What You Will Find in This Post
- Hire a boat to better explore Blue Cave Croatia and the bays of Biševo and Vis Islands.
- Experience The Blue Cave Croatia
- Biševo Harbour
- Budget Travel Talk
- Take a Blue Cave Tour from Hvar Island
- Take a Tour from Trogir or Split Blue Cave Tour
- Frequently Asked Questions answered
Hire a boat to better explore Blue Cave Croatia and the bays of Biševo and Vis Islands.
Komiža, a town on the west coast of Vis Island, was the chosen starting point of our Blue Cave Bisevo trip. Having been directed to Blue Cave Tourist Agency, we hired an 18ft semi-rigid inflatable with a 130 h.p. outboard motor. It was ours from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Our first stop, The Blue Cave, is best viewed between the hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it is recommended to arrive before the first Tour boats do at 10.20 a.m. We were on the water by 9.30 a.m.
We give other options for seeing the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island at the bottom of this article.
Budget and save on Accommodation then Spend on Experiences.
As budget travellers we focus on finding budget accommodation, a house-sitting opportunity, or eating on a budget, so we can spend money on experiences.
Using Airbnb for the majority of our accommodation in Europe (10 weeks) spending approx. $70 AUD/night/couple gave us flexibility in our budget.
That is how we saved enough money to hire our own boat from Vis Island.
Experience The Blue Cave Croatia
The first thing to know is that swimming is not allowed in the Cave.
Some Split Locals suggested it was possible to do so if we arrived independently as opposed to by tour. This may have been correct at one time, but not today. Cameras monitor the entrance with a boat and rope physically blocking it. Anyway, I believe it would be dangerous to swim in the cave with the amount of boat traffic. Our boatman quoted figures of 1500 visitors in one day. A floating rope provides a buffer zone around the cave with infringing boat owners being fined.
The cave at 24 metres long feels very intimate, and while the water is 10 to 12 metres deep, the bottom and fish are clearly visible. Natural wave action eroded limestone to form the cave.
Is the water blue outside the Blue Cave?
Yes – the water is blue outside the Cave, but it is not as stunningly iridescent as within the cave.
This photo shows the water outside the Blue Cave Bisevo.
Within the cave the water is Astoundingly, blindingly blue.
The tour itself is Time Efficient, Affordable and well Organised.
My Diary Entry
We arrived on the island at 10 a.m., moored at Biševo harbour and purchased tickets for the cave. Our strategy of arriving before the first tour boats paid off and we were seated on the very next cave boat. Thirteen on our boat – a lucky 13! The blue cave was situated around a small headland from the harbour and we arrived within 10 minutes. Our boat waited outside the cave until another exited and then it was our turn. We ducked our heads to give the boatman a clear view of the small cave entrance but even with heads raised everything remained black and with the motor off all was quiet. Water lapped gently, an occasional water droplet fell into the coolness and tension mounted. We rounded a corner and an iridescent glow filled the cave. It hit with an almost physical force. Our guide quoted a few facts and figures that seemed superfluous and I tried to remember if standing was allowed. I stood and took several photos before sitting to enjoy the moment.
An underwater rock ledge connects the sides of the cave and is clearly visible.
Bisevo Harbour is the departure point for boats visiting the cave.
This is the only way of entering the Blue Cave Croatia.
The ticket office for the Blue Cave tours is on the left.
Budget Travel Talk
- Cost of Blue Cave Tour from Biševo Harbour. 40 Kuna per person.
- Our personal boat rental for the day from Vis Island was 1125 kuna with a further 600 kuna spent on fuel.
- Tourist Boat Tours from Komiza to Biševo and the Blue Cave start at 150 kuna per person.
Take a Blue Cave Tour from Hvar Island
Not everyone wants to hire a boat to themselves and not everyone has a boat driving licence, but there are boat tours you can take.
It is cheaper to get to Blue Cave Bisevo from Vis Island but if you are on Hvar Island you can take a boat tour that takes in BOTH Blue Cave Bisevo Island and Green Cave on Vis Island.
Take a Tour from Trogir or Split Blue Cave Tour
Are you up for a 12 hour Tour? If so this 5 island tour Split, departing from either Trogir or Split on Mainland Croatia is great value.
Islands visited are Hvar, Biševo, Vis, Ravnik and Budikovac.
This tour is great for people who are time poor as it really covers a lot in a short time frame.
- Blue Cave (includes transferring to a smaller boat on Bisevo Island).
- Explore the cute fishing town of Komiza on Vis Island, where part of Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again was filmed.
- Swim at Stiniva Beach one of the most spectacular beaches on Vis Island.
- Pass by Green Cave on Ravnik Island on the way to Budikovac Island (extra charge to see inside the Green Cave).
- An hour to swim and snorkel on Budikovac Island near Ravnik and Vis. This is a special little island that not every tourist gets to see.
- Explore castles and churches on Hvar Island and coffee on the iconic Hvar Promenade. Hvar is Croatia’s premier island destination.
Frequently Asked Questions answered
- Swimming is not allowed in the boat harbour or in the Blue Cave.
- Allow half an hour between boarding the boat and returning.
- In July and August the queues to board could be long.
- Boats run continuously and there may be two or three in the cave at the same time.
- Toilets are situated at the top of a small headland at the harbour, behind the ticket office.
- The road to the amenities block offers excellent photo opportunities.
This post forms part of the Ten Weeks In Europe series.