LatitudeLat 42° 51' 31'' N
LongitudeLong 17° 41' 20'' E
Minimum Draught2 m
Maximum Draught3 m
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Hodilje is a quiet village located on the peninsula of Peljesac (Sabbioncello), more precisely in the interior and therefore accessible by sea only by entering the blind channel of Mali Ston.
You can find moorings on both sides of the pier, depth of three meters of water, or along the west quay, water 2 meters deep. For your supplies, you can obtain from a campsite nearby. For nighttime entry, refer to the green flashing light (two seconds) located at the beginning of the pier. The harbor is located within a small bay that has a sandy beach.
This destination is reserved for those who have the spirit of adventure and are in a good knowledge of the dangers that can be found found in Croatia and have already sailed in Dalmatia. After entering the Channel of Mali Ston (Narenta Canal), at about half way of the channel, you can see a bridge that connects the peninsula to Croatia. This structure links the motorway between Dubrovnick and Split, without going through Bosnia, a solution more political than economic.
After the bridge, the coast on your left is Bosnian; if you wish to moor here (Neum port); you have to inform the local police. After the bridge, you can see an electric cable at 20 meters of height with a white blinking light signal (three seconds) which you to keep on the right. Passed this point, you must sail paying attention to some small islands (obstacle) until you reach the nearby port of Hodilje.
To reach these places you may face some difficulties, so the navigation plan must definitely have to be extended. Nevertheless, during the return, besides visiting unspoiled nature places, it is advisable to stop in one of the many restaurants active in the area (at the next port of Mali Ston, you can find quite a numbers of them) to eat local specialty: the mussels.
Mali Ston is a citadel with fortification walls used in the past as an armory of the Republic of Ragusa, this for its protected location. In the port of Mali Ston it is advisable to moor in front of the tower, where the water depth is of three meters. At the end of the blind canal, there are natural salt works area in activity since the time of the Republic of Ragusa, when salt was one of the largest export products of the Republic.
The Sabbioncello Peninsula is one of the most cultivated areas of Dalmatia, especially vineyards and olive trees. The coasts are very jagged and there is the possibility to find small and lovely bays where to moor and bath. The most famous and well known is the Trstenica Bay but our advice is to sail along the coast and find more quiet and reserved places.