The island of Jabuka is an uninhabited volcanic island. Jabuka is actually a very large, steep, 97 meter high cliff in the shape of a pyramid. It can only be accessed from the southwestern side during favorable weather conditions.
Jabuka, with Brusnik, is the only Adriatic island built of volcanic rock. In 1985 the island was declared a geological monument of nature.
Due to the harsh climate, there are only two endemic species: black lizard and the plant Centaurea ("zecina"). Till some 50 years ago, the island was home to an endemic type of carnation, nowadays extinct. The surrounding waters are rich in fish.
Placed in deep waters, isolated from other islands and channels, Jabuka is exposed to strong winds.
Therefore, it takes a lot of knowledge and skills to sail here. When there were no motorboats, only the bravest, most enduring fishermen dared go to the island in order to provide for their families by catching large fish and trapping valued lobsters. The island is both a remarkable and frightening sight during nice weather in summer but in winter, when the winds blow causing large waves, Jabuka turns into a life-threatening adventure.
It is therefore not surprising that regatta Jabuka is the most respected offshore regatta, characterized by strong winds and exhausting sailing.