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The best things to do on Vis island

An island of striking landscapes and interesting history - Vis - is the most distant island from the mainland of Croatia. The island was a military base during socialist Yugoslavia. For decades, it was closed to almost all visitors, especially foreigners, as strategically important point. Thankfully, in 1992, the Yugoslav army left Vis and the island transitioned to become a perfect holiday destination and amongst most popular destinations in Croatia.

Vis is a small island located on the open sea, with rocky shore, which is 77 kilometers long, with population of about 3,600 people. A beautiful archipelago of Vis consists of many smaller islands and islets.

Plan your perfect vacation and find out where to go and what to do, and discover island Vis with our list of things to do and see in Vis in a day, two days or even better in three days.

How to get to the island Vis?

The best and most unique way to get to Vis is of course with your own or charter boat, however if you are not sailing into Vis with your personal arrangement, you can reach Vis by ferry or catamaran from Split. It's even possible to get to Vis directly from Italy with ferry line from Ancona. To check ferry schedules click here

Since Vis is located in the open sea, some of the strongest winds in Croatia blow here, especially southern winds. Note that these strong winds usually blow off the main tourist season, so you should not worry, but if you are visiting the island of Vis off main season, make sure to check the weather forecast.

There are two main towns on the island, the town of Vis and the town of Komiza and many smaller settlements along the coast and in the interior. Both towns are located in well protected bays.

Should I sail to Komiza or Vis

Depending on, where are you starting from, you can decide whether your better option is to go to Vis or go to Komiza. If you can, we highly recommend to spend a day in each town to get the full Vis experience. If you are coming from Hvar we recommend to do Vis - Komiza order on your sailing trip or if coming from Split, then Komiza - Vis. If you have to choose and spend night only in one place - our choice would be fisherman's port Komiza. We just adore this place so much!

Sailing into Vis 

Sail into the town of Vis, named after the island itself. This charming little town is located in the north-eastern part of the island in a beautiful protected bay. There are two great options for your overnight stay, either on a buoy in Kut bay or on the promenade in the center of the town. If staying in Kut, keep in mind it is a separate little area or village to Vis Town, but is only a short walk around the bay from the island’s main settlement.

One day itinerary

AM

  • Sailing, swimming and relaxing. 

PM

  • Getting a rental scooter is a great idea to explore the island on your own. Vis has only 40 km of road so renting a scooter for 3 hours or half a day is the way to go! You can make a circular trip from Komiza to Vis and vice versa, going via new road, then on your way back via the old route. Our suggested route is Vis - Komiza via new road is only 10 km ride. Stop for a short sightseeing of Komiza if you are only staying for a day on island Vis. Head to the highest peak on the island called Hum with 587 meters over sea level. Enjoy some stunning views over there. The island is home to a number of military buildings, bunkers and more. Visit Titos's Cave as it can be easily visited on your own. If you consider yourself fit and you like to hike you should definitely visit hidden beach Stiniva (voted the top beach in Europe in 2016). It's inaccessibility is part of its allure. The beach itself can only be reached by hiking down a steep and narrow path or by taking a taxi boat or sailing with your boat. Bare in mind, it is the best to avoid going to Stiniva in the morning and early afternoon. Unfortunately, due to its popularity the beach, these days Stiniva is way overcrowded (believe us) besides in the late afternoon. We had a pleasure to have this beach and most of the times have it just for us. This is the best finish of your scootering adventure before you head back to Vis. 
  • Around 8 PM o'clock (check for the exact sunset time) you should enjoy cocktails at a pretty unique location - a wonderful Fort George or Fortica as called by locals. If you are a party person, you can always check their event calendar. This place is also the most stunning wedding venue for all romantic souls looking for a perfect wedding spot!
  • If you don't fancy cocktails and feeling like just chilling on your boat you can enjoy the sunset from your boat!
  • Your today's final adventure, this time, culinary adventure, should be visiting a family farm and restaurant, beautiful estate Roki's and tasting one of the most authentic Croatian dishes. Roki's is very famous for its under the bell dishes. There is something for both meat and seafood lovers: delicious octopus, lamb, veal or chicken with potatoes slow cooked in a very traditional way. We always go for a mixture of lamb and octopus (separately cooked of course). Why not to try both, paired with Roki’s homemade wine and tasty local homemade cakes? I this the best way to get most of the delicious Croatian cuisine. Even if feeling a little bit skeptical about octopus, if you like seafood, you should order this dish as it's unbelievably tasty, like water mouth tasty. It's recommended to make your reservation for this place a day ahead or latest in the morning for the dinner on the same day. Roki's will arrange van pick up for you and your friends either from Komiza or Vis. 

Two day itinerary

* from the town of Vis

AM

Option 1

  • Sail to Rogacic bay
  • Enjoy swimming at the Yugoslavian military tunnel which was used as a hiding place for military ships
  • Before lunch sail to Komiza

Option 2

  • Sail to Stoncica bay
  • Have lunch at the konoba Stoncica in the same bay
  • Visit Green Caves
  • Sail to Komiza

PM

  • The island Vis a perfect spot for all scuba diving lovers - we love B 24 Scuba Diving center that can take you to many different adventures from shipwreck, airplane wrecks to reef and wall diving. They offer different dives for beginners and experiences divers. 
  • If you are interested to learn more about the rich history of Vis you should definitely take a military tour (1.5 - 2 h). For more details you can contact Roki's. He is our favourite 'man' on the island!
  • Our favourite spot for dinner in Komiza is the restaurant with a very long tradition - Jastozera. We love their fresh lobster pasta.

The next day before you leave the island, don't forget to head up to visit Blue Cave which is really short distance from Komiza. Ideally, leave around 7 AM to avoid crowds, otherwise you might be queuing for hours.

Another tip for those really interested in photography, you should try to wake up for the sunrise and do some beautiful rooftop shots of sunrise in Komiza. Well worth it!

Three day itinerary

* From the town of Vis

Second day - AM

  • Sail to Rogacic bay
  • Enjoy swimming at the Yugoslavian military tunnel which was used as a hiding place for military ships
  • Before lunch sail to Budikovac
  • Have lunch at Andro's place on Budikovac island! Please note that not everyone can anchor there, and the final invoice depends on how much the owner liked you. :D If you are Bom Dia clients, please contact us to get more information about this place. We enjoy going there and this is something special! 

PM

  • Swimming and relaxing
  • Island Budikovac is also a perfect spot to do SUP yoga. If keen to try something new or already experienced it is a good place to enjoy yoga. You can contact us for more details. 

Third day - AM

  • More swimming and relaxing on Budikovac
  • Sailing towards Komiza and stoping at Stiniva beach

PM

  • Basically the same thing we recommended if you are doing a two day itinerary
  • The island Vis a perfect spot for all scuba diving lovers - we love B 24 Scuba Diving center that can take you to many different adventures from shipwreck, airplane wrecks to reef and wall diving. They offer different dives for beginners and experiences divers. 
    If you are interested to learn more about the rich history of Vis you should definitely take a military tour (1.5 - 2 h). For more details you can contact Roki's. He is our favourite 'man' on the island!Our favourite spot for dinner in Komiza is the restaurant with a very long tradition - Jastozera. We love their fresh lobster pasta.The next day before you leave the island, don't forget to head up to visit Blue Cave which is really short distance from Komiza. Ideally, leave around 7 AM to avoid crowds, otherwise you might be queuing for hours.

I hope you will enjoy our suggestions on what you should definitely do on island Vis. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us.

Enjoy Vis!

Photo credits: Diego Batista, Rauno Liivand, Paul Verry, Katarina Poljak