Sail Week Croatia is up there with one of the best trips I have ever been on! One week in Croatia, on a yacht, island hopping and partying with a bunch of cool people is hands down a once in a lifetime experience to add to your BUCKET LIST!
I jumped on board Yacht Week Croatia with Life Before Work Travel, a reputable adventure tour company that offers trips to incredible destinations around the world, including the Sail Week in Croatia.
I have put together this Ultimate Guide to Yacht Week in Croatia including the dates, the route, expected costs, day to day itineraries, must-visit locations and my overall experience with LBW Yacht Life.
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LBW YACHT LIFE DATES
Each year LBW YachtLife offers one-week sailing holidays in Croatia over a course of five weeks during the months of July and August.
When tickets for Sail Week Croatia become available they generally sell out very fast. Be sure to book ahead of time to secure your spot on the boat!
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SAIL WEEK CROATIA ROUTE
The Sail Week Croatia route with LBW Yacht Life is as follows:
- Split → Omis
- Omis → Makarska
- Makarska → Korcula
- Korcula → Vis
- Vis → Komiza
- Komiza → Hvar
- Hvar → Secluded Bay
- Return to Split
This route can be subject to change due to unpredictable weather conditions along the Croatian coastline, but regardless of the weather, you are still going to have a ton of fun!
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Drone shot of some islands during LBW YachtLife
SAIL WEEK CROATIA – DAY 1
SPLIT TO OMIS
On day one of Yacht Life Croatia, you’ll meet the LBW team and your fellow yacht lifer’s for the week and depart from Split harbor at around 2 pm. The journey from Split to Omis is around two hours.
The first group dinner will be served on the yacht, followed by pre-drinks before heading out to town for a night out!
Unfortunately, on this day we were meant to sail from Split to Omis a storm was brewing off the coast and the captain’s decision was to stay docked in Split for the night for safety reasons.
Fortunately, everyone was getting along so well with each other and generally buzzed to be in Croatia, so it didn’t matter where we were for the first night of Yacht Week!
After some pre-drinks on the yacht, we all spent the night partying at two of the most popular bars in Split, inBox and Tropical. Safe to say it was a memorable night out and a great start to our one week Croatia boat holiday!
The promenade in Split – Yach Life Croatia
Old town in Split – Croatia Boat Week
SAIL WEEK CROATIA – DAY 2
OMIS TO MAKARSKA
The LBW Yachtlife boat sets sail early morning on day two, bound for Makarska. This beautiful seaside city was one of my favorite stops during Yacht Week.
Makarska is a horseshoe-shaped bay featuring numerous beaches, markets and restaurants dotted along the promenade and an awesome cliff jumping spot for the thrill-seekers!
On the way to Makarska, the boat will stop at Buba Beach where you can take part in some epic watersports including jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat, tubing or bungee jumping!
Once the boat reaches Makarska, you’ll have free time to roam around the many beaches, cafes and bars before meeting up for a group dinner at one of the seaside restaurants.
The adventure continues back to the yacht for pre-drinks and to get ready for a glow party at Club Deep which is located in a natural cave on the beach. This party venue is so unique and one of the coolest places to get down low and boogie!
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View of Makarska – LBW Yachtlife
Cliff jumping in Makarska – Sail Week Croatia
Seaside cafes in Makarska – Sail Week Croatia
SAIL WEEK CROATIA – DAY 3
MAKARSKA TO KORCULA
The next stop on the Sail Week Croatia itinerary is Korcula, stopping off at Moro Beach for an all-white day party along the way.
Moro Beach is located on Stupe, a secluded island in the Adriatic. On the island is a rock bar, DJ set up, beanbags and a beach swing, all of which are surrounded by turquoise waters.
What better way to spend a day in the sun than at Moro Beach listening to banging tunes and drinking with your mates!
After an epic day of partying on Stupe island, the one week in Croatia journey continues to Korcula for sunset, dinner and drinks.
Korcula is also known as ‘Little Dubrovnik’ because of its medieval squares, churches and houses. Korcula is also one of Croatia’s most treasured islands. I felt like I took a step back in time when I was exploring the old town of Korcula and it was one of my favorite highlights during Yacht Life Croatia!
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All-white party on Moro Beach – Yacht Life Croatia
Game of beer pong anyone? – Sail Week Croatia
Ruben on the decks – Sail Week Croatia
Drone shot of Stupe island – Sail Week Croatia
Arrived in Korcula – Sail Week Croatia
The old town of Korcula – Yacht Trip Croatia
SAIL WEEK CROATIA – DAY 4
KORCULA TO VIS
From Korcula, Yacht Life Croatia continues on to the island of Vis which was by far my favorite place to explore on the trip!
Vis island was once established as a military zone featuring enormous submarine hangers, underground tunnels, ancient city walls and hilltop fortresses, all of which are well worth exploring!
Apart from the rich history in Vis, the island also boasts countless hidden beaches, vast vineyards with some of the best-tasting wine in Croatia and seaside restaurants dishing up the freshest seafood that will make your taste buds sing.
The best way to explore Vis is to rent a scooter, a quad bike or a car for the day and make your way around the island at your own pace. A number of rental shops can be found along the main street of Vis close by to the harbor.
Scooter rentals for the day cost between 150 – 300 Kuna depending on the cc’s and for how many hours.
Car rentals for the day cost between 300 – 500 Kuna depending on the make of car and for how many hours.
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Exploring Vis – Sail Week Croatia
Stiniva Beach Vis – Sail Week Croatia
Mala Travna Beach – Yacht Week Croatia
Mala Travna – Sail Week Croatia
Stoncica Beach – LBW Yachtlife
Stoncica Beach in Vis – Sail Week Croatia
Rogagic Beach – Yacht Trip Croatia
Submarine tunnel in Vis – Yacht Life Croatia
The entrance to Fort George – Sail Week Croatia
Restaurant scenes at Fort George Vis – LBW YachtLife
SAIL WEEK CROATIA – DAY 5
VIS TO KOMIZA
Day 5 of Sail Week Croatia is another day spent on the island of Vis, though the boat will take a short sail around to Komiza, a small city which is located on the opposite side of the island.
On this day we had the options of going on a wine tasting tour in the nearby vineyards, chilling and exploring Komiza’s old town and beaches or go cruising around the island again on scooters.
So depending on how you’re feeling and what activities interests you the most, it’s free for all on day five of Yacht Life Croatia!
After sunset dinner and drinks at one of the seaside restaurants in Komiza, everyone headed back to the yacht for a pre-party before heading out to Lunatics for a foam party. You may want to wear your swimmers for this one!
Wine tour in Vis – Sail Week Croatia
Wine tasting time – Yacht Life Croatia
Exploring Komiza – Yacht Week Croatia
Drone shot of Komiza – LBW Yacht Life
Seaside restaurant in Komiza with the gang!
SAIL WEEK CROATIA – DAY 6
KOMIZA TO HVAR
One week in Croatia with LBW continues on from Komiza, bound for the summer resort town of Hvar.
This particular island in the Adriatic Sea is one of the most popular destinations in all of Croatia. Despite the summer crowds, the must-see highlights in Hvar are the hilltop Spanish fortress, the main town square lined with cafes and bars, Hvar Cathedral and the many secluded beaches along the coastline.
Before arriving in Hvar, the yacht will anchor just off the coast of Brac island for a long swim stop and lunch on the boat.
Upon docking at the port of Hvar, I recommend heading straight up to the Spanish fortress to the panoramic viewpoint that overlooks the city, the mountains and surrounding coastline. The hike from the main square to the fortress is a short twenty-minute hike up some stairs and along a concrete pathway.
Note: Entrance fee to the hilltop fortress is 50 Kuna.
Before the day is out, head around to Hula Hula Beach Bar to cool off in the ocean and grab some cocktails for sunset.
Tonight’s party is in Hvar town at 7 Club and Champagne and the entrance fee is 150 Kuna
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Drone shot of Hvar – Croatia Boat Week
On top of the Spanish Fortress – Sail Week Croatia
Nearby islands in Hvar – LBW Yachtlife
Secluded beach in Hvar – Sail Week Croatia
Hula Hula Beach Bar – Sail Week Croatia
SAIL WEEK CROATIA – DAY 7
HVAR TO SECLUDED BAY
The final day of LBW Yacht Life is spent slowly cruising back towards Split and anchoring up in a secluded bay for the night.
Spend the day chilling in the ocean on the inflatables and reminisce with your mates on how epic the past week has been!
Though the fun doesn’t end here! Tonight is the night when LBW throws its infamous Penguin Onesie Party onboard the yacht with cranking tunes and beers on tap. The best send off you could hope for!
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Sending it! – Yacht Life Croatia
The final day of Yacht Life Croatia
The whole squad on floaties – LBW Yacht Life
Penguin Onesie Party – Sail Week Croatia
SAIL WEEK CROATIA – DAY 8
So after a week of exploring and partying with your new-found best friends, it’s time to say your goodbye’s as the yacht pulls back into Split harbor at around 9am.
Don’t forget to pay your bar tab at the end and tips are always welcome for your awesome guides and the hard-working crew!
FINAL THOUGHTS ON YACHT LIFE CROATIA
Life Before Work (LBW Yachtlife) really does put on an epic show and go out of their way to make everyone feel like a family onboard their tours. I can’t recommend this company enough and I guarantee Sail Week Croatia with LBW is one for the bucket list!
There are quite a few additional costs throughout the week such as dinners, drinks, entrance fees and tipping. An average daily budget I would say is between €30 and €50.
Note: LBW Yacht Life generally sells out very quickly each year so make sure to book ahead of time to secure your spot on the boat!
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ACCOMMODATION IN SPLIT
If you plan to stay in Split for a few more days after Yacht Life Croatia to explore more of the mainland, see below for a list of accommodations that I can recommend to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.
One of the best 5-star accommodations on the beachfront in Split. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, large garden, patio, sauna and children’s playground. The apartment can sleep up to 6 people and offers free wifi, 2 bedrooms, flat-screen tv, equipped kitchen, washing machine and private bathroom. Perfect for families and friends.
Mid Range: Hotel Bellevue
A 3-star hotel set in a historic building centrally located in Split. Close to the bus station, train station and the harbour. Featuring a restaurant and bar, outdoor terrace and free wifi. The rooms are spacious with air-conditioning, fully furnished, flat-screen tv, work desk, private bathroom and room service. Hotel Bellevue is perfect for couples and friends.
Budget: Downtown Hostel
Rated one of the best hostels in Split for its central location and close access to the beach, Downtown Hostel features free wifi, shared lounge, kitchenette and terrace for all guests to use. There are dorm rooms and private rooms available, also offering car or bike hire at reception. Perfect place to stay for solo travellers and friends.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR LBW YACHTLIFE
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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