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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaSouthern DalmatiaŠipan
42°43.680'N, 017°52.740'E Chart icon.png
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Anchorage of Luka Sipanska from N

Šipan Island is the largest of a chain of small islands lying barely two miles off the coast of Croatia. Known as the Elafiti Islands (from the Greek word elaphos, meaning deer, which with the islands were presumably formerly populated), the chain is mostly heavily forested and unspoilt. Several of the islands are popular day trip destinations for holidaymakers staying in Dubrovnik, but visiting yachts using the various anchorages around the islands can usually escape the worst of the crowds (especially outside the peak months of July and August) and even the busier anchorages quieten down at night when the tripper boats go home. Šipan Island is around nine miles NW of the port of Dubrovnik, and is a popular summer beach destination for day trippers. Wine and olive oil were formerly the backbone of the local economy, but increasingly tourism is the island’s prime source of income. Although a relatively large island, Šipan only offers suitable berths for yachts in two small harbours, Luka Sipanska and Sudurad, plus a settled weather anchorage at the small islet of Misnjak at its N end.


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See Croatia.



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Dubrovnik is the nearest year-round port of entry.


There are two principal berthing options on the island, the ports of Luka Sipanska at the NW end of the island and Sudurad at the SE end.


Luka Sipanska has laid moorings suitable for shallow to moderate draft yachts

Luka Sipanska

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Harbour icon Luka Sipanska [[Šipan#Luka Sipanska|Luka Sipanska]] 42°43.702'N, 017°51.694'E
Luka Sipanska is the largest of several villages on the island and the main passenger ferry port. The bay is approached from S through the narrow channel of Prolaz Harpoti between Šipan and Jakljan islands or from N along the NE side of a chain of islets fringing the NE side of Jakljan Island. The harbour and anchorage lie at the head of a mile-long NW-facing inlet. Anchor S of the ferry jetty on the NE side of the harbour (which carries a red light structure) in 5.0 - 6.0 metres. The holding is good in mud. There are also around eight laid moorings on the town quay SE of the ferry jetty which can be used by visiting yachts. Depths here are 3+ metres (if one does touch, the bottom is thick mud). You can anchor north of the ferry jetty, but you must leave room for the ferry to come in and back out. The holding is good in the mud. The restaurant Kod Marko has four mooring bouys that can be booked in advance. You must eat at the restaurant if you use one. Shelter is good here in all but strong NW winds, which send in a heavy swell. Provisions store, restaurants and café/bars ashore.
Inner harbour of Sudurad


Harbour icon Sudurad [[Šipan#Sudurad|Sudurad]] 42°42.642'N, 017°54.690'E

The village of Sudurad is situated at the SE end of the island, opposite the small islet of Ruda/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#RudaIsland icon Ruda [[Šipan#Ruda|Ruda]] 42°42.470'N, 017°55.737'E . If approaching from the S, note that shoals extend for nearly 400 metres SSE of the headland at the S end of the bay. There are also a number of above-water rocks/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#above-water_rocksDanger icon above-water rocks [[Šipan#above-water rocks|above-water rocks]] 42°42.656'N, 017°54.886'E which lie 200-300 metres E of the village and its tiny harbour. Anchor outside the harbour in depths of 4.0 - 5.0 metres, between the ferry jetty on the S side of the harbour (used by a car ferry from Dubrovnik) and the rocks to the E or, in S winds, in the wooded cove 500 metres S of the harbour. Holding is good in sand. Alternatively, there may be space on the quay immediately NE of the ferry jetty, where there are 8-10 laid moorings in depths of 4.0 - 5.0 metres. These are often filled with local fishing boats, however. Shelter in the anchorage is good except with anything E in the wind. Provisions shops and restaurants ashore.

Note: There are five mooring buoys (all laid by restaurants) in the anchor space mentioned above (as of June 2015) and this effectively occupies the available space. We used the Tre Sempre konoba mooring and the food was fine and the owners hospitable.-- Ariette
Yachts of modest draft can moor inside the ferry jetty at Sudurad

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O. Misnjak

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Anchorage icon O. Misnjak [[Šipan#O. Misnjak|O. Misnjak]] 42°45.371'N, 017°49.880'E
Between the small islet of Misnjak/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#MisnjakIsland icon Misnjak [[Šipan#Misnjak|Misnjak]] 42°45.511'N, 017°49.877'E at the extreme N tip of Šipan and the island itself is a shallow channel which can be used as an anchorage in settled weather. Anchor in the ‘cleft’ opposite Misnjak islet in 6.0 - 7.0 metres. The holding is good in sand. The shelter is good and the surroundings are idyllic in settled weather or in moderate S winds, but the anchorage should be evacuated immediately with any signs of bad weather. No facilities ashore.


Water Luka Sipanska/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.5B.5B.23Luka_Sipanska.7CLuka_Sipanska.5D.5DWater icon Luka Sipanska [[Šipan#Luka Sipanska|Luka Sipanska]] 42°43.689'N, 017°51.727'E On the quay (needs to be unlocked and a charge of 50 kuna is made)

Sudurad/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.5B.5B.23Sudurad.7CSudurad.5D.5DWater icon Sudurad [[Šipan#Sudurad|Sudurad]] 42°42.625'N, 017°54.665'E A tap on the quay, if you can get to it

Electricity Luka Sipanska/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.5B.5B.23Luka_Sipanska.7CLuka_Sipanska.5D.5DElectricity icon Luka Sipanska [[Šipan#Luka Sipanska|Luka Sipanska]] 42°43.689'N, 017°51.727'E Only on the jetty at Luka Sipanska, which is usually unlocked only for the tripper boats but should be usable in an emergency.
Toilets ?
Showers N/A (Not Available)
Laundry ?
Garbage ?
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet None
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 N/A


Luka Sipanska/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.5B.5B.23Luka_Sipanska.7CLuka_Sipanska.5D.5DProvisions icon Luka Sipanska [[Šipan#Luka Sipanska|Luka Sipanska]] There is a store.

Sudurad/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.5B.5B.23Sudurad.7CSudurad.5D.5DProvisions icon Sudurad [[Šipan#Sudurad|Sudurad]] Provisions shops.

Eating out

Kod Marko/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.27.27Kod_Marko.27.27Eatingout icon Kod Marko [[Šipan#Kod Marko|Kod Marko]] 42°43.702'N, 017°51.694'E Restaurant (provides moorings).
 /wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Šipan# | ]] 42°43.702'N, 017°51.694'E Restaurants and café/bars ashore.
Tre Sempre/wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.27.27Tre_Sempre.27.27Eatingout icon Tre Sempre [[Šipan#Tre Sempre|Tre Sempre]] 42°43.702'N, 017°51.694'E Fine food owner hospitable (provides moorings).
 /wiki/%C5%A0ipan#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Šipan# | ]] 42°43.702'N, 017°51.694'E Restaurants ashore.


Ferries to Dubrovnik from Luka Sipanska and Sudurad.


Luka Sipanska has several grand old mansions
The impressive Sokocibuha Palace in Sudurad

Places to Visit

There are a number of grand mansions and a former rector's palace in Luka Sipanska which recall the 'grand old days' of the island, when wealthy Dubrovnik families built a number of summer villas here. Sudurad has an impressive 16th-century former palace of the Sokocibuha family, which is unfortunately not open to the public. There a number of pleasant walks and cycling routes around the island, which are well signposted.


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)


For other useful websites, see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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