Hvar, Uvala Pribinja
On the north shore of Otok Hvar near its western end is the large inlet of Uvala Pribinja. This bay has two arms, to the west is the harbour of Vira, almost entirely occupied by large commercial fishing boat with little or no space for private craft. The eastern arm provides an excellent, sheltered anchorage in a very pleasant surrounding.
At the back of the bay you will find 4 mooring buoys owned by and maintained by the Konoba Ringo. Though the size of the ground tackle is unclear they comfortably held the 43ft and bigger boats present during our visit and though depth might look like an issue as you approach there was comfortably more than 5 metres of water under our keel on the second buoy out. The buoys leave no space for anchoring in the inner bay, so those wanting to drop a hook would need to do so further out in depths of between 8-15 metres. It is recommended to take a line ashore for additional security, particularly in a Bora.
Ashore you can find a small grocery store in the campsite located in the headland between Vira and the south-eastern arm of Uvala Pribinja. There are several nice walking routes between the anchorage and the campsite about 1.5 km away. In addition to the shop, which is open from 0700-1400 daily, there is also a pizzeria and a bus connection to Hvar Town.
If you use one of the mooring buoys at the south-east end of Uvala Pribinja these are free, as long as you eat at the Konoba Ringo. The buoys are popular however as this anchorage is located perfectly for a first night stop for those coming out of the Split area and Jure, the Ringo’s proprietor, recommends you telephone a head and reserve a space during weekdays in the height of the season.
The Kanoba Ringo serves an excellent range of traditional family food with a haut-cuisine twist. The sea food is particularly fine and is generally caught fresh by Jure, who bills the fare as ‘what he serves his family’. One note of caution is that there are no prices on the menus, particularly a concern if you are travelling on a budget. We rate the Ringo as five flags!
Shelter: Good all around shelter can be obtained in various parts of Uvala Pribinja and Vira, depending on where the weather is coming from
Depths: 8-15 metres
Bottom: Mud and weed
Holding: Reported as good though lines should be taken ashore. Four mooring buoys are available in Uvala Pribinja call Konobo Ringo on + (0) 91 510 3686 to reserve one of these
Hazards: None reported and the inlet and its approaches are lit by the flashing light on Rt Galijola.
Services: Shop and Pizzeria at the campsite, along with bus access to Hvar Town. Konobo Ringo in Uvala Pribinja - call ahead during high season + (0) 91 510 3686
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
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