Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik travel information

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Dubrovnik. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.


Before you go

Sunsail Dubrovnik
ACI Marina Dubrovnik
Na Skali 2
20 236 Dubrovnik

Base hours
The base is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Season: The base is open from early March to end of November.

Time zone
+1 hour UTC/GMT

Tourist information centre

Masarykov put 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mon-Fri 8am-12pm, 5pm-8pm
Sat 8am-12pm
Sun Closed

Croatian is the official language. Many Croatians can speak basic English, German or Italian.

What to bring

Customs + immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit smartraveller.gov.au for the latest information.

Sailing licences
Click here to view the sailing requirements in Croatia. 

Luggage + packing list
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht. The base has no facilities for holding luggage. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list below for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-coloured, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments such as motion sickness relief
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device
  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**) We do not supply this and also we are 220v AC
  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt, and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

As you prepare for departure, please reference the Dubrovnik Cruising Guide to learn more about chartering in this destination.

Luggage allowance is 20kg per person. Only one item of hand luggage per person is allowed and this must not weigh more than 5kg. For storage aboard we recommend travelling light and using folding luggage.

Lost or damaged luggage whilst flying is the responsibility of the airline and is not covered by your travel insurance. Thomson Airways carries no liability for loss or damage to valuable or fragile items packed in hold baggage however caused. You must not include in checked baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.

If an incident occurs, immediately report it to airport officials and ensure Property Irregularity Reports (PIR) are completed. Claims will not be considered once you have left the airport.

If you are taking our Thomson Airways flights and wish to enquire about pre booking seats please call the airline direct on 0844 871 1603. Group seats are available for pre-booking through Sunsail. Call the team for more details. Please note: Thomson Airways are unable to provide a priority check-in service for your inbound flight. This service operates at London Gatwick outbound only.

Alcohol may be taken on flights but only in checked luggage (well secured from breakages) not as hand luggage due to airport security restrictions.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit http://www.ccaa.hr/english/naslovnica_1/

The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna (HRK), divided into 100 Lipa. 

You can exchange money at the departure airport, but the exchange rate is often better once you are in Croatia. Visa and Mastercard are accepted in larger towns and on some islands but it is advisable to have cash to pay for meals.

Please Note: Bases are unable to accept personal checks and cannot give cash back on credit or debit cards. ATMs are widely available.
This base cannot accept cash, American Express or Diners Club. Visa and Master Card are accepted.

Tipping in Croatia is becoming more commonplace, especially in upscale restaurants. In the past, tipping was welcome but not expected. Today, however, in newer, higher end places, an extra 10% or 15% is considered polite.

Security deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

What's on board

Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Mobile phones & Wi-Fi
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region. Using your own GSM mobile phone in conjunction with a prepaid SIM card is also very popular and convenient. WIFI is available for purchase as an optional extra.  Telephone and internet facilities are also available in the ACI Marinas.

Music + iPods
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Croatia is 220 Volts, and uses the standard European 2 pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

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About the marina

Marina facilities
Sunsail yachts are located on quay No. E.  

This modern marina offers, electricity, fuel station, water, grocery shop, shower/toilets, laundry, tennis courts, swimming pool, weather forecast and hourly or weekly parking (for a fee). 

Shops are generally open from 7am until 7pm every day.

In the marina, the supermarket is also open from 8am until 8pm on a Sunday (1st June till 30th September, and low season from 8 am till 12 am). There is a money exchange in marina reception, and cash point machine at the supermarket entrance.

Near the entrance of the marina is a Konzum market. This is a local market and not a marina market, like in some marinas. The locals shop here and it sells a variety of produce from bakery, fresh fruits, vegetables, deli, dairy and fresh meat.

Dock facilities

  • Fuel Station location: In the marina close to the Sunsail base

Sailing grounds

Experience level
Level 2

Get more information on Dubrovnik's sailing conditions.

Sailing area

Sailing licences

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Croatia. 

Please contact one of our Vacation Planners for more information.

Skippered charter information
The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you've reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.

The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you'll provide cash for meals, whether you've included him or her in your provisioning or whether you'll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skippers, it's your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Skippers & Crew qualifications and boat papers
It is ESSENTIAL that we have all of the following details in advance:

  • Full name per passport (include middle name)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Nationality and passport number/ID card number for every member of your crew so that your boat papers can be prepared
It is imperative that you bring these sailing certificates or sailing qualifications with you.  You will not be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base. The sailing experience you provide on your booking confirmation is required as proof of sailing experience for the Croatian Port Authorities. Please bring any sailing certificates or sailing qualifications with you.
The Croatian Authorities website has full details of acceptable skippers licenses. View the pdf.

Cruising Permits
Montenegro: It is possible to sail to Montenegro, a permit must be obtained from the Harbour Master, usually in Dubrovnik, and you must go through the Clearing procedures for both legs of your journey. The Croatian Clearing Port is Cavtat, south of Dubrovnik, and the Montenegrian Clearing Ports are either Zelenika or Kotor.

All yachts arriving in Montenegro have to purchase a Montenegrian cruising permit costing approx. €100. Port fees in Montenegro are additional.  By law in order to pass clearance to go outside Croatian waters there must be two people on board who hold recognized skippers’ licenses - regardless of the size of the yacht. You must advise Sunsail in advance (at the time of booking if possible) if you plan to visit Montenegro.

Please note that the Croatian customs clearing procedure to leave Croatian waters can take several hours.  Sunsail will do everything to assist but please bear in mind that Sunsail is not responsible for delays caused or as a fuction of the customs clearing process. More information on the sailing in this area.

Sailing area restrictions
Restricted zones will be covered in your chart briefing. 

It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require  two persons minimum on board.

Night sailing
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance.

You will need to fill out the Sailing resume for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.

Charts + pilot books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing. Charts and pilot books can be purchased by mail order from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting 02380 634911.

Weather reports
The best Meteo report (In English) can be heard on the following wave lengths on your VHF, initial call is on 16.

Radio Dubrovnik Broadcasting: 7.45am, 2.45pm, 9.45pm VHF channel 04, 07, 28, 85

Radio Split Broadcasting: 7.45am, 2.45pm, 9.45pm VHF channel 07, 21, 28, 81

Internet: http://meteo.hr

Marina or harbour master office has updated weather in the morning from DHMZ at reception.

The base will also inform you of local weather conditions upon your arrival.

Sailing permits + taxes
VAT (Value Added Tax): This tax is issued by the Croatian Government and is paid up front at 6.5% of the charter fee. -->

Tourism Tax (Sojourn Tax): Croatian tourism tax will be collected upon arrival at the base. The cost is 10 HRK per person/per day and must be paid for the duration of your charter. There's no charge for children under 12.

Moorings fees + taxes
Mooring fees are usually charged in harbours and on town quays by the local municipality. These are usually between €25 and €30 which is less than the per night charges in the larger marinas, but shower and toilet facilities may not be available. 

Well equipped marinas are common in Croatia and generally cost about €50 (for a 30 ft yacht) to €80 (for a 50ft yacht) per night. The actual price is dependent on the size of your yacht and the specific marina pricing policy. Shore power, water, and shower and toilet facilities are included in the cost of berthing in a marina.
If you use a private jetty free of charge, you are expected to eat at the owner’s restaurant.
In Hvar yachts are charged for anchoring as well as in National Park areas.

Port/TownJuly, August, SeptemberMay, JuneOther
Molunat (mainland )Currently freeCurrently freeCurrently free
Cavtat ( mainland )HRK 720/boatHRK 30/mHRK 15/m
Dubrovnik - Port GružEUR 120/boatEUR 120/boatEUR 90/boat
KolocepCurrently freeCurrently free 
LopudCurrently freeCurrently free 
ŠipanEUR 1.70/m1.19 EUR/m 
Zaton bay ( mainland )EUR 1.70/m1.70 EUR/mEUR 1.70/m
Slano ( mainland )HRK 40/m30 kn/mHRK 15/m
Peljeśac Peninsula: Trpanj, Ston, Žuljana, TrstenikHRK 20/m10kn/m 
Peljeśac Peninsula: Orebic Marina Peliska JedraCurrently freeCurrently free 
Peljeśac Peninsula: LovisteCurrently freeCurrently free 
Mljet: Okuklje, Prozura, SaplunaraHRK 20/mHRK 10/m 
Mljet: Pomena ( National Park )HRK 40/mHRK 30/mHRK 15/m
Korcula Island: BrnaHRK 20/mHRK 10/m 
Lastovo Island: Ubli, ZaklopaticaHRK 20/mHRK 10/m 
Korcula Island: Korcula TownHRK 26/mHRK 26/m1.8 EUR / m
Korcula Island: Vela LukaHRK 15/mHRK 15/m 

Health + safety

Swim Safe 
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Travel advice
Dubrovnik is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Current travel, health, and safety information can be obtained by visiting smartraveller.gov.au

Travel insurance
Sunsail offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Sunsail holiday. Visit here for more details.

*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. Sunsail is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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Around the base

Hotel accommodation in Dubrovnik is generally more expensive than elsewhere in Croatia. Demand for beds is high in July and August, so you should be prepared to arrive early in the day, or book in advance. 

There are no hotels at the airport, the nearest accommodation being in Cavtat, around 5km (3 miles) away.

Hotel Vimbula
Tenturija 44
20236 Mokošica
Tel.: 00385 20 452 244
email: [email protected]

Berkeley Hotel
Ulica Andrije Hebranga
116A 20000 Dubrovnik
Tel: +385 20 494 160
Fax: +385 20 494 170
Email: [email protected]

Located on Gruz Harbour, Berkeley Hotel is a great base to explore Dubrovnik and its surroundings. As one of the few family owned and operated boutique hotels in Dubrovnik, guests staying here experience warm and friendly hospitality. 

Villa Konalic
Rožat Donji 15
Tel: +385 (0)20 452 506
GSM: +385 91 453 12 33
Email: [email protected]

Villa Konalic is about four miles from the centre of Dubrovnik. Public transportation is available to the Old Town, with buses leaving every 10 minutes.

Open from 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 12 noon Saturday. 

There are ATMs on most of the islands. Traveler’s checks are not readily accepted.
Cash can be exchanged at banks, post offices, exchange offices, travel agencies, marina offices and hotels. There are many small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank. They are open from 8am to 8pm.

Post office
The post office is situated in the centre of the town. Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm.

When shopping in Croatia you may be offered receipts in shops far lower in value than the amount paid. Shops do this to declare less tax. The Customs Officers at your home airports are well aware how much most goods are worth. If you declare a lower value, you may have the goods seized and a heavy fine imposed.

Supermarkets are situated a short walk away from the bases. Shops are open from about 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day (some close for siesta) and the majority close Sunday mornings. Many of your favorite products and brands may not be available.

Dubrovnik offers a variety of experiences and memories such as walking the town walls and shopping at the many shops. Jewelry is stunning here, and handcrafted in the old town. You will find traditional necklaces, strings of coral and pearl, silver earrings with filigree work, rings and brooches.

Many local markets can be found selling embroidered table cloths, linen, Dalamatian wine, spirits, preserves and dried fruit. The morning market at Gunduliceva Square is great for souvenirs, while the morning market at Gruz is great for fresh local produce. A VAT of 18.5% is added onto all non-essential products and services purchased in Croatia.

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