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Kotor Boat Tour: Our Lady of the Rocks, Mamula and Blue Cave

1. Kotor Boat Tour: Our Lady of the Rocks, Mamula and Blue Cave

Enjoy a boat tour to the most popular sights of Montenegro. See the impressive Our Lady of the Rocks, swim in the Blue Cave, and visit the caves where submarines were hidden. Set sail to your first stop, Our Lady of the Rocks, a church that sits on a man-made island. Hear the story of the two brothers who found a painting of the Madonna and Child and the church that was built where the painting was found. Pass through the scenic Verige Straits along the Herceg Novi Rivera. Sail out of the bay and spot Mamula Island, a prison during WWII. Follow the Lustica Peninsula to the Blue Cave. Here, enjoy the opportunity to swim in the crystal water of the cave. On the way back to Kotor, visit the caves the army used for hiding submarines.

From Kotor, Budva, Tivat or Herceg Novi: Boka Bay Day Cruise

2. From Kotor, Budva, Tivat or Herceg Novi: Boka Bay Day Cruise

Discover the Bay of Kotor on an 8-hour cruise. Learn about the region's history and explore the natural landscapes. Visit a former prison sail around the bay, and swim in crystalline waters. Your 8-hour excursion begins in Kotor, Budva or Tivat. From here, your first stop of the day will be Bijela, where you will get the chance to have a refreshing swim. Visit the church and museum on the island before heading to the Blue Cave. Along the way, pass the entire length of UNESCO-protected Kotor Bay, before finally reaching the open sea. At the very entrance of Boka Bay, see the former fortified prison and concentration camp, Mamula. Circulate the island by boat to observe the wild interlace of history and nature. Then sail out until you reach the Blue Cave. Take a break at Porto Montenegro for lunch and explore the picturesque town. Then, sail back to Kotor, with another swimming break at the deep waters of the bay. Change into dry clothes and visit the church at the island Our Lady of the Rock. During the return trip, enjoy views of majestic mountains, caves, beaches, and historical sites.

Kotor: Blue Cave Private Boat Tour

3. Kotor: Blue Cave Private Boat Tour

This tour includes cruising around the Bay of Kotor, in which you will enjoy panoramic views of the fishing villages, churches, and many more historical monuments.  Your first stop is at an islet in the middle of Boka Bay known as "Our Lady of the Rocks". Legend says that this artificial island was created from stones local fishermen put upon a specific rock where shipwrecked crewmen found the icon of Madonna and Child. The church there was built in her honor. The interior of this 15th-century church features a marble altar holding an icon of Our Lady of the Rocks made by Lovro Dobric (a famous Balkan painter), as well as 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, including the famous The Death of the Virgin. Your Kotor Bay tour continues with a cruise to Tivat Bay where you will see an exclusive marina for mega yachts — Porto Montenegro. Continue to Herceg Novi Bay with its Byzantine and oriental architectural styles, and then onto island Mamula. You will also visit an ex-submarine military base. Your next stop is reserved for taking a refreshing swim in the mesmerizing Blue Cave, which can only be accessed by boat. The boat is equipped with soft and comfortable seat cushions, as well as refreshing cold drinks.

Kotor: Speed boat to Blue cave and additional beach time

4. Kotor: Speed boat to Blue cave and additional beach time

Depart from Kotor in style, bouncing over the waves in a speedboat. Feel the wind in your hair with the open ocean, beautiful beaches, and sea caves awaiting you. Make your way towards the magnificent islet of Our Lady of the Rocks, famed for the two locals who discovered an icon of Madonna and the Child here. Take a walk around the islet and set off again to stop at an old submarine base. Get off the boat at the next islet of Mamula, surrounded by the picturesque walls of an old Austro-Hungarian fortress. Cruise off into the impressive natural landmark of the Blue Cave. Watch the sun shine through the cave to see the breathtaking blue waves and swim in the warm, crystal clear water. Have another swim at Žanjic Beach or choose to have lunch at one of the excellent restaurants, before returning to Kotor.

Kotor: Blue Cave and Our Lady of the Rocks 3-Hour Boat Tour

5. Kotor: Blue Cave and Our Lady of the Rocks 3-Hour Boat Tour

Enjoy a 50-minute exhilarating ride on a speedboat from the UNESCO Old Town of Kotor. See the Bay of Kotor featuring villages with charming houses, churches, and a beautiful backdrop of mountains against the sea. Pass the narrowest part of the bay and enjoy a panoramic view of Lepetani, Bijela, Luštica, and the small island of Mamula. Arrive at the Blue Cave and have 20 minutes to explore, swim or take photos. Snap beautiful photos of the vibrant turquoise water inside the cave. Head back to the bay and make a stop at an old submarine tunnel.

Kotor: Boka Bay, Blue Cave, and Our Lady Private Tour

6. Kotor: Boka Bay, Blue Cave, and Our Lady Private Tour

Tour departs in front of Kotor Old Town and during 45 min ride provides splendid Panoramic views of the bay. On the way, we will pass near some recognizable landmarks like St. Mateus church and Temple of Our Lady. After about 45 min ride we will reach Famous BLUE CAVE for 30 min break including swimming and a photo session. Blue Cave is a natural cave with two entrances that was created at the bottom of 100-meter cliff as a result of an impact of sea waves on the porous rocks of Luštica peninsula over thousands of years. Through the entrance sunlight enters its interior and wraps around the surface of the water making great shades of blue by which cave got its name. Swimming inside the cave is an unforgettable experience. On the way back we will make panoramic views of Mamula – a natural island on the entrance to Boka Bay wherein 1852 a Fortress was built by the Austrian navy. Later, during First and Second World Wars it was used as Notorious Prison and now it is converted to 5 Star resort. Next stop is at former military Submarine tunnels used during Second World War for hiding and repairing submarines. Tour continues with 30 min visit of LADY OF THE ROCK Island – an artificial island made in XV century by local sailors in honor of Our Lady for safe return from their trips. Present Church was built by Venetians in 1630 and it houses numerous works of art by famous local painter Tripo Kokolja as well as numerous silver and gold plates – gifts from seamen for their safe passages. Special curiosity is a unique tapestry hand-made by Jacinta Kunic-Mijovic for over 25 years. The tapestry was partially made from her own hair – gold in youth and silver in old. Tour ends in from of Kotor Old Town.

Kotor: Bay of Kotor Speedboat Tour with Lunch and Wine

7. Kotor: Bay of Kotor Speedboat Tour with Lunch and Wine

Swim through the azure waters of the Blue Cave on this speedboat tour of the Bay of Kotor. Capture pictures of abandoned submarine tunnels and the15th-century artificial island of Our Lady of the Rocks.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and board the speedboat in Kotor. Listen to music as you ride past the charming seaside towns of Perast, Tivat, and Herceg Novi. View the boats in Porto Montenegro and the domed church on the Our Lady of the Rocks island.  Stop at the entrances to abandoned submarine tunnels, which were built by the Yugoslav Army. Admire panoramic views of the fortress on the island of Mamula which was once a concentration camp in World War II. Hear about the history of the island from your skipper as you cruse along. Reach the Blue Cave and go for a dip in the crystal-clear water. Visit the Our Lady of the Rocks island where you can pay to visit the museum or peruse the shops. Continue to a private little mussel’s farm where you can learn about harvesting mussels. Watch how mussels are cooked and cleaned the the Montenegrin way. Sit down to a fresh meal of mussels paired with local red or white wine.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 400 reviews

Busy day, so enjoyable. The weather was wonderful, 3 stops for swimming. The whole crew is very caring, worried to see if everything is going well for each of us. Our guide Milo is passionate, inexhaustible about his country.

Wonderful experience! Our captain, Eno, was AMAZING! Learned so much on our tour and his experience as a captain is apparent. Highly recommend!

Great day exploring the bay with some fabulous stops and sea swims - very attentive guide Lucas who was brill

I took 3 tours &every tour was so great!! Thanke you so much!!

Great Sights, good service, perfect short trip by boat.