Renting a Boat in Trogir and Split
January 27, 2020
There is no better way of exploring the beauties of the central Dalmatia than renting a boat and sailing along the numerous islands and islets on the Croatian coast. During the last decades, Croatia has become known for its high-quality charter services. A large number of ports and marinas all over the coast have become recognized as some of the best marinas for boat charters in Europe. Whether you are an experienced boat captain or just an admirer of the sea, renting a boat might prove as the best way to truly experience the Adriatic during your holiday.
Trogir and Split are the perfect starting points for exploring the central Dalmatian archipelago and to visit some of the most beautiful islands in Croatia – Drvenik, Brač, Šolta, Hvar, Vis and Korčula, each with its own charms, natural attractions and historical landmarks worth seeing.
How to Rent a Boat in Trogir and Split
When renting a boat, you must keep in mind the following details:
- If you want to rent a boat without a skipper will need a valid proof of knowledge (a sailing license or certificate) as a coastal skipper, and VHF Certificate in English for at least one person on board. Only the person who has the necessary license/certificate can drive the boat. The certificate/license must be carried at all times during the trip
- If nobody in your group has the necessary license or a certificate for sailing as a coastal skipper, you can only rent a boat if you also hire a licensed skipper from the charter company, which is usually paid extra. Renting a boat with a skipper is a great way to explore the area since skippers can usually suggest the best places to visit from a local’s perspective and can also give you much useful information regarding the best restaurants, attractions, and sights you wouldn’t want to miss
Charter companies usually have a large selection of boats at your disposal – whether you are looking for a smaller boat to take you on a daily trip to the nearest islands and beaches or if you’re looking for a larger boats with cabins fully equipped for exploring an island and location in central Dalmatia or a long-term rentals. Simply choose the best option according to your needs!
Most of the charter companies have determined time intervals for daily rentals – for example, you can rent the boat from 9 am and have to return it by 6 or 7 pm – to ensure that you avoid driving the boat at night and secure your safety before anything else. Of course, you can also rent a boat for several days, in which case most of the companies will offer some kind of a discount in comparison to the daily price. Most of the charter companies also require a safety deposit, which you will have to pay upon renting the boat and which will be returned to you when you return the boat if there was no damage done to the boat during your rental.
Places to see when you rent a boat in Trogir or Split:
As was mentioned above, central Dalmatian islands have some of the best and notable attractions you can visit when you rent a boat in Trogir or Split.
For instance, Blue Cave on the islet of Biševo near island Vis is one of the most popular natural attractions. Since it takes quite some time to get to the Blue Cave from Trogir or Split and because of the large popularity of this attraction, it is advisable to start the trip early in the morning (around 7 am would be ideal) so you don’t miss the period between 11 am and 1 pm when the sun rays illuminate the underwater opening in the cave and create the effect of the bright blue light. Starting the trip early is also advisable to avoid waiting in the long queues to enter the cave.
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Another popular sight often seen on brochures about Croatia is the beach Zlatni rat (Golden Horn) on island Brač. Located near the town of Bol, Zlatni rat is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Croatian coastline, created by deposits of fine pebbles around the underwater reef and spreading as a small approximately 500 meters into the sea. The interesting fact is that the very tip of Zlatni rat constantly keeps changing its shape due to the influence of winds, waves and sea currents which make the tip bend to one side or the other accordingly. Zlatni rat beach is popular among surfers and kite surfers, but it is also great for families with children due to the small pebbles.
The town of Hvar situated on Croatia’s sunniest island of the same name is also a place you wouldn’t want to miss. Hvar is an interesting sight to visit due to its historical significance as one of the most important naval bases of the central Adriatic with the impressive city walls and the ancient Fortica fortress being the most notable landmarks, but also due to its reputation for welcoming international celebrities and jet setters who choose Hvar as their summer destination because of its abundant nightlife.
The island of Drvenik Veliki is also a location you can choose to visit with your rental boat, mostly thanks to the so-called Blue Lagoon, known among locals as Krknjasi, a natural bay with sandy seabed which has long been a favorite swimming and snorkeling spot for anyone with access to a boat. Since Blue Lagoon is just a short speedboat ride away from both Trogir and Split, we recommend you also visit the nearby Vela Rina bay in the southwest of Drvenik Mali where you can find a beautiful sandy and pebbled beach with gently sloping shores rolling into the crystal clear water. Another option is to make a stop at one of the charming Mediterranean villages and bays on Šolta island, such as Maslinica, Rogač, Nečujam or Stomorska bay.