The beauty of the landscape
and the variety of the tracks for the bikers will satisfy every person
in want of an active vacation. The combination of cycling, swimming, diving,
windsurfing and rock-climbing will not leave anyone indifferent. Only
5 or 10 km away from a village, you will find yourself surrounded by untouched
nature. Many tourists visit Pag in July and August, therefore it is advisable
to avoid riding a bike on the main roads during these two months. However,
all the other months belong to the cyclists, who have at their disposal
an infinite number of combinations between bike tracks and main roads.
Regardless of the duration of your vacation, there will not be enough
time to travel over all the tracks. Especially memorable are the rides
through Pag in May when lavender in bloom transforms the island to a surreal
purple world, and when all the stories about the extraterrestrial visitors
get a new dimension. Everyone who sets out for a trip around the island
has to wonder for a moment where he or she is, amazed by the variety of
the scenes that this island offers.
In certain parts of
the island the rocks are highly lifted, vertical. The thousands of years
of long exposure to Bora have created unusual shapes. The rock-climbing
enthusiasts can enjoy climbing the steep part of St. Vid hill and the
rocks above the beach Rueica, in the north-west side of the bay of Pag.
There are special marks for rock-climbing in these mentioned places.
During summer, the main
beach offer includes ski-jets. Riding the ski-jets is extremely fun
and completely harmless knowing that there are no extreme shallows and
rocks in the bay of Pag that could endanger the ride. The best time
to set forth for a ride is early afternoon when light Maestral begins
to blow. Slight waves cause jumping and twisting of the ski jet and
therefore a diverting ride. It is forbidden to approach the shore with
a ski-jet. Drive carefully even when you are far away from the shore;
be aware of the situation around you, to avoid the swimmers and boats
on your way.
Pag’s bay is suitable
and safe for diving, especially in its shallow and middle parts. Sea currencies
are not strong and there are no great oscillations in the sea temperature.
However, diving is not recommended at the exit of the bay of Pag because
of the strong currencies and no shelter in the case of a storm. The bottom
of the bay of Pag is mostly sandy, but there are some stone cuttings in
its middle part called “pošte”. It is a name for the
fishing spots. The underwater landscape along the shore is so intriguing
that it offers a special experience to divers. There are many recesses,
holes and even small caves that are interesting to the lovers of the underwater
photography. During summer, several diving schools operate in Pag. Namely,
diving in the bay of Pag, as much as safe, can be dangerous for the inexperienced.
On the west side of the bay of Pag there are many sorts of clams. Penn-shell
is one of them but it is strictly forbidden to take it out. It is a pearl-shell
which can grow up to one meter. The submarine world of Caska is another
interesting place for the divers because it is possible to see some parts
of the submerged town. We recommend diving in the cove Slana to the experienced
divers because of very attractive sea bed, full of unusual shapes, picturesque
rocks, grown into high sea grass, small caves and a bigger one which should
not be entered without an experienced diver. Everyone who wishes to practice
diving in the bay of Pag requires a special permit that can be obtained
at the Harbour master’s office. Scuba diving with a spear fishing
gun is not permitted.
The researches conducted
in the period from 1998 to 2001, showed that winds blow 350 days in
a year in Pag. Therefore, the bay of Pag is a real paradise for the
windsurfers. At the same time safe and challenging. In summer afternoons,
usually blows light wind called Maestral, suitable for the surfers which
do not incline to madcap stunts. In late afternoons, Maestral grows
stronger so one can surf faster and even make a whole trip around the
bay. Burin is the wind blowing from the north, stronger than Maestral,
somewhat colder and therefore more pleasant during summer, and allows
faster windsurfing. When Maestral or Levant (east wind) blows, it is
best to begin windsurfing from the main beach or Bašaca. However,
when Burin blows, then it is best to start from Vodice or the cape St.
Nikola towards Pag. Windsurfers have at their disposal many beautiful
beaches for making a break. We advise avoiding the channel that joins
the bay of Pag with the channel of Velebit because it is hard to get
out of that area (even to the more experienced surfers) in cases of
sudden storm, bora or tramontana.