Endless yachting possibilities, deserted coves and tiny island villages make Šibenik Luxury Yacht Charter a once in a lifetime joy
The Šibenik archipelago is one of the six largest archipelagos in the Adriatic. The Adriatic may be small in comparison to other seas, but each of its many archipelagos is a microcosm in itself, with unique island vibe, weather and sea conditions.
This Šibenik luxury yacht charter guide will take you through this amazing archipelago located in the very middle of the Croatian waters that is affectionately called the belly button of the Adriatic.
Still spared the summer hubbub of party yachts turning the nearby Split waters into a never-ending rave, the Šibenik archipelago is lucky to have many uninhabited islands – the first of the many meditation-inspiring details that will allow your mind to roam.
In the waters around Šibenik, people are friendly, and on the other hand, you’ll never have any complaints about (or problems with) the Šibenik weather: mild, sunny, with moderate wind.
The most popular marinas in the Šibenik archipelago
Most islands in the archipelago lie close to the mainland which hosts four large marinas ready to accommodate even large yachts – Marina Tribunj, ACI Marina Vodice, Marina Mandalina (Šibenik) and Marina Kremik (Primošten). Near the entrance to the Krka National park lies another marina, the ACI marina Skradin.
Which islands to visit in the Šibenik archipelago?
You can always forget the structured world of marinas and wing it, dropping your anchor in one of the many island oases – Zlarin and Prvić lie nearest to the city, Tijat, Zmajan and Kakan are uninhabited, Kaprije and Žirje face the open sea. Besides, the island Krapanj which is only 300 m away from the mainland is the story for itself.
Kornati National park
The famous Kornati National park and Murter are close as well but do not belong to the Šibenik archipelago. It seems like mother nature has modeled this part of the Adriatic especially for Šibenik yacht charter; the long and narrow runway toward the Krka National park. You can take that long, winding canyon toward the Prokljansko lake, enjoying the sci-fi setting, all the way to the town of Skradin.
The town located at the mouth of the river Krka is a safe option with no bigger waves, a charming place whose quiet is only interrupted by frogs and crickets performing their nightly gig.
The islands of Prvić, Zlarin and Lupac
Šibenik luxury yacht charter guide, almost immediately after leaving the Sv. Nikola canal recommends visiting amazing islands Zlarin and Prvić. Zlarin is both an island and the largest town on it, a peaceful place with calming sunsets and pastel-colored houses.
Tie your yacht on the long pier and take a relaxing walk – preferably to the Prslika trattoria, a favorite among international celebrities big and small and fine food lovers. If you want to experience Zlarin island in Croatia, but have no desire to stroll busy town streets, we suggest anchoring in Magarna cove on the north-east side of the island.
The island of Prvić – the third in the trio with Zlarin and Lupac – is similar to Zlarin. The only protected port on the island is Prvić Luka, but you can drop the anchor at Trstevica beach in the nearby Šepurine. Trattoria Ribarski dvori has reserved ‘parking spots’ for their guests.
When in Prvić, make sure you see the Faust Vrančić memorial museum, take a one-mile walk to Šepurine and explore stone-cobbled streets, and at sunset sit for a relaxing dinner by the sea. The most famous restaurant on the island of Prvić is Mareta, whose traditional food, fresh-made ice cream and friendly staff explain its long-lasting popularity.
Krapanj – island of sea sponges
Krapanj is a unique Croatian island by all means and a must-see in our Šibenik luxury yacht charter guide. Besides being the smallest and the lowest (1.25 m) inhabited island in Croatia, it’s famous for sea sponges, that have in the past shaped the island’s identity – make sure not to leave this small jewel set in the heart of the Šibenik archipelago without getting this valuable souvenir. Yachts can be tied in a small port facing the land.
The island of Tijat
In the Šibenik archipelago, the island of Tijat is beloved among lovers of peace and calm turquoise waters. There is only one anchorage there – the well-protected Tijašćica cove with many buoys and a small pontoon. The cove is somewhat busy during the day, but at sunset calm descends upon it. The newly opened summer place Spirito bar is the only place on the island that makes even a little noise – but only a little, so sit by the pines and enjoy a cocktail.
Unlike Tijat, the uninhabited Zmajan has no natural coves. During calm weather, its southern coast is perfect for Šibenik yacht charter lovers looking for a serene night under the stars.
Kaprije – island without cars
The island of Kaprije – named after the delicious caper – is the heart of the Šibenik archipelago and a logical choice for those in transit between Split and Kornati. The best-protected place to drop the anchor is Kaprije cove, and the most famous trattoria on the island Kod Kate.
Kaprije may be small, but it offers more than one cove and one trattoria: Remetić cove has ten buoys, Medoš cove promises an excellent lunch in trattoria Kunjka, Mala Nozdra cove has two trattorias – Mateo and G-8.
All these coves are uninhabited, and restaurants and trattorias are accessible by boat only. With this in mind, we can declare them, stunning nautical spots of this Šibenik luxury yacht charter guide.
The uninhabited isle of Kakan is another popular yachting micro-location of the Šibenik archipelago: Potkućina cove is a large lagoon, a blue and green haven with 60 buoys, well protected from the wind.
Dinner options in the cove include the Babalu grill and bar and restaurant Sedmo nebo (seventh heaven), while the nearby Tratica cove lures with the scents coming from the kitchen of trattoria Paradiso. A beach, some pines, a view of the sea and fresh seafood – what more does one need?
The isle of Žirje spend the longest time idling and unexplored, but this former Yugoslav army base escaped the destiny of its many neighbors that ended up suffocating under private villas and chain hotels. The only ferry port on the island is Muna, with a general store where you can replenish your pantry.
The most famous cove on the island is Vela Stupica, where you can dine in the family restaurant Rosa, and significantly less popular is its smaller twin Mala Stupica, still offering several buoys. The deep-set Tratinska cove promises a quiet night – after a nice dinner in trattoria Tratinska whose view of the sea is as spectacular as their food.
The quiet coves like Mikavica are ideal for those looking for a good night’s rest, after which you can end your stroll through the Šibenik archipelago at the picturesque Blitvenica lighthouse.
Yachts for Charter in Šibenik
In order to explore Šibenik archipelago at its best, we provide free counseling regarding chartering and activities during your charter holidays. The team of experts that brings together Yachts Croatia is also at your service when creating your perfect charter experience in Croatia.
49m Acapella is a sailing superyacht, launched in 2021 by a well known Croatian family. This luxurious yacht has been lovingly constructed with ultimate comfort in mind, which is reflected in her 5 incredible staterooms, accommodating a maximum of 12 guests.
When choosing a yacht, you first need to decide whether you want to feel the meditative power of silence on board sailing boat and catamaran, or whether you appreciate speed and comfort, with interest to rent a motorboat or luxury yacht. After that, leave all the ‘details’ to us. We will pay special attention to all your needs, to select the boat up to your wishes, to feel safe and comfortable with the crew that will make your time special, organize provisioning and prepare the route that will leave you breathless!
Upon request, our team will visit the yacht (s) you are interested in, with special care to your wishes – and make sure that we ‘pamper’ you with beauty while sailing!