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Hvar
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The harbour of the town of Hvar and the Pakleni Islands

Hvar is an island which lies off the mainland coast of Split on the mainland coast of Croatia, at its easternmost point only three miles off the coast. Sandwiched between the islands of Brač to the N and Korčula to the S, Hvar is blessed with an unusually benign climate and is thus one of the most popular holiday islands in Croatia. The island has a mountainous spine rising to 628 metres at its highest point south of the town of Stari Grad and much of its coastline, especially on the S and W sides, is indented with numerous small coves providing anchorages suitable for use in a wide range of wind conditions. Apart from the usual crops of grapes, figs and olive oil, Hvar is particularly noted for the cultivation of lavender, the scent of which pervades the nostrils even several miles offshore at certain times of year.

Hvar has plenty to offer the cruising yachtsman, with eight harbours, two marinas and nearly 40 anchorages, of which 18 are listed here. At the western end of Hvar Island is a string of small islands known as the Pakleni Islands, which constitute a mini cruising ground in their own right.

Charts

British Admiralty 2712, 1574, 269
Croatian MK19, MK20, MK21, MK22
Imray M26 (Split to Dubrovnik)

Weather

See Croatia.

Passages

See Croatia.

Islands

Communication

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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

Hridi Lukavci

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Danger icon Hridi Lukavci [[Hvar#Hridi Lukavci|Hridi Lukavci]] (Lukavci rocks) 43°05.146'N, 016°34.728'E
Take care of group of low two islets and a shoal around them 4 miles W of the island of Šćedro.

Entrance

The town of Hvar is a summer port of entry only. Split or Korčula are the nearest all-year round ports of entry.

Berthing

The principal berthing options on the island are the harbours of the town of Hvar, Zavala, Sucuraj, U. Stiniva, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad and U. Vira, the marinas of Marina Vrboska in Vrboska and ACI marina Palmižana in the Pakleni Islands. For full details of the anchorages on the Pakleni Islands see the separate page.

Destinations on the island are listed clockwise from the town of Hvar.

  • Town of HvarTown of Hvar/wiki/Hvar_(town) Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Luka Vira Luka Vira /wiki/Luka_Vira Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • U. Stiniva U. Stiniva /wiki/U._Stiniva Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Stari Grad Stari Grad /wiki/Stari_Grad Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Vrboska Vrboska /wiki/Vrboska Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Jelsa Jelsa/wiki/Jelsa Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Sućuraj Sućuraj /wiki/Su%C4%87uraj Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Sveta Nedjelja Sveta Nedjelja /wiki/Sveta_Nedjelja Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Zavala Zavala /wiki/Zavala Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |

Anchorages

There are numerous anchorages both on Hvar Island itself and in the nearby Pakleni Islands, of which 18 are detailed here and eight on the Pakleni archipelago page.

The main anchorages along the S coast of the island from the town of Hvar to Sucuraj are as follows:

U. Borča

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Buoy icon U. Borča [[Hvar#U. Borča|U. Borča]] (Barke) 43°09.737'N, 016°28.861'E
A beautiful cove, but presumably buoys concession is there you've to pay for your mooring.

U. Milna

U. Milna/wiki/Hvar#U._Milna
Anchorage icon U. Milna [[Hvar#U. Milna|U. Milna]] 43°09.656'N, 016°29.100'E
Milna is a popular beach resort spread across two sandy bays, with the main part of the village in the E bay. It is difficult to get sufficiently close in to anchor as the beaches are buoyed off and the best option is to pick up one of the restaurant buoys in the bay. Shelter is good except with anything S in the wind.

U. Zub od Zaraća

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Anchorage icon U. Zub od Zaraća [[Hvar#U. Zub od Zaraća|U. Zub od Zaraća]] 43°08.983'N, 016°30.870'E
The anchorage of U. Zub od Zaraca is a small cove protected from W and SW by a natural rock breakwater. Depths here are too great to anchor, but there are several restaurant buoys which can be picked up by visiting yachts. Shelter is good except in S or SE winds.

U. Dubovica

U. Dubovica/wiki/Hvar#U._Dubovica
Anchorage icon U. Dubovica [[Hvar#U. Dubovica|U. Dubovica]] 43°08.679'N, 016°32.029'E
The bay of U. Dobovica is a pleasant cove with a sandy beach at its head. Anchor off the beach in 6.0 - 8.0 metres. The holding is moderate in sand and shingle. Alternatively moor bows or stern-top using your anchor on the quay on the W side of the bay (if there is space). Depths at the quay are 3.0 - 4.0 metres. Shelter in the bay is good except with anything S in the wind.

U. Duboka

U. Duboka/wiki/Hvar#U._Duboka
Anchorage icon U. Duboka [[Hvar#U. Duboka|U. Duboka]] 43°07.040'N, 017°02.509'E
U. Duboka is a totally undeveloped anchorage offering good shelter in all but S winds. Anchor towards the head of the inlet in depths of 4.0 - 6.0 metres, taking a line ashore in view of the narrowness of the inlet. The holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.

U. Kozja

U. Kozja/wiki/Hvar#U._Kozja
Anchorage icon U. Kozja [[Hvar#U. Kozja|U. Kozja]] 43°07.015'N, 017°02.917'E
U. Kozja, the next inlet E of U. Doboka, offers good shelter in all but S winds. Anchor at the top of the inlet in 8.0 - 10 metres. Holding is good in sand and mud. There are no facilities ashore.
The main anchorages along the N coast of the island from Sucuraj to Stari Grad are as follows

U. Pokrivenik

U. Pokrivenik/wiki/Hvar#U._Pokrivenik
Anchorage icon U. Pokrivenik [[Hvar#U. Pokrivenik|U. Pokrivenik]] 43°08.970'N, 016°53.138'E
U. Pokrivenik is a large bay with several coves where a yacht can find good shelter in all but N and NE winds. Anchor in your choice of cove in 5.0 - 8.0 metres. The holding is generally good in sand and weed. Some of the coves have restaurants open during the season.

U. Vela Stiniva

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Anchorage icon U. Vela Stiniva [[Hvar#U. Vela Stiniva|U. Vela Stiniva]] 43°09.425'N, 016°48.784'E
U. Vela Stiniva is a U-shaped cove hemmed in by steep cliffs and affording good shelter in all conditions except northerly winds. Its small harbour is invariably filled with local boats, so anchor off in 5.0 - 6.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. There is a stone bollard on the W side of the bay to which it is possible to take a line. Basic café/bar ashore.

Otok Zečevo

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Anchorage icon Otok Zečevo [[Hvar#Otok Zečevo|Otok Zečevo]] 43°11.363'N, 016°41.546'E
The small islet of O. Zecevo offers a good anchorage on its S side in settled weather only. Anchor in 4.0 - 5.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. The bay is excellent for swimming but a yacht should not risk an overnight stay unless the forecast is very settled. No facilities ashore.

U. Maslinica

U. Maslinica/wiki/Hvar#U._Maslinica
Anchorage icon U. Maslinica [[Hvar#U. Maslinica|U. Maslinica]] 43°11.420'N, 016°40.502'E
The anchorage of U.Maslinica is just half a mile W of Otok Zecevo and offers better protection for an overnight stay. Note that there are shoal patches extending off the headlands on both sides of the entrance. Anchor at the head of the inlet in 6.0 - 8.0 metres, with a line ashore if preferred. Holding is good in sand and weed. Shelter is good in all but N and NE winds. No facilities ashore.

U. Basina

U. Basina/wiki/Hvar#U._Basina
Anchorage icon U. Basina [[Hvar#U. Basina|U. Basina]] 43°11.921'N, 016°39.851'E
U. Basina is a triple-branched inlet which offers good shelter in one or other of its branches from all but NE winds. Note that the coasts both N and S of the inlet have shoals extending over 200 metres offshore. The northernmost branch of the inlet is the most developed and offers the best shelter, whereas the other two branches are more deserted. Anchor in 5.0 - 6.0 metres wherever convenient. The holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.

U. Žukova

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Anchorage icon U. Žukova [[Hvar#U. Žukova|U. Žukova]] 43°12.475'N, 016°34.884'E
The anchorage of U. Zukova has good shelter from all but N and NE winds. There are several coves around its shores where a yacht can anchor in 5.0 - 8.0 metres, taking a line ashore if desired. Holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.

Luka Vlaška

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Anchorage icon Luka Vlaška [[Hvar#Luka Vlaška|Luka Vlaška]] 43°13.556'N, 016°32.799'E
Luka Vlaska is a long inlet, still largely undeveloped, with several coves where a yacht can find good shelter in all but NW winds. Anchor in 4.0 - 6.0 metres wherever there is space. Holding is good in sand and weed. There is a fish farm on the W side of the inlet. No facilities ashore.

U. Glavna

U. Glavna/wiki/Hvar#U._Glavna
Anchorage icon U. Glavna [[Hvar#U. Glavna|U. Glavna]] 43°13.468'N, 016°32.067'E
U. Glavna offers good shelter in all but N and NW winds and is largely undeveloped. Anchor at the head of the inlet in 6.0 - 8.0 metres, taking a line ashore if possible to bollards on either side. Holding is good in sand and weed, but poor in shingle right at the head. No facilities ashore.

Luka Tiha

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Anchorage icon Luka Tiha [[Hvar#Luka Tiha|Luka Tiha]] 43°12.912'N, 016°33.274'E
Luka Tiha is a large and popular anchorage on the N side of the entrance to Starogradski Zaljev, the gulf at the head of which lies the harbour of Stari Grad. Shelter is good in all but SW and S winds. Note that there is dangerous rock about 200 metres off the headland on the W side of the entrance. Anchor in one of the numerous branches, depending on wind direction. Depths for anchoring are mostly 8.0 - 12.0 metres unless you go close in and take a line ashore. Holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.

Luka Zavala

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Anchorage icon Luka Zavala [[Hvar#Luka Zavala|Luka Zavala]] 43°12.021'N, 016°34.322'E
The anchorage of Luka Zavala is a mile NW of Stari Grad and offers good shelter at the head of the inlet in all but SW winds. Anchor in 8.0 - 10.0 metres, with a line ashore if possible in view of the narrowness of the inlet. Holding is good in sand and weed. Café/bar ashore but no other facilities.
The main anchorages along the N and W coasts of the island from Stari Grad to the town of Hvar are as follows

U. Parja

U. Parja/wiki/Hvar#U._Parja
Anchorage icon U. Parja [[Hvar#U. Parja|U. Parja]] 43°11.545'N, 016°23.873'E
U. Parja lies just over a mile E of Rt Pelegrin, the headland at the extreme W tip of Hvar Island. It offers good shelter in all but N and NE winds. Note that there is a dangerous reef extending for around 200 metres off the headland on the W side of the entrance. The two heads of the inlet are occupied by local boats and moorings, but it is possible to anchor in 6.0 - 8.0 metres outside the moorings and take a line ashore. The holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.

U. Vela Garška

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Anchorage icon U. Vela Garška [[Hvar#U. Vela Garška|U. Vela Garška]] 43°11.005'N, 016°24.494'E
U. Vela Garska is a quiet anchorage on the N side of the approaches to Hvar (town) offering good shelter in all but S winds. Depths are substantial, but it is possible to tuck into one of the three coves at the head of the inlet in 8.0 - 1.0 metres and take a line ashore. Holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.

U. Mala Garška

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Anchorage icon U. Mala Garška [[Hvar#U. Mala Garška|U. Mala Garška]] 43°10.666'N, 016°25.372'E
U. Mala Garska is a busy anchorage about a mile NW of Hvar (town) and offers good shelter in all but W and SW winds. Anchor in 6.0 - 8.0 metres clear of the numerous moorings in the bay. Holding is good in sand and weed. Large hotel and café/bar ashore.

Amenities

Facilities
Water in town of Hvar, Sućuraj, Jelsa, Marina Vrboska, Vrboska, Stari Grad
Electricity in town of Hvar, Sućuraj, Jelsa, Marina Vrboska, Vrboska, Stari Grad
Toilets in the marinas
Showers in the marinas
Laundry See Hvar (town), Marina Vrboska, Stari Grad
Garbage in town of Hvar, Sućuraj, Jelsa, Marina Vrboska, Vrboska, Stari Grad, U. Vira
Supplies
Fuel See Hvar (town), Marina Vrboska
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs
Internet See town of Hvar, Sucuraj, Jelsa, Marina Vrboska, Vrboska, Stari Grad
Mobile connectivity
Vehicle rentals in town of Hvar, Jelsa, Marina Vrboska, Stari Grad
Health

Provisioning

  • Supermarkets in towns of Hvar, Stari Grad and Jelsa
  • Convenience shops in Sucuraj, Vrboska

Eating out

  • Several restaurants and café/bars in town of Hvar, Sucuraj, Jelsa, Vrboska, Marina Palmizana, Stari Grad
  • A restaurant or two in Marina Vrboska, Marina Palmizana, U. Vira, U. Zub od Zaraca, U. Pokrivenik

See the relevant wiki entries for details.

Transportation

Tourism

Forums

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

Links

For other useful websites, see Croatia.

References

See Croatia.

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