Korcula, Vela Luka
The town of 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.
Anchoring is primarily in the outer rode of the harbour in the lee of the north-west shore of the harbour beneath the small hill of Vranac (64m). Anchor in between 8 and 14 metres of water to the east of the Ferry Terminal in the lee of the northern shore of the bay. This area offers reasonable all-round shelter though may suffer from a swell that can build in westerly winds. When anchoring you need to ensure you are not in the main rode through which fishing boats and smaller craft reach the inner harbour.
Other anchoring options are less favourable. It is no longer possible to anchor in the the area to the immediate east of the ferry pier off the south-east shore of the inlet as this area is now laid with mooring buoys.
The pilot books also recommend anchoring beyond the harbour in the narrow arm of the inlet that runs through Vela Luka towards the north north-west. This stretch of water offers the ultimate all-around shelter and is immune from the swells drummed up by westerly winds, but it is very tight (little more than 100 metres across). Also its bottom shallows rapidly around its shores from 4 metres to less than 1 metre. Anybody choosing to anchor in this area should give serious consideration to taking a line ashore and also to the possibility of hooking some of the multitude of ground tackle that serves the local moor buoys and boat moorings on the shore.
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°57’80” N 16°43’02”E
Shelter: Good though westerlies can cause a swell to build
Depths: 7-15 metres
Bottom: Sand and mud with some weed
Holding: Reported as good
Hazards: Further into the harbour be aware of the risk of picking up existing ground tackle
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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