Sailing north from the town of Bar you can swim and snorkel in the clear waters of Maljevik or Pećin coves where the Queen’s Beach is located.
Best anchorages near Budva can be found near St Nicholas’ island and in two coves called Jaz and Trsteno. If the weather is calm you can spend the night on anchor or sail to the marina in Budva which is right across from the old town.
Trašte Bay is a favourite among sailors who don’t want to spend the night at a marina but would rather enjoy themselves in a charming little fishing village called Bigova. There is an excellent fish restaurant called Grispolis and they provide buoys for the yachts. In Oblatno, there is a beach bar called Almara beach but if you are looking for peace and quiet drop an anchor near a stonepit which is visible on the shore or in nearby Dobra luka cove.
During your sail towards Herceg Novi, the first town at the entrance of the Boka Bay, you can make a stop and visit the Blue Cave located on the Luštica peninsula. It is possible to enter into the cave by a dinghy. Buoys for yachts are provided in coves Zanjic and Mirišta and there is a nice restaurant called Ribarsko selo (Fishing village) between these two coves. You can spend the night in one of these coves or at the marina in Herceg Novi.
Boka Bay consists of four connected bays surrounded by high cliffs. It is not a fjord as it is often called, but a former river system.
South of Tivat three islands divide the bay into two different parts. Best anchorage is near the island called Stradioti (a.k.a. St Marco). In nearby villages on the Luštica peninsula you can buy mussels directly from the locals who grow them there. There are also several restaurants which provide moorings for their guests. If you plan to spend the night at marina Portomontenegro in Tivat, do not forget that announcing your arrival is obligatory (VHF 71).
Tivat Bay is connected with Kotor and Risan bay through a narrow Verige strait, which is only 250 metres wide. When you pass the strait you will see a small, baroque town called Perast with two little islands in front of it – Our Lady of the Rock and St George.
At the very end of Boka Bay you will find Kotor which is listed in the UNESCO List of world cultural and natural heritage. The marina in Kotor is located across the old part of the town fulfilled with churches, museums and beautiful buildings from different periods of time. If you climb to the St John’s fortress on the hill above the town you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of the whole bay.
Bar – Maljevik – Queen’s beach – St Stefan – Budva – 16 nm
Budva – Jaz – Bigova – 8 nm
Bigova – Mirišta or Zanjice or Dobreč – Herceg Novi – 12 nm
Herceg Novi – Stradioti Island – Tivat – 8 nm
Tivat – Perast – Kotor – 9 nm
Kotor – Žanjic – Oblatna (Trašte Bay) – 18 nm
Oblatna – St Nicholas’ Island – Čanj – Bar – 25 nm
Bays suitable for anchorage:
Maljevik 42 08 23.08 N 19 01 20.04 E
Queen’s beach (Pećin) 42 09 48.00 N 18 59 17.62 E
Katič 42 11 48.50 N 18 56 16.83 E
St Nicholas’ island 42 16 11.85 N 18 51 06.33 E
Trsteno 42 16 47.53 N 18 47 15.73 E
Oblatna 42 22 51.95 N 18 39 21.78 E
Dobra luka 42 22 02.58 N 18 38 18.32 E
Mirišta 42 23 41.21 N 18 34 38.49 E
Rose 42 25 35.74 N 18 33 18.50 E
During day or night
Jaz 42 16 43.41 N 18 48 24.21 E
Bigova 42 21 20.09 N 18 42 11.92 E – (buoys available)
Žanjic 42 23 57.32 N 18 34 42.04 E (buoys available)
Stradioti 42 24 33.77 N 18 41 30.80 E (good for anchor)
Dobreč 42 24 43.52N 18 33 29.16 E
- Island Katič across the town of Petrovac should be bypassed around 200 m from its south side.
- When entering the marina in Budva, do not sail between island St Nicholas and Bečići, sail between the lighthouses at course 013.
- When entering Trašte bay, you should bypass the lighthouse around 150 m.
- NW from island Stradioti there is a shallow called Tunja.
- In Strait Verige, you should be careful of the ferries Kamenari – Lepetani.