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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaNorthern DalmatiaŽirje
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Žirje Island lies off the mainland coast of Croatia 11 miles WSW of the port of Šibenik and four miles SE of the Kornati archipelago. It is the largest in a group of islands stretching between it and the channel leading into Luka Šibenik, the ‘inland sea’ off the port of Šibenik. Although only six miles by 1.5 miles at most, the island has a small harbour suitable for visiting yachts and three anchorages around its coast. The population of 94 is mainly centred on its hilltop capital, Zirje Town and its nearby harbour of Luka Muna on the NE coast. The island’s population survive largely on agriculture (grapes, olives and plums), fishing and a little tourism. There are the remains of a 6th century Byzantine castle on the hill above the anchorage of Stupica Vela.


See Northern Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.



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Šibenik is the nearest all-year round port of entry. During the summer, Sali on Dugi Otok and Primošten on the mainland are also ports of entry.


There are five berthing options on Zirje Island, the small harbour of Luka Muna half way along the NE coast of the island and five further anchorages at U. Mikavica and U. Koromašna on the NE side of the island, U. Tratinska on the NW side, U. Stupica Vela, and U. Stupica Mala at the SE tip.


  • Luka Muna – this is the only port on the island

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Note: U. (short for Uvala) = cove. Anchorages are listed from N to S:

The anchorage of U. Koromasna

U. Koromašna

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Anchorage icon U. Koromašna [[Žirje#U. Koromašna|U. Koromašna]] 43°39.4′N, 15°40.19′E
It lies halfway along the NE-facing coast of the island, around half a mile SE of the harbour of Luka Muna. The inlet is shaped rather like a duck’s foot, with three small coves along its S side. Anchor in one of the coves wherever there is space. The depths here are considerable until close inshore so it is probably wise to take a line ashore. Holding is moderate to good in sand and weed. The shelter is good except in winds from NE and E, when it becomes untenable if they are very strong.

U. Tratinska

U. Tratinska/wiki/%C5%BDirje#U._Tratinska
Anchorage icon U. Tratinska [[Žirje#U. Tratinska|U. Tratinska]] 43°39.75′N, 15°37.49′E
This is an attractive looking cove on the SE of the island.
The popular anchorage of U. Stupica Vela

U. Stupica Vela

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Anchorage icon U. Stupica Vela [[Žirje#U. Stupica Vela|U. Stupica Vela]] 43°38.1′N, 15°41.25′E
U. Stupica Vela is a popular and busy anchorage, the westernmost and widest of three inlets at the S end of Zirje Island. There are shoal patches off the headland at the E end of the inlet and also between the small islet of Skrovada just W of the entrance and Zirje itself. There are mooring buoys in the inlet in depths of 8.0 - 10.0 metres which can be picked up (a charge is made). Alternatively, anchor in suitable depths and take a line ashore if possible. The holding is only moderate and poor in places. The shelter is excellent in all but strong SE winds. Restaurant ashore. Water taxi during the season.

U. Stupica Mala

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Anchorage icon U. Stupica Mala [[Žirje#U. Stupica Mala|U. Stupica Mala]] 43°38.19′N, 15°42.22′E
U. Stupica Mala is the middle of the three inlets, immediately E of U. Stupica Vela. Depths are greater here and the anchorage is, therefore, less popular than U. Stupica Vela. However, it is quieter during the busiest part of the season. Anchor in 8.0 - 10.0 metres and take a line ashore if possible. It is necessary to go to the head of the inlet to find suitable anchoring depths. Holding is moderate to good in sand and weed. Shelter is good in all but S winds.

U. Mikavica

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Anchorage icon U. Mikavica [[Žirje#U. Mikavica|U. Mikavica]] 43°40.230'N, 015°37.275'E
U. Mikavica is situated on the N side of the island, close to the NW tip. Just under a mile NNW of the V-shaped inlet is the small islet of Mikavica, which has a shoal patch extending for nearly 400 metres SSE of it. The northern headland of the inlet also has shoals for nearly 100 metres off it. Once into the inlet, there is a small jetty where there may be space for a yacht to go bows or stern-to using the anchor. Depths at the pier range from 3.0 metres near the root to 5.0 metres at the end. Alternatively anchor off in 6.0 - 7.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. Shelter is good except with anything N in the wind. The anchorage would probably be untenable in very strong easterlies.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A
Garbage Very limited, take it with you
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet N/A
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


N/A (Not Available).

Eating out

 /wiki/%C5%BDirje#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Žirje# | ]] Restaurant, caffé/bar.
 /wiki/%C5%BDirje#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Žirje# | ]] Restaurant, caffé/bar.


Daily ferries to Šibenik on the mainland.


Byzantine castle above U. Stupica Vela


Give a short history of the island.

Places to Visit

There are the remains of a Byzantine castle on the hill about the anchorage of U. Stupica Vela. The island is cross-crossed with walking/cycling paths, which make exploring its small land surface easy. Otherwise, there is little to do on Zirje but chill out.


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)


Also see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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