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Yacht Charter Dubrovnik

There’s so much more to the UNESCO ancient walled city of Dubrovnik than just being the famed movie set of the hit series Game of Thrones.

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Highlights

  • Islands of Hvar, Korcula & Vis
  • Medieval walled cities
  • Stunning coastlines

Sailing vacations Dubrovnik

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With a Dubrovnik yacht charter, you can explore the attractive Elaphiti Islands archipelago, which will enchant even the most experienced of sailors and travelers.

From our base in ACI Marina Dubrovnik, Komolac, you can immerse yourself in the multi-cultural region and sail the startling blue-green Adriatic. 

Book boat hire in Dubrovnik and experience its Mediterranean climate, fantastic sailing conditions, long sailing season and short leg passages, which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy the region.

Discover uninhabited islands, or visit lush national parks, bustling fishing villages and celebrated restaurants offering an array of traditional dishes. Make sure to give the delicious Croatian wines a try too.

While sailing Dubrovnik you can be part of a lively international sailing community, or embrace solitude on remote islands. 

To sail Dubrovnik, you will need a sailing license that is recognized by the local port authorities, or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

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Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in Dubrovnik

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Enjoy Dubrovnik Summer Festival

If you sail Dubrovnik in summer, try to coincide with this popular event held in July and August. The program includes exciting dance performances, live music and cinema screenings

Swim at Šunj Beach

Sail Lopud and explore this beautiful beach in the south, or head around to the northern coast of the island for excellent restaurants and a walk around the botanical garden.

Visit Šipanska Luka

Your Dubrovnik itinerary needs to include Šipan, the biggest Elaphiti Island, Moor in port and explore the island’s many churches, palaces or pine forests. You might want to try the local wine too, as the area is known for its vineyards.

Explore Mljet National Park

If you’re sailing Mljet, moor at a local restaurant in Polače for lunch with a view. Explore the nearby park, visit the Salt Lakes or head further along the coast to the Mistral Tavern at Okuklje for dinner. Prožura is worth stopping at for a swim.

Walk Korčula Old City

If you’re renting a boat in Korčula, make a reservation at the ACI Korčula marina and explore the city, the supposed birthplace of Marco Polo. Enjoy St Mark’s Cathedral with its amazing views and Revelin Tower, or head south to Pupnatska Luka Beach.

Anchor at Jakljan

For an uninhabited island experience, enjoy the silence at Jakljan. This island is undeveloped but is one of the best swimming spots for a Dubrovnik yacht charter.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to go to Dubrovnik?

The best time to visit Dubrovnik is between May and October when the climate is Mediterranean, with hot and dry days.

The average temperature in Dubrovnik in summer is between 78ºF and 95ºF with nearly 3,000 sunny hours a year. The sea temperature in Dubrovnik in summer is between 75°F and 82°F.

What are the sailing conditions in Dubrovnik?

The sailing conditions for yacht charters in Dubrovnik provide excellent opportunities for sailors looking for a decent wind.

Dubrovnik wind systems include the daily north westerly mistral, which blows between 10am to 5pm and can reach between 10 and 25 knots.

The north easterly bura (bora) can appear and it is recommended that you pay attention to the weather forecasts. If the bura is forecast, find a sheltered anchorage as the gusts can range between 30 and 50 knots. 

The southerly jugo can bring poor weather conditions, including rain and wind up to 25 knots.

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Sailing Dubrovnik with Dream Yacht Charter

Dubrovnik yacht charters

Discover the wonders of Croatia on a Dubrovnik yacht charter and enjoy the perfect sailing vacation on one of our catamarans or monohulls.

Dubrovnik skippered charters

No sailing experience is needed for our skippered charters in Dubrovnik. Choose where you want to sail and we’ll find a skipper for your yacht, leaving you and your guests free to relax.

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Dubrovnik sailing itinerary

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Day 1: Elaphiti – Šipan

Head to the Elaphiti Islands and the island of Lopud. Head south for the beach of Šunj or explore the botanical gardens and restaurants on the north coast. In the afternoon sail to Šipan and Šipanska Luka.

Day 2: Polače

Sail on to Polače, Mljet, a large bay where you can anchor to explore Mljet National Park, the Roman palace and the salt lakes. Within the bay, you’ll be able to shop for supplies and dine at local restaurants.

Day 3: Korčula

In the morning, travel to Korčula where early arrival should mean you can find space in the marina. Climb the steps up the bell tower of St Mark’s Cathedral for a view over the water. This historic town’s walls and battlements have given it the nickname of Little Dubrovnik.

Day 4: Prožura – Okuklje

Make your way to Okuklje back on Mljet, a small fishing village within a bay known for clear blue water that is perfect for swimming. On the way stop at Prožura village if you fancy a picnic and a swim.

Day 5: Pelješac

From Okuklje head on to Pelješac, where you can stop for a swim at Marčuleti beach. You can overnight in the Bay of Kobaš and visit the taverna Ribarska Kuca Niko which offers free mooring. Or you can anchor near Olipa Island on the way to Ston.

Day 6: Jakljan

Leave Pelješac and anchor off Jakljan, an island without facilities but well worth stopping by for a swim. On the way to Dubrovnik, you can stop by Koločep or Zaton.

Day 7: Dubrovnik

Make sure you take a bus or taxi to explore Dubrovnik’s walled city, it’s a highlight you won’t want to miss.

Useful information for yacht charters in Dubrovnik

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How do I get to Dubrovnik from the US?

You can get to Dubrovnik airport (DBV) from the US by taking a flight via European countries, such as the UK, Germany or Italy. 

We can arrange airport transfers on request and the airport is a 30-minute taxi ride away from our Dubrovnik base.

What language is spoken in Dubrovnik?

The language spoken in Dubrovnik is Croatian, although many people in the city can speak English.

What is the currency for Dubrovnik?

The currency in Dubrovnik is the Kuna.

What are the customs restrictions for Dubrovnik?

If you’re sailing Dubrovnik you do not need to worry about customs clearance. If you want to sail to Montenegro, please talk to us before booking.

What documents do I need to sail Dubrovnik?

The documents you need to sail in Dubrovnik include passports that are valid for three months beyond the date of departure for American, Australian, English and Canadian travelers. No visa is required for stays under 90 days. Australian, Canadian and US citizens must have a return ticket in their possession upon entering Croatia.

You will need a sailing license that is recognized by the local port authorities, or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Dubrovnik?

You can get around Dubrovnik easily by bus and the public transport system is good. You can hire a car and there is clear signposting if you are driving around Dubrovnik. Hiring a taxi can be expensive, so make sure you negotiate the fare before you get in.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Dubrovnik??

The Wi-Fi in Dubrovnik is good and most cities and towns have Wi-Fi hotspots at bars and restaurants. ACI Marina Dubrovnik has free internet access and you can also rent Wi-Fi for your charter.

What regulations are there in Dubrovnik?

Contractually, you are not allowed to sail at night and a license will be needed for fishing.

If you anchor near Mljet National Park and decide to visit, you must buy a ticket. You must also pay for a ticket if you anchor at Lastovo nature park and stay on the island.

When you approach an ACI marina you need to contact the marina staff on VHF 17.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Dubrovnik?

You can find Dubrovnik weather forecasts from the State Hydrometeorological Institute. The weather is broadcast on VHF channels 4, 7, 28 and 85 at 6:20am, 1.20pm and 10.20pm every day.

What provisioning is there in Dubrovnik?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning in Dubrovnik. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Dubrovnik sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Dubrovnik?

The electrical current in Dubrovnik is 220V, so do pack a type C and F adaptor.

What is the dialing code for Dubrovnik?

The dialing code for Dubrovnik is +385 20.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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