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Last updated: 24 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Jane Foster

For those in search of peace and pristine nature, this stunning national park covers one-third of the remote island of Mljet. Besides hiking and mountain biking through magnificent forests of Aleppo pines and holm oaks, you can swim or kayak in two emerald-blue saltwater lakes; one is home to a picturesque islet crowned by a 12th-century monastery.

Unusually, there’s great food too – there are plenty of small waterside restaurants and cafés within the park (most are in Pomena), serving up the famous Mljet lobster, renowned throughout Croatia.

There is only one hotel on the island (the comfortable, three-star Hotel Odisej), but many locals rent out private rooms and apartments to visitors during the summer.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 6+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

There are organised tours to the park, but it is just as easy (and much cheaper) to visit independently. Catch the high-speed catamaran from Dubrovnik’s Gruz harbour, Korcula or Lastovo to Polace on Mljet (June-September).

Day trips by ferry give you up to five hours, or you can stay overnight. Pick up a map at one of the National Park kiosks in Polače or Pomena, where bikes can be hired too; within the park there are marked hiking paths. Kayaks can be hired on the spot at Mali Most, where the two lakes are joined by a narrow channel.

When to do it

The park gets packed out in high season (July to August) with tours from Dubrovnik and Korčula, but most have left by mid-afternoon. Stay overnight and savour a few hours to yourself.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Boat Tour to Mljet National Park & 3 Islands

Dubrovnik

Boat Tour to Mljet National Park & 3 Islands
Join an American owned company and Sea Breeze crew while we travel to our favorite southern Dalmatian islands in our 9hour tour. These breathtaking destinations are sure to wow inspire and amaze any audience. In this boat tour you will have a unique experience exploring some of the most fascinating places near Dubrovnik away from crowds and back into nature. You can stroll, swim, bike or kayak these locations at your own pace and enjoy Croatian culture, nature, and local foods. Our crew can provide excellent tips to create a unique experience for your trip Mljet National Park – Here you can enjoy saltwater lakes to swim, kayak, biking around and enjoy the beautiful scenery Odysseus Cave – Swim under the archway and explore the historically famous cave Priježba – Enjoy beach with bar and gentile waves that is great for relaxing or discover port of island of Šipan and taste some local dishes. Blue Cave on Kolocep – Swim and discover the blue cave for the last destination.

Price: €150

Min age: 5

Rating 4.95 / 5 [231 ratings]

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8 hours Mljet Island Private Tour by Quicksilver 675

Dubrovnik

8 hours Mljet Island Private Tour by Quicksilver 675
The Mljet Island is northwest of Dubrovnik. Approximately 45 min by speedboat to reach the South part of the Island where are amazing sandy beaches and bays. To the North part of the Island where is famous national park is another 45 min boat ride. Mljet Island is most forested Croatian island with breathtaking sites and views. As Mljet Island is a bit further away form Dubrovnik and not easy accessible by regular routes, it is more authentic, private, preserved. One of last hidden jewels of the Adriatic.    With this option you will spend a full day on the sea, relax in nice private bays, go for a swim, snorkel, sunbathe on the boat and take your pick from several amazing restaurants on the islands. At the end of the day, get your camera ready for a breathtaking Adriatic sunset on the boat ride back into town.

Price: €990

Min age: 0

Rating 5 / 5 [28 ratings]

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Dubrovnik

Dalmatia, Croatia

Dubrovnik

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view of Korcula old town from the water

A magical, unspoilt archipelago of a thousand-plus islands stretching along Croatia’s southern coast. A heady mix of sea, mountains, adventure sports and medieval buildings