The Once Hidden Bay of Stiniva, Vis Island...
Plenty has recently been written about Stiniva, on the Croatian Island of Vis.. It’s undoubtably beautiful. There’s a special aura when you first enter this
hidden bay. Stiniva is the perfect place to immerse yourself within natural Croatian beauty. It has however become busy, really busy! An increase in nautical tourism from the island of Hvar and
from Split on the Dalmatian mainland, has changed the way with which most tourists experience Stiniva. Speed boats full of expectant tourists buzz constantly into the once quiet cove. Selfie
sticks have replaced snorkels. The quiet respectful visitors have been replaced by muscle bound guys attempting to climb the rock face and manically demonstrate a display of manhood. This
invasion of speedboats will hopefully be controlled in the future, but for now there are still a few ways to continually enjoy the beauty of Stiniva bay.
Follow our advice when visiting Stiniva and hopefully you can escape the crowds.
The speed boats start arriving after 10.30. Before that time you will only have to share the bay with a few respectful travellers and some swimmers from the Yachts that have anchored
After the bay has lost it’s sun and the shade covers the pebbles, the speed boats leave. This is generally after 4pm. Hiking down to the bay on the single track requires a good pair of shoes and
a supply of water. The reward is an early evening swim and then the quiet and calmness of being able to chill out in the shade.
Enter by Kayak…
This is our favourite way to experience the south coast of Vis island. At WearActive, we love to take guests to
Stiniva but now we prefer to arrive early with a picnic breakfast or we wait until September when the crowds start to disappear from the island. Arrival to the hidden cove becomes an adventure on
the kayak, with entering the high cliffs of Stiniva the reward.
Please try not to share this information with too many people, as we like be a little bit selfish when it comes to this unspoilt island!