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Weather conditions and winds on the Adriatic sea

On the Croatian side of the Adriatic Sea, there are three characteristic types of weather which can generally be distinguished: by the south wind - the southern warm and moist wind called Jugo, by the north wind - with the northern cold and dry wind called Bura, and by the stable summer weather, with daily NW - northwest wind called Mistral and the night breeze from the mainland called Burin. Winds Jugo and Bura are the main weather features on the Adriatic, and they blow more often in the winter period (from October to April), and the Mistral blows mostly in the summer. Jugo is stronger and it is more frequent in the southern Adriatic, and Burin is more frequent on the northern Adriatic. The winter winds are generally more frequent, longer-lasting and stronger than the summer ones. A change in the wind from the south Jugo wind to the north Bura wind may be dangerous for the inexperienced and uninformed boaters, whether at sea, or an unsafe anchorage or a port. BURA Bura is a sudden, gusty, dry, cold and sometimes hurricane-strong wind (up to 12 Bf). It blows in extraordinarily violent blows (i.e. REFUL) from the cold east...

VHF system

VHF system is a part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) in which communication takes place at frequencies prescribed in the International Code Radio Service, which regulates the purpose and order of use of radio channels for the radio in the VHF band ( from 156 MHz to 174 MHz). For the operation of the VHF maritime radio station, 56 VHF channels are used (simplex and duplex channels), out of which the VHF channel 16 (156.800 MHz) is used for calling and communicating in case of distress, and for the purpose of calling the other communications, the VHF channel 70 (156.525 MHz ) is used for DSC call, regardless of the type of call, while other VHF channels are used for all other types of communication.

Important telephone numbers

International country code for Croatia 385 A single number for all emergency situations    112 Ambulance 94 Fire Department 93 Police 192 Roadside vehicle assistance 1987 General information 18981 Information for local and intercity telephone numbers 11888 Weather forecast and road conditions  060 520 520 Croatian Automobile Club (HAK):  01 4640 800


According to Croatian law, at least one person on board must own a navigation and VHF license. If it is not the case, then you should hire a skipper who has all the necessary documents. These documents are issued in Croatia in Harbor Master, after attending a course and examination in navigation and radio telephony. If you have these documents and they have been issued abroad, please check whether they are valid in the Croatian territorial waters. If you want to rent a boat without a crew, you must send in advance a copy of your navigation license in order to have your booking reservation confirmed. You must have the original documents with you on board. Croatian laws are very strict in this regard. If you rent a skipper with a valid license, then your group should have only passports or identity cards.

About the Adriatic sea

The Adriatic Sea covers 138,595 square kilometers. The total length of all coastlines (mainland and islands) is 7912 km, and the indentation coefficient is 6.1. The total length of coastline (mainland and islands) in the Republic of Croatia is 5835 km, and indentation coefficient is 11, and it is one of the most indented coasts of the world. The land coastline of the Adriatic Sea is 3737 km, out of which the Croatian coastline is 1777 km. The length of the Adriatic Sea is 783 km and the width is 217 km. In the Gulf of Trieste maximum depth is 25 m, which grows towards the south, and in the Southern basin it is 1240 m. The islands lie mainly along the Croatian coast. Out of a total of 1250 islands, islets, reefs and rocks, majority of them is in Croatia (1185). The largest islands are Krk (410 sq. km), Cres (405 sq. km) and Brac (395 sq. km). In its present form the Adriatic Sea was created in the post-Pleistocene rising of the sea levels for 96 meters. The sea temperature grows from north towards the south. The lowest temperature of the surface layer of the sea are in...