Southern Dalmatia is a sailor's paradise, starting in Dubrovnik sailing past miles of secluded coastlines and several don’t-miss islands. Korcula, Mljet, Lopud, Hvar, Brac, and Vis just to name a few of the islands. You'll find some of the best kayaking and windsurfing in this region. We put together a list of Southern Dalmatia's most popular areas to sail to on your next trip.

Korčula Island

Sailboats docked in Hvar Town

Korcula is one of the closest islands to Dubrovnik. It has a medieval Korčula Town, a gorgeous mix of beaches, vineyards, villages, and quiet, harbor-side restaurants and resorts. Rent a bike or scooter and explore the island and its many hidden beaches. To get a unique local experience join Rachael and John on their wine and cycling tour of the Lumbarda wine region. 

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Hvar Island

One of Vis Island's many coves

Party into the wee hours in Hvar Town, which has an international vibe and is surrounded by luxury hotels, bars, and restaurants. Rent a bike for less than $20 a day at Luka Rent in Stari Grad, and six other locations on Hvar. Pedal along a challenging route lined by fields of lavender, 16th-century architecture, and a family resort. You can also rent helmets and other biking gear at Luka and they will even deliver the bike to your hotel.

Vis Island

Harbor of Vis Island

Vis is becoming a popular port of call for sailors. Vis’ history as a Yugoslav military outpost kept tourism from taking hold for decades. This left the island with unique markets and kiosks selling produce, fresh-caught fish, local organic wine, and artistically bundled bunches of dried lavender. It is one of Croatia’s least-visited islands, but one of the most fascinating.

Vis Town on the island’s northeastern end is the island’s main port. Komiža at the western end of the island is a fishing village and jumping off point to smaller nearby attractions like Biševo Island and the Blue Grotto and Jabuka Island.

Jabuka (pronounced ya-boo-kah, translates to Apple Island) is an uninhabited volcanic island—a vertical rock formation. In between are breathtaking coves best reached by private boat, rolling hills covered with vineyards, and picturesque churches and villages. Diving around the island and farther out to sea is becoming a major activity around Vis.

Day sailing trip from Hvar - Vis

Hvar sailing
Hvar's harbor

The best way to see the islands is to charter a sailboat. Most chartered trips offer only private week long trips. If you do not have a week, there are full day sailing tours. A sailing tour by Hvar Adventure (10 am - 5 pm from Hvar Town, 7 hours, $74 USD per person) sails to Vis island where the boat stops for swimming and snorkeling. You can choose to charter a private boat for the day or sail with a group. 

Expert tip: Outside of the major cities, Croatia is mainly cash-based. There are ATMs, but make sure to carry plenty of local currency on hand. Especially when you visit Vis and the islands or countryside on the mainland.


Map of Southern Dalmatia: Croatia's Best Region for Sailing
Map of Southern Dalmatia: Croatia's Best Region for Sailing