On the sea charts this island is also known as Lastavica (The Swallow) it was named it generally accepted name Mamula after the Austrian general Lazar Mamula, who made fortification on the island in the mid 19th century.
Mamula is an uninhabited island at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor, 3.4 km far from Herceg Novi. It has circular shape and its diameter is 200 m; it is covered in low vegetation, with a beach and a pier on the north side.
During both world wars there was a prison on this island and now there is a memorial plaque placed in memory of that period. Mamula is still a deserted island, but also a favorite summer picnic resort.