Dugi Otok

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Dugi Otok
There are Port(s) of Entry here
44°00.991'N, 015°02.005'E Chart icon.png
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The W side of Dugi Otok is mostly steep-to
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Dugi Otok (Long Island) lies 10 miles SW of the city of Zadar on the mainland of Croatia. Its SE extremity is just a mile N of the island of Kornat and Dugi Otok is in that sense the northern gateway to the Kornati Islands and their associated national park.

Like most of the islands along this coast, it is formed from a submerged mountain ridge extending for 24 miles on a NW/SE axis; its widest point at the settlement of Sali is little more than two miles across and its narrowest opposite the island of Ugljan under a mile.

Most of the island’s west coast is steep and rocky, and virtually all the settlements and anchorages are along its NE side facing towards the neighbouring islands of Ugljan and Pasman and the mainland beyond.

Both its NW and SE ends are deeply indented, the inlet of Luka Soliscica in the NW offering several sheltered anchorages as well as the marina of Marina Veli Rat, while the inlet of Luka Telascica at the SE end has numerous anchorages on either side of its four mile length as well as others around the islet of Katina at the entrance.

The island’s main settlement of Sali is situated four miles NW of the entrance to Luka Telascica and, continuing NW along this coast, there are smaller harbours suitable for visiting yachts at the settlements of Zaglav, Zmanscica, Luka, Savar, Brbinj, and Bozava.

The island has less of the quaint Venetian architecture of some of the other Croatian islands and is therefore somewhat quieter and more peaceful during the summer months. The island has no natural springs and consequently its water supply is supplemented during the summer by deliveries from the mainland.

Charts

British Admiralty
2711
2773
515
Croatian chart
MK13
MK14
Imray
M25 (Otok Rab to Sibenik)

Weather

See Croatia.

Passages

See Croatia.

Islands

Communication

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Navigation

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Entrance

The nearest year-round port of entry is Zadar. During the summer, a yacht can also clear in at Sali or Bozava on Dugi Otok.


Berthing

There are numerous berthing options for yachts visiting the island, virtually all of them in the harbours conveniently spaced along the E coast.

Berthing options are listed anti-clockwise starting from Sali.

  • Sali¹Sali¹/wiki/Sali Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Zaglav (U. Triluke)Zaglav (U. Triluke)/wiki/Zaglav Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Žman (U. Žmanšćica)Žman (U. Žmanšćica)/wiki/%C5%BDman Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Luka Luka /wiki/Luka Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Savar Savar /wiki/Savar Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Brbinj, U. JazBrbinj, U. Jaz/wiki/Brbinj Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Brbinj, U. LucinaBrbinj, U. Lucina/wiki/U._Lucina Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Dragove Dragove /wiki/Dragove Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Božava¹Božava¹/wiki/Bo%C5%BEava Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Marina Veli Rat Marina Veli Rat/wiki/Marina_Veli_Rat Marina icon – marina |
Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||
(1) — Seasonal || (U.) (stands for uvala) — a smaller bay or an inlet.

Anchorages

Two main anchorage clusters are located in the large inlets at either end of the island.

Luka Telašćica

Luka Telašćica at the SE end of Dugi Otok is one of the most beautiful and popular cluster of anchorages in the Croatian islands. The whole inlet is a nature park and a daily charge is made. Nearly four miles in length, there are several coves and inlets around its perimeter where a yacht can anchor or pick up a mooring buoy in complete shelter.

See
Luka TelašćicaLuka Telašćica/wiki/Luka_Tela%C5%A1%C4%87ica Anchorage icon – anchorage |
for further details.

Luka Solišćica

Luka Solišćica at the NW end of Dugi Otok, while less popular and offering poorer shelter than Luka Telašćica in the prevailing NW winds, is nevertheless an attractive cruising ground with a greater variety of anchorages and the marina of Marina Veli Rat.

See
Luka SolišćicaLuka Solišćica/wiki/Luka_Soli%C5%A1%C4%87ica Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
for further details.

SW shore

The coast facing the open sea is relatively steep, so there are virtually no anchorages there. Albeit with two notable exceptions:

U. Sakarun

U. Sakarun/wiki/Dugi_Otok#U._Sakarun
Buoy icon U. Sakarun [[Dugi Otok#U. Sakarun|U. Sakarun]] 44°07.688'N, 014°52.725'E
While it's not in the Luka Soliscica, this small bay is just S of it. It is quite open to the sea from S. Nevertheless is a beautiful stop in settled weather. Buoys are installed there in season.

U. Brbišćica

U. Brbišćica/wiki/Dugi_Otok#U._Brbi.C5.A1.C4.87ica
Anchorage icon U. Brbišćica [[Dugi Otok#U. Brbišćica|U. Brbišćica]] 44°03.187'N, 014°59.317'E
This small picturesque inlet is located just across the mountains from Brbinj. The bay is exposed from NW to SE, but otherwise it is considered relatively safe. It is surrounded by steep cliffs and numerous caves. One cave N of the inlet can be swum through or visited in a kayak. Since 2013 the area around it is a nature reserve.

Facilities

Water

At the quays in Sali, Zmanscica, Luka, Brbinj, Bozava. In the Marina Veli Rat at all berths.

Electricity

At the quays in Sali, Zmanscica, Luka, Brbinj, Bozava. In the Marina Veli Rat at all berths.

Toilets

In Sali at the quay, in the Marina Veli Rat and at u. Mir at the Luka Telašćica.

Showers

In Sali at the quay, and in the Marina Veli Rat.

Laundry

None.

Garbage

Bins in Marina Veli Rat, Sali, Zaglav - U. Triluke, Zmanscica, Luka, Savar, Brbinj - U. Jaz , Brbinj - U. Lucina , and Bozava.

Supplies

Fuel

In Zaglav

Bottled gas

Chandlers

None.

Services

Repairs

In Sali - Limited emergency repairs only.

Money

The only ATM on the island is in Sali. Nevertheless, money can be exchanged in any post office there.

Internet

Sali - 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 in the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?

Vehicle Rentals

In Sali - rental outlets in the town.

Provisioning

  • In Sali - supermarket, some grocery shops, fruit and vegetable market

Transportation

Eating out

Restaurants and cafes at:

Tourism

Donkey racing is a highlight of the Salskje Uzance festival

Dugi Otok has less of the quaint Venetian architecture of some of the other Croatian islands and, as a result, has less tourism. It is arguably more unspoilt therefore than some of its neighbours where tourism is rampant.

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

A visitor by yacht experiences some of the best of the landscape, particularly in the beautiful inlet of Luka Telascica with its numerous coves and its remarkable salt lake of Mir and in the peaceful anchorages of Luka Soliscica.

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A submarine pen close to Dragove

Along the E coast of the island another kind of curiosity can be found: submarine pens – which were built for the Yugoslav People's Army. They were carved inside a natural hill and are now abandoned and freely accessible from sea or by foot. A couple of them can be found at the inlets N and S of Dragove, yet another one is approx 1.5 NM NW of Božava.

Friends

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

Forums

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

Links

References

See Croatia.

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