Every year, around 10 000 yachts visit Estonian marinas. Two thirds of the vessels arrive from abroad, mostly from Finland, but also from Germany, Sweden and Latvia.
The navigational season begins in May and ends in September–October depending on the prevailing weather and ice conditions.
Yachting always requires knowledge and careful planning. Before crossing the Baltic Sea you should always check the weather forecasts as well as the boat's safety equipment. It is also recommended to carry a VHF radio on board, because the sea is known to have some dead zones when it comes to phone connections.
The traffic at the Gulf of Finland is heavy in every direction: there are passenger ships, cargo vessels and smaller craft in sight all the time.
The Estonian coastline is rocky and shallow, so you are advised not to deviate from the marked routes or harbour areas.
There are plenty of well-equipped marinas for visiting yachts in Tallinn. Berthing fees differ depending on the location of the port, the size of the vessel and the length of your stay. Usually the fee includes at least mooring, water, electricity and the use of toilets and showers.
Each marina’s own website provides you with the specifics of their fees, services and opening times, as well as reservation and arrival practices.
This marina is situated at the heart of Tallinn and has a total of 110 docking spaces. The high-level facilities are very versatile, and plenty more to see and do can be found in the city centre and Old Town, both within walking distance.
The marina lies next to Tallinn’s main passenger ports, which means you must be very cautious and follow all given advice and instructions when entering or leaving the area. In 2018, there will be construction works in the area, so be prepared for special arrangements.
This port, formerly known as Peetri Harbour, has docking space for 50 visiting yachts. The berthing fee includes the use of toilets and showers. In addition, the port has its own restaurant.
Port Noblessner is only a short walk away from the popular Kalamaja district, full of bohemian restaurants, hipster cafés, and design shops. The neighbouring Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam) tells its visitors everything there is to know about the surrounding seas, navigation, and naval warfare through the ages.
The Seaplane Harbour has its own marina, hosting a dozen visiting vessels at a time. An expansion will be carried out in the near future. This port is particularly popular among big sailboats, and it is also home to many museum vessels such as the hundred-year-old icebreaker Suur Tõll. The location within the museum’s premises is indeed something to make this marina special!
The berthing fee includes the use of toilets, showers, sauna, dryers, wifi, electricity and water. Food is served at the port’s own restaurant and inside the museum. The city centre and Old Town are within walking distance and can also be reached by public transport.
Pirita Harbour, east of Tallinn’s city centre, has docking space for 45 visiting crafts. In addition to basic services, there are many boating equipment and clothing stores nearby, as well as restaurants and grocery stores. Pirita Harbour was built for the Moscow Olympics in 1980, where it served as the scene of sailing competitions. Pirita is still popular among sailing racers, but it is also known for its long sandy beach and the spa hotel, which still reflects the Olympic atmosphere. Take a look at the many activities taking place in the Pirita district here.
Next to Pirita Harbour lies a small marina belonging to the local yacht club. The Kalev Yacht Club Harbour has 20 docking spaces for guest boats. It is always wise to make an inquiry in advance, because the little harbour easily fills up during sailing competitions.
Newly renovated docks and facilities are in pristine condition. The marina’s own restaurant is also worth a visit.
Tallinn's newest marina is situated at the city’s western border. There are about 20 docking spaces for visitors, along with excellent facilities and services, nearly all of which are included in the berthing fee. Ample sporting opportunities range from tennis to beach volleyball – or maybe you’d prefer a visit to the nearby Kakumäe Coastal Park and beach?
In the near future, Haven Kakumäe will also see the rise of a luxurious residential area and entertainment centre.