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Hvar, an island in the Adriatic sea, is famous for its rocky beaches and island lifestyle. Once you are in Split reaching the island is rather easy with plenty of ferry lines traveling to the island on hourly basis. On our way there we took a ferry to Stari Grad and then a bus to Hvar city, which is only a 20 minute ride. Stari Grad is more quiet; whereas, Hvar city is where all the action happens: flashy yachts, fancy drinks and good food. Also, olive oil was amaaazing. This best I ever tasted. Oh my goodness, I feel guilty for admitting this because we have such delicious olive oil here in Western Australia, but olive oil that we had was so creamy and my taste buds were going crazy.

With only two days on the island we couldn’t see and do everything, so what we did is book an island hoping excursion one day and the next stayed in town. Island hoping took us to some really beautiful spots like the Blue Cave in Bisevo,Vis and Palmizana islands. We picked a very busy time of the year to go and there were a lot of tourists. Given the chance, I would go in September to catch last of the summer and hopefully have smaller crowds on the islands.

I can’t help but mention that there was very little visibility in terms of what is being done to protect the environment and the sea. The Adriatic Sea is probably one of the most beautiful places for swimming and as our romance with the Mediterranean continues we need to take notice of rubbish on the sea floor, people including the tour guides tossing cigarette buds overboard, and plastic lodged between rocks. People were shocked to see me picking up as much as I could carry and walking over to the bin.  This mentality of “leave it, it’s someone else’s job to do” is killing our planet. Europeans love nothing more than to enjoy a smoke and a drink down by the seaside while their kids swim in the protected shallow waters. My guess is local tourism councils are terrified that implementing a smoking ban at the beaches would negatively impact tourism. This is unlikely especially if people understand that smoking bans reduce discarded cigarette butts, which can cause nicotine poisoning in children not to mention what it does the sea and the fish. Certainly, much of the change necessary is obstructed by the current culture; however,  if we invest a bit of time in preaching waste reduction we can instill the capacity to understand the importance of preventing waste entering our waters.