Bol

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Bol
43°15.626'N, 016°39.413'E Chart icon.png
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Bol harbour from S

The town and small harbour of Bol are situated on the S coast of the island of Brac in Croatia, roughly halfway between the harbours of Milna and Sumartin at the W and E ends of the island. A three mile channel separates the harbour from the N coast of the neighbouring island of Hvar to the south. The town is a very popular tourist resort in view of its proximity to the internationally renowned beach of Zlatni Rat (aka Dugi Rat) a mile to the west, which features in just about every tourist brochure for Croatia and the islands.

Its harbour is small and cramped and visiting yachts need to squeeze in wherever they can among the boats along its quays. Shelter here is good in winds from NW round to SE but poor in SW and S winds.

Charts

British Admiralty 2712
Croatian MK18, MK19, MK20
Imray M26 (Split to Dubrovnik)

Weather

See Croatia.

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Communication

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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

The immediate approach to Bol has no dangers. In the approach from W, past the sandy spit of Zlatna Rat, note that the shoal water extends for nearly 400 metres from the end of the spit. A yellow buoy is usually in position marking the end of the shoals. Depths in the harbour entrance are 6.0 - 7.0 metres and on the quays mostly around 2.0 metres.

Entrance

Split is the nearest all-year round port of entry. During the summer, Hvar, Vis and, if arriving from N, Primosten on the mainland are also ports of entry.

Berthing

Bol harbour is often crammed

The harbour is often filled to capacity by late afternoon during the season and a visiting yacht will have to fit in wherever it can along the quays. There are laid moorings along the quays. Depths are mostly about 2.0 metres, increasing to 4.0 - 5.0 metres along the S breakwater (where, unfortunately, the ferries and tripper boats have priority).

Town quay

Town quay/wiki/Bol#Town_quay
Berth icon Town quay [[Bol#Town quay|Town quay]] 43°15.676'N, 016°39.417'E
The best position is there is space is on the N quay in the inner part of the harbour, where there are water and electricity points. Depths here are 2.0 metres. If all else fails, drop anchor and go bows or stern-to the short breakwater on the W side of the harbour, taking long lines ashore. There is rock ballasting here, so it may be a bit of a struggle to get lines ashore and you may need to use your dinghy to get ashore.

Note that the jetty further W is the fuel berth.

Anchorages

Zlatni Rat

Zlatni Rat/wiki/Bol#Zlatni_Rat
Anchorage icon Zlatni Rat [[Bol#Zlatni Rat|Zlatni Rat]] 43°15.386'N, 016°37.894'E
During the day it is a very popular pastime to anchor off the beach at Zlatni Rat a mile W of the harbour in 6.0 - 8.0 metres and swim off the boat. Holding is moderate in sand and shingle. However, this position is unsuitable for an overnight stop as it is very exposed to any sudden change in the weather.

Amenities

Facilities
Water on N quay
Electricity see above
Toilets None
Showers None
Laundry None
Garbage Near the waterfront
Supplies
Fuel INA/wiki/Bol#INAFuel icon INA [[Bol#INA|INA]] 43°15.625'N, 016°39.309'E Fuel berth on jetty to W of harbour (depths of 3.5 metres alongside)
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs None
Internet From internet cafés
Mobile connectivity
Vehicle rentals None
Health

Provisioning

Supermarket and other provisions shops in the village. Fruit and vegetable market.

Eating out

Restaurants and café/bars ashore.

Transportation

Tourism

The promontory of Zlatni Rat (out of season!)
Waterfront of Bol

Most visitors to Bol come for the unusual natural feature of Zlatni Rat, a 500-metre long promontory of white sand and shingle extending S from the coast a mile or so west of the town. The promontory has a backbone of pine trees for shade and during the season it is crawling with sun-worshipping tourists. In a yacht, however, one can anchor off in (reasonable) solitude and dive down into some of the clearest waters in Croatia. Note, however, that tidal currents can be significant.

The town itself is not short of attractions, with a pleasant stroll eastwards to the 15th Dominican monastery and Church of Our Lady of Mercy. For the energetic, there is a good walk up to the summit of Vidova Gora, the mountain that dominates the town from the NW, which is rewarded with superb views over Hvar and Korcula islands to the south.

Links

For other useful websites, see Croatia.

References

See Croatia.

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