Visiting Mljet National Park

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Mljet National Park
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Mljet National Park covers 5300 hectares of the northwest part of the island of Mljet located near the Pelješac peninsula on the southern coast of Croatia. Mljet’s most beautiful landmarks are submerged bays, beaches, sea caves, native species, and archaeological finds. Due to its lush and rich vegetation, Mljet is the greenest Croatian island, which is why its nickname is Zeleni otok (the “green island”).

Why you should visit Mljet National Park

  • Mljet’s forests

90% of the park is covered by forest, most of which is alepski bor (Aleppo pine), a tree that can reach up to 20 meters high. Hrast crnika or česmina (Holm oak) is also very common.

  • Veliko and Malo jezero (Great and Small Lake)

These two lakes are deep sea bays formed by rising sea levels. They were once karst sinkholes filled with freshwater. Today they are filled with seawater.

  • Rich fauna

In addition to the many native invertebrates who live in Mljet’s caves and pits, snakes, lizards, mammals, and a lot of bird species also live here. Small songbirds such as zeba (finch), crvendać (robin), kos (blackbird), slavuj (nightingale) and others populate the dense pine forests.

  • Otok Sveta Marija (Isle of Saint Mary)

Sveta Marija is a smaller island that sits within the Great Lake. On this island, there is a Benedictine monastery where you will find the Church of Saint Mary built in the 12th century. Tickets for Nacionalni Park Mljet include a return boat ride to the Isle of Saint Mary and a visit to the benedictine monastery. The boat rides every hour from Mali most and Pristanište. It is also possible to rent a canoe or a kayak.

How to visit the Mljet National Park

Where it is

Mljet National Park is on the northwest part of otok Mljet. The park covers about one third of the island and it is the southernmost national park in Croatia.

When to go

You can visit Mljet year-round. Every season brings its own beauties to the park.

During high season (May 1 to October 31), Nacionalni park Mljet is open between 8:00 and 20:00. During the winter (November 1 to April 30), arrival announcements are necessary. Announce your arrival by calling +385 (0)20 744 041 or send email to [email protected].

How to get to Mljet National Park

There are three official entrances to the Nacionalni park Mljet:

  • Pomena
  • Polače
  • Vrbovica

There are several ways to arrive to the island:

  1. By catamaran from Dubrovnik to Polače (Dubrovnik – Lastovo line) – find timetable here
  2. By catamaran from Split to Pomena (Split – Dubrovnik line) – find timetable here
  3. By catamaran from Split to Sobra (Split – Dubrovnik line) – find timetable here
  4. By ferry from Prapratno (Pelješac) to Sobra (Mljet) – find timetable here
  5. By your own vessel

Arriving by your own vessel

It is possible to arrive at NP Mljet by your personal vessel. The price of the entrance ticket for the vessel depends on the size of the vessel.

Nacionalni park Mljet
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Tickets & Pricing

Where to buy tickets

National park tickets can be purchased:

Ticket Prices

 Jan 1 - May 31June 1 - Sept 30Oct 1 - Dec 31
Adults70 kn125 kn70 kn
Children (7 - 18 years old)50 kn70 kn50 kn
Students50 kn70 kn50 kn
Children under the age of 7freefreefree
Hiking associations50 kn50 kn50 kn
Adults with weekly DU card -30%49 kn87,50 kn49 kn
Children with weekly DU card -30%35 kn49 kn35 kn
Additional return ferry ticket to the Island of St. Mary30 kn30 kn30 kn
Guided tour up to 2 hours400 kn400 kn400 kn
Guided tour from 2 to 4 hours1000 kn1000 kn1000 kn
Guided tour from 4 to 8 hours2000 kn2000 kn2000 kn
Waiting of guide per hour500 kn500 kn500 kn
Minivan transport out of regular timetable1000 kn1000 kn1000 kn
Minivan waiting per hour500 kn500 kn500 kn
Boat transport on the Great lake out of regular timetable2000 kn2000 kn2000 kn
Boat waiting per hour1000 kn1000 kn1000 kn

Free entrance is available to:

  • Disabled veterans of the Homeland war
  • Family members of Fallen Soldiers Association (with a membership card)
  • Members of Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (with a membership card)

Vessel ticket prices

 Online TicketsOnline TicketsOnline TicketsOnline TicketsOnline TicketsOnline TicketsIn Person TicketsIn Person Tickets
1 day1 day3 days3 days7 days7 days1 day1 day
Length of the vesselJan - May,
Oct - Dec
June -
Sept
Jan - May,
Oct - Dec
June -
Sept
Jan - May,
Oct - Dec
June -
Sept
Jan - May,
Oct - Dec
June -
Sept
up to 6,99 m (23 feet)120 kn250 kn300 kn600 kn--150 kn300 kn
7,00-10,99 m (24-35 feet)150 kn350 kn400 kn800 kn900 kn1.800 kn200 kn400 kn
11,00-17,99 m (36-58 feet)250 kn550 kn600 kn1.200 kn1.400 kn2.800 kn300 kn600 kn
18,00-24,99 m (59-81 feet)400 kn900 kn900 kn1.800 kn2.200 kn4.400 kn500 kn1.000 kn
25-49,99 m (82-163 feet)900 kn1.800 kn1.800 kn3.600 kn4.200 kn8.400 kn1.100 kn2.000 kn
50-74,99 m (164-245 feet)1.750 kn3.500 kn4.100 kn8.200 kn8.800 kn17.600 kn2.250 kn4.000 kn
more than 75,00 m (246 feet and more)3.500 kn7.000 kn7.300 kn14.600 kn16.600 kn33.200 kn4.000 kn7.500 kn

Note: 1-day tickets for vessels are valid until the next day at 12 pm.

Organized Tours

If you’d like to hire a tourist guide for an individual or group visit, send an email to [email protected] before you come to the island. One group can contain from 10 to 35 people.

Available tours include:

  • Standard sightseeing (2 hours)
  • Half-day guided tour
  • Full-day guided tour
  • VIP tours
  • Walking tours
  • Cycling tours

Organized tours are available in 3 languages:

  • Croatian
  • English
  • German

Mljet’s solar boats

Nacionalni park Mljet has three solar-powered catamarans produced by Croatian startup company iCat. The first one was delivered in 2018, and the third in 2020.

They are used to transport passengers all over the park. This method of transport is quick, inexpensive, and comfortable while protecting the park’s environment.

The catamarans use solar energy collected through solar panels installed on the roof of the boat. Their solar batteries will last approximately 15 years and their capacity is 54 passengers. These boats do not make noise, so you can enjoy the park without disturbance.

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