The mysterious volcanic triangle off the coast of Vis and the most unusual apple in Croatia

The mysterious volcanic triangle off the coast of Vis and the most unusual apple in Croatia

Jabuka, Svetac and Brusnik

Boaters sailing the Croatian sea have a wonderful choice of almost a thousand islands. The islands of the Kvarner, Zadar, Šibenik, Split or Dubrovnik archipelago will satisfy all appetites and affinities in the search for the perfect bay, heavenly beach or hidden resting spot, but the Adriatic hides other uncut diamonds for ambitious boaters looking for an adventure. Visiting the so-called Vis volcanic triangle made of the islands Svetac, Brusnik and Jabuka is one of the greatest nautical adventures in Croatia and is definitely recommended to those looking for offshore sailing.


This original and unique tour is attractive in the summer months because the meteorological conditions and stable anticyclones make it possible to visit this seaside heaven known for its natural beauty covered in a veil of mystery and secrecy.


We will start from the furthest point - Jabuka, a unique islet in all the Croatian Adriatic. Some boaters say it looks like a shark’s fin, others associate it with a broken tooth, while some see a conceptual work of art and old marine texts mention a pyramidal shape. Be that as it may, Jabuka is an isolated lady, which has attracted the interest of sailors since the 14th century, when it was drawn on maps for the first time. The impressive hundred-meter-high black cliff is made of volcanic rock full of magnetite. In fair weather it is visible from the seaside mountains, from a distance of 100 kilometres, due to its shape. Although it is out of the usual naval passages, the islet has become a sort of personal trophy for boaters who come to marvel at this piece of wild nature in its most creative phase. Like an art form, Jabuka can be observed only from a distance, as it has no bays, anchoring is difficult due to the deep seabed and not even the smallest boat can land on the smooth rocks. But you will feel palpable peace and quiet in its vicinity. A parallel universe worth sailing to. It is worth mentioning that the area around Jabuka is one of the richest in fish, especially dentex, in all the Adriatic.


The other end of the Vis triangle closest to Jabuka is the neighbouring islet Brusnik. It is almost 150 million years old and also made of volcanic rock rich in magnetite. Due to this phenomenon, a compass needle goes haywire when near the island. Boaters should access this 23-meter-tall island very carefully due to the numerous underwater rocks on the north-western side, near the small beach full of grey pebbles of all sizes, or try to moor off the south-eastern coast. After which a most beautiful vista will open up before you. The combination of sunshine, black rocks and turquoise sea is truly timeless. An endemic species of black lizards, known for being precise meteorologists, lives on the island. An old proverb says that the weather is about to change when the lizards hide between the rocks. After Brusnik, it is time to sail to the final part of the Vis triangle.


Svetac or Sveti Andrija (St. Andrew) was already settled in prehistory. The Illyrians and their queen Teuta, the Greeks and the Romans all had posts on the island on which, according to fishermen, the winds blow so strongly that even rocks fly. For the last 250 years, Svetac has been owned by the Zanki family. The Slatina, or Mundonova cove as the locals call it, is the safest cove in which it is possible to tie your ship to two shoreside bitts. From Slatina you can reach Pavlov bok with a dinghy. It is the only harbour on the island, in which boats are not moored or berthed, but dragged out onto land. Boaters looking for mystery and enigmatic history will enjoy a tour of Teuta’s tower, from where, according to legend, the powerful Illyrian queen lived well on pirate plunder.

Just as Jabuka and Brusnik, Svetac is characterized by wild nature. The only sculptors, painters and architects are the powerful winds and the sea.
Which is why you should wait for the summer months, fair weather and a calm sea before sailing off into the world of secrets, mystery and beautiful nature.

Ivo Pervan / Geopark Viški arhipelag

Geopark Vis Archipelago

The island of Vis and its surrounding islands of Biševo, Sveti Andrija, Brusnik, Jabuka and Palagruža form a single geographical area with various sites and landscapes, and are the second UNESCO geopark in Croatia, along with Papuk.