Island of Biševo
The island of Biševo is situated 5 km south-west of the island of Vis and covers close to 6 km2.
In the interior of the island, there are fields with grapevines, while the northern side is overgrown with pine trees and underbrush. On the island, there are small fishermen's and labourers' settlements: Porat, Potok, Polje, Nevaja Mezoporat and Salbunara. There are 5 or 6 permanent inhabitants, a number which rises to 20-30 during the season. There are several caves on the island, the best known being the Blue Cave (Modra špilja). On a sunny day, when the sea is calm, reflected sunrays pass through the underwater entrance into the cave, creating a fascinating blue colour, while the submerged objects acquire a silvery shine on the sea's surface. This phenomenon is most pronounced between 10.30 and noon. The cave has been accessible to the public since 1884 when the outer entrance was cut through so that the cave could be entered by a small rowing boat. The cave had been discovered the same year by Baron Eugen Rausoonet. Besides the Blue Cave, there is the well known and attractive Bear's Cave (Medvidina špilja) on the south-west of the island, which was once the main shelter for the Mediterranean monk seal. It has been a long time since the monk seal was last seen on this location, and we can only hope that it will return. It was driven away by fishermen, because this area was once rich in sardines.
You can dine in Porat Bay, where there are two restaurants. If you want to circumnavigate the island, the journey is 6 nautical miles.