A spectacular fusion of history and culture, astonishing natural beauty and picturesque islands to explore. A cruise from Dubrovnik will take you on an odyssey of discovery, with on the menu : Dubrovnik, Mljet National Park and the island of Korčula.
With more than 150 anchorages in the region and dozens of marinas listed on Navily, we were able to rely on the comments and photos of the Navily community to prepare a dream itinerary for you!
A route where you will enjoy cruising from island to island, with a variety of anchorages and visits to some of the most beautiful historic sites in the Mediterranean. Without further ado, let’s hop on board for a cruise from Dubrovnik to Korčula!
Itinerary of the best stopovers in the Dubrovnik region
Dubrovnik Marina Frapa
History and culture go hand in hand in the medieval fortified city of Dubrovnik! A perfect introduction to start your cruise and discover the many riches that make up its charm and popularity. Stop over by booking a berth at Marina Frapa to enjoy this popular destination on the Dalmatian coast.
Well rated on Navily, Marina Frapa places you in the historic city center (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with exclusive access to all tourist amenities and activities. It is also one of the only marinas in the world that is equipped with fully covered docks and protected by a plexiglass construction that offers boaters protection from the summer heat and winter weather conditions.
We could say a lot about this marina, but Jean-Jacques’ commentary from last June sums up the general feeling of the community very well:
“An exceptional marina, super VHF welcome, we were greeted at the end of the pontoon and guided in. Very pleasant welcome from all the marina officers. High-end services for a very affordable price. I would come back and recommend my friends without a doubt. All the sanitary facilities are 10 stars. The responsiveness when booking through Navily was less than 10 minutes. ”
Jean-jacques ~ 06/26/2021 mi lola | Sailboat ~ 11.9 m
Once safely docked, you can enjoy Dubrovnik and its many cultural activities. Stroll around the ramparts of the old town and visit the Assumption Cathedral and the Lovrijenac fortress to soak up the town’s medieval heritage. Strolling through the picturesque little alleys is also a highly recommended activity in Dubrovnik. A first introduction to the Croatian world and a promise of a total change of scenery.
Dubrovnik - Zaton
Looking for a different option in a quiet little corner near Dubrovnik? Go for Zaton anchorage located North of the city in a protected bay. It enjoys very good protection from South-Westerlies and Easterlies by the North, in a peaceful natural setting. You will anchor carefree in its 8 metres deep bottom of sand and seaweed, especially on the SW part of the anchorage.
The peaceful little town offers a few amenities, good restaurants like Capo’s on the North shore, and even fresh water for a great price! The scenery is a majestic first introduction to the panorama of the Dalmatian coast, and will surely dazzle you.
Safe and secure, this is a perfect place to visit Dubrovnik, reachable by bus, or to relax for a few days in soothing picturesque surroundings.
After enjoying Dubrovnik and its surroundings, we advise you to set sail for the island of Mijet and its famous national park! A 20 nautical miles cruise from Dubrovnik to Okuklje for a first stopover of choice.
Miljt - Okuklje
Okuklje offers you a beautiful natural setting. Clear blue waters border the wild coastline characterised by its thick green forest. The bay carves out a true natural harbour on the coast, protected from winds and swells from all directions. A safe anchorage, to fully enjoy this magical place.
In this haven of peace, you can anchor, or moor at one of the three buoys belonging to the restaurants of the small village. These three restaurants, including the Maran and the Baro, which are subject of much praise on Navily, also have pontoon spots available for those who will sit for a meal.
Comment on the restaurant Baro published on Navily:
”We stayed at Baro, a great little family restaurant with delicious food, great service and they gave us 100 liters of water for free. Appetizers, drinks and barbecue dinner for 2 were 500 kn. They also have Wifi and shore power available for free. We put this one in our current top ten for Croatia.”
A small supermarket and some accommodations are also available in the village. In short, a magical setting, comfortable anchorage and very good restaurants to enjoy a relaxing stopover!
Miljt - Luka Polace
Continue your cruise along the North coast of the island to reach the heart of Mljet National Park. There are many anchorages there, but the one that seems to please unanimously in the Navily community is that of Luka Polace.
The green mountains of the Park extend over the entire panorama and from the protected cove, you will enjoy this breathtaking spectacle. A landscape where the blue shimmering waters and the deep green thick coastal forests blend harmoniously.
The anchorage is in the heart of the park facing the coastal town of Konoba Antika and is praised for its calm despite its exclusive central placement. Even in July, you’ll find peace at this anchorage away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal restaurants so popular in the region. It is protected from all directions of wind and swell, presenting exceptional conditions to anchor safely.
From the anchorage, you can rent classic or electric bikes to explore the valley of the great lakes. Breathtaking wild landscapes not to be missed.
Finally, the small town will offer you a warm welcome in some good restaurants and give you access to a few amenities. A perfect stopover for a few days, having a good time and visiting the park. Luka Polace is one of the best rated anchorages in the area on Navily.
For breathtaking sunsets you can make a last stopover at the anchorage of Luka Pomena in the far west of the island, before resuming your cruise island of Korcula.
An anchorage very well rated on Navily, and whose sunset photos leave you envious!
Korcula - Marina Lumbarda
After a hiking adventure on the island of Mijtl, we invite you to stopover at Lumbarda marina to take a break on your arrival on Korcula.
Bookable on Navily, it has very good ratings, is praised for its calmness and represents a very good alternative to ACI marina in Korcula (much more economical . Yes, It will take you 10 minutes by taxi to see the old town of Korcula, but Lumbarda also has its charm and it is worth it according to the community.
That being said, the house of Marco Polo, the medieval ramparts, the tower of Revelin or even the Cathedral of Saint Mark in the old town of Korcula are worth a visit and are easily accessible from Lumbarda.
Lumbarda Marina is a marina that ticks all the boxes on Navily and users’ positive reviews prove this. The 5-star welcome plays a big part, and the perfect cleanliness of the amenities too! In Lumbarda you will find many bars, restaurants, shops, markets and other businesses to enjoy local specialties or simply refuel. Despite the summer activity, it is a pleasant and calm marina, a positive point for the region in high season.
In summary, a must-see stopover to visit Korcula, while enjoying the exceptional services and amenities of Marina Lumbarda.
Here’s a review posted on Navily that summarises the perks of this place quite pertinently:
”Small, well-equipped marina. Pleasant and quiet at night. The showers and toilets were renovated 2 years ago and are still very clean. Restaurants, ATM, supermarket within walking distance. Even a small farmer’s market with fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Jan ~ 08/26/2020 Lola | Sailboat ~ 11.73 m
Korcula - Badjia
We then advise you to go north to a nearby anchorage, which is also a good alternative when Korcula is overcrowded in the high season. The anchorage of Badjia, on the island of the same name, is a stopover of choice on Navily. Located on the south shore of the small island, it benefits from very good protection from northerly winds and the sandy and rocky bottoms ensure very good holding, even in strong winds.
It is a corner of paradise, where you can enjoy a superb panorama of the island, its mountains and the old monastery, a landmark of the passage of the Franciscans in the 14th century.
Badija Island is sparsely populated and gives free rein to wildlife in its pristine natural setting. Some boaters have even had the experience of hand-feeding deers!
Peaceful calm turquoise waters in a magical setting, this anchorage has all the hallmarks of a wondrous idyll, a few minutes away from some of the most crowded places in Korcula. The only downside to this anchorage is that the public quay lights stay on all night long, but that’s really all there is to say.
Korcula - Rasoha & Triluke
Finally, to end your tour of the region in style, here are two anchorages with extraordinary waters. The first is on the north coast of the island, in a small, calm cove protected from southern to north-eastern winds. A small picturesque stone village bathed in waters of rare transparency. A real feeling of authenticity emanates from this place which it is best to leave in the evening so as not to disturb the locals. A superb anchorage for a swim in paradise for a day.
In the same niche, in the south of the island, you can stop at Triluke anchorage; a wild place that is home to mesmerising turquoise waters.
This small arm of the sea that pierces the coast can accommodate only a few boats, but its exclusivity makes it all the more pleasant to enjoy a divine bath in peace. In addition, the anchorage offers very good protection from Mistral which can blow strong in summer, perfect for a sheltered day, far from the crowded atmosphere of the West of the island. One last resourceful stopover to end your cruise on the sweetest of notes.
With more than 150 anchorages listed in the Dubrovnik area and several dozen ports, there is no shortage of places to anchor and moor in Navily. We hope that this itinerary will inspire you for your next cruise in Croatian waters, do not hesitate to leave a comment and share your experience in photos or in writing on Navily!
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Fair winds Captain,