Our latest update on Croatian marina prices is well overdue so here it is!
Prices continue to rise steadily though not exorbitantly. Perhaps of more significance to those that prefer to spend their nights in quiet anchorages and bays, rather than marinas, is that it is becoming increasing challenging to find good sheltered bays that are not now under concession and where fees are therefore due. However these fees are still normally considerably less than marina prices.
Croatia now has over 55 marinas, well spaced along its coastline and around the islands. with the highest density in Dalmatia, its sailing heartland and the area covered by our Croatia Cruising Companion.
In general these marinas are all of good quality and with a similar standard of essential facilities – relatively easy access to electricity and water from most or all berths, lazy line moorings, toilet and shower blocks, etc. Many of the older marinas have regular upgrades and of course the newer marinas have mostly installed the latest technology. Still rare, though increasing, is the availability of modern pump-out facilities. A few marinas have geared themselves towards the superyacht visitor but many can accommodate larger yachts though it is advisable to check depths and availability in advance.
ACI, the state owned chain of marinas, celebrated its 30th birthday in 2013 and owns 21 marinas providing over 6,000 berths. 17 of these marinas are open all year round. There are a couple of other smaller independent chains of marinas but most of the rest are independently owned.
Comparing marina prices in Croatia is not particularly easy as there are a wide variety of different deals and different methods of charging for eg electricity and water. We’ve supplied a few examples below to give you a general idea but there are a few things to bear in mind when budgeting for overnight stays at marinas.
1. Almost invariably the quoted price per day/month/year changes depending on the season, the length of stay and, of course, the size of yacht.
2. Some marinas include “normal” consumption of electricity and water in the price quoted and some charge separately. Sometimes you’ll need to buy tokens for electricity and water and sometimes usage will be metered.
3. There is normally an additional charge of at least 50% for catamarans and trimarans.
4. Some marinas will give, for example, the third day free if you’ve already stayed for two consecutive days.
5. It is rare for eg toilet and shower facilities to be charged for separately.
6. Lifting in and out and other repair and maintenance facilities will normally be charged separately.
7. Some of the busier marinas may be quite strict on when you can arrive and leave and may, for example, charge extra if you arrive before 2 pm.
8. Yachts that are part of a charter fleet may attract eg a 20% surcharge.
9. Check whether parking fees are applicable if you are planning to leave your car at a marina.
10. Quoted rates normally include VAT at 25% and tourist tax.
11. Advance reservation of a berth may incur an additional fee and is not always easy/possible.
The examples below are the basic fee per day for transit visits for a 10 metre (33 foot) monohull yacht:
a) ACI Marina Split – one of ACI’s busiest marinas and at the upper end of its pricing scale:
October to May inclusive - €62; June & September €68; July and August €73. “Normal” consumption of water and electricity included (eg not boat washing or filling tank from empty)
b) ACI Marina Žut in the Kornati islands – open April to October inclusive:
01.04 to 19.06 and 13.09. to 31.10 - €46; 20.06 to 19.07 and
23.08 to 12.09 - €46 to €49; 20.07to 22.08 €55
c) Marina Kaštela, near Split (privately owned)
d) Marina Frapa, Rogoznica (pictured)
July and August - €74; all other months - €57
Hopefully the above will give you an idea of what you might have to budget for and what questions to ask. If you can sail out of the main high season then it’s obviously generally a lot cheaper, a lot easier to find a berth and the waters are not so crowded.
If you’d like to get an idea of how current prices compare with those of three years ago then have a look at our 2011 posting on the same subject Croatia Online - 2011 Marina Prices