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Yacht Charter Pula

Pula, an ancient coastal town on the gorgeous Istrian Peninsula, may be one of the best charter destinations in the Adriatic.

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Highlights

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

Sailing vacations Pula

Pula happy friends summer vacation yacht charter

Starting your yacht charter in Pula from our base at the ACI Marina in Pomer, sail through the crystal clear water of the Adriatic Sea to historic harbors and anchor off uninhabited islands. 

On land, immerse yourself in history and culture in the narrow streets of 3,000 year old coastal villages and towns with the characteristic brick and red roof architecture for which the region is known.

Pula, in northern Croatia, has a hot dry climate in the summer, with excellent sailing conditions and many interesting destinations just a short sail away from our marina. So, when sailing Pula with us, you can tie up at ancient docks in bustling fishing villages and dine at celebrated restaurants, or anchor in lush national parks and experience the pristine islands that are as green and fertile as Tuscany 

To sail Pula on an Adriatic yacht charter, 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 Pula

Pula family tourism culture

Swim with dolphins at Maračol Bay

Maračol Bay on the south side of Unije (Losinj Island) is famous for its dolphins, so it’s a great place to swim and snorkel.

Climb the Toreta Tower

Sail to the island of Silba, the northernmost Dalmatian island, and climb the spiral stairway of the Toreta Tower. You’ll love the view of the entire island and the northern Dalmatians.

Stargaze in Jadrišćica Bay

Due to its remote location away from any major cities, Jadrišćica Bay on the south side of the nearby island of Cres is perfect for stargazing on dark summer nights – making it one of the top things to do in Cres.

Snorkel on a shipwreck

Explore the island of Ist, being sure to save time to snorkel on a shipwreck in Pantera Bay.

Visit an ancient Roman amphitheater

Explore Pula’s array of ancient Roman buildings, including the Pula Arena, which is reportedly one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters

Explore the nature park on Dugi Otok

The jewel of the nature park on the south side of Dugi Otok is Telašćica Bay, which some say is the most beautiful, natural bay on the Adriatic.

Weather insights

Pula port restaurants

When is the best time to visit Pula?

The best time to embark on an Adriatic yacht charter in Pula is between May and October when the days are hot, sunny and dry.

The average temperature in Pula in summer is between 78ºF and 95ºF; with the sea temperature in Pula being between 75°F and 82°F in summer too.

What are the sailing conditions in Pula?

The sailing conditions for yacht charters in Pula are excellent in the summer when there is often good wind and sunny weather.

Pula wind systems include the daily north westerly mistral, which regularly creates breezes that reach between 10 and 25 knots.

However the north easterly bura (bora) can also appear and needs more sailing experience. If the bura is forecast, it’s recommended to 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 Pula with Dream Yacht Charter

Pula yacht charters

Whether you want a catamaran or a sailboat, our Pula yacht charters have a vessel for every preference.

Pula skippered charters

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

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Pula sailing itinerary

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Pula old town vacation 7-day itinerary Pula

Day 1

Head from Pomer to Unije Island’s Maračol Bay on the south side. Use a mooring ball and enjoy a calm, sheltered area that is just 10 minutes walk to the main village. Keep a look out for dolphins and restaurants with a dock, where you can anchor and dine.

Day 2

Sail to the village Mali Losinj on the Lošinj with its natural harbor and attractive waterfront. Make sure you arrive early in the afternoon or you will find all the spaces taken on the pontoons.

Day 3

Make for the island of Silba and spend the day in front of the port with its beautiful sandy bottom and clear water. Stroll the traditional and very Mediterranean village or explore the many pebbled and sandy beaches inside beautiful bays along the island's coast, including Potorišće and Pernastica in the north. Climb the tower of Toreta for a view over the entire island.

Day 4

Travel back north to the south bays of the Island of Cres and Jadrišćica Bay, where you can dock or anchor. This is an excellent bay for star watching because the skies are dark without light pollution.

Day 5

Rise early and leave at 9am to cross the bridge of Osor. This moving bridge opens twice a day at 9am and 5pm. Dock in the marina or in the city of Cres.

Day 6

Head back to the bay of Medulin and anchor in front of the island of Levan, where you will find some of the best local restaurants with fresh fish. There are many peaceful bays and Levan has a restaurant and beach bar which is open late at night.

Day 7

Head back to Pomer to disembark.

Useful information for yacht charters in Pula

Pula natural beach landscape

Where is Pula?

Pula is situated in the north of Croatia, on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. It is the area’s largest city and is right on the edge of the glittering Adriatic Sea.

How do I get to Pula from the US?

You can get to Pula from the US by flying via European countries, such as the UK, Germany or Italy, to Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) or Pula Airport (PUY). 

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

What language is spoken in Pula?

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

What is the currency for Pula?

The currency in Pula is the Kuna.

What are the customs restrictions for Pula?

If you’re sailing Croatia you do not need to worry about customs clearance.

What documents do I need for sailing Pula?

The documents you need to sail in Pula in Croatia include passports that are valid for three months beyond the date of departure for American, Australian, English and Canadian travelers. If you plan to stay less than 90 days, then no visa is required. 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.

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

How do I get around Pula?

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

What is the Wi-Fi like in Pula??

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

What regulations are there in Pula?

You are not allowed to sail at night.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Pula?

You can find Pula 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 Pula?

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

What baggage can I take on my Pula sailing vacation?

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

What is the electrical current in Pula?

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

What is the dialing code for Pula?

The dialing code for Pula 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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