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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaNorthern DalmatiaMurterTisno
43°47.926'N, 015°38.597'E Chart icon.png
lat=43.79876 | lon=15.64329 | zoom=15 | y
Tisno from NW (W quay -- right bottom, SE quay -- left just above centre)

The town of Tisno (formerly known as Tijesno) is situated in the narrowest part of the channel separating the island of Murter from the mainland of Croatia.

The channel here is crossed by a road bridge which lifts twice a day during the season and once a day on just three days of the week outside the season.

Currents can often run strongly through the channel and may reach 3-4 knots on occasion. The channel is unsuitable for navigation by deep draft yachts, having least depths of barely two metres in the W approach and slightly less in the E approach.


See Northern Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.


Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see Cruiser's Nets


Approach from N

The approach to Tisno from the W is difficult and should not be attempted without an up to date chart or in extreme weather conditions.

Danger: None of the passages between the islands in the approaches can be described as safe in heavy weather.

Once past the headland of Rt. Artic immediately N of the old harbour of Betina there are no further hazards in the approach.

Approach from S

The approach from the S, between Murter Island and the mainland, presents no special difficulties other than the numerous islets to be avoided. Note, however, that the channel in the approach to Tisno shoals from over 12 metres to barely two metres once past the pier to port at the S end of the town.

Tisno bridge

Movable bridge in Tisno

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World icon.png Movable bridge in Tisno [[Tisno#Movable bridge in Tisno|Movable bridge in Tisno]] 43°47.951'N, 015°38.496'E

The depth under the bridge is about 2.4 m. The clearance of the closed bridge is 2 m. Strong SE or NW winds and tide can cause a current up to 4 knots. The bridge opens daily from May 15th to September 15th at 0900 and 1700 and at other times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only at 0900.

The bridge opens quite slowly, so don't be embarrassed -- they'll let you through. Passing the bridge is a bit of fun though.


Šibenik is the nearest all-year port of entry. During the summer, Primošten is also a port of entry.


There are two principal berthing options in Tisno. There are no facilities at either of them, but there are grocery shops just across the road at either location.

Most Tisno.jpg
W quay and the bridge

Tisno W quay

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Harbour icon Tisno W quay [[Tisno#Tisno W quay|Tisno W quay]] 43°47.954'N, 015°38.407'E

Moor alongside the quay on the island side of the channel immediately W of the lifting bridge. Unfortunately this quay can be filled with (semi)permanently moored craft. Depths here are slightly over 2.0 metres.

The shelter here is good in all conditions except strong NW winds (although a strong bora would probably also make it very uncomfortable here).
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View towards SE quay from SE

Tisno SE quay

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Harbour icon Tisno SE quay [[Tisno#Tisno SE quay|Tisno SE quay]] 43°47.843'N, 015°38.594'E

The N half of a newer SE quay (E of the bridge) is designated for vessels in transit. As of Sept 2016 there were laid moorings only at a few places. Whether they can be used by visiting yachts is unknown. The depths at the quay seem to be over 3 metres.

The berths are open from E to SE.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



U. Artić

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Anchorage icon U. Artić [[Tisno#U. Artić|U. Artić]] (Luka) 43°47.939'N, 015°38.929'E
The anchorage of U. Artic lies in a small inlet on the mainland side of the channel about 500 metres E of the bridge. Anchor in 3.0 - 4.0 metres. Shelter here is good from all directions except S. Holding is also good in sand, mud and weed.

Also anywhere clear of the channel on the E side of the bridge.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage ?
Fuel N/A. The closest options are at the Marina Jezera or at the village of Murter
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet WiFi in the Internet café at the town
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 (Not Available)
Health Ambulance and pharmacy/wiki/Tisno#Ambulance_and_pharmacyWorld icon.png Ambulance and pharmacy [[Tisno#Ambulance and pharmacy|Ambulance and pharmacy]] 43°47.977'N, 015°38.542'E


  • Grocery shops just across the road near both quays. Another couple of small shops are across the channel over the bridge.
  • Konzum/wiki/Tisno#KonzumProvisions icon Konzum [[Tisno#Konzum|Konzum]] 43°47.938'N, 015°38.438'E A small grocery shop at the W quay (Trg Dr. Šime Vlašića 2; Mo-Su 07:00-21:00; Su 07:00-12:00)
  • Djelo/wiki/Tisno#DjeloProvisions icon Djelo [[Tisno#Djelo|Djelo]] (Ultra) °'N, 015°38.560'E A small grocery store at the SE quay (Trg Rudina 2; Mo-Su 07:00-22:00; Su 07:00-21:00)

Eating out

  • In the town
 /wiki/Tisno#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Tisno# | ]] Several restaurants.


Buses to Šibenik, Zadar and local destinations.

See also Murter


Tower of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Tisno

Tisno is an attractive town and well worth exploring while waiting for the bridge to open. The parish church of the Holy Spirit dates back to the 16th century and was given a Baroque ‘makeover’ in 1640.


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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