, 42°58 'N and 16°00' E,
an islet 4,8 NM distance of Komiza, on the island of Vis; surface 5,84 km2.
The island is hilly, built mostly of limestone; the highest peak is Strazbenica or Vela Gora (24 m above sea level)... you should see it in those days, when thick, dark cloud covers it’s peak – that is a certain sign that the rain-bearing south wind is near.
In the middle of the island there is a small plain under viticulture and olive trees.
Along the 14,9 km long and steep coasts there are numerous caves; the largest among them is Medvidina and Modra spilja (The Monk Seal’s Cave and The Blue Grotto).
Medvidina (The Monk Seal’s Cave) is very attractive, with a large entrance and interior that gradually decreases into a narrow and dark corridor with an undersea passage, leading to the isolated part with a small cove, once an ideal habitat of a seal species the cave was named after. The locals named the seal Morski medvid (The Sea Bear) or Morski tzovik (The Sea Man), while its Latin name is Monachus monachus, meaning – a monk. Since the early 60ties the seals have practically disappeared – those mermaids of the island of Bisevo... they have left into some other, perhaps more tranquil seas.
Modra spilja (The Blue Grotto) in a small cove of Balun. In the year 1884. baron Eugene von Ransonet described and depicted it. On his suggestion the entrance to the cave has been enlarged, making it this way accessible to the entire world. The discovered beauty of the cave, all of silvery blue, constantly attracts the lively and curious river of tourists - those nomads of today.The cave has two entrances: the smaller one, artificially widened and deepened so that the boat could sail through, and the wider one, located at the southern part of the cave, in fact, the underwater passage, through which the magical game of the light and water is performed...
But, why to bother with the descriptions – this beauty is here to be seen.
Although the island of Bisevo is famous mainly due to its caves, we cannot without mentioning its vineyards - fewer and fewer as time goes on – where out of a red wine grape sort plavac mali a high quality, full-bodied wine bisevski plavac (bishevski plavatz) is made. Once, light, dry, greenish-yellow vugava and a blended rosé-style wine opolo were produced here, much more than today... in the past, long ago.
It was lively than, in eight villages of Bisevo: Mezoporat, Vela Gora, Potok, Poje, Nevaja, Porat, Salbunara Gornja, Salbunara Donja: there was a school and pupils, too… Now, it stands all alone and quiet and only in the fragments of memories you can hear a voice of a teacher and a murmur of children, as a distant echo through the corridors of time...
The church of St Sylvester witnesses the Benedictine presence on this island, showing thus another holy spot in an extended arm of a cross, formed together with the churches in Komiza bay: St Blazes, St Michael, The Holy Ghost Church, with St Nicholas in the centre – in the heart.
Partly used the data from the Marine encyclopaedia, 1954, book 1, page 481.
... the rest is life.
And, now, after the facts let's go for a trip!
Departures are in the morning, to enjoy the complete beauty of a Blue Grotto.
sightseeing the cave, after that return to Komiza.
Price: 90,00 kn
Ticket to the grotto: 50,00 kn
Blue Cave and Medvidina cave (optional) - than sandy bay of Porat, till late afternoon hours, lunch (at your choice) in one of a small tavern-type restaurants/ konoba.
Price: 100,00 kn
Ticket to the grotto: 50,00 kn
PROTECT THE MOST IMPORTANT AREAS FOR BIODIVERSITY
A "blue corridor", where biodiversity is particularly high, has been identified. This corridor comprises the islands of Svetac, Brusnik and Biševo with northwestern and southeastern parts of Vis, the southeastern part of Lastovo, with surrounding islands, the western and eastern parts of Mljet, including important fishing areas around Sušac, Jabuka pit and Palagruža archipelago. Let us not endanger the flora and fauna, in order to preserve the biodiversity values of this "blue corridor".
let the blue stay blue