The village and harbour of Mali Iz lie on the NE side of the island of Iz in Croatia, two miles SE of the larger town and marina of Veli Iz. The tiny harbour consists of a quayed inlet and four short jetties, which are crammed with small leisure boats in shallow depths of around 1.0 - 1.5 metres. To the E of the harbour a new L-shaped ferry jetty has been constructed, the inner side of which has six laid moorings for visiting yachts in good shelter from all but strong NE or E winds. The harbour is ringed with picturesque, stone fishermen’s cottages and the village has a pre-Romanesque church of St Mary dating back to the 11th century.
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.
- British Admiralty
- Croatian charts
- M25 (Otok Rab to Sibenik)
Also see World Cruiser's Nets.
There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Mali Iz. If approaching from N, it is possible in settled weather to pass between the islet of O. Knezak and Iz island, where there are least depths of 3.5 metres. However, in unsettled weather or with any swell running it is better to pass outside O. Knezak. Depths in the approach to the harbour are 6.0 - 7.0 metres and on the ferry quay 3.5 - 4.0 metres.
The only suitable overnight berths for a yacht are the six laid moorings on the S side of the L-shaped ferry jetty. The ferry berths on the N-facing side of the ‘L’. Depths here are from 3.5 metres near the root to 4.0 metres at the end. The berths here are really only suitable for smaller yachts of up 10-11 metres in view of the limited space to manoeuvre. Shelter is good in all conditions but strong NE or E winds. There are no facilities on the jetty. It is also possible to moor inside the outer harbour alongside the W end of the ferry quay, where there are depths of 4.0 - 5.0 metres, for short periods but not overnight.
Marinas & Yacht Clubs
Yacht Repairs and Services
Fuel, Water, & Electricity
Things to do Ashore
The village is in a charming setting, its tiny harbour lined with old fishermen’s cottages and its narrow streets climbing up to the eleventh century pre-Romanesque church of Sv. Marije (Saint Mary) The village also boasts an old fortified castle nearby.
Grocery & Supply Stores
Small provisions shop on the harbour.
Café/bar on the harbour.
Motorbike & Car Rentals
Car ferries to Zadar on mainland from U. Brsanj, half a mile SE .
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)
- Iž at the Wikipedia
See also Croatia.
References & Publications
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Date of member's last visit to Mali Iz and this page's details validated:
- June 2015 --Athene of Lymington
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Names: Athene of Lymington