5 NM NW of Božava you'd find yet another one, a rather unusual option:

U. Zagračina , submarine pen/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#U._Zagra.C4.8Dina_.2C_submarine_penHarbour icon U. Zagračina , submarine pen [[Božava#U. Zagračina , submarine pen|U. Zagračina , submarine pen]] 44°09.130'N, 014°53.420'E It is possible to moor at the quay right at the entrance of the submarine pens.

Note: Generally such a pen can accommodate a couple of yachts, but beware of possible sunken boats there. Also, there are reports of rats there.


Uvala Bozavcica

Uvala Bozavcica/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#Uvala_Bozavcica
Anchorage icon Uvala Bozavcica [[Božava#Uvala Bozavcica|Uvala Bozavcica]] 44°08.369'N, 014°54.448'E
It is possible to anchor if the harbour is full on the N side of the inlet in 12-15 metres. In view of the depths here, it is sensible to take lines ashore. Holding is good in sand and weed. The shelter is adequate in settled conditions.


Water In all 3 quays/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#In_all_3_quaysWater icon In all 3 quays [[Božava#In all 3 quays|In all 3 quays]] along side the quays
Electricity In all 3 quays/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#In_all_3_quaysElectricity icon In all 3 quays [[Božava#In all 3 quays|In all 3 quays]] along side the quays
Toilets N/A (Not Available)
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins near the harbour
Fuel Nearest in Zaglav/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#Nearest_in_.5B.5BZaglav.5D.5DFuel icon Nearest in Zaglav [[Božava#Nearest in Zaglav|Nearest in 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). Note: there are only 2 metre depths alongside
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs Nearest in Sali/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava#Nearest_in_.5B.5BSali.5D.5DService icon Nearest in Sali [[Božava#Nearest in Sali|Nearest in Sali]] 43°56.179'N, 015°10.127'E Limited emergency repairs only
Internet N/A
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?
Vehicle rentals N/A


  • Two provisions shops in the village
  • Bakery

Eating out

Restaurants in the village.



Bozava village

Bozava is arguably the most developed tourist town on Dugi Otok, with two sizeable hotel complexes and a thriving dive centre. The area around is covered with pine forest and there are numerous walking trails that are worth exploring. The church of St. Nicholas in the village houses three Gothic processional crosses dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries.


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.


See Croatia.


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