Meeting dolphins on the Blue Cave tour from Split is rare but it can still happen. Depending on the route we take from Split towards the distant islands of Bisevo there is a chance you can spot dolphins on two different locations.
Depending on the weather conditions and forecast we can go towards island Bisevo through Split gates (a small channel between islands Solta and island Brac) or around Solta island, over town Maslinica, then straight towards the Blue Cave.
If we go through the Split gates, just as we turn the corner of island Solta there is a slight possibility we can spot some dolphins on the route. The possibility of spotting dolphins increases though if we go towards the Blue Cave around island Solta, over the town Maslinica at its far West side.
Just as we pass Maslinica, some five to ten minute of speedboat ride, you will have the biggest chance of spotting dolphins on the Blue Cave tour. This area is rich in food and is considered to be their natural habitat. There were a few stories over the years of dolphins even entering the port of town Maslinica.
What species of Dolphins can you meet on tour to Blue Cave?
The most usual dolphin specie you can see in the Adriatic is the Bottlenose dolphin (good dolphin). This is specially the case for the South Adriatic sea, which is where Split and Blue Cave are located. North Adriatic sea however is the home of one more dolphin specie called the regular dolphin. Even though you can spot regular dolphins in the South Adriatic, they are extremely rare.
Bottlenose dolphin, the one you will most likely meet if you are that lucky, is an extremely interesting animal whose presence in the sea is a definitive sign of healthy fish population and a clean sea. That must be the case because an adult Bottlenose dolphin can consume up to fifteen kilograms of fish each day.
With their lifespan of almost fifty years, Bottlenose dolphins can reach relatively the old age even by our standards. They can dive to almost one kilometer deep and do it all in seven minutes which is the limit at which they can hold their breath. The strong muscles in their eyes provide clear 360 degree view inside the water as well as the outside with their eyes moving independently from one another.
Because dolphins need air to breath and cannot breath underwater their main cause of death is getting tangled up in fishermen’s nets and suffocating. Because dolphins are protected species in Croatia and because they are such magnificent creature we must strive to protect them in any form we can. At the very least we must keep our sea clean and healthy to keep the population of fish and dolphins thriving for all the generations to marvel upon.