Susak Island Croatia is a small island located in the north of the warm Adriatic sea (Mediterranean). It’s famous for it’s sandy beaches, beautiful folk costumes and yellow dost from which the island made. It is this yellow dust which makes Susak unique – even the the most experienced seamen will agree there’s no similar island in the whole Mediterranean!
Getting to Susak is not an easy task, while finding accommodation is even tougher. These two facts have kept the island of the touristic agencies radars. Most of them are totally unaware of it’s existance, which is a good thing since it keeps crowds off the island.
On the island there’re no roads, noisy night clubs – there are only miles of dusty paths running across sand cascades, which connect the only village with coves on the other side of the island. During winter island is practically deserted. The only 200 people who live there throughout the year are the people who stayed behind during the big emigration wave to he United States. On Susak a special dialect is spoken, which is so different from standard Croatian that nobody in Croatia understands it.
Relax and let your imagination take you to this exotic place. Maybe you’ll feel the warm soft dust under your bare feet or feel the smell of the warm sea as it is carried by the mild wind through dark green Susak reed.
Marina and anchorage in Susak Island Croatia
Yachts seeking refuge at island of Susak have a few options at their disposal. Apart from the obvious choice of local harbor, there’s also anchorage in Bok Bay. A more knowledgeable skippers often drop their anchor in bays of Porat, Nasuzanski, Tiesni and Baldarka.
About the port of Susak
The port of Susak has 23 berths, of which 20 are with moorings, while 3 places are for mooring at side. Port depth is 3 meters. The port is well protected from all winds.
All berths have fresh water and power supply. Garbage and waste oil may be disposed of in nearby containers.
Fuel and cooking gas is unavailable. Groceries can be found in the store in the vicinity of the port.
Anchorage in the bay of Bok
Anchorage at the Bok bay can accommodate up to 30 boats. It is well protected from southern jugo and eastern wind, while exposed to northern bura wind and western maestral.
Although during summer western maestral wind picks up almost every afternoon, anchorage is oriented in such a way that this does not affect the safety of the boats. After sunset maestral loses its strength offering cooler and pacefull night.
Bay of Tiesini is located at the southeast part of the island, south of Bok bay. It can accommodate up to 3 boats.
Due to its southern orientation it offers perfect protection from northern bura and western maestral wind.
Nasuzanski is located at the most southern tip of the island. It’s a narrow bay with almost vertical slopes, which offer great protection from northern bura and western maestral wind.
Since it’s a really small bay, it can accommodate 1-2 boats.
The spacious bay of Porat with its shallow sandy bottom is especially popular amoung boaters. The bay is located at the western end of the island. This making it protected from northern bura, eastern and western maestral wind.
Baldarka is the only north-facing bay which offers free anchorage. The water depth ranges from 3 to 5 meters, making it similar to Bik bay. Due to its small size and orientation it is protected only from the southern jugo wind.
Ilovik Island Croatia – Until recently, the islands of Ilovik and Sv. Petar were mentioned under a common name, first as Neumae Insulae and since the 13th century as Sanctus Petrus de Nimbis or in a later, Venetian, version San Pietro dei Nembi.
The original Croatian name of the larger island was Tovarnjak (hence the Italian name Asinello). Later it became known as Ilovik (after a type of soil), while the smaller island has been named Sv. Petar. The islands are located opposite one another and form a long (2.5 km) and narrow (up to 300 m) channel, a perfect natural anchorage that has served as a shelter for ships during storms since ancient times.The southernmost of the inhabited islands of the Lošinj Archipelago, with a fishing village of the same name, nowadays has a population of 170 inhabitants. The first Croatian settlers arrived here from Veli Lošinj at the end of the 18th century and the present-day ILOVIK has been growing and developing ever since.
The locals of Ilovik are engaged in wine growing and market gardening, facilitated by the large number of wells which supply this land with water; they are also engaged in fishing, sheep farming and tourism.
The location of Ilovik is ideal, situated in a small bay, protected from the north by the uninhabited islet of Sv. Petar where the local cemetary is located. The coast is easily accessible from all sides, and has numerous safe gentle coves. The largest cove with a sandy beach is Paržine on the southeastern side of the island.
Between the two islands, there is a well-protected channel, 2.5 km long and 300 m wide, which serves as a harbour for the local fishermen as well as for the numerous yachtsmen who come here to enjoy the pristine nature. Its maritime zone is naturally protected from all winds, except from the south wind (Jugo) to some extent, and can provide a safe haven for yachts and smaller boats.
The Island of Ilovik is covered with evergreen Mediterranean vegetation, dominated by holly oak, and in some places there are small forests of Aleppo pine. Ilovik is called the Island of Flowers as oleander, palms, roses and other flowers grow around every house. High eucalyptus trees are a distinctive feature of this island. Thanks to its strategic maritime and transport position, Ilovik Channel has been used for mooring since the earliest times, so the islands bear traces of different historical eras.
The oldest traces of settlements date from the Illyrian tribe Liburna. The islands are rich in Roman artefacts. Here we come across the remains of walls, numismatic coins, a sarcophagus and there is also an underwater archeological site nearby.
The walls surrounding the present-day cemetery date from the 11th century. This was the time when a Benedictine abbey was built on the site.
There is a shop, post office, bakery, patisserie and several restaurants on the island.
Source: www.otok-susak.org and www.visitlosinj.hr/ilovik.aspx