Vis & Hvar, Croatia

Aug 23, 2018 - Sea Cloud

Today we started our journey sailing near the Croatian island of Vis. Chief Mate John held an introduction to sailing on the spanker deck as Captain Komakin sent the crew to sailing stations. They dazzled us as they climbed the riggings and let loose the sails. After meeting our expedition team and our cultural guide Petra, Jose Calvo gave a presentation on photo composition. We then were surprised with an impromptu photo safari, loading into Zodiacs and driving around the ship, to take advantage of the photo opportunity with the Sea Cloud under full sail.

After a delicious lunch we made our way into the Renaissance town of Hvar. With the heat remaining steady the guides gave us an in-depth look at this medieval town, with a visit to the Franciscan Monastery and the bustling courtyard with plenty of shops and cafes to admire. Some were even able to take a dip for their first Adriatic swim.

Once all back on board the captain’s cocktail party was just getting started and he had the chance to share some encouraging words about the adventure that lies ahead and introduce some of his crew. We all had a toast and went downstairs for yet another outstanding Sea Cloud meal.

With our bellies full and our first taste of the Dalmatian Coast complete, we’ll make our way to Korcula to take in more of Croatia.

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About the Author

Leah Eaton

Assistant Expedition Leader

Leah grew up in a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest with Olympic National Park in her backyard, and it was here where her love of all things wild began. Ever since she ran around shipyards at an early age and watched her dad work in the marine trade, she has loved being near water.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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