administration + laws

The island of Vis is a part of the Republic of Croatia with two seasonal maritime border crossings. On the state level, islands are taken care of by the Directorate for island and regional development in the Ministry of public works, reconstruction and construction.
The island of Vis belongs to the Splitsko-Dalmatinska County, and is divided into two municipalities, Vis and Komiza. Komiza, with its vast marine area which spreads all the way to Jabuka westwards and to Palagruza southwards, is spatially the largest community in Croatia.
Municipalities are managed by The municipal council of the city of Vis and The municipal council of the city of Komiza.
The most successful political options on the island are: HSS (Croatian Peasant Party), HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union), HSP (Croatian Party Of Rights), SDP (Social-Democratic Party)...


related laws in Republic of Croatia

communal services

The island is supplied with freshwater from its three springs, but they are insufficient during summer, when demand for water increases, so the springs often go dry. Freshwater is one of the bigger problems of the island, but it is expected to be solved by connecting the newly discovered spring onto the island's water supply system, and by installing a tank for collecting rain in Vis. All these measures, along with the proposed connecting to the Croatian Island Water Supply System (which already supplies Brac and Hvar) should resolve the problem in the future years.

Komiza and Vis have their own separate sewage systems.

Almost every village on the island has electricity, but the supply is insufficient (only one 30kV cable via Hvar) and some improvings must be made in the future. So, when the lights come out (more often in the summer, of course), you can call HEP office in Vis or HEP office in Komiza (Croatian electricity supplier), and they will tell you everything is OK because these things just happen.

Petrol station is found only in Vis.

The trash is collected by the JKP Komiza and deposited on the beautiful south-west coast of the island, which is a very inappropriate site (the island still hasn't got an official trash deponium, but one is proposed in the future plan, southwards from Podspilje). Another trash dump (also on a cleverly chosen spot) is found in the hills north-west of the city of Vis, right on the way to the Wellington fort.


currency + banks

Kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa).
1 euro = 7,6 kn

You can exchange your euros in banks, exchange offices, post offices and most tourist agencies. Eurochecks can be exchanged only in banks (open from 9 AM to 7 PM, on Saturdays to 1 PM).


post + telephone

Post offices are found in Podspilje, Komiza and Vis. Telephone booths accept cards which can be bought in almost every store or tobacco shop.


fire brigade

There are two voluntary fire brigades on the island, DVD Vis and DVD Komiza, famous for their efficiency in fire prevention and fire fighting, but also for their care for the environment.


health care

Health care can be obtained both in Vis and Komiza, but there's a really interesting dentist on the island, whose specific prevention philosophy results in very healthy teeth among the islanders, especially children.
Animal health care is available in Vis.


police + court

Common court in Vis, like the police precinct Vis are in charge of the Komiza community too, while the islanders who commit criminal acts (other than pure felonies) are tried in Split.
The police patrol boat Sveti Mihovil (St. Michael) and her crew are famous for their courage while chasing the Italian fishermen out of Croatian territorial sea.


navigation + traffic

how to get to Vis:

FROM SPLIT (Croatia)

> by ferryboat - "Jadrolinija"

  • ferries:
    "Bartol Kasic", "Veljun", "Lastovo"
  • duration: 3 hours
    (3 and half if it stops in Hvar)
  • schedule - ticket prices
  • it's not possible to make reservations for the local ferry lines; queues (of vehicles) are possible in the summertime, so, if you arrive by car, we recommend coming 1 hour earlier
  • tickets can be payed in cash, checks and credit cards

> by catamaran - "SEM marina"

  • catamarans "Komiza" or "For"
  • duration: 1 h 30 min
  • only passengers (no vehicles)
  • schedule - ticket prices
  • catamaran waits in front of harbourmaster's office (Lucka kapetanija) in Split

FROM RIJEKA (Croatia)*

> by ferryboat - "Jadrolinija"


> by ferryboat - "Jadrolinija"


> by ferryboat - "SEM marina"

  • ferries "Split 1700" and "Kraljica mira"
  • schedule
  • ticket prices and reservations see on SEM Marine


> by catamaran - "SNAV"


* only in summer (June to September)


> with your own ship


Croatia can be travelled:

by car ; by bus ; by train ; by plane


on the island

  • there are two roads connecting Vis and Komiza, the old one (21 km long) that runs through the central part of the island and connects most of the villages, and the new one, only 9 km long.
  • you can reach Komiza from Vis by JKP-Komiza bus or by taxi-van;
  • the only petrol station on the island is in Vis ("INA") - has all sorts of fuel - working hours during the year: 7-12 and 17-19 h, in the summer 7-21 h telephone: 021 711 176
  • bicycles and scooters can be rented on the island
  • there is no rent-a-car on the island



Harbour office Vis and Harbour office Komiza are in charge of all the maritime traffic around the island and in ports. Their administrative significance is very important, since both ports include seasonal maritime border crossings.
Harbour offices are also responsible for rescuing the unfortunate sailors when an accident occurs.
Lighthouses and harbours are maintained by Plovput company, and the nautical charts and other nautical publications are published by the Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia.



media + communication

SLOBODNA DALMACIJA, local daily newspaper, is read by the most of the islanders. A strong communications channel is the telephone which helps spread the news with almost radiophonic quickness. Important means of communication is the UHF radio, a must-have for every proper vessel on the sea. Local FM station is Nautic radio Vis.


environmental protection

Ministry of environmental protection and physical planning has protected some areas on the island and its archipelago:

VIS - Vis harbour area and the north-eastern part of the island (to the Zaglav cove), with all the islets and rocks along the coast
BISEVO - sea belt 300 m wide, starting from Bisevo coastline
PALAGRUZA - sea belt 300 m wide around entire island group, including shoals Pupak and Bacva
BRUSNIK - sea belt 300 m wide around the island
JABUKA - sea belt 300 m wide around the island

The convention on biological diversity

some of the protected animal species:

shell 'plemenita periska' (pinna nobilis)
sea snail 'triton' (charonia tritonis)
sea snail ' bacvas' (tonna galea)
sea snail 'prugasta mitra' (mitra zonata)
snake 'pjegava crvenokrpica' (elaphe situla)
turtle 'glavata zelva' (caretta caretta)
turtle 'golema zelva' (chelonia mydas)
falcon 'mrki sokol' (falco eleonorae)
seal 'sredozemna medvjedica' (monachus monachus)
dolphin 'dobri dupin' (tursiops truncatus)
dolphin 'obicni dupin' (delphinus delphis)

some of the protected natural caves:

Modra spilja(cave) on island Bisevo -'natural monument'
Medvidina spilja(cave) on island Bisevo-'nat. monument'
Zelena spilja(cave) on island Ravnik-'natural monument'
Stiniva bay - 'significant landscape'
Titova spilja (Tito's cave) - 'memorial area'


cultural heritage

libraries ; museums

tourism mix


Tourism with comprehension


events + projects

otokultivator ; easa 2002 senses ; litkon

mediterranean monk seal group ; project issa

fishermen's fiesta ; musical nights of Vis

paravis ; unesco - semep

ars halieutica ; Vis theatre