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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaNorthern DalmatiaVrgada
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Harbour of U. Luka from N

The small island of Vrgada lies off the mainland coast of Croatia six miles SSE of the harbour of Biograd. The island is situated halfway between the larger islands of Pašman to the NW and Murter to the SE. The island has a total area of only around 1.4 square miles but–for its size–a thriving population of nearly 250, mostly in the main settlement of Vrgada on the N coast. The island’s main harbour is in the bay of U. Luka at the NE coast of the island, which offers good protection except in E winds, when the sandy bay of U. Sv. Andrija immediately W of a headland separating it from U. Luka is a better option. A further anchorage, U. Kranje on the S coast of the island offers better shelter from N winds. There are several fish farms in the channels between the small islets to the S.


See Northern Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.



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The berthing options on the island consist of the two harbours of U. Luka and U. Sv. Andrija on the NE coast and the anchorage of U. Kranje at the SE end of the island.


Vrgada village from seaward

U. Luka

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Harbour icon U. Luka [[Vrgada#U. Luka|U. Luka]] 43°51.457'N, 015°30.174'E

The harbour of U. Luka lies on the E side of a promontory which shelters it from W. An islet, O. Artina/wiki/Vrgada#O._ArtinaIsland icon O. Artina [[Vrgada#O. Artina|O. Artina]] 43°51.804'N, 015°30.147'E , lies just off the promontory and is connected to it by a shallow spit. The harbour consists of a series of short jetties protected by a long breakwater with a red light structure on the end extending from the S shore.

Berth alongside or stern/bows-to the inside of the breakwater using your anchor as space permits. Depths on the breakwater are 3.5 - 4.0 metres. Depths at the jetties further in are 2.0 metres or less. Shelter in the harbour is good in winds from the NW through the W to SE but the bay is exposed in winds from the N and the E.

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Shallow anchorage of U. Sv. Andrija from SW

U. Sv. Andrija

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Anchorage icon U. Sv. Andrija [[Vrgada#U. Sv. Andrija|U. Sv. Andrija]] 43°51.485'N, 015°29.772'E

The bay of U. Sv. Andrija lies on the W side of the promontory, just ‘round the corner’ from U. Luka. Although it is relatively shallow, it offers better shelter with anything E in the wind. Anchor in the middle of the bay in 3.0 metres. The holding is good in sand. The bay is open to the NW and can be uncomfortable in the afternoon sea breezes.

Note: tThere is a shoal patch on the headland on the E side of the bay, marked with a W cardinal mark.
Anchorage of U. Kranje

U. Kranje

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Anchorage icon U. Kranje [[Vrgada#U. Kranje|U. Kranje]] 43°50.911'N, 015°30.689'E
The anchorage of U. Kranje is located at the SE end of the island overlooking the islet of Murvenjak and a cluster of smaller islets surrounded by fish farms. It is a popular anchorage in summer and offers good shelter in moderate northerly winds but is completely open to the S and the SE. Anchor in 4.0 - 5.0 metres, taking a line ashore if preferred. Holding is good in sand and weed. There are no facilities ashore.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage ?
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


Vrgada village/wiki/Vrgada#Vrgada_villageProvisions icon Vrgada village [[Vrgada#Vrgada village|Vrgada village]] small provisions shop.

Eating out

U. Luka/wiki/Vrgada#.5B.5B.23U._Luka.7CU._Luka.5D.5DEatingout icon U. Luka [[Vrgada#U. Luka|U. Luka]] there is a restaurant.


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Mentioned in the year 950 under the name of Lumbricaton, the island of Vrgada first served as a home to shepherds who came from the Velebit mountain. The name Vrgada, which was documented in the 15th century, derives from “La Vergada”, meaning “the hilly island”. Vrgada, unlike most Adriatic islands in the Middle Ages, was inhabited and served as an important fort due to its position on the main straight of navigation.

The church, found at the top of the hill, is dedicated to St Andrew. First constructed in 824 AC, it is one of the oldest churches found in the Dalmatian islands.

Places to Visit

There is little to do on the island, but lovers of peace and quiet will find a good haven here - except during high tourist season when day-trippers flock to its several good beaches, especially in U. Sv. Andrija.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


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For other useful websites, see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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