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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaSouthern DalmatiaPelješacSton
42°50.074'N, 017°41.852'E Chart icon.png
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Ston harbour and salt pans from the N

The picturesque mediaeval village of Ston lies at the top of the Stonski Kanal, a five-mile-long cleft at the SE end of the Pelješac Peninsula on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. The Kanal entrance is around 20 miles NW of Dubrovnik. Together with its sister hamlet of Mali Ston, the two settlements straddle the narrowest part of the peninsula, just over a kilometer apart, although Mali Ston can only be reached by sea from Ston via the Neretvanski Kanal on the N 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.

The Stonski Kanal is accessible by most shallow to moderate draft yachts, with minimum depths of 3.3 metres, and there are depths of 2.3-2.5 metres at the quay below the settlement and 3.0 in the anchorage.


See Southern Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.



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The channel up to Ston is quite broad as far as the small village of Broce, four miles from the open sea, where the channel is at its shallowest, with depths off Broce jetty of 3.3 metres. From Broce onwards, the channel narrows and is marked by five port and two starboard buoys. Pass close to the head of the jetty at Broce to clear a reported underwater obstruction on the E side of the channel. After Broce, keep to the centre of the channel where the water is deepest. The depths shoal very quickly once you stray from the centre. On arrival at Ston, continue along the half-mile-long embankment that separates the channel from the salt pans to the W to arrive at the quay. Least depths in this part of the channel are 3.6 metres.

Warning: Tidal currents up 2 knots in the channel.


The quay at Ston from the town walls

Ston Quay

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Harbour icon Ston Quay [[Ston#Ston Quay|Ston Quay]] 42°50.062'N, 017°41.822'E

The best place to moor is alongside the quay on the W side at the top of the channel, where there is space for around three yachts (four if small ones). Depths along the quay are between 2.3 and 2.5 metres only.

Warning: In certain atmospheric conditions—especially with strong S winds—the depths can oscillate by up to 0.5 m, owing to a 'sec' (seche), often within 20 minutes or so.
The quay at Ston from the S

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Ston Anchorage

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Anchorage icon Ston Anchorage [[Ston#Ston Anchorage|Ston Anchorage]] 42°50.042'N, 017°41.896'E
Alternatively to the quay it may be possible to anchor off in 3.0 - 4.0 metres clear of the small craft moorings, but only with the harbourmaster's permission and if the quay is full. There are varying reports of the holding here, so a visit to Ston may not be a good idea in unsettled weather. In any event, there is a better anchorage at Broce, just S of the two port markers leading to the channel up to Ston.


Anchorage icon Broce [[Ston#Broce|Broce]] 42°49.352'N, 017°43.061'E
Depths here are 5.0 metres and the holding is good in mud and weed. Shelter is good except in southerlies.


Water Ston Quay/wiki/Ston#.5B.5B.23Ston_Quay.7CSton_Quay.5D.5DWater icon Ston Quay [[Ston#Ston Quay|Ston Quay]] Available for a fee
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bin at the quay
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet WiFi at some cafes
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 the Village/wiki/Ston#In_the_VillageProvisions icon In the Village [[Ston#In the Village|In the Village]] Supermarket and small provisions shop.

Eating out

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


Buses to Dubrovnik.


The hamlet and its sister hamlet of Mali Ston are a delight to explore, rather like a miniature and less frenetic version of Dubrovnik. Part of the defensive walls that once protected Ston and its sister settlement still survive and it is possible to climb their length all the way to Mali Ston. The walls are open from 0800 to 1900 and an admission fee of 40 kuna is charged. There is a good footpath along the road back if you do not want to return via the walls. The salt works (which are still operational) can also be visited for a small fee.

Ston was famous for its salt pans
Bay of Mali Ston
Mali Ston harbour has little room for yachts


For other useful websites, see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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