Magic island kayaking | 6 Days

Have a best kayak holiday in Europe and explore Magic islands of Vis & Bisevo. Explore impressive cliffs, caves and hidden beaches and visit spectacular Blue cave and Stiniva cove!

Price from: 749

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Tour Summary

The impressive Island of Vis is a venue of undeniably best kayak holiday in Europe. Having the largest concentration of nature monuments in the “Old continent” surely guarantees a spectacular sea kayaking experience! Medvidina Cave, Blue Cave, Stiniva Cove and the Komiza bay are just some of the stunning sights we’ll see during this tour. While paddling we will enjoy views on its geological structure formed 220 million years ago, and thus being the oldest on Adriatic.

The Island of Vis was closed to tourists and visitors until 1989., as being an important military outpost during Yugoslavia. Due to this fact, it preserved its intact natural beauty,  local cultural charm and slow way of life and till this day remained an amazing refuge for escaping tourist crowds. The island Vis is well-known for its secluded stunning beaches, fascinating cliffs and caves, and just spectacular coastline. Of course, we can’t forget its endless vineyards, olive & fig trees and small authentic towns.

We will spice things up with a visit to the amazing island of Bisevo. There we have probably the most beautiful natural phenomena of Croatia: the Blue cave! Let’s not forget amazing local gastronomy and tasteful dishes you will try. The freshest seafood prepared with only with local ingredients and authentic local wine sorts surely guarantees a unique experience. Have the best holiday in Europe and join us on this spectacular Magic island kayak tour!

TOUR STYLE

Tour consisting of five kayaking days and one rest day, which can be even used for hiking or cycling.  The first day in Split we will have a 4-hour paddle to fit our kayaks and paddling kit. On a second day, a ferry takes us to the Vis island where we continue with our adventure. While being on the island we are located in charming Komiza village. Some days we are going to have short transfers or optional hikes to our daily starting location. Kayaking with empty kayaks, while leaving baggage in Red adventures office in Split and tour luggage in Vis accommodation.

The tour is designed for those comfortable with paddling up to 20km a day on inshore coastal waters. At times they may be exposed to moderate wind conditions. It’s possible to opt-out of daily paddles if some needs a rest or wants to enjoy some other activities. Experienced and BCU certificated English speaking local leaders are to help you at any time.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Komiza and Vis bay
  • Blue cave and Bisevo island
  • Stiniva beach – amphitheatre shape beach
  • Stunning bays and beaches
  • Fascinating cliffs and rock formations
  • The intriguing history of the Island

Vis sea kayak tour map

Day 1(Split town & Marjan hill)

We will start this journey with a meeting at the Red Adventures office in Split where you will be greeted by your guide and receive a detailed tour briefing and route introduction. To warm-up and to get the feel for the kayaks that you will be using your guides will take you for a paddle along the scenic Marjan hill and the coast of Split. But before you hit the water, guides will also brief you on the gear, kayaking technique, microclimate opportunities and safety at sea. Once you start paddling along the coastline, you will pass many beautiful beaches, cliffs and sea rock gardens. The view of the old town with Diocletian’s palace, St.Dominus cathedral, and the Venetian old fort from the sea will surely make your day and provide you with a few memorable photo opportunities.

  • Highlights: Marjan hill, Old town view
  • Distance: 6Nm (10km)
  • Meals: /
Day 2(Vis town - Okljucna bay)

It is time to say goodbye to the mainland for now, and board the ferry to Vis for a two-and-a-half-hour ride. The ancient town of Vis was one of the very first settlements on the Adriatic coast founded by  Ancient Greeks in the 4th century BC. Its rich history exudes from every corner of the town. After disembarking from the ferry, you will have some free time to explore the town and immerse with the locals by sipping on a coffee or two in one of its many charming cafes.

After you gear up, it is time to go on the water and discover the Vis bay known for historical ship battles between the English and the French in 1811 after which English took the island and made it their stronghold. Upon exiting the bay, you will pass the island Host which was named after the British general Host who lead the British navy to victory during the before-mentioned battle.

Keeping in line with the military storyline, the next site on our route is a rather mysterious navy tunnel build by the Yugoslav army during the cold war, as part of Tito’s preparation for possible World War 3.

After fortifications, it is time to immerse yourself into nature, and that is exactly what you will be able to do as we paddle along the stunning north side of Vis island. Revel in the sight of dramatic cliffs and secluded beaches that are scattered along the way. Our final destination of the day will be the picturesque Okljucna bay where we will leave the kayaks for the night and have a short van transfer to Komiza village, our base for the next 4 nights. The fishing village of Komiža is one of the last authentic fishermen villages on the Adriatic, a place where one quickly adapts to the “take it easy” life philosophy which the locals call “pomalo”. And what better way to end this day than with some mouthwatering traditional delicacies and great local wines.

  • Highlights:  Town of Vis, Navy tunnels, Okljucna bay
  • Distance: 7Nm (12km)
  • Meals: Picnic Lunch, Dinner
Day 3(Okljucna bay - Komiža town)

After breakfast, we will embark on a 2-hour hike to Okljucna bay. We will be hiking through lush nature where our kayaks will be waiting for us to continue our sea adventure. Should you decide to skip the hiking, you can be transferred back to Okljucna bay by a van. As we kayak along the coast, we will stop on a few charming beaches including the now-famous Barjoska beach where most of the movie “Mama Mia- Here we go again” was filmed. However, this beach is much more than just a film set, it is a location with beautifully preserved nature and perfectly round pebbles. Amazing natural scenery continues on in the Komiza bay. Filled with equally mesmerizing beaches, many with freshwater springs that break out through greenish volcanic rocks. Today’s paddle will end in front of our accommodation in Komiza village.

  • Highlights: Barjoska bay (Mama Mia set), Komiza bay
  • Distance: Hiking: 8km; Kayaking 7Nm (12km)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch
Day 4( Island Bisevo circumnavigation )

We start a day with a hearty early breakfast. A short boat transfer will take us to the island of Biševo. This island is famous for its amazing caves, sandy beaches and red wine sort Plavac Moli but mostly for its Blue cave phenomenon. After passing the channel between Vis and Biševo, we will enter the magical Blue cave. This cave is 18 meters long, 6 meters deep and 6 meters high and is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Croatia. Morning sunbeams that penetrate through the submarine opening reflect off the white bottom floor, colouring the cave blue giving the objects in the water a silver shimmer. Surly a jaw-dropping experience. Later we will grab our kayaks and head towards Medvidja Cave. This is a cave named after the Mediterranean monk-seal that can still be found here. In the afternoon, we will rest on the heavenly sandy Porat beach, one of the rare white sand beaches on the Croatian coast. During the day we will hopefully get the chance to bump into a few of only 19 inhabitants still living on the island.

  • Highlights: Blue cave, Medvidja cave, Porat sandy beach
  • Distance: 7Nm (12km)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

*NOTE – Bisevo island is exposed to all weather conditions, so in case of unfavourable weather this kayaking day will be replaced with a Blue cave visit and Bisevo island hike

Day 5(Komiža town – Rukavac bay)

Today we paddle along the famous south side of Island Vis. Its scenic coast is famous for its dramatic cliffs, coves and beaches sculptured by waves over thousands of years.
Lots of natural works of art will appear before us today, but we will to emphasis just a few. Firstly we will mention the spectacular Gace (Pants) cliffs. This masterpiece is created by two huge pillars that rise from the sea and melt into the cliffs above. Therefore creating a shape that resembles the pants of a giant. Second today’s highlight is one of the most Instagrammable locations in Croatia – Stiniva beach, a secluded sanctuary surrounded by amphitheatre shaped cliffs. Some of the other noteworthy destinations you will see are Sebrna beach, a long pebble beach where the bottom of the water looks silver (hence its name Srebrna-Silver). And Pritiscina, a bay hidden between impressive cliffs that will seduce us with its tranquillity and pristine waters.
We will finish this fantastic day in Rukavac bay. From there we will have a transfer to Komiza back to our accommodation.
Since this is also the very last night of our sea odyssey, we will take you out for a farewell diner to try some local specialities such as Peka with lamb, veal or octopus with homemade bread and typical local wine made from authentic Vis grape sort Vugava.

  • Highlights: natural caves and cliffs, Stiniva cove, Srebrna beach, Gace cave, Pritiscina bay
  • Distance: 10 NM (18.5Km)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Farwell dinner
Day 5(Rukavac bay -Vis town)

Firstly in the morning on schedule is transfer back to Rukavac. Gear up and start paddling towards the final destination on our itinerary – Vis town. Along the way, you will be passing a group of islands Ravnik, Budikovac, Parzana and Greben. Finishing the first stretch paddling towards the imposing lighthouse od Stoncica. Break at the bottom of Stoncica bay in order to enjoy its sandy beauty and crystal clear waters.
The last stretch of paddling will take us from Stonica to Vis town. Once back in Vis town you will have the chance to walk around and look for some authentic souvenirs before we board the ferry back to Split.

  • Highlights: Budikovac Island, Stoncica lighthouse.
  • Distance: 8NM (15km)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

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
749€ 799€ 879€ 879€ 879€ 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 on island Vis (double room occupancy)*
• Breakfast on day 3, 4, 5 & 6
• 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
• Accommodation in Split on day 1
• 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.

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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