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Sailing to Montenegro? Where to go, what to do – Part Three, Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro, Port of Kotor and Marina Kotor

06 August 2016
Porto Montenegro Marina Tivat Aerial view

Bay of Kotor

Bay of Kotor is located in the western part of Montenegrin Coast, near the border with Croatia. Bay is divided into several smaller bays connected with narrow straits. Narrowest is Verige strait, wide only 340 meters at its narrowest point. For navigators it is important to know that in the Bay of Kotor speed for all vessels is limited to 10 knots, and in Verige and Kumbor Strait maximum 6 knots. It is a place with rich historical background that has several well preserved medieval towns and numerous old Churches and buildings from Medieval times. Oldest of all is the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, which is built in 1166. Old Town of Kotor, its fortifications and surrounding were declared World Heritage site in 1979. 107 kilometers of coastline, lots of nice beaches, magnificent landscapes and historical sites make the Bay of Kotor most attractive tourist destination in Montenegro. As a part of our full yacht agency services, our Yacht Agency in Montenegro offers organizing excursions for you and your guest, which can help you to get to know better rich history of Bay of Kotor and the rest of Montenegro, and to discover its natural wonders.

In the last years, with the opening and expansion of Luxury Mega Yacht Marina Porto Montenegro and announcement of the opening of two more Mega Yacht marinas and luxury resorts, Portonovi and Luštica Bay in the near future, Bay of Kotor starts to position itself like a premium nautical tourism destination as well. The great advantage for development of nautical tourism is fact that the Bay of Kotor is naturally protected from strong wind and sea by high mountains of Lovcen and Orjen that are surrounding it. Significant boost for development is also given by set of laws that the Government of Montenegro passed in last years slacking the taxes and enabling tax free fuel bunkering for all yachts irrespective of their size and purpose which we described in our previous post.

Marina Porto Montenegro


Marina Porto Montenegro is a World Class Mega Yacht Marina situated in Tivat Bay, in South-East part of the Bay of Kotor. Porto Montenegro has 450 berths for yachts up to 250 meters long and up to 15 meters of draft, so it can accept even the largest Mega Yachts built until now. Water and electricity supply is available as well as the waste, grey and black water disposal and WiFi and fiber optics Internet. There are also repair and maintenance facilities within marina and 24 hours security and CCTV service. Aimed to offer full Homeport solutions for Mega Yachts, Marina facilities are designed to satisfy even most fastidious guests. On the waterfront of Marina there are Five Star Regent Hotel, luxury accomodation for renting, shopping village with established international brands, restaurants and clubs.

Porto Montenegro Marina Tivat promenade

The fuel dock is situated at the end of jetty three and can accept even largest Mega Yachts. Fuel is delivered with a flow rate of up to 1000 liters per minute and dock facilities can stock up to 800 000 liters of Tax free diesel. Dock operates all year round with no additional fees, no minimum limit or registration restrictions. All you need for bunkering Tax and Duty free diesel is a valid Montenegrin Vignette and Yachts stamp. If you need Yacht Agent in Porto Montenegro our agency can assist you in everything that you might need, from berth reservation, arrival clearance and departure clearance paperwork to arranging provisions, supplies, spare parts delivery or yacht cleaning, maintenance or repair service. We can also organize excursions for your passengers or crew, or provide them transport or accomodation if needed.

Please note that from this year 2017, Tivat Municipality started to collect Residental Tax for Yachts according to the Montenegrin Goverment Decree on Residental Tax for Yachts. According to that decree all yachts with the lenght from 7 meters and more, must pay Residental Tax for the period of validity of Vignette. Tax goes from 5 euro for yachts for yachts of 7 to 10 meters in lenght which will stay in Montenegro up to 7 days, to the maximum amount of 120 euro for yachts of lenght of 20 meters or more for the period of up to 1 year. All yachts should pay this tax when obtaining Vignette or at least before departure from Montenegro.

Port of Kotor and Marina Kotor

Old Town of Kotor and Port of Kotor and Marina Kotor

Port of Kotor and Marina Kotor are located just outside of walls of the Old Town of Kotor. Northern part of pier, 188 meters long, is used by Cargo ships and Cruisers and 150 meters long southern part of the pier is used for mooring of yachts. It has a capacity of 30 yachts up to 25 meters long and with up to 3 meters of draft. Water and electricity supply is available. Many restaurants, Hotels, bars, Post office in the Old Town of Kotor are just a few minutes of walk away from the marina. If you need Yacht Agent in Kotor, our agency offers full agency services from berth booking to arranging supplies and provisions or any other service requested by your crew or passengers.

There is a fuel dock in Port of Kotor, but the tax free fuel bunkering for yachts is not available in Port of Kotor, but only the bunkering of fuel with standard retail price. If you intended refuel your yacht in Montenegro, it is much more economically justified that you replenish your fuel tanks in Porto Montenegro, Port of Bar or Marina Bar just before your yacht’s departure from Montenegrin Territorial waters. Contact us at least 48 hours before and we will arrange everything for you.

Where to go, what to do

Your tour of Bay of Kotor should, of course, start by seeing Old Town of Kotor, one of the most well preserved medieval town in Mediterranean and its magnificent fortifications which are spreading all the way up to the top of San Giovanni Mountain some 280 meters up of the town entrance. The circumference of town walls is about 4.5 kilometers.

Old Town of Kotor Fortifications

After that, we recommend visiting Perast and its two gorgeous small islands, Saint George and Our lady of Rocks. Saint George is a natural Island with the 12th century Benedictine Monastery which is hiden from sight with stone walls and high cypress trees. Unlike Saint George, Our Lady of Rocks is artifically made island. By the legend, in the middle of 15th century, two fishermen found there the icon of the Virgin Mary on the rock and they decided to build a church there. From that time, on 22 july each year, people from Perast are coming there with boats and throwing stones in the water constantly expanding the island. The Church of Our Lady of the Rocks is built in 17th century.

Saint George and Our Lady of Rocks near Perast Montenegro

At the very entrance of the Bay of Kotor, between Prevlaka and Luštica peninsulas, there is small island Mamula with only 200 meters in diameter. Most of the island is covered by 19th century Austro-Hungarian fortress made to protect entrance in the Bay of Kotor.

Mamula Island

One more site worth of seeing is definitely Blue Cave, located on Luštica peninsula between Zlatna Luka Bay and Cape Mokra Gora, on about five nautical miles from Herceg Novi. There are two entrances in the cave, one smaller from the south and the bigger one from the South-West. Southwestern entrance is 3 meters high and 15 meters wide, so smaller boats can enter inside the cave. Its name comes from the crystal clear blue colour that generated by the reflection of the sunlight from the surface of water inside the cave.

Blue Cave Herceg Novi Montenegro

If you require services of professional and reliable Yacht Agent in Kotor or Yacht Agent in Porto Montenegro, contact us, and we will be ready to assist you on 24/7 basis with all the matters concerning your yacht, guests and your crew in order to make your trip to Montenegro as pleasant as it could be.


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