Skoji islands & Proizd
visiting Korcula and seeking beautiful secluded beaches
is advised to head off by water taxi from the old harbour
to one of the Skoji islands just offshore Korcula
town and Lumbarda. This is a group of 19 tiny islands with
Badija, the largest and nearest, where there are some secluded
rocky beaches, Franciscan monastery, recreation center,
a couple of snack bars and a naturist section. Vrnik is
the second largest island in the group and the only inhabited.
Vrnik, Sutvara, Planjak have lovely small beaches as well
as Stupe which also has a naturist section. The best way
to visit Skoji is to rent a small motor boat and sail your
way to Skoji.
The city and port of Vela Luka in the western part
of the island is an area less frequented by mass tourism
and situated in a protected bay closed in by the islets
of Osijak, Kamenijak, Gubesa and Proizd. Going south a series
of bays that make the southern region one of the most savage
and exciting places for those searching for a return to
the primitive, uncontaminated and profoundly Mediterranean
ambient full of colors, tastes and odors. One really must
visit the islands around Vela Luka, the bays and little
villages of Gradina, Triluke, Grscica and Prizba are the
nearest and ideal for day trip.
Islet of Proizd, immediately outside the bay of Vela
Luka, is an oasis of untouched nature - crystal clear
sea, rocks, white pebbles, clothing optional beaches and
lush vegetation are its main attractions. There is a restaurant
on the islet serving delicious seafood dishes, traditional
grilled meat and the heady wines of Korcula (open daily
from 09.00h to 18.00h). In 2005 a new chill out bar Mea
Culpa will open its doors which will be a great addition
to this wonderful place.
A boat sails from Vela Luka to island Proizd three times
a day (approx half an hour sailing).