3. Dubrovnik: Mljet Odysseus Cave/National Park by Private Boat
At 10:00 am private skipper will be waiting for you to embark for the full day adventure! Get ready to enjoy in privacy and comfort of Leader 30 that will be yours for a day. On your way towards Mljet you'll be passing by Elaphiti channel and Mljet channel which are two stunning locations to see. You can take photos or videos, or simply let the wind play with your hair and enjoy the splendid views as you're passing by little secluded islands. On board you'll have full comfort and possibility of enjoying wine, beer or sodas.
Your first stop will be beautiful sandy beach Saplunara, on Island of Mljet. You'll spend some time there swimming, sunbathing or snorkeling, approximately 45 minutes, and after that you'll be on your way to National Park or Odysseus Cave, as per your preference! This will be the time to make a decision which way you want to go because it's hard to fit both locations into one visit. Below you'll get to read descriptions of both National Park and Odysseus Cave so you can make your choice based on information you like better.
National Park Mljet is the oldest seaside park on the whole Mediterranean coast. Here you can enjoy the untouched nature and self-sustainable ecosystem. Flora and fauna of this place will take your breath away. You will have an opportunity to swim in Small and Big lake! There's one fun part where big lake 'pushes' you into the small lake through a channel or passage where water runs quickly! It's gorgeous to walk around the lakes as well, and there is an interesting tiny island of St. Mary situated in the Big Lake. There you can find an old church and Benedictine monastery from 12. century! You will have approximately 3 hours to explore National Park before you move on to the next unique location!
Odysseus Cave story takes place 3000 years back when ancient hero Odyssey was returning back to Itaca from his travels. Near Mljet he got into a storm and his boat hit the sharp rocks of 'Ogiran'. He swam and found safety in a cave nearby. However, Nymph Calypso lived there and she kept Odyssey there for seven years by seducing him and promising him immortality if he stayed. Besides the legend, this specific cave became home to the Mediterranean monk seal - one of the most endangered mammal species in the world. Seems that nobody wants to leave the cave as its beauty is out of this world.
After the visit of National Park or Odysseus Cave (depends which option you chose), you'll be onto the next adventure!
Beautiful bay of Marčuleti is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Sea scooters that are on your disposal are the best way to have fun on the sea. Marčuleti is special as it is completely secluded. You will enjoy in the gorgeous colors of the sea and trees in the bay. After approximately hour and a half, you'll be on your way back to Dubrovnik with additional stop for swimming or sunbathing. This is an adventure filled with fun and beautiful views that you most certainly deserve on your vacation.