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On the southern shore of Vis about halfway between Stoncica (photos) and Komiza, this long narrow inlet was formed when the roof of a large cave collapsed into the sea. At its northern end it reaches a constriction beyond which yachts cannot travel and where there is a small curving bay with a large shingle beach situated in what is now an impressive natural amphitheater.
Water is deep (anchor in 10-15 metres) and the holding good, but the inlet can be busy around lunch time as it marks the half way spot for those who left Vis Town in the morning heading towards Komiza. Occasionally you will find boats laid up overnight here. These tend to drop anchor close to the southern edge of the inlet and run lines ashore to ensure their security in such a constricted location.
Regardless of the traffic this is one of the ‘natural wonders’ of Croatia and definitely worth a look for the impressive scenery. Stop for lunch, watch for the wild goats on the shore and either swim or take your tender through the narrow gap into the beach. Whether it makes a good overnight stop is another matter (it has always been a lunch stop on our itneraries) however yachts clearly do stop here overnight, of these we have seen several taking a line ashore, presumably to help assure their position in what is quite a tightly spaced anchorage.
Shelter: Good in all directions except southerly
Depths: 10-20 metres
Holding: Good - take lines ashore if staying long
Hazards: None recorded
Shore Access: Via beach and path to road network
Services: Seasonal bar/cafe on beach
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
A - Stiniva Beach - no access for yachts
B - Consider taking line ashore if you are planing extended stay
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