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Islands tour by boat - June 18

Also our 25th anniversary!

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This morning we got up early and went to catch an 11-hour boat excursion we booked - the only excursion that hasn’t been “do it ourselves” so far! The tour advertised 6 islands, but I think it must have meant “6 points of interest, all on islands”. However, we had a great day and saw some beautiful and amazing sights. Croatia has over 1200 islands, 48 of which are inhabited. Here is the boat we took and pics of Split as we left.

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It took about an hour and a half, at full speed, to get to our first stop, the island of Bisevo (bee shay vo) where we waited to get on a smaller boat to take us into the Blue Cave. The entrance is so small that even in the small boats we had to duck to go through. Inside the cave, the water glows blue, from the sun shining on the outside of the cave, reflecting off the white sand up inside the cave from under small openings in the rock. LIke everywhere else so far, the water is so clear that it looks really shallow, even when it’s not.

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After that, we went to Komiza, a city on the island of Vis (Veesh), which is where Mamma Mia was filmed.

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We then went to the south side of Vis island, where we didn’t get off the boat but were told about how the waves are what causes the holes and caves to be formed, especially here where there are no other islands between here and Italy. The one formation is called something like “pants” - you can see why.

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We then went to yet another area of Vis, where we again did not get off the boat, but were shown an area where lots of people were hanging out on boats and swimming. We were told that this used to be a cave, but it collapsed. The captain said that this beach was nominated several years in a row as the best beach in Europe. I believe it is only accessible by boat, but am not positive.

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Next, we went to swim and snorkel, in a “blue lagoon” off a private island called Veli Budikovac (according to our boat driver, owned by one person, ad everything is expensive so we didn’t go ashore).

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After swimming and snorkeling for awhile, we got back on the boat and rode for about an hour, to the island of Hvar, where we ate lunch, then had an hour and a half or so to walk around. Natalie and I opted to climb the steps to the overlook, but the guys said, “no more stairs up to lookouts and no more old churches!” (Honestly, I’m surprised it took them this long), so they sat and had a beer while they waited for us. None of us went to see the church that our driver said is the oldest church in the world (though Google seems to disagree). Can you imagine being a waiter/waitress at the restaurant on the steps?!

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Our last stop was at the island of Brac (Brahtch), at the city of Milna. Our boat driver said that when it’s not tourist season, there are only about 200 residents here, but they definitely had some big, beautiful boats there today!

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When we got back to Split, we got cleaned up and went out for one last evening in Split... we leave tomorrow morning for our last stop in Croatia - Dubrovnik. Our time in Croatia is really flying by!

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Posted by Rowlandfamily 11:06 Archived in Croatia

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