Mljet is one of the most beatiful and the greenest Croatian islands with clear and clean sea and a wealth of underwater sea life. The island of Mljet is one of the most southern Croatian islands, located in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The National Park spans between 17°19’19” and 17°26’43” of east geographic longitude and 42°45’55” and 42°48’23” of north geographic latitude.
Mljet has an overall length of 37 km with the average width of 3 km and a total surface area of 100.4 km2.
Island Mljet has Mediterranean climate, with dry, sunny and very warm summers, and rainy but mild winters.
It is an island of lush Mediterranean vegetation, clear and clean sea, picturesque bays and rich sea life. Sea, strong waves, sea currents and wind formed the structure of the Mljet coast filled with bays, caves, steep coves and rocks. Untouched nature, rich forests are ideal places to research the rich flora and fauna, and to peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural surroundings.
The most famous sight there is definitely the National Park Mljet that presents and protects the area of the islands northern part. It’s practically unspoiled natural beauty is found in the flora and fauna of the two salty lakes formed there, Veliko (Large) and Malo jezero (Small lake). Right in the middle of the Velikog jezera (Large Lake) there is a small island with large building of former Benedictine monastery, erected there in 12th century.
Mljet is rich in underwater life that can be seen in the exceptional diverities, underwater caves and sunken walls. Many amphoras showing that Mljet is situated on an important maritime route of ancient Greek galleys and sailing in Adriatic.
A particular impression had one of the famous oceanologists and deep sea explorer Jacques Cousteau. When left, after his visit the offshore island of Mljet, said to be on one of the best diving destinations in the world!
This island is a fisherman’s paradise. The best habitat for fish and lobsters are around the island in its deep sea. With a beautiful scenery, hundreds of bays and a great fishing spots island Mljet is a top kayak fishing destination.
Things to have in mind:
- Fishing is not allowed in National Park lakes, neither is kayaking. Special fishing license can be issued there which allows fishing on the National Park’s side of the island.
- The use of cars and motorcycles is strictly forbidden within the National Park
- Fishing around the island outside the National park territory is allowed and the license for angling can be bought here . This license is valid for sea fishing anywhere on the Croatian coast.
For the end enjoy in a beautiful aerial video of Mljet, taken by Slovakian aerial photographer
And another one recorded by Croatian photographer and videomaker Miroslav Andrić