Magic Caves & Relics of Vis

Magic Caves & Relics of Vis

Vis is a small Croatian island and a hidden gem of the Adriatic Sea. Once known for its thriving fishing industry, today it is a quiet and picturesque holiday destination. Surrounded by sun kissed white pebble beaches, the island features diverse freediving spots, from magically luminescent caves to amazing shipwrecks. The authenticity of this island coupled with its natural wonders makes it a perfect free diving holiday destination.

Destination Highlights

  • Underwater Teti shipwreck from 10m-30m depth
  • Beautiful caves and underwater passages
  • Easy access to fixed lines over 50m depth
  • Off the beaten track destination full of maritime history and culture

How to get there

  • Airport: Split, Croatia
  • Taxi/bus to Split port (30min)
  • Embark on catamaran (1h 35min) or ferry to Vis (2hr 20min)
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Freediving Centre

  • The B-24 Diving Center is located on the western coast of the island of Vis in the little fishing village of Komiza. It is very well equipped for both freediving and scuba diving.
  • Owner: Veljano Zanki, Croatian National Team and record holder (108 CWT and 9:15 STA). AIDA certified instructor and qualified Master Padi Instructor.
  • Seasonality: May to October.
  • Recreational activity: Assisted fixed line sessions and recreational freediving excursions are available. 
  • Educational activity: AIDA free diving courses are available. 

Freediving Workshops

Theory, equalisation, pranayama and relaxation workshops are available upon request. Freediving training with weighted sledge available.

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    • Blue Grotto (or Blue Cave): is located on the nearby island of Biševo and is one of the best known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic Sea. Between 11am and noon, sun rays passing through an underwater opening reflect on the white sandy bed and illuminate the cave with blue light while objects beneath the surface shimmer in silver and pink. A must see during a visit in Vis.
    • Zelena špilja (or Green Grotto): is one of the secret gems of Vis. In the morning hours, a beam of light enters the water and shines back reflecting from the cave bottom giving it an emerald-green tone. The legend of the cave states that if you dive through the beam of light you will live one hundred years.
    • Teti Shipwreck: An Italian cargo steamship bulit in 1883 that transported granite blocks for road construction sunk in the midst of a storm by stranding on the rocky island of Mali Barjak, just off the coast of Vis. The wreck is 72m long, lies in upright position and attracts abundant colorful fish, sponges and other flora and fauna (10m-34m). Visibility is normally very good.
    • Biševo: a small island that lies only 5km southwest of Komiža. It features many snorkeling and recreational freediving spots in caves and protected coves, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic to relax on between diving sessions.
    • Stiniva Cove: a hidden beach on the South coast of Vis which has been voted best European beach in 2016 by the Brussels-based tourism organisation European Best Destinations following a poll of more than 10,000 holidaymakers. The beach itself can only be reached by sea or by hiking down a steep and narrow path for 1hr.

    Other activities

    • Scuba diving
    • Trekking excursions
    • Tour of the World War II underground submarine tunnels of Vis
    • Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking
    • Bike rental
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    Villa Nonna is located in Komiza and is over 400 years old. The house was rebuilt twice and the last restructuring was done in 2003. There are seven studio apartments each accommodating 2 adults. They have been refurbished to cater for modern comforts and traditional materials like wood, stone and iron have been used, giving each apartment a traditional and authentic feel.

    Villa Nonna emanates the spirit of old times, but features modern facilities. All apartments have air conditioning, safe box, electronic key locks, quality mattresses and a flat screen with satellite TV. En suite bathrooms are modernly designed and feature a shower and hair dryer. The house runs on its own water supply.

    Komiža is a Croatian coastal town lying on the western coast of the island of Vis and is located at the foot of the Hum hill (587 m). Komiža is a charming small town with an economy based on farming, winemaking, fishing, seafaring, and, in recent times, tourism. The fishermen are noted for their traditional Falkusa vessels.