Blue Cave

Plava Spilja is one of the most beautiful and largest caves in the row of caves in the rock walls, which are located along the very dilapidated banks of the Lustica peninsula in the Bay of Kotor. The cave lies between the port of Zlatni harbor and the Cape Mokra Gora, and is located 5.7 nautical miles from Herceg Novi. It has two entrances at a 45-degree angle, a smaller opening on the south side and a larger one on the south-west side, which is 3 meters high and about 15 meters wide. So that ordinary boats and smaller boats can enter the cave.

The depth of the sea within the cave is 4 to 5 meters. The height from sea level to the top of the ceiling is 9 meters and the surface is about 300 m². It got its name due to an unusual crystal blue color that is generated by the reflection of the sunbeams that settle off the surface during the afternoon.

Lady of the Rocks

Our Gospa od Skrpjela translated as the Lady of the Rock is an exquisite anomaly which grew, perhaps, out of remorse for the heinous act perpetrated on St George. Around a small crag, skripio in Dalmatian dialect, local people started to built another island. It began with the hulls of scuttled ships and was reinforced by stones carried boatload after boatload to form a seat for a votive chapel which in 1630 they dedicated to the intercession of the mother of Christ. By 1725 the original chapel of the Gospa od Skrpjela had been enlarged by the addition of a sanctuary with a distinctive octagonal dome. In the small square in front of the church they arranged a so-called ” place of reconciliation”, the idea being that quarreling parties in local disputes might work out fair solutions in the shade of the church and so avoid the Venetian courts. The stone benches are a reminder of the personal and community dramas that must have been enacted here.

Mamula

Mamula is located on the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. It is strategically located between Prevlaka and Luštica peninsulas. This small islet is of circular shape, and has 200 meter in diameter. It is 3,4 nautical miles away from Herceg Novi. The island has a fort on it , built by Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula in mid 19th century. During the World War II, the fort was used as a prison by Italians, from May 30, 1942 on wards. The prison is known for the torture and cruelty the prisoners withstood. The fort is today left to deteriorate. However, the island is still visited by boats, mainly from Herceg Novi, as it is popular one-day trip destination, and has some nice beaches.

Submarine tunnels

Near a small village called Rose, there are three most impressive Submarine Tunnels which were built by the Yugoslav Army. The outside of the opening is designed and covered by fake rocks so they would not be invisible to satellites or spy planes. One of the tunnels is out towards the open sea and Mamula island, the other two are about 1-2 km towards Tivat direction. There are also a few abandoned Yugoslav Navy ships around.  All tunnels are dead ends, so you cannot swim through, but you can swim to the end and back. You can also walk alongside and explore on your own. It is pretty dark at the end, so having a flashlight helps. There are also other walking tunnels diverting from the main submarine tunnel. Get off and explore the secret tunnels, go for a swim or if you are truly brave- dive off from the top of the cave into the sea.

Length: around 100 metres and you can swim to the end. Depth: about 10 metres.

Sveti Marko

Sveti Marko island is located near the town of Tivat, in the Bay of Kotor . It is aligned with the Tivat’s other island, Prevlaka island. The island is entirely covered with greenery. In 1962, a tourist settlement was built there, with 500 Tahiti-style houses, without water supply or electricity. It was managed by Club Med, and until the Yugoslav wars, it was a very popular tourist destination.

Sveti Marko island is the largest island of the Bay of Kotor. The island has 4 kilometer of beaches. The swimming season lasts for 180 days a year and the air temperature during 115 of them is higher than 30˚C. During six months the water temperature is about +20 – +26˚С. The island takes its name from Saint Marko – one of the four evangelists, a patron saint of Venice particularly worshiped by the Mediterranean Christians.

In February 2010 the Government of Montenegro approved the State Location Study of the Sveti Marko island project, the equivalent of Planning Permission. With the mind to make a 6-star resort of the island.

Sveti Nikola

Sveti Nikola island is located opposite to the town of Budva, 1 kilometer from Budva’s old town. The island is 2 kilometer long, and it has an area of 36 hectares (89 acres). The highest point on the island is a cliff that rises 121 meters (397 ft) above the sea. The island is a popular excursion site in the Budva area.

It has three bigger sandy beaches with a total length of 840 meters (2,760 ft), and numerous small beaches around the island, accessible only by boat. The island is called Školj by locals, which comes from the word “Školjka” which means shell, because of its shape, while the youth refer to it as “Hawaii” island. Of cultural importance is the small church of Sveti Nikola, which officially dates back to the 16th century, but was built on top of the ruins of an even earlier Crusader-era church and cemetery. At the north end of the island there’s a restaurant, café and a couple of private beaches, while most of the rest of the land is still wild , and home to many varieties of wildlife, including rabbits, birds and even deer.