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Many agree: Vis is simply the most beautiful Adriatic island. Dejan, your local guide, adds: “The best way to experience its magic is by kayaking, for sure. A bit frozen in time, thanks to its relative remoteness and 45 years of Yugoslav no-foreign-tourists isolation, the island is not overrun by tourists. Thankfully. Residents of the ancient towns of Vis and Komiža still enjoy the simple, relaxed, and authentic Mediterranean lifestyle, along with the locally produced food, wine, olive oil, and all. We’ll visit the most attractive bays and coves, many of them still untouched, some even inaccessible by road or path. We’ll kayak right into abandoned submarine tunnels, enter unreal sea caves, and I’ll even take you to a secret beach that looks like something straight out of a Hollywood movie. Kayaking does not get any better than this!”

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  • Not overcrowded with tourists

    Thanks to 45 years of Yugoslav imposed isolation, the island feels somewhat frozen in time, luckily underdeveloped and undiscovered

  • Authentic Mediterranean lifestyle

    Local residents enjoy the typical island lifestyle, making exquisite local wine and olive oil, and preparing numerous seafood delicacies

  • Thousands of years of history

    Inhabited since Neolithic times, the island has seen it all, from Greek and Illyrian settlers to WWII partisan fighters, and now, the kayakers

Itinerary

This kayaking trip is a treat. The 5-day adventure around the Croatian island of Vis will let you visit its historic sites, secluded beaches, and unforgettable caves. Get a feel of the local culture, enjoy fresh seafood delicacies, and paddle through the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Join us for this unforgettable adventure.

  • Since your tour begins early on Day 1, it’s best that you arrive in Croatia one day before that. You’ll meet your guide(s) in Split for a comprehensive tour briefing and get ready for an epic adventure. At the beach, you’ll undergo a kayak fitting to ensure comfort and safety. Familiarize yourself with the kayaks and the sea, and head out for a warm-up kayaking session in the scenic Split area. This initial experience will set the tone for an enjoyable and well-prepared kayaking journey. Spend the rest of the day exploring the area on your own — visit the Diocletian’s Palace, climb the cathedral bell tower or go for a walk on Marjan Hill.

    Kayaking: 6 NM / 10km

    Meals and accommodation are not included for this day. If you need any help with making arrangements, your guides can help you out.

  • Take a ferry to Vis, a unique island with a rich history dating back to the Neolithic period. Upon arrival, take advantage of some free time to explore the town of Vis, while your guides prepare the kayaks. Once geared up, we’ll start off in Vis Bay, the site of historical naval battles between the English and the French in 1811. The next stop: a secretive navy-slash-submarine tunnel constructed by the Yugoslav army during the Cold War.

    Moving on, we’ll paddle along the stunning north side of Vis and enjoy the sights of dramatic cliffs and secluded beaches along the route. Our day will end at the picturesque Oključna Bay, where we’ll leave the kayaks for the night. A short hike followed by a van ride will take us to Komiža, our base for the next four nights. Komiža, an authentic fishing village, embodies the “take it easy” life philosophy, locally known as “pomalo.” Enjoy traditional delicacies and local wines, to make this day even more perfect.

    Sailing: 2.5 hours
    Kayaking: 7 NM / 12km
    Accommodation: Rooms in Komiža

    Meals: Picnic lunch

    Hidden tunnels from the Yugo era
  • Our day begins with breakfast, followed by either a nice 2-hour hike back to Oključna Bay, where we left our kayaks, or a van transfer there directly, for those opting out of the hike. 

    Today’s kayaking route continues along the dramatic coastline with towering cliffs and intriguing stone formations. We’ll get to see some charming beaches, including the Barjoska Beach, now famous for its role in the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again movie. The awesome natural scenery will take us right into Komiža Bay, with its lovely beaches, and a freshwater spring in greenish volcanic rocks. Today’s tour leaves us right in front of our accommodation in Komiža.

    Hiking: 5 miles / 8km
    Kayaking: 7 NM / 12km
    Accommodation: Rooms in Komiža
    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

    Kayaking under cliff arches
  • We’ll take a break from kayaking and spend a day exploring the stunning island of Biševo. A short boat ride will take us to this island famous for its amazing sea caves, sandy beaches, and red wine. However, nothing beats the Blue Cave experience. This sea cave, 18 meters long, 6 meters deep, and 6 meters high, is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Croatia. Morning sunbeams that penetrate through the submarine opening reflect off the white bottom floor, coloring the cave blue and giving the objects in the water a silver shimmer. It’s a jaw-dropping experience. 

    After the Blue Cave visit, we’ll hike to the sandy Porat beach, one of the rare white sand beaches on the Croatian coast. During the day we’ll hopefully get the chance to bump into a few of only 19 inhabitants still living on the island.

    Accommodation: Rooms in Komiža
    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

    Blue Cave
  • We’ll paddle along the south side of the island of Vis, with its thousands of years old dramatic cliffs, coves, and beaches. We’ll start off with the spectacular Gaće cliffs (loosely translated as the Pants Cliffs), featuring two massive pillars rising from the sea, seamlessly merging into the cliffs above, forming a shape resembling the pants of a giant. Hence the name. 

    Right after that, we’ll visit the Instagrammable albeit rather hidden Stiniva Beach. Often voted as the most beautiful beach in Europe, the amphitheater-shaped cove is surrounded by dramatically high cliffs, and is a must when visiting the island. Once you recover, tranquil Pritišćina Bay awaits, nestled between impressive cliffs, with pristine waters. 

    The day ends in Rukavac Bay, from where we’ll be driven back to our accommodation in Komiža. Since this marks the culmination of your sea odyssey, your guides will treat you to a farewell dinner featuring local specialties such as lamb, veal, or octopus peka, accompanied by homemade bread and Vugava, an authentic local wine. This final evening is a celebration of our adventure.

    Distance: 10 NM (18.5Km)
    Accommodation: Rooms in Komiža
    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, farewell dinner

    Kayaking by cliffs around Stiniva
  • After breakfast, a van will take us back to Rukavac. We’ll do the final leg of our kayaking adventure towards our final destination–the town of Vis. Along this scenic route, we’ll pass by a group of islets, including Ravnik, Budikovac, Parzana, and Greben. The first leg ends in the gorgeous Vela Smokova Bay, where we’ll have our lunch break and enjoy the sandy beauty of its crystal-clear waters. 

    Afterwards, we’ll paddle onward towards the Stončica lighthouse, and then into the town of Vis. Once we reach Vis, feel free to take some time to roam around, look for souvenirs, or enjoy a drink or two. Once you board the ferry back to Split, one thing’s for sure: this adventure will instantly become one of your favorite experiences ever.

    Kayaking: 8NM / 15km
    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

    Please note that the itinerary is subject to change in case of bad weather conditions. Hiking day is a contingency day that may be moved around if the winds are too strong or if it’s raining.

    Stunning coast near Vis
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Red Adventures
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Red Adventures
Relax, Enjoy, Discover
Red Adventures is a group of free-spirited, dynamic people with unified passion for adventure and love for the outdoors. Their tours are designed for people who want to relax, enjoy and discover Croatian culture, nature and history while being active and having fun. They value their experienced and talented guides and nature lovers willing to share their passion, love and knowledge with guests and friends!
5.00 (4 reviews)
Simon (source: Tripadvisor)
Absolutely amazing trip, we had such a good time, and Drazen took the time to make sure we really enjoyed ourselves. Catering was excellent, really nice picnic lunches and great evening meals.
Couldn’t have been better
Sam Harris (source: Tripadvisor)
Couldn’t have been better. Dejan and his colleagues were extremely helpful getting us set up on the kayaks and finding the best route for us. The rest was easy – beautiful coastline and islands, isolated stops to sleep at night and the odd beach bar to rest at along the way.
Excellent but can be challenging!
Jess S (source: Tripadvisor)
We really enjoyed our kayaking experience! Our guide was very friendly and enthusiastic. He was very capable in the water and we felt we were in very safe hands.
Unfortunately the water was very rough, so it was very difficult for us to get across
the channel. The guide assessed the conditions and adapted the route accordingly. We did get across and were rewarded with some lovely views, clear calmer waters and some lunch! We carried on and went around the island where the water was calmer and it was much easier to kayak. We stopped at another beach. It was lovely being on a small beach all by yourselves admiring the views. On the way back, we had to get back across the channel and the wind had picked up even more. Our guide had the ability to tow our boat, which helped us when our arms got tired!! We stopped the trip a few beaches up from where our mini bus was parked and he kayaked to the bus, loaded up and then picked us and our kayaks up. (superman?!)
It wouldn’t normally be that rough, we were unlucky, but it was still beautiful and we were very impressed with our guide.
We would definitely recommend this trip with this tour company.
Great tour with a great guide!
Rasmus T (source: Tripadvisor)
The whole kayakingtour was great, but especially the fact that it was possible to both try cliffjumping and snorkling during the tour was very cool! Also our guide (Nikola) was very nice, and good at telling stories about the sights that we saw, as well as stories about Croatia in general.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, BCU-certificated English-speaking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5 days of kayaking and exploration
      • Extra day for preparation, briefing and a warm-up session
      • Sea kayaking technique instruction (on request)
      • Guest-house accommodation for 4 nights as indicated in the itinerary
      • Breakfast, picnic lunch and farewell dinner as indicated in the itinerary
      • High-quality Prijon sea kayaks (single or double kayak)
      • Full sea kayaking equipment including paddles, buoyancy aid, dry bags, spray deck, etc.
      • Snorkeling equipment
      • Excursion to Bisevo island and visit to Blue cave
      • Ferry transfer from Split to the island of Vis and back
      • All transfers on the island
      • Optional hiking on some days
      • Storage of excess luggage at the guide’s office during the tour

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation 
      • Accommodations in Split on Day 0
      • Accommodation after the tour
      • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
      • Local city guides
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance  — optional
  • This sea kayaking adventure is an incredible option for people with a moderate level of fitness. Each day involves 4-5 hours of paddling (10-20 km/ 6-12 miles), so we recommend you are in a very good physical condition. You should be able to paddle for 11 miles/ 17 km per day on average. You will use a double-bladed paddle pulling the blade through the water on alternate sides to move forward, so you will be using your arms and hands a lot. 

    In the case of windy weather, the difficulty level can go up and extend kayaking time. Avoid April, May, late September and October if you don’t have experience with sea kayaking in wind.

    You must be able to swim. Most times, it is possible to opt-out of daily paddles if you need rest or want to enjoy some other activities.

  • Previous kayaking experience is recommended but not mandatory. A good physical fitness level can substitute lack of experience. Remember that you’ll use a double-bladed paddle, so you will be using your arms and hands a lot. Still, you must be able to swim and be in a very good physical condition.

    In the case of windy weather, the difficulty level can go up and extend kayaking time. If you have no experience with kayaking, it’s best to visit in the summer, June through August, when the wind conditions are easier to handle.

    Most times, it is possible to opt-out of daily paddles if you need to rest or want to enjoy some other activities.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Backpack or duffle large enough to carry all the items listed 
      • Small daypack for daily outings
      • Reusable water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight running or hiking shoes
      • Water shoes
      • Comfortable clothes for kayaking 
      • Clothes for free time and evenings (short sleeves and one long-sleeved shirt in case of a chilly night)
      • Long sleeve Lycra shirt
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Swimsuit
      • Sunhat
      • Towel
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. Your guides will provide you with a more detailed list before the trip. Keep in mind to pack light because of limited space in the kayak.

  • The only thing you need to take with you is swimwear, water shoes and sun protection (Lycra shirt, cap, sunglasses, sun cream). Kayaking gloves can be helpful too!

    Your guide will provide:

      • Paddle (TNP aluminum)
      • Buoyancy aid (Aquarius MQ Pro PFD)
      • Spray skirt (Prijon polyester)
      • Dry bags

    Your guides use high-quality Prijon kayaks that can accommodate any type of paddles, store a lot of luggage and gear, tolerate some contact with sharp rocky coast, and stay stable in typical wind/wave situations on the Adriatic Sea.

  • You can choose between single and double touring kayaks depending on your preference and experience. 

    Those with less kayaking experience or questionable physical fitness would have the best time in a double kayak for comfort and safety reasons. These tandem kayaks are considerably faster than a solo kayak as two people are paddling. The extra width provides excellent stability and extra freedom to travel in a greater variety of sea conditions. Also, a double kayak gives a chance for one paddler to take a small break to relax, drink water or take a picture during kayaking.

    If you are an experienced paddler with specific preferences, please let us know, and we will do our best to meet your needs.

    Your guides can adjust kayaks 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.

  • Croatia and the Mediterranean offer great food — you’ll try local dishes, delicacies and products to have a memorable gastronomic experience.

    This adventure includes breakfast during the entire tour, except on the starting day. Depending on the group size, your guides will organize breakfast in a restaurant or prepare it in the self-service arrangement at your accommodation. Breakfast will generally include cheese, ham, cereals, bread spreads, fruits, milk, coffee, tea, etc.

    Each day during the lunch breaks your guide will offer you snacks such as sandwiches, pastries, fruits or energy bars.

    Farewell dinner is organized in a local tavern with a 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 in a specific way. The meal will be followed by some of the finest local wines. For other nights when dinner is not included, your guides will recommend the best local restaurants depending on your budget and preferences.

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

  • Komiža, one of the prettiest coastal towns on the entire Adriatic Sea, still keeps its Mediterranean charm. You will stay here in comfy 3-star apartments and guesthouses where you will have a room with a private bathroom sometimes share between two rooms. Your guides handpick the units making sure they are centrally located and close to the sea. Your accommodation will have a Wi-Fi connection and electricity. The electricity socket standard in Croatia is European, types C, E, and F.

    The pricing is based on double room occupancy, meaning two people are accommodated in a room with a two-person (double) bed. Twin beds are rarely available, and you should specifically require them upon booking.

    Single room occupancy is available upon request and subject to additional supplement that depends on the tour season, ranging between €35 and €60 per night. Please contact us for more details.

  • Group sizes and pricing

    • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 8:1.
    • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate. 
    • In exceptional cases, the number can go up to 12 in which case a second guide joins the tour. Please contact us for more details.

    Min. age requirements

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the tour on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian. If your group has kayakers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
  • Island Vis is exposed to wind and waves in all directions, and conditions can sometimes be challenging. However, your guides take the weather seriously and adjust the itinerary based on the conditions.

    The Mediterranean climate 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.

  • To get to Vis, most people fly into Split airport (SPU), 20 minutes away from your base. From there, you can rent a car, grab a taxi or take a shuttle service and meet your guides in downtown Split. To reach Vis, you will take a ferry from Split that takes a bit over two hours.

    The tour will depart in the morning, so it’s recommended to arrive in Split on Day 0 when you’ll have a briefing at your guides’ office. Also, Split offers a lot to see! 

    The tour finishes in the late afternoon with a ferry transfer to Split, so an extra night in Split would generally be needed. Your guides can assist with accommodation arrangements if required.

    During the trip, you will also take a boat excursion to Bisevo island and visit Blue cave, all included in the package.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. 

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. 

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Croatia, please refer to the official website of the Croatian National Tourist Board.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • Once the trip is confirmed, the deposit becomes non refundable.
    • For cancellations received up to 180 days prior to departure, Guide will charge the deposit plus any third-party costs for which deposits are already paid
    • For cancellations received 90-180 days before departure, Guide will charge 25% of total service amount plus any third-party costs for which deposits are already paid 
    • For cancellations received 60-90 days before departure, Guide will charge 50% of total amount plus any third-party costs for which deposits are already paid 
    • For cancellations less than 60 days before departure, Client is not entitled to any refund. 
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