By Eldina Besovic
Like many sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the location of Buna Canals remains hidden and unknown, and many people, including locals and foreigners have never heard or visited this location. As the Coronavirus pandemic changed our lives at the beginning of 2020 and prevented many from spending their vacation abroad visiting foreign countries, many Bosnians and Herzegovinians decided to spend their summer vacation exploring and visiting cities all over the country rather than spending their spare time on the coast in Neum.
The exact location of Buna Canals is badly marked; as you leave Mostar and head to the south via the main road M-17 and move towards Pocitelj and Capljina, you can easily pass by this beauty. There is a road sign for Buna Canals, but it is hardly visible, hidden among trees and located on the other side of the road so you can easily miss a chance to see this natural phenomenon. Unmarked under the canyon of the river, it offers a real spectacle that was created by water, rocks, and greenery over thousands of years.
Some say that the most attractive part of the Neretva River – that is one of a kind beauty anyway – is this location; where blue and green beauties pass through a narrow riverbed, created over thousands of years. This is the location where the Buna River joins the Neretva River in a narrow canal, over sedimentary rocks, creating a series of small waterfalls. The scenery is different depending on the seasons and thus, the amount of water in the riverbed. During the summer, you can actually climb on the rocks and get really close to the Buna Canals and see its mesmerizing green water, where the Buna River rushes to join the Neretva River. The sedimentary rocks really look special and if you climb near the
Buna Canals, you can get one of a kind picture and enjoy the nature and the scenery.
So, the next time you visit Mostar or decide to visit the location of Kravica Waterfalls, think about visiting this location to relax your eyes and to see the true power of nature that still remains hidden and thus, maybe protected from those who thought of building a small hydropower plant on this location.