ACI Marina Piškera
ACI Marina Piškera is open from the beginning of April until the end of October. It is located on the shore of the islet Panitula Vela on the outer edge of the Kornati archipelago.
The island of Piškera is an uninhabited island in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea. It is a small and flat island with a surface of only 2.66 square kilometers, and a highest point of 127 metres above sea level. ACI’s marina is the only sign of civilization here, surrounded by the pristine nature of the island, with a mosaic of islands and islets, rocks and lighthouses scattered in the area.
Because the ACI Marina is at the half-way point of the sailing route through Kornati National Park Piškera, it is quite popular among boaters. But the stunning environment also contributes to the attraction. ACI Marina Piškera is located between the islands of Piškera and Panitula Vela, off the northern coast of Panitula Vela. On the island’s highest prominence you can see the ACI flag. The marina is well-protected from the northerly bura wind, but not so much from the southerly winds. It is open from April 1 through October 31. The “Klif” restaurant is part of the marina complex.
There is a yearly event that makes this island special among the nearby inhabitants. On the last Sunday in July, the people of Sali and other nearby villages come to this uninhabited island in their boats to attend mass at the Church of the Nativity of Mary. If you are there around this tame of the year, you must witness this Grand ceremony.
The beauty of this area echoes through time in literature as well. For example George Bernard Shaw wrote: “On the last day of Creation, God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath.” As the legend goes, the Kornati were made from a handful of white stones which God had left over after creating the world, so he scattered them here and decided that here was nothing nothing more that needed to be changed.
Croats, a people hailing from the interior of the Eurasian continent, probably learned fishing on these shores but the first written record of fishing in Croatia dates back to the end of the 10th century. It was a period when the new arrivals mixed with the population of Byzantine Dalmatia and were transferred to the control of Croatian rulers.
Mooring: There are 118 berths for yachts up to 30 meters. The marina is protected from the bora wind, but the maestral and the sirocco can cause swelling. At the piers the sea depth is 2.5–3.5 m; so boats with a draft of over 2.5 m can berth at the top of pontoons A, B, C or D. Boats exceeding 25 m in length can moor at the reception pier. There are scheduled times for water and electricity supply. Water is supplied 8–10 AM, and electricity 8–12 AM and 6–12 PM.
Sightseeing: The Kornati Archipelago is a wonder of nature; consisting of 147 islands, islets and reefs within the Kornati National Park. The breath taking landscape is home to fascinating cliffs, stone pasture grounds and a variety of vegetation. You can find remains of Roman, Illyrian and medieval constructions are found on the islands, some of them stil intact and standing. The islands are also full of old fish houses. Kornat ,the largest of the islands, is the only populated one. In Kornati, you can find an unbeleivable number of beautiful coves where you can anchor for the night or just for a quick swim. Some of the coves will surprise you with family restaurants serving best quality traditional food.
Approach: The island of Piškera or Jadra is part of Kornati National Park. The safest way to enter the National Park is from the north through the Proversa Mala and Proversa Vela straits, or from the south by sailing between Cape Opat and the island of Smokvica. When approaching from Proversa, the course to ACI Marina Piškera follows through a series of channels between numerous islands and islets. Through this course, you will be able to see the most interesting feature of the Kornati Islands: The famous sea cliffs lying along the western sides of several islands. The most beautiful cliffs are known to be those on Mana and Rašip islands. When you go a bit further to the south is the island of Piškera, right off the western coast of Piškera is the island of Panitula Vela, you will see the ACI Marina Piškera. In The entrance to the marina is marked by the island of Panitula Mala and Škanji Reefs. The approach from the north or west between Škanji Reefs and the southern cape of Panitula Vela Island is safe, with a sea depth of 7 m. On the other hand, approaching from the northwest between the islands of Panitula Vela and Piškera is not recommended because the sea is shallow with numerous dangerous reefs. As a landmark, you can use the southern cape of Panitula Vela Island (43°45.4’ N 15°21.2’ E). When approaching ACI Marina Piškera from Cape Opat the route is much easier. You can use the southern cape of the islet of Veseljuh (43° 45.8’ N 15°22.4’ E) as a landmark, with the channel between the islands of Lavsa and Piškera behind it. You can spot the marina immediately after passing through the channel.
Available Boats in and around Biograd na Moru
Facilities include a reception office, water and electricity hook ups (water can be limited), showers and toilets, a restaurant and a shop. Small repairs are possible.
- Reception with an exchange office (seasonal) and with a shopping point with rich selection of accessories from the ACI collection
- Grocery store
- Toilet and shower facilities
- Fuel station in the port of Zaglav on Dugi Island (12 nmi)