Croatia Family Yacht Flotilla

Saturday 18th July – Saturday 25th July 2020

*Cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation*

“Didn’t we all have a wonderful time! It seriously raised the benchmark for holiday fun. Bucket and spades will never cut it again!”- Sally and Mark – Croatia 2019

Croatia is a world famous sailing destination: warm weather, steady moderate breezes, and many charming harbours add up to one of the best cruising grounds in Europe. After 4 years of UK family camps and the success of last year’s sailing trip, we would like to offer ESOC families and groups another opportunity to discover this coast for themselves. Our small fleet of yachts will explore the islands of the Dalmatian coast and head inland to the stunning waterfalls of the Krka National Park. Getting used to life on the water, shopping for souvenirs in local markets and planning our course around the coast will provide unforgettable challenges and experiences for young and old. Absolutely no sailing experience required! Those who want to learn can do so, while others can sit back and enjoy.

Take a look at our 2016 expedition video with young adults

The Boats

“We had a really lovely time in Croatia, which is in large part thanks to Gordy and Kate who both went out of their way to make our trip special and also to Craig and Mark who were just great with the children” – Stu & Anna – Croatia 2019

We are offering families (or a group of families):

  • an approximately 50ft yacht which will either be large enough to take max 8 people in 4/5 double/twin cabins or;
  • an approximately 40ft yacht large enough to take max 6 people in 3/4 double/twin cabins

(Nb all the boat layouts are slightly different and we won’t know exactly until bookings are made)

Each yacht will be managed by 2 ESOC staff, a skipper and a mate, who will take responsibility for mooring up and casting off, sailing, navigation and running games for the kids (and adults as necessary!). They will also do all the food/drinks shopping, prepare breakfast, lunch and clear away after meals each day.  Unless the weather is bad and someone is needed on watch, the two ESOC staff will sleep on a separate staff boat at night to give your family space.

All evening meals will be at local tavernas, a great way of getting involved in the local culture and cuisine and to take a break from life aboard. We will be on hand to ferry you to and from the shore as required.

41ft Bavaria 46ft Bavaria


During the cruise itself our itinerary could be affected by wind and sea conditions, but we will move between moorings and anchorages as we head towards Krka National Park. Although we will sail or motor for some time each day, there will be plenty of time for relaxing, swimming and games in remote sheltered bays. Families should fly to Split airport as it is the closest airport to the marina.

  • Saturday 18th: Arrive at Marina | Orientation | Group dinner | Overnight in marina
  • Sunday 19th: Depart Marina | Lunch at Primosten | Evening at anchor Otok Zlarin
  • Monday 20th: Depart Anchorage | Cruise into inland sea | Mooring overnight at Skradin
  • Tuesday 21st: Cycle (45mins)or Ferry to Krka Falls | Overnight anchorage on inland sea
  • Wednesday 22nd: Depart anchorage and cruise back out to sea | Sailing | Overnight on Otok Tijat
  • Thursday 23rd: Depart Tijat heading South | Overnight Mooring at Primosten
  • Friday 24th: Morning cruise | Return to marina | Overnight at marina
  • Saturday 25th: Disembark Yachts by 8 am | Depart Marina

Route Map


Coastal sailing is a low risk activity when well managed, and we ensure that all our activities meet the highest safety standards. An overview of the measures we take is given below:

  • RYA trained Skippers with commercial endorsement and International Certificate of Competence.
  • Full training given to the crew on the correct use of winches, deck hardware, galley equipment and boat instruments and navigation.
  • All yachts are fully equipped with safety equipment including; life rafts, life jackets, flares, VHF and first aid kits.

The Exploration Society is AALA certified and this Expedition will be BS8848 (British Standard for Overseas Expeditions) Compliant. Confirmation and declaration of this will be on the final details email.

Meet Our Staff


“We loved the family sailing trip to Croatia. Brilliantly organised with a great mix of planning and spontaneity, whilst seeing just about the right amount of the children who were wonderfully entertained, as always.  The fabulous ESOC vibe travelled very well which made it a tremendous holiday for all” – Simon and Angus


We are offering a choice of two sizes of yachts to suit different sized families. Please be aware that cabins are quite cosy and space below is limited.  However the larger yachts feel significantly more spacious.

Approx 40ft/3 cabin/max 6 person yacht – £6995 

Approx 50ft/4 cabin/max 8 person yacht – £7495 

(Larger yachts are available, but please get in touch to enquire)

This includes:

  • Yacht hire from Saturday 18th @ 5pm to Saturday 25th @ 8am
  • Local taxes and mandatory service charges
  • Qualified ESOC yacht skipper
  • First mate/galley crew to shop, prepare and clear breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks
  • Bedding and final cleaning
  • Fuel + insurance
  • Mooring fees where applicable
  • Staff boat + skipper
  • Upgraded motor boat for watersports
  • Staff travel expenses

Not included

  • Food and drink (skippers will shop to your budget)
  • Flights (currently £200-£300 pp depending on time/airport/route)
  • Transfers to marinas (approx 30min by road from Split airport)
  • Personal Kit
  • Travel Insurance, please check that it covers coastal yacht sailing as some policies specifically exclude this. It should also include medical insurance. European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) are valid in Croatia. For more information please see the FCO website.

Optional Extras

  • Stand-up paddle board hire – approx £100/board

A deposit of £1000 per boat will be required to confirm your booking, which will be used to secure a boat of the required size. Once you have registered your family we will send a deposit invoice to you via email. The remaining balance will be invoiced in two instalments, the first due mid-March and the second at the end of April.

Please do not book flights until your place is confirmed.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please specify which size of yacht you would like (6 berth or 8 berth) when completing the booking form


Is there a minimum/maximum age limit?

No – children and adults of any age can come along. However those with very young children may find the instability of the boats when it’s windy challenging as well the steep steps leading from deck down to the cabin. It can be possible to hire safety netting which is about 2ft higher and goes around the whole boat.

Are there toilets and showers on board?

Yes there will normally be several of each, including a shower on the back of the boat to use after swimming. Waste goes into a tank which is then jettisoned while at sea to avoid polluting the bays and anchorages. There is also a marina at Skradin with a toilet and shower block.

How long are the beds?

This varies but they are usually fine for even very tall people. Space on the boats in limited compared to living on land but you soon get used to it. The early morning swims in the sea of the back more than make up for it!

Is there a fridge?

Yes – so no excuse for warm drinks!

How long will we sail for each day?

This depends. There is some flexibility so different boats can do different things, as long as they all end up in the same place. To just drive from overnight stop to overnight stop would usually take between 3-4hrs under motor. Sailing may take a bit longer or not depending how windy it is and what direction it’s coming from. We would never need to go out if the wind is too strong and is making people uncomfortable.

How is the food?

We will shop and prepare whatever breakfast and lunch you choose (within reason!) and this can include cereal, fruit and yoghurt or cooked food for breakfast and salads, olives, bread cheese and cured meats for lunch. The tavernas will do a great range of seafood and grilled meats for dinner and kid friendly pasta and pizza type food too.

Are there many insects?

There may be a few mosquitos around at night but it has never been a major problem. Some bays have more wasps but these are more annoying than aggressive.

Can we fish?

Absolutely. We may also see some dolphins while crossing the bay.

Is there Wifi?

There is decent 4G in most places and the boats normally offer a limited wifi with limited data, but if this is a major concern, you might be better off on a different holiday…..

Is there shade?

Yes – all the boats’ cockpits are covered by a sunshade (pleasingly called a “bimimi”)

Will the children/adults be able to spend time with those on other boats?

Definitely – we will all go to the same taverna in the evening and you can socialise as you wish. The ESOC instructors will normally organise some games and watersports before we set sail in the morning and again when we arrive at the mooring in the afternoon. Children may also swap between boats from time to time to be with their friends as long as all the parents are happy with that.

Will we get seasick?

It’s possible but we will not tend to go out if the sea is very rough. It wasn’t a problem in 2019 but if you are prone then please bring some medication just in case.


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