The Island of Mljet is situated a couple of hours boat ride east from the Island of Korcula towards Dubrovnik. Mljet National Park includes a western part of this green and tranquil island. The Park is characterized by two deep bays which are called lakes due to their narrow passages to the open sea (Veliko and Malo jezero/the Great Lake and the Small Lake). Both lakes are surrounded by dense Mediterranean vegetation. There is a tiny island in one of the lakes, called Melita (St Mary’s) with a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. There is a lot of legends connected with this island – one of them is that Mljet was the holiday destination of Greek hero Ulysses!
The trip to Mljet starts at 8:30 or 9 am and return in Korcula is at 6 or 6:45 pm depending on which particular trip you choose. It can be done either by fast speedboat or by ‘ordinary’ slow boat. It runs every day in the high season, otherwise on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. See below info and prices.
All excursions include guided tour by a licensed guide, entrance fees to National Park Mljet and transfers as well as escorted journey to/from Korcula Town and Mljet.
If you would like to jointhe best possible option to visit this lovely island from Korcula my suggestion is to take the private speedboat tour. It is more expensive than slow boat tour but you will be there in just 30 minutes. The tour is all-inclusive, with free hotel pickup and drop-off included in the price. It also includes snorkelling gear and lunch with vegetarian meal option also available if noted in advance. The group is small, up to 10 persons and the vessel is very comfortable. Book here!
The National Park Mljet was established in the early sixties of the last century. It covers about 30 square kilometres of the area on the western bit of the Island, which is about 1/3 of the whole Island. It consists of two natural salt lakes (Veliko and Malo jezero) that are interconnected by a narrow channel. Veliko jezero (Large Lake) covers an area of 1,5 square kilometres.
Malo Jezero (Small Lake) is about 1/4 of square kilometres. The salinity of the water in the lakes is a bit lower than in the sea, due to the intake of freshwaters. The temperature of the Lakes is usually higher than open sea temperatures for about 4 degrees Centigrade. Due to these details, Veliko and Malo Jezero are popular places for visitors to swim in. Both lakes are surrounded by dense old pine forest. In the middle of Veliko Jezero, there is a little island called Melita or St Mary’s where the Benedictine monastery is located.
Walking and cycling are allowed all-around National Park Mljet. Some parts of the National Park can be reached by car too. National Park Mljet offers a lot of silence and numerous isolated spots to be enjoyed.