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Four Day Vis Island Discovery

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Expiriencing open sea Vis island – its nature and people
  • Circumnavigating its amazing coastline in sea kayak
  • Getting to know the island’s particular history
  • Tasting local gastronomy and vines

Vis Island is the furthest open-sea 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 taking ferry back and forth and has only a very small number of hotel beds.  So instead of being overrun with day trippers, it’s mainly visited either by yachtsmen or people who come here every year – mainland Croatians who have family houses here or visitors who have taken the time to be inspired by the story of Vis and spend several days or weeks here.

 

 

Inhabited since the Neolithic times, the known history of Vis began in the 4thC BC with the Greeks from Siracusa, 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, this open sea 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 “reopened” since 1990, yet with so few tourists in comparison to other attractive islands and a year-round population of just 3,500, it remains a special place cherished by everyone willing 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:

ITINERARY:

DAY 1

10.15 AM– Meeting with your guide in Split at the ferry harbor. 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 and get ready for our first paddle out of the deep bay of Vis town to a small protected bay of Stončica. There’s a wonderful, small restaurant here, where if you want, you can enjoy your first Vis island fish!

From Stončica we continue past the important lighthouse in these waters and it’s already here that you feel there is something special about this island. Following the east coast and couple of coves later we arrive to Budikovac lagoon, one of most beautiful spots on our route preferred by sailors and day-trippers. Enjoy a swim and snorkeling in the turquoise waters of this protected lagoon. Before the sun sets, we will paddle to Rukavac bay where we will have dinner in a local restaurant and spend the night in local homes. Accommodation is double rooms.

DAY 2

Big day!
From Rukavac we will continue exploring the intriguing south coast of Vis, first visiting the beautiful Green Cave on Ravnik island. Eons of ocean waves created this unique cave with two entrances. The ethereal light that bathes the interior walls is the result of sunlight streaming through an opening in the cave’s ceiling reflecting 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’ southern coastline and carved limestone cliffs 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 meters apart. But between them is a treasure – a pebble beach accessible only after sailing through the ‘gateway’ that seems like entering a Roman amphitheatre in stone!

After the break we will head on finding coves, admiring grottos, strange-looking shapes of rocks and of course we’ll find a beach for another break before our strokes take us around Stupišče horn into the big bay of Komiža to finally land there in this unique fishermen’s town. Local people are considered among the most experienced men of sea supporting themselves and their families over the course of centuries and developing and innovating fishing industry as far as in Spain or the US.

You are welcome to visit a small Fishermen’s Museum dedicated to Komiža’s fishermen, their tools and boats. After dinner in a local restaurant, we’ll spend night in a local home. Accommodation – double rooms!

DAY 3

Today is our final day of paddling which will bring us back to Vis town. We’ll leave Komiža after breakfast and a cup of coffee on a local square or promenade in the morning and once we’ve left the bay, start riding along the north side of the island which although isn’t as attractive as the south one is still beautiful. Nobody knows for sure how many ships loaded with amphorae carrying precious content of wine and olive oil hit the bottom due to heavy storms in the area. We’ll ride underneath high cliffs that would have offered outstanding viewpoint to the famous battle of Vis in 1866. when Austrian and Italian fleets confronted in the vicinity, come across a few pebble beaches suitable for making stops. The biggest settlement on this side is or better to say, was Oključna – scattered and now abandoned village whose inhabitants, like many other on the island used to live of fishing.

Later on, just before Vis town we’ll stop to check another protected bay that hosted submarine pen during the period of Yugoslavia. Despite the size of the pen since the water inside is absolutely still, you will be amazed to see how far you can move your kayak with just few strokes. Eventually passing by the little rock named Host that bears remembrance to another famous Battle of Lissa, – Vis, that took place between British and French fleets in these waters, we’ll enter the bay of Vis. It’s time we relax, enjoy the town, find a place to have dinner in and stay for the night in a double room at a local home.

DAY 4

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 relax. Whichever you feel like doing we’ll provide you with our suggestions. We will take the 3:30 PM (15:30) ferry back to Split arriving at 5:30PM (17:30).

Price: starting from 620 EUR 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:

This is our suggested list:
Good water shoes or sandals like Tevas, Sneakers and socks, Quick drying/breathable rain gear – jacket and pants, Breathable (nylon) or quick drying clothing; 3 tops, one long sleeved2 pairs of underwear – nylon, 1 pair of pants, 1 pair of shorts, 1 bandana, 1 hat, 1 pair of nylon socks, Dry bags, 2 garbage bags, 4 – 6 gallon size zip, lock bags, Toiletries, Wide-brimmed hat with a chinstrap, Sunglasses with a cord , Good waterproof sun cream and lip balm, Insect repellent (there may be mosquitoes), Head lamp and batteries, A small personal dry bag comes handy for keeping a camera and valuables while paddling, Lightweight cycling gloves can ease blistering  (if you have not paddled), Camping (plastic or metal) cup, plate and cutlery

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 Komiža, except maybe one or two little local ones with short opening hours. 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 with rudder and paddle; life jacket, dry bags, 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 16. (Please consult us for further details)

 

Booking: For additional information or booking, contact us on info@croactive-holidays.com