Adventure Cruises in Mljet

Your Mljet Cruise opens the door to Croatia's greenest island and its resplendent Mediterranean vegetation. Guests flock to this Croatia Island Hopping hot spot for the beautiful beaches as well as the plentiful underwater life. Many consider Mljet to be the most beautiful island in Croatia. Additionally, Mljet is known for wine production, goat cheese, and olives as one might expect from any Mediterranean destination. Guests on cruises to Mljet, Croatia are free to visit two salt lakes, an ancient Benedictine monastery, and swimming spots. A bike is a great way to explore the landscape and there are many for rent on Mljet.

Mljet has long had a supporting role in history. It was discovered by Greco-Roman explorers who are the first known to make records citing Mljet. Ancient Greeks named the island "Melita" which means honey. Over the years, small linguistic changes lead to the island's Slavic name, Mljet.

Top things to do and see in Mljet

Adriatic cruises aren't complete without a trip to Mljet National Park to visit the famous salt lakes and see the lush island vegetation. The park itself borders Lake Veliko and Lake Malo Jezero (Large and Small Lake). The Lakes cover approximately 4 kilometers and surround a small island in the center, called islet Melita (Sveta Marija or Saint Mary Island).

Rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island on your own to make the most of this destination on your small luxury yacht cruise.

Mljet is one of the top places on the Dalmatian Coast to visit historical monasteries and churches. The monastery and church on St. Mary isle inside the Mljet park is a 12th century former Benedictine monastery, which was converted into a café/restaurant. You can easily reach the small island by boat to dine in ancient splendor.

Other restaurants, bars and cafes dot the island to provide a spot to take a meal, meet some other tourists, and enjoy the beautiful weather among friends. Croatia sailing cruises are an ideal way to take in the island of Mljet during an island hopping adventure.

Snorkeling in Mljet is some of the best in all of Croatia. The Mljet National Park is a popular snorkeling hotspot with Veliko Jezero (Big Lake), Rikavica and Odysseus Caves, all being beautiful places to interact with sponges, octopus, scorpionfish, crabs, and anemones. Additionally, you can see stony coral reefs. The water of the pebble-bottomed beaches and coves is extremely clear and clean. It's almost like peering through a window into a whole different world. Occasionally, dolphins are spotted around Mljet and our small luxury yachts, so keep your eyes peeled.

Best time to cruise Mljet

This guide will help you plan ahead for the best time to visit Mljet during your croatia small ship cruise. Mljet in May and June or September and October you're is known as 'shoulder-season'. Every adventure and leisure activity is open and available but there are fewer people on vacation. Lovely weather, perfect swimming, hiking, mountain-biking, rafting, and sea kayaking are all in season.

By July and August, tourist activity picks up in Mljet. As the population soars, the heat does as well. Although this is a popular time to visit, you'll work up a sweat a lot faster on your bike or hike. Conversely, the pebble beaches are extremely popular.

November to April is the off season, so it's harder to find lodging in Mljet and many attractions shut down. The weather isn't suited to outdoor activities since it is cold and unpredictable. If you want to get a true feel for the island's culture and can find a space to say, nab the affordable airfare and visit in the winter.

Where do Mljet Island cruises depart from?

Croatia is an easy destination to get to. Depending where your Croatia small ship cruise departs, you can take an international flight to several area airports including Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Opatija and Zadar.

Guests who depart from Split will arrive there to meet their guides who will escort them and their luggage to the harbor for departure. Other cruise itineraries will indicate a departure point which will help you choose the airport that is most convenient to arrive at. Additionally, several cruises in Croatia include a stop to Mljet, but may begin at Dubrovnik or another port.

Top Tips for visiting Mljet Island on a cruise

Mljet is an easy place to visit and doesn't require much special packing. There are a few tips to enjoying your visit to the fullest, however.

  • Sunglasses for the Mediterranean sun.
  • Comfortable walking shoes that you can hop on a bike with.
  • A dry bag to carry your electronics from the yacht to shore.
  • Clothing to layer for temperature and sun.
  • Make sure to take your camera to the national park to capture St. Mary Island and the cathedral.

Please contact our reservations team with any questions.


Mljet Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 89 Verified Reviews
  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Timothy L
  • United States United States

Love the National Park, peaceful

Diving Mljet in May on the Avangard

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Linda L
  • United States United States

Bike around lake and visited church

Diving Mljet in May on the Dream

  • 8.4 Very good
  • LAWRENCE L
  • United States United States

We enjoyed swimming and kayaking in the lake.

Diving Mljet in July on the Diamond

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Cornelia D
  • United States United States

Beautiful walk along the lake, the boat ride, hiking and biking opportunities

Diving Mljet in September on the Infinity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Tony P
  • United States United States

Beautiful nature walk with wildflowers, enjoyed time in woods, short visit to monastery so not much time to explore

Diving Mljet in October on the San Antonio

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Devin H
  • United States United States

Would have preferred to stay longer and swim in the park. The tour was very short. I felt like we were going, going, going, and then had to leave

Diving Mljet in May on the My Way

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Michael D
  • United States United States

Pristine nature with a spectacular visit to a world heritage national park.

Diving Mljet in May on the Antaris

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Terry T
  • United States United States

The park was interesting, but overall, I could have skipped that stop if it allowed us more time in Hvar to go to Hvar Town, or more time in either Korcula or Dubrovnik.

Diving Mljet in June on the Symphony

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Eric B
  • United States United States

Fantastic. Beautiful lake.

Diving Mljet in June on the Aquamarin

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Louis C
  • United States United States

Beautiful place and next time I would love to snorkel or dive the big reef

Diving Mljet in July on the Ambassador

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Chad V
  • United States United States

Awesome and very insightful.

Diving Mljet in July on the My Wish

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kristin W
  • United States United States

The excursion to the monestary to mljet was good. We liked that they helped us get over there and then we had the rest of the day to ourselves until dinner

Diving Mljet in August on the Symphony

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Zlatko V
  • United States United States

St. Mary’s Island was beautiful, but honestly I could have skipped this. I would have loved to go see the famous beach in Brac, and swim.

Diving Mljet in August on the Antaris

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Christina W
  • United States United States

Fantastic time here riding bikes. Could spend more time here exploring!

Diving Mljet in September on the Aurelia

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • LISA C
  • United States United States

The National Park is ok if you want to bicycle but otherwise not much to see.

Diving Mljet in September on the Aurelia

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Cesar D
  • United States United States

The directions around the lakes where on point.

Diving Mljet in September on the Dream

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Frank P
  • United States United States

Awesome. We went to an oyster farm

Diving Mljet in September on the Symphony

  • 7.6 Good
  • Debbie C
  • United States United States

Loved nation park walk and island monastery

Diving Mljet in September on the My Way

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Lisa M
  • United States United States

Loved the UNESCO Farm dinner & tastings, a fabulous time for all of us!

Diving Mljet in September on the Antaris

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Elize A
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Good. All the islands are beautiful.

Diving Mljet in May on the New Star

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Diane V
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Delightful, peaceful and most enjoyable

Diving Mljet in May on the Admiral

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Etienne V
  • South Africa South Africa

Good information given by guide on board. Made the best of the day and enjoyed what the park had to offer.

Diving Mljet in May on the Dream

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Rodrigo B
  • Peru Peru

nice park you can swim on lake

Diving Mljet in June on the Aquamarin

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Ciro B
  • Australia Australia

Did the bike ride around the national park. Great town.

Diving Mljet in June on the Markan

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Darryl M
  • Australia Australia

The small & big lakes were amazing. From being a turquoise in the morning to and brilliant blue in the afternoon. A must see for all!

Diving Mljet in June on the San Antonio

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Nicky B
  • South Africa South Africa

Loved the time here. Hired bikes and cycled around the lakes, small boat to monastery, swam where 2 lakes join and enjoyed been taken by the current

Diving Mljet in June on the Diamond

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Tim M
  • Canada Canada

Beautiful natural surroundings...walked around the lake which took about 2 hours, and nice swim in a salt lake.

Diving Mljet in July on the My Way

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Paul R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Cycling the lakes and swimming in under the bridges was a once in a lifetime experience

Diving Mljet in July on the New Star

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Peter M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The national park was beautiful and the monastery was peaceful. We unfortunately had a run in with the port authority re accessibility.

Diving Mljet in July on the New Star

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Philip V
  • South Africa South Africa

Fantastic. We did a cycle tour around the lake and visited the monastery.

Diving Mljet in July on the Fantazija

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Joe Marie J
  • Australia Australia

one of the best experiences I had, swimming in the salt water lakes, and had a chance to come back the next day, with advise from Tatiana, our cruise ship guide/manager, had my National Park validated and came back next day early for another swim, the lake seemed like it was just me, all to myself which was surreal.

Diving Mljet in July on the Markan

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Alexander M
  • Australia Australia

Did own, hired bike and cycled lake which was good

Diving Mljet in July on the Agape Rose

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Kevin S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The walk in the National Park and the short trip by boat again was very enjoyable and interesting. The evening trip by bus to the village of Kuna for a traditional meal was superb and the family were lovely. It was also good seeing all their donkeys.

Diving Mljet in July on the Aquamarin

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Tammy M
  • Mexico Mexico

Very nice and well organized

Diving Mljet in July on the Maritimo

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nigel H
  • South Africa South Africa

Excellent and the national park was great with the abbey excusion

Diving Mljet in July on the Diamond

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Martin H
  • Canada Canada

Quieter town with a swim in the lakes at the National Park, gave this island its own memories from the other islands

Diving Mljet in August on the Diamond

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Elizabeth C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Enjoyed the trip to the monastery and the swim in the Lake.

Diving Mljet in August on the Diamond

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Rebeka H
  • Croatia Croatia

Mljet is the untouched nature where you can rest your soul!

Diving Mljet in August on the Diamond

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Michael B
  • South Africa South Africa

The lakes were beautiful, lovely swim

Diving Mljet in August on the Black Swan

  • 7.6 Good
  • Peter S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Lovely walk through national park and visit to St Maria island.

Diving Mljet in August on the Diamond

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Michael L
  • Canada Canada

No tour, but lots of free time to explore and swim that day. Lovely and relaxed.

Diving Mljet in August on the My Way

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Peter B
  • New Zealand New Zealand

We loved the boat ride on the lake to the monastery. Had a wonderful swim in the salty lake. Wine and olive oil tasting very good.

Diving Mljet in August on the Avangard

  • 8.0 Very good
  • David L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Excellent the walk and the national park were great. Very pretty.

Diving Mljet in August on the President

  • 6.0 Review score
  • Jason T
  • Australia Australia

It was good need more tome there to really see the national park

Diving Mljet in September on the Seagull

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Thomas W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Quiet place but nice cycle ride !

Diving Mljet in September on the Infinity

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Erika K
  • Ireland Ireland

I loved exploring Mijet. We had a quick guided tour inside the NP where guide recommended various activities. Unfortunately there were no bikes or kayaks for rental inside the park and I had planned on cycling around. Instead I opted for a little walk, a boat trip to the Monastery on the island and a lovely swim in the magnesium filled green waters.

Diving Mljet in October on the Katarina Line Premium Class

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Brian L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

National park interesting and quiet

Diving Mljet in May on the Infinity

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Holly R
  • New Zealand New Zealand

Regardless of the thunderstorm, had a great time exploring the National park!

Diving Mljet in June on the Majestic

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Tana T
  • Canada Canada

The National Park wasn’t much to look at.

Diving Mljet in June on the Antaris

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Robin S
  • Mexico Mexico

The national park was a very cool place to visit and offered some activities and exercise we hadn't done in a few days.

Diving Mljet in July on the New Star

  • 4.8 Review score
  • Lucia J
  • Australia Australia

We got 1.5 hours and had to rush

Diving Mljet in July on the Zara Maris

  • 9.2 Superb
  • cathie C
  • New Zealand New Zealand

Good, however, as there is not a lot of extra to see once you have walked the lakes in the national parks- encouraging people to go and see the cave in their spare time would be amazing. We hired a scooter and went and it was fabulous!

Diving Mljet in July on the Aquamarin

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Joanna G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

We liked Mljet, although we would recommend taking ebikes for the bike ride around the lakes as there are a lot of uphill segments and there is a bridge which requires you to carry the bike over. The boat trip to the monastery was a highlight.

Diving Mljet in July on the Aquamarin

  • 6.4 Review score
  • Breda M
  • Slovenia Slovenia

Too short a stop for a serious excursion.

Diving Mljet in July on the Aurelia

  • 9.2 Superb
  • John M
  • Australia Australia

Very good... nice walk around the lakes.. but time was limited.

Diving Mljet in July on the My Way

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Anna S
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Beautifull. Nice to ride the bike around the lake.

Diving Mljet in July on the Dream

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jan Adriaan G
  • South Africa South Africa

Ok, park maybe not worth the money/time

Diving Mljet in July on the Antaris

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Felipe B
  • Chile Chile

It was OK, very hot day and too many details by the local guide. The oysters and mussels were greta though.

Diving Mljet in August on the Infinity

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Harald Idar H
  • Norway Norway

Wonderful and a memorable trip to the National Park.

Diving Mljet in August on the Dream

  • 7.2 Good
  • Lance K
  • New Zealand New Zealand

Lovely but only a few hours there

Diving Mljet in August on the Katarina Line Traditional En-Suite

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • tony S
  • Australia Australia

the excursion to the lakes was good, there was not much to do in the evening

Diving Mljet in August on the Antaris

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Linda A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Excellent tour through Country Park

Diving Mljet in August on the Dream

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Bernard O
  • Australia Australia

Fantastic as I had the freedom to finally get on a bike and explore

Diving Mljet in August on the My Way

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Eivind J
  • Denmark Denmark

Exellent, nice opportunities to bike, boat, walk or swim

Diving Mljet in August on the My Wish

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Michael F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

We enjoyed the trip to the national park.

Diving Mljet in September on the Paradis

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Tor Ove T
  • Norway Norway

Good. Felt like something different during the week.

Diving Mljet in September on the Stella Maris

  • 6.8 Review score
  • barbara L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Went into national park. Did mit do tour as such. Lovely lakes and recommend taking a kayak as we did.

Diving Mljet in September on the Splendid

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • IAN Y
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Very good. Its a beautiful island to explore

Diving Mljet in September on the Aurelia

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Cliff D
  • Australia Australia

I rented an eBike and rode around the lake. Such a beautiful experience.

Diving Mljet in October on the Antaris

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Deny B
  • Australia Australia

We enjoyed visiting the National Park. We would have enjoyed more time to explore.

Diving Mljet in October on the Antaris

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Amanda H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fabulous. Stunning scenery and so peaceful. The bike ride was good fun

Diving Mljet in October on the Equator

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Kaye S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Too far to walk all of the lake, we did it but we were having to run and were stressed!

Diving Mljet in October on the My Way


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