Sailing around the island of Vis
Vis island, Croatia
All you need to know before you go
Vis is the farthest island from mainland Croatia. Located in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia, this island offers an unique blend of natural beauty, culture, and history that is sure to delight any traveler.
One of the most notable features of Vis is its secluded location. Unlike some of the more popular destinations in the Adriatic, such as Hvar or Dubrovnik, Vis is relatively untouched by mass tourism. This means that visitors can enjoy a peaceful and authentic experience, far away from the crowds and noise of larger cities.
Things to do on the Island of Vis
For those interested in history and culture, Vis has a lot to offer. The whole history of the island of Vis is politically and economically linked to fishing on the one hand, and wine production on the other, the basis of the economy and the promise of the future. The island has a rich history, dating back to ancient times, and there are several museums and historical sites to explore. offers visitors a range of activities to enjoy during their stay. Here are some of the top things to do on the island of Vis:
Explore the beaches: Vis has some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, including the popular Stiniva Beach, Srebrna Beach, and Stoncica Beach. Spend a day lounging on the sand, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and soaking up the sun.
Visit the Blue Cave: The Blue Cave is a natural phenomenon located on the nearby island of Bisevo and can only be accessed by boat. The cave is named for the bright blue light that reflects off the water, and visitors can swim inside to see the phenomenon up close. Visitors can take a boat tour from Vis to see this stunning cave, which glows with a bright blue light due to the reflection of the sun on the sea floor.
Explore the town of Vis: The town of Vis is the main hub of the island, and it is home to a range of historical and cultural attractions. Walk along the waterfront promenade, visit the ancient Roman ruins, and explore the local museums and galleries.
Explore the town of Komiza: Komiza is located on the western coast of the island of Vis and offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. Komiza has a rich cultural heritage that is celebrated through its festivals and events. One of the most popular events in the town is the Komiza Fishermen’s Nights, which is held every year in August. The festival celebrates the town’s fishing heritage and includes live music, dancing, and traditional cuisine. Visitors can sample local seafood dishes and learn about the town’s fishing traditions. The town is not overrun by tourists, and visitors can get a glimpse into the local way of life.
Visitors can also take a day trip to the nearby islands of Hvar and Brac, which are popular tourist destinations.
Vis island, Croatia / Shutterstock
Cuisine of the Island of Vis
The cuisine of Vis is heavily influenced by its location, history, and the ingredients that are available on the island. Here are some of the key aspects of the cuisine of the island of Vis:
Seafood: As an island, seafood is a major part of the cuisine of Vis. The local fishermen bring in fresh catches of fish, squid, octopus, and shellfish every day, and these ingredients are used in a variety of dishes. Some popular seafood dishes on the island include grilled fish, fish stew, and squid ink risotto.
Local Produce: The island of Vis has a rich agricultural heritage, and many of the ingredients used in the local cuisine are grown on the island itself. Some of the most popular local produce includes tomatoes, olives, capers, figs, and almonds. These ingredients are used in a variety of dishes, such as tomato salads, caper and olive tapenades, and fig cakes.
Traditional Dishes: The cuisine of Vis has been shaped by centuries of tradition, and many of the island’s most popular dishes have been passed down through generations. Some traditional dishes on the island include peka (a slow-cooked meat and vegetable dish), brudet (a fish stew), and fritule (a type of doughnut).
Wine: The island of Vis is also known for its wine production, with several local vineyards producing high-quality wines using indigenous grape varieties. Some of the most popular local wines include Vugava (a white wine) and Plavac Mali (a red wine).
Stinica cove, Vis / Shutterstock
Marinas & Anchorages
Vis has several marinas and anchorages that cater to sailors and yacht charter companies. The largest marina on the island is the Vis town marina, which offers about 70 berths and is equipped with all the necessary facilities. The Komiža marina is another popular option, located on the western side of the island. The marina has 55 berths and is located in a protected bay, making it a safe option for sailors during inclement weather.
In addition to the marinas, Vis has several anchorages scattered throughout the island. Some of the most popular anchorages include the Stiniva cove, located on the southern coast of the island, and the Budihovac island anchorage, located just off the coast of Vis. Both of these anchorages offer crystal-clear waters and stunning views, making them popular spots for swimming and snorkeling.
Vis is home to many beautiful beaches that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. One of the most famous beaches on the island is Stiniva beach, located on the southern coast of the island. The beach is surrounded by towering cliffs, which make it difficult to access by foot.
Another must-visit beach on the southern side of the island is Srebrna (Silver) Beach, located in the cove of the same name, in the vicinity of the small tourist village Rukavac. It is one of the most beautiful and widely popular beaches on the island of Vis, named after the silver (srebrena) lustre of its pebbles, beautifully glowing by the moonlight. The beach also has several restaurants and bars, making it an ideal place to spend the day.
Kamenice beach is set on the coast of the Croatian town of Komiža, on the island of Vis. While the main area of Kamenice beach is covered by gravel and pebbles, you should be careful as there are large rocks scattered about the beach. A fun fact about this child-friendly beach is that it is the sole beach on the Adriatic coast created by a volcanic eruption. This led to the creation of crevasses through which spring water flew to Kamenice beach. In order to collect the clean water, locals placed the stone bowls on the beach, which inspired the name “Kamenica”. Aside from its interesting origin, Kamenice beach also includes amenities such as outdoor showers, parasols available for rent, bars and parking.
Could anything be more relaxing than laying in the sun, listening to your favorite music while sipping Croatian wine and sailing along the beautiful coastline of Vis? Book your yacht charter today and discover the beauty of the island of Vis with Adriatic Sailing.