Blue cave tour from Split

Blue Cave tour from Split

Blue Cave Croatia is a tour from Split, Croatia. The Blue Cave is a natural phenomenon that can be found on the island of Bisevo. It is an underwater cave with an astonishing blue hue and it was created by the sunlight reflecting off the water and limestone walls of the cave.

The Blue Cave tour includes a boat trip to Hvar Island, an hour-long walk through olive groves and vineyards, a visit to the Stiniva bay on the Vis island, and finally the boat ride back to Split. The tour lasts for around 12 hours in total but there are also shorter tours available if you don’t have time on your hands or you want to spend more time exploring other parts of Split city.

Bisevo Island is a special part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve ‘The Mediterranean Dietetic Region’. The island is full of olive trees, grapevines, and other vegetation. The island’s limestone walls also give it a distinctive blue color. There is also a small cave on the island called Blue Cave.

This cave was formed by an underwater limestone formation and is full of unique formations. There was an old monastery on the island, but it was abandoned in the 1940s. Today, there are a number of small villages with stone houses built from local limestone. The locals mainly grow olives and grapes for their living, as well as for olive oil and wine.

The city of Split is the second-largest city in Croatia. It is located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. The population of Split is around 200,000 inhabitants. Split is a popular tourist destination for its historic old town and its proximity to various beaches along the Adriatic coast. In addition, it has a bustling nightlife and offers plenty of shopping opportunities.

Some boat trips from Split are:

  • Dubrovnik: If you want to get away from the crowds, this might be your best option! Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most popular destinations with a population close to 40,000 people and plenty of activities to keep you busy all day long.
  • Vis Island: Vis Island has been inhabited since prehistoric times and is a popular destination for tourists visiting Croatia. The island has a population of around 5,000 people and is known for its beautiful beaches and amazing sunset views.
twizel

Twizel

Central to all the attractions of the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region, with the Southern Alps as a backdrop, the alpine retreat of Twizel is close to five picturesque lakes, including a world-standard rowing course and Formula One class boating area at Lake Ruataniwha.

If fishing is your love and catching salmon, brown, or 17kg (37.4lb) rainbow trout is what you dream of then don’t go past any of Twizel’s rivers, lakes, or canals.

Twizel’s terrain is ideal for skydiving, and rock and mountain climbing. Unwind enjoying a round of golf, skiing, or snowboarding in winter, relax in the cafes or take a trip to the fascinating Kaki / Black Stilt visitor hide.

Twizel is now a center for tourism in the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region. It has a rich cultural community and is a favored destination venue for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. With the community’s and Council’s investment in the new Twizel Events Centre, group, sports, and team building activities are superbly catered for with a 200 seat theatre, sports hall, an amazing climbing wall, gym, squash facilities, and functions lounge.

Twizel has a rich but brief history linked to the development of the massive Waitaki Valley hydroelectric scheme. A display with information on this is a must-visit at the Twizel Events Centre and at the Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre.

Mount Cook Village

Aoraki / Mount Cook Village

The alpine village of Aoraki / Mount Cook, located in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, provides a range of accommodations from an international style hotel to motels, backpackers, and camping.

At 3,724 meters, New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook is dazzling, yet there are 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone that peak at over 3,050 meters, and hundreds of others not far short of that all making up the famous Southern Alps.

You can enjoy 4WD safaris, boating on the glacier lakes, horse treks, fishing, scenic flights with snow landings, and numerous Walks and Hikes.

During the winter guided ski experiences onto New Zealand’s longest glacier, the Tasman is a popular activity and a unique Aoraki / Mount Cook wedding location.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

On the shores of Lake Tekapo – the country’s highest large lake (710m above sea level) – is the Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneers of the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region. The church provides awe-inspiring views of Lake Tekapo and mountains through its altar window and has been the setting for thousands of weddings since its dedication.

Close by the church is a bronze sheepdog statue, a tribute to the hardy dogs “without the help of which the grazing of this mountain country would be impossible”.

In Lake Tekapo you can fly fish the lakes and rivers, ski and snowboard the pristine snow slopes in winter, enjoy a boat cruise, play a round of golf, ice skate in the winter months, relax in the hot pools and indulge in the health spa, take a horse trek around Mount John, enjoy off-road mountain biking, take a scenic flight over the Mackenzie basin and Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park or marvel at the skies above on a stargazing tour at the world-famous Mount John Observatory – there’s something for everyone.

The amazing turquoise blue color of Lake Tekapo is created by “rock flour” – the glaciers in the headwaters grind the rock into a fine dust. These suspended particles in combination with the sunlight create Lake Tekapo’s unique watercolor.

fairlie

Fairlie

Fairlie is the eastern gateway to the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region and provides an almost surreal contrast from its rich, green rolling hills and pastures as they respectfully submit to the grand, open, shimmering upland.

Enjoy Fairlie’s four seasons – vibrant bubbling spring, warm lazy summer, gloriously tinted autumn, and silent snowy winter. Fairlie offers boating and fishing in the rivers and on Lake Opuha, hunting and hiking in the hills, golf on the 18 hole course, and in winter, great skiing and fun at Mount Dobson.

Investigate intriguing history at the Fairlie museum and at Mabel Binney Cottage or visit one of the many local art galleries.

Experience rural New Zealand with a farm visit and stay overnight at one of the many farm stays, or stop in at one of the many local cafes.

In November 2003, a statue of James Mackenzie (19th-century sheep rustler, after whom the region was named) was unveiled on Fairlie’s Main Street.