All about Boat Rentals in Kvarner Bay
Kvarner Bay (also referred to as Kvarner Gulf) is one of Croatia’s most covert corners. A well-kept secret, and for good reason, as this collection of islands and mainland coastline is a magical location. Inhabited by bottlenose dolphins from June to September, boat rentals in Kvarner Bay are a super relaxing yet adventurous way of exploring the Adriatic Coast. Sail from island to island stopping in secluded beach bays, where you can swim and snorkel or simply admire the view from the comfort of your boat rental.
Sailing Areas in Kvarner Bay
Our most popular sailing area in Kvarner Bay is the island of Krk, hosting many boats, particularly sailing boat rentals
as well as yacht rentals
. Krk treasures Croatia’s oldest marina, Marina Punat
, and has many berths to offer.
You can also find various boat rentals, such as motorboat rentals
, on the popular islands of Lošinj and Rab.
Our mainland sailing areas are Senj, Rabac and Dramalj.
Climate and Sailing Conditions in Kvarner Bay
You can sail the Kvarner Gulf between April and October and experience dry sunny weather with pleasant water temperatures. Albeit the water temperature doesn’t peak 20°C until around May time, so if you want to swim and snorkel, we advise sailing from May to September time when the water temperature ranges from 20°C to 25°C. The driest months of the year are considered to be August and September.
The most common winds to affect the area are the mistral (north-west), bora (north-east) and the sirocco (south). During the afternoons, these winds can pick up, hereby we strongly recommend checking weather and sailing conditions before your trip.
Itinerary Ideas for Kvarner Bay
Kvarner Bay leaves you spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your sailing adventure. If you would like to stay local to your harbour, venture out on day trips to discover tranquil beaches and fishing villages. Dine in fine Croatian restaurants and try the abundance of provincial cheese, olive oil and wine.
Alternatively, if you prefer to set out on a week or fortnight long excursion, cruise deeper waters and the numerous paradisiac islands.
Rab island features medieval churches and a palace for those who appreciate cultural heritage. It is also home to the luscious forest and nature reserve Dundo, perfect for any sailors willing to stretch their legs and swap salty sea air for herbaceous pine and woodland scents. The municipality Lopar has a 1,500 km long beach sheltered by mainland on either side.
Lošinj is the perfect spot for sighting dolphins. Why go on a dolphin watching tour when you can spend a day or two sailing in the area on your own boat without worrying about running out of time or missing the perfect photo. Please remember to respect the wildlife and to not disturb or feed the dolphins!
Krk island is the largest of the islands here in Kvarner Bay. You can reach the island by bridge from Rijeka as well as boat. A popular island for visitors, Krk offers stunning bays and coves where you can cool off in the ocean and lap up plenty of sunshine. Visit the archeological museum, the cathedral and the Franciscan monastery for some cultural insight into the island’s past.
If you’re an adrenalin junkie on the water or love exploring the unknown underwater, most coastal areas have adventure and water sport services ranging from windsurfing, rafting, kayaking and scuba diving.
Travel Tips for Kvarner Bay
If arriving by plane, there are various airports you can research and choose from, with regards to your boat rental starting location. Rijeka Airport (RJK) is situated nearest to the island Krk. However, the island Lošinj has its own airport (LSZ) and this may be a more convenient choice for you.
Pula Airport (PUY) is further away, located in Istria. Although if you wish to rent a boat in Rabac, this could be a good option with a bus or taxi transfer.