The marina developed almost 40 years ago from a rich shipbuilding tradition.
In most cases marinas are referred to in figures and statistics. As not every berth can be called a marina, not every marina can proudly be named the center of nautical tourism in Croatia. Marina Punat is specific for one reason – it’s quality is confirmed by experienced seamen, and that is why it carries such a prestigious title.
The first sailor, with whom the birth of the marina is related, was William R. Nesher. Back in 1962 the Punat shipyard was recommended to him on a fair in Zagreb as an excellent place to build wooden boats. The experienced sailor took the advice and three boats were built, symbolically named A,B, and C. Those boats were the first foreign boats left for safekeeping in Croatia. Mr. Nesher, the American with residence in Germany became the first, and to the end of his life in 2004, ongoing guest of Marina Punat. Neither he, nor the workers who gathered on the day of the birth on March 13th 1964 could have imagined their work to become a genuine nautical pearl in Croatia.
By 1978 the marina conducted business within the shipyard, and during 1994 the transformation of the company was completed. Marina Punat and Punat Shipyard now operate inseparably linked as the most important two companies within the Marina Punat Group.
Meanwhile, the number of berths has grown from 3 ships in 1965 to 850 ships today. To illustrate, during the last two seasons there were on average 1250 ships placed in the marina (500 on dry docks), with an addition of 3000 transit ships arriving in the summer months. Marina Punat was honored with the „Blue Flag” in 1978 which is awarded annually by the prestigious Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe – FEE- The Blue Flag has been awarded to Marina Punat every year since. From the year 2000 Marina Punat and it’s related companies have been certified in accordance with the ISO 9001 standard, and from 2010 the environmental management system in accordance with the ISO 14001:2001 standard has been implemented.
The marina is open year round. It is located north of Punat, beside the shipyard Punat, on the eastern shore of Puntarska Draga Cove on the island Krk. It is the oldest Croatian marina and has a European blue banner in recognition of environmental protection.
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The island Krk is the largest Adriatic island. It is connected to the mainland by a bridge, which is sometimes temporarily closed when winds are very strong.
The northern shore of the island is windy and full of stones, while the southern shore is green and has numerous coves. The island has been populated since the Neolithic. In the middle ages it was under Frankopan rule. Punat is a small holiday resort in the southern part of the island. Opposite the marina, in the bay, there is a Franciscan monastery on the island Kosljun that dates to the 12th century. Other places to visit on Krk include Omisalj, Malinska, Vrbnik and Baska.