Mljet is an unspoilt green island in South Dalmatia in Croatia. Mljet National Park covers approximately one-third of the island. It encompasses two interconnected salt water lakes, immersed in dense woodland. There are several small villages on the island, but no major settlements were ever built here. Tourism is not very developed on Mljet – most visitors arrive on day trips from Dubrovnik. This means that after the last tour boat has departed, the island is wonderfully peaceful.
Things to See and Do
- Most importanly, explore Mljet National Park. You should either walk or hire bikes to cycle the perimeter (approximately 8 miles) of the two salt water lakes.
- Catch a national park shuttle boat to St. Mary’s Island, in the middle of the Veliko Jezero (Big Lake). It is home to an abandoned Benedictine Monastery, from 1198.
- Hire a sea kayak and paddle around Veliko Jezero (Big Lake).
- On Mljet’s south coast, visit the Odysseus Cave. You can swim into the cave through a tunnel in the rocks.
- Try scuba diving – Aquatica, based in Pomena, offers tuition and guided dives.
- Dine on authentic local fare at the lovely waterside Maestral in Okuklje on Mljet’s north coast – there is a jetty out front for sailing guests. Alternatively, eat at Barba Ive in Pomena.
- Finally, on Mljet’s southeast coast, you will find one of Croatia’s rare sandy beaches, Saplunara.
Marinas and Anchorages
- Polače Bay. This sheltered bay on the northern coast of Mljet is a safe sanctuary for sailors. A Roman palace once stoood here, but it no longer exists.
- Pomena. This small village and harbor at the west end of the island is a very safe place for anchorage because it is sheltered by the tiny island of Pomestak.