Otok Sipan, Sipanska Luka (Town)
Sipanska Luka (bay) runs south-east into the heart of Otok Sipan for 3nm and at its widest point (its entrance) is a 1nm across. At its south-east end is the village of Sipanska Luka (Luka Town) a clatter of houses, small holdings and restaurants surrounding a large open bay which for much of its coast has been protected by a concrete harbour wall.
The town boasts all of the facilities one might expect in a small Croatian settlement including a good choice of restaurants and bars, a bank machine and cycle hire as well as one hotel and a tourist office. The main attraction here for any staying for more than a quick overnight stop are the potential for a day walking with options ranging from the 7km to Sudurad, through a route along the southern edge of Sipanska Luka to various beaches, to a climb to the highest point on the island Sv. Ilija, overlooking the bay and the town (ca 5km round).
Sipanska Luka (Town) is one of two good havens on Otok Sipan the other being at Sudurad at the Island’s south-east end. Sipan the first large island to the north-west of Dubrovnik. The harbour in Luka offers stern too mooring in between 2-2.5 metres (at the dock edge) to the south east of the ferry pier on the north-east side of the bay (port side as you enter).
If not using the harbour wall (possibly because the depth against the wall is too little for your boat) then there are two options in the anchorage. Anchoring in the centre of the bay in 4-6 metres of water where you should find reasonable holding in sand and mud. Ensure you are positioned to the south of the ferry pier and well out if its potential course (it comes and departs in some instances during the hours of dark)
The second option is to moor using one of the 3-4 buoys laid in front of the Restoran Kod Marka on the south-west side of the bay (opposite the harbour wall). These buoys are laid on with the usual arrangement, being free to patrons of the restaurant.
Generally Sipanska Luka offers good all round shelter except for stronger winds from the north-west, which can build an uncomfortable swell in the anchorage and around the buoys.
Shelter: Good except from the NW and SW
Depths: 4-6 metres
Bottom: Sand and mud
Hazards: Anchor so as to stay out of the path of the ferry.
Shore Access: Via the harbour wall
Services: Seasonal bar/restaurants and shops
Monday, 17 October 2011
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