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Blue Cave on Bisevo, Central Dalmatia

Bisevo Island | A Tiny Adriatic Gem

The Central Dalmatia Island of Bisevo is a tiny gem in the Adriatic Sea, just off the coast of Vis Island. However, the island packs a mighty punch when it comes to beauty and charm. A total of 11 people live there permanently.

On Bisevo, you will find gorgeous beaches, hiking trails, and solitude. It is a genuine untouched gem of nature. During the summer, it is famous due to the Modra Spilja (Blue Cave). It has the name Blue Cave because when the sunlight enters the main cavern, it glows with a beautiful fluorescent blue light.

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Blue Cave on Bisevo

Things to see and do on Bisevo Island

Although Bisevo is a tiny island it offers plenty to see and do such as:

Explore the Island’s Caves

Bisevo’s nickname, “Island of Caves,” is no exaggeration. With 26 caves dotting its shores, it’s a paradise for spelunkers and adventurers. But the crown jewel is undoubtedly the Blue Cave.

The Blue Cave is a natural wonder. Sunlight filtering through an underwater opening bathes the cave’s interior in an ethereal blue glow. It is a truly magical spectacle.

Small tender boats take visitors into the Blue Cave, passing through a narrow tunnel to enter the main chamber. The best time to visit is around midday when the sun is at its height.

You can also see the Monk Seal Cave. The cave is on the southeast side of the island.

Go to the Beach

Beyond the caves, Bisevo boasts secluded coves with crystal-clear waters and soft sand. The beaches are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and escaping the crowds. Porat Beach, with its shallow bay and pine tree shade, is a popular choice. It has a pebble beach and a few informal summer eateries.

Hike Bisevo

You’ll find a few hiking trails on Bisevo, although not as many as on some of the larger Croatian islands. However, the trails offer stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands.

Look for wildlife as you hike. Fortunately, there are no poisonous snakes or insects here.

Here are a couple of trails:

  • The Mezuporat – Strazbenica Trail: This moderate 2.02-mile trail takes you from Mezuporat village to the Strazbenica lookout point. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the island and the Blue Cave. The trail is mostly unpaved and can be slippery in wet weather, so wear good shoes.
  • The Bisevo – Podspilje Trail: An easy 15.53-mile trail. This hike takes you along the island’s western coast, passing through olive groves and fields before reaching the beautiful Podspilje Cove. The trail is well-marked and suitable for hikers of all levels.

In addition to these two main trails, there are also a few shorter paths that lead to hidden coves and beaches. Be sure to ask the locals for recommendations, as they may know of some secret trails that aren’t on any maps.

Birdwatch | Bisevo

Bisevo is home to a vibrant avian community. From soaring Eleonora’s Falcons to cheerful bunting in the fields, diverse habitats draw various birds. Listen for the Subalpine Warbler’s melody, watch terns dive for fish, and spot the Hoopoe’s flamboyant crown.


Night on Bisevo reveals a dazzling sky. Bisevo’s minimal light pollution allows the naked eye to witness a breathtaking show of celestial wonders.

Practice Yoga

Experience true relaxation as you practice yoga on this magical island. Here are some options to consider:

  • Bisevo Island Artist Residency Program: This program offers occasional drop-in yoga classes. The classes are found in the BIAR residence by the sea or Porat Bay.
  • Independent practice: Bisevo’s natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere provide the perfect backdrop for your yoga practice. Find a secluded beach or quiet spot in nature and let the island’s energy guide you through your flow.

Visit Ancient Ruins on Bisevo

Bisevo’s history stretches back centuries, evidenced by the 11th-century Benedictine Church of St. Silvester. There are also remnants of Roman settlements.

After visiting Bisevo and the Blue Cave, your captain may sail for the island of Vis or Hvar. These islands offer many more experiences. Croatia offers wineries and historical buildings, and each island has unique cuisine and wines.