private tour of Secret Vis
Imagine an island which was closed to foreigners until just 25 years ago as it was home to the largest missile base in former Yugoslavia, but is the birthplace of European cricket outside the UK. An island which has had huge British military impact over the centuries and houses Allied cemeteries, soldiers who paid the price for the strategic positioning of Vis in the Adriatic which has attracted visitors – friend and foe – since time immemorial. An island with its own submarine base and secret military installations. An island which hosted the first sailing regatta in the world. An island of fabulous wine, food, tradition and history, reassuringly far from the mainland, and one whose second town has more families living from fishing than tourism. An island of outstanding natural beauty, of traditional stone Dalmatian stone villages and fertile fields contributing to the healthy and natural Mediterranean diet.
And an island that many tourists visit only for a famous beach, voted the best in all Europe, as part of a visit to neighboring star attractions, the Blue and Green Caves, but missing all of the above. Stand out from the crowd and join us on our private tour of Secret Vis, one of the most fascinating islands of all. Join our local experts to explore the island’s rich military history, bizarre sporting claim to fame and fabulous food and wine, including its indigenous white wine gem, Vugava.
Of course, it would be foolish not to visit those popular attractions above, but in order to get the most out of them, it is advisable to do them first, before the crowds – two amazing caves and the best beach in Europe for a little swimming. Not a bad way to start the day before we discover Vis away from the crowds.
Suggested itinerary – please note that an earlier departure is possible – even advisable given the growing popularity of the caves. It should also be noted that crowds at the Blue Cave may delay the schedule somewhat.
09:00 Hvar town departure
09:45 First stop, including time for a swim is the Green Cave, which is not as popular as its Blue cousin, but well worth a visit. The Green Cave (called Želena Spilja by the locals): a small opening in the ceiling of the cave lets the sun light pass through, creating an image very similar with a flashlight cone in the night. The cone is also visible in the water and you can clearly see the spot where it hits the seabed.
10:30 Stiniva bay – hard to spot with its cliffs protecting its location, Stiniva is divine, a small ray of heaven which is collecting several international accolades, the lastest of which was best beach in Europe by European Best Destinations. Enjoy the moment with a dip in true Dalmatian heaven.
11:00 The Blue Cave is a water-logged sea cave located in a small bay called Balun (Ball in the local dialect), on the east side of the island of Bisevo and about 4.5 nautical miles (8.3 km) from Komiza. The grotto is one of the best known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic and a popular show cave because of the glowing blue light that appears at certain times of day.
12:00 – 12;30 pick up in Komiza, short refreshement and a brief introduction into the Secret Vis tour with refreshments (why not try a glass of the famous Vugava white wine from Vis, or beer lovers might be interest in the island’s very own craft beer only the second to be produced on a Croatian island), which will take place either side of lunch learning about the harsh conditions Dalmatians endured on this former wine island before mass emigration due to phylloxera and a poor economy caused mass emigration. A key part of the tour is military history, LOTS of amazing military history.
1pm – 1:30 guided car transfer and tour towards lunch place
1:30pm Lunch at Roki’s estate, a veritable feast of Dalmatian peka, and the sitting of one of the most remarkable stories in Dalmatia, for your host Roki was solely responsible for continuing one of the island’s more unusual claims to fame – the oldest cricket club in Europe outside the UK. With regular international games and tournaments on the edge of the military airfield which played such a crucial role in World War II, the stories and setting are a match for the excellent gourmet experience.
3pm departure for the 2nd part of the inland tour with various stops. Discover the role the British have played over the centuries on Vis, with their forts, Allied cemeteries and role in refugee evacuation to the Sinai Desert. And as fascinating as those stories are, Vis is famous for its submarine base (you will visit), as well as its tunnels and ramparts built into the hills by Tito, as well as a missile loading site. Imagine a current tourist island which was closed to the world just 25 years ago.
5:30pm town of Vis – departure to Hvar town
An optional extra is a unique experience on the traditional wooden sailing boats of Komiza – the falkusa. Beautifully restored, sail out to the bay of Komiza and experience sailing like the participants of the first regatta in the world did back in 1593. Yes, that took place in falkusa – on that secret island of Vis!
We will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or meet you at one of our four tour booths in Hvar Town. We will agree on this when the tour is booked.
Between 08 – 10AM. The main reason of the early start is to get on Blue Cave before the rest of the crowd. And to maximize the experiences along the tour.
This is a full-day program. Count minimum 8 hours
We will end this tour where you wish – at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know..
Speedboats from 660 EUR, for 5 people
Blue Cave ticket – 13 EUR per person, paid on the spot
Vis inland part of the tour – 75 EUR per person (calculation based on 5 people)
Lunch at Roki’s – 49 EUR per person for 3 course lunch and beverage package (1/2 bottle of wine or 2 beers, or 2 softs, water, coffee)
Wine Tasting – 29 EUR per person for 3 course wine tasting
For less or more people or larger boat please ask us for a tailor made quote.
Pick up, the program as described, speedboat, fuel, skipper and refreshment (water, juice), Vis island inland tour, lunch with beverages, wine tasting
Gratuities to guides/skipper and items purchased for personal use, tubes, snorkels..
Nature & wildlife, cultural, for individuals, couples and families.
This program uses speedboats with 130 – 630HP with a capacity of 6 – 14 people. Please ask for more details.
1 person. The price of this program is per boat.
14-passenger boat. Please ask for more details.