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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaCentral DalmatiaHvarVrboska
43°10.861'N, 016°40.323'E Chart icon.png
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Vrboska inlet showing ACI marina at the bottom

The town and harbour of Vrboska are situated on the N coast of Hvar Island in Croatia, a mile NW of the port of Jelsa. The harbour lies at the W end of a long, winding inlet quayed along most of its length and canalized at its top. The setting is extremely attractive, with an almost Venetian feel to it, and the town contains numerous old Gothic and Renaissance townhouses and fine churches, including a remarkable 16th century fortified church of St Mary of Grace.

The harbour offers excellent berthing options for visiting yachts, with a 125 berth ACI-operated marina as well as extensive town quays. The shelter is excellent in all conditions except strong SE gales, which create a dangerous surge in the harbour. The harbour can also be subject to a phenomenon called ‘plima’ in Croatian, a seiche which causes rapid fall and rise of water levels by as much as 2.0 metres. Fortunately, this is a relatively rare occurrence (last event in April 2010).


See Central Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.


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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The entrance to Vrboska inlet showing the white light structure

There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Vrboska. It can be hard to spot the inlet, especially if approaching from E, but a white light structure on the N side of the entrance is usually conspicuous from some distance. Depths in the entrance are 6.0 metres, gradually shelving to a depth of 2.0 metres by the small islet just under a mile up the channel. Depths on the quays are mostly 3.0 - 4.0 metres and in the marina 3.0 - 6.0 metres.


Stari Grad is the nearest summer port of entry. At other times of the year, Split and Korčula are the nearest year-round ports of entry.


There are three main berthing options:

The quay has 20 laid moorings

Town quay

Town quay/wiki/Vrboska#Town_quay
Harbour icon Town quay [[Vrboska#Town quay|Town quay]] 43°10.864'N, 016°40.383'E

Vrboska town quay is to port, about 200 metres past the ACI Marina, and starts at a red port marker.The 100 metre section of quay from the marker to the W end has around 20 laid moorings for yachts along the first 50 metres; the second 50 metres has no moorings and is used by tripper and fishing boats to go alongside. Depths are from 4.5 metres at the E end (at the red marker) to 3.5 metres at the W end. Shelter on the quay is good in all but strong SE winds (25 knots and above), which send in an uncomfortable swell. Water and electricity are available on the quay.

Prices: Charges (as of July 2014) 200 kuna per metre (including water and electricity) plus 100 kuna port fees.
The north quay has some private moorings

N quay

N quay/wiki/Vrboska#N_quay
Harbour icon N quay [[Vrboska#N quay|N quay]] 43°10.761'N, 016°40.810'E

There is a quay on the N side of the inlet, 200 metres NE of Marina Vrboska, where a yacht may be able to lie bows/stern-to or alongside. Much of it is occupied with local boats on moorings tailed to buoys, but it seems that yachts are tolerated here for short periods if there is space. You will probably have to use your anchor if mooring here.

Note: The N shore of the inlet beyond this point has depths of little more than 1.0 metre along most of its length.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina VrboskaMarina Vrboska/wiki/Marina_Vrboska Marina icon – marina |
— offers 125 berths for yachts up to 20 metres in depths of up to 6.0 metres.


Luka Vrboska

Luka Vrboska/wiki/Vrboska#Luka_Vrboska
Anchorage icon Luka Vrboska [[Vrboska#Luka Vrboska|Luka Vrboska]] 43°10.613'N, 016°41.398'E
There are good anchorages in two coves on both the N and S sides at the entrance to Vrboska inlet. Anchor in whichever offers better shelter in the prevailing winds in depths of 4.0 - 5.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. It is possible to find shelter in one or other of the coves in most conditions, although in strong SE winds neither is really tenable.


Water At the Town quay and Marina Vrboska/wiki/Vrboska#At__the_.5B.5B.23Town_quay.7CTown_quay.5D.5D_and_.5B.5BMarina_Vrboska.5D.5DWater icon At the Town quay and Marina Vrboska [[Vrboska#At the Town quay and Marina Vrboska|At the Town quay and Marina Vrboska]]
Electricity At the Town quay and Marina Vrboska/wiki/Vrboska#At__the_.5B.5B.23Town_quay.7CTown_quay.5D.5D_and_.5B.5BMarina_Vrboska.5D.5DElectricity icon At the Town quay and Marina Vrboska [[Vrboska#At the Town quay and Marina Vrboska|At the Town quay and Marina Vrboska]]
Toilets In Marina Vrboska
Showers In Marina Vrboska
Laundry In Marina Vrboska
Garbage In the Marina Vrboska and next to the Town quay
Fuel INA/wiki/Vrboska#INAFuel icon INA [[Vrboska#INA|INA]] 43°10.778'N, 016°40.442'E the fuel berth is just W of the marina (depths of 2.0 metres alongside)
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs Marina Vrboska/wiki/Vrboska#.5B.5BMarina_Vrboska.5D.5DService icon Marina Vrboska [[Vrboska#Marina Vrboska|Marina Vrboska]] Basic repairs only
Internet WiFi in Marina Vrboska and in some of the restaurants
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 Marina Vrboska/wiki/Vrboska#.5B.5BMarina_Vrboska.5D.5DCar icon Marina Vrboska [[Vrboska#Marina Vrboska|Marina Vrboska]] car, scooter and cycle rental outlet next to the marina


Studenac/wiki/Vrboska#.27.27Studenac.27.27Provisions icon Studenac [[Vrboska#Studenac|Studenac]] supermarket 100 metres W of quay.

Konzum/wiki/Vrboska#.27.27Konzum.27.27Provisions icon Konzum [[Vrboska#Konzum|Konzum]] supermarket 50 metres further on.

In the Vilage/wiki/Vrboska#In_the_VilageProvisions icon In the Vilage [[Vrboska#In the Vilage|In the Vilage]] Butchers and bakers. Fruit and vegetable market.

Eating out

  • In the Vilage
 /wiki/Vrboska#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Vrboska# | ]] Several restaurants and café/bars ashore.



The old town is a delight to explore, with a rich architectural legacy of Gothic and Renaissance townhouses and some fine churches, including the remarkable 16th century fortified church of St Mary of Grace, built for protection against Turkish raids. Also worth visiting is the 15th to 17th-century church of St Lovrinac, which contains some superb examples of religious paintings from the Renaissance. The town also boasts a fishermen’s’ museum celebrating the long fishing tradition of the port.

Nearby, at the head of the inlet, in an area inevitably described as ‘Little Venice’, is an area of old stone houses clustered picturesquely around an old stone bridge and a tiny islet bearing a lone palm tree and a war memorial. Finally, there are some excellent walks both through the woods into the mountains and along the coast to Jelsa.

A canal runs through the village
The basin at the top of the town
The remarkable fortified church of St Mary of Grace, Vrboska


Also see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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