Blue cave and 5 Islands tour is one of the most popular tours from Split, that allows you to enjoy a spectacular nature light show. Here is everything you should know about the tour itself, the cave and the island of Biševo the cave is located on.
The island of Biševo
The little island of Biševo is a true pearl of the Mediterranean, located only 5 nautical miles from Komiža on the island of Vis. The locals always joke that you can practically reach it by swimming. The island is a true paradise on Earth where time is relative and a new meaning of peace is introduced.
Biševo has only 15 permanent residents who found happiness there, surrounded by sea and nature.
There are a few settlements on the island such as Mezuporat, Porat, Poje, Velo Gora, Nevaja, Potok, Gornja and Donja Salbunara. Not many people live there in winter.
Biševo doesn’t have hotels, but you can stay in a few private accommodations. There are not many restaurants on the islands, however in few that you can find there, you can enjoy the most splendid Dalmatian cuisine that will surely take you back in time.
The most visited attributes of Biševo are surely its numerous caves among which the Blue cave is the most famous.
Other than the Blue Cave, one of the most famous ones is surely The Monk seal’s grotto (Medvidina cave), a mysterious cave located in the southern part of the The cave is 160 m long in total which makes it the longest sea cave in the Adriatic. The Monk seal’s grotto was named after the Mediterranean seal, the rarest species of seal, which inhabited the cave.
How to get there
Biševo is connected to the town of Komiža with a regular boat line. Komiža is easily reached from Split as there are regular ferry and catamaran lines to Vis, which is just a short bus ride from Komiža. If you find yourself on either Brač or Hvar, it is also possible to jump on a catamaran to reach Vis.
During summer months, many tourist agencies from Split, Hvar, Vis, etc. organise the tours to the Blue Cave.
If the Blue cave is on your bucket list, you might find it easier joining one of the tours, since it’s much less complicated to organise it all. Most of them include several different stops nearby, which makes the tours even more interesting and worthwhile.
One of the most famous ones is definitely Blue cave and 5 Islands tour.
The only problem one might encounter is the bad weather, since big waves can make getting inside the cave harder, if not impossible. So, you should always check the forecast before booking the tour.
The Blue Cave
The natural phenomena
The Blue cave is one of the most magical places in Croatia where nature plays in a theatrical way and creates an amazing light show in blue. It is a sea cave located on the east side of the island, it is not very deep, from 3 to 20 metres, with many underwater cracks which makes it very interesting to divers.
It has been known since ancient times, but it was only from 1884 that it has been a popular tourist attraction, once it became accessible by boat when the external entranced was breached.
The Blue Cave owes its attractive name to the reflection of the sunlight that around noon, during calm seas, penetrate through the underwater opening into the cave, reflecting off the white bottom and giving the cave a mesmerising blue colour.
It is open for sightseeing from May, but it is better to make an appointment at least 24 hours before the visit.
The entrance to the Blue Cave
You usually have to pay additionally for the entrance to the cave. The price varies depending on the season and whether the person is an adult or a child.
1st of March – 30th of June & 1st of September – 31st of October
Adults (and children older than 12) 50 kuna
Children (6-12) 25 kuna
Children (under 6) Free of charge
1st of July – 31st of August
Adults (and children older than 12) 70 kuna
Children (6-12) 35 kuna
Children (under 6) Free of charge