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The largest of the islands of the Split Archipelao is Brač, known worldwide as the island of stone and wind. You could easily spend three or four days sailing around Brač and not get bored. Most of the settlements are on the north coast of Brač but Milna, on the west coast is pretty town with two marinas, and Bol on the south coast with its famous Zlatni Rat beach is a great place to visit. From Bol, it’s a short trip to Jelsa or Vrbovska, on Hvar Island, which are well equipped for overnight stays.To the west of Brač, island Šolta has some beautiful, unspoilt bays and seems relatively untouched by modern tourism.
Hvar Island is longer and thinner than Brač, with most of the settlements concentrated in the western half on the island. If you want to keep up with the jet set, then Hvar Town is for you. It’s a fascinating town archaeologically and historically. Just west of Hvar Town are the Pakleni Islands and another ACI marina.
Further out to sea, the island of Vis is smaller and less developed than Brač and Hvar, but has two lovely towns – Vis and Komiža – as well as the adjacent islet of Biševo, famous for the Blue cave, which glows fluorescently by virtue of trick of the sunlight. When you get to Vis, give it the time it deserves — at least a dozen days, and sail into at least a few of its fifty-four coves. Only then will you experience the island in its full beauty.
Marinas in Split Archipelago
Marinas in Split Archipelago are located on Brač at Milna, on Hvar at Vrbovska and just off Hvar Town on the Pakleni Islands.
First time charter tips
If you never chartered a boat before and you are in a dilemma by the prospect of being the captain responsible for the boat, here are some tips to make everything go smoothly:
One of the hardest things for new charterers to figure out is which yacht charter company to go with. There are many reputable, good charter companies in the Croatia and choosing one is often hard. Especially when you can’t go in and visit their office and see their boats. First off, there is no one best company. They each have their pros and cons. Most of companies have been in business for years and keeping happy customers is in their best interest. Google them, ask on the forums, find out what their strengths and weaknesses are. Here are a few yacht charter companies: