Hvar, Hvar Town
Hvar Town is one of the most popular harbours in the Adriatic. It attracts yachts of all sizes and it is not unusual to find one or more (usually motor) yachts of over 100 feet moored against the wall. Actual wall moorings are limited as much of the space is reserved for the passenger ferry and the cruising gullets - the large wooden motor cruisers that ply the Dalmatian coast.
While moorings against the wall are limited there is space in the harbour basin for anchoring. In previous years orange t-shirted dock-hands/deputy harbour masters are usually on hand to help positioning boats in this area to ensure the best use of space, however during 2010 we noticed that a number of mooring buoys have been laid in this area possibly in response to reports that holding in the harbour had become unreliable due to the sheer number of anchors dropped there each year.
It is not unusual to find 30 or more yachts at anchor within the harbour, which is sheltered in all but westerly and south-easterly weather when it can be affected by swells. Also avoid the west side of the basin during the Sirocco as it is particularly exposed.
The approach is straight forward particularly from the west, though consult the chart and pilot as there are a number of lights and smaller islands to navigate through before you reach the entrance to the harbour. This is one of the busiest yacht harbours in Croatia so If you take a run through the basin and there is no buoy/anchor space and the harbour wall is full, ACI Palmizana is just a couple of nautical miles across the water on St Klement, from where there are regular water taxi links to Hvar Town.
Shelter: Good in all directions except from west and south-east
Depths: 7-12 metres
Bottom: Mud, use buoys provided
Holding: Reported as good - and bad (see below) use buoys provided
Hazards: None recorded
Shore Access: Via quay
Port of Entry (- separate wall moorings)
Fuel: available in the bay to the east (Krizna Luka) - 0.5nm
Shops including several supermarkets
Harbour Master : +385 (0)21 741 007
Port of Entry: +385 (0)21 741 100
Police: +385 (0)21 741 033
Health Centre +385 (0)21 741 111
Sunday, 24 April 2011
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A - Ferry Quay - no mooring here
B - Tour/Excursion boat mooring
C - Visiting Yacht Quay. Follow directions from harbour master
D - Port of Entry Quay
E - Bank
F - Post Office
G - Mooring buoys, some anchoring in outer rode?
(Click on chart to enlarge)
IV (Hvar) - This is how it looked in Hvar harbour after storm from west. Crew was out eating dinner when it hit. I suggest not to anchor there if there is a warning issued for possible sudden storms, its sandy bottom so anchor doesn’t hold. Also, in August is almost impossible to find a place in town harbour, even in ACI marina Palmizana if you come in the late afternoon
CIYC Note - This reflects advice in the pilot guides that Hvar Harbour can be uncomfortable in parts during westerly and south-westerly winds.
It is perhaps worth noting that, though most of these guides list the the holding in Hvar Town Harbour rode as generally ‘good’, the likelihood is that the bottom gets ‘cut-up’ through the season by such frequent anchoring. Care should be taken when considering anchoring there in some weather conditions, particularly Sirocco storms and stronger winds from the south and south-west.