Vis – a heaven for boaters and divers

Vis – a heaven for boaters and divers

The Vis underwater history museum

Boaters love the island of Vis. This outermost island in the central Adriatic is full of gorgeous beaches and coves, which will tempt you to lay anchor and go for a swim. The towns of Vis and Komiža have a romantic atmosphere, and the inner part of the island is rich in the colours, tastes and smells of the Mediterranean. Coves on Vis such as Srebrna, Stiniva, Stončica and Rukavac are on the wish lists of boaters who come to sail the most beautiful sea in the world. Vis is the ideal destination when sailing to the islands of Korčula or Lastovo, while the islets Brusnik and Svetac, like treasure chests on the open sea, attract boaters looking for adventures and adrenaline. The greatest attraction of the Vis sea basin is only five miles away from Komiža. The Modra cave was discovered by baron Eugen Ransonnet in 1884, which he described as the most beautiful part of Biševo. He was being modest because the Modra cave is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in Croatia visited by tens of thousands of tourists every year. The mystic blue colour leaves an imprint in the mind forever.

Except for natural beauty, Vis is a great destination because of its turbulent past. During World War II, it was first an Italian base, only to be taken over by the Allies afterwards, who built an airport on the island. There are some 30 sunken airplanes around Vis, mostly bomber planes from World War II and several fighter planes. The Vis archipelago has three beautiful locations for boaters who enjoy diving and the local diving agencies will help you discover the secrets of these airplanes. Firstly, the B-17G bomber plane, which sunk on 6 November 1944 is located some 150 metres from the Polivalo cape on the southern side of the island, on the way out of the beautiful Rukavac cove. Although technically demanding, because the airplane lies at a depth of 72 metres, the dive will take you to one of the most valuable airplane wreckages in Croatia and the world. The powerful bomber lies in the deep blue almost undamaged, you can even see the cockpit, and the combination of adventure and history make this underwater museum at the bottom of a beautiful archipelago a must-see destination.

Zoran Jelača

Secondly, the location east off the island Biševo makes it possible to visit both the Modra cave and the B-24 bomber wreckage in one trip. The bomber, nicknamed Lady Luck, was downed in 1944. A combination of beautiful underwater nature, numerous fish and pieces of history makes this a perfect experience for all the senses.

Danijel Frka

In the third locality of the Vis archipelago you can see the B-24 bomber nicknamed Tulsamerican, which sunk near the islet Paržan. According to US archive data, this airplane conducted 27 successful missions until its accident in December 1944.