Silba Island lies 10 miles SE of Lošinj island, 2 miles W of the island of Olib and 4 miles NE of the island of Premuda. Six miles SE of Silba lies the small island of Škarda and, beyond it, Ist and Molat. The island’s only settlement, Silba is situated in the narrowest part of the island between two ports: Žalić port (Luka Žalić) on the west coast, and Mul port (Luka Mul or Luka Silba) on the east coast of the island. Silba is a popular port among boaters, especially during July and August, so it pays to arrive early to secure a berth. Protected by a 130-metre-long breakwater, Žalić port offers a good shelter in E and NE (bura) winds, but poor in W and NW (maestral) winds. The east port is protected from all winds, except strong N (tramontana) and NE winds, which cause waves and make the berths untenable. Swells caused by E and S winds are also possible.
Visiting yachts have the option of mooring in the busy harbour on the E side of the island in Silba port or on the W side in Žalić port. Žalić port is mainly occupied by local boats. There are few berthing spaces for visiting yachts, mainly by the pier, where ferries dock. Water depth by the pier ranges from 3 to 8 m.
The east port (Mul port or Silba port) has around 30 berths with laid moorings distributed between the breakwater and the E side of the jetty, situated opposite of the breakwater. Water depth by the breakwater ranges from 1.7 m (immediately by the breakwater) to 3.5 m (a little further from the breakwater). Water depth by the jetty is approximately 2-3 m. All berths in the east port of Silba, both by the breakwater and by the jetty, are equipped with water and electricity. Even though water supply is included in the berth price, try and use it sparingly as there is often not enough water on the island.
- Water Yes
- Electricity Yes
Facilities in Silba include an ambulance, post office, pharmacy, police station, bakery, rent-a-boat, several shops and restaurants. The nearest fuel station and all-year port of entry is in Mali Lošinj, 18 nm from Silba. The nearest general hospital is in Zadar, approximately 30 nm from Silba. The nearest airport is Zadar Airport in Zemunik.
The island of Silba is connected to the neighbouring islands (Olib, Premuda and Mali Lošinj) and the mainland city of Zadar by ferry and catamaran. The island is largely traffic-free.