Korcula, Uvala Plitvine
This open bay is the last anchoring opportunity before you reach the port of Vela Luka and is located around 700 metres outside the port on the northern shore of Zaljev Vela Luka. Anchoring is in sand and weed at around 8-12 metres it provides good holding in a pleasant location and within tender range of the town of Vela Luka and its services.
The bay is surrounded by terraced fields and trees on its east and north side and by a hotel on its western shore. There is a path running around the shore, which traces a route popular with swimmers both from the hotel and the town. The hotel itself is fairly unobtrusive, though there was a live band for about an hour during our visit on a Sunday evening.
Visitors should be aware that Plitvine is open to winds from the due west (and perhaps less so to SWlies) but seems to offer good all around shelter otherwise. One word of caution is the fast car ferry from Split which comes into the town just before dark and early in the morning. It raises an unpleasent wake (up to 1 metre) which rushes into Plitvine and can be quite disturbing particularly if you are cooking at the time of its arrival.
Vela Luka is located in the eastern end of the inlet of Zaljev Vela Luka at the western end of Otok Korcula. Approaching up the inlet watch for the lit islet of Kamenjak on the north shore around 2nm inside the western end of the inlet, and for the larger unlit island of Osjak on the south side of the inlet around 3nm in. The entrance to the greater Vela Luka harbour is well lit with a red light on the north shore and a white light on the end of the ferry pier. Beyond this a green light marks the western end of the town harbour wall.
There are also mooring buoys located in the area to the north of the Town Harbour Wall, but these appear to be entirely privately owned and are used by local fishing vessels and sailing yachts.
Vela Luka is a pleasant and useful stopping off point at the western end of Otok Korcula, whether on the way to Lastovo or Vis, or intending to head along the Peljeski Kanal to Korcula Town and points south. One thing to remember however is that the town and its anchorages lie 5nm east of the western tip of the island, so allow at least another hour on your travel time as you head in or out from the port to traverse the length of the inlet.
Most of the town services and most accessible eateries are located along the eastern shore, which is peppered with old and often ramshackle wooden jetties that run out into the harbour over narrow stretches of shingle beach and bare rock.
Ferries arrive from Split once or twice a day and head on to (or return from) Lastovo, carrying cars and passengers. From the centre of town you can then catch buses that run to all of the major settlements on the island including Blato (the major inland settlement 5 miles to the west of Vela Luka) and Korcula Town. Highlights within the town centre around its museum and art gallery which includes an archaeological collection of prehistoric artefacts from the ‘Vela Spila’ or great cave and some interesting paintings and two Henry Moore sculptures. The building itself was decorated with mosaics during an international art festival in 1968.
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42°57’59” N 16°42’06”E
Shelter: Good with the exception of westerlies and south-westerlies
Depths: 8-12 metres
Bottom: Sand and mud with some weed
Holding: Good during our visit in 2012
Hazards: Be aware of the swell generated by the Korcula Fast Ferry which can rise to 1m
Services: There is a harbour master and a Customs office.
Fuel: Immediately west of the Town Harbour
Harbour Master: +385 (0)20 812 023
Port of Entry:
Customs: Office adjacent to the Post Office
Police: (Korcula Town) +385 (0)20 812-026
Medical Centre: +385 (0)20 812-040
Vets: (Korcula Town) +385 (020) 711-751
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
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