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The Blue Caves, Mamula Prison Island and Zanijce Beach

Posted By Explore Montenegro on 17 September 2014

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Amongst the many unique experiences available in Montenegro, more specifically the Herceg Novi Riviera is a boat trip with a very blue twist. Your starting point is on the Herceg Novi waterfront promenade where the many boat operators and ready to book you on a trip you won’t forget. You’re looking for the ‘Blue caves and Mamula Island ‘option which departs around 9am every morning over the summer. The first stage of the journey is a relaxing and breezy boat trip across the Herceg Novi Bay, out past the heads and around to the outskirts of the Lustica Peninsula. Here you will visit the Blue Grotto or Plava Spilja as it is known locally, a natural masterpiece that is better understood up close.  At first it may seem a little daunting; a narrow entrance combined with moderate currents means only a skilled captain can navigate you inside. The reason for the blue? The sunlight on a clear day reflects off the water, a simple, though beautiful equation. You are free to go for a quick swim to finish off this part of the trip.

 

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The next stage of the journey will take you to the infamous Mamula Island. A huge 90% of the island is made up of a fort first built in 1853 by Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula to provide defense against enemy ships. During World War Two the fort was converted into a concentration camp known for its brutal torture and cruelty towards prisoners from the local area by Mussolini and his Fascist regime. Well preserved and completely open for exploring, the island is sure to impress een the most seasoned of travelers.

 

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The final stop on your day out is the relaxing Zanjice beach. Tucked into a corner of the Lustica Peninsula, there are row after row of deck chairs available for your leisure. Combined with the local and affordable restaurants Zanjice offers a great way to bring in the rest of the afternoon before you board your boat back to Herceg Novi.


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