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Vis Yacht Charter

The rocky island of Vis is a lost-in-time kind of place, best known on the superyacht circuit for its ethereal Blue Cave. Yet the cave is far from all there is to see on sleepy, enchanting Vis, which was cut off from the world for many years while being used as a military base, and even now retains its air of mystery.

Aerial view of secluded Stiniva Beach, Vis Croatia
Beautiful beach in Croatia
Stone church against green hillside, Croatia
Cactus on the rocks at Komiza Beach Croatia

Why Visit Vis?

On Vis, rugged cliffs hide glowing sea caves and dazzling blue-green coves, as well as an abandoned, haunting submarine pen you can swim into. The landscape is littered with old military installations among the sun-bleached rocks and lavender bushes, and army tunnels snake beneath a surface cloaked in ancient vineyards.

Along the coast, pine trees and palm trees create a stunning Mediterranean landscape, and an archipelago of tiny islets beckons from the shore. In the medieval waterfront towns, Venetian stone towers and terracotta roofs contrast vividly with blue sea, and fishermen haul lobster out of the pots for the local restaurants.

Our last featured destination in our Bespoke Croatia Yachting Series was glamorous, buzzy Hvar, and Vis serves as its perfect opposite, where you can relax into the peace and quiet of this authentic Croatian island.

It’s quite possible this splendid island is the antidote to modern life. Here’s our Croatia Yachting Guide so you can enjoy Vis to its fullest.

A Potted History of Vis

Vis is remote from the mainland and strategically important, with a rich history of invasion stretching back to the Greeks in the 4th century BC, and being passed between almost every major European empire since—Romans and Byzantines, Venetians and English, French and the Hapsburgs. The British would defeat Napoleon in the waters off Vis, earlier still, the Illyrian pirates would be chased away from Vis by the Romans in the first Illyrian War. In this way, Vis varies little from the other Dalmatian islands—all mere pawns in the game of thrones that great powers never tire of playing.

Beautiful beach in Croatia
Beautiful secluded cove beach, Vis Croatia

Ancient Greek Colony to WWII Military Base, via Napoleon

You see traces still of these warring empires on Vis—in the ruined British Fort George, now a lounge bar and open-air nightclub, and in the early Venetian stone buildings in seaside towns. But above all, the more recent military history is the one that has left the most interesting mark on Vis’ physical landscape, and perhaps on its character too.

WWII leader General Tito based his military headquarters in a cave on Vis during WWII, in his resistance fight against the Nazis, aided by British troops after 1943. After the war ended, Yugoslavia used Vis as its army base, shutting off the island to the world and creating a vast network of tunnels, submarine pens and caves to protect from the nuclear attack they thought was coming.

A Wonderful Atmosphere

Always geographically isolated and now cut off from the world entirely, life stood still for the islanders until Yugoslavia started falling apart in 1989. Yet with the upcoming Balkan war, it was a long while before foreigners came back to Croatia, and when they did, it was more often to glamorous Hvar than to this remote island with its glowing blue cave and quiet vineyards. Even now, there’s a sense of Vis being outside time.

If you care about military history, Vis will tickle all your fancies. If you don’t care a jot, the submarine pens and military installations still lend a splendid atmosphere to your cruising experience.

What To Do

Explore Caves

The Blue Cave is Vis’ most famous landmark, and justifiably so, for the water glows an almost electric…


When it comes to Vis’ beaches, there seems to be a simple rule: the ones starting with ‘S’ are best…

Dive to a Plane

In the clear waters off Vis, on 3 November 1944, an American Boeing B-17 bomber ditched in the Adriatic…


We heard a saying recently: ‘For bars go to Hvar, for fish, come to Vis’. It’s justified too—due to their specialis

Wine Tasting

Vis is well known for two ancient grape varieties, the white Vugava and red Plavac Mali. The island’s interior…

Party In Fort

An enterprising owner has taken the old British fort by the sea and turned it into a garden lounge and nightclub…

Submarine Pen

There’s a haunting feeling to any abandoned place, and Vis’ submarine pen at Parija Bay is a stunning…

Stroll The Promenade

Once, there was two towns on the Luka Vis Bay: Luka and Kut, but these villages have merged into one, and now…


The little fishing village of Komiza sits on a deep bay in the shadow of Hum Mountain, which rises up 600m…

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Book a Vis Yacht Charter

For all its peace and simplicity, Vis is rising. Conde Nast put the island on its ‘hot’ list in 2015, and you can see the headwinds of change starting to blow, with more hotels and restaurants opening up year by year. Whether you can’t wait for the first 5 star spa or would love it to stay the same forever, one thing is sure: Vis’ mystery is definitely one worth discovering.

To check availability and book a charter, please get in touch with Bespoke Yacht Charter today.