Holidays should either be peaceful or extremely adventurous – it all depends on the traveler’s preferences. Drvenik Veli is a peaceful island with untouched nature, sparkling-clean beaches, and crystal clear water. It is a swimmer’s delight and a heavenly abode for couples who need some alone time. Families could also bring their children and be given snorkeling and swimming lessons in the shallow waters here.
The rugged coast consists of pebbles and sandy beaches that offer an unforgettable experience. From fun water activities to a peaceful sunbathing experience – you will get to experience both on one island.
Drvenik Veliki is a car-free island and as you approach it, you will spot mesmerizing natural diversities, a ferry harbor, and a restaurant. Once you get closer to the island, you are able to view the small and the large Krknjasi.
Once you reach the blue lagoon, you will find many yachts and daytrippers. There is also lush greenery and crystal clear water all around. It feels like heaven when you reach the spot and jump into the water for a quick swim.
Where to anchor
Most boats sail into the marinas, and some of them anchor it. There is a passage between Mali Krknjas and Drvenik which is really shallow. The one between Veliki and Mali Krknjas is about 2.5 m in depth, so one has to sail from the S part.
The shallow part in the bottom is all sand so the depth is 6m to 7m. The anchor holds very well and the cove is well-protected from bura and western winds (more so if you have anchored in the north western part). It is not recommended to stay on anchor when the Southern Western wind is on full blow.
Krknjasi, also known as the ‘blue lagoon’ is a good place to anchor. So, the anchorage is extremely popular simply because it has crystal clear water. Travellers from Trogir and Split come with small boats, so you will usually find daytrippers here.
You can find a market, a restaurant, and a ferry harbour on the island. The locals indulge in fishing, olive growing, farming, and viticulture for a living. This Croatian island has less than 200 inhabitants.
Take a ferry or book a fancy yacht to reach this beautiful island.
The primary settlement on the island is a village named, ‘Drvenik.’ It has a very small ferry port. You can take a ferry/yacht from Trogir/Seget Donji to reach the port. If you are coming from Trogir, you will be passing the waterfront.
Drvenik has a grocery store, pizzerias, restaurants, and some taverns.
History of the Island
In the 15th century, the island was inhabited by nomads and shepherds. They were from Drvenik and Trogir hinterland. The nomads and shepherds came to the island to hide from the Turks. The island was named by the Village Drvenik close to Makarska. In 1848, it was renamed as Drvenik Veli. Most of the inhabitants of the island are now into livestock farming, agriculture, and fishing. You can also indulge in fishing, but consider catching and releasing the fish to pay respect to the fishermen of the island.
Places to visit
As you anchor in the blue lagoon, you will witness several small boats. Once they leave, the place will be very peaceful. The blue lagoon is perfect for clicking pictures, taking a swim, sunbathing, and catching a drink on your boat. Wait till the sun goes down and you will get the most stellar view.
It is the most wondrous and popular beach where you can splash and play. The Krknjasi beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.
The bay is protected by two islets – small and large Krknjasi. Consider this view as the most beautiful you have ever seen. The water is sparkling clean and crystal clear. It is shallow so kids can have a good time flapping their hands and legs.
The small coves and the sandy shoals are perfect for those who want some alone time along the coastline.
Places to eat
Try the local fishes that you find in the Adriatic Sea. Amberjack fish prepared in a BBQ tastes heavenly. You can also try their octopus and lobster dishes. The man who catches the fish is proficient in grilling it too. You can expect freshly prepared fish dishes here. When in Konoba Krknjasi, you will be treated like a true guest. The hosts are warm and the staff is also friendly.
Places to stay
There are quite a few staying options in Drvenik Veli. You can choose to be in a homestay setting or a hotel.
The accommodation offers all modern facilities like a flat-screen television and wifi. The travelers will also get a balcony and patio to soak in the beauty of the island. Krknjasi Beach is located 70 meters from the accommodation so you can head to the sea and take a dip whenever you like.
Villa LA is located 2.5 kilometers away from the beach. There is a garden, an outdoor swimming pool, and a terrace to breathe peacefully. The accommodation is air-conditioned so you will have a comfortable stay during hotter months.
The units also have a kitchen and dining area. Utilize the stovetop, fridge, and microwave to cook whatever you desire. These are flat-style accommodation, so it will serve as a home away from home.
Apartmani Lina has the most wonderful hosts and it is located right on the beach. Free parking, BBQ facility, and Wifi make this accommodation a convenient option. The hosts can set up a BBQ and you can make delicious fish and meats on it. Each of the units will have a fridge, kitchen, balcony, stovetop, fireplace, and a lovely seating area. Once again, you can feel like you are at home and cook something on your own.
The hosts are warm and gracious, and they also speak your language.