On our recent trip to Croatia, we pulled back the curtains one morning to see what the glorious day had in store. Low and behold there were dolphins jumping in the distance, rejoicing at our rising…. obviously.
We strolled happily downstairs to indulge in our freshly prepared breakfast and spoke to our host who asked us if we’d like to charter a yacht. Needless to say, we were completely up for it.
Until visiting Croatia, I have to admit, I’d thought of Med yacht charters to be focused on the coasts of France, Spain and Italy. Oh, how narrow-minded of me.
Croatia is a marine and island paradise. As you fly into Split you navigate above the coastal islands, some inhabited some not. The turquoise outlines surround all of them and if you’re lucky you’ll see fish or a man scuba-diving from the plane, the water is that clear!
Yes this actually happened – sadly I didn’t get a photo.
Splendid Yachting is a 20 minute drive from Golden Rays and is situated in the fantastic Marina Mandalina in Šibenik. The new and expanding marina is home to boats from 5 to 100 metres.
Their current range of boats consists of;
- Pacha Motorsailer
- Azimut 68 S Prewi
- Abacus 70 Malibu
- Azimut 43 Fly Lou Ann
- Bavaria Sport 39 Open – The boat we used
- Aicon 56 S Fly
- Azimut 62 S Puro
Splendid Yachting offer charter on a flexible basis, however, charter by the week will get you the best value and a true opportunity to experience Croatia. Some yachts come with a skipper included in the price and some do not, but Splendid can help you find a skipper for hire if needed.
We fortunately had the owner of the company onboard, Stefan, who took us to the beautiful town of Privic Luka and then on to the turquoise bay of Tijat, well known by the locals. The entire time I was completely bemused by the beauty of Croatia and its coastal waters. Having spent my teenage years growing up in the Carrick roads and South Cornwall, I am normally underwhelmed when I venture into new coastal territories abroad. This time was different.
Golden Rays and Splendid Yachting have a partnership where they can come and pick you up from right outside your villa and take you off on an adventure. Hvar one day, Otok Kornat the next, there are endless islands to explores and waters to test along the breathtaking coast of Croatia, and the Marina Mandalina of Šibenik is an excellent place to start.
For more information on Splendid Yachting check them out here.