Day 16 of Balkan Adventure

Day 16 of Balkan Adventure September 25 2011 Mljet to Korcula, Croatia

TodaDay 16 of Balkan Adventurey is second day of Busabout mini cruise of the croatian coast. Get up this morning and walk around the boat and have breakfast. Breakfast is kind of simple, 2 bowls of corn flakes and cocoa puffs and lots of bread, all well.

Here it is now day time and there is a little time before we leave the island.

On island is the park of Mljet National Park which is supposed to be amazing.

Only have about 2 hours to enjoy this park so I buy my ticket and do a little bit of hiking around. I will include below some information about the park.

Mljet (pronounced [mʎɛ̂t]; Latin: Melita, Italian: Meleda) is the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic islands of the Dalmatia region of Croatia.

The National Park includes the western part of the island, Veliko jezero, Malo jezero, Soline Bay and a sea belt 500 m wide from the most prominent cape of Mljet covering an area of 54 km2. The central parts of the park are Veliko jezero with the Isle of St. Mary, Malo jezero and the villages of Govedari (179 inhabitants), Polače (123 inhabitants) and Pomena (50 inhabitants).[1]

Mljet lies south of the Pelješac peninsula, from which it is divided by the Mljet Channel. Its length is 37 kilometres (23 mi); its average breadth 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi). It is of volcanic origin,[citation needed] with numerous chasms and gorges, of which the longest, the Babino Polje, connects the north and south of the island. Port Polače, the principal harbour in the north, is a port of call for tourist ferries.

Mljet contains one hotel – The Odisej (from the Greek Odysseus) in the north-west corner of the island.

The northwestern part of the island includes an inland sea as well as a small island within it. It has been a national park since November 12, 1960.

Day 16 of Balkan AdventureAncient Greeks called the island “Melita” or “honey” which over the centuries evolved to become the Slavic name, Mljet (pronounced [mʎɛt]).

Over 84% of the island of 98.01 square kilometres (37.84 sq mi) is forest.[5] The island’s geological structure consists of limestone and dolomite forming ridges, crests and slopes.

A few depressions on the island of Mljet are below sea level and are known as blatine (“mud-lakes”) or slatine (“salt-lakes”). During the rain seasons all blatine are filled with water and turn to brackish during dry seasons.

The climate is Mediterranean; an average air temperature in January is 9 °C (48 °F) and in July about 24 °C (75 °F).

So for the little time I have on the island I make the most of it. Some people in the group rent some canoes, while others go swimming and some take the boat to the main island.

So I walk around the roadway of the island and take photos of all the trees which are bent. Many views of the lakes and water all around make this a very interesting place. Wished I had more time to enjoy this wonder.

On way back to walk into a group of tourists around 60 of them or so. Glad I am not part of that big group. As the experience would not be as enjoyable.

Make way back to the boat and then we are off to sail to our next destination.

Get back on board and grab a nice cold beer right away and go relax on the top deck to get burnt again.

Later on we stop for a swim in a nice area. Swim all the way to shore and back and get a good workout in. Nice and refreshing swim. Did not realize I was swimming against the current on way back.

On back on board it was now lunch time and Mario the cook made a good lunch. Soup of some type, salad and some chicken. Then fruit basket for a dessert , very nice. Then it was on top again for relaxation and more beer on ward to Korcula.

Later that day we arrive at Korcula, the views of this island are amazing. You can see the old town in the distance and its nice, with the church at the center of attention.

The town is really nice to walk in as it stretches to many angles. I walk way to the other side to the beach area of the island and check out that part. There are some entertainment establishments on that side.

Then walk back and rejoin the group on the boat for some beer. This evening for dinner there is a nice BBQ. With all types of meat.

It is a feast of worth to tell over 1000 men to eat about.

From here then it was happy hour for drinks and a few more silly drinking games. Playing 4 kings too many times and it was going crazy, too many beers. Then evening we walk around the corner in the town to a bar that had a stripper pole.

Had 2 or 3 rum and cokes and that was the evening, a good time out.

Onward to next day.

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