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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaNorthern Dalmatia
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Veli Iz on Iz Island from SSW

island lies off the mainland coast of Croatia six miles SW of the port of Zadar and sandwiched between the larger islands of Ugljan and Dugi Otok. Although one of the smaller islands, at just under seven miles long and 1.5 miles wide, it caters well for the visiting yacht, with a small marina at its main harbour of Veli Iz and six other small harbours and anchorages around its shores. The island has no natural springs and water is scarce in summer. It also has no beaches, which has limited tourism to some extent and kept the island relatively unspoilt. Water is only available to visiting yachts in the main harbour of Veli Iz. Iz Island is especially known for its pottery, which is a long-standing tradition in both of its main villages of Veli Iz and Mali Iz.


See Northern Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.



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


There are a total of seven berthing options on Iz Island, the four small harbours of Veli Iz, U. Knez, Mali Iz and Drage and three further anchorages at U. Soline on the NW side of the island, U. Vodenjak Veli, and U. Brsanj on the SE side.


Ports are listed anti-clockwise from Veli Iz.

  • Veli Iz Veli Iz /wiki/Veli_Iz Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Drage Drage /wiki/Drage Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Mali Iz Mali Iz /wiki/Mali_Iz Harbour icon – harbour |
  • U. Knez U. Knez /wiki/U._Knez Harbour icon – harbour |
Key to symbols: |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


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

U. Soline

U. Soline/wiki/I%C5%BE#U._Soline
Anchorage icon U. Soline [[Iž#U. Soline|U. Soline]] 44°03.668'N, 015°04.596'E
U. Soline is situated at the NW end of the island, partially sheltered from N winds by a chain of islets extending for a mile to the NW. There are several isolated shoals in the approach from N and S and careful attention to the chart is needed. There are also fish farms in the area, which can make navigation difficult. The anchorage is entered from W between the islet of Glurovic and Iz Island; note that the E channel between Glurovic islet and Iz is shallow and dangerous (and in any case usually blocked by a fish farm). Once in the inlet, anchor in 3.0 - 5.0 metres towards the head. Holding is good in sand. Shelter in the anchorage is good in all but strong NW winds, when a swell enters. No facilities ashore.

U. Brsanj

U. Brsanj/wiki/I%C5%BE#U._Brsanj
Anchorage icon U. Brsanj [[Iž#U. Brsanj|U. Brsanj]] 44°01.412'N, 015°08.876'E
U. Brsanj is a V-shaped inlet on the SE coast of the island, just under two miles from its SE tip. On the W side of the inlet is the island’s main car ferry quay, where the daily ferries from Zadar berth. Around 100 metres S of the ferry quay is a rough breakwater, behind which a yacht can anchor in 4.0 - 5.0 metres in reasonable shelter. Holding is good in sand and weed. This position is protected from all but NE winds.

U. Vodenjak Veli

U. Vodenjak Veli/wiki/I%C5%BE#U._Vodenjak_Veli
Anchorage icon U. Vodenjak Veli [[Iž#U. Vodenjak Veli|U. Vodenjak Veli]] 44°00.960'N, 015°09.026'E
U. Vodenjak Veli lies half a mile SSE of U. Brsanj, immediately NW of the small islet of Skoljic, which is connected to Iz Island by a shallow spit extending from its W side. The V-shaped inlet here offers excellent protection from all except E and SE winds. Proceed as far into the inlet as your draft permits and anchor in 3.0 - 5.0 metres, taking a line ashore if the anchorage is busy. The holding is good in sand and weed.


Water Marina Veli Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BMarina_Veli_Iz.5D.5DWater icon Marina Veli Iz [[Iž#Marina Veli Iz|Marina Veli Iz]] 44°03.065'N, 015°06.602'E in all berths
Electricity Marina Veli Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BMarina_Veli_Iz.5D.5DElectricity icon Marina Veli Iz [[Iž#Marina Veli Iz|Marina Veli Iz]] 44°03.065'N, 015°06.602'E in all berths
Toilets In Marina Veli Iz
Showers In Marina Veli Iz
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins at the Marina Veli Iz
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas None
Chandlers Marina Veli Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BMarina_Veli_Iz.5D.5DChandler icon Marina Veli Iz [[Iž#Marina Veli Iz|Marina Veli Iz]] 44°03.065'N, 015°06.602'E a small chandlery
Repairs Marina Veli Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BMarina_Veli_Iz.5D.5DService icon Marina Veli Iz [[Iž#Marina Veli Iz|Marina Veli Iz]] 44°03.065'N, 015°06.602'E basic engine, electronic and hull repairs
Internet WiFi in Marina Veli Iz (but almost unusable at times)

WiFi in some of the cafés and restaurants in the town of Veli Iz

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


Marina Veli Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BMarina_Veli_Iz.5D.5DProvisions icon Marina Veli Iz [[Iž#Marina Veli Iz|Marina Veli Iz]] 44°03.065'N, 015°06.602'E supermarket

Veli Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BVeli_Iz.5D.5DProvisions icon Veli Iz [[Iž#Veli Iz|Veli Iz]] 44°03.110'N, 015°06.670'E two supermarkets in the town

Drage/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BDrage.5D.5DProvisions icon Drage [[Iž#Drage|Drage]] 44°03.437'N, 015°06.490'E village shop only

Mali Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BMali_Iz.5D.5DProvisions icon Mali Iz [[Iž#Mali Iz|Mali Iz]] 44°01.721'N, 015°08.422'E small provisions shop on the harbour

U. Knez/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BU._Knez.5D.5DProvisions icon U. Knez [[Iž#U. Knez|U. Knez]] 44°01.927'N, 015°07.858'E small minimarket in the harbour

Eating out

Marina Veli Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BMarina_Veli_Iz.5D.5DEatingout icon Marina Veli Iz [[Iž#Marina Veli Iz|Marina Veli Iz]] 44°03.065'N, 015°06.602'E restaurant

Veli Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BVeli_Iz.5D.5DEatingout icon Veli Iz [[Iž#Veli Iz|Veli Iz]] 44°03.110'N, 015°06.670'E several good restaurants ashore

Mali Iz/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BMali_Iz.5D.5DEatingout icon Mali Iz [[Iž#Mali Iz|Mali Iz]] 44°01.721'N, 015°08.422'E café/bar on the harbour

U. Knez/wiki/I%C5%BE#.5B.5BU._Knez.5D.5DEatingout icon U. Knez [[Iž#U. Knez|U. Knez]] 44°01.927'N, 015°07.858'E restaurants Knez & Baroni, also café/bars on the harbour


Daily ferries to Zadar on mainland.


Iz pottery was once famed throughout Dalmatia


Give a short history of the island.

Places to Visit

Iž Island was formerly celebrated for its highly decorated pottery, traditionally made in the settlements of Veli Iz and Mali Iz - at one time by nearly 70 families and now by just one family in Veli Iz, the Petrovic family.

Mali Iz has a chapel of St Mary dating back to the ninth century chapel and also boasts an eleventh-century pre-Romanesque church.There is also an old fortified castle nearby. Every year in late July Iz Island hosts a festival at which a ‘King of Iz’ is elected. The festival reputedly dates back several hundred years.


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)


See also Croatia.


See Croatia.


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