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Vis island guide

Published on February 28, 2016 by Luka Grubor

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Vis Island is the westernmost of the group of islands lying off the mainland coast of Croatia beween Split and Dubrovnik. Situated around 94 miles from the nearest point on the coast of Italy, the harbour of Pescara, and 32 miles from the Croatian coast, Vis is a popular summer port of entry for yachts arriving in the country from Italy.

The island’s distance from the mainland means that it is less overwhelmed by tourism than some of the other islands and it remains relatively unspoilt. It was a base for Tito’s partisans during World War II as well as a British special forces unit and there are a number of relics of that conflict around the island, including a cave which was Tito’s wartime HQ.

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Today Vis is most noted for its wines and the centre of the island is green with vineyards. Visiting yachts mainly make for the harbours of Vis Town on the N coast or Komiza on the W coast, although there are also several good anchorages around the coastline.

U. Stonca

 43°4.06′N, 16°11.39′E
The small cove of U. Stonca lies about half a mile NNE of the main harbour of Vis Town. It offers a quiet (except in July and August) anchorage with shelter almost as good as Vis Town itself and only becomes uncomfortable in strong S or E winds. Anchor towards the head of the cove in 5.0 – 6.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.

U. Rogacic

43°4.562′N, 16°11′E
The anchorage of U. Rogacic is located a mile N of Vis Town round the peninsula and small island on the W side of the entrance. The passage between the island, Otok Host, and the coast of Vis has depths of just over 11 metres and can be used if arriving from Vis Town. The best position is tucked into the NW end of the bay, where there is good shelter from all directions except E. Anchor in 5.0 – 6.0 metres. The holding is good in sand. No facilities ashore.

U. Stoncica

 43°3.96′N, 16°14.55′E
U. Stoncica is situated at the NE tip of the island, in a deep inlet extending around half a mile inland. It offers good shelter in all but N and NE winds. Anchor at the head of the inlet in 6.0 – 8.0 metres, with a line ashore. If preferred. Holding is good in sand and weed. There is a restaurant at the head of the inlet.