Sipanska Luka (Town)

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Sipanska Luka is the long inlet at Sipan’s NW end providing the island’s main anchorage. It is partially formed on its SW side by the uninhabited island of Jakljan (once the site of a Yugoslav children’s camp and now subject to redevelopment as a high end hotel.) Sipanska Luka  runs back into the heart of Otok Sipan for 3nm and at its widest point (its entrance) is a 1nm across. At its SE end is the village of 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.

Sipanska Luka and O. Jakljan from the top of Sv. Ilija

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).

Mooring options in Sipanska Luka are threefold, the bay in the town shallows rapidly the further you head to the SE and though some pilots (and 777 for example) suggest that there are mooring possibilities right at the eastern end of the bay in front of the hotel these are probably impractical for all but lifting keel vessels as the harbour front in this area seems to be little more than 1-1.5m deep. The town harbour is located to port (north) as you enter, just beyond the ferry pier and has laid moorings (lazylines) for 10+ boats and a depth of 2-2.5 metres and there are now proposals to add more laid moorings along the side of the former ferry pier. It is possible to anchor in the centre of the bay in 3-5 metres of water though the holding is said to be patchy. Finally there are 3-4 mooring buoys located on the south side of the bay, which are provided by the Restoran Kod Marka (with the usual arrangements of frequenting the establishment applying).

Luka Town Harbour Wall

It is worth noting that a Mistral from the NW will raise uncomfortable waves in the the anchorage, though the ferry pier should provide some shelter on the harbour wall. Anything drawing over 1.8-2 metres is likely to struggle to get into the wall and would best consider anchoring or taking one of the laid buoys.

Sipan is often ignored because of its lack of apparent attractions and developments, but this in itself is a good reason to visit. The quiet settlements are backed by several interesting walks and a number of secluded and empty beaches. It is also in a very handy location for those who are heading NW towards the attractions of Miljet, Korcula or Ston from the Dubrovnik area providing a short day’s sail from the city and a handy jumping off point for either Miljet or Ston or the base for a longer day’s sailing to Korcula.



A. Sipanska Luka - review this harbour - Photos     


  1. B.Kod Marka Buoys -  be the first to review this anchorage. - Photos   

  2. C.Sipanska Luka - be the first to review this anchorage. - Photos 

D. U Balda Buoys (2x) -  be the first to review this anchorage. - Photos


Bars and Restaurants

  1. 1.Bar More - be the first to review this bar - Photos       

  2. 3.Konoba u’Balda - review this Restaurant - Photos

  3. 5.Bar Noname - be the first to review this bar - Photos

  4. 6.Konoba Tauris - be the first to review this Restaurant - Photos

  5. 7.Restoran Kod Marka - be the first to review this Restaurant - Photos

11. Cafe Bar Luka - be the first to review this Bar - Photos


Fuel Berth (Nearest fuel is at the ACI Dubrovnik)


2. Shops (groceries supplies and bread)

  1. 8.Cash Machine

  2. 9.Hotel Sipan and Bike Hire - be the first to review this Service

10. Tourist Information

Things to see and do

  1. 4.400 year old Plane Tree (one of two) - review - Photos

Sv. Ilija - walk to the summit 234m, 6km - review - Photos

Fort Sv. Ilija (Naval Fort) - review - Photos

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