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Dubrovnik Flotilla

Essential Information

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Address & Map


Sunsail Dubrovnik
ACI Marina Dubrovnik
Na skali b.b.
20 236 Dubrovnik



ACI marina Dubrovnik lies near Komolac on the river Omba about 2 Nm from the entrance to the port of Gruž and only 6 kilometres from the old city and 25 kilometres from Dubrovnik Airport.  ACI Marina is a holder of blue flag, a sign of cleanness, tidiness and environmental preservation.

Base Opening Hours

Mon to Fri    08:00 – 16:00 hrs
Sat                09:00 – 19:00 hrs
Sun               08:00 – 19:00 hrs

The base is open from the 1st March to 1st December.

Base/Shore Facilities

Most of the Sunsail yachts are located on quay No. E.

ACI Marina facilities include:

  • Electricity
  • Fuel station
  • Water
  • Grocery shop
  • Shower/toilets
  • Laundry
  • Tennis courts
  • Swimming pool
  • Weather forecast
  • Internet access
  • Cash machines
  • Parking

Konzum, the supermarket in the marina is open from the 1st June till the 1st October, Monday through Saturday 07:00 - 21:00 and Sunday 08:00 - 20:00. From 1st October to 1st June (low season) it is open from Monday through Saturday 07:00 - 20:00 and Sunday 08:00 - 13:00.
The local shops here sell a variety of produce from bakery, fresh fruits, vegetables, deli, dairy and fresh meat.
There is a money exchange at the marina reception and cash machines at the supermarket entrance.

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Arrival & Departure

Time difference

Time difference between Croatia and UK GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).


Dubrovnik International Airport, also referred to as Cilipi Airport is located approximately 15.5 km from Dubrovnik city centre, near the suburb of Cilipi.

Facilities at the airport include:

Money and communications: There is a bureau de change, bank and a post office.
Eating and drinking: There are coffee shops selling hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals in the terminal building.
Shopping: A duty-free shop and a newspaper and tobacco shop that also sells souvenirs are available.
Shuttle: Atlas shuttle buses Tel: (020) 442 222 depart for Dubrovnik after the arrival of every regular incoming flight.
Taxi: Taxis are available on the kerb outside the terminal building. Taxi companies serving the airport include Taxi and Transportation Service Dubrovnik Tel: (098) 725 769


Dubrovnik Airport at Cilipi is about 25 km away from the base in the ACI Marina and the transfer takes approximately 30 minutes.
You can pre-booked transfers through us (paid at the base reception).

If you are driving from the north, take the first meft immediately at the end of Dubrovnik bridge and drive up the valley for approximately 3 kms until you see the sign for the marina.

A very good bus service connects the ACI Marina with the centre of Dubrovnik and the Old Town. It operates from early morning until 2am. The bus stop is on the main road as leaving marina (you use buses number 1A and 1B, they run every 10 min). As yachts are not allowed to sail inside the Old Town port, this is the cheapest way of getting there.

Taxis are available outside the marina reception and at the Konzum supermarket.

Please note: All guests should bring a copy of the charter contract / invoice.

Dubrovnik airport - ACI MarinaTaxi (up to 4 pax)350 HRK
Minivan (up to 8pax)510 HRK
ACI Marina - Old TownTaxi (up to 3pax)240 HRK
Minivan (up tp 8pax)270 HRK
ACI Marina - Tivat airportTaxi (up to 3pax)1 425 HRK
Minivan (up tp 8pax)1 675 HRK
ACI Marina - Split airportTaxi (up to 3pax)2 425 HRK
Minivan (up tp 8pax)2 675 HRK
ACI Marina - Sunsail base AganaTaxi (up to 3pax)2 675 HRK
Minivan (up tp 8pax)2 975 HRK

* all prices are expressed in Croatian kunas (local currency)


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.
Please pack using soft-sided bags (with wheels as the quay is a distance from the office), as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and Visas

A valid passport is sufficient for a tourist visiting Croatia for up to 3 months. Citizens of EU countries do not require a Visa. Non EU passport holders should check with their nearest Croatian embassy, consulate or office. Sunsail cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas.
Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. If your child is not already included on a valid British Passport they are required to hold their own passport.
Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check with your local government or travel office for up to date information or passeport requirements. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

Customs and Immigration

Before leaving the airport you will have to clear Customs and Immigration.  Customs and Immigration do work on a spot check basis.

On Arrival

Your yacht will be ready at 1800 hrs for boarding. Chart briefing and Boat briefings will be scheduled. The chart briefing describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.

The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory.

Croatian Tourism tax: this tax will be collected upon arrival at the base. The charge is 1 Euro per person / per day and must be paid as a cash (In Kuna) payment for the whole of the charter period.
Out of hour’s arrival procedure

Outside of these hours we leave directions to your  yacht, a contact number, and other relevant information outside our reception for you to collect.

On departure

Disembarkation: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning.

Before departing the boat a Sunsail representative will come onboard and do a debrief of the yacht with you.
The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip, this enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.

In addition to filling in forms we also require you to pile up the dirty laundry and leave in the saloon, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to Sunsail in a clean and tidy state.  We reserve the right to charge for boats left less than shipshape.

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Sailing Information

Dubrovnik: Sailing Experience Level 2
Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions.

Saling Licenses

To charter in Croatia, there must be at least one certified skipper over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time.  As a yacht skipper, you are required to have an official sailing license or a certificate issued by a government of state approved organization as detailed below:

Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:
• RYA - “Day Skipper Course” or above
• US Sailing - “Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
• ASA - “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
• Or an equivalent certification issued by a government or state approved organization.

Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:
∙ ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate” or similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience.
∙ IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising or US Sailing “Basic Keelboat”


It is suggested that skippers take their original copies of certificates with them, in case they are requested to present them in person. If you do not have a recognized certificate, you should obtain one before your departure.
*If the First Mate does NOT have a sailing license, they must fill out a Sunsail sailing resume to confirm that they have the necessary skills to sail in Greece aboard a Sunsail vessel. They must also fill out a Declaration of Honor to provide a legal declaration to the Greek Port Authorities that said crew member is competent to crew aboard a chartered yacht.

Croatia Skipper License Requirements

The Croatian Port Authorities require the skipper of the yacht to hold an official skippers license or certificate.   You should take your original skippers license or certificate with you in the event that the Port Authorities ask you to present it to them.

The minimum level of skippers license or certificate required by the Port Authorities is of a basic skippering level or higher (e.g. RYA Day Skipper Certificate, ASA Basic Coastal Cruising, USSA Basic Keelboat, Australian Recreational Skipper Ticket (RST), or equivalent). Online theory certificates such as the USSA online test which is in preparation for a practical on the water skippering certification are going to be questioned by the authorities. 

It is essential that if you do not currently hold an official skippers license/certificate that you obtain one before departure. It is no longer possible to obtain the Croatian Boat Leaders (CBL) or the RYA ICC on arrival on a Saturday or Sunday.

A list of officially accepted licenses is available at the Croatian Ministry of Sea website ( The official list is still being updated and the Croatian Ministry of Sea has stated that in addition to the licenses listed on the website they will accept other licenses as long as they are issued by a government or state approved/sanctioned/recognized body and are of at least basic skippering standard (e.g. skipper licenses issued by the Canadian Yacht Association would be accepted, as would the Australian Recreational Skippers Ticket (RST) even though to date they are not on the official list).

Skippers & Crew qualifications and boat papers

It is ESSENTIAL that we have all of the following details in advance: Full 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. 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 RYA certificates or other sailing qualifications with you.

The Croatian Authorities website has full details of acceptable skippers licenses, view the PDF here.

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 Montengrian Clearing Ports are either Zelenika or Kotor.

When leaving Croatia, all yachts under 12m will have to pay €20. 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.

Night Sailing

Night Sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Cruising Area Limits

Limitations: Slovenia in the North to Dubrovnik & Italy in the South.

Mooring Fees and Taxes

Mooring fees are charged in harbours and on town quays by the local municipality. These are usually between HRK 190 and HRK 230 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, Srebreno (mainland )freefree
Cavtat ( mainland )HRK 720/boatHRK 30/mHRK 15/m
Dubrovnik - Port Gruž120 €/boat120 €/boat30 €/boat
Koločepcurrently freecurrently free 
Lopudcurrently freecurrently free 
Šipan1,70 € / m1,19 € / m 
Zaton bay ( mainland )1,70 € / m
Slano ( mainland )HRK 40/m30 kn / mHRK 15 / m
PELJEŠAC PENINSULA: Ston, žuljana, Trstenik, TrpanjHRK 20/m10kn/m 
PELJEŠAC PENINSULA: Orebic Marina Peliska Jedracurrently free 
ISLAND MLJET (except Pomena): Okuklje, Prožura, SaplunaraHRK 20/mHRK 10/m
ISLAND MLJET: Pomena ( National Park )HRK 40/mHRK 30/mHRK 15/m
LASTOVO ISLAND: Ubli, Zaklopatica
KORCULA ISLAND: Korcula TownHRK 26/m1,8 €

Cost of moorings were correct at time of uploading to website, during the season price can change. We try our best to keep this page up to date. These price do not include marina's. When been charged for mooring fees make sure the person shows you ID and issues you with a receipt. If they do not issue a receipt you do not have to pay. Croatian law states that any item that is paid for (Mooring, etc) needs to have a receipt.  If any problem occurs at anytime time, feel free to call the base or base manager to confirm.

Area & Sailing

More information on the sailing in this area.

Charts & Pilot Book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht.
Charts and pilot books can be purchased by mail order from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting them direct on 02380 634911 or

Skippered Charter Information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12:00pm to 12:00pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6:00pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 12:00pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. He is not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his 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 6:00pm to 6:00pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This 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. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and are the responsibility of the client. It is suggested that you discuss this on the first day with the skipper and establish whether you will give the skipper cash for meals, whether you have included him in your provisioning or whether you will accommodate him as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared heads and size of the cabin. If you expect him 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 skipper’s it is your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay for his expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him back.

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

More information on Skippered Charter Options.


Cost Guide                      £1.00 per litre
Fuel Station location        In the marina close to the Sunsail base

Cool Boxes

Cool boxes 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.

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Banks & Money Exchange


The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna (HRK), divided into 100 Lipa. The value of the Kuna is tied to the value of the Euro. It is quite common for accommodation to be priced in Euros; however you will pay in Kuna. Also, many more expensive items like houses, cars and boats will be offered and confirmed in Euros even though payment is done in Kuna.


Open from 0700hrs to 2000hrs Monday to Friday and 0800hrs to 1200hrs Saturday.
There are ATMs on most of the islands. Traveller’s cheques 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 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Post Office

The post office is situated in the centre of the town. Open Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Credit Card Information

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 cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.  

Also, Croatian law states that any item that is paid for (mooring, etc.) need to have a receipt; if no receipt is issued you do not need to pay for the item. If any problem occurs at any time, feel free to call the base or the base manager to confirm.

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General Information


Croatian, Serbia, and other (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German).
Cost of living in Croatia

On average the cost of living in Croatia is approximately 20% less than the UK, however imported and branded goods are often more expensive.


There are restaurants close to the bases and around many of the islands, with a wide selection of menus at various prices. Freshly caught local seafood is very popular. The local Sunsail staff will advise you of the whereabouts of restaurants.

Restaurant Vimbula
ACI Marina, Komolac Dubrovnik - Croatia
Tel: +385 912496675
The restaurant is located in a beautiful natural setting, nearby the source of river Ombla. You will find it a pleasant 10 minutes walk from the marina; good food and wine are served.

Pizzeria - Bistro Nava is located next to the ACI reception which is jut opposite the Sunsail office. Coffee, juices, various beverages and a large selection of sandwiches and pizzas are available.


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.


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 bus trip away from the base. Shops are open from about 0700 until 1900 every day (some close for siesta) and the majority close Sundays. Many of your favourite 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.  Jewellery 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 23% is added onto all non-essential products and services purchased in Croatia.


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

Berkeley Hotel
Ulica Andrije Hebranga 116A 20000 DUBROVNIK
Tel: +385 20 494 160
Fax: +385 20 494 170

As one of the few family owned and operated boutique hotels in Dubrovnik, guests staying with us experience warm and friendly is a real ‘home away from home’.

Berkeley Hotel has an ideal location on Gruz Harbour, a great base to explore Dubrovnik and its surroundings.

Apartments / rooms

Rožat Donji 15

Dubrovnik - Croatia
Tel: +385 (0)20 452 506
GSM: +385 91 453 12 33

The centre of the town Dubrovnik is only about 6 kilometres from Villa Konalic . Public transportation is available to the Old Town Dubrovnik, with busses leaving every 10 minutes. The bus station close to our house.

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Electrical, Phones & Music


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 220v you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones

Check with your service provider for coverage and roaming fees. There are companies such as Cellular Abroad who offer international phone rentals if you are not a resident of the country. Using your own GSM mobile phone in conjunction with a prepaid SIM card is also very popular and convenient.

Internet Connectivity

Complimentary WIFI is available on all Sunsail boats for up to 200MB data. Additional data can be purchased if required from the local service provider. For more information please contact the base. Telephone and internet facilities are also available in the ACI Marinas.


All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your IPOD whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

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Car Rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Sixt.  An international driver’s licence is required to drive with any vehicle in Croatia (Rent car or private). You need to check to see if your insurance card or green card covers Croatia.


For any kind of fishing you need to buy a fishing licence at the fishing association in Dubrovnik, which is only open during the week from 09:00.  The cost of the fishing licence for 1 week is 300 Kn (approximately 40€). There are no rental facilities for fishing equipment, but on Monday morning fishing items can be bought in Dubrovnik town at one of the fishing shops. It would be best to take a taxi to the fishing association.

Kayaking, Rafting

Try rafting on the Cetina River, Riding Quad bikes around the village of Zedno as well as kayaking. All these activities are provided with the guidance of professional guides and further information can be obtained from the base.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is strictly regulated in Croatia. Please arrange in advance to dive with a local club in Dubrovnik.
In order for you to dive from the yacht, a Croatian dive licence is required. This can be brought at a cost of 2500 Kuna for the year. To purchase this licence, you will need to produce Dive qualifications. Costs will then be approximately 200 kuna per day and 8 kuna a litre to fill tanks.

The best option is to go through a Dive centre. The cost is approx. 350 Kuna for one dive including rental of all equipment and approx. 550 Kuna for 2 dives, including rental of all equipment, and they will be able to show the best spots along the coast.
Diving Club Dubrovnik:  Tel:  +385 20 43 57 37 37       
Navis Club Underwater: Tel:  +385 20 35 65 01
For more information about scuba diving visit the Croatian Tourism Diving Association website:


We have a range of snorkelling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you.

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Provisioning is available in this location.  More information on provisioning

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Health & Safety

Illness or Injury

If you are taken ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible on either a lead boat or at a Sunsail base or Club.
If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.
Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills.
Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim


All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets harnesses we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.
We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only) if you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.
We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.
Children under the age of 16yrs should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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