Mljet island lies south of the Pelješac peninsula, from which it is divided by the Mljet Channel. Its length is 37 kilometres (23 mi) and its average breadth 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi). It is of volcanic origin, with numerous chasms and gorges. It is also known as the Green Island, as over 84% of the island is covered with forest.
It is the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic islands in southern Dalmatia. Mljet National Park includes the western part of the island: Veliko jezero, Malo jezero and Soline Bay. The central parts of the park are Veliko jezero (Big lake) with the Isle of St. Mary, Malo jezero (Small lake) and the villages of Goveđari, Polače and Pomena.
Even if you are not sea kayaking enthusiasts, Mljet is still close enough to Dubrovnik, and is perfect for visitors coming to Dubrovnik to make a day trip out of it. There’s Nona Ana ferry that goes to the island daily (make sure you arrive a bit earlier as it gets really crowded in the morning)
Starting from beautiful (and believe it or not, undiscovered by the masses) village Žuljana on Pelješac peninsula, crossing over to Polače and Pomena villages, both part of Mljet National Park. Next day the strong wind cut the planned paddling distance in half so we had to stop in the middle of nowhere, in a place with only a couple of houses and the best barbecued meat ever!
On day three we cliff jumped in Odysseus’s cave, and paddled to Saplunara, known for its many sandy beaches, which we thoroughly enjoyed, before putting those kayak pants for the last time and paddling from Mljet, stopping on Šipan island and finally finishing on Lopud… where we had a well deserved beer.
We were too busy paddling (total of 88km) to make photos, but we managed to snap a few (thanks Ant!)
Plus, we learned something new as well while on this trip.
How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh.
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