Off to Montenegro

First thing on Wednesday morning, the 18th, I took Mauro and Alex ashore in the dingy and waved them off to the airport before starting our own departure procedures.

First a visit to the Harbour Master to check and stamp our crew list, then some last minute shopping to use up our spare Kuna. After keeping 100 Kuna for the mooring on the Immigration quay I ended up with just 20 Kuna left!

Back on board with the shopping we weighed anchor and motored from Tiha Bay round to the Cavtat Town Quay to have our departure cleared with the Border Police. Their office was right behind a smart looking restaurant with views over the harbour. Perhaps coincidentally, this was about the only Police office I’ve ever seen without a coffee machine! The Policeman who dealt with the paperwork agreed it was a good place to have an office!

Twenty minutes after mooring to the jetty we were free to leave and set off south along the coast towards the Bay of Kotor and the Montenegran Immigration Office in Zelenica. The journey took us just about 4 and a half hours motoring along the coast of Croatia.

On arrival I visited the Harbour Master who checked our boat papers and the Police who checked our passports. Once cleared in we went into the very new Marina Lazure, so new that they are still running an introductory rate of €50 per night, water and electricity included.

I bought a 7 day visitors permit for Montenegro from the Harbour Master and our plan is to spend some of those days in Lazure. We’ll hide from the rain, do loads of laundry and take a bus tour into the interior of Montenegro.

The last few days we’ll motor around the Bay of Kotor, visit Kotor town and Tivat before leaving Montenegro for Corfu. We’ve decided to skip Albania in order to give ourselves an extra week or so to get our watermaker repaired!

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