Brijuni Port is located on the NE coast of Veliki Brijun Island, the largest of the Brijuni Islands. The Brijuni Islands are a group of two small islands (Mali Brijun and Veliki Brijun) and 12 tiny islets located three miles NW from Pula and separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait. The islands of Mali Brijun and Veliki Brijun are divided by the Tisnac Channel which is 120 m wide and 3 m deep. The archipelago was once an exclusive beach resort during the period of the Austro-Hungarian empire and president Tito’s summer residence from 1945 until 1980. Nowadays, it is a national park and an exclusive holiday resort. The small and relatively shallow port of Brijuni is protected by two breakwaters, which provide a good shelter. However, the port is exposed to NE winds (bura), which can send in a large swell and make mooring difficult.
The port is equipped with approximately 50 berths, which are located on the north breakwater, where water depth ranges from 2.5 to 4 m. The maximum water depth at the port is 5.5 m. Sailing boats moor to the northern breakwater, whereas motor boats moor to the quay because the sea is shallower there. Bigger yachts can berth stern-to the breakwater, or they can anchor in the middle of the bay, whereas smaller yachts can moor along the coast from the breakwater. There is also a pier, where mostly tourist boats dock.
Water and electricity connections are available only at the north breakwater and along the quay by Hotel Karmen.
- Number of berths 50
- Depth 2.5 - 5.5 metres
In order to navigate the waters of the Brijuni National Park, you need a permission of the National Park Administration. Upon dockage at the port of Veliki Brijun, boaters have to check in at the reception desk, located in the Neptun Hotel. There is a concierge service staff which organises excursions around the island and gala lunches or dinners at unique locations.
When sailing to the Brijuni Islands, caution is required as there are many shoals to the west, such as Gaz (3.6 m) and Grunj (5.9 m). Many passages between islands and islets are not accessible by bigger boats and can be even dangerous to smaller boats. When sailing the northern part of the Fažana Strait, caution is required in strong NW winds, whereas strong SE and SW cause waves in the southern part of the Strait.
Anchoring is forbidden in the area SE from the island of Veliki Brijun, from Cape Peneda and Cape Kumpar to Cape Kosir.
Berthing rates and charges are deliberately astronomically high to deter all but the wealthiest or most committed of yachting visitors. A cheaper way to visit the islands is to go on a day excursion from Fažana or Pula. The trip includes a guided three-hour tour of the main island on a mini tourist train and costs approximately 200 kunas per person.
There are many interesting attractions on the Brijuni Islands, such as a safari park, ethno-park, archaeological sites (dinosaur footprints), remains of the Roman villa rustica, archaeological museum, golf course etc. There are several restaurants on the Brijuni Islands: Restaurants Galija, Neptun and Venera in Hotel Neptun, Karmen Restaurant in Hotel Karmen, which is a seasonal restaurant open only during the summer months, and outdoor restaurants – Plaža and Školjka.