Dubrovnik, Croatia

Travel Information


As you prepare for departure, please reference the Dubrovnik Cruising Guide to learn more about chartering in this destination.

Address & Map


Sunsail Dubrovnik
ACI Marina Dubrovnik
Na skali bb
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 kilometers from the old city and 25 kilometers from Dubrovnik Airport.  ACI Marina is a holder of blue flag, a sign of cleanness, tidiness and environmental preservation.

Base Open Hours

Mon to Fri:     8:00am – 4:00pm
Sat:                9:00am – 7:00pm
Sun:               8:00am – 7:00pm
Season: The base is open from early April to mid November. 

Base/Shore Facilities

Sunsail yachts are located on quay No. E.
This modern marina offers, electricity, fuel station, water, grocery shop, shower/toilets, laundry, tennis courts, swimming pool, weather forecast and parking (100 HRK if parked by the grocery shop and 200 HRK if parked by the marina reception per day.  Weekly rate- 400 HRK if parked by the grocery shop, 800 HRK by the marina reception.)

Shops are generally open from 7am until 7pm every day.
In the marina, the supermarket is also open from 8am until 8pm on a Sunday (1st June till 30th September, and low season from 8 am till 12 am). There is a money exchange in marina reception, and cash point machine at the supermarket entrance.

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Arrival & Departure

Time difference

 Standard time zone in Croatia is UTC/GMT +1 hour.


Dubrovnik International Airport, also referred to as Cilipi Airport is located approximately 15.5 km from Dubrovnik city center, 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: Airport shuttle bus - tel:+385 (0) 99 275 1145, :+385 (0) 99 340 7160 http://platanus.hr/shuttle-bus-hr.html    45 HRK/person depart for Dubrovnik after the arrival of every regular incoming flight. 

Taxis: are available outside the terminal building. You can order one on: +385 20 411 411, +385 20 212 212, +385 20 332 222.

Travel and Transfers

Dubrovnik Airport at Cilipi is about 25 km away from the base in the ACI Marina and the transfer takes approximately 30 minutes.

Pre-booked Sunsail transfer:

Taxi (up to 3 people) - 300 HRK

Minivan (up to 8 people) - 400 HRK

If you are arriving by car from up North, take the first left immediately at the end of Dubrovnik bridge and drive up the valley for 3 km until you see the marina.

A very good bus service connects the ACI Marina with the center of Dubrovnik and the old town. It operates from early morning until 2 a.m. Bus stop: on main road as leaving marina. Bus No.1A or 1B (every 15 mins) to the old town. As yachts are not allowed in the old town port, this is the cheapest way of getting there. Taxis are available outside the marina reception:

Transfer between Sunsail's Dubrovnik base and Tivat Airport (Montenegro): 

Taxi (up to 3 pax) - 1554 HRK
Minivan (up to 8 pax) - 1850 HRK

Transfer between Sunsail's Dubrovnik base and Split airport:
Taxi (up to 3 pax) - 2664 HRK
Minivan (up to 8 pax) - 3160 HRK

Transfer between Sunsail's Dubrovnik base and Sunsail's Agana base:
Taxi (up to 3 pax) - 2664 HRK
Minivan (up to 8 pax) - 3160 HRK

Transfer between Sunsail's Dubrovnik base and Vieille Ville: 
Taxi (up to 3 pax) - 130HRK 
Minivan (up to 8 pax) - 250 HRK

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


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

Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Sunsail cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html for the latest information before you leave. 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 6:00pm 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 will be collected upon arrival at the base. The cost is 10 HRK per person/per day and must be paid for the duration of your charter. There's no charge for children under 12. 

Out of hours 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 5:00pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning.

Before departing the boat please collect a debrief form from reception.
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 bag dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, 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


Sunsail Welcome Guide - Dubrovnik

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.

Sailing Licenses

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Croatia

Please contact one of our Vacation Planners for more information.

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 sailing certificates or sailing qualifications with you.

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 Montenegrian 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.

Please note that the Croatian customs clearing procedure to leave Croatian waters can take several hours.  Sunsail will do everything to assist but please bear in mind that Sunsail is not responsible for delays caused or as a fuction of the customs clearing process. 

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 (from Pula Base) to Dubrovnik & Italy in the South.

VAT (Value Added Tax): This tax is issued by the Croatian Government and is paid up front at 6.5% of the charter fee. -->

Tourism Tax (Sojourn Tax): Croatian tourism tax will be collected upon arrival at the base. The cost is 10 HRK per person/per day and must be paid for the duration of your charter. There's no charge for children under 12. 

Mooring Fees

Mooring fees are usually charged in harbours and on town quays by the local municipality. These are usually between €25 and €30 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 )20 kn/m10 kn/m
Cavtat ( mainland )40 kn/m30 kn/m15 kn/m
Dubrovnik - Port Gruž2 EUR/m
ELAFITI ISLANDS: Kolocep,Lopud,Šipan1,70 EUR/m1,70 EUR/m
Zaton bay ( mainland )
Slano ( mainland )40 kn/m30 kn/m15 kn/m
PELJEŠAC PENINSULA: Ston, Žuljana, Trstenik, Orebic, Viganj, Kucište, Lovište, Trpanj, Drace20 kn/m10kn/m
ISLAND MLJET ( except Pomena ): Okuklje, Prožura, Saplunara
ISLAND MLJET: Pomena ( National Park )40 kn/m30 kn/m15 kn/m
KORCULA ISLAND: Brna20 kn/m10 kn/m
LASTOVO ISLAND: Ubli, Zaklopatica
Port/TownJune, July, August, SeptemberMay, OctoberOther
KORCULA ISLAND: Korcula Town3.7 EUR / m2.7 EUR / m1.8 EUR / m
Port/TownJune, July, August, SeptemberMayOther
KORCULA ISLAND: Vela Luka12 kn/m8.40 kn/m

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.

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. 

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 liter
Fuel Station location        In the marina close to the Sunsail base


Coolers 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.
You can exchange money at the departure airport, but the exchange rate is often better once you are in Croatia.


Open from 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 12 noon Saturday.
There are ATMs on most of the islands. Traveler’s checks 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 8am to 8pm.

Post Office

The post office is situated in the center of the town. Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm.

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 checks and cannot give cash back on credit or debit cards.  

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General Information


Croatian, Serbian, and other (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German).

Cost of living in Croatia

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant

Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

Water (0.33 liter bottle)

5.47 €

17.94 €

4.73 €

1.63 €

1.72 €

1.49 €

1.27 €


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 Bazen
ACI Marina, Komolac Dubrovnik - Croatia
Tel: +385 20 451-010
The restaurant is located in a beautiful natural setting, nearby the source of river Ombla. You will find a pleasant pool area, good food and wine.

Pizzeria - Bistro Nava is located close to Bazen restaurant. 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 walk away from the bases. Shops are open from about 7am until 7pm every day (some close for siesta) and the majority close Sunday mornings. Many of your favorite 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.  Jewelry 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 18.5% 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
Email: [email protected]

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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. 

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.


The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit http://www.ccaa.hr/english/naslovnica_1/

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Car Rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Sixt.   You should note that international driver’s licenses are not deemed valid in Croatia.   


For any kind of fishing you need to buy a fishing license at the Harbour Master in Dubrovnik. The cost of the fishing license for 1 week is 100€. There are no rental facilities for fishing equipment.

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 license is required. This can be bought at a cost of 2500 Kuna for the year. To purchase this license, you will need to produce Dive qualifications. Costs will then be approximately 200 kuna per day and 8 kuna a liter to fill tanks.

The best option is to go through a Dive center. 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: www.diving.hr.


We have a range of snorkeling 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 get sick and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible at the Sunsail base.


All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets harnesses we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

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