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Vis Island is the furthest island away from the Dalmatian coast, just 60 miles from Italy! Even during the summer Vis is still an idyllic off-the-beaten-path island, unlike Hvar, Brač or Korčula. The main reason for this is that Vis cannot be experienced in a single day using the ferry and has only a very small number of hotel beds. So instead of being overrun with day trippers, it’s mainly visited by people who come here every year; by mainland Croatians who have family houses here or by visitors who have taken the time to be inspired by the story of Vis and spend several days or weeks here.
Inhabitated since Neolithic times, the golden age of Vis began in the 4thC BC with the Greeks,who created an island stronghold so powerful that it ruled the Dalmatian coast for almost 300 years. The Greeks called this island fortress Issa, which over many centuries evolved into Vis. After the Roman conquest, the island was ruled by a succession of empires, the most notable of which was Venice, whose influence here can still be seen in some marvelous public and private buildings. But today Vis is mostly remembered as where Marshall Tito and his partisans built a garrison to harass the Germans and Italians in WW2. After the war, the island was a “closed” military base. Although the island’s flourishing fishing, wine-making and agricultural tradition was almost lost, nature here was allowed to run wild, preserving some of the best beaches and flora and fauna in the Mediterranean. Vis has only been “opened” since 1989, With so few tourists and a year-round population of just 3,500, it remains a special island cherished by everyone lucky enough to get here and discover its many treasures.
Our Vis Island Discovery averages about 10 NM of paddling per day, so you need to be reasonably fit and have previous kayaking experience. But discovering Vis is not just about navigating around its beautiful shores and beaches; it’s about the people we will meet, the food, the wine, the ever-present beauty of Vis that will captivate you to make this journey an indelible memory.
The exact itinerary and distances will depend upon weather conditions and the ability of the group. But here is our plan of this bespoke tour:
10:15 AM. Meeting with your guide in Split at the ferry harbour. The daily ferry to Vis departs at 11 AM from Split and arrives in Vis around 1PM (13:00). We than take our sea kayaks and equipment out of the ferry we’ll get ready for our first paddle to a small protected bay at Stoncica. There’s a wonderful small restaurant here, where – if you like, you can enjoy your first Vis island fish!
From Stoncica we continue to Budikovac lagoon, one of most beautiful spots on our route – and a preferred spot for sailors and cruisers on nautical charts. Enjoy a swim in the turquoise waters of this protected lagoon. Before the sun sets, we will paddle to Bay of Rukavac, where we will spend the night in local homes. Accommodation will be double rooms. We will also arrange dinner in a local restaurant.
Big day! From Rukavac we will continue exploring the intriguing south coast of Vis, first visiting the beautifull Green Cave on Ravnik island. Eons of ocean waves created this unique cave with two entrances. The ethereal light that bathe the interior walls is the result of sunlight streaming through an opening in the cave’s ceiling that relfects colors from the pool of sea water inside. Pummeled by strong south winds and waves during the winter and being so far our at sea, Vis’ coastline and carved limestone karsts are amazing.
One of the most stunning island bays is Stiniva, where we will paddle to next. From our sea perspective, Stiniva appears almost enclosed by two, high rocky cliffs. In fact, at their closest point, the cliffs are just four metres apart. But between them is a treasure – a pebble beach accessible only after sailing through the ‘gateway’ that looks like a Roman amphitheatre in stone!
Tonight we will stay in Komiza, the island’s legendary fishing capital! Komiža lies on the sunny side of the island so it’s well-sheltered from cold north winds. Situated on the largest bay on the island, the village itself is a charming warren of narrow alleys and stone houses. It’s one of the most famous, active fishing villages on the whole Adriatic. You can even get lobster here! After dinner in a local restaurant, we’ll overnight in a local home. Accomodation – double rooms!
Today is our final day of paddling which will bring us back to Vis town. We’ll leave Komiža in the morning and ride along the north side of the island making few stops and finally arrive in the town of Vis where we have dinner and stay for the night in a double room at a local home.
We created this program to give you the day to enjoy Vis town and other parts of the island to explore on your own without kayaking. You can rent a scooter, hire a car, laze about in Vis Town, go for an extended walk and swim or just plain relax. We will take the 3:30 PM (15:30) ferry back to Split arriving at 5:30PM (17:30).
Price: price starting from 620 € per person
Price includes: 4 day program, sea kayaks, english speaking guide, ferry tickets, 3 dinners, 3 nights accommodation in double room, Tourist tax, VAT.
Min: 4 people
Max: 10 people. For larger groups, please contact us for a special group price.
What to bring: Since this is an active tour, it is necessary to have the appropriate equipment. This Is our suggested list: good water shoes or sandals, sleeping bag is obligatory – please let us know if you do not have your own!, rain suit–top and pants, Nylon or quick drying clothing; 3 tops, one long sleeved, 2 pairs underwear- nylon, 1 pair pants, 1 pair shorts, 1 bandana, 1 hat, 1 pair nylon socks, 2 garbage bags, 4 – 6 gallon size zip lock bags, toiletries, dry bags, wet ones- or wet naps, camp soap, sunscreen, sunglasses
In order to save time, it is advisable that you do initial shopping for snacks, and have breakfast in Split prior to the start of the tour. There is additional chance to do shopping in Vis town before we start. There are no shops on our route from Vis to Komiza. Only small beach restaurants with great fresh food are available in some bays.
Duration: 4 days/3 nights; Daily activity: approx. 5 h
What’s included: The program as described, transfers, ferry tickets, meals and accommodation as described; sea kayak and paddle; life jacket, dry bag, spray skirt, snorkeling equipment, guide and introduction in paddling techniques and safety.
What’s extra: additional meals, gratuities to guide.
Tour type: Sea tour, youth and family, nature & wildlife, cultural
Transportation: Single or double professional sit-in sea kayaks
Activity level: Medium physical exercise
Disabilities friendly: NO.
Kid friendly: Min. age 16y – but please consult us for further details