Magic island tour (5 days)

Vis, most distant populated islands on Adriatic coast, is a true and unique paradise!

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Vis, most distant populated islands on Adriatic coast, is a true and unique paradise! Being important military outpost during Yugoslavia, it was closed to tourists and visitors until 1989. Due to this fact the island preserved its intact natural beauty, authentic local cultural charm and slow life and till this day remained amazing refuge for escaping tourist crowds.

The island Vis is well-known for its secluded stunning beaches, fascinating cliffs and caves, endless vineyards, olive & fig trees and small authentic towns. We will spice it up with visit to amazing island of Biševo and probably the most beautiful natural phenomena of Croatia: the Blue cave!

Let’s not forget amazing local gastronomy – freshest seafood prepared with only with local ingredients and authentic local wine sorts guarantees unique experience. All above mixed with 5000 years of rich history and timeless atmosphere makes this mysterious island so unique, presenting you the true Mediterranean as it once was!

Vis sea kayak tour map

Day 1(Split – Vis - Komiza)
We will meet in our Split office where we will have after short introduction tour briefing. will take a ferry ride to Island Vis. Upon arrival, we will take a short walk around town of Vis and get in the water. After completing basic kayaking skill training, we will be paddling from Vis to Komiza along northern coast of the island. Today’s highlights will be stunning vertical cliffs, nice bays, small islets and abandoned navy tunnels in which we will have opportunity to paddle in. We will finish our kayaking day reaching one of the most picturesque coastal villages: fishing village of Komiza, the last real fisherman village in Adriatic. We will dive into the easy life rhythm of locals called “pomalo” and end our day enjoying amazing local food and wines….

Top daily sights: Town of Vis, Navy tunnels, stunning coastline, Komiža village.

Day 2(Komiža – Biševo - Komiža)

Today we are kayaking to nearby island Biševo. Biševo is known for its amazing caves, sandy beaches and red wine sort Plavac Moli. After passing the channel between Vis and Biševo, we will enter magical Blue cave. This 18 meters long, 6 meters deep and 6 meters high cave is one of the most spectacular natural attractions of Croatia. Morning sunbeams that penetrate through the submarine opening in Blue Cave are reflected from the white bottom floor, coloring the cave blue and objects in the water silver. Afterwards, our route takes us to Medvidja Cave, named after Mediterranean monk seal that can occasionally be found here. In the afternoon, we will have a break on one of the sandy beaches on the island and hopefully meet some of only 19 inhabitants still living on the island. In the evening we will be back in Komiža for dinner and overnight.

Top daily sights: Blue cave, Medvidja cave, sandy beaches Porat and Salbunara.

Day 3(Komiža - Rukavac)

On our third day we will cover the famous south side of Island Vis, which will surely be unforgettable experience! After leaving Komiza bay we will paddle eastwards while enjoying some of the most amazing eye-catching cliffs, coves and beaches sculptured by the open sea waves during thousands of years. We will visit Srebrna beach and spectacular Stiniva cove with pebble beach and crystal clear waters, where we will have lunch break and snorkelling. This amazing day will be spiced up with a visit to traditional island household called “Konoba” where we will relax and enjoy delicious local food and have wine tasting of indigenous sorts Plavac mali and Bugava, being grown on the sandy ground since Greek and Roman times.

Top daily sights: natural caves and cliffs, Stiniva cove, Srebrna beach, hiking, wine tasting.

Day 4(Rukavac - Vis)

Our last tour day will start with paddling to small island Ravnik and visiting another majestic natural wonder: the Green cave. We will enter the spacious cave with kayaks and enjoy beams of light falling down through the cracks on the cave’s ceiling making fascinating green illumination. The cave is a great snorkeling spot! Afterwards we paddle to the island of Budikovac and enjoy its beautiful turquoise water. On our way back to the town of Vis, we will enjoy the open sea, numerous small reefs and charming Stoncica bay and the lighthouse on its entrance.

Top daily sights: Green cave, Budikovac Island, Stoncica lighthouse.

Day 5(Contigency)

Being such a remote island, Vis is exposed to winds and waves from all sides. Therefore, we have one extra day to itinerary which is used as contingency day for that windy day that might occur. And this extra day is spent very well so you can choose between doing bike tour around the island to experience very different perspective on the island; hiking tour to Hum hill or simply take a rest day and enjoy the beach.

 

The tour runs from late April to mid October. The ideal time is June to September with ideal weather conditions suitable for all level of paddlers.

Departures are available each Monday during the following months:

May June July August September Other months
599€ 699€ 799€ 799€ 699€ On request

 

Private tours:
If you would like a particular set of dates, or would like to organize an expedition for members of your kayak club, group of friends or family, feel free to send us a message and ask for a private tour. For experienced paddlers, the tour can be organized all year round.

The price includes:
• Ferry transfer from Split to the island of Vis and back
• All overnights in apartments (double room occupancy)*
• All breakfasts except on first day
• Picnic lunch every day
• Special farewell dinner at a local tavern with traditional meal and drink
• High quality Prijon sea kayaks with choice of single or double kayak
• Full sea kayaking equipment including paddles, buoyancy aid, dry bags, spray deck, etc.
• Experienced & licensed kayaking guide (BCU qualified, English speaking)
• Sea kayak handling/safety briefing
• Sea kayaking technique instruction (on request)
• Excursion to Bisevo island with hiking (kayaking tour option possible depending on weather conditions and group experience)
• Entrance to the Blue cave
• Photos from the tour
• All transfers on the island
• Snorkeling equipment
• Storage of excess luggage at our office during the tour

* Single room supplement is subject to additional price depending on the season

The price does NOT include:
• Travel expenses to and from Split, Croatia
• Accommodation before and after the tour
• Travel insurance that covers sea kayaking
• Tips for your guide
• Personal expenses
• Drinks (except farewell dinner)

MEALS

Croatia and Mediterranean offer great food and we always make sure that you try local dishes, delicacies and products having a memorable gastronomic experience.

Breakfast is included during the whole tour except on the starting day. Depending on the group size the breakfast is organized in a restaurant or is prepared by our guide in self-service arrangement at our accommodation location and will generally include cheese, ham, cereals, bread spreads, fruits, milk, coffee, tea, etc.

Each day during the lunch break our guide will offer you snack such as sandwiches, pastries, fruits or energy bars.

Farewell dinner is organized in a local tavern with special traditional dish called „Peka“ – where fish, octopus or meat is mixed with various vegetables, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell. Of course, it will be followed by some of finest local wines.

Dalmatian peka food red adventures

For other nights where dinner is not included, we will recommend you best local restaurants depending on your budget making sure you try the best local cuisine offers.

Upon your booking we will send you a simple online questionnaire making sure that your preferences, wishes and needs are met to the maximum. Based on your feedback we will organize the most suitable meal arrangements making sure any of your dietary restrictions or needs are accommodated.

For ecological reasons, we encourage our clients to bring their own re-usable water battle that will be filled out whenever needed.

 

ACCOMMODATION

The old fishermen town of Komiza, one of the prettiest coastal towns on the whole Adriatic sea that still keeps that Mediterranean charm. Its 1500 inhabitants are still living unspoiled and easy islander lifestyle that did not change much in the past century. The town hosts a beautiful old port, many taverns, cafes and shops and several pebble beaches all within walking distance.

We generally use comfy 3-star apartments and guesthouses where you will have a room with private bathroom. The units are handpicked making sure they are centrally located, with a character and close to the sea.

The package includes double room occupancy, meaning two people being accommodated in a room with two-person (double) bed. Twin beds are rarely available and should be specifically requested upon booking.

Single room occupancy is available upon request and subject to additional supplement that depends on the tour season ranging between 25€ and 45€ per night. Please contact us for more details.

komiza vis accommodation red adventures

Sea Kayaks

We choose to use German high-quality Prijon brand kayaks for our touring expeditions because of several reasons:
– Wide range of Prijon kayaks can accommodate any type of paddles. We have models for light, medium and high weight, short and tall paddles. Kayaks can be adjusted for each person individually thanks to their comfortable touring seat-system, lightweight 3D-thigh braces and slide footrest. Therefore, you can easily find and adjust your individual seating position.
– High storage capacity enables you to take a lot of luggage and gear with you on your multiday expedition. Being such a great load carrier, our expeditions are much more hassle free.
– HTP material is perfect for Dalmatian rough coast and can tolerate some contact with sharp rocky coast, which makes our kayaking more trouble free.
– Their fast and safe shape is designed for typical wind/wave situation on Adriatic Sea, especially choppy waves during summer.
– Each kayak is equipped with rudder which can come handy for beginner’s paddler especially in windy situations. It makes tracking and turning much easier. If you don’t need it you can simply take it out of the water and paddle without it!

All kayaks in Red Adventures fleet are not older more than 3 years. We renew our gear regularly and keep them in a good shape.

Sea kayak / canoe rent in Croatia - Hire single touring kayak

Which kayak model to choose? 

You have a chance to choose between single and double touring kayaks depending on your preference and experience.
We have various single kayak models available that are usually distributed based on your weight, height and previous experience. If you are experienced paddler with specific preferences, please let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs.

 

Double or single?

For those with lack of extensive kayaking experience or questionable physical fitness, we strongly recommend double kayak use for comfort and safety. Our double kayak Prijon Poseidon offers great performance while providing great comfort and stability. The reasons for using tandems are as follows:
Speed – Length equals speed. Therefore, the longer waterline of a tandem kayak makes it considerably faster than a solo kayak.
Stability – The extra width of a tandem kayak provides excellent stability. You’ll appreciate this most in choppy water, and when observing or photographing nature. The greater stability of tandems allows us extra freedom to travel in a greater variety of sea conditions.
Support- In case of rough weather conditions two paddlers are always stronger than one. Two paddlers make a team and always better handle rough weather situation. Also, double kayak gives a chance for one paddler to take a small break to relax, drink water or take a picture during kayaking.

Sea kayak / canoe rent in Croatia - Hire double touring kayak

Usual gear we are providing for your kayak trip:

– Paddle (TNP aluminium)
– Buoyancy aid (Aquarius MQ Pro PFD)
– Spray skirt (Prijon polyester)
– Dry bags, etc.

Carbon paddle (Prijon Stream) upgrade is available at the price of 5€ per day.

 

What do I need to bring with me for kayaking?

The only thing you need to take with you are swimming wear, water shoes and sun protection (lycra shirt, cap, sun glasses, sun cream). Kayaking gloves can be helpful too!

How big will the group be?
The trip generally runs with minimum of 2 people and maximum of 8. In exceptional cases the number can be up to 12 in which case second guide is provided. Bigger groups can organized in private arrangement only, with up to 30 participants.

How fit do I need to be?
The level of kayaking is moderate. Each day involves 4-5 hours of paddling so it is recommended you are in good physical condition. In case of windy weather, the difficulty level can go up and extend kayaking time. You must be able to swim.

What are the sea conditions there?
Island Vis is exposed to all wind and wave directions and conditions can sometimes be challenging. However we take weather conditions seriously and adjust the itinerary based on wind direction but making sure you do the whole itinerary whenever possible. Currents and tides in Croatia are minimal factor.

Is previous kayaking experience necessary?
Previous kayaking experience is recommended but not mandatory. Good physical fitness level can substitute lack of experience.

What is the closest airport?
Split airport (SPU) is just 20 km away from our base. There are bus and taxi connections to the downtown.
You can also consider alternative airports Zadar (ZAD), Dubrovnik (DBV) and even Zagreb (ZAG) from which it takes 3-5 hours to reach Split by bus. Please contact us for more details if you consider alternative airports.

Where do we meet?
Meeting point is in Split, Croatia. We recommend coming to Split one day before as we generally have a briefing at our office the day before the tour. Also, Split offers a lot to see!

Where do I stay before and after the tour?
The tour departs in the morning so we strongly recommend arriving to Split day before the tour. The tour finishes in late afternoon with ferry transfer to Split so extra night in Split would generally be needed. You can consider extending your vacation on Vis if wished so. We can assist you in accommodation arrangements if needed.

How do we get to island Vis?
We will take a ferry from Split that takes a bit more than two hours, same way back.

What about Bisevo island and Blue cave?
We will make an boat excursion to Bisevo island and visit Blue cave, all included in the package. We also do a nice hiking trip on the island.

Do I need to do the whole tour?
In many cases you can join the tour half way or leave the tour earlier. Please contact us with your travel day options and we will try to fit you in.

Single or double kayak?
We strongly recommend double kayaks for beginners for speed, stability, comfort and safety. Please see Equipment info for more details on this. Feel free to consult our team for recommendations.

What should I pack?
We recommend bringing your swimsuit, long sleeve Lycra shirt, water shoes, towel, plenty of sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock). A book is recommended for your time off. Recommended clothes depends on the season, however we recommend taking a long sleeve even during the summer in case of chilly night. Bring your running/hiking shoes too. Please bring your own re-usable water bottle for water refill.
We will provide you suggested packing list to help you. Keep in mind to pack light due to limited space in the kayak.

What about internet and battery recharge?
Your accommodation will have Wifi connection and electricity. Electricity socket standard in Croatia is European one, types C, E and F.

What is the weather like?
The Mediterranean climate here provides a lot of sun and pleasant temperatures. From May to October the air temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius, while during July and August it often exceeds that number. Sea temperature usually exceeds 20 degrees in early June and reaches 26 degrees in July. During this period it is mostly sunny and it rarely rains.

Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Air (°C) 15-25 20-30 23-33 25-35 25-35 23-30 15-25
Sea (°C) 17 19 21 24 25 23 20
Rainy Days 8 6 6 3 4 5 7

 

What about payments there?
Kuna is official currency in Croatia. You will be able to use your credit card most of the time (restaurants, shops and supermarkets). However, we recommend having some cash with you too. ATMs are available on the island.

Are there shops, bars and restaurants available?
Komiza offers many restaurants and bars, a couple of supermarkets and a bakery too. Souvenir shops are available too.

Can my special dietary restrictions be accommodated?
Absolutely, upon reservation you will receive questionnaire through which we receive your dietary restrictions and preferences.

What about water?
Tap water is absolutely fine to drink here. During the kayaking, our guide will have water for re-fill. We encourage you to bring your re-usable water bottle for environmental reasons.

Any other questions?
Feel free to contact our team for any further questions