All about Boat Rentals in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik was recognised as a World Heritage Site for culture by UNESCO in 1979 and since then, has been a magnet for travellers. Boat rentals in Dubrovnik are so popular due to its gorgeous beaches and historically timeworn Old Town. With Nautal, you have the opportunity to charter a yacht or catamaran and explore the sensational coastline that this Eastern European country has to offer in the comfort of a luxurious aquatic hotel with your friends and family. Considered the culture centre of Croatia, numerous great ports, artists, physicists and mathematicians came from this important city.
Ports and Harbors in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has a main port (Port of Dubrovnik
), as well as a marina (ACI Marina Dubrovnik
). Our boat rentals, such as catamaran rentals
and sailing boat rentals
, are based in both locations. While Port of Dubrovnik is the main form of access, the marina is situated slightly more inland at the mouth of the River Ombla.
Please note: all our yacht rentals
are based in Port of Dubrovnik.
Climate and Sailing Conditions in Dubrovnik
The wonderful mediterranean climate with many sunny days and an average water temperature of 22°C offers excellent conditions for a boat rental between April and October.
The wind conditions are ideal for beginner sailors in summer time, but not to be underestimated the further one goes out to sea. On average, the wind blows in a north-westerly direction and tends to range between 6 - 23 mph ( 5 - 20 knots), sometimes picking up to 28 mph (25 knots).
Itinerary Ideas for Dubrovnik
There are an abundance of things to see and do in Dubrovnik. Home to impressive architecture, walk the 1940 metres of the city walls with fantastic coastal views. Explore the Prince’s Palace, Orlando’s Column and the Franciscan monastery which contains one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe (1317).
The annual summer festivals in July and August at Lovrijenac Fortress are devoted to performing arts and are favoured as the most important festivals of the year.
As if this incredible city wasn’t already notorious enough, the famous TV series Game of Thrones is set in Dubrovnik in many of its episodes - visit the film set!
The nightlife in Dubrovnik consists of concerts, nightclubs, cocktails bars and numerous restaurants. Be sure to try local specialities, such as the famous black risotto or various wines from neighbourhood vineyards.
Travel Tips for Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is approx. 20 km from the city centre. This coastal city famously has no train station, so if you need a ride from the airport, bus or taxi are reliable options.
How much does it cost?
If you’re considering renting a boat in Dubrovnik, the price will differ depending on the time of year, the number of passengers on board, and the size and type of boat you choose. Of course, additional amenities or services could also affect the price, such as having a skipper on board. Below are the average prices of a private charter in Dubrovnik by boat type.
Sailboat: Set sail in style for just $650 per day.
Motorboat: Enjoy a smooth ride on the waves for $510 per day.
RIB: Zoom along the coast on a RIB for only $360 per day.
Gulet: Experience the ultimate luxury for $2,845 per day.
Yacht: Sail like a VIP on a yacht for $9,030 per day or $63,210 per week.
Catamaran: Explore Dubrovnik's waters in comfort for $1,440 per day.
What does this include?
When you rent a boat with Nautal, you can expect a fully equipped vessel with all the necessary safety gear, navigation equipment, and amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable sailing experience. Our boats are well-maintained and regularly serviced to ensure the highest standards of safety and reliability.
Best port or dock to keep your boat
Dubrovnik ACI Marina: This marina offers water, gas, electricity, and WiFi facilities, along with an on-site restaurant and rental equipment services. It provides approximately 380 berths, accommodating boats up to 65 feet in length.
Port of Dubrovnik - Gruž: This port provides water, gas, and electricity facilities, along with multiple nearby restaurants. It offers around 200 berths, accommodating boats up to 60 feet in length. WiFi availability may vary.
Port of Dubrovnik - Old Town: The Port of Dubrovnik in the Old Town area provides numerous nearby restaurants, but specific information about water, gas, electricity, and WiFi facilities is not available. It has limited berths suitable for smaller boats, typically up to 40 feet in length.
Where to sail in Dubrovnik?
- Lokrum Island: A beautiful and serene island with crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
- Elafiti Islands: A group of picturesque islands offering secluded coves, stunning beaches, and charming fishing villages.
- Mljet National Park: An unspoiled island paradise with pristine waters, lush forests, and a stunning saltwater lake known as Malo Jezero.
- Korčula Island: Home to charming medieval towns, vineyards, and beautiful beaches, this island provides a mix of history, culture, and natural beauty.
- Lastovo Island: A hidden gem with secluded bays, untouched nature, and clear blue waters, perfect for exploring off-the-beaten-path.
- Cavtat: A charming coastal town with a marina, offering a mix of stunning coastline, rich history, and waterfront dining options.
- Lopud Island: Known for its sandy beaches and car-free streets, this island provides a relaxed and tranquil sailing experience.
What can you see and do in Dubrovnik?
- Dubrovnik City Walls: Explore the iconic medieval walls that encircle the Old Town, offering breathtaking views of the city and the Adriatic Sea.
- Stradun (Placa): Stroll along the main street of Dubrovnik's Old Town, lined with charming shops, cafes, and historic landmarks.
- Dubrovnik Cable Car: Take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Srđ for panoramic views of the city and its surrounding islands.
- Fort Lovrijenac: Visit this impressive fortress, known as the "Gibraltar of Dubrovnik," which offers stunning views and is often a venue for cultural events.
- Lokrum Island: Escape to this tranquil island just off the coast, known for its botanical garden, peacocks, and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Dead Sea.
- Rector's Palace: Step back in time at this historical palace-turned-museum, showcasing Dubrovnik's rich history and culture.
- Buža Beach: Experience a unique beach experience by swimming and cliff-jumping from the rocks into the clear turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Rent a boat with or without a skipper
Many of our boat charters in Dubrovnik come with the option of sailing with a skipper and/or crew. Although this may come at an extra cost, having a skipper on board can, no doubt, provide you with an even more enjoyable experience! Your skipper can adapt the sailing route so that your voyage best suits the desires of you and the rest of your party.
Additionally, setting sail with a skipper will make your voyage even more comfortable! The skipper will take care of all the technical aspects of sailing, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.
If you would like to take charge of your boat charter in Dubrovnik, then bareboat charters are the way to go. Enjoy a bareboat charter if you have a license and set sail at your own pace. You need a valid boating license to enjoy a boat this way so check with the boat owner beforehand to see that your license is valid.
When is the best time of year to rent a boat?
During the high season, which spans from June to August, Dubrovnik experiences warm and sunny weather, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-70s°F to mid-80s°F. This period offers ideal conditions to enjoy boat rentals and explore the stunning coastline of Dubrovnik.
In the months just outside of the high season, specifically May and September, average temperatures in Dubrovnik range from the mid-60s°F to low 70s°F. The weather during these months is pleasant, providing comfortable conditions for boating activities while allowing visitors to avoid the peak tourist crowds of the high season.
What type of boat is best for a Dubrovnik boat charter?
Before choosing the right vessel for your boat rental in Dubrovnik, you first have to think about the duration of your holiday. If you’re only going to sail for a few days, it is best to opt for a daily charter such as a motorboat or a RIB. With the speed of these vessels, you’ll be able to see everything on your wish list in no time. If you’re planning a longer charter of a week or more you should choose a vessel that includes amenities you’ll need during your stay. Catamarans and yachts have the space and accommodations on board to ensure a comfortable stay on the water. For a more luxurious holiday, you might consider a gulet, and for an authentic sailing experience a sailboat.
If you’re unsure about whether or not a vessel suits your needs, feel free to contact the boat owners to get a better sense of what is included on board. With our large fleet, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect boat for your Dubrovnik boat charter!