Komiža is a Croatian coastal town lying on the western coast of the island of Vis in the central part of the Adriatic Sea. Situated in a deep bay, whose eastern shore abounds with large pebble beaches (Kamenica, Gusarica, Nova Pošta, Velo Žalo), Komiža offers excellent visitor opportunities: quality accomodations (hotels and apartments), and a number of cultural and historic sites, monasteries and fortresses. The economy is based on farming, winemaking, fishing and fish processing, and in recent times, tourism. The fishermen are noted for their Falkuša vessels.
The island of Vis as well as the whole Dalmatian coast belongs to the Mediterranean type of climate with hot summers. There are in average 2600 sunny hours through the year. The temperature during the summer months is above 24 °C, and in the winter months above 6 °C. It rains throughout the year less than 800 mm. The most often winds are the bora and the jugo in winter, and maestral in the summer.
Komiža, located on the island of Vis, has for centuries been the fishing center on the Adriatic Sea. This small community, which never had more than 3500 inhabitants, at one time had up to 1000 fishermen. Fishermen from Komiža were noted for travelling in regattes great distances to more productive fishing areas – noteably Palagruža. This fishermen from Komiža had constructed and developed their own type of fishing boar called ‘’gajeta – falkuša’’.With such boats the Komižans, under favourable conditions, made up to 42 miles distance between Komiža and Palagruža in less than five hours.