Climbing on stairs above Cetina river to do Zipline

TOP 5 REASONS TO TRY ZIPLINE IN CROATIA!

The view on Cetina river and Zipline wire
The view on Cetina river, its canyon and Zipline

Both Zipline and Bungee Jumping helped me to overcome my fear of heights, although Zipline was much less scarier than MY BUNGEE EXPERIENCE, but still very thrilling.


I guess you already know how much I love to travel and try out different activities especially those that are pumped up with adrenaline.

There are few locations around Croatia where you can try this awesome activity (see the list of all the places HERE). However, if you try Zipline in Omiš, you will have an unique opportunity to see the Cetina river from bird’s perspective, so translucent and turquoise, totally surreal.

Turquoise river Cetina and surrounding nature looking from a beginning Zipline spot
Turquoise river Cetina and surrounding nature looking from a beginning Zipline spot


In this article, I will tell you a bit more about Zipline, city Omiš, Cetina river, my personal experience and top 5 reasons why you should try this awesome activity!

Are you ready to dive into my new story!? 🙂
Enjoy in reading!

Driving towards Cetina river and its canyon taking photos from the car
TRAVEL TIP: If it’s high season, take the left turn after Stobreč town to Poljica road and continue to Srinjine settlement. You won’t drive next to the Adriatic sea but mountains and villages yet you will save a lot of time as only and mostly locals know this road.


GENERAL INFO ABOUT OMIŠ & CETINA RIVER

Panorama view on Omis city, Adriatic sea and mountains


THE TOWN OF OMIŠ is located at the mouth of the river Cetina, somewhere around 20 km south from Split.

Its unique position on the Adriatic coast surrounded by mountains, canyons, old walls and fortresses, attracts many visitors especially during the summer. It’s a perfect getaway from hustle and bustle in Diocletian’s city. Back in the days, Omiš used to be a pirate city and Fortica fortress was a perfect defenders spot.

But besides architectural and historical attractions that this charming city can offer you, natural wonders are by far the best what you can explore in this area.

The view on canyon of the river Cetina  and some boats on Adriatic sea
Enter to the canyon of the river Cetina from Omiš town starts with tunnel.

Famous bridge in Omis over Cetina river and the view on mountains
Zipline agency is located immediately after the main bridge in Omiš, on the left (if you are coming from Split)


CETINA RIVER

Beautiful green landscape of Cetina river and mountains
Beautiful landscape of Cetina river.


Cetina is one of the most beautiful rivers in Croatia and the longest one in the whole Central Dalmatia. It starts under Dinara mountain near the border with Bosnia and continues its 100 km journey towards Adriatic sea. This water-rich river supplies several places along the way with fresh water.

TRAVEL TIP: If I were you, I would definitely visit THE SOURCE OF THE CETINA RIVER near the small village called Cetina. It’s a bit of a driving, but trust me, you will be amazed!

What’s also amazing about Cetina, is a diversity of the relief flowing through it and its subsurface. Many Dalmatian rivers are flowing between the canyons, inaccessible gorges being the true treasure of deep caves,
and Cetina is no exception too.

Luckily, smart people remembered to organize some activities in this lush greenery and karst area full of rapids and waterfalls. If you come here, you will feel a perfect blend of adventures, extreme and less extreme sport and the most important-fun. CANYONING, RAFTING, KAYAKING, ROCK CLIMBING, HIKING, ZIPLINE are only few of the activities in which you can enjoy in this spectacular area.

In the green and blue surreal nature of Cetina river
In the green and blue, surreal nature of Cetina river.



ZIPLINE ABOVE THE CANYON OF THE RIVER CETINA

Zipline stainless-steel cable from close up

First of all, you will have to set a aside at least five hours for this experience. I advise you to explore more around the area after you finish with Zipline.

The Zipline itself lasts around 3 hours or more, depending on the group and if it’s high season or not. But, don’t worry: this day will remain forever recorded in your memory so it will be totally worth it. If you are wondering what to do after, as I mentioned, Omiš is a great city to wander around, Cetina river or Adriatic sea to take a swim and Radman’s mills to take a bite of fresh and homemade food.

Eating fried frogs in Radman's mills
One of the specialities in Radman’s mills are fried frogs. They taste sweeter than chicken, but they won’t fill your stomach. You have to take another main dish if you choose to try them.

Another speciality of the house is eel and it doesn't tastes bad, but weird.
Another speciality of the house is eel and it doesn’t tastes bad, but weird.

BUT WAIT, HOW DOES ZIPLINE WORK?

The answer is-gravity! A zip line is made up of a pulley appended to a stainless-steel cable that extends between fixed points of different elevations. Zip wire then allows a person that is fastened to the moving pulley, to ‘zip’ from the top to the bottom of a cable, propelled by gravity. The zip line of course, must be inclined to a certain degree in order to allow person to move.

Zipline starting on a cable in Omis, Croatia
Approximately this is how you start your Zipline.

So, let’s continue to adrenaline polygon located in Omiš. Actually, the ZIPLINE is above the canyon of the River Cetina, and the agency itself is located in the old part of Omiš town. ( Poljička square)
If you decide to try this activity while in Croatia, you will have a transfer included from the agency to starting point of Zipline as well as all the equipment.

Sitting on a rock with Zipline equipment and helmet
This is how equipment looks like: harness, gloves, helmet, brake.

Be aware that in some points, you will have to hike so choose wisely the time of reservation. For example, we went around noon which was the worse time under the sun in the middle of July. Considering we got burnt badly few days ago in Catalonia, we were totally immune haha. Just joking of course, get some sun creme with at least 30 SPF, preferably 50 SPF.

Hiking with a group toward the Zipline starting point
Hiking with a group toward the Zipline starting point


ZIPLINE consists of eight steel cables with total length of the cables 2100 m. (the longest is 700 m and is 150 m above ground level). All you have to do is to sit in a “belt” and descend down the canyon. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, like with everything, it’s always easier to say than to do.

Climbing on the stairs to the Zipline starting point
There will be some climbing too!



But during the entire polygon you and your group are followed by two guides that are helping you all the time with tips and encouraging words. Of course that before the actual start, there is a training session with two short cables on which the guides are showing you how to behave, what to do and not to do while on the ZIPLINE.

Zipline always starts with a training.
Yep, I was a bit afraid lol.


Furthermore, at each cable, one guide demonstrates the descent and the second one stays to attach the participants onto the cable with full instructions provided.

First, the longest (700m) and the scariest wire 150 m above the ground above Cetina river
First, the longest (700m) and the scariest wire 150 m above the ground.

To see more about Zipline in Omiš, check their OFFICIAL PAGE.

Waiting in line to do a Zipline looking towards the Cetina river and mountains
Of course I decided to be the last to go on a wire lol.
Mountains on a sunny day above Cetina river
Beautiful nature around Cetina river on a nice sunny day.
Green scenery above the canyon of the river Cetina
Yes the views are spectacular. And yes, half of the way agency is driving you here, half of the way you hike to get here.


TOP 3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TRY ZIPLINE!

 

1. IT’S A PERFECT WAY TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND TO TRY SOMETHING NEW!

 

Doing tandem with my boyfriend on Zipline in Omis, Croatia
In one place, you are allowed to go in tandem and one can even hold a phone or camera (GoPro the best) a make a video! For example, Bungee Jumping tandems are very dangerous, but Zipline tandems are totally safe.

2. IT’S FULL OF FUN AND ADRENALINE!

 

Zipline above the road and green, blue Cetina river
The last wire is above the road! Look at that colour of Cetina river!

3. YOUR EYES WILL BE PLEASED WITH ALL THOSE PANORAMIC VIEWS!

 

Waiting to do Zipline in Omis with the group

4. IT WILL HELP YOU TO TRY OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF HEIGHTS!

 

Hiking towards first Zipline point

 

5. YOU WILL HAVE ONE MORE AWESOME STORY TO TELL TO YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND MAYBE TO YOUR CHILDREN TOO!

Swimming in Cetina river
Don’t forget to take a swim in crystal clear Cetina, but be careful, it’s super cold even in the middle of the summer! I couldn’t do it and my boyfriend did for a few seconds haha.

Boyfriend and I on a Cetina river beach

Besides, there are plenty shallow cute beaches to explore while you’re in Radman’s mills. Go wander around a bit!

In the final analysis, as you seen, this area is gorgeous aso mark the Zipline here or elsewhere in the world, high on your bucket list!

I hope you enjoyed my article!

I’m curious to know other places around Europe that are offering Zipline. If you know any or even better, if you’ve tried Zipline somewhere else, please write me in the comments below.

If you want to see more of extreme sports that I’ve done, click HERE to see my vlog and two of my Bungee Jumping videos on my YouTube channel.

Here below there’s a short video so you can sneak peak how Zipline looks like. 🙂



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Bungee Jumping in Croatia, over Maslenica bridge and blue Adriatic sea

HOW TO DEFEAT YOUR FEAR OF HEIGHTS!?

Imagine if you could face your fear of heights or even better, to defeat it!


What if there is someone who already defeated the same fear that you have and wants to share their story to help you!?


You’d probably love to read how!


Luckily for you, I decided to share my story to help all of you who are feeling exactly how I used to feel.


So, let’s start with my view of fear in general.

Fear is, a kind of a blocking feeling that stops individual from taking certain actions in life.

It takes a lot of courage to face the deepest fears.

However, the outcome of defeating them, brings profound self rewarding feeling, but also freedom, joy, excitement, serenity, confidence…

In my previous blog post I was writing lot more about fear in general so feel free to read that one too! 🙂
You see, I was once a totally different person. I had numerous fears and some of them were:

  • fear of heights
  • fear of bugs
  • fear of people
  • fear of public speaking
  • fear of dark

Fortunately, I was always aware of disabilities that my fears are causing me so I never stopped confronting them; furthermore I was always a dreamer too. In my biggest dreams, I was Sky Diving and Bungee Jumping.

For the whole life, I was waiting for a moment to do both. Finally, the day came and I checked off at least Bungee from my bucket list. A day after, I did even Zipline. (Top 5 Reasons to Try Zipline in Croatia)

Those two activities that I’ve done in only 2 days, were the key factors that created a new person that I am today. In this article I will tell you more about Bungee Jumping and how exactly it helped me feel fearless as well the place where I’ve done it.

BUNGEE JUMPING

Bungee Jumping is one of the highest adrenaline pumped activities that someone can experience. It’s a way of free falling where a person jumps from something tall (usually a building, tower or a bridge) and then vertically falls down.

Immediately after the jump, a person is pulled back with elastic bungee rope. The rope is designed to stretch (never to brake) and to bounce the person back up for a few times before it finally stops swinging.

A girl doing Bungee Jumping from Maslenica bridge in Croatia surrounded with Adriatic
Bungee Jumping

Nowadays, Bungee Jumping is lot more popular than ever before. Many tourist destinations are offering bungee as a fun activity while travelling. It is important to always choose the right, secure company that has many years of experience in that field.

I did my first, unforgettable Bungee Jump in Croatia over Maslenica bridge with a help of guys from Izazov Tours.

Maslenica bridge in Croatia with Adriatic sea around, cliffs and pine trees
Maslenica bridge in Croatia
Extraordinary view over Adriatic sea and mountains in Croatia from Maslenica bridge and Bungee Jumping platform
Extraordinary view from Maslenica bridge and Bungee Jumping platform

MY BUNGEE EXPERIENCE

Everyone, especially if it’s their first time, gets that slight hesitation before the jump and that is totally normal.

But after looking up to those incredible views of the Adriatic with cliffs emerging from the crystal clear sea and mountains that feel pretty surreal, you imagine yourself as a bird that is fully ready to dive into the beautiful scene that seems painted.

The view opposite from Bungee Jumping platform looking on crystal clear Adriatic sea
The view opposite from Bungee Jumping platform looking on crystal clear Adriatic sea

When I finally jumped (and I did it faster than I expected I would), my body turned fully into exhilarating feeling and nothing else than that.

It was a feeling of full weightlessness and freedom, euphoria, pride and awe with zillion other feelings and sensations.

I believe that even if I write all the possible feelings, I could never be able to describe it well.

An extreme activity such as Bungee is a must do action that can only be well experienced, not well described.

Bungee is unlike other sports because there’s no need to take certain classes and lessons before the real action. All you have to do is to carefully follow all the necessary instructions provided by your instructor. I have to say that instructor I was given was very professional and experienced man who was also extremely funny and that gave me more courage too.

What can ease the fear more than a humor in scary situations?

I’ve seen there is another Bungee location in Croatia over Sibenik bridge too and that one is only 10 meters smaller than Maslenica.

Nevertheless, I advise you to choose guys from Izazov Tours because I already tested their service and I was more than happy with what I got. It is important to mention that you can only pay with cash, no cards.

PRICE: 500,00 HRK per person which is around € 65,00

Maslenica bridge in the distance from where I was doing Bungee Jumping
Maslenica bridge in the distance from where I was doing Bungee Jumping

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

Bungee Jumping is all about confronting the fears, testing your bravery and love for extreme sports, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful about lowering the risks and negative effects that can affect on your well-being.

You shouldn’t do Bungee if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Heavy psychological problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy
  • Neurological issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Any heart diseases
  • Orthopedic problems
  • If you are a drug or alcohol addict and if you were taking any of those before planning to do Bungee

As long as you don’t have any of the above-mentioned facts, you are perfectly fine to go for a Bungee.

A girl preparing to bungee jump from Maslenica bridge in Croatia on a beautiful sunny day
Right before THE jump 🙂

 

HOW TO DO A BUNGEE AND HOW NOT TO? LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES…

There is one simple rule when it comes to Bungee Jumping: CAREFULLY AND STRICTLY FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY THE BUNGEE INSTRUCTOR.

Perhaps you were watching tons of Bungee accidents but the main characteristic to all of them is: not following the instructions and jumping with bad companies together with their not enough tested equipment.

I did listen to my instructor, but somehow during the jump, I forgot about half of what has been said. When you jump, you should jump as far as you can (pretty same like the cliff jumping into the sea) and you should keep your hands spread all the time without touching anything in any single point.

I wasn’t following any of those instructions fully, so after jumping head down, the rope pulled me back up into itself and scratch me on the second fall.

Of course, I got even more scared in already exciting and thrilling action like that so I started using my hands trying to somehow hold myself or who knows what my plan was but not following instructions, led me to a pretty solid bruise which frankly, could be even deadly if I was less lucky.

Red bruise on biceps from bungee jumping rope
A large bruise from bungee jumping

As has been noted, I was still enjoying fully my bungee experience and I would definitely do it again.

All things considered, pluck up your courage, follow the instructions and have the best experience of your lifetime doing Bungee Jumping!

Small boat on Adriatic sea still tied with a bungee rope
After you jump from Maslenica bridge, the guy from a Bungee Jumping company picks you up in a small boat, untie all and tells you to remain calm and to lay for few minutes. Did I mention that you have to climb all the way back up on foot? (56m)
But trust me, after doing Bungee, it’s a piece of cake!

CONCLUSION

I believe that confronting any kind of fear is the best way to overcome it. Actually, you should get more familiar with your fears and eventually with yourself.

On the contrary, fear is good to a certain point, but if it starts stopping you from life experiences and chances, you definitely should consider working on it on a slightly extremer way.

See it like this: imagine it’s apocalypse and somehow you ended up on a high cliff. The only way to save yourself is to move slowly along the edge of the cliff to the end point. If you are much afraid of heights, you’d probably stay there and die, poop yourself in your pants or start having panic attack that will lead you falling in a pit down the cliff.

Maybe my imagination is huge, but I rather choose to be a brave person in this life, than to be a coward. I am not saying that you should check every edge of this world and put yourself in extremely dangerous situations, but you definitely should free yourself while you are still here.

A freeing feeling that extreme experiences are providing, usually take you to a level of great confidence where you start to feel like nothing is impossible. It’s not far from the truth, I must say.

Bungee Jumping convinced me that only sky is the limit and only feelings are real. Moments too!

Because, no one ever thought of that pink dress or shiny suit that he bought in their thirties.

Statistically, most of the people in their time of dying, regret of not living fully. Don’t be one of them.

 

‟You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”

Aristotle

 

Bungee Jumping diploma from Maslenica bridge in Croatia
With Izazov Tours, you even get a proper Bungee Jumping diploma.

If you are adrenaline lover or if you liked this post, make sure to follow my blog because in the next article I will write more about another extreme activity: Zipline in Croatia.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see a new video of my Bungee Jumping that is coming soon together with some more tips.:)

Stay safe and productive,

Lots of love,

Valentina.

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