The harbour of Rukavac is the largest and most protected bay on the south-eastern Vis coast. It is surrounded by the Polivalo and Gnjila capes and protected from the south wind by the largest islet of Vis, the mini archipelago of Ravnik.
The Bay ends in two basins, Novi and Stari Rukavac. Novi Rukavac or Rukavac is a fishermen's village with a concrete pier where numerous fishing boats often unload their catch.
The pier is around twenty meters long and the depth from both sides reaches three meters.
On the eastern part, the depth suddenly decreases to just one meter, and on the western part, you should pay attention to the ropes mooring the local people's boats. Furthermore, on the west, is a favorite bathing site for the people of Vis, Tepluš. In the last couple of years, Rukavac has become famous as an apartment village where there are also two fish restaurants.
In Stari Rukavac boats are moored to layups and the village has preserved the characteristics of this idyllic fishermen's hamlet and is a good choice for those looking for a quiet corner.
The depth in the center of the bay reaches eight meters whilst in Novi Rukavac it is a bit lower. The bottom is covered with plain terrain so that anchors tend to slide but when they get stuck it is necessary to go down and release it.