Mali Ston

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Mali Ston
42°50.888'N, 017°42.303'E Chart icon.png
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Mali Ston from the NW

The charming hamlet of Mali Ston lies near the SE end of the Neretvanski Kanal, the channel between the mainland and the Pelješac Peninsula on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Together with its sister hamlet of Ston, the two settlements straddle the narrowest part of the peninsula, just over a kilometer apart, although Ston can only be reached by sea from Mali Ston via the Stonski Kanal on the other side of the peninsula, a trip of some 50 miles. The two hamlets were linked by over five kilometers of defensive walls in the 14th century, parts of which survive today, to protect its vital salt industry. In spite of attempts on the part of the Republic of Dubrovnik and later by French Napoleonic forces during their occupation to join the two via a canal, the project was never completed and the two remain separated by a 15-minute walk.

Mali Ston has a shallow harbour unsuitable for most yachts but there is a well-sheltered anchorage off the hamlet in 4.0 metres.


See Southern Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.


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The channel up to Mali Ston is fringed by shallows but they are fortunately well marked and present few dangers as long as the skipper keeps a close eye on the depth sounder.

However, least depths are only 3.0 metres or less in parts, so it is unsuitable for deep draft yachts. The channel is also surrounded in parts by oyster and mussel beds, so care is needed.

Warning: The sea level is prone to sudden changes up to 2 m above normal.


Mali Ston harbour is too shallow for most yachts

Mali Ston harbour

Mali Ston harbour/wiki/Mali_Ston#Mali_Ston_harbour
Harbour icon Mali Ston harbour [[Mali Ston#Mali Ston harbour|Mali Ston harbour]] 42°50.845'N, 017°42.252'E

The small harbour, protected by a detached breakwater, has depths of less than 2.0 metres and is not suitable for deep yachts.

Shallow draft yachts have been known to lie alongside the quay immediately W of the round tower on the waterfront, but depths of only 2.0 - 3.0 metres here are reportedly reduced still further by rubble. In any event, restaurant boats monopolise this quay during the season and it is unlikely you will find space. Shelter in the anchorage is good, although the bora can blow strongly here.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



The Pool

The Pool/wiki/Mali_Ston#The_Pool
Anchorage icon The Pool [[Mali Ston#The Pool|The Pool]] 42°50.864'N, 017°42.315'E
Visiting yachts anchor in the pool in front of the village. Anchor in 4- 10 m before the breakwater at a depth of 3 m and the holding excellent in the mud.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage ?
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet WiFi at 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 N/A


In Ston/wiki/Mali_Ston#In_.5B.5BSton.5D.5DProvisions icon In Ston [[Mali Ston#In Ston|In Ston]] Supermarket and grocery shops.

Eating out

  • Mali Ston
 /wiki/Mali_Ston#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Mali Ston# | ]] Hotels and restaurants near the harbour. Shellfish a speciality.


Buses from Ston to Dubrovnik.


The defensive walls above Mali Ston

The hamlet inside its protective walls is a delight to explore, rather like a miniature and less frenetic version of Dubrovnik. It is also possible to climb the long defensive walls that once protected Mali Ston and its sister settlement of Ston all the way to the latter. It is then a short 15-minute walk back along the footpath alongside the road across the isthmus.


For other useful websites, see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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