On my last trip to Croatia I had the pleasure to go ziplining in the Cetina Canyon, in Omis.
Soaring high above the river and cliffs of the Cetina Canyon was a thrilling experience, and one I can recommend to everyone travelling to Croatia.
Ziplining in Omis was one of my favourite experiences of my ten days in Croatia, one I think every adventure lover should try. In this guide I have listed everything you need to know about going ziplining in Omis, Croatia.
I included basic information like how to get there, prices and duration, as well as some thoughts from my own personal zipline experience. If you want to know more about the zipline in Omis, this is the guide for you!
What is zipline?
Zipline, zip line or zip-line, however you choose to spell it (they all seem to be considered right spelling according to Wikipedia) is one of the most fun and thrilling experiences that you can have on your travel bucket list.
A zipline is a pulley suspended on a cable and mounted on a slope. It’s designed to enable a person to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable, moving only with the pull from gravity.
It has become a very popular tourist activity in destinations with particularly scenic landscapes.
Whether it’s amongst the canopy treetops of a rainforest or through the cliffs of a canyon, you’re always guaranteed a thrilling experience.
About Omis & the Cetina Canyon
Omis is one of the cutest towns in Croatia, and a must visit on any Croatia bucket list and Croatia itinerary, even if you don’t go zip-lining. It’s located at the mouth of the Cetina River, where it meets the Adriatic Sea.
It’s a very scenic town, with the tall cliffs of the Cetina Canyon behind it and the sea in front. It has a very well preserved historical town centre, which you can explore before or after your zipline experience.
The Cetina Canyon is a canyon that runs for 100km along the Cetina River, and it’s the perfect destination for an adventurous holiday. Besides zipline, you can also go rafting in the Cetina River.
The canyon is extremely scenic, with sweeping landscapes and a stunning natural environment. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Europe.
Zipline in Omis – the key info
The zip-line in Omis is one of the most famous in the world. It’s composed by eight wires, for a total length of 2,100 metres.
The first wire is the longest, with its 700 metres in length, as well as the highest at 150 metres above ground level. It’s also the most scenic, not just in this zip-line tour but probably in the whole world.
We did the tour with Zipline Croatia and paid 400 HRK per person for our zip-line tour.
The tour will last around 3-4 hours, including the transfer from Omis to the starting wire and back. You will have two professional guides accompanying you the whole time.
Our experience doing a zip-line tour in the Cetina Canyon
We spent the morning wandering around Omis, exploring the cute old town and the view from Starigrad Fortress before heading to our zipline tour.
We had booked the early afternoon tour, so that we could have lunch in Omis before.
If you don’t want to worry about making your own way there you can join a Split tour, which includes the transfer from Split. For example, the Omis zipline tour on GetYourGuide includes also transfers from Split.
The meeting point for Zipline Croatia is just on the outskirts of Omis. Here they checked us in and gave us our zipline gear, after that we all boarded a tiny coach and went to the start point of the zipline experience.
First we did a healthy & safety run down and zipline practice on a tiny zipline wire. We all tried it on a wire that was only a few metres above the ground, so that we could practice breaking and stopping.
After that we did a short hike to the first wire. The hike was only about 15 minutes, but the views were gorgeous, and a great preview of what was ahead.
The first wire is the longest and most scenic one.
To be honest that’s a bit of a shame, since we were so terrified we felt like we didn’t properly enjoy the view the first time. By the time we got to our final wires we were more confident, but the views weren’t as spectacular.
That said, it’s still an awesome experience. You will have two guides, one that will go ahead of you to receive you and unhook your gear, and one behind you who straps you to the wire and gives you the initial push.
After the first wire the others are a variety of long wires that cross over the Cetina Canyon and shorter ones that will have you flying through the trees.
It was very different from my zipline experience in Costa Rica, where all the wires were through the canopy and trees.
One thing to note is that they won’t let you hold a camera, GoPro or phone during any of the wires, since they want to ensure you’re using both hands to slow down and brake.
There’s also a risk of you maybe dropping it into the Cetina Canyon, and nobody wants that. You can only film your ziplining towards the end of the tour, when there is a scenic wire that isn’t too long or high.
If you want to film it they will get you to do the wire in tandem, where one person holds the camera and the other brakes.
The balance between excitement, gorgeous nature and incredible views made it an incredible experience. Ziplining in Omis was one of the highlights of our Croatia trip, and I can highly recommend it to everyone.
Where to stay to go ziplining in the Cetina Canyon
The starting point for the zipline tour in the Cetina Canyon with Zipline Croatia is in Omis, so it would make sense to stay in Omis. I have listed below some options for every budget.
Budget – Hostel Omis: This hostel has both dorms and private rooms, both clean and spacious. It also has a sociable atmosphere and a panoramic rooftop terrace, not much more you can ask for!
Mid-range – Vila Stari Grad Apartment 4: This lovely apartment is perfect for a group of friends travelling together. It’s cosy, spacious and has a gorgeous rooftop terrace where you can eat and enjoy the view.
Luxury – Hotel Villa Dvor: If you want to treat yourself after your zipline experience, this is the place to do so! With its luxurious rooms and gorgeous sea view, Hotel Villa Dvor is the perfect place for a luxury stay in Omis.
Having said that, Omis is a fairly small town. A cute town, but still quite small.
If you want to be in a more lively location you can stay in Split, and easily get to Omis in less than half an hour. I have listed some options below for every budget.
Budget: Old Town Hostel – this hostel is right in the centre of Split, here you can find an affordable stay and friendly environment. It’s located fairly close to the bus station so you can get to Omis very easily.
Mid-range: Hotel Bellevue – located in the heart of Split, this cosy hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing stay.
Luxury: Villa Split Heritage Hotel – if you can afford to splurge a little on your stay, this is the place to do so. In the heart of the Old Town this hotel has a very traditional feel, with its exposed brick walls and outdoors courtyard.
Final thoughts on going zip-lining in Omis, close to Split
There you have it, the ultimate guide on going ziplining in the Cetina Canyon, Omis! I tried to make this guide as complete as possible, and answer any questions you might have about this awesome experience.
Zipline is always a thrilling experience, but doing it with a view as spectacular as the Cetina Canyon makes it all the more special. It’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
I hope you find this Omis zipline guide useful in planning your time in Croatia. If you have any questions, just let me know! Have you been ziplining before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below!
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