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Sailing in Croatia

Our verdict:

The stunning seascape of Croatia has more than 1,000 islands - best explored by boat. Sail Dalmatia has 90 crewed vessels to suit every budget, from gulets to catamarans and swanky motor yachts. The company, run by the enthusiastic and hugely knowledgeable Dora, can also arrange snorkelling, sea-kayaking and rock climbing.

Recommended tour operator: Sail Dalmatia

Sail Dalmatia says

To say we are passionate about sailing in and around Croatia is an understatement – not only is Croatia our heartland but also our founder, Dora, is the only Croatian woman to have completed the arduous Clipper Round the World yacht race. We may be biased but we can’t think of a better place for families to enjoy a holiday afloat.

  • Crewed gulets & yachts
  • Beautiful Dalmatian coast
  • Flexible itineraries

We have handpicked a choice of 90 fully-crewed luxury gulets, super yachts, motor sailers, catamarans and traditional yachts – accommodating from four to 38 people with prices ranging from under €3,000 to more than €100,000 per week depending on the vessel. We know each of the owners personally and only the highest standards are accepted by our team.

Whichever vessel you choose, the professional and qualified crew will be on hand throughout to ensure you have the best possible holiday. There’s always a skipper and a cook as minimum – breakfast and dinner are prepared according to your tastes.

Each day’s itinerary is entirely your choice. Many of the boats have water sports equipment on board and your skipper can take you to some of the Dalmatian coast’s most idyllic spots whether you want to experience sea-kayaking in the Elafiti Archipelago, cycling through the Start Grad Plain (protected by UNESCO), rock climbing in the Kornati archipelago or snorkelling in a secluded cove.

You might want to call in at a charming waterfront restaurant for lunch (the crew will make reservations for you and ensure you get the best possible table), take a picnic ashore, visit a local market or explore a cultural hotspot perhaps.

For larger families or two families travelling together, gulets such as Alisa (sleeping up to 12) or the even more sumptuous Dragon Fly are the perfect – and our most popular – choice.

Check out our portfolio for other ideas. For example, a family of four will find plenty of space on board Grand Soleil 56, a 56ft yacht with three cabins, or Lagoon 42 Avocado, a sleek catamaran. Or how about a swanky motor yacht such as Azimut Tamara 1?

For more inspiration, check out our guides to Croatia and chartering a crewed vessel.

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