We want to hear about as many superyacht marinas as we can directly from you, the crew, in a bid to find out which is your favourite marina. Another first review is in, and it's from Captain Mike Hitch, skipper of Luerssen's 123m Golden Odyssey.
1. Why Porto Montenegro (PM)?
When I first came to see Porto Montenegro in 2013, I commented that this was the last undeveloped country in the Mediterranean. The views from the marina are outstanding with their natural beauty and we are surrounded by green mountains as far as the eye can see. The natural fjord like Boka Bay is protected from swells but the Bora winds can be a bit blowy in the winter, but they are few and far between.
2. Marina competition
Looking for a 100m-plus berth in the Mediterranean is not easy and there are not too many options. We did look at all the competitors but the proximity of Montenegro to Italy, Croatia and Greece sold it to me.
3. Previous visits
I had been here on the previous yacht and instantly fell in love with the place.
4. First impressions
The first impression was that Porto Montenegro was a brand new, first class marina facility. Huge amounts of money had been put into Porto Montenegro and the facilities were, and still are, first class.
5. Most impressive aspects
The service from the marina staff and the friendliness of the Montenegrin’s stands out. Of course we have super-fast broadband (up to 50mb download speeds) and hook-ups for sewage, electricity and water. As Montenegro is outside the EU, duty-free fuel is available which makes a huge difference to running costs. Another great benefit is the reasonable prices. Not only for provisioning for the yacht, but when the crew go ashore.
While there are numerous flight connections in the summer, the flights in the winter can be a bit challenging, though Dubrovnik is not far away. Montenegro is still developing but the willingness of the people, backed by the government, is excellent and they are always trying to help us in any way they can.
7. Future visits
As Porto Montenegro is now the ‘home port’ for the Golden Fleet, I am sure we will be making many more visits in the future.
8. Crew facilities
Where do you start? There is a five-star hotel in the marina, ideal for visiting owners and guests. They have several restaurants in the marina including local food, Italian, Japanese and now, this summer, Lebanese. There is a great crew bar and nightclub. There is a sports club with a fully equipped gym, tennis courts and classes for the more sporty people. There is also a bowling alley which can be rented for crew events. The most impressive aspect is the Porto Montenegro Crew Club which is free to join. They have a ski chalet in the mountains for winter sports and they are always organising crew evenings and events to get the various yacht crews together.
9. Local recommendations
The UNESCO World Heritage old town of Kotor is a must visit. There is also the bright lights of Budva in the summer. The Tara Canyon in the north of the country has the second deepest canyon in the world behind the Grand Canyon and is great for white water rafting. For the more adventurous there is a huge national park with hiking trails. Boka Bay is perfect for sailing or other water sports. Dubrovnik is just over an hour away, if you like Game of Thrones!
10. The marina team
The marina team headed by Tony and Roddy are always there to help or solve a problem. The team is always there 24 hours a day, should you need something.
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