Save on accommodation and Spend on Experiences
We can spend hours locating the perfect budget accommodation, house-sitting opportunity, or budget eatery, but are not afraid to 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.
Marty and I both love the ocean and agreed to splurge on renting a boat to better explore the bays of Vis and it’s smaller neighbour Biševo.
Komiža, a town on the west coast of Vis Island, was the chosen starting point. 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.
Experience The Blue Cave
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 boat traffic present. Our boatman quoted figures of 1500 visitors in one day the previous year. A floating rope provided a buffer zone around the cave and infringing boat owners are 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.
Outside the Blue Cave
The water is blue, but take it from me it is not in the same league as that within the cave.
Within the cave the water is Astoundingly, blindingly blue.
The tour itself is Time Efficient, Affordable and well Organised.
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.
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.
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 harbojur, behind the ticket office. The road to them offers excellent photo opportunities.
Our boat rental for the day was 1125 kuna with a further 600 kuna spent on fuel.
Tourist Boat Trips from Komiza to Biševo and the Blue Cave start at 150 kuna per person.
This post forms part of the Ten Weeks In Europe 2015 series.
Please feel free to ask questions in the comments.